Quansoo shorebirds

by Lanny McDowell on August 1, 2009

Soo and Bob and I went out to Quansoo, parking at Crab Creek and hoofing out toward the Tisbury Great Pond opening.   Shorebirds of all sizes were scattered broadly over extensive exposed tidal flats inside the the cut to the sea.

Those two guys were on scopes and I was stalking feeding birds with my Canon rig.  The best moments for me were hearing the Whimbrel in my sights talk to three others winging by, then lofting to meet them.  And, then, just before we left the beach, a Stilt Sandpiper dropped in very briefly to join two SB Dows.

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Whimbrel, Short-billed Dows – so much for the ID factor of the ratio of white to black in the tail feathers, one Semi sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs and a Stilt Sandpiper … not bad for a trio of bird geeks on a July morning on the Vineyard.

By the way, if you are on the Vineyard this weekend, come to my artist reception Sunday 5-7 at the Simon Gallery in Vineyard Haven on Main Street.  That’s August 2nd.

See you there.  It is a weeklong show for Lanny McDowell Avian Art, bird photographs among the Reggae and rock and roll photos of the Vineyard’s own Peter Simon.  His wife Ronni exhibits an extensive line of her own jewelry creations and jewel-like sculptures.

Birds are cool!  Lanny


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Greg Braun 08.03.09 at 4:41 pm

Thanks, Lanny. Great shots. I’m not sure if you got a copy of our piping plover report regarding the surveys near St. Lucie Inlet. I was able to get one of your shots of a banded bird into the report. Thanks for your help.

Greg

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Lanny McDowell 08.03.09 at 5:52 pm

Greg, you are totally welcome. I had a great time out there on the sand flats. If you mean a paper mailing, I do not think I got it. If it’s an emailed report, maybe you could resend it when you have a moment.

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