[Tweeters] M Street Peeps 4/26, 28

Tim Brennan tsbrennan at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 28 13:57:56 PDT 2013

Hey Tweets! The mud's good at M Street, near Emerald Downs in Auburn! On Friday, I swung through and found 30 or so Least Sandpipers and a couple of Western Sandpipers, along with a half-dozen or so American Pipits in the southernmost field. Today, I got a call from Pete Fahey, who went down for the Westerns and found that the numbers had grown to 150 peeps or so, including a Semipalmated Sandpiper. I wasn't able to relocate the bird when I got down there at 10:30 or so - Pete joined me at 11:00 and we worked for a while, but wind and clouds and tall grass made it hard to pick through all of the shorebirds. Dunlin, Killdeer and Greater Yellowlegs have been in there off and on, and the same fields had a Long-billed Dowitcher back in January - definitely worth a look! Emerald Downs racetrack is open for business today, so it's not the best time to check it out, but they were kind and let me take a quick peek from the fence - nothing but hundreds and hundreds of swallows this time, but it has had shorebirds for me before, so it seemed worth a check. Happy birding! -Tim Brennan

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