[Tweeters] Grays Harbor Birding today, Shorebirds and AmRe

bill shelmerdine georn1 at hotmail.com
Sat Aug 5 20:25:41 PDT 2017

Greetings All,

Spent some time today birding in Grays Harbor today. Stops included Hoquiam Treatment Ponds, Bottle Beach, and the outer beach from Grayland north to Twin Harbors. This is a good time to be on the outer coast right now and there are lots of shorebirds moving around. Best shorebirding was at the first stop at Hoquiam Sewage Treatment Ponds (STP) from 0930 to 1000. Best bird of the day was an adult male American Redstart in heavy molt at Bottle Beach. Among the many shorebirds at the Hoquiam Ponds from were Baird's (1), Semipalmated (3), Pectoral (2), and Solitary Sandpipers(1). At Bottle Beach 1 Willet was still present, but the surprise of the day was an American Redstart where the willows grow over the board walk near the Sullivan Memorial Bench. The outer beach had a different mix of shorebirds with large numbers of Semipalmated Plover and Sanderlings. A handful of Ruddy Turnstones added color to the mix. Checklists including the full species mix noted have been entered into ebird.

Good luck and good birding,

Bill Shelmerdine

Olympia WA

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