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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

SHOREBIRD MIGRATION

LATE SUMMER TRIGGERS A SURGE IN SHOREBIRD MIGRATION. BIRDS THAT HAVE NESTED IN THE FAR NORTH PASS THROUGH THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES IN LARGE NUMBERS, HEADING FOR WINTERING GROUNDS AS FAR SOUTH AS SOUTHERN SOUTH AMERICA. LOCAL RIVERS IN NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA SERVE AS FEEDING GROUNDS FOR THESE BIRDS AS THEY MIGRATE SOUTH. ALSO DEPARTING OUR AREA ARE SHOREBIRDS THAT HAVE NESTED HERE IN SUMMER. THESE INCLUDE SPOTTED SANDPIPER AND KILLDEER, SHOWN BELOW. 


LEAST SANDPIPER
OF NORTH AMERICA'S SMALLEST SANDPIPERS, THIS ONE IS MOST COMMONLY SEEN ALONG LOCAL RIVERS DURING MIGRATION. NOTE THE YELLOWISH LEGS, AN EXCELLENT FIELD MARK.


KILLDEER
THIS UPLAND MEMBER OF THE PLOVER FAMILY NESTS IN THE NORTHEAST. PREFERRED NESTING GROUNDS ARE RIVERBANKS AND LAKE SHORES, PLOWED FIELDS, PASTURES AND EXPANSIVE LAWNS.


LESSER YELLOWLEGS 
OFTEN SEEN IN SMALL FLOCKS, THIS LONG-LEGGED SHOREBIRD WADES IN SHALLOW WATER, PICKING AT THE SURFACE. WINTERING GROUNDS INCLUDE FLORIDA AND THE GULF COAST.


SPOTTED SANDPIPER
TEETERING AND BOBBING AS IT WALKS, THIS SHOREBIRD (SEEN HERE IN BREEDING PLUMAGE) NESTS COMMONLY ALONG LOCAL RIVERS. IT LEAVES IN LATE SUMMER TO WINTER IN FLORIDA, ALONG THE GULD COAST AND IN MEXICO.

Photos by Rick Marsi.  August/September 2014. All rights reserved.