Date: 9/25/18 6:32 pm From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1...> Subject: [cobirds] Buff-breasted Sandpipers at John Martin Reservoir
I found two Buff-breasted Sandpipers late this afternoon at John Martin Reservoir (Bent County). They were at Clayton Point on the north side of the reservoir. Clayton Point is reached by turning south from Bent County Road JJ just east of Road 20, and working south, then east to the obvious gravel island, which should be covered with American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants. If you don't find an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull on the island, I would be surprised.
The sandpipers were on the mainland opposite the island. The best part of my experience was calling local birders, and finding Norma Verhoeff was able to come out to see the birds (a lifer for her). I would be shocked if her pictures aren't an an order of magnitude better than mine.