[Tweeters] Cedar river mouth shorebirds
josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 07:26:09 PDT 2015
Nice! Do you think that the juvie Baird's was the same bird I had the day before? I'd say there's a good chance of it. If you have any pictures, perhaps we can trade notes and see.
Checking Eugene Hunn's book Birding in Seattle and King County, there is no mention of the Cedar River mouth as a shorebirding spot! Is this year a special year, or have I just not heard of this locale as a good place for sandpipers before? Either way, it's certainly a good spot!
Good birding, Joshua Glant
Mercer Island, WA
Josh.n.glant at gmail.com
> On Sep 24, 2015, at 5:25 PM, Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> At first glance early this afternoon, nothing but two or three Killdeer. Then a well-camouflaged spot tucked into a groove on a log moved and became a Western. A careful scan of every "stone" revealed eight mostly hunkered down Killdeer, but finally one moved, and a juvie BAIRD'S sandpiper followed it out of a depression in the gravel. When I called back two departing birders to see it, it quickly vanished, of course, but eventually reappeared for us in the same spot, near no apparent hiding place. After a fifteen-minute break to walk some of the antsiness out of Harold (my bird dog,) the Baird's was nowhere to be found, but two Leasts and another bright juvenile Western were actively foraging on the outermost sandbar, and a LB Dowitcher was much closer, probing an area of shallowly submerged sticks.
> Though I tried the away-and-back trick one more time, no Pectoral Sandpiper appeared.
> Moral of the story is that when luck fails, perseverance still works.
> Jeff Bryant
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