[Tweeters] Gray's Harbor bonanza, Townsend's Solitaire, Cassin's Auklet, other special birds

barry levineb at fastmail.fm
Mon Sep 15 08:37:41 PDT 2014


Tweeters,
A trip to the coast this weekend with Jack Stephens, Janelle Richardson,
Etta Cosey, Jane Lester, Claire Waltman and myself produced splendid
results. A great group effort produced a very good number of rare and
sought after species. Etta was able to find us a Cassin's Auklet
swimming in the marina at Westport. We were able to see it at a distance
of about 3 feet away after it was refound by Claire. The bird was seen
in the harbor across the street from the large American flag. Janelle
spotted a Stilt Sandpiper at the sewage treatment ponds in Hoquium, and
a Red-necked Phalarope, along with a possible Lapland Longspur at the
game range. Jack got us on about 600 Marbled Godwits off of the
breakwater by Pier 21 in Westport. I found the group a Buff-breasted
Sandpiper at the game range and a Townsend's Solitaire at the entrance
on Tonquin at Ocean Shore. According to Jack, the Solitaire is the first
record in over 35 years in Gray's Harbor County. Jane was instrumental
in getting us on many birds during the trip.
Other highlights:
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper- first spotted at Midway Beach by Marv Breece,
who then helped us to get great looks at the bird.
2nd winter Glaucous Gull- on the roof of a building across from Pier 21
in Gray's Harbor marina.
Red Crossbills at Bill's Spit in Ocean Shores
Thanks to Jack for putting together such a nice group. Great birds along
with great comradery. Can't ask for more than that.
All the best

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barry levine
Seattle
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