Every Saturday Connie has been conducting a shorebird count at the Montlake Fill to document the effects of the mitigation/restoration project there. Last weekend she counted nothing but the resident Killdeer, and she thought perhaps the migrating ones had all passed through.
So I went down this past Saturday without any high expectations -- perhaps just more Killdeer. And the first shorebird I saw was, in fact, this delightful Killdeer chick:
But then I stopped by the Main Pond with its muddy bank, and saw this:
A Lesser Yellowlegs! Haven't seen one there in ages. And it had company:
A Least Sandpiper...and more company:
Long-billed Dowitchers--quite a nice little collection!
So perhaps shorebird migration isn't over yet.
Unfortunately, this coming week the forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s, which is not comfortable here in Seattle where the humidity tends to be higher. I may be hunkered down indoors for a while.