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Central Sod farms Queenstown Md shorebird sortie


"Cavigelli, Michel"


Cavigelli, Michel


Mon, 27 Aug 2007 23:48:10 -0400

I had a meeting today a few miles from the Central Sod farm and thought how lucky I am--I'll go early and stay late to catch the great birds at the farm.  I arrived at about 11:45 and saw...many horned larks.  No shorebirds at all.  After my meeting I stopped again, around 4 pm.  No shorebirds, only larks.  Bummer....

I did see a yellow-billed cuckoo in the trees on my way out...

At Blackwater, later in the afternoon, the highlights were:

3 white pelicans
2 caspian terns
1 black tern (made my day)

At Elliot Island, highlights:

marsh wrens
seaside sparrows

I suppose these are to be expected there but this was my first time there and my first for the year.  Nice area.

Michel Cavigelli

-----Original Message-----
From: Maryland Birds & Birding on behalf of danny poet
Sent: Mon 8/27/2007 5:21 PM
Subject: [MDOSPREY] Central  Sod farms  Queenstown  Md  week in review  Buff breasted , Baird's
Hi All   just a quick note to report my visits to the sod Farm farm near 
Queenstown  .   I had not posted about  it before  as others have   been  
doing a good job updating everyone .    Up untill this  past week not much 
has been happing there  just killdeer and Horned Larks  .   With last  
Tuesdays  8 - 21 - 07  rain   I decided to make a check there  for 
shorebirds on my way  home from  a trip out to Poplar Island  in Talbot 
County  .    As luck  would have it there were shorebirds there  including 
one Buff Breasted Sandpiper.   upon arriving Home I  called Les Roslund 
about it  to post the info  for me as I knew I could not post till  latter 
Wedsday afternoon .   My thanks to you  Les For post about it  . Also thanks 
for the look at the Baird's   through your scope  on Friday .   Its  been 
nice to  meet you new people and old friends  out the sod farm  as well.
Note below lists are not complete  just the goodies

8 - 21    central Sod Farms     Queenstown   Md

Buff Breasted Sandpiper     1
Killdeer       many
Semipalmated plover      1
Wilsons Snipe      2
Pectoral    Sandpiper     5
Least Sandpiper      several
Semipalmated Sandpiper   2

8 -   22

Buff Breasted Sandpiper       2
Pectoral   Sandpiper     several
killdeer     many
Wilsons Snipe        2

8 - 23

I did not a vist that day

8  -  24

Buff Breasted Sandpiper        2
Upland Sandpiper     1 - 2
Baird's   Sandpiper    1

8 - 25

Buff Breasted Sandpiper        1
Upland Sandpiper      1 - 2

8  - 26     early   afternoon

Buff Breasted Sandpiper      1
other peeps and killdeer as well

As others mentioned   there were model rockets being fired  and a  model 
plane  being flown and  all this  kept the birds in the back  hard to see  . 
  The loud noise scaring the birds  to fly,  circle  then land again .    
During one such firing of a rocket  and One Matt Halfner being  presant  he 
saw  one Baird's in flight .

Happy Birding
Danny Poet
Queenstown ,  Md

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