[Tweeters] Tides at Grays Harbor

Dianna Moore osdlm1945 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 29 14:02:26 PDT 2021

Thanks for sharing this, Elston. I tell everyone who calls about the "best"
time to view to be aware of the time and level of high tide, especially if
it's windy at the refuge (the wind pushes the water higher and it stacks up
at the far/east end of the mud flats), or if going to Bottle Beach...go
even earlier than the recommended two hours early.
Meanwhile, out here on the beach....well, you can tell the migration is in
full swing. Just lovely!!!
Dianna Moore
Ocean Shores

On Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 12:19 PM Elston Hill <elstonh at yahoo.com> wrote:

> My wife and I went to Grays Harbor on Monday. I had the tide charts and

> being a total novice I thought we needed to arrive a little bit before high

> tide. Fortunately, I tend to arrive way to early for most events, so we

> arrived at the NWR more than two hours before high tide. We got there just

> in time for a great shore bird show. Most of the us left almost two hours

> before the high tide on my tide charts as the show was over. On my way out

> I encountered a number of sophisticated birders (people with big scopes)

> coming in. I think they missed the show.


> The same thing happened to us the next day at Bottle Beach. We arrived

> about 2 1/2 hours before the high tide and again arrived just in time for

> the show. The birds were all gone by two hours before high tide. I heard

> someone say that the tides were unusually high. And when we came back to

> Bottle Beach the next morning for a quiet walk, we could see that the tide

> rose more than two feet higher than the point where the water covered the

> mud flats and the shore birds left.


> I do not qualify as a serious birder, but I thought this information might

> be useful if my observations are correct. It appears that the timing for

> viewing shore birds depends not only on high tides but also on how high the

> tide will be.

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