Daily Archives: August 20, 2012

Notes From the Field/ #322

Lost Bridge

I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the past the difficulty in locating new life birds for myself in the Greater Cincinnati area, and this problem still plaques me, that’s until today brought me some luck and a much needed new bird.

A local birder posted this morning from Lost Bridge that while checking out the ever expanding mud flats under the bridge, he was unable to re-locate the Baird’s Sandpiper seen the day before, however he was able to spot a Red-necked Phalarope. And once again I started to get that twitch and all I can think about is hitting the road. Lost Bridge is an hour away from home and with rush hour traffic that estimate could easily double. And to top it off I had to run to the grocery store and pick up a few necessities. So even with all these obstacles I arrived at Lost bridge at 5:00 pm, and no other birder in sight. I thought this odd considering the turnover of birds in this location especially during migration. Oh well, I’ll give myself high 5’s all around on my new life bird.

The smallest of the 3 species of Phalarope’s, the Red-necked Phalarope measures at 7 3/4″ (20 cm). This picture was taken quite a distance away and heavily cropped.

And if that wasn’t enough I was also able to re-locate the American Golden Plover, and since he was a little closer I was able to get a decent picture.

American Golden Plover

And then to top it off I was able to get some very good looks at a Stilt Sandpiper. I’ve only seen one other one and that was a couple of years ago at Treaty Line Road mud flats at Brookville Lake. Today I was a little closer, and to be able to look over the field marks of this bird really helps.

Stilt Sandpiper

I was only at Lost bridge for about an hour, and it was worth it. The Baird’s Sandpiper will have to wait for another day, and despite that I have one on my life list already, I’m not too sad. It was a very enjoyable drive home.

Notable birds for the day include:

  1. Red-necked Phalarope
  2. Stilt Sandpiper
  3. Spotted Sandpiper
  4. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  5. Pectoral Sandpiper
  6. Least Sandpiper
  7. Baird’s Sandpiper
  8. American Golden Plover
  9. Killdeer
  10. Belted Kingfisher
  11. Cedar Waxwing
  12. Great Egret
  13. Great Blue Heron