[Tweeters] Ocean Shores

Bruce LaBar blabar at harbornet.com
Thu Aug 21 19:03:06 PDT 2014

After reading Fanter and Ken Lane’s report from the Oyhut game range in Ocean Shores yesterday, I decided to head there today as high tide was due around 11:30 a.m. Other birders had the same idea as I met Bob Sundstrom with a group from Mercer Island and Michael Charest from Tacoma. Later, I birded with Jim Danzenbaker and Randy Hill. The shorebirds did not disappoint! We had the following with estimated numbers.

Black-bellied Plover-9
American Golden-Plover-2, excellent views on the far pond. Adults losing there breeding plumage.
Pacific Golden-Plover-2, in flight, calling, one juvenile gave us pretty good views.
Semipalmated Plover-20
Spotted Sandpiper-1
Greater Yellowlegs-5
Lesser Yellowlegs-1, perhaps 2
Ruddy Turnstone-1, Michael saw earlier.
Semipalmated Sandpiper-3, excellent views with Western’s and Least's for comparison.
Western Sandpiper-1800-2000
Least Sandpiper-35
Stilt Sandpiper-2, both juveniles.Together in first pond.
Short-billed Dowitcher-25
Red-necked Phalarope-1

Later in the afternoon, I checked Tweeters and saw that Tim Boyer had just found a juvenile Ruff at the beach in front of the Quinault casino. Drove there and found Tim, Fanter and Ken viewing the bird at very close range. Fanter took many photos. Excellent views by all.

It is surely beginning to look like an outstanding shorebird season for late summer and fall!

Bruce LaBar
Tacoma, WA

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