Greetings all… welcome to October posting. About time I got around to this, but I was hoping at least one comment would come in, but alas I’m like a month out now and nada, zip, chirp chirp chirp. Oh well, I guess life will go on. Truth be told I’ve been horribly busy as of late and just now getting over the brunt of it. There are plenty of posts coming up to highlight all the interesting activities, but as a foreshadowing, this month brought about another long race and our annual Halloween Cookout. Jumping back to the now, let me introduce you to my little friend.
On a bit of confession here. I must admit that I was not actively aware I had this specific bird in the tin. In fact, the opinion was just the opposite – total disappointment over having missed a great opportunity to get a +1 for the day’s birding efforts. At least a month or so back I was birding with my brother at one of my favorite spots – Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge. Ron had come down the night before in hopes of scouting out some large floodles that had formed in the area.
There were a number of posts out on IBET documenting interesting shorebirds that were frequenting the area. With the general bird watching opportunities turning quite dull, the chance to add some Pipers and like to the birding list was an exciting opportunity. We arrived at the area (on the Dickson Mounds road believe it is Rt 9) fairly early in the morning. In our first pass we noticed a tremendous amount of activity out in the fields to the left. On our way back we ended up pulling into a wide spot and walking back to see what we could shoot.