Date: 9/9/18 5:33 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red-necked Phalarope and SB Dowitcher - Rockbridge Co
All - I headed out this morning to look for warblers but the Blue Ridge Parkway was fogged in, so I decided to hit a couple of ponds. I'm glad I did! I stopped at a pond just outside of Lexington - it is restricted access and the owner is very particular about letting people on his property. At this pond, there were, literally, 5 shorebirds. As soon as I arrived at the pond, I spotted a small, sandpiper-like bird in the water at the far end of the pond. A quick look convinced me it was a phalarope. I texted a fellow birder who has permission to be at the pond also, and I started to work my way closer. I was able to determine it was a Red-necked Phalarope, which is a county record. While watching the phalarope do circles, we spotted a larger shorebird - a Short-billed Dowitcher (the 3rd record for the county). In addition there was a Least SP, a Semipalmated SP, and a Solitary SP. We usually see Least and Semipalms each year but never in great numbers. So, not bad f
or 5 birds.

William Leigh posted earlier that it was a big day for shorebirds a little north of Lexington, so clearly there is movement of shorebirds west of the Blue Ridge this year.

I've posted some photos on Flickr, if you are interested.

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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