[Tweeters] Let me tell you about my day...

Mike Patterson celata at pacifier.com
Mon Oct 12 19:28:15 PDT 2015


I thought it might be productive to go across the river an over to the
North Head Light House to do a bit of sea watching this morning. I
arrived at 08:00. The wind was South at 5-8mph, temp in the low 50's.
The ocean was still pretty stirred up. There was a good sized
southbound PACIFIC LOON movement going on, but I only other notables
were a single DARK-BELLIED SHEARWATER and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE. The
North Jetty is still closed.

I spent an hour at Ilwaca Boat Basin were I counted 107 MARBLED GODWITS
and also easily found the BAR-TAILED GODWIT. I don't think the
HUDSONIAN GODWIT has been seen for about a week.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/21932773149

Also 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and too many ducks...

Then I decided I'd go around to the South Jetty of the Columbia River to
try my luck there. The ocean was just as angry on the Oregon side and I
saw nothing of note on seawatch. However, on the beach I found two
SNOWY PLOVERS (no sign of the 75 Piping Plovers reported yesterday on
eBird). One of the bird was banded the other, unbanded.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/21496790964

The bands do not appear to match any of the birds I reported on 9/3

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/albums/72157657737050490

nor do they match the banded bird seen by Neal Maine on 9/30.

I finished my morning by pointing out to a guy running his dogs in the
South Jetty wetland, that it was wildlife habitat not an off-leash dog
park and that his dogs were required to be on leash at all times. He
showed me that he was carrying a poop-bag then complained about my
attitude...


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Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
The history of photons
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3005





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