[Tweeters] Bottle Beach Bar-tailed Godwit, some Pt. Brown Jetty birds, & a thanks to Ryan Merrill

Lonnie Somer mombiwheeler at gmail.com
Thu Aug 31 11:38:03 PDT 2017

Hi Tweeters,

Yesterday (Wednesday), I birded along the coast with Scot Duncan. The
morning was foggy and drizzly, but it eventually cleared up. We went to a
number of locations; here a few highlights:

Bottle Beach: We arrived well before high tide and stayed for a couple of
hours. There was 1 BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 2 BLACK TURNSTONES, plus lots of
the expected peeps for this time of year (complete list will be posted to
eBird in a few hours). Initially, the Bar-tailed was the only godwit.
About an hour after our arrival, several hundred MARBLED GODWITS flew in.

Oyhut Wildlife Area (Game Range): Very few shorebirds, but all 3 species
of loons in the harbor. By far the most numerous was RED-THROATED LOONS, a
couple still in breeding plumage.

Pt. Brown Jetty: We arrived at the jetty around 1:40, after the fog had
cleared. We stayed for 2 hours; lot of birds, including 3 SURFBIRDS and 2
WANDERLING TATTLERS on the rocks, a flyby of 5 WHIMBRELS, an enormous raft
of COMMON MURRES, mostly swimming beyond the jetty, 1 MARBLED MURRELET, 1

Our final stop was at an overlook of Bills Spit. It was pretty quiet, but
as we were preparing to leave, a flock of 25 or so RED CROSSBILLS landed in
the nearby Douglas Firs and put on a great show.

Finally, I would like to thank Ryan Merrill for posting about his finding
the Swallow-tailed Gull this morning on a very timely basis. It's greatly

Lonnie Somer
mombiwheeler at gmail.com
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