Date: 4/13/17 3:24 pm From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> Subject: [obol] South Beach (Newport) LAUGHING GULL / S. Jetty Marbled Godwit, Say's Phoebe
Oscar and I relocated the LAUGHING GULL on the beach south of the South Beach SP parking area around 10 am this morning. The bird was all by itself just on the other side of the creek, near the water's edge, and allowed a pretty close approach.
This is only the 4th record for Oregon. Thanks to Chuck, Dally and Vickie for initially finding and photographing the bird, and thanks to Joshua Little for scrutinizing the photos and questioning the original ID as a Franklin's Gull. A great find (and very nice of the bird to stick around for a couple of days)!
We encountered only a few other gulls (didn't see the Bonaparte's reported by others) and a couple of CASPIAN TERNS on the beach. No shorebirds at all.
At the South Jetty the MARBLED GODWIT continued at the gull puddle, and the SAY'S PHOEBE was briefly seen in the shore pines SE of the port-a-potties near the end of the road.
-- __________________________ Hendrik G. Herlyn Corvallis, OR
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