[Tweeters] July 23 Ridgefield shorebirds

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Wed Jul 23 13:08:50 PDT 2014

Hi Tweeters and OBOLers,

I visited Ridgefield NWR, Clark County, WA again this morning to find out
how shorebird diversity and quantity had changed since yesterday morning.
This morning's shorebird tally on S. Big Lake (on the right side of the
auto tour loop on the south end of Rest Lake - between markers 11 and 12)
compared to yesterday (yesterday-today):

Killdeer: 15-15
Semipalmated Plover: 1-1
Greater Yellowlegs: 15-18
Lesser Yellowlegs: 1-1
Least Sandpiper: 40-25
Western Sandpiper: 12-0
Pectoral Sandpiper: 5-4
Long-billed Dowitcher: 10-15
Wilson's Snipe: 6-12

There was one flock of about 25 peeps flying around that I couldn't see
well enough to confirm ids (these were not the same 25 Least Sandpipers
included above).

Shorebird enthusiasts who are planning to visit the refuge should consult
the local tide table. High tide or the rising tide is best (closest to
Vancouver tides: http://www.ezfshn.com/Tides/USA/Washington/Vancouver).

Again, there were two very cute River Otters near stop 12 quite audibly
enjoying their morning breakfast.

Currently, the water level on Rest Lake is still too high to attract
shorebirds although there were three Long-billed Dowitchers and two Greater
Yellowlegs on the southwest edge of the lake this morning.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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