[Tweeters] Large shorebird flock at Semiahmoo

Jason Ransom jiransom at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 20 07:22:44 PDT 2017

There was a very large plover flock camped out at Semiahmoo spit on Saturday. They were constantly moving with all of the beach walkers going by, but among the 1500+ BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, I managed to pick out 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT, 3 BAR-TAILED GODWITS, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 7 SANDERLINGS, at least 2 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVERS and a pair of OYSTERCATCHERS. Some photos posted on eBird.

The flock flew across toward Whiterock at high tide, but is worth continuing to check the WA side at low tide. It seemed like new odd birds were showing up every time a segment landed. When all landed, the flock stretched about half a mile along the beach.

Happy migration birding-

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