Right away after arriving, I noticed a juvenile Baird's Sandpiper in the back, a relatively uncommon bird for the county. It was found a few days ago by Fred Urie. Due to the distance I had to resort to digiscoping with my iPhone, so excuse the poor photo.
|Baird's Sandpiper - Hespeler Mill Pond|
Dozens of Lesser Yellowlegs were present, along with a half-dozen Greaters and a single Solitary Sandpiper. Hanging out with the bunch was a juvenile Stilt Sandpiper, my first for the county.
|Stilt Sandpiper (right) - Hespeler Mill Pond|
Two Pectoral Sandpipers and a single Short-billed Dowitcher rounded out the shorebird highlights. A decent hour well spent, for sure!
|Pectoral Sandpiper - Hespeler Mill Pond|
|Short-billed Dowitcher - Hespeler Mill Pond|
|Great Egret - Hespeler Mill Pond|
Here is a total list of the shorebirds that were present. There were many more (mostly yellowlegs) hidden in the aquatic vegetation behind the mudflats as well.
1 Semipalmated Plover
15 Killdeer (estimate)
2 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper
6 Greater Yellowlegs
59 Lesser Yellowlegs
10 Semipalmated Sandpiper (estimate)
25 Least Sandpiper (estimate)
1 Baird's Sandpiper
2 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Stilt Sandpiper
1 Short-billed Dowitcher