Daily Archives: August 24, 2010

082410: DeKorte Avocet Continues


UPDATE: We saw the Am. Avocet on our lunch hour Tuesday — 12:15. It was in the back of the North Pool, along the distant shoreline just to the right of a  power-line tower. A Peregrine was strafing the Short-billed Dowitchers and other shorebirds. Also had three Ospreys fishing at once. Did not see a Sora or Least Bittern today.

Julie McCall reports: "The Am. Avocet is still present as of Monday evening.  It was still there when I left the Marsh  Discovery Trail after around 4:30 p.m. I have a small .jpg (above) with an excerpt of the DeKorte trail map with the location pointed out in case people want to see if the bird is still there Tuesday.

"I also had a very nearby Sora near the beginning of the trail, and it didn't notice me (or maybe it just didn't care) so I got to watch it for a while and take some bad photos.

"Otherwise, mostly the usual suspects.  There seemed to be 2 Short-billed Dowitchers in with some Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and possibly a White-rumped Sandpiper.  2 Peregrines together, 2 Northern Harriers, (both of these on Disposal Road.)  1 Common Yellowthroat, which lured me to the Sora." (Thanks, Julie!")

More on American Avocets here.

Scroll down for the other avocet posts and pix.

Kearny Marsh Sora

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Ron Shields reports: "I have sighted individual Sora at the Kearny Marsh on Saturday and Sunday. Attached are images taken Saturday evening in low light conditions.  In addition, with water levels extremely low at the marsh, Peregrine Falcons have been targeting resting shorebirds on a daily basis."

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Tuesday Teaser 082410


Dennis Cheeseman photographed this vireo eating its lunch by the Kingsland Overlook Trail last week. He thought it might be a Philadelphia Vireo, but we thought Warbling Vireo.

One reader wondered (briefly) if it might be a Red-eyed Vireo. What do you think?