Spring Shorebirds

I had hoped to get to the coast this week, but a big weather system was blowing in so I  visited Fernhill Wetlands and Jackson Bottom. Both sites had a few shorebirds sporting their breeding plumage.

semipalmated plover fluffySemipalmated Plover

semipalmated plover 1

dunlinDunlin

least sandpipersLeast Sandpipers

western sandpiperWestern Sandpiper

long-billed dowitchersLong-billed Dowitchers at Jackson Bottom. The sticks in the foreground are willow stakes planted by Clean Water Services. As these willows grow, they form a canopy over the mud flats, making the habitat useless to migrating shorebirds. Birders have been complaining about the practice at this site for years, to no avail.

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Posted on May 10, 2014, in OR Birding Sites, seasonal movements and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow. Interesting about the plantings. I didn’t know. Nice list of birds. I guess JB water levels are going down now and it might continue to be good for shorebirds.

  2. It is my understanding that the planting to build canopy and shade is part of efforts to control reed canarygrass.

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