[Tweeters] Snohomish/Skagit shorebirding

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Mon Jul 27 21:04:48 PDT 2015

At Eide Road today in Stanwood:
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Western Sandpiper - about 400 juvs w/ adults mixed in
Semipalmated Sandpiper - I counted 6 when the WESAs would sit still for a few seconds; no doubt there were more
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1 adult
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 in fresh juv plumage
Dowitcher - 24; probably adults of both species

Channel Drive, Skagit County:
Greater Yellowlegs - 1 adult
Least Sandpiper - 1
Bank Swallow - quite a few, impossible to count. Photos:

Game Range, Fir Island, Skagit County:
Least Sandpiper - a few
Western Sandpiper - 75 juv
Merlin - made 4 passes at the above WESA without success; very dark bird
Greater Yellowlegs - a few
Lesser Yellowleg - 1 adult

All birders have seen shorebirds tuck a leg for awhile and even hop around on one leg. The Lesser Yellowlegs at the game range apparently had but 1 leg. I watched it for probably a half an hour or longer. It would contort its body in order to stay balanced:

At times, after hopping on one leg, the bird would collapse into the water.

This was sad to watch, but the bird was definitely successful in finding food.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com


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