Grass pipers! Another weekend in Ocean Shores/Westport, WA (9/7 – 9/8/2013)

It took a lot of a luck to run into the Upland Sandpiper at Damon Point near the spit. The bird was first reported about 2mi further at the Game Range. It was very antsy, flushing early and calling a lot. The photo is that bad that you can hardly recognize the species …


A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was near the tip as well.

At the Game Range small numbers of Lapland Longspurs have arrived. A Pacific Golden-Plover was mixed in with 1000s of Western Sandpipers.

On Sunday morning, after seeing an adult Elegant Tern feeding a young in the fog at Westport in the harbor, I headed over to Midway Beach and then Grayland SP. About 3/4mi south of trail 5 was Bob Sundstrom’s juvie Buff-breasted Sandpiper.


A seawatch at Twin Harbors SP yielded 2 Parasitic Jaegers and 1000s of Sooty Shearwaters. One small white-bodied tubenose was on the water far out and had to be left unid’ed.

The final stop was the outgoing tide at Bottle Beach and it was anemic. Dan noted a couple of peregrines off shore. We followed them for a while and watched one of them pick off a Common Tern.


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