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Below are 2015 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: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 11,516
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
1
Semipalmated Plover
15
Dunlin
2,850
Western Sandpiper
6,650
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
2,000
Northern Harrier
1
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
2

Comments: 20 Caspian terns and 18 Canada Geese also seen. Mudflats were still exposed at high tide.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 27,878
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
18
Semipalmated Plover
600
Dunlin
13,500
Western Sandpiper
13,750
Least Sandpiper
3
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Whimbrel
7
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
4,500
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: Sunny, hazy, in low 60's. lots of mud even at high tide.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Total shorebirds observed:
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
245
Dunlin
29,670
Western Sandpiper
14,730
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
0
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: Finally a stormy day and night; low pressure system and tide rose over mudflat.

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 51,917
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
9
Semipalmated Plover
700
Dunlin
30,600
Western Sandpiper
20,400
Least Sandpiper
200
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
8
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
4,000
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: Sunny, light breeze, 78 degrees. Lots of mud.

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 42,500
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
0
Semipalmated Plover
1,500
Dunlin
18,450
Western Sandpiper
22,550
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
5,000
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: Sunny, light breeze. 75 degrees. Tide out very far.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 29017
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
2
Semipalmated Plover
300
Dunlin
11,850
Western Sandpiper
11,850
Least Sandpiper
1
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
12
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
2
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
5,000
Northern Harrier
1
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
2
Bald Eagle
4

Comments: raptor activity spectacular today.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 26,970
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
0
Semipalmated Plover
300
Dunlin
9,700
Western Sandpiper
13,960
Least Sandpiper
10
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
0
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
3,000
Northern Harrier
1
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
2
Bald Eagle
2

Comments: Also saw 3 Whimbrel; light wind, clear, HT 8.5 feet

 

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 58,084
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
1
Semipalmated Plover
80
Dunlin
23,200
Western Sandpiper
34,800
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
3
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
too much fog
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments: calm, fog-lifted, stormy night before; perfect tide at 8'4''.

 

Date: Thursday April 23, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 43,153
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
8
Semipalmated Plover
120
Dunlin
5,200
Western Sandpiper
7,800
Least Sandpiper
6
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
6
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
9
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
30,000
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
2
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: The spring migration has begun! Also counted, 1 Whimbrel and3 Marbled Godwits.

 

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 3,600
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
7
Semipalmated Plover
7
Dunlin
150
Western Sandpiper
480
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
3
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
13
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
0
Caspain Tern
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle

Comments: Howling wind, on-shore 35 mph., very high and early tide into vegetation. No rain.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Total shorebirds observed: 2,205
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
17
Semipalmated Plover
59
Dunlin
165
Western Sandpiper
12
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
11
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
2000
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments:Full sun, on-shore wind 10-15 mph., very high tide. best viewing before and after tide peak.

 

Date:
Total shorebirds observed:
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Dunlin
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Red Knot
Dowitcher spp.
Red-neecked Phalerope
Yellowlegs spp.
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
Bald Eagle

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