Wednesday, September 6, 2017

MA - more golden plovers in Northfield

Pectoral Sandpiper (center) flanked by American Golden Plovers - Four Star Farms, Northfield, Franklin Co., MA. September 6th, 2017. 

Yet more storm activity overnight bringing heavy to torrential rain throughout the morning, plus one or two power outages in our area. Again I checked a few likely spots for shorebirds and found the Northfield sod farms to be the most productive with 4 American Golden Plovers and a Pectoral Sandpiper in mid-morning, along with at least a dozen Killdeer. The same site had been bereft of shorebirds the previous day so I assumed that all were fresh birds arriving on the current turbulent weather system. Turner's Falls airfield had a Killdeer and two shorebirds in flight that I'm pretty sure were Pectoral Sandpipers but couldn't quite confirm it in the height of the deluge. At Barton Cove, last weekend's Pied-billed Grebe had been joined by a second bird.

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