Western & Baird's Sandpipers


Dateland Shrimp Farm, AZ
Aug-Sep, 2003, hot & sunny
- narrated by Henry Detwiler

Three trips to a Shrimp Farm north of Dateland during August and September of 2003

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Common Green Darners
24 Aug 2003

Six miles north of Dateland is a shrimp farm with three ponds adjacent to the highway, and another two ponds a little farther west. These pictures are of dragonflies, damselflies, and birds that we've seen there during three trips in August and September.

Familiar Bluets breeding
24 Aug 2003

Desert Forktail, 24 Aug 2003

On the 24th of August, while out exploring with a friend, we happened upon these ponds, and found lots of odes and birds, including my first Yuma County Snowy Plovers.

We've seen the Snowy Plovers on 24 Aug, 9 Sep, and again on 13 Sep.  They were very approachable, and walked within 15 feet of me.
Snowy Plover, 9 Sep 2003

Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes have been there since our first visit.  They were at a peak on 9 Sep, with 100+ individuals.  On the 13th there were only about a dozen individuals still present.

Wilson's Phalarope, 9 Sep 2003

Baird's Sandpiper, 9 Sep 2003

Baird's Sandpipers were only present during my 9 Sep 2003 visit.  Five individuals were very cooperative, allowing close views of their long primaries and good comparisons with Western Sandpipers.

A single Semipalmated Plover was present on the 13th of September.  I was happy to get several close pictures.  Also on Saturday we saw a Marbled Godwit, another first (for me) in Yuma County!  

Semipalmated Plover, 13 Sep 03 

Marl Pennant, Desert Forktail and Common Green Darner  Exuviae, 13 Sep 03

Among the many damselflies and dragonflies were many Powdered Damsels, like the one  below.  On the 13th, we saw these Saddlebags to the left.  On the same stalk were two more Bluets and an Exuviae (shed dragonfly skin).
Powdered Dancer, 24 Aug 03

In August and September we saw a species of Saddlebags that looked much like a young Red Saddlebags--my first Marl Pennant!

female Marl Pennant, 13 Sep 03 

American Avocet, 13 Sep 03

American Avocets were present in good numbers on Saturday the 13th, as were Black-necked Stilts.  Other shorebirds we've seen at the Shirmp Farm are: Willet, Greater Yellowlegs, and  Western, Least, Spotted, & Solitary Sandpipers. We've also spotted: Black & Forster's Terns, White-fronted Geese, and Peregrine Falcon.

Photos Henry D. Detwiler