I stopped at a variety of locations in hopes to find a few migrating sandpipers back on September 16th. They can show up anywhere… I’ve found them on the Hudson River, small ponds & even puddles alongside roads. I’ve usually seen one by now, but with zero sightings, I figured I’d pick up the pace a bit.
The first stop was the Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Mansion. There is a pond/marsh area there that I figured could be a solid place to start.
Sadly, it was a strike out. There were plenty of other birds though, such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, and even a few common yellowthroats. There were plenty of eastern painted turtles sitting out as well. After a while, we drove out to Staatsburg to check along the Hudson River.
Norrie Point was next on the my list of stops. I figured the area by the education center could provide a few sandpiper sightings. Once again, it was a swing and a miss. We tried the Mills Mansion historic site too, a place where I’ve seen a few in the past. Again, nothing.
Finally, on the way home, I figured I should stop at Vassar Farm and check there. It is the place were I have most consistently found sandpipers the last two years. If I was going to find one this day, it would be here.
With the belted kingfisher and herons watching me scour the area, I didn’t turn up a single sighting! It just didn’t seem possible that I went the whole day without one.
I guess it is what it is, it wasn’t my day. At least I got to enjoy being outside on another beautiful weekend! I did take some other scenery shots when I wasn’t finding sandpipers. 😛