Shorebirds

The southwest end of Lake Meredith is about 4 (maybe more) miles further north than it was in 1984.  The surface area of the lake is probably less than one-third (possibly closer to a quarter) of what it was then.  A lot of the southern end is very shallow now because of all the silt washed in over the last 50 years since the dam was built.  There are lots of sandbars.  Not a great place any more for boaters and skiers, but paradise for waders.  For the last couple of months there have been hundreds of shorebirds on the south end of the lake, standing on the cliffs at Fritch Fortress and  looking out over the lake with a spotting scope you can see scores of American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, Killdeer, Least and Baird’s and Spotted Sandpipers, Snowy Plovers, Greater Yellowlegs, Willets, Long-billed Curlews, Wilson’s Phalarope, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, White-faced Ibis, Sanderlings, White-rumped Sandpipers, and Sandhill Cranes.

Here’s photos of a few of them.

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Wilson’sPhalarope

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American Avocet

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American Avocet and a Black-necked Stilt and some smaller peeps that I’m not sure of the ID on.

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Spotted Sandpiper

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Snowy Plover

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See other waders and shorebirds that I’ve photographed in the gallery at the top of this page.

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