Date: 4/29/19 7:40 am From: Beverly Hallberg <bhallbergskloot...> Subject: [obol] Nehalem Bay/Manzanita Shorebirds and other stuff
It's been interesting to watch the various movements of shorebirds on the beach and in the bay these last few days. At extreme low tide, there have been well over 10,000 shorebirds strung out in huge swathes across the middle and around the edges of the empty inner bay. You can only view them distantly through a scope from Bayside Gardens or maybe from the Nehalem Bay SP river beach that extends past the airport runway. As high tide closes in they cover every surface around the bay including good views from the park boat launch. Best close views, but fewer birds are seen on the beaches themselves particularly good with the out-going tide.
Yesterday at the south jetty of the Nehalem River (high tide) I watched many groups of peeps veer inland following the river back to the inner bay rather than take the beach route. Larger shorebirds were following the beach and even more were just offshore. At dusk, there have been thousands along the whole 4 mile beach but particularly at the Neahkahnie end where they hit the wall of Neahkahnie Mountain and Cape Falcon.
Lots of Red Knots and a few Ruddy Turnstone have been embedded in with the other peeps. Yesterday there was a solo Wandering Tattler on the south side of the north jetty (their usual location in fall migration). Also spotted 2 Wilson's Phalaropes flying close by me at the jetty going into the bay area.
I have a couple of videos taken at sunset at Neahkahnie beach the other night which shows some of their murmuration flight patterns and huge numbers. These are on my Flickr page. https://www.flickr.com/photos/threezees/
Heard my first Olive-sided Flycatcher in the park already and saw a silent Warbling Vireo two days ago while watching warblers. Many Hammond's Flycatchers moved through over a week ago and now the Pacific-slopes are fairly abundant again.
This was the first year I heard Mountain Quail calling from while in my backyard in Pine Ridge (between Manzanita and Nehalem). Also have heard Marbled Murrelet calls at sunrise (seems early in the season) and other shorebirds calling as they move back and forth between the bay and the beach. A large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese practically skimmed my roof the other day flying out to the beach.