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Location
Boiler Bay State Wayside, Lincoln County, Oregon, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:45 AM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
5
Duration:
5 hour(s)
Observers:
Adrian Hinkle List , Christopher Hinkle , John S Powell List , Mary Lynn "Em" Scattaregia List , Will Wright List
Species
56 species (+2 other taxa) total
1
7
400
6
1
11
2
1
1
1
7
200
1
American/Pacific Golden-Plover (Lesser Golden-Plover)

Presumably Pacific Golden-Plover, but too distant to verify the species.

30
75
2
3
3
5000
2000
300000

Noting the north winds and peak time of year, we headed to Boiler Bay hoping for a good shorebird day and were not disappointed. Spectacular, with waves of peeps flying northward in large flocks.

Numbers were so impressive that I resorted to counting how many flocks flew past. I tallied just over eleven hundred large flocks (200-300+ birds, some flocks up to 2000+) and many smaller groups. Clearly hundreds of thousands had migrated past. The movement gradually moved further offshore, but I was still tallying endless flocks of two to three hundred peeps until we left. At times many thousand would pass close by in only a few minutes. Our final estimate was 330,000 but we rounded down slightly. I think this number is conservative, as it was easy to underestimate flock sizes, and we were often missing flocks when our focus turned to something else.

© Christopher Hinkle

300
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
1
6000

Probably underestimate.

10
4
7
2

Each with a single murre heading north not far offshore.

1
1
100
20
1
10
200
8

Single flock heading north.

10
500
30
100
1

N 1/2 mile out spotted by Adrian partway through seawatch. Details to OBRC.

30
10
20
2
1
1
2
4
6
1

Flew by heading north at eye level for a good view. Dark brown above and white below with an unmistakable solid dark breast band. Still a very rare Lincoln County bird, with fewer than 10 previous county records, though I expect records to increase as they have elsewhere in western Oregon.

2
2
6
1
Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
1
1
1
Additional species seen by Mary Lynn "Em" Scattaregia:
1
Canada Goose
Additional species seen by John S Powell:
1
Canada Goose
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes