Date: 7/5/18 5:28 pm From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...> Subject: [Tweeters] Jetty Island, Everett - Marbled Godwit, etc.
Hello Tweets, I took the first Jetty Island Ferry of the season this morning to go look for shorebirds. I've been keeping tabs on this location through a scope from the mainland for a few weeks, but it was nice to see those tiny little dots a bit closer.
On the outer beach I found a group of Whimbrels and a Marbled Godwit. I first spotted this Godwit on 6/24 so it's been here at least since then. The Whimbrels have been around since the beginning of June and are presumably non-breeders. Inside the lagoon on the north half of the island were good numbers of small shorebirds and a few more Whimbrel. The most numerous bird here were Western Sandpipers, but the were a good number of Semipalmated Sandpipers, a few Least Sandpipers, and one or two Semipalmated Plovers. Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers were all over the island as well and there were a few *tiny* Spotted Sandpiper babies running around the mudflats.
I worked my way south tip of the island and found about 15 Bonaparte's Gulls and 10 Black-Bellied Plovers. Offshore there was a surprisingly large group of Surf Scoters for this time of year, at least 25.