It's no secret that I love visiting Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton. It's massive with tons of different spots and habitats to explore including a lake, the ocean, and the Columbia River. Yesterday morning I started off at the South Jetty, greeted first by pelicans, and then some overhead Marbled Godwits:
Soon afterwards a lone loon flew by- photos aren't great but I think it's the first time I've seen one in flight.
For shorebirds I only found four Sanderlings, but it was still a nice long walk along the beach. Can't go wrong with pelicans, right?
The grasses between the beach and the parking area were jam-packed with Savannah Sparrows. I failed to find the longspur that's been seen, but that's okay.
The wooded area adjacent to the parking area was filled with birds too- angry Red-breasted Nuthatches and curious Pacific Wrens mostly...
My next stop was at Parking area D on the Columbia River. The first birds I encountered were these three sandpipers:
My first impression was that they seemed taller than Westerns with longer wings. They had a lot of coloring on their breasts which also seemed interesting. I want to call them Baird's but am nowhere near positive. [I just got confirmation that they are indeed juvenile Baird's Sandpipers- yay lifer!!] Here they are from another angle:
Along the beach were more Sanderlings and a small collection of mostly California Gulls and one lone Caspian Tern. The only one I saw all day.
The last birdy stop we made (after uneventful stops in Hammond and the Elmer Feldenheimer Forest Reserve) was at Seaside Cove. Here I found the usual gulls including a bunch of Heermann's Gulls.
As you can see, the gulls were mingling with some Black Turnstones, who in turn were mingling with a couple of Surfbirds!
A truly awesome day at the coast with temps in the 60's and tons of birds! Good times!