Shorebirders like rain. They know rain can bring wonderful things. A case in point: earlier this afternoon mocosocoBirds published this post which describes American Golden-Plovers and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Selody Sod Farm in Montgomery Township. These are VERY nice species in the land of mocosocoBirds.
And then it rained. Profusely.
After the rain, Simon Lane, and later Jeff Ellerbusch, tallied the following shorebird species:
Semipalmated Sandpiper (23)
This is a first known Somerset County record for Baird’s Sandpiper. Congratulations to Simon for finding it. And what a haul for Montgomery Township!
Editor’s Note: An update to the original post. A Baird’s Sandpiper was found by Mark Harris on Sep. 10, 2012 at Selody Sod Farm. The record was listed on eBirded and accepted.