Shorebirds at Grays Harbor, WA
I took my shorebird class to Grays Harbor in Washington, one of the prominent staging areas for migrant shorebirds on the West Coast. The cold wet spring continues, so diversity was a little low, but there were lots of birds to see.
At Bowerman Basin, part of Grays Harbor NWR, a long boardwalk extends along the edge of the mudflats. As the basin fills with the rising tide, the birds are pushed closer to shore for excellent views.
I didn’t notice the bird at the time, but when I downloaded this shot of Western Sandpipers I immediately noticed the Least Sandpiper among them. Least Sandpipers feed in a crouched position with their feet far forward. On closer inspection, you can see the tiny bill and the pale legs. (lower right corner, if you are still looking)
Posted on April 28, 2009, in beyond OR, identification challenges, seasonal movements and tagged Black-bellied Plover, Caspian Tern, Dunlin, Grays Harbor, Least Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Semipalmated Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Western Sandpiper. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.