Maina HandmakerKeymaster@shorebird-forum-adminRobert PennerParticipant@docbirdyMarch 26, 2019 at 4:57 pm #965
Generally, shorebirds prefer to feed in vegetation less than half the height of the bird. Here in central Kansas we try to provide fall migratory stop-over habitat by haying, mowing and even selective grazing of our upland sites.Eugene YoungParticipant@eugene-youngApril 5, 2019 at 8:22 pm #1002
Buffies seem to prefer short-grass habitats in KS, and during spring burned prairie (especially the Flint Hills), hay meadows, winter wheat inundated with water, inland salt grass, freshly worked ag fields, even grass farms. Later in the spring migration they seem to prefer shorter vegetation since they often do their lek displays. During fall migration you can find them in slightly taller vegetation, including cut sorghum fields (often using areas between rows), wheat stubble, and overgrazed prairie. Generally, as Penner pointed out, usually they prefer habitat where you can see their body, but in fall, often I find that you see them in vegetation where you can see their heads only, as they work between the vegetation.Robert PennerParticipant@docbirdyApril 6, 2019 at 9:44 am #1003
Great answer Gene
I would add that I also see them in tall vegetation in the spring where only their head are seen, but in my experience these have been in grasslands which were burned earlier and as you stated these sites allowed them to work between the vegetation.
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