While taking Giacomo home from school in Cocoa as always on Thursdays, I
occasionally stop by Port St John boat ramp just south of Fay Blvd on US 1.
There's a little inlet type area with a grounded boat just north of the ramp
and you can sometimes find stuff wandering around. Well, today among the pair
of Black-necked Stilts, 8-10 Least Sandpipers, 1 Western Sandpiper, 2
Greater Yellowlegs, 6 Ruddy Turnstones and 2 Mottled Ducks was a FOS Pectoral
Sandpiper. They were all busy foraging and the Pec almost escaped me until it
stood upright. It was rather small as Pecs go and standing alone with nothing
to compare it to, which is why initially I didn't catch it.
May be worth taking a peek there from time to time should you not be able
to make the trip up to the refuge for a shorebird fix.
Incidentally, while driving home along Shiloh Marsh Road yesterday I found
a pair of Wilson's Plovers about 1 mile or so south of Weather Tower Road
interesct. Wasn't too much else as the water is up on the marsh side, but
there were numbers building along the lagoon side. Scattered mixed peeps here
and there consisting mostly of Short-billed Dowitchers, Semipalmated Plovers,
Western and Least Sandpipers, Dunlin, Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones, with a
few BB Plovers.
See you out there!
Thomas J. Dunkerton
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