Today I found a rarity. Not a rare species, but a rare banded individual shorebird, an adult Semipalmated Sandpiper at the Muskegon Wastewater Complex. The bird was hanging out with a large group of Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, and other than its 2 yellow color bands on its left tibiotarsus and aluminum band on its right tibiotarsus, it did not stand out. Here are the best photos of the bird I could manage, given the late afternoon overcast skies and distance.
I anxiously await hearing of this bird's origin, and will report back once I learn it.
Other highlights from today's visit include the following:
-Melanistic Ruddy Duck (1): 1 with 217 normal Ruddy Ducks birds in the east lagoon viewed from the center dike. Presumably the same bird seen on and off for months now. Photo:
-Pectoral Sandpiper- 1 adult, south central infiltration basin. Photo:
-Semipalmated Sandpiper- 15 adults, mostly in south central infiltration basin
-Least Sandpiper- 15 adults, south central infiltration basin and aerator basins
-Lesser Yellowlegs- 15 adults, south central infiltration basin and aerator basins
-Semipalmated Plover- 3 adults, south central infiltration basin
- juvenile Horned Lark- 2 in westmost aerator. Strange plumage, often mistaken for Sprague's Pipit. Photo: