Birding in Calhoun County and beyond
I didn't realize, until last night, exactly how rare the White-rumped Sandpipers were for this area. I updated my spreadsheet information, and did some sorting and was amazed by how rare this bird was for this area. I went on eBird to look at the recorded sightings prior to the irruption the Great Lakes has seen this year. In the 8 counties I use for my data (Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph), there have been one sighting of White-rumped Sandpipers. That was in 1972 in Kalamazoo County, by Karl Overman.
That rarity of sightings puts the WRSA ranked at number 259, out of 269 birds sighted in Calhoun County (291 out of 294 eBird confirmed birds in the 8 counties). The only birds I show as being rarer for Calhoun County, prior to this year:
I'm thankful to all the area birders that reported their sightings, and giving me some hope we would get in on the fun.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)