There were three pools with shorebirds when I arrived a bit before 8 am. I did not go down the “standard Mokane Rd toward N. Jefferson City as the deep sand looked to be problematic.

After surveying the entire area I returned to the main 2 pools ,just as Steve and Debby Martin arrived. Later we were joined by Shelby Thomas.

Summary of shorebirds :

Pectoral Sandpiper- 196
Stilt Sandpiper- 7
Least Sandpiper- 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1 
Killdeer- 74 (scattered throughout area)
Western Sandpiper- 1 (long bill indicates a male showing a good amount of red on scapulars and partially on tertials)
Sanderling - 2  (both adults showing partially retained Alternate plumage)
Lesser Yellowlegs- 3

8 species total with 295 individuals present
 Other nearby birds were :
8 Turkey Vultures
2 Bald Eagles
3 Great Blue Herons
1 Green heron

And… a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Hwy 94 across from the driveway!

No Kites in the area- so far.


Timothy Barksdale
Birdman Productions LLC
P.O.Box 1124
69 Mountain View Dr.
Choteau, MT 59422

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