[Tweeters] shorebird question, Discovery Park

Larry Schwitters lpatters at ix.netcom.com
Tue Aug 16 16:29:59 PDT 2005


How about Surfbirds?

Larry Schwitters
On Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at 04:20 PM, Mark Vernon wrote:

> Today I visited Discovery Park and had some great sitings.

> I saw a flock of 9 shorebirds that I am unfamiliar with. They were

> very close to me as I watched them from the rocks at the West Point

> lighthouse. They were robin sized, mostly solid gray, with white

> bellies. The beaks were short, not sure about the color. Their legs

> were definately yellow. Their tails were short and a bit black. They

> did not bob. Mostly they seemed not to be jumpy, but a walker flushed

> them up and they flew around a bit and then returned. The most

> striking thing was their upper wing patterns as they flew. They showed

> a lot of black with a white band on the rump of the tail, and arced

> white bands on the wings, running the length of the wings. I wish I

> had brought a camera! Can anybody give me suggestions?


> I also saw 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Killdeer, 17 Sanderlings and 6

> Least Sandpipers. Their was still a small prescence of Rhinoceros

> Auklets.


> I stumbled into a Barred Owl being mobbed by Robins, Steller's Jays, a

> Downy Woodpecker and an enraged Anna's Hummingbird. I have read about

> Barred Owls at Discovery Park but this is my very first siting of one.

> I had an interesting day.


> -Mark Vernon

> Renton, WA






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