Monday, May 11, 2015

Collection of shorebirds developing at Causeway x Airline

An unusual set of circumstances has conspired to create some decent shorebird habitat right in the middle of Metairie.  It can be accessed from Airline Hwy, at the first light west of Causeway- turn toward the River on Shrewsbury, and watch for the rough dirt track that proceeds under Earhardt and along the pool.  Several months ago, parish personnel smoothed out the soil on the bed of the pool- it had been deeply furrowed.  Since the torrential rains of two weeks ago they have been actively pumping it out- revealing more expansive mudflats than have ever been here previously.

I have made three visits, most recently today, when the shorebirds included:
2 Black-necked Stilt
2 Killdeer
1 Semipalmated Plover
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
4 Least Sandpiper
3 Semipalmated Sandpiper

It ain't Bayou Sauvage or Grand Isle, but hey, nice to have some shorebird habitat in Metairie!  

The two previous visits also produced Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, and up to a dozen Leasts.

I have been checking this spot for years, without much in the way of shorebirds.  Maybe rains tonight will cause more to stop over!?


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