Date: 7/29/19 6:04 pm From: Charles Gates <cgates326...> Subject: [obol] Lake Abert Shorebird Survey
Today I ran the Lake Abert Shorebird Survey. Like always, I ebirded every species, not just the shorebirds. The main goal is to document the number of Wilson's Phalaropes using Lake Abert as a stopover. This is pretty early in the season so few Wilson's Phalaropes were around. Later in the season, hundreds of thousands will show up (hopefully). The only abundant shorebirds were American Avocet and Black-necked Stilt. Almost all of the phalaropes were on the south end of the lake while the bulk of the stilts and avocets were on the north end.
Gulls were concentrated on both ends with a few in the middle. Large concentrations were seen on the opposite shore (west) but too far away to identify to species. Franklin's Gulls were abundant but outnumbered by Ring-billed Gull. Chukar were heard at two locations but, though we tried at the usual spots, NO BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS were found along the lake (This is usually the best place in the state to reliably find this species).