Subject: Tokeland to Ocean Shores birding
Date: Aug 3 21:03:23 2002
From: Ruth Sullivan - GODWIT at

Hello Tweets,

Today my mother and I spent and enjoyable and pleasant day birding in both
Grays Harbor and Pacific Cos. within our normal route,covering areas such as
Tokeland,Bottle Beach,the Hoquim STP,and Ocean Shores. Our main route
started at Bottle Beach at 8:30am ,then south to Tokeland where we ran into
Todd Thornton and his birding friend both from Oregon,then we travelled back
north to the Hoquim STP,then our final destination at incoming tide at Ocean
Shores. As mentioned we had a very plesant day weather and birding wise with
a fairly good diversity of species as well as continuing shorebirds at
several locations with still the highest concentrations consisting on the
beach shorelines between Driftwood Drive and Butter Clam beach access at
Ocean Shores,with much lesser numbers noted during the morning at Bottle
Beach that hosted a single juvenile WILLET that was photographed at close
range,as it foraged loosely amongst a flock of Black-bellied Plovers and
Short-billed Dowitchers. This is our first personal record for this location
in Grays Harbor Co.,as we are aware of other past records from other
observers. Our other Willets for the day occured at the Tokeland Marina with
a total of 10 birds,being 9 adults and 1 juvenile. Another highlight for the
day was a total of 4 LESSER YELLOWLEGS at 4 seperate locations during the
day to be listed below,which was a good count for the locations for early
August. The shorebird counts on the beaches at Ocean Shores were assumed to
be different birds,as the highest density consisted of Black-bellied Plovers
with 700+,being 98% alternate plumaged adults and 2% nonbreeding adult
birds. We were only able to locate 3 Red Knots at this location compared to
previous visits of higher numbers along with higher numbers of Short-billed
Dowitchers,so it is apparent to us different birds were noted today. The
roosting/foraging shorebirds along the beach shoreline at Ocean Shores at
the previous locations still remain and persist,despite noted human and
animal activity on the immediate beach which is noteworthy,as it appears to
be a regular occurance for migrating/roosting shorebirds with enough effort
searching for them. A list of our notable highlights for the day at selected
locations and times follows below:

Brady Loop Rd. 7:45am

4 Western Scrub Jays

Hwy.12 at Montesano 8am,6:40pm

1 pair of Osprey(with 1 young at a nestsite)

Bottle Beach 8:30am-10am(incoming/outgoing tide)

1 Western Grebe
15 Brown Pelicans
1 Surf Scoter
2 White-winged Scoter
58 Black-bellied Plovers
62 Semipalmated Plovers
1 juvenile WILLET
1 Whimbrel
1 Ruddy Turnstone
34 Western Sandpipers
48 Least Sandpipers
250+ Short-billed Dowitchers
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows
8 Orange-crowned Warblers
4 Yellow Warblers
4 Black-throated Gray Warblers
5 Wilson's Warblers
2 Purple Finches

Ocosta Third Street 10:05am-10:15am

1 female Green-winged Teal(with 4 young)
1 immature Wood Duck
1 Long-billed Dowitcher

Tokeland 10:40am-11:50am(outgoing tide)

1 Common Loon
1 Red-necked Grebe(good record date for location)
1 Surf Scoter
1 Northern Harrier
1 Merlin
15 Semipalmated Plovers
27 Whimbrel
1 Long-billed Curlew
9 Marbled Godwits
10 Willets(9 adults,1 juvenile)
38+ Western Sandpipers
24 Least Sandpipers
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Olive-sided Flycatchers

Hoquim STP/Airport Way 1:15pm-1:45pm

1 Lesser Yellowlegs
4 Spotted Sandpipers(2 adults,2 juveniles)
47+ Western Sandpipers
88+ Least Sandpipers
5 Long-billed Dowitchers
3 juvenile Red-necked Phalaropes

Grand Canal spillway(accessed from Marine View Drive near the Ocean Shores
Marina) 2:45pm

2 adult Green Herons
1 Lesser Yellowlegs

Ocean Shores STP 3:15pm-3:30pm

9 Northern Shovelers
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Western Sandpipers
7 Least Sandpipers

beach access between Driftwood Drive and Butter Clam Street(on foot)

65+ Sooty Shearwaters
1 LEACH'S STORM PETREL(found dead below a layer of sand)
35 Brown Pelicans
6 Surf Scoters
48+ Common Murres
700+ Black-bellied Plovers
140+ Semipalmated Plovers
1 Surfbird
3 Red Knots
2000+ Sanderlings
1 Western Sandpiper
230+ Short-billed Dowitchers
1 juvenile Red-necked Phalarope

Ocean Shores Marina 5:15pm

7 Whimbrel(roosting on the protected jetty)

Cyber Lake 5:45pm-5:55pm

85 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
9 Long-billed Dowitchers
1 Olive-sided Flycatcher

Hwy.109 at Hoquim 6:17pm

1 Peregrine Falcon

Good birding,

Ruth and Patrick Sullivan