|Semipalmated Plover (back middle), White-rumped Sandpiper (middle) and Semi. Sands. © Joseph DiCostanzo|
|White-rumped (center) - note darker breast - and Semi. Sandpipers . © Joseph DiCostanzo|
|White-rumped (right) - note longer bill - and Semi. Sandpipers . © Joseph DiCostanzo|
|White-rumped (in back) - note long wings projecting beyond tail - and Semi. Sandpipers . © Joseph DiCostanzo|
After getting pictures of the bird I headed up to my apartment to post the sighting on-line (5:01 pm). I also made some phone calls and sent some text messages to alert others. I also wanted to see the bird from my apartment window to add it to my personal apartment list. It became species 112 for my apartment list! It may also be a first record for New York County. Certainly, Cornell's eBirds site does not yet list the species for the county.
Within 15 minutes of my putting the post out on ebirdsnyc, Nate O'Reilly was on scene looking at the birds. A few minutes after I got back down to the shore from by apartment Nadir Souirgi arrived by bike to see the bird. For a while after that we explained what we were looking at to various passers-by and gave people looks at the birds through our binoculars and Nadir's scope. A few more local birders who had seen my post also arrived to see the bird. I went back to my apartment a few minutes after six and posted the sighting again, this time to the inwoodbirders list. Ann and I went back out again after 6:15, but at that point we only found six remaining Semi. Sands. and no sign of the Semi. Plover or the White-rump. I hope the birds are back in the morning for anyone else who may try for them. I will be out again Sunday morning.