Date: 9/23/18 9:10 pm
From: Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>
Subject: [obol] Central and North Coast Rarities: Pacific Golden Plovers, Ruff, Snowy Plovers, Hudsonian Godwit, FOS Dunlins
Taghrid and I had an excellent weekend birding the Newport area on Saturday, and Fort Stevens area on Sunday.

Newport area:

• South Beach (south of the access trail from the restrooms):

• 2 Pacific Golden Plovers
• Two dozen or so Snowy Plovers
• 1 Semi-palmated Sandpiper
• 2 Western Sandpipers
• Two dozen or so Sanderlings
• Also had a very brief view of what appeared to be a Lapland Longspur though not 100% certain - keep your eyes open for one in that area

• Hatfield MSC Nature Trail (across from the shelter):

• 1 Ruff
• 1 Black-bellied Plover
• 1 Least Sandpiper
• Couple of hundred gulls: mostly California, with a handful of Western
• 12 or so Brown Pelicans
• 1 Northern Pintail
• 2 Greater White-fronted Geese
• 1 Great Blue Heron
• 1 Belted Kingfisher
• 1 Turkey Vulture
• 4 or 5 White-crowned Sparrows


Ft. Stevens - Trestle Bay:

• 1 Hudsonian Godwit (only far views, poor photos but definitely diagnostic)
• 1 Willet
• 6 Marbled Godwits
• 2 FOS Dunlins
• 8 Sanderlings at Ft. Stevens
• 2 Western Sandpipers
• Western and California Gulls
• 2 Northern Harriers

Del Rey Beach to Peter Iredale:

• Around 200 Sanderlings over a 6-7 mile stretch of beach - no other shorebirds were seen
• Western Gulls
• California Gulls
• 1 Heerman’s Gull
• Dozens of Brown Pelicans, lots of  diving/fishing activity
• 1 Tern sp - very brief look, not long enough to identify

Here is a link to some photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskF9fEjP.

Good birding,

Nagi & Taghrid.

 
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