Fw: [Tweeters] Where have all the shorebirds gone?

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Sun Jan 19 17:23:01 PST 2014

Oops, a random finger twitch or something...

As I started to say, David and I had no shorebirds at all on the 1/1/14 Skagit CBC. Our section was the Stillaguamish Valley, between Norman Rd and the Pioneer Highway. Usually there are several areas of flooded fields, all of which were dry this year. We didn’t even have a Killdeer! We were also missing numbers of waterfowl that typically use these wet fields. It really has been a dry winter, though not particularly pleasant with all of this dank fog.
Penny Koyama, Bothell
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From: plkoyama at comcast.net
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2014 5:18 PM
To: Dennis Paulson ; tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Where have all the shorebirds gone?

Dennis and Tweets,
Yikes, what flooded farm fields? On this year’s Skagit CBC, David and I had zero

From: Dennis Paulson
Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:11 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Where have all the shorebirds gone?

I wonder if a lot of these shorebirds depend on flooded farmlands for feeding when the tide is so high in the winter. They certainly do use them extensively, Dunlins and Black-bellied Plovers more than Sanderlings. That spell of extreme cold might have frozen all of them and sent the birds southward. Dunlins, like many other birds, are very flexible about things like that.

Dennis Paulson

On Jan 18, 2014, at 12:00 PM, tweeters-request at mailman1.u.washington.edu wrote:

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Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:53:27 -0800 (PST)
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com>
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Dear Bob and Tweeters,

I can't say I've made a huge effort to find shorebirds lately, but I have been out birding the flats quite a few times since the new year. I have not seen a single Dunlin this year in Skagit County. The only shorebirds I have found have been Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Greater Yellowlegs, and Killdeer. Up to the 21st of December, I was seeing fairly good flocks of Dunlin in Skagit County, with a high of 5000 birds one day, but no really large flocks. I haven't seen any Dunlin at all since a few days before Christmas.

Yours truly,

Gary Bletsch

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