[Tweeters] Skagit Sanderlings
garybletsch at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 8 08:32:23 PDT 2008
Oblivious of the Variegated Flycatcher, I went out and birded Skagit County as usual on Sunday. I could not locate any of the birds I was really after, but had a good day. Twelve species of shorebirds showed up:
Killdeer--a few here and there on Fir Island, March Point, Padilla Bay;
Black-bellied Plover--just two at Alice Bay;
Greater Yellowlegs--small numbers here and there;
Lesser Yellowlegs--one or two on Fir Island;
Least Sandpiper--a dozen or so at Channel Drive;
Western Sandpiper--31 at March Point, with Sanderlings;
SANDERLING--three at March Point, with a small flock of Westerns;
Short-billed Dowitcher--small flocks on Fir Island and Alice Bay;
Long-billed Dowitcher--one at Hayton Preserve;
Wilson's Snipe--two at Jensen Access;
Black Turnstone--four at the usual pier on the Fidalgo side of March Pt;
Red-necked Phalarope--four at Channel Drive.
Regarding Sanderings in Skagit County, I went back over my records and confirmed what I had feared; they have dropped precipitously in numbers, at least around here. I observed this species 18 times in Skagit County from 1993 to 1998, at which time I moved away for four years. Since returning to the area in 2002, I have found them a grand total of three times in six years.
Gary Bletsch Near Lyman, Washington (Skagit County), USA garybletsch at yahoo.com
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