[Tweeters] shorebird movement over Puget Sound today

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Tue Aug 17 13:09:16 PDT 2021

Birding from Pt Wilson, Port Townsend, looking across Admiralty Inlet
toward Whidbey, I rarely see shorebirds flying out over the water. Today,
however, there were quite a few flocks of 10 to 20 birds, all southbound
low over the water. They were quite distant, mostly on the Whidbey side of
the tidal current, and seemed to be small to medium-sized, probably peeps,
Sanderlings, and possibly turnstones, etc. They were not phalaropes, though
yesterday I did see a half dozen Red-necked Phalaropes briefly touch down
on the water. Over 50 juvenile Bonaparte's Gulls were present yesterday
foraging in the kelp bed just north of the point, fewer today.

This coincides with the arrival of many Surfbirds (someone had 18 today)
and Black Turnstones (now over 100) at Point Hudson, Port Townsend.

Full eBird list at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S93372833

good birding,

Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA
*Qatay, S'Klallam territory*
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