Wood Sandpiper- October 22, 2012- Jamestown, Rhode Island- On Oct 13, Carlos Pedro (again) found another rarity, a Wood Sandpiper in
Includes regular breeding species and visitors. There is no firm designation between Code-1 and Code-2 species, except that logically Code-1 species are more widespread and are usually more numerous. Code-2 species have a restricted North American range, are more widespread, but occur in lower densities, or are quite secretive making their detection often difficult. We readily acknowledge that some Code-2 species are harder to find than some species that have higher codes.
We were joined by another birder from
After fifteen minutes, the bird took off and flew across the marsh, I lost sight of it.
It flew over the road to the eastern side. We re-located the bird in the main pond on the far bank. It was now associating with the seven Greater Yellowlegs.
It stayed there for fifteen minutes, and again flew back and landed in the panne behind Zeeks. At 1:45 pm, most of the gathered birders had left except Capt. Ed and two others.
The bird again disappeared in the panne so I walked down to the Phragmites to see if I could locate it which I did.
A few minutes later the remaining birders left, so Capt. Ed joined me near the panne. The bird worked the opposite side of the panne, so we decided to get closer to the panne for better position hoping the bird would get closer. That’s just what it did. Within minutes, the Sandpiper walked our way.
From the parking area near Zeeks, another birder showed up and we pointed out the bird for her. She was very happy indicating that she had driven for two hours to see the bird and it was a "lifer" for her. The bird stayed in the panne behind Zeeks and then flew around the marsh with the seven Yellowlegs as I was driving away.
Other highlights: Mallards, Black Ducks, a pair of fly-by Green-winged Teal, Greater Yellowlegs, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Coopers Hawk, 2 Kestrels, 3 Merlins, Bald Eagle, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, D C Cormorants, Sharptail Sparrows, Goldfinches, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a Meadowlark
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