I spent some time yesterday morning at Farmington Bay WMA, it was my first time visiting there this year after they opened the gates past Goose Egg Island on September 15th. They close that area during the nesting season to prevent disturbances. Opening the gates means there is access to more areas to find and photograph birds and this time of the year with shorebirds migrating through there is always the hope of finding something unusual like the Ruff my friend Neil Paprocki spotted last week. I missed seeing it.
I didn’t see any unusual shorebirds yesterday but I did photograph some of them in bad light. A few wading birds; on the other hand, did show up in nice light. There were Snowy Egrets, juvenile Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons and this White-faced-Ibis foraging at Farmington Bay to photograph.
White-faced Ibis are migratory and I am not seeing them in the large numbers that I had earlier this year but I have also seen White-faced Ibis here as late as Christmas Day.
Life is good.