Date: 7/1/18 3:15 pm
From: Paul Conover <zoiseaux...>
Subject: [LABIRD-L] Summer shorebird season begins

      July 1 already! This is a good date to mark the start of summer
shorebird season. A small trickle of returning shorebirds has been
reported lately, but within a week or so, a good mix of shorebirds will
be possible.  Peeps, yellowlegs, Pectoral and Stilt sandpipers, and
Long-billed Dowitchers will start filling up draining crawfish ponds
between now and mid-month as the first wave of shorebirds make its way
south from the breeding grounds in breeding plumage that has seen long
days and miles since last spring. For any birders ready to brave the
heat, this is also a great time to keep a lookout for rarities such as
Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, and Ruff among the heatwaves and the
ragged travelers. The first of that list is probably overdue for the
state, but the window of passage when it still retains recognizable
color is during this month when getting out in the open can be brutal.

     Good luck if you go!

Paul Conover

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