Sunday, October 9, 2016
Shorebirds at Bridgewater - 19 Sep 2016
While driving home from work I decided to come into the Bridgewater complex at Inkster Rd. so that I could check the puddles for shorebirds. Bridgewater is currently in the construction portion of phase 3 of the complex and the bare fields are now seeing foundations and houses being built. A year ago the fields here were alive with meadowlarks, Savannah Sparrows, and nesting Spotted Sandpipers. Since then, the entire region has been cleared to bare ground in preparation for the new community. During the past summer scrub grasses have started to reclaim the ground, and ponds now sit where dirt has been moved in anticipation of foundations being dug.
I had spotted a Lesser Yellowlegs last evening, and wanted to see if it was still around. It was! So, after dinner, Robin and I hiked the approximately ½-mile distance from Brownton Abbey to the small puddles so that I could digiscope the bird. It wasn't easy.
The construction crew must've wondered why a guy w/ so much camera equipment was standing in a bare field photographing piles of dirt...
Come for the Lesser Yellowlegs, and stay for the Solitary Sandpiper!