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Checklist S16123881

 
Location
Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, Washington, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Oct 03, 1976 7:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
3
Duration:
8 hour(s)
Distance:
5.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Bill Tweit
Species
81 species (+2 other taxa) total
150
Canada Goose

Small flocks of Canadas were flying south all through the day. Average flocks size was 20. They all seemed to be very large birds.

X
American Wigeon
X
Mallard
15
Northern Pintail
8
Green-winged Teal
25
Greater Scaup
X
Surf Scoter
X
White-winged Scoter
1
Hooded Merganser
8
Common Merganser
12
Pied-billed Grebe
5
Horned Grebe
90
Western Grebe

Several large flocks were off the jetty.

2
American Coot (Red-shielded)
18
Black-bellied Plover
1
American/Pacific Golden-Plover (Lesser Golden-Plover)
4
Semipalmated Plover
6
Killdeer
7
Whimbrel
4
Marbled Godwit
15
Black Turnstone
10
Surfbird
1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

One was feeding in the Salicornia at the edge of the mud on the game range. It seemed to be a rather dully colored individual, but the legs were bright yellow. It's call note was a little lower and more reedy than the others I have heard.

60
Dunlin
15
Least Sandpiper
40
Pectoral Sandpiper

Almost all of the birds we saw on the game range were feeding in dry Salicornia/Distichlis/Jaumea vegetation, quite a ways back from the edge of the mudflats.

30
Western Sandpiper
X
Short-billed Dowitcher
X
Long-billed Dowitcher

It seemed, judging by calls, that Long-bills predominated over Short-bills today. Both species seemed to be mingling together in the shorebird flocks on the game range.

1
Wilson's Snipe
2
Wandering Tattler
10
Greater Yellowlegs
X
Common Murre

Seven murres, all adult sized and in winter plumage were around the jetty.

1
Rhinoceros Auklet
9
Black-legged Kittiwake
80
Bonaparte's Gull
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 72 8
30
Heermann's Gull
10
Mew Gull
6
Ring-billed Gull
X
Western Gull
X
California Gull
X
Glaucous-winged Gull
2
Red-throated Loon
9
Common Loon
1
Yellow-billed Loon

In the marina, with Common Loons.

1
Sooty Shearwater

In an hour of watching from the jetty, we only saw one individual flying by.

X
Brandt's Cormorant
X
Pelagic Cormorant
2
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Brown Pelican

At 0830, an immature pelican flew south past the end oftthe Ocean Shores jetty. It crossed the harbor entrance, circled the rips area at the end of the Westport jetty, then headed further south.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
11
Great Blue Heron
1
Northern Harrier
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
1
Sharp-shinned Hawk

A 1YR bird was perched in a tree on the edge of the conifer strip on the east side of the peninsula.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
2
Red-tailed Hawk
1
Northern Saw-whet Owl

We were told about a Saw-whet roosting in a thicket near the corner of Duck Lake Ave and Pearsall. We found it rather easily, sitting on an open branch of the only conifer in a dense alder thicket. It was an adult, and was sitting about 2m off the ground. We did not look for droppings or other signs of occupancy as the bird was sleeping and we did not wish to disturb it.

1
Belted Kingfisher
2
Downy Woodpecker
20
Northern Flicker
1
American Kestrel
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown
1
Merlin

At 0900, we flushed out a dark immature from the edge of the dunes just north of the jetty. It flew a short ways up the beach and landed on a piece of driftwood.

1
Peregrine Falcon (North American)

At 1110, Jim and I watched an adult Peregrine chasing the shorebirds over the game range. Both it and the shorebirds, which were tightly bunched in scattered flocks, stayed over the water. The Peregrine made 5 unsuccessful dives at single birds before it caught a medium-sized sandpiper and flew off to the north with it. It was a very light bird, appearing almost pearly gray on the breast, with lots of white showing on the face. I think it was an anatum.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
X
American/Northwestern Crow
3
Black-capped Chickadee
2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
4
Pacific Wren
10
Marsh Wren
8
Bewick's Wren
3
Golden-crowned Kinglet
6
American Robin
X
European Starling
6
American Pipit
40
House Finch
15
American Goldfinch
1
Lapland Longspur
15
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
2
Dark-eyed Junco
60
Savannah Sparrow
X
Song Sparrow
1
Spotted Towhee
7
Western Meadowlark
X
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Palm Warbler

Jim Shifflet and I were calling in two chickadees in the Salix hookeriana thicket on the northwest edge of the game range at 1020 when a Palm Warbler appeared in a low bush. It was 1/2m off the ground and facing us. I saw a dull yellow breast with heavy brown streaking on it, a brown crown and back. When it turned, a light belly, bright yellow undertail coverts and rump, brown tail and brown wings with indistinct light wing bars, were easily seen. As it flew back into the bush, I saw a flash of white in the tail. It had a thin, black bill, dark iris and was a bit smaller than a Yellow-rumped Warbler. It was active, and did not remain in sight for longer than 30 seconds. We were 4 meters from it, with sun above and behind us, and the bird in direct sunlight.

12
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 

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Yes