Subject: [Tweeters] Westport area shorebirds Aug. 31 Date: Sep 1 11:52:38 2011 From: Bob Sundstrom - ixoreus at scattercreek.com
My birding group saw two Bar-tailed Godwits at the high tide roost on Westport Harbor, after 3 p.m. yesterday. Both were adults molting out of alternate plumage, showing pale underparts with remnants of rusty feathering and upperparts lacking the crosshatched pattern of adjacent Marbled Godwits. These two birds were not present with the godwit flock in late morning in the same area, even though there were already 200+ birds at that time. It seems as if they joined the Marbled Godwit flock only as the full tide came on. By this time, the flock of several hundred godwits were roosting on the grass and gravel surface alongside the Coast Guard station, viewable from the floating docks and the east end of the harbor.
At Westhaven State Park on the high tide shore of Half Moon Bay was one juvenile American Golden Plover in very fresh, handsome plumage.