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Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

S I G H T I N G S - 2016  

Below are 2016 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.
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 32,830
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
12
Semipalmated Plover
370
Dunlin
10,000
Western Sandpiper
4,300
Least Sandpiper
3
Red Knot
143
Dowitcher spp.
1
Whimbrel
1
Greater Yellowlegs .
0
Ruddy Turnstone
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
18,000
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
3
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: Fabulous day! 9.9 tide into marsh.

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 19,606
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
9
Semipalmated Plover
680
Dunlin
7,900
Western Sandpiper
7,900
Least Sandpiper
20
Red Knot
77
Dowitcher spp.
10
Whimbrel
7
Greater Yellowlegs .
2
Ruddy Turnstone
1
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
3,000
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: Cloudy. Excellent viewing! Great Diversity. Whimbrel, Dowitchers, and Red Knots there most of the morning.

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 18,175
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
1
Semipalmated Plover
175
Dunlin
5,400
Western Sandpiper
6,600
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Whimbrel
0
Yellowlegs spp.
2
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
6000
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: Low high tide left mudflats mostly exposed even at high tide. Birds were foraging elsewhere.

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 39,472
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
2
Semipalmated Plover
470
Dunlin
14,800
Western Sandpiper
22,200
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
1
Dowitcher spp.
21
Whimbrel
2
Yellowlegs spp.
3
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
2000
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: Great viewing conditions. No rain/no sun/no wind. Could see Mini Moon Island with no heat waves and no glare. On Mini Moon Island counted 26 Black-bellied Plovers (assume Black-bellied!), 6 Yellowlegs spp., 8 Dowitcher spp., and 24 Red Knots. And this was just on the easter portion of the island.

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 33,000
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
0
Semipalmated Plover
100
Dunlin
8,800
Western Sandpiper
16,500
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Whimbrel
0
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
11,000
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments:

 

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 32,525
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
5
Semipalmated Plover
1,800
Dunlin
5,800
Western Sandpiper
4,400
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Whimbrel
2
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
100
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
2
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: Sunny, tide left mud exposed. Birds left for no obvious reason.

 

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 32,525
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
23
Semipalmated Plover
600
Dunlin
13,950
Western Sandpiper
13,950
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Whimbrel
2
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
4,000
Northern Harrier
1
Peregrine Falcon
2
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: 500 Greater White-fronted Geese flew over. Falcon activity cleared the basin before the tide came all the way in. 9.1' tide. High water flooded all the shorebird habitat for almost 1.5 hours around high tide.

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 11,102
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
0
Semipalmated Plover
102
Dunlin
1000
Western Sandpiper
2000
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Whimbrel
0
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
8,000
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: Beautiful, sunny day

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