Baird's sandpiper South San Diego Bay 8-18-22

Robert Patton

A juv Baird’s sandpiper was initially seen along SSE then ESE pond 22 in the closed portion of the South San Diego Bay NWR saltworks at 12:22 pm today (18 Aug 2022) but was possibly viewable from the Bayshore Bikeway near the second bridge to the east of 13th St in Imperial Beach.  It then flushed to the ENE after all birds in the area were disturbed by a peregrine, a turkey vulture, and then a kestrel.  I refound it later at an interior pond from 13:04 through 13:20.  It's worth watching for either from the bikepath or checking the flats at J St or Emory Cove/South Bay Bio Study Area in case it moves to adjacent areas.
R. Patton
San Diego, CA