Monday, May 18, 2009

A few shorebirds

I was luckily able to visit Findlay Reservoir #1 today in the late morning. Overall, very quiet, but a handfull of migrant shorebirds were to be found:

1 Solitary Sandpiper
5 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Least Sandpipers
1 Sanderling
10 Dunlin

Also Jeff Loughman reported seeing 11 Dunlin in a flooded field just north of Oakwoods Nature Preserve, along TR 144, sw of FIndlay in Hancock County.

A sleeping Dunlin:


  1. Bob, How good is that reservoir in the fall for shorebirds?

  2. Oh my, Chuck. I completely missed when you wrote this comment. I'm terribly sorry for that.
    Long answer made short; usually decent.
    Historically the center dike between the two reservoirs is good for shorebirds, especially peeps. This year there were very, very few. I'm thinking this has more to do with the terrible shorebird breeding season this year, but time will tell. 2008 was especially good, both spring and fall. 2009 spring was a bit lower than average and the fall stunk out loud.