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ME TOO!  Thanks to both Learys.  Janice Bessinger, Macclenny, FL

--- On Thu, 5/28/09, Terry Donovan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From: Terry Donovan <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [FLBIRDS] Greater Sand-plover Status
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Thursday, May 28, 2009, 5:44 PM
> 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
> 
> --------------------------------------------------
> 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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