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.