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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Detention Pond Shorebirds

This morning I made a quick stop by a water detention pond just north of the Giant supermarket in Quakertown. The basin is only about an acre in size and mostly dry, with a bit of water in spots and open mudflats, but it held 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 20 Least Sandpipers, and 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers. Man, I sure miss the days of shorebirding the South Jetty of the Columbia River and the Bayocean shorebird flats in Oregon during the 1980s, or the last ten years of birding Hornsby Bend in Texas! I got spoiled on seeing hundreds or even thousands of individuals of dozens of species. Now shorebirds are a bit fewer and farther between for me.

1 comment:

Beth said...

Hey Rob, Queens County, NY isn't too far from Bucks County. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is teeming with shorebirds at the moment, if you need a fix.

Beth in NYC

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