White-rumped Sandpipers (?!?!) at Willcox, 3 June 2009


Gavin Bieber and I checked out Willcox Twin Lakes golf course this afternoon and were lucky enough to stumble into 10 White-rumped Sandpipers. The previous high count for Arizona was 2 at one time. There are only 6 other late spring records published in the latest "Finding Birds in SEAZ" (thanks for the info. Mark Stevenson).

Above are 2 pictures of the White-rumped Sandpipers. One is of a flock of 9 birds huddling close together in a tight group after flying around in wide circles for a few minutes. The other photograph is a few of the sandpipers in flight flaunting how they got their names ( their white rumps ). Also while cruising around the pond a Black-crowned Night-Heron was making a fairly large meal out of an unfortunate Tiger Salamander. These salamanders (in all stages of life) are a main food source for the herons/egrets that are often seen around this sewage effluent pond.

Enjoy the pictures!

Jake Mohlmann
Tucson, AZ

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