[Tweeters] Skamania County Shorebirds

Russ Koppendrayer russkope at gmail.com
Fri Aug 20 17:24:26 PDT 2010

Hi Wilson and Tweeters,
I got a late start today but around noon there was still 1 SOLITARY
SANDPIPER at the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort pond. At 1:30 the mudflats at
the mouth of Rock Creek had some kids running around having a good time and
I assumed no luck, but a little persistence paid off with 1 LEAST SANDPIPER
and 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER in the corner toward the park. Thanks for the
post Wilson.
Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, Wa.

On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM, Wilson Cady <gorgebirds at juno.com> wrote:

> I headed out this morning to search for shorebirds in Skamania County after

> reading all the posts about the birds being seen elsewhere. Shorebirds are

> one of the hardest to find species in this county. I first stopped at the

> St. Cloud Recreation Area near Prindle and found 3 RED- EYED VIREOS in the

> trees around the old orchard but nothing on the shore. The Franz Lake NWR

> overlook produced nothing and the water was still too high at Skamania

> Landing. The boat launch at Beacon Rock State Park hosted 3 SPOTTED

> SANDPIPERS. I struck out at Bass Lake and Greenleaf Slough in North

> Bonneville but a visit to the small pond visible from the east parking lot

> at the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort produced 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, a

> species with only a couple of prior county records. The mouth of Rock Creek

> at Stevenson now has an extensive mudflat created by a landslide a couple of

> years ago. The first two years that this mud was here it apparently was too

> fresh and did not contain anything for the shorebirds to feed on and we only

> saw one Long-billed Dowitcher (2nd county record) here last year. Today

> there was 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1st county record), 6 LEAST SANDPIPERS, and

> a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (1st county record). The mouth of the Wind River

> had 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 8 NORTHERN PINTAIL (first of the year for the

> cumulative county list), and 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and 3 PURPLE MARTINS. A

> quick check of Ashes Lake gave me 11 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, (the first of the

> year for the cumulative county list).


> Wilson Cady

> Washougal, WA



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