[Tweeters] Midway Beach/Bottle Beach/Ocean Shores Shorebirds and Black Swifts!

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Wed Jul 16 12:58:59 PDT 2014


To escape the heat from earlier this week, I visited Midway Beach (Pacific
County) and Bottle Beach and Ocean Shores in Grays Harbor County on Monday,
Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. My trip was cut short by fog/mist
during the morning high tide which made viewing at high tide difficult.
The trip was to study shorebirds but it turns out that non-shorebirds were
the highlights:

Western Sandpiper: ~1500 at Bottle Beach on the outgoing tide and about
3500 at Oyhut Wildlife Area at Ocean Shores this morning right after high
tide. 100 at Midway Beach

Least Sandpiper: about 10 at Midway Beach, 5 at Bottle Beach and about 40
at Oyhut Wildlife Area

Short-billed Dowitcher: ~1800 at Bottle Beach on incoming and outgoing
after high tide. About 10 at Midway Beach and about 30 at Oyhut Wildlife

Long-billed Dowitcher: 6 at Midway Beach and about 10 at Oyhut Wildlife Area

Semipalmated Plover: max of 12 flyovers at Midway Beach, 5 at Bottle Beach
on each visit and 15 at Oyhut Wildlife Area.

Black-bellied Plover - a max of 87 at Bottle Beach.

Killdeer: at Midway Beach and at Oyhut Wildlife Area

Dunlin: 3 at Bottle Beach - all alternate plumage - one with a bad left leg

Ruddy Turnstone: 1 at Bottle Beach

Whimbrel: a max of 12 yesterday afternoon on the rising tide at Bottle
Beach - 9 at other times. 4 at Oyhut Wildlife Area.

RED KNOT: one faded alternate plumaged bird on the falling tide at Bottle
Beach on Tuesday morning.

Greater Yellowlegs: max of 2 in each location

Lesser Yellowlegs: one at Oyhut Wildlife Area.
I sat at Midway Beach for about 2.5 hours yesterday morning and enjoyed all
the swallows zipping around. I was really surprised to look up and see two
BLACK SWIFTs cruising northward at about 10:30 Tuesday morning. These were
my first in Pacific County (code 4) and my first ones in Washington State
this year. I probably saw them fly into Grays Harbor County but don't know
that for a fact.

I also enjoyed seeing at least 8 Rufous hummingbirds blasting their way
south - 3 at Midway Beach and at least 5 at Bottle Beach.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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