[Tweeters] Pierce County Shorebirds today, O.S. Yesterday

Ryan Shaw rtshaw80 at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 16 17:34:24 PDT 2010

I stopped by the "Sportco " Ponds on 20th Street in Fife after work today and had some decent shorebirds for Pierce County.

Present were:
Killdeer - 12
Solitary Sandpiper - 2 Both Juvs
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Juv
Western Sandpiper - 1 adult
Least Sandpiper - 1 Juv
Baird's Sandpiper - 3 (Juvs)

I also stopped at the Ocean Shores Game Range yesterday (Sunday the 15th) to check out the nice Shorebird habitat accessed thru Tonquin Avenue. Ran into many birders there also looking at the plethora of shorebirds.

Present during my 2 hour visit (10:45-12:45) were:
1 American Golden Plover (adult) even called in flight, very nice to hear it vocalize
Semipalmated Plovers (Many)
Killdeer - 10+
Greater Yellowlegs - 2 (Juv)
Lesser Yellowlegs 9 (Juvs)
Marbled Godwit - 1
Sanderling - 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 12 (2 adults at least, rest Juv) I was amazed at how many there were
Western Sandpiper - Many flying about
Least Sandpiper - Many
Baird's Sandpiper - 10 All Juvs
Pectoral Sandpiper - 4 All Juvs
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 Juv
Short-billed Dowitcher - 1 Juv
Long-billed Dowitcher - 8
Red-necked Phalarope - 2 Juvs

And chasing them around were 2 Peregrine Falcons, one was extremely dark, looked like a giant Black Merlin, darkest Peregrine I have seen.
Cheers and good birding!

Ryan Shaw
Tacoma, WA
rtshaw80 at hotmail.com
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