This afternoon I visited the Conewago Trail wetlands to check for shorebirds. As I was walking up to the wetlands three Lesser Yellowlegs flew out, heading north. There was also one Spotted Sandpiper present, otherwise it was devoid of shorebirds, unfortunately. However, two injured waterfowl species were present; a Snow Goose and an adult male Canvasback. I searched around for a little while longer, and wasn’t finding anything interesting, so I decided to leave. When I started walking back out to my car, 29 Least Sandpipers and 1 Greater Yellowlegs flew in and landed on the mud flat! Below are some photos and my complete checklist.
Conewago Recreation Trail and Wetlands, Lancaster, US-PA Aug 17, 2011 3:10 PM - 4:10 PM Protocol: Area 1.0 ac 24 species Snow Goose 1 white type; clearly injured right wing Canada Goose 2 Wood Duck 8 - all juveniles Canvasback 1 - adult male; clearly injured Turkey Vulture 6 Cooper's Hawk 1 - juvenile female Red-tailed Hawk 3 - 2 adults, 1 juvenile American Kestrel 1 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Greater Yellowlegs 1 foraging alongside the LESA's Lesser Yellowlegs 3 flew up out of the wetlands as I was arriving Least Sandpiper 29 - 20 juveniles, 9 adults Rock Pigeon 30 Mourning Dove 10 Eastern Kingbird 1 Blue Jay 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1 Tree Swallow 10 Bank Swallow 6 Barn Swallow 20 House Wren 2 Gray Catbird 3 European Starling 2 American Goldfinch 6