[Tweeters] Tokeland, Westport, Grayland Beach, Twin Harbors Beach, Bottle Beach, 9/2-4/2019

Mark Ahlness mahlness at gmail.com
Thu Sep 5 16:16:14 PDT 2019

Hello All,

We just got back from 2.5 days of exploring the Westport side of Grays
Harbor. We had a great time. Just listing the shorebirds, and a few
highlights, along with date/s and locations…

*Westport** 9/2*
* Pier 21, Marina *

Marbled Godwit – at least 200, perhaps more
Black Turnstone, 5

*Westport 9/3 Lookout tower*

Wandering Tattler, 3
Black Turnstone, 4
Western Grebe, 2

* Tokeland, 9/2*

Willet, 3
Great Egret, 2
Purple Martin, 2

*Tokeland, 9/3*

Willet, 11
Great Egret, 1
Purple Martin, 1
Spotted Sandpiper, 2 (from the North Cove Restaurant at lunchtime)

*Bottle Beach, 9/2*

Long-billed Curlew, 1
SB Dowitcher, many …. all upstaged by the Curlew
LB Dowitcher, a handful….heard them calling, was able to pick them out
Ruddy Turnstone, 4
Western Sandpiper, roughly 20
Black Bellied Plover, 75
Marbled Godwit, 1
Savannah Sparrow, 6 on the beach

*Bottle Beach, 9/3*

Long-billed Curlew, 1
Whimbrel, 1
SB Dowitcher – 130
LB Dowitcher, a few (again, heard them)
W. Sandpiper, 200
L. Sandpiper, 3
Marbled Godwit, 41
Ruddy Turnstone, 6
Black Turnstone, 1

*Bottle Beach, 9/4*

Red Knot, 9, seemed to be all juveniles
Western Sandpiper, 300
SB Dowitcher, 90
Marbled Godwit, 58
Willet, 1
Black Bellied Plover, 150
Ruddy Turnstone, 5

*Twin Harbors Beach, 9/3*

Least Sandpiper, 250
Western Sandpiper, 25
Whimbrel, 2
Semipalmated Plover, 3

*Grayland Beach, 9/4*

Snowy Plover, 6
Sanderling, 13

At the tip-top of a dead tree, just before the left turn to Bottle Beach
(and just before the sign that says Bottle Beach, next right 😊), there was
a mystery falcon who flew before we were able to turn around. It was
chased from tree-top perch by another bird. Best guess: Merlin.

There are birds at the coast. We didn’t want to leave. We took a few
pictures to help us remember: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGGyzuT

Janeanne Houston and Mark Ahlness
mahlness at gmail.com
Seattle, WA
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