Date: 7/27/20 11:45 am From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Many Phalaropes at New Chicago Marsh on 7/27/2020
For perching birds, this is the Doldrums, but for shorebirds this can be a good time. So I went to Elizabeth and Gold in Alviso. I found a Lesser and a Greater Yellowlegs, and then I noticed a turning flock of birds In the distant first pond of New Chicago Marsh, so I walked back to get the Questar. There were about 250 Phalaropes, mostly Red-necked.
When I went to Spreckles I found that there was an even larger number of Phalaropes there, in almost every direction that I looked. (See the attached photo.) There were many tight flocks which I unfortunately missed in my photograph. The all-grey back of the non-breeding Wilson's Phalarope was the easiest to identify.
At the EEC I checked out islands 13 to 16 (from west to east) but found only the usual suspects.
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