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Putting my personal disappointment aside (Wednesday would have been my first 
opportunity to go for it), I thought it apposite to convey a word of thanks 
to Patrick Leary  for his many erudite posts since the Greater Sand-Plover 
was first found at HMP.
Selfless birders and the great service from the FLARBA folks make Florida a 
great State for 'knowing what's about' and, more importantly, conveying the 
message that the welfare of the bird must always come first.

Terry Donovan
Windermere
Orange County

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From: "Patrick Leary" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 5:21 PM
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [FLBIRDS] Greater Sand-plover Status

> Members: With no reported sightings of the Greater Sand-plover yesterday 
> and none forthcoming today, it appears that Lenore McCullagh's sighting ca 
> 1100H on the 26th represents the last confirmed observation. If this 
> proves to be the case, the plover's stop-over at HMP lasted just an hour 
> or more over 12 days total. The initial sighting was ca 0930H on the 14th 
> and the last ca 1100H on the 26th. Far short of the multi-month duration 
> of the first GSPL recorded in CA. It may be no accident that most of the 
> region's seasonal shorebird migrants also departed in the last few days. 
> Very few shorebird species in alternate plumage remain in the area. Per 
> yesterday's count, just 60 odd Red knot remained here and most of these 
> were in basic plumage.
>
> Note: We surveyed Nassau Sound (next inlet north of HMP) this morning and 
> glassed another large wash flat that supports abundant fiddler crabs and 
> Wilson's plovers. We recorded 35 WIPL there this morning but no GSPL. This 
> may suggest that the latter has moved well out of the region and perhaps 
> the state. There are additional wash flats with the same elements (fiddler 
> crabs - WIPL) in the Ft. George River north of HMP and enterprising 
> birders might inspect those local sites for the missing plover.
>
> Sorry to convey this news for all those planning visits to see the 
> "celebrity plover",
>
> Doris and Pat Leary, Fernandina Beach
>
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