A Baird’s Sandpiper is the newest shorebird to join the gathering off of CR 4033 in Callaway County. Two Sanderlings continue. I didn’t see any Western Sandpipers today.

Some shorebirds have moved east of the road as habitat has dried up (if you visit, be sure to look here too). Although just a fraction of last week’s numbers, many are still eating fly eggs in the mud, as well as the copious flies laying them.

I went up on the levee overlooking the floodplain at the eastern end of CR 4038 before the closure and found a Black Tern in the distance. Also, Great Egrets are starting to discover the area in numbers. Large mudflats have formed to the south, with a small scattering of shorebirds on them already. I think this is a location where larger numbers will come down.

Checklist with poor back-of-camera photos until I get home:

Good birding everyone,


Pete Monacell,
Jefferson City

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On Jul 28, 2019, at 11:18 AM, Monacell, Peter L. <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Debbie and Steve Martin just texted to report two Sanderlings present on Callaway County Road 4033. These are likely the birds from yesterday, which were flushed in the afternoon but are back now.

They also stated that they found one Western Sandpiper, which was flying around.
There were distinctly two individuals yesterday through the afternoon.

Shorebird numbers at the site dropped dramatically yesterday as pools were quickly drying up. However, with fronts tonight and tomorrow and the strong chance of rainstorms, we could see more migrants on the ground there and elsewhere.

Good birding everyone,

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