Date: 9/10/17 2:26 pm From: Isaac Denzer <bartailedgodwit...> Subject: [obol] Lincoln Co. birding 9/9/17
Jacob Mathison, Kai Frueh and Ben Frueh and I birded the Lincoln Co. coast yesterday.
We started with a quick check at Boiler Bay, where it was very foggy. Best birds were a flyby Long-billed Curlew and a Ruddy Turnstone that flew by with a flock of peeps, we also had 4 Marbled Murrelets and 3 Sooty Shearwaters.
Next we stopped at the Salishan Nature Trail. Not very many songbirds were moving, but there was some decent shorebird activity, highlights were: A Long-billed Curlew feeding on the far side of the bay, a flock of ten Marbled Godwits and a lot of peeps.
Next we drove north to Cutler City, we found a nice area to scope the bay from the end of SW Fleet ave. Shorebirds included a juv. Semipalmated Sandpiper with a flock of Westerns. After scoping the bay we birded the Cutler City Wetlands Open Space (none of us had ever even heard about it before), which isn't really a wetlands at all. However, it does have some pretty nice migrant habitat and it will probably turn up something good if it gets checked more frequently. We had a few mixed flocks in there, highlights included: A Cassin's Vireo, our first of season Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Townsend's Warblers and Blak-throated Gray, Orange-crowned and Wilson's Warblers.
After birding Cutler City we birded our way down to and around Newport, we didn't see anything too noteworthy, although we did find a Wandering Tattler and a Marbled Murrelet at Depoe Bay.
After a birding a very quite Newport we drove down to the Waldport area. Our first stop was Sandpiper Village, which was very dead. Then we drove about a mile south and birded the north spit of the Alsea bay, which was quite productive. Highlights were: a Pacific Golden-Plover with a flock of 21 Black-bellied Plovers and a lone Ruddy Turnstone, we did not manage to find the Snowy Plovers reported earlier in the day. Our last stop was Eckman Lake, were we found a Baird's Sandpiper with a small flock of Leasts.