Bonnie Heidy and I drove down to the Selecturf sod farm this afternoon. About 5 p.m., we found one Buff-breasted Sandpiper.
The road Brad describes is the one running parallel with 63, going toward Jeff City from the buildings at the turn-in off 63. We found only Killdeer, a single Least and one Pectoral Sandpiper in the floodles in the green sod. We drove further, to the point of the "bulge" with the utility poles. There is plowed land here. The BBSA was with at least 11 Semipalmated Plovers, many Killdeer (including imm.s) and a couple Least and pecs.
These were all along a narrow strip of water running parallel with the road, far enough back into the plowed field that a scope is necessary to see any detail on the birds.
On Aug 7, 2013, at 2:41 PM, Brad Jacobs wrote:
During the noon hour on 7 August 2013 I checked and finally saw three Buff-breasted Sandpipers
at the Selecturf, Inc. sod farm north of Jefferson City in southern Callaway County. They were in the short sod grass near other shorebirds that were wading in pools of water from last nightís rain. Also saw Least, Pectoral, Bairdís sandpipers; lesser yellowlegs, and a few others. I didnít check the area farther east of the bulge in the frontage road that goes around the power pole and equipment storage. The shorebirds were in the water and on the green sod areas on the north side of the gravel and dirt road leading east of the office buildings. This about a one mile on US 63 after US 63 separates from US 54 highway. US 63 goes north toward Ashland and Columbia.
Missouri Department of Conservation