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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: Friday, April 29, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 37,472
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.
?
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: 22,000
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.
?
Northern Harrier
0
Peregrine Falcon
0
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
0

Comments:

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Total shorebirds observed: 28,525
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.
many thousands
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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April 25, 2016