I was especially pleased to find my 1st Western Sandpiper in about a month. This one looks like a juvenile but not as gray as some of the 'fresh juveniles" I have seen in the past
In addition, I also saw several White-rumped Sandpipers and one in a plumage that I don't often see on the East Pond, much less able to get photo documentation. It looks like a bird that has already seen some molting occurring. Arguably a non breeding bird??
Bizarrely, I did not find any Black-belied Plover by the time I got to the North Island and usually I would find a few even if it was during the dropping tide. So, it appears that birds pulled out last night and I could only hope that a new group arrives with tonight's wind. Keep checking for shorebirding updates!
Tags: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, Shorebird, Western Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper