Wow! More Good OC Shorebirds, 08/14/18

~Dowitcher Species at Pine Island Turf Nursery*, 08/14/18.~

QUICK POST: I have to keep this one short because it’s late and I’m exhausted. I had another good evening for shorebirds in the Black Dirt Region. My first stop was at Turtle Bay, where, among many Killdeer, I had 12 Semipalmated Plovers. I think that might be the most I’ve ever had at a location in Orange County. Then I headed to Pine Island Turf Nursery*, where I located a Dowitcher Species. I have good photos of this bird, so I know it will be identified, but I think I need to put some work in to learn how to differentiate between the Long-billed and the Short-billed. According to eBird, it is much more likely to be a Short-billed as their bar chart doesn’t have LBDOs coming through until Mid-September.  But, tonight is not the night to learn this, I’m too tired and I have to get up early. I’ll leave it unidentified for the moment, if anyone has thoughts on this bird, please comment or email me. Rob Stone and Linda Scrima both ran for the bird and got it. As a bonus, we got to enjoy a double rainbow when the rain finally let up a bit.

~Dowitcher Sp. at PITN*, 08/14/18.~

On my way home, I stopped at Skinner Lane. It was almost to dark to see, but luckily I had a good bird right near the road – BAIRD’S SANDPIPER! I cranked up the ISO and was at least able to get some documentary shots. What a night! In case you couldn’t tell, I just LOVE shorebirds in the OC.

*Please remember that you have to get permission to bird at Pine Island Turf Nursery! Ask at the office – they are really nice people!

~I picked this shot because it showed the rain so well. Dowitcher Species at PITN*, 08/14/18.~
~One more of the Dowitcher, standing at attention. PITN*, 08/14/18.~
~Baird’s Sandpiper at Skinner Lane, 08/14/18.~
~One more of the Baird’s Sandpiper at Skinner Lane, 08/14/18.~
~Double rainbow! Black Dirt, 08/14/18.~

2 thoughts on “Wow! More Good OC Shorebirds, 08/14/18”

  1. Exciting times, Matt! Love the Dowitcher sp. I’d lean toward Short-billed because it doesn’t look like it just swallowed a melon (which is what helps me differentiate between the two). More SEPP must have come in during the day at Turtle Bay Road as I only had two in the early morning. They are so cute!

    1. Very exciting Kathy! I’ve had luck on my side recently. I agree with what you are saying about the dowitcher, I’m going to take a good look at it tonight after work. Matt

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