Scot Duncan and I birded Ocean Shores yesterday morning. Here are a few of the highlights:
We found the ROSS'S GOOSE at 8:30 on the golf course hanging out the with GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, as previously noted. They were in front of the Ocean Shores Inn & Suites, although they could also be viewed across the golf course from the back side of the cinema. We next headed to Pt. Brown Jetty, where we were treated to great views of ROCK SANDPIPER (lifer for Scot), SURFBIRD, and BLACK TURNSTONES. The sewage treatment plant was swarming with ducks, particularly N. Shovelers. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was perched on a shore pine nearby. We were also able to scope a couple of BLACK SCOTERS out in the bay. We found a large flock of the previously reported WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS (lifer for Scot and a first in the U.S. species for me) in the vicinity of the Interpretive Center. They initially flew in just north of the center off of Discovery Ave. then they moved around quite a bit (assuming that it was the same flock). There were at least 50 birds, perhaps more. They briefly landed in a small deciduous tree not far from us, making it look like a Christmas tree; an amazing sight. Scott was able to take a photo of this, which should appear on eBird in the next couple of days. We did not see any RED CROSSBILLS mixed in, although we did have a few fly over earlier in the morning. As the rain really began to come down, we made a brief stop at Duck Lake before leaving Ocean Shores around noon. Seven CANVASBACKS were on the water along with several of the more common species.
On the way back, we drove around the Brady Loop region, still in the rain. It was pretty quiet, but we still saw several raptors, including a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. We also saw 15 TRUMPETER SWANS. I haven't tallied our total for the day, but it was a wonderful day of birding.