Art Zdancewic and I checked out a rain pond on the edge of a corn field on Old Topton Road near Kutztown today. Greater Yellowlegs had been reported there earlier in the week. When we arrived, there were about 50 Mallards on the pond and one shorebird on dry land next to the pond. Before I even lifted my binoculars I could tell that the shorebird was no yellowlegs. Instead, it was a Baird's Sandpiper! It would be fair to say that was a big surprise. As we were looking at it a group of about 12 Greater Yellowlegs flew in, distracting us from it. Something spooked them a few minutes later and when we looked again the Baird's was gone, not to be seen again.
The other interesting thing about our stop there was the behavior of the Mallards. The pond went into the cornfield on one side and some of the ducks were swimming up to the corn stalks then reaching their heads up to feed on the corn on the stalks.