From Donna Kuhn:
It was a beautiful day with northwest breezes and temperatures in the 70s. We met at the Shoppes at Worthington and headed for the Wendy’s in Lodi were we picked up another participant. After waiting inside Wendy’s for about 5 minutes, I texted the other participant, who informed me he was waiting by my car! What would we do without modern technology?
We continued the long drive to the Conneaut sandspit, a renowned location for migrating shorebirds. After all, July is fall in bird-world! On arrival, a few minutes after 9AM, we learned it pays to be old, as we were given a senior citizen discount! After paying our $3, we drove along the beach, past some windsurfers.
Unfortunately, birds were scarce. We relocated an injured Willet, with its deformed leg. The Willet flew across the pond displaying the distinctive black and white stripes on its underwings.
We saw some Sanderlings and Semipalmated Sandpipers feeding along the water’s edge on the public beach. A dead tree hosted four Belted Kingfishers, an interesting sight. As usual for Conneaut, a few eagles dotted the break walls along with lots of Ring-billed Gulls and a few Herring Gulls. We walked the length of the beach, but no new birds arrived.
After lunch we decided to head to Wilderness Road in Wayne County. Luckily, it had a greater variety and larger numbers of shorebirds. We watched Short-billed Dowitchers probing the mud with their long thick bills. Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plovers and Least Sandpipers were feeding on the mud flats. Three Sandhill Cranes provided distant scope views. There are multiple spots to check with a good amount of wetland.
53 species for the trip, including 11 different species of shorebirds:
Great Blue Heron
Red Tailed Hawk
Northern Rough-winged Swallow