I had visited Hecksher Park earlier in the week to view the Wilson's Phalaropes that had been reported. When I arrived, the only water present in Field 7 was in the parking lot and aside from some gulls there was nothing. Disappointed, I left the park having only seen a multitude of deer and one raccoon. This evening, however, after leaving work I got a notice from a fellow photographer that the Phalarope was present once again. After getting to Field 7, there it was feeding in the small puddle. The only rare bird easier to photograph than this was the Dovekie which was discovered just to the East at Timber Pointe County Park.
Other birds using this tiny pool of water were Least Sandpipers,
and a nearby Killdeer:
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