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)
California list (* new for WQ)
American Black Oystercatcher*
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