As I was riding toward the Banana I stopped for an approaching vehicle. Jim Fowler was driving Tex Wells and Dave Washington back to their cars. We chatted a moment, and he told me of the Red Knot showing good looks in Cell 3. So I continued on quickly to Cell 3.
I found Darlene Friedman enjoying the shorebirds from the NW portion of the mudflats. But I also saw Pete and Noreen Kryluk farther toward the south end, so I headed down to say hello to them after exchanging greetings and information with Darlene.
I spent a few minutes chatting with Pete and Noreen and showed them some of the many Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers and Lesser Yellowlegs in the area. The American Avocet was out in its usual location and too far to digiscope. But as I was scanning the far mudflat shoreline I spotted a pair of Long-billed Dowitchers foraging. No sooner did I grab the camera that they took off for the south end of the cell. The basic plumage and hunched backs were unmistakeable, though.
Jim soon returned and he and Darlene headed out. I decided to head off toward the south end of Cell 3 to look for the Long-billed Dowitchers, so I said my goodbyes to Pete and Noreen. A number of shorebirds were on the drying mud as I walked, and I was able to make out one Baird's Sandpiper at a distance. An American Golden Plover was out on the mud near the Avocet, and photos of that bird would have to wait.
|Short-billed Dowitcher profile|
Six of the Wilson's Phalaropes were still in the area, and several birds were also less than 20' away from me. They provided some wonderful portraits.