[Tweeters] Re: Migrating geese

Jeffrey Bryant jbryant_68 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 20 17:53:46 PDT 2017


Though I saw zero geese at Ocean Shores this past weekend, I DID have 41 Greater White-fronted Geese fly over my Seattle yard today.
Ocean Shores shorebirding was slow ver the weekend, with no golden-plovers despite diligent searching in the game range and base of Damon Point.
Highlights were Friday morning at the game range: juvy Sharp-tailed Sandpiper with single Pectoral in tow, and a likely Buff-breasted Sandpiper that flushed from the dune grass with 9 Killdeer. NOT a good look, but it was about 20% smaller and paler than Killdeer, and gave the proper squeaky call. Killdeer settled back quickly, sandpiper continued toward STP.
Saturday morning brought a single Baird's Sandpiper on the outer beach between Damon Point and the game range. On my return walk, I refound it with a lone Sanderling at the wrack line. Also a dozen or so each Greater Yellowlegs and Semipalmated Plovers, plus Leasts, Westerns, Killdeer though in unexpectedly low numbers at high tide.
Also checked STP and Midway ponds at high tide on successive days, finding NO shorebirds at the former, and only a snipe at the latter.

Jeff bryant
Seattle
Jbryant_68 at yahoo

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