Fort Stevens State Park

IMG_5262I went to Fort Stevens to look for shorebirds this week. The main push of spring migrants hadn’t arrived yet, but numbers were definitely on the increase. I was pleased that I timed the tide correctly at Parking Lot D. This little bay fills quickly when the tide comes in, so it was nice to have extensive mudflats on this visit.

semipalmSemipalmated Plovers enjoying the mud

Caspian Tern duo smallThis spot often hosts good numbers of Caspian Terns. Several birds were seen courting.

Black-bellied Plover smallOf the six Black-bellied Plovers I saw that day, only one was in full breeding plumage. The others, including this bird, were still in molt.

Whimbrel duo smallThe beach hosted good numbers of Whimbrels.

whimbrel small

Sanderling smallThe most common shorebird on the beach that day was Sanderling. Most were still in winter plumage.

Sanderling duo small

Sanderling flock small

Shorebird migration should peak within the next week.

Happy Spring.

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