In the SE corner was a flock of six Ruddy Turnstones, a species that I had only seen twice before in Hidalgo County.
In the same corner were five Short-billed Dowitchers. They are much more common along the Laguna Madre. The gold edges on the scapulars and tertials make the ID easy on the juveniles.
Semipalmated Plover is also hard to find in the county.
I found a total of sixteen species which is pretty good for this inland site. Here are Western Sandpipers in basic and juvenile plumage.
Here's a Western with a Least.
I did not photograph any Semipalmated Sandpipers today although there were plenly around so here's one from my visit two weeks ago.
And here's a Willet shot from two weeks ago. I only saw one distant one today.
I estimated the total number of Stilt Sandpipers to be 2000 based on my count of 500 Wilson's Phalaropes. I like the dark edgings on the rectrices on the juvenile bird.
Just a fraction of today's birds.