[Tweeters] Grays Harbor Co today

Steve Giles giles.steve at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 16 18:50:43 PST 2014

Hello Tweeters,

This morning I joined several other birders at the Oyhut Game Range looking for the Mountain Plover- without success. There was a strong East wind which made scope viewing difficult for us humans but didn't inhibit the shorebirds feeding. I watched a Greater Yellowlegs struggle to swallow a small fish and frequently saw Dunlin pull 5-6" long worms out of the mud and then run to avoid having another bird steal their prey. So it appears the Mountain Plover has moved on.

I decided to check the jetty wondering if the continuing E wind would allow a jetty walk. It did. The tide was out and the boulders were dry so I made the scramble out to the end. Mid way out I was able to leisurely observe two flocks of "rock" shorebirds. I counted 31 Surfbirds, 15 Black Turnstones and 8 Rock Sandpipers. This is certainly my personal high count for Rock Sandpiper.

I checked Brady Loop Rd and Wencel Slough Rd for the Cattle Egret on the way back to Seattle but it too seems to have moved on.

Good birding,

Steve Giles


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