Date: 8/31/17 11:41 am From: Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...> Subject: [Tweeters] Bottle Beach Bar-tailed Godwit, some Pt. Brown Jetty birds, & a thanks to Ryan Merrill
Yesterday (Wednesday), I birded along the coast with Scot Duncan. The morning was foggy and drizzly, but it eventually cleared up. We went to a number of locations; here a few highlights:
Bottle Beach: We arrived well before high tide and stayed for a couple of hours. There was 1 BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 2 BLACK TURNSTONES, plus lots of the expected peeps for this time of year (complete list will be posted to eBird in a few hours). Initially, the Bar-tailed was the only godwit. About an hour after our arrival, several hundred MARBLED GODWITS flew in.
Oyhut Wildlife Area (Game Range): Very few shorebirds, but all 3 species of loons in the harbor. By far the most numerous was RED-THROATED LOONS, a couple still in breeding plumage.
Pt. Brown Jetty: We arrived at the jetty around 1:40, after the fog had cleared. We stayed for 2 hours; lot of birds, including 3 SURFBIRDS and 2 WANDERLING TATTLERS on the rocks, a flyby of 5 WHIMBRELS, an enormous raft of COMMON MURRES, mostly swimming beyond the jetty, 1 MARBLED MURRELET, 1 RHINOCEROS AUKLET, a couple of PIGEON GULLEMOTS, and at least 200 SOOTY SHEARWATERS.
Our final stop was at an overlook of Bills Spit. It was pretty quiet, but as we were preparing to leave, a flock of 25 or so RED CROSSBILLS landed in the nearby Douglas Firs and put on a great show.
Finally, I would like to thank Ryan Merrill for posting about his finding the Swallow-tailed Gull this morning on a very timely basis. It's greatly appreciated!