[birdky] South Shore WMA - Rusty Blackbird

May 20, 2006:  South Shore WMA Greenup County - Shorebirds were the
primary focus of this East Ky Bird Club (EKBC) trip today, but some
other interesting observations were made.  A Rusty Blackbird was present
at the wetlands.  The bird was solitary and first appeared on the open
mud flats of the smaller wetland.  Later I approached within 20 yards
when it was foraging in the shallow water of the larger wetland.  A
grasshopper sparrow was seen and heard singing near the parking area.
One mallard brood was visible on the larger wetland as well as a wood
duck brood.  A female hooded merganser was present but no brood attended
her.  A willow flycatcher and tree swallows round out the more notable
observations.

 

Shorebirds included:

 

Greater Yellowlegs (1)

Lesser Yellowlegs (1)

Solitary Sandpiper (2 to 4)

Least Sandpiper (15)

Semipalmated Plover (5)

Killdeer (1)

 

Scott Freidhof

Morehead

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