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Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

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Below are 2014 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: Thursday April 26, 2014
Total shorebirds observed: 32,431
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
14
Semipalmated Plover
402
Dunlin
12,800
Western Sandpiper
19,200
Least Sandpiper
5
Red Knot
2
Dowitcher spp.
6
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
2
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
Caspain Tern
6
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
1

Comments: Osprey also seen.

Date: Thursday April 25, 2014
Total shorebirds observed: 22,844
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
2
Semipalmated Plover
235
Dunlin
4520
Western Sandpiper
18,080
Least Sandpiper
5
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
0
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
2
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
Caspain Tern
7
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
1

Comments:

Date: Thursday April 24, 2014
Total shorebirds observed: 42,075
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
16
Semipalmated Plover
59
Dunlin
18,000
Western Sandpiper
22,000
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
4
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
9
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
2000
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
1

Comments:Howling wind and driving rain squawls. Very high tide into marsh, about 2 hours earlier than predicted. Stay high for two hours than dropped quickly.

 

Date: Tuesday April 22, 2014
Total shorebirds observed: 10,611
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
14
Semipalmated Plover
83
Dunlin
4975
Western Sandpiper
4975
Least Sandpiper
40
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
15
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
6
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
500
Caspain Tern
0
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
0
Bald Eagle
2

Comments: Excellent views. High High Tide. Lots of flying from place to land. No rain. Peregrine falcon captured 2 shorebirds!

 

Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Total shorebirds observed: 9,112
Species
Approx. # seen
Black-bellied Plover
11
Semipalmated Plover
101
Dunlin
3000
Western Sandpiper
3000
Least Sandpiper
0
Red Knot
0
Dowitcher spp.
9
Red-neecked Phalerope
0
Yellowlegs spp.
9
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
3000
Northern Harrier
1
Peregrine Falcon
1
Merlin
1
Bald Eagle
2

Comments: Fabulous weather: calm, clear, sun raising, no heat wave.

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April 24, 2014