Date: 4/29/19 7:41 pm
From: Nancy Stotz <nstotznew...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Gold Beach shorebirds
Oops...should have made it clear...Semipalmated Plovers, not sandpipers.

On Mon, Apr 29, 2019, 7:38 PM Nancy Stotz <nstotznew...> wrote:

> My husband and I happen to be on an exploratory camping trip along the
> very southern OR coast at the moment. We spent over 2.5 very windy hours on
> the beach from Kissing Rock to the south Rogue River jetty this morning
> (high tide). I have no previous experience to compare it to, but there was
> a constant stream of shorebirds (peeps) going by, low over the beach and
> the breakers. A very rough estimate is of a couple flocks of 20 to 40 birds
> every minute. If my wind- and sun-addled math is right, that would make
> over 10,000 birds in the 2.5 hours we were on the beach. We didn't see any
> peeps feeding, but we eventually learned to recognize flocks that had
> hunkered down among the fist-sized cobbles collected along the high tide
> line. These resting flocks were primarily westerns, with small numbers of
> Dunlin and Semipalms mixed in. I only identified 2 Least all morning, and
> had one small flock of Whimbrel (16), and one tiny flock of dowitchers (4)
> flyby. Pretty constant stream of Pacific Loons farther out.
> This afternoon (low tide) we spent a couple hours on South Beach at Harris
> Beach State Park. Didn't notice flyby flocks, and feeding on the beach just
> had a few dozen Sempalm, several Leasts, only a couple westerns and another
> dozenish Whimbrel. Have heard some flyover flocks as we've been having
> dinner etc in camp.
> Best action may have moved north already, but today was still pretty cool
> down here!
> Nancy Stotz

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