[Tweeters] Whimbrel & Marbled Godwit - Puyallup River mouth

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Sat Aug 28 17:12:26 PDT 2021

We got absolutely none of these fabulous birds today, not even the pelicans, including trying from the 11th St. Bridge. But prior to heading for this trio, we veered out of a horrible, mid-morning Tacoma traffic jam and headed for the Puyallup 56 St SE Stormwater Facility to try for the juvenile Ruff that’s been hanging down there. Excellent scope views were easy from behind the fence for this good-looking Code 5 bird, which was walking around on the rocks, along with a Spotted Sandpiper. The Ruff could also be seen with bins, though perhaps not enjoyed as much. On the way, the number of fishermen in the Puyallup River was amazing—mid-river, it was almost as crowded as a California beach!
Penny Koyama, Bothell

From: Marcus Roening
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2021 4:07 PM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] Whimbrel & Marbled Godwit - Puyallup River mouth

Hi Tweets,

Three amazing shorebirds in Pierce County in one day! Charlie Wright spotted the Whimbrel & Marbled Godwit at the mouth of the Puyallup River from Thea’s Park on the north side of downtown Tacoma for distant scope views - along with 2 Brown Pelicans.

To get closer you can walk on the Eastside to the mouth of the Puyallup River. Go to the end of E Milwaukee Waterway Road and park in front of the truck check in. Walk under the 11th street bridge heading north between the river and the fence for 0.6 miles.

And let me know if you see any Heerman’s Gulls in the midst of the several hundred California Gulls :-).

Good birding,

Marcus Roening
Tacoma WA

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