This morning I drove out to Marl Bed Flats. It rained last night, and I was hoping something interesting might show itself out on the flats. I got my wish when I saw a couple Semipalmated Plovers in the muddy areas along the lake shore. I also flushed a Wilson's Snipe--a common species in March, but pretty rare this time of year. I would have arrived at work happy just to see these.
However, down by the shore of Lake Jesup I came across a loose flock of yellowlegs and Black-necked Stilts. As I was taking photos of the yellowlegs, one turned its head and the bill was too short for a yellowlegs. Then I saw a profile view of the bird and a flight shot, and I was blown a way. A Ruff, practically in my back yard! This bird is about 20 minutes from my home. I still can hardly believe it.
Bobolinks with 2 Least Sandpipers
Another highlight was about 150+ Bobolinks in the same area. I got one pretty fun flight shot of them, mostly males with a few females sprinkled in. It was fun to find a couple Least Sandpipers mixed in with the Bobolinks.