On Saturday, I went to JBWR for the 5th annual Shorebird Festival. There were around 100 people in attendance for the walks and talks, but the organizers provided eight guides, so people were able to break off into smaller groups to go shorebirding.
The shorebirding was pretty good that day, although certain factors did affect the number of species seen that day. Obviously, the large group size must have had some effect on the birds – it’s not every day that 150 birders (counting non-festival attendees) stomp around JBWR’s East Pond. There were also three Peregrine Falcons making constant attempts on the shorebirds, some incredibly close to me, and this probably kept the birds on edge and may have chased some clear out of the area.
I didn’t bring a tarp or waders to lay down in the mud, but I still took some photos, including of my two lifers that day. Here are some photos: