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Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

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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, 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
Dowitcher spp.
6
Red-neecked Phalerope
Yellowlegs spp.
9
Mini-Moon Island Unidentified spp.
30,000
Caspain Tern
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.
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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April 27, 2015