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Lake Cuyamaca Baird’s Sandpipers

10:37 am

An early-morning check of Lake Cuyamaca on Sunday found clearly lowering water levels, which may become “too dry” in just another one to two weeks. And given that much of the lake extension is choked with invasive plants, the shorebird habitat is unfortunately quite limited. What shorebirds were there today were almost all along the southeast side of the large temporary lake (can be best accessed by hiking out from Stonewall Mine, or scoped VERY distantly from highway 78 only very early in the morning before heat distortion becomes an issue). Among the shorebirds were 3 Baird’s Sandpipers, which may or may not have departed the lake with a flock of Leasts. Other shorebirds were 20 Leasts, 15 Killdeer, 5 Spotteds, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, and 1 Long-billed Dowitcher. The 2 summering basic-plumaged Common Loons continue, but they are going to run out of water at some point in the near future. Six White-faced Ibis. Two Green-winged Teal. The usual Bald Eagle and bunch of Wild Turkeys.
Yesterday, at the Salt Works from the end of 13th there was a Lesser Yellowlegs and 9 Wilson’s Phalaropes (w/15 Red-neckeds). Summering Ring-necked Duck and American Wigeon continued at the upper end of Sweetwater Reservoir.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego