Friday, May 14, 2010
A Needle in a Haystack
In almost exactly 24 hours from now our team will be at the Heislerville impoundments in Cumberland county looking at HUGE flocks of sandpipers. Most will be common species, but somewhere in there will be rare birds be need to find. It's problematic to pull these rare birds out of so many birds and the tendency is to stay too long. Our team is pretty good at knowing when to say "Go!" whether we get the bird or not. These pics were taken there a few hours ago, the one shows a flock of several THOUSAND shorebirds (the haystack) and the other is a Curlew Sandpiper I found among them (the needle). Amazing sight! I'm going to take a nap now before the event. I think we're as prepared as we can be and time will tell if we have what it takes to win this year. I know we will be doing our best.