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"Tokeland and Grays Harbor NWR, Washington ... May 9, 2012"
The Trip:    Nice spring day but a bit windy ... even though we knew it was low-tide and the shorebirds would be way out of photographic range, we headed out to check out the area anyways and hopefully to find a shorebird or two in close ... drove to Tokeland first and then on to the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge ... there were THOUSANDS of sandpipers at the Refuge, letting us imagine what a spectacle that would be at high tide during the Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival (which was last weekend) ...

The Locale:    Tokeland to Westport is approximately 15 miles of Washington Highway 105, with Tokeland on the south and Westport on the north, with Grayland Beach inbetween. For more birds seen or photographed in this area ... click here.

Grays Harbor County:    For more birds seen or photographed in Grays Harbor County ... click here.
Pacific County:    For more birds seen or photographed in Pacific County ... click here.


Birds seen or photographed at Tokeland or Grays Harbor NWR ... (in alphabetical order):
  1. American Crow ... (all over)
  2. American Goldfinch ... (GH)
  3. American Robin ... (all over)
  4. Anna's Hummingbird ... (T)
  5. Barn Swallow ... (T, GH)
  6. Bufflehead ... (T, GH)
  7. Canada Geese ... (GH)
  8.   Common Loon ... (T)
  9. Double-crested Cormorant ... (T)
  10. Dunlin ... (GH)
  11. European Starling ... (all over)
  12. Finch (species) ... (T)
  13. Gadwall ... (GH)
  14. Great Blue Heron ... (GH)
  15.   Greater Scaup ... (T)
  16. Gull (species) ... (all over)
  17.   Horned Grebe ... (T)
  18.   Least Sandpiper ... (T, GH)
  19. Lesser Scaup ... (GH)
  20. Mallard ... (along road)
  21.   Marbled Godwit ... (T)
  22. Marsh Wren ... (GH)
  23. Northern Shoveler ... (GH)
  24. Red-necked Phalarope ... (GH)
  25. Red-winged Blackbird ... (along road)
  26. Ring-billed Gull ... (all over)
  27. Savannah Sparrow ... (GH)
  28. Scoter (species) ... (Pacific)
  29. Song Sparrow ... (GH)
  30. Steller's Jay ... (GH)
  31. Tree Swallow ... (T)
  32.   Western Sandpiper ... (T,GH)


Tokeland
Common Loon ... MORE Common Loon images

Image, 2012, Tokeland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Common Loon, Willapa Bay, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


Greater Scaup ... MORE Greater Scaup images

Image, 2012, Tokeland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Greater Scaup, Willapa Bay, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


Horned Grebe ... MORE Horned Grebe images

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Horned Grebe, Willapa Bay, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.
Image, 2012, Tokeland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Horned Grebe, Willapa Bay, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


Least Sandpiper ... MORE Least Sandpiper images

Image, 2012, Tokeland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Least Sandpiper, Willapa Bay, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.
Image, 2012, Tokeland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Least Sandpiper, Willapa Bay, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


Marbled Godwit ... MORE Marbled Godwit images

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Marbled Godwit, Willapa Bay, Tokeland, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Images enlarged 200%. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


Western Sandpiper ... MORE Western Sandpiper images

Image, 2012, Tokeland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Western Sandpiper, Willapa Bay, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
Shorebirds ...

Image, 2012, Grays Harbor, Washington, click to enlarge
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Shorebirds, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Hoquiam, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.
Image, 2012, Grays Harbor, Washington, click to enlarge
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Shorebirds, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Hoquiam, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.
Image, 2012, Grays Harbor, Washington, click to enlarge
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Shorebirds, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Hoquiam, Washington. Sunny WINDY spring day. Image taken May 9, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.



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