[Tweeters] Skagit shorebirds Wed, Aug 22

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Thu Aug 23 10:52:07 PDT 2018

Yesterday was another good shorebird day in Skagit County. I visited Channel Drive (CD) which is off of Downy Rd off of LaConner Whitney south of Hwy 20 and the Farmhouse restaurant. Also The Skagit Game Range, aka Wylie Slough (GR) and Hayton Reserve (HR), both on Fir Island.

The temp exceeded 80 degrees and the sky was clear except for the smoke, which thankfully an on shore wind had begun to push out. The diversity of species was very good and numbers were also good. Such as 34 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS at Channel Drive. Although numbers of WESTERN SANDPIPER seemed quite low.

At the Game Range, the number of birds peaked briefly 2-3 hours before high tide. At Hayton, shorebirds were scarce at low tide, scarce at high tide, and although they were many before high tide, they were distant, making species ID difficult.

Black-bellied Plover - 12 or more at HR
Semipalmated Plover - a few at HR
Killdeer - all 3 locations
Red Knot - continuing juv at GR
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 juv at GR; thanks to Steve Giles for alerting me
Baird's Sandpiper - 34 at CD; 4 at GR
Least Sandpiper - many at all 3 loations
Pectoral Sandpiper - all 3 locations
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 3 at GR
Western Sandpiper - all locations
Short-billed Sandpiper - a flock of 73 juvs at GR; a few adults as well
Long-billed Dowitcher - one definite juv; probably adults, too
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 at CD
Solitary Sandpiper - 1 at GR
Lesser Yellowlegs - quite a few at GR
Greater Yellowlegs - all 3 locations

Non-shorebirds seen/heard at The Game Range include: Peregrine Falcon, Swainson's Thrush, Mourning Dove, Cedar Waxwing and Warbling Vireo

Videos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com

"what are the costs to a society of an entire population conditioned to spend so much of their waking lives not in concentration and focus but rather in fragmentary awareness and subject to constant interruption?" - The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu

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