[Tweeters] Moses Lake - fun gulls & shorebirds
Marcus.D.Roening at gsk.com
Fri Sep 12 21:41:32 PDT 2014
Heather and I found a couple of nice gulls along with some shorebirds on Moses Lake.
At Potholes State Park from the boat launch was a dozen Bonaparte's with a juvenile SABINE'S GULL MIXED in. Also saw a dozen SANDERLINGS mixed in with some peeps. In the white bird department were 170 Am. White Pelicans, Great Egret, 200 Western Grebes (at least! With young ones mixed in), Forster's & Common Tern.
At Lind Coulee off of M St. the shorebirds present were: Greater Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer & Long-billed Dowitchers.
I decided to check the gull roost just west of M St at the next fishing access (just keep winding north and east) and we were rewarded with a nice juvenile Franklin's Gull mixed in with the Ring-billed Gulls.
Mammal highlight of the day was at Vantage overlook where 28 Bighorn Sheep were grazing on the grass - all of them ewes and youngsters. Evidently it isn't too unusual this time of year, but it was kind of a kick to look for warblers among the sheep.
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