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Iona - Upland Sandpiper and more - May 25 2013

Posted by birder on Sunday, May 26, 2013
I went to my computer this morning, to find that an Upland Sandpiper had been seen at Iona! Really excited, I manged to get to Iona by 9:30 AM, 3 and a half hours after it had first been seen at 6:00 AM.

I arrived at Iona, and managed a picture of this male Yellow-headed Blackbird, I only took a few, because my main focus was on finding the Upland Sandpiper. Here is a photo of the blackbird:

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I now ran into a birder I have met before who was also looking at the blackbird, Michelle Lamberson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vitrain/). She let me know that the Upland Sandpiper was hanging out in the inner sewage ponds (the four ponds where there is restricted access). I went down to where she told me, and headed to where the Upland Sandpiper was being seen. On the way there, this Black Swift flew over:

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I now arrived to the northwest corner of the northeast pond, and there it was! Along with many other people, I got to see and photograph the Upland Sandpiper! A lifer for me and many others! The sandpiper was actually quite cooperative and gave us all great looks:

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What a cool bird! It was awesome to watch it.


During the times when the Upland Sandpiper was less visible or hidden completely, I checked the other ponds. In them, birds included these ones:

Brewer's Blackbird
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Ruddy Duck (with Northern Shovelers)
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Wilson's Phalarope (with Northern Shovelers)
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Pectoral Sandpipers
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Northern Shoveler x Blue-winged Teal hybrid
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Cinnamon Teal
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Wow! It was awesome seeing the Upland Sandpiper and all the other birds around. Thanks Michelle for giving me directions on where to find the sandpiper!


Thanks for looking!



 

 

 

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