During the late July reporting period, we saw a continuing rarity report for WHITE-EYED EASTERN TOWHEE at Back Bay NWR on 27 Jul (ph. Karen & Tom Beatty), as well as an early/unseasonal occurrence for AMERICAN REDSTART at a private residence in Hunt Club Forest on 28 Jul (ph. Karen & Tom Beatty). Other first-of-season arrivals included: WESTERN SANDPIPER at Back Bay NWR on 22 Jul (obs. June McDaniels), RUDDY TURNSTONE also at Back Bay NWR on 22 Jul (obs. Marlee Morris), STILT SANDPIPER in a flooded field north of Pleasant Ridge Road on 26 Jul (obs. Andrew Baldelli) and lastly, RED KNOT flying south past Back Bay NWR on 29 Jul (obs. Rob Bielawski).
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LOOKAHEAD: With regards to annually expected fall arrivals, as of the reporting period close date, we have not yet logged first arrivals for DUNLIN (30 Jul average expected arrival), YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, YELLOW WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, AMERICAN REDSTART, SCARLET TANAGER & WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (5 Aug) and BANK SWALLOW (10 Aug). If you observe one of these species before the date listed, please try to document the sighting as best as you can! Please also remember that every species’ expected fall arrival date can be viewed in table format by Clicking Here!
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