[Tweeters] Rock Sandpiper in Port Townsend
stevechampton at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 12:48:06 PDT 2022
This morning there was a Rock Sandpiper among 360 Black Turnstones, as well
as many Dunlin, Sanderlings, and 23 Surfbirds. Hopefully the bird will
remain thru the winter. Low tide viewing is at the Point Hudson spit (and
probably this flock goes to the rocks either side of the ferry and Flagler
as well). High tide they seem to be using the empty piers at the Point
Hudson Marina, which is closed to boats all winter due to jetty work.
Excellent viewing from Doc's Marina Grill parking lot, though the birds are
often sleeping when on the piers. Look for the Rock Sand's scaly back
pattern and bright white-edged tertials and coverts. I included some wider
angle pics to help facilitate a search image.
A Ruddy Turnstone was photographed on the piers with the BLTU yesterday. I
did not see it today.
Full list and pics: https://ebird.org/checklist/S121747608
Port Townsend, WA (qatáy)
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