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Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 7:53 AM
Subject: shorebirds

Some recent shorebird observations: Wilson's plovers are staging in large nos. in local inlets with >100 recorded in Nassau Sound (Big Bird Island) on Sat. morning. The vanguard of Piping plovers has long since arrived with one Michigan bird passing through a week ago. Despite the arrival of migrants, some Wilson plover pairs on nearby Cumberland Island still have chicks varying in age from a few days to fully fledged. 

First flock of Red Knots present in Nassau Sound on Sat. with one, SW Florida-banded bird, arrived within 24 hours of same date and location as recorded in 06. 

Short-billed dowitchers returned in large nos. (100s) Western Sandpiper passing through with >100 Willet present. The annual fall assemblages of mixed larid species are forming in local inlets and will build to 10,000 ~ 20,000 through August. One group of, multi-aged, Lesser Black Back gulls sighted on the north end of Lt. Talbot Island and the first Great Black Back gull arrived. 

Doris and Patrick Leary, Fernandina Beach

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