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Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

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Below are 2013 survey reports from the Grays Harbor NWR Wildlife Biologist and Refuge Volunteers. Surveys are conducted every few days during shorebird migration. All surveys are begun just before high tide and are conducted along the Sandpiper Trail at the Refuge.

Note: Non-shorebird species are listed in italic font.

2013 Shorebird Sightings - the 2013 sighting will stay up until around April 22, 2014 when shorebirds start coming into Grays Harbor NWR.
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 22,992
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
11
Semipalmated Plover
68
Dunlin
5,070
Western Sandpiper
11,830
Least Sandpiper
700
Red Knot
320
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
3
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
3,300
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: Breezy on shore rain squalls, partly cloudy. High tide 10.5 feet. Huge tide into the salt marsh. Counts done on falling tide..

 

Date: Thursday May 2, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 22,992
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
11
Semipalmated Plover
68
Dunlin
5,070
Western Sandpiper
11,830
Least Sandpiper
700
Red Knot
320
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
3
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
3,300
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: Breezy on shore rain squalls, partly cloudy. High tide 10.5 feet. Huge tide into the salt marsh. Counts done on falling tide..

 

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 36,903
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
0
Semipalmated Plover
194
Dunlin
18,350
Western Sandpiper
18,350
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
1
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
8
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
0
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: Breezy on shore rain squalls, partly cloudy. High tide 10.5 feet. Huge tide into the salt marsh. Counts done on falling tide..

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 41,025
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
38
Semipalmated Plover
425
Dunlin
13,500
Western Sandpiper
12,000
Least Sandpiper
45
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
5
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
12
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
15,000
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: NO raptors! 30-40% or birds were roosting/preening. Lots of shorebirds along mudflats at NE and N portions of basin.

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 36,903
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
0
Semipalmated Plover
194
Dunlin
18,350
Western Sandpiper
18,350
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
1
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
8
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
0
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: Breezy on shore rain squalls, partly cloudy. High tide 10.5 feet. Huge tide into the salt marsh. Counts done on falling tide..

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 48,106
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
9
Semipalmated Plover
67
Dunlin
4000
Western Sandpiper
14,000
Least Sandpiper
10
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
8
Whimbrel
2
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
20,000
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
2

Comments: Sun, On-shore wind 10 mph; partly cloudy; High tide 9.5 feet.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 35,194
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
34
Semipalmated Plover
142
Dunlin
17,500
Western Sandpiper
17,500
Least Sandpiper
9
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
2
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
7
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: 800 Greater White-fronted Geese.

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Date: Friday, April 26, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 30,368
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
9
Semipalmated Plover
225
Dunlin
2,200
Western Sandpiper
8,800
Least Sandpiper
100
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
25
Red-neecked Phalerope
6
Yellowlegs spp.
3
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
20,000
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
2
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: Also, 2 Northern Harriers and 1 Cooper's Hawk.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 12,139
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
1
Semipalmated Plover
16
Dunlin
12
Western Sandpiper
110
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
7
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
12,000
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
2

Comments: 1 Northern Harrier as well.

Date: Monday, April 22, 2013
Total shorebirds observed: 12,067
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
1
Semipalmated Plover
30
Dunlin
20
Western Sandpiper
0
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
19
Red-neecked Phalerope
6
Yellowlegs spp.
4
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
12,000
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: Sunny, light on-shore breeze. Tides low, therefore not many birds on the Refuge.

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