It's interesting. Many shorebirds like the Solitary Sandpiper spend very little time actually on their breeding grounds. According to the TAS Austin-area checklist, Solitary Sandpipers are most common around here from mid-March to mid-May during spring migration, and then from July until September during their fall migration. So from March until September, that leaves only about a month and a half when we don't see any in the Austin area either heading north or heading south.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
It's Saturday afternoon and I'm finally making a quick post about birding on Thursday. I had the afternoon off and spent about 3 hours birding Lake Creek Trail starting at the new parking lot and walking the entire length to the Parmer Village development. On the creek next to the parking lot I found a new bird for the year -- 2 Solitary Sandpipers. I got this picture of one, eating something it just caught. These birds breed in the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada, and they winter in central and south America. A few actually winter in south Texas, and sometimes a few can be found in the Austin area in the winter. 2 winters ago I actually found a few on Lake Creek. But since then I have only seen them here during migration and in the summer.
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