White-rumped Sandpipers at Spoonbill Pond

Today was the spring field trip to Spoonbill Pond for Duval Audubon Society. We had a very good mix of birds but the highlight was undoubtedly an extremely cooperative White-rumped Sandpiper that was feeding right next to the boardwalk. The lighting was very poor for taking pictures but the proximity of the bird to the group was spectacular, and it was life bird for many. I’ve written before on some identification tips for this species, so please feel free to reference back to that post as it might be helpful.

White-rumped Sandpiper. 12 May 2018. Duval County.

I searched in vain for the Stilt Sandpipers but could not find any from any viewpoint around the pond. The rest of the day was pleasant but uneventful in terms of any other rarities or excitement.

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