I started the morning at the Benson wastewater ponds to check if a Sabine's Gull reported two days ago was still around. No such luck. However, I did pick up a new bird when I spotted a Red-necked Phalarope spinning around with some Wilson's like this one:
Along the road to Lake Cochise, some pools have been created from the recent rains. As I drove past, I flushed a bunch of Wilson's Snipe and White-faced Ibis. I stopped and noticed this Killdeer when it gave its loud alarm call:
A Western Kingbird was flycatching from this perch:
The first peeps I saw as I circled the lake were Baird's Sandpipers. I got out of my truck and got as low to the ground as I could to get these shots:
Then I noticed a couple Semipalmated Plovers, a new state bird for me:
The second individual appears lighter in color, a juvenile perhaps? On the other side of the lake I noticed a Long-billed Curlew, but it departed before I could try for a photo.
The best spot of the day turned out to be some rain pools next to the lake. I was able to park my truck close to the birds without disturbing them. I awkwardly maneuvered into the passenger seat to take some photos. As I rested my lens on the window, I noticed some peeps only fifteen feet in front of me! They were in some shallow pools that I hadn't even noticed because I had been distracted by these:
Here are the nearby peeps I saw:
A little further from the peeps, I spotted some Stilt Sandpipers with a Greater Yellowlegs:
And these Pectoral Sandpipers:
As I was leaving, this Vesper Sparrow posed on a fence:
I ended the day with 17 shorebird/wader species! Who would have thought you could see such cool shorebirds in Arizona?