[Tweeters] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Tropical Kingbird at Ocean Shores

Gary Fredricks gfredricks at wa-net.com
Sun Nov 11 19:50:14 PST 2007

On Saturday, November 10, there was a juvenile SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER on
the Oyhut Game Range out in the salicornia flats north of the Ocean
Shores sewage treatment plant. This bird was alone although there were
a couple single pectoral sandpipers and a pair of golden plovers (one
American and one Pacific) in the same general area. A TROPICAL KINGBIRD
was over near the Ocean Shores Interpretive Center near the intersection
of Point Brown Avenue and Discovery Avenue. It was frequenting the
utility wires and trees along Discovery Avenue. A very cooperative
SORA was in the cattails near the nearby fishing pier and a SHORT-EARED
OWL was over the brushy area to the east. I looked again today for the
sharp-tail and found it again in the same area of salicornia flats
between the two deep tidal channels that bisect this area. The kingbird
was nowhere to be seen today, probably because of the blustery weather.
Other interesting birds in the area included a probable flock of
COMMON TERNS heading south and a RED PHALAROPE feeding near the north
jetty yesterday and a large flock of rockpipers with seven ROCK
SANDPIPERS on the jetty today.

Gary Fredricks
Washougal, WA

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