Revised 2011 bird total:
437 species

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Baird's, White-rumped!

With Hurricane Irene around several good birds including Sooty Terns, Bridled Terns, and most excitingly a BROWN-CHESTED MARTIN have been seen by good birders, especially on the Eastern Shore (5 hours from me) so I couldn't see them, but I had a great day today.  A good birder about 45 minutes away reported a Baird's Sandpiper, a rare bird here and a lifer I needed, so my dad and I went to the site.  We arrived on site but Pete (the guy who found it) was there and it turned out he had a misidentification and it was a common Least Sandpiper.  Oh well.  We went to Shenandoah National Park for a quick hike on the way home and then something happened just before we got home.  Let's back this all up a bit.  Earlier this morning I made a quick run through my neighborhood to look for birds.  I found 5 sandpipers at a local pond but I'm not good with identifying shorebirds and they remained "unknown" to me but I posted photos of them asking for ID help to a local birding listserv.  So, when on the way back from the failed search for Baird's Sandpiper I came across Allen Larner, one of the best local birders.  He gave me the exciting news that 2 of my sandpipers were lifers for me and fairly rare for the area.  One was a White-rumped Sandpiper and the other was a BAIRD'S Sandpiper, the species that was mistakenly reported by Pete that I was on my way back from looking for!  The other shorebirds at the pond of the Baird's and White-rumped were Leasts.  Allen taught me all the distinguishing features of Baird's.  Thanks so much Allen!

What a great day.



  1. Awesome, Gabriel. I'm the Pete Myers who had to correct the identification. I am so glad you got to see boths pecies

  2. Hi Pete, it was nice to meet you and great to see a Baird's after all.