[Tweeters] Shorebirds, Paterson Slough, Benton county, WA

Bill and Nancy LaFramboise billnanl at verizon.net
Fri Aug 20 19:06:20 PDT 2010

I went to Paterson Slough (Umatilla NWR near Plymouth, WA) today.
Shorebirds gather in Sasquatch Pond there. Numbers were not particularly
high except for Red-necked Phalaropes (75) but 14 species were present.

Long-billed Dowitcher 8
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 juv.
Black-necked Stilt 15
American Avocet 7
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Grater Yellowlegs 3
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Killdeer 6
A peep flock of about 60 birds with Least, Western, and Semipalmated
Sandpipers in it
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Red-necked Phalarope 75

If you plan on going, get there early. Today, heat waves make viewing next
to impossible by 10:30. When I first arrived not too many birds were
visible but more birds eventually moved out from behind the island. They
were in constant motion. A scope is a necessity.

I was also pleased to see a Sora and 5 Bonaparte's Gulls. There was an odd
goose present. It never turned to face me. It resembled a Greater
White-fronted (proper colored legs & bill, white at the base of the bill)
but very pale on the head. I wouldn't be surprised to find out it was a
hybrid domestic.

Ducks were mostly drab but I did pick out 7 species and was surprised to see
Canvasbacks (2).

45 species for the day.

Nancy LaFramboise
Richland WA

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