After several attempts this year, and 15+ years of trying, I finally tracked down one of my most wanted birds.
My brother and I joined forces with some fellow birders, Jan and Ed, and made our way to the Hamilton sod fields in the hunt for plovers. Earlier in the day a Buff-breasted had been reported in with several American Golden Plovers.
We scanned multiple fields, but were only able to scrounge up Killdeer, a few Horned Larks and a few American Golden Plovers.
After we arrived at our final field we hopped out of the jeep and started scanning with the scopes. After a quick scan it happened…I saw a smaller brown shorebird…I was barely able to shriek it out, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER! After a quick high-five we hopped back into the jeep and continued down the road for a closer look. I was able to get a few pictures with my BBerry up to my scope. It provided excellent looks for us all. What a lifer! And number 365 for my Big Year.
We dipped on the Western Kingbird that was reported earlier, but it may have gone to roost for the night.
Photo: Killdeer, American Golden Plover and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER!