Subject: [Tweeters] Westport area shorebirds Aug. 31
Date: Sep 1 11:52:38 2011
From: Bob Sundstrom - ixoreus at


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.

Good birding, Bob

Bob Sundstrom

Tenino, WA

ixoreus at