[Tweeters] Rock Sandpiper in Port Townsend
stevechampton at gmail.com
Fri Nov 4 20:02:33 PDT 2022
The ROCK SANDPIPER continues and is rather reliable on the piers of Hudson
Marina near Doc's Marina Grill in Port Townsend. The birds use the piers as
a high-tide roost and you look right down on them from the parking lot.
Pics of the scene here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S121862813
At lower tides, the birds forage on the beach at Pt Hudson and across the
bay at Fort Flagler. Picking out the Rock Sand in either context is
difficult, but definitely easier when they're on the piers.
The Black Turnstone flock has grown to 472 birds. I've not yet seen the
Ruddy that was photographed earlier in the week.
On Wed, Nov 2, 2022 at 12:48 PM Steve Hampton <stevechampton at gmail.com>
> 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
> good birding,
> Steve Hampton
> Port Townsend, WA (qatáy)
Port Townsend, WA (qatáy)
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