[Tweeters] Willapa Bay birds. (May 9, 2022)

Jeff Gilligan jeffgilligan10 at gmail.com
Mon May 9 21:55:20 PDT 2022

The shorebird migration has been spectacular, as expected, during the last several days that I have been at my little cove on Willapa Bay. The greatest numbers were today.

I could not count the total numbers, but they were certainly thousands of shorebirds

About 90% were Western Sandpipers, and after that, large numbers of Dunlin and Semipalmated Plovers.

Less numerous species were:
80 Black-bellied Plovers
3 Whimbrels
9 Greater Yellowlegs
75 Short-billed Dowitchers
3 Red Knots
1 Red-necked Phalarope

Surprisingly, I didn’t see any Least Sandpipers, which usually are the nearest species to the deck.

Further out in the bay, there were about 70 Greater Scaup, a few Buffleheads, and a flock of American Wigeons that was accompanied by 5 Eurasian Wigeon males, and at least 2 female Eurasian Wigeon.

The afternoon sun light on 2 Ospreys and a fly by Bald Eagle, as well as passing Caspian Terns and Ring-billed Gulls, was very pleasant. A Barred Owl is calling as type.

Jeff Gilligan
Pacific County

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