[Tweeters] Skagit Shorebirding

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Sun Jul 21 11:54:45 PDT 2019

At 6:15 yesterday morning I counted 30 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS at Hayton Reserve on Fir island. They were distant, backlit & in low morning fog, so it was difficult to separate them from the many LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPERS that were also there. No doubt there were more than 30 Semi Plovers. Other shorebirds included a GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 11 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, all but 1 in alternate plumage. At least 7 COMMON LOONS flew overhead while vocalizing. That was a surprise.

At low tide there were six swallow species at Channel Drive. No martins. A flock of 150 peeps included about 35 adult LEAST SANDPIPERS, about 98 adult & 2 juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPERS & 15 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, which included 13 juv & 2 adult. There were also 5 GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

Late in the afternoon the only shorebirds I could find at the Game Range (Wylie Slough) were a few KILLDEER, until a small flock of peeps flew in. All adults. A few LEAST & WESTERN SANDPIPERS & 1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER.
Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com

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