Daily Archives: September 2, 2011

Notes From The Field/ # 290

Lost Bridge

A Western Sandpiper has been reported in the Lost Bridge area on and off for the past week or so. The first report wasn’t very certain as to it’s identity, so local birders just considered it a “probable” sighting. Then when we had our field trip there last weekend, there was plenty of talk as to the identity to our mystery bird that the group leader finally said was a Semipalmated Sandpiper.

However, what a week will bring in, especially during migration. Yesterday morning a Western Sandpiper was finally confirmed from a reliable source at Lost Bridge.  And with Kathy going out with a friend late this afternoon, this was a great opportunity to travel once again to Lost Bridge to see if I can finally see this new bird. AND I DID! The drive to and from takes longer than my actual time at the bridge, but it sure was worth it.

The funny thing is that while I was driving home my friend Jonathan called me and told me that a local birder had just posted on Cincinnati Bird web site that he also spotted the Western Sandpiper prior to me arriving. I had talked to Jonathan earlier to let him know that I was going over there to look for the bird, so he knew I would be interested in the info.

I sure do love the chase, but with the heat today I had to suck it up and just go for it. And it payed off with a new lifer. So I’ll leave you with a parting shot of a Lesser Yellowleg that I digiscoped while at Lost Bridge.

Lesser Yellowleg

Notable birds for the afternoon include:

  1. Least Sandpiper
  2. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  3. Western Sandpiper-Lifer
  4. Pectoral Sandpiper
  5. Killdeer
  6. Lesser Yellowleg
  7. Greater Yellowleg
  8. Great Blue heron
  9. Great Egret
  10. Green Heron
  11. Belted Kingfisher
  12. American Crow