[Tweeters] Where have all the shorebirds gone?

Rachel Lawson rwlawson at q.com
Sun Jan 19 18:21:55 PST 2014

On 12/22, Joseph and I saw a flock of several hundred Dunlin in the distance
at that general location, and a Peregrine stooping on them. The Dunlin must
be there at least some of the time.

Rachel Lawson


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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Dennis
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Penny, the flooded field on the west side of the Bayview-Edison Road (S of
the T junction) that had such big flocks of Dunlins four winters ago, and
all the raptors hunting them, is still there. I don't know why there were no
Dunlins there the two times we passed it in the last month or so. Maybe they
just got tired of being eaten. Maybe they were all eaten!


On Jan 19, 2014, at 5:18 PM, <plkoyama at comcast.net> wrote:

Dennis and Tweets,

Yikes, what flooded farm fields? On this year's Skagit CBC, David and I had

From: Dennis Paulson <mailto:dennispaulson at comcast.net>

Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:11 PM

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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


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Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:53:27 -0800 (PST)
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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

Yours truly,

Gary Bletsch


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