August 19, 2005 Ensley Bottoms Shelby Co. TN Lunch at the pits paid off today, the other trips this week were the same ol' same ol', but today there were new comers. The first was a very nervous and flighty Long-billed Dowitcher followed by a trio of Stilt Sandpipers (2 adult molting and a dapper immature). In another pit was a sharply dressed immature Ruddy Turnstone, new for the season. This bird was turning over clods of mud and finding with much regularity, large beetles which it proceeded to pummeled into submission and then seem to get to the interior meat of the matter and discarding the exoskeleton. I've never seen one feed this way before but as I've said many times before "adaptability and variability go hand in hand in shorebirds." Just before my hour was up, I saw a distant, ghost like figure and found an immature female Wilson's Phalarope plodding over the flat snapping at the flying insects it stirred up. Tomorrow?