I taught two shorebird classes and led three shorebird field trips in August. The southbound shorebird migration has been pretty great so far, with unprecedented numbers of Baird’s Sandpipers and a nice smattering of rarities throughout Oregon. My trips missed the really rare stuff, but we had a nice variety of shorebirds.
The addition of a new family member with special needs (an adorable coonhound who was rescued from an animal testing lab) kept me from doing much birding outside of my classes. Leading trips does not usually allow for getting decent photos, but here are a few images from the month.
This Ruddy Turnstone was snoozing with the Black Turnstones at the Seaside Cove.
Surfbirds are another specialty of Seaside Cove
This Wilson’s Snipe gave great scope views at Jackson Bottom.
Not shorebirds, but always nice to see, this flock of American White Pelicans was at Fernhill Wetlands.
I have one more shorebird class at Jackson Bottom on September 24. I’m hoping this strong migration continues throughout the fall. Click on the Classes tab for more information.
Not ready for birding yet, but perhaps someday Bohdi can join his sister Nala and me in the field.