When my wife and I arrived at 8am, there was nothing to be seen at all! The fog was so thick that you could barely see more than 50 feet in front of you. We were on a tight schedule because I had to be all the way back in Indianapolis (about a 2 hour drive) for work at 1:30, and I was extremely worried about my chances of seeing this bird. While waiting for the fog to wear off, it was fun to talk with all of the birders that had come to the property for this rarity - some all the way from Texas and Pennsylvania.
At 10:30 the fog started to clear, and by 10:45 it was completely gone. Lee Sterrenburg got a call from another group of birders that they had found the bird in another field, and everyone rushed off in search of the bird. Luckily, I was one of the first people to arrive (it was half-mile hike), and I saw the bird right away! It stayed for about 3 or 4 minutes and then took flight. It was too quick for me to get photos, but my friend Ryan Sanderson was able to stick around for quite awhile and got some great photos in the afternoon despite the fact that the bird stayed pretty far away.
|One of the Spotted Redshank shots from Ryan Sanderson. More shots of this bird can be seen on his Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanjsanderson/.|
|Another shot from Ryan, this time of the bird in flight.|
I had seen the bird at literally the last possible minute, so I hurried back to the car and quickly left for home. It was a successful trip and I fortunately made it to work right on time. Have any of you made the trip to Goose Pond to try to see this bird? What was your experience like, and what did you think of the property?