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Common snipe - Zachary Cava/USFWS.Montezuma is extremely important to migrating shorebirds as a stopover point along their interior route of southward migration in the late summer/early fall. The mix of species found here certainly differs from that along the Atlantic Coast.

Montezuma is extremely important to migrating shorebirds as a stopover point along their interior route of southward migration in the late summer/early fall. The mix of species found here certainly differs from that along the Atlantic Coast.

Mudflat and shallow water habitats throughout the refuge during late summer/early fall provide prime habitat for migratory shorebirds. Here, they can find a feast of invertebrates as they stop and rest on their journeys south. Over twenty species of shorebirds may be sighted and heard, including: killdeer, spotted sandpiper, American woodcock (typically at night), common snipe, greater and lesser yellowlegs, dunlin, short- and long-billed dowitcher, black-bellied plover; and more rarely, several sandpiper species, Hudsonian godwit, American golden plover, and both red and Wilson's phalarope.

Attracted by the abundance of shorebirds, peregrine falcon and merlin may be spotted on the hunt!

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014
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