Yes, three life birds, all locally rare species, congregating in a puddle in a cornfield: JoAnne Russo of Vermont Green Threads alerted me to it with a message on Facebook (Thanks, JoAnne) It took me three days and three different trips though to get a good set of pictures. Lucky for me the birds stayed around. The third was my lucky day because this time the American Golden Plover, that I had missed on the first two days, showed up.
He was the star of the show, a juvenile American Golden Plover, still showing the gold speckling on his rump. He is a transient visitor migrating from the northern tundra to his wintering grounds in South America. Most migrate through the Great Plains but a a few show up in the Northeast.
Also present that day were two Black-bellied Plovers which are much more common here
From a distance, with their long yellowish legs, they are easily confused with Lesser Yellowlegs but for their long drooping bill.
The Dunlin was my third lifer. Here in this photo the Dunlin is on the left and Stilt Sandpiper on the right. They are very similar in size, but the Dunlin is much stockier with a thicker bill.
I had seen White-rumped Sandpipers on the coast on Plum Island before but they are not often seen inland during their long-distance migration from the Canadian Arctic to Patagonia.
Three White-rumps preening, showing their white rumps
And lastly there were several Killdeer. They are so ubiquitous that it's easy to overlook them.
Farm stores are busy selling local produce.
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