Jul 26 2012
It’s still summer — especially today with a forecast heat index of 100oF — but fall migration has already begun.
Shorebirds are on the move and this year we may see some rarities in land-locked western Pennsylvania because the drought has lowered water levels and exposed many mud flats.
Last Sunday Shawn Collins saw sanderlings at Tamarack Lake in Crawford County and on Tuesday five American avocets were a one-day-wonder at Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County.
Check the edges of local lakes and you’ll likely find killdeer, sandpiper “peeps,” spotted sandpipers, solitary sandpipers, and lesser yellowlegs. If you’re lucky you’ll find a surpise like the avocet pictured above.
And if thunderstorms or heat force you indoors, stop by Steve Gosser’s exhibit at Penn State’s New Kensington campus to see beautiful photographs of birds.
Steve’s one-man show, My Feathered Friends – Bird Portraits, runs through Friday, July 27. This is your last chance to see it. Click here for directions.
(photo by Steve Gosser)