Ever have a day where you end up in the right place at the right time and things just fall into place beyond your wildest expectations? Ok, well, today was pretty close. I figured I would hit up some nearby hotspots and check for shorebirds, not really expecting to see anything too exciting. I stopped by Force Lake first where I found three Green Herons.
After that I headed to the Smith & Bybee Lakes canoe launch area. Several birders were standing there already and when I walked up Dave Irons asked if I wanted to see some good birds. Uhhhh, yes please? They had just found a freakin Arctic Tern (lifer!) and a Franklin's Gull (county bird!)!
Dave and Shawneen were heading over to the Bybee Lake Wapato Jail access that I had never known how to find before, so I tagged along. Good thing I did because amid all the shorebird awesomeness were a couple more life birds for me! They pointed out a Semipalmated Sandpiper:
Out on the water were about ten Red-necked Phalaropes (another lifer!):
Close to shore were tons more birds...
We also saw a Western Sandpiper get stuck in the mud for a few minutes- he managed to escape when none of us were looking...
Other birds we saw: Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers, Bank Swallows, Northern Rough-Winged Swallows, Bald Eagle, Osprey, etc.. It was such a great morning!