[Tweeters] SW WA yesterday and today

Randy re_hill at q.com
Thu Oct 12 22:06:30 PDT 2017

Elaine and I headed to the coast yesterday for a few nights in Pacific
County. A few notes from observations so far:

Wednesday at Julia Butler Hansen NWR, a sparrow flock along Brooks Slough
included several Lincoln's Sparrows and an adult Chipping Sparrow. At
headquarters was a continuing Black Phoebe and a silent Red-shouldered Hawk.
And a pretty good shower of hail!

A little south of Willapa NWR headquarters a male Eurasian Wigeon was among
hundreds, approaching thousands more wigeon and pintails tucked out of the
wind along shore.

At Nahcotta we saw 25 Marbled Godwits and 7 Black Turnstones on floating
logs/debris approaching high tide. Today there were 36 and 14 respectively,
with a Red-necked Grebe and 2 Horned Grebes nearby that still had
substantial breeding colors.

Today at Leadbetter Point I saw 3 Peregrine Falcons among 5 during the day.
Also heard calling north of the trail access parking lot was a Gray Jay. Am
I missing something or was the last ebird report there for this species in
1998; there was one reported this spring at Cape Disappointment.

At the North Jetty a single Lapland Longspur was still showing some black

Looking offshore from the jetty, a flock of more than 100 shearwaters was
visible more than a mile out.

Randy Hill


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