Date: 7/28/20 6:29 pm From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville stilts and other shorebirds, duck ID in question
Recent shorebird reports from Saylorville Reservoir (Jester Park CG 4) drew us there this afternoon. There were many shorebirds on one of the mudflats. The light was behind us and we have good scopes, but the birds were pretty distant. Shorebirds included LEAST, SEMIPALMATED and PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, KILLDEER, DOWITCHER sp, five BLACK-NECKED STILTS (including juv.), and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. No sign of Am. Avocet or a possible Ruff reported recently. Also of interest were five BLACK TERNS and a small group of ducks, mostly MALLARD but one obvious non-Mallard which we thought was an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. With heat shimmer it's not easy to get great looks at such a distance. It was suggested through eBird that MOTTLED DUCK was a possibility for this bird. If anyone gets up there on Wednesday, maybe take note of the field marks better than we did and thoughts on this forum would be welcome.