Date: 8/3/17 9:36 pm From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> Subject: [Tweeters] Ocean Shores Night Flight - shorebird edition and today's diurnal counts
After the sheer fun of spending many quality hours with shorebirds yesterday, I anticipated another good day today. However, I was surprised to wake at about 3:30 this morning to the sound of many *krees*, *breeps*, and *chuwees* flying overhead in the dark. I have absolutely no idea how many birds were involved but it had to be in the thousands. The following are estimates:
Western Sandpiper (krees): 80% Least Sandpiper (breeps): 18% Semipalmated Plover (chuwees): 2% Swainson's Thrush: zero
I spent the first five hours of the morning at the Game Range:
Semipalmated Plover: 61 Western Sandpiper: 30 Least Sandpiper: 55 Black-bellied Plover: 38 Greater Yellowlegs: 9 Lesser Yellowlegs: 4 Short-billed Dowitcher: 13 Long-billed Dowitcher: 1 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER: 1 (continuing) Baird's Sandpiper: 3 SNOWY PLOVER: 1 (I don;t know the status of this species in Grays Harbor County) Sanderling: 1
This evening's count at the same location (6:30-8:30)
Short-billed Dowitcher: 34 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER: 1 Black-bellied Plover: 35 Greater Yellowlegs: 11 Lesser Yellowlegs: 4 Semipalmated Plover: 80 (probably at least 150 total as flocks were departing heading south) Western Sandpiper: 150 (probably double that since flocks were taking off heading south) Least Sandpiper: 150 (ditto) Baird's Sandpiper: 1 Whimbrel: 2 Ruddy Turnstone: 1
Both of my evening visits to the Game Range showed plenty of that restless activity (*zugunruhe*) that portends a decent night flight. We'll see if it happens tonight since I'll be listening.
Tomorrow will start with a visit to Point Brown jetty followed by several hours at the Game Range. Hopefully that Far Eastern Curlew that I've been searching for will show up tomorrow.......
Keep your eyes and ears skyward.
Jim -- Jim Danzenbaker Battle Ground, WA 360-702-9395 <jdanzenbaker...>