[Tweeters] Potholes Birding

Scott Downes downess at charter.net
Sat Aug 17 19:29:20 PDT 2013

Spent the day around the general Potholes area with a quick run up to Soap Lake. The best bird of the day was a young Franklin's gull at Perch Point, Potholes. In general shorebirds at Potholes were not abundant yet, but Para Ponds near Othello was loaded with shorebirds. There was a nice group (80+) of red-necked phalaropes on Soap Lake. Non-shorebird notable was 85+ American white pelicans at North Potholes rookery. Normally see good numbers there but this seemed higher than normal.

Shorebirds at Para Ponds were (11 species):

Dowitcher-66 (all long-billed that were close enough to be IDed)
Baird's sandpiper-1
black-necked stilt-4
lesser yellowlegs-9
greater yellowlegs-14
red-necked phalarope-7
spotted sandpiper-2
western sandpiper-30+
least sandpiper-7
semipalmated sandpiper-3

Scott Downes
downess at charter.net
Yakima WA

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