I probably would not have bothered to go birding today in the rain if I hadn’t been doing a big year. But my goal is not only to see new birds, but also to go birding EVERY day if at all possible.
So, I went to Westchester Lagoon and the nearby Chester Creek trail and to Potter Marsh. There were quite a few shorebirds around and many baby birds. In the Westchester area were both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers (resting beside a nesting Red-necked Grebe as if they were its babies), Canada Geese and their goslings, Greater Scaup, Mew Gulls and their fat gray young all over the island in the Lagoon and on the boatramp next to the parking lot, and two distant Sandhill Cranes on the mudflats.
At Potter Marsh, in addition to the usual Tree Swallows, Lincoln’s Sparrows, and yellowlegs, there was a single “peep”, presumably a Least Sandpiper.
272 species so far
Thanks to Daniel Parsons’ careful reading, the original last word of this blog post is now correct.