Sunday, 16 December 2012

Summary of the Washington and California legs of USA trip.


Rock Sandpiper
We had only two short days in Washington. Our main target was Rock Sandpiper, but we also wanted to get other rock-dwelling waders under the belt too if we could. Thanks to Knut Hansen we did, the weather and tide (again) worked against us on the first day although we did get Black Turnstone and Surfbird plus some unexpected Grey Phalaropes, but the second day dawned bright and still and the Rock Sandpiper was quickly found.

Surfbird and Black Turnstone
California had a greater number of species to offer us, the key ones being Mountain Plover, Wandering Tattler and American Black Oystercatcher, all of which we saw largely due to the help of Gary Nunn, and much more besides.

We arrived on the west coast with the WQ list at 66. We saw 30 species of wader and 14 of them were new for the WQ list. We left the USA with 80 on the WQ list.

Washington list (* new for WQ)

Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Wilson's Snipe*
American Avocet
Black Turnstone*
Surfbird*
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper*
Dunlin
Grey Phalarope

California list (* new for WQ)

American Black Oystercatcher*
Black-necked Stilt*
Mountain Plover
American Avocet*
Grey Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Snowy Plover*
Mountain Plover*
Wilson's Snipe
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Marbled Godwit
Hudsonian Whimbrel*
Long-billed Curlew*
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Curlew
Lesser Yellowlegs*
Spotted sandpiper
Wandering Tattler*
'Western' Willet
Black Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Stilt Sandpiper*
Wandering Tattler

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