Yesterday morning I visited Marl Bed Flats again. I’m pretty amazed at how good this place has been in May. It’s given me several Seminole County firsts, including a Short-billed Dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper and now a Semipalmated Plover. Black-necked Stilts are still here, though in much smaller numbers; now only about 4 remain (out of over 40 in April). I’ve seen 12 species of shorebirds here over the last week–I’m not sure what it is about this inland location that’s attractive to them, but I’m not complaining.
And strangely enough there’s also at least one Savannah Sparrow still here. It’s three weeks late in leaving us. As best I can tell it’s healthy, so it’s really puzzling to me. Maybe it wants to stay for the June Challenge, but I suspect that’s too much to hope for.