[Tweeters] Skamania County Shorebirds
Grace and Ollie Oliver
grace.ollie at verizon.net
Sun Aug 22 09:16:03 PDT 2010
We tried birding for shorebirds yesterday just in case a few lingered.
At 1pm one Solitary Sandpiper came out of the tall grasses and gave us super
looks at same spot.
At the mouth of Rock Creek we had 2 Spotted Sandpipers and ~12 Least
Sandpipers and 1 Western Sandpiper.
Tom Mansfield was just leaving as we arrived and reported finding the
Two more Spotted Sandpipers were also found at Skamania Landing sitting on
One Black Swift was seen by us and Tom. It was a very good day.
Thanks Wilson and Russ for the postings!
Grace & Ollie Oliver
Subject: Re: Skamania County Shorebirds
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 17:24:26 -0700
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
On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM, Wilson Cady wrote:
> I headed out this morning to search for shorebirds in Skamania County
> 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
> at Stevenson now has an extensive mudflat created by a landslide a couple
> years ago. The first two years that this mud was here it apparently was
> fresh and did not contain anything for the shorebirds to feed on and we
> saw one Long-billed Dowitcher (2nd county record) here last year. Today
> there was 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1st county record), 6 LEAST SANDPIPERS,
> 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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