Photographs by Frank

9 September 2015

Solitary Sandpipers

Filed under: Autumn,Birds,Monadnock Region,Wildlife — Tags: — Frank @ 11:00 PM

The Monadnock Paper Mill in Bennington has drawn down the water level in Powdermill Pond so that they can work on their dam. This has exposed large expanses of mudflats. The last time this happened (according to the Fall newsletter from the Harris Center*) thirteen species of shorebird were found using this temporary habitat during the Fall migration.

This afternoon, I headed over to the NH Fish and Wildlife boat launch in Greenfield to see what was around. As I was standing on the boat ramp (which ends a good thirty feet from the nearest bit of water), I saw four peeps come in for a landing on the flats and promptly lost them. They really blend in well!

I shouldered the tripod and Big Bertha and headed over closer to where they landed. By the time I got the tripod set up at kneeling height, one of the peeps showed itself at the waters edge.  I spent the next hour watching six solitary sandpipers “do their thing”. (I’m not sure if the additional two where already there or if they flew in and I did not notice.)

The birds spent most of the time foraging and twice I saw dragonfly nymphs being consumed. There was also some bathing and preening activity.

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Solitary Sandpiper #1
Solitary Sandpiper #1
Solitary Sandpiper Foraging #1
Solitary Sandpiper Foraging #1
Solitary Sandpiper #2
Solitary Sandpiper #2
Solitary Sandpiper Foraging #2
Solitary Sandpiper Foraging #2
Solitary Sandpiper with Prey
Solitary Sandpiper with Prey
Solitary Sandpiper Bathing
Solitary Sandpiper Bathing

* Eric Masterson from the Harris Center will be leading a trip to Powdermill Pond on 16 Sept. to look for shore birds; check out the Harris Center calendar for details.


 

1 Comment

  1. Well done, my friend!

    The Sandpiper with Prey is a winner!

    I like the reflections in the first couple as well.

    fun final one splashing around.

    Comment by Joe — 10 September 2015 @ 1:09 PM

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