Trip Report
Gog-Le-Hi-Te 2013-05-10
2013-05-10 07:10 for 3 hours (birding) 38 sightings Gog-Le-Hi-Te Mitigated Wetlands (WAPCGGLHT) Tacoma, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 47.25156,-122.41040 Map Elevation: 10 feet
25 acre mitigation site consisting of two small freshwater tidal coves separated by a 10 acre field between Lincoln Ave and Hwy 509 along the north bank of the Puyallup River. The west cove includes a cattail marsh and willow swamp along with a fringe of cottonwoods. The east cove is bordered by young alders and new plantings of a mix of trees and shrubs. A rendering plant on the north side of the site attracts a large flock of gulls in the winter. Sunny, calm, high 50's warming to low 70's. With David, walked the loop around the field between the two coves, met Shep Thorp along the north side of the field and spent an hour photographing and studying the peeps, esp the Semipalmated.
A successful trip in that we found the two Solitary Sandpipers previously reported. The Semipalmated, which I photographed without noticing it wasn't a Least, was a bonus. Sightings recorded in the field and submitted from BirdLog for Android v1.6.
Canada Goose 12   Not including about a dozen goslings
Gadwall 1   Photographed by David
Mallard 40   Including one mostly black female with patches of white on breast
Bufflehead 2  
Common Merganser 1  
Double-crested Cormorant 1  
Great Blue Heron 1  
Green Heron 1  
American Coot 1  
Killdeer 2  
Spotted Sandpiper 1  
Solitary Sandpiper 2   Tail barred with dark central stripe. Call ""ti-weeet.
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1   Peep the size of Least or slightly larger, brownish gray with scaly pattern above, not as brown above as Least, wings about 1/4" shorter than tail, bill short, dark and straight, stouter with thicker tip than Least, barely complete band of faint streaks across breast, more heavily streaked on sides of breast, otherwise white below. Face gray with whitish supercilium and trace of eye ring. Wing and tail pattern not. seen well in flight but appeared similar to Least. Bill seemed too short and straight for Western, with too little streaking below and no rufous on scapulars or crown. Foraging with Least and Solitary Sandpipers in freshwater pond, allowing side-by-side comparison with Least Sandpiper.
Least Sandpiper 2  
Wilson's Snipe 1  
Glaucous-winged Gull 6  
Downy Woodpecker 1  
Northern Flicker 2  
American Crow 5  
Violet-green Swallow 3  
Cliff Swallow 10  
Barn Swallow 3  
Bewick's Wren 1  
Marsh Wren 4  
American Robin 5  
Orange-crowned Warbler 2  
Common Yellowthroat 4  
Yellow Warbler 2  
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1  
Wilson's Warbler 2  
Western Tanager 2  
Savannah Sparrow 4  
Song Sparrow 8  
White-crowned Sparrow 2  
Red-winged Blackbird 4  
Brown-headed Cowbird 4  
House Finch 2  
American Goldfinch 4