Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lakeshore shorebird update; mockingbirds resume singing

I swung by the rain pool on Lakeshore Drive behind the Lakefront Arena again this morning at 9 AM. Water is higher than on my last visit- it must have been hit by a thundershower.   The shorebird mix has swung more towards yellowlegs, which often favor wetter habitats than other species:
2  Black-bellied Plover
2 Killdeer
5 Greater Yellowlegs
9 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs (too distant to call)
2 Pectoral Sandpiper
2 Least Sandpiper
there were also Snowy and Great Egrets working the edge, and an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron

On the UNO Campus, I came across my first singing Mockingbird of the fall.  Mockingbirds normally cease singing at the end of nesting (c. August 1), and then resume at about this time- so this bird was right on schedule.


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