[Tweeters] Cow Lake Shorebirds
isacoff at gonzaga.edu
Tue Aug 5 08:09:56 PDT 2014
Per Randy Hill's excellent tip, Cow Lake (Adams Co.) is forming into a very large mudflat. About 200 shorebirds were there yesterday:
Avocet (with fledglings)
Also both adult and juvenile Black Terns feeding and roosting and some good views of young Virginia Rails sneaking around the edge of the reeds. With the amount of water left and the deeper basin along the basalt cliffs, this should be a productive spot well into fall.
Sheep Lake (just South of Sprague) also has excellent mud, though shorebird activity was limited to Killdeer, Spotted SP, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. The surprise of the day was a SANDHILL CRANE at Sheep. Interestingly (or perhaps not) there was a lone bird in pretty much the same spot in early September last year.
Jon Isacoff, Spokane
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