Three species you're sure to see this time of year are Wilson's Phalarope, American Avocet, and Black-necked Stilt.
|common sight in Fall|
|Wilson's Phalarope feeding in a vortex|
|Stilt Sandpipers with a Greater Yellowlegs|
These two yellowlegs provided a nice comparison.
|Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs|
The cutest bird award goes to the Semipalmated Plover.
One of my favorite birds to find here is the White-faced Ibis. Their feathers shimmer beautifully in the light and I never try to turn one into a Semipalmated Sandpiper.
In May, a Hudsonian Godwit was found with a Marbled Godwit buddy, making it the sixth record for the state, five from Lake Cochise.
|Marbled Godwit (left) with Hudsonian Godwit (right)|
A Red Knot was discovered here in July, earlier than any of the state's twelve accepted records.
|Red Knot (photo courtesy Arlene Ripley, used with permission)|
Lake Cochise is not as well known for its fall migrants as some other places. But living in the desert, I can't complain. Other amazing finds here over the years include Black Turnstone, Mew Gull, Royal Tern, Black Skimmer, and Parasitic Jaeger. I'm looking forward to some more rarities this fall. Who knows, maybe a new state bird will show up like a Surfbird or Curlew Sandpiper. Stranger things have happened.