Subject: Raymond to Bowerman Basin Date: May 04 09:00:00 1995 From: Tracee Geernaert - Tracee at iphc.washington.edu
I spent the day(yesterday) on the loop between Raymond and Bowerman Basin with great success. Raymond Airport though Kiteless did sport a 1st year Glaucous Gull all by his/her lonesome (as far as other gulls go) in a field of cows. The airport runway was being watched over by a Rough-legged Hawk. This is pretty late for this bird is it not? There was no question it was a Rough-legged. The bird had a very pale head, the dark belly band, white tail base and the black wrist marks when it flew. Six Turkey Vultures also soared on by the airstrip.
The tide was still out when we hit Tokeand so the shorebirds were the black spot variety on the horizon (probably Ruffs or Stints?). There were some Cackling Canada Geese and 4 White-fronted Geese where the North River empties into the bay. Bottle Beach was great (lunch in the sun and lots of shorebirds with hardly any squinting). The Western Sandpipers and Dunlin numbered in the thousands, and the Short-billed Dowitchers in the hundreds. I'm terrible at guessing bodies but there were probably a hundred or so Red Knot and Black-bellied Plovers, 6 Ruddy Turnstone, 1 Black Turnstone, several Semipalmated Plovers, 8 Whimbrel, and 10 or so Sanderling. Better variety than I saw last year.
Bowerman Basin had the same species minus the Sanderling, Black Turnstone, Wimbrel but with the addition of that gooey mud. The Semipalmated Plover were numbering in the thousands at Bowerman unlike Bottle Beach. Caspian Terns were flying by constantly and 6 were resting at the water line. A Peregine did a fly-by and lowered the Western Sandpiper population by one. All in all a great day!