[Tweeters] Dune Peninsula Park Shorebird ID

Jerry Tangren kloshewoods at outlook.com
Mon Oct 18 06:38:01 PDT 2021

Although it doesn’t correspond to your description, I saw my first Rock Sandpiper there fifty years ago…

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From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2021 12:11:11 AM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Dune Peninsula Park Shorebird ID

Has anybody birded at the Dune Peninsula Park at Point Ruston in Tacoma lately? We were there yesterday afternoon (Saturday 10/16) and saw a shorebird on the rocks in the area of the line of rocks just off the shoreline. It is frequented by harbor seals and even at high tide, I counted at least twenty of them yesterday.
The shorebird has a brownish back and the stripes on the chest have a distinct line - somewhat like a Pectoral Sandpiper. The wings are long and bill and legs are dark or black. The tip of the bill has a slight downward turn. There is a light stripe through the eye. Maybe a Baird's - or White-rumped Sandpiper? It does not appear to be a Dunlin and seems to be slightly larger. It is a single bird and I believe it is the same bird I saw there last winter.
We did not find any longspurs.

Hans Feddern
Twin Lakes/Federal Way, WA
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