Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge has been good for southbound shorebirds this summer. Early in the season, the Long-billed Dowitchers were still sporting their breeding plumage.
At this point, most of the dowitchers have molted into winter plumage.
Normally seen later in the fall, a few Pectoral Sandpipers have made an appearance at the refuge.
Up to three young Wilson’s Phalaropes were at the refuge this summer.
Greater Yellowlegs are one of the more common, and more vocal, of the migrant shorebirds.
Lesser Yellowlegs are harder to find, but have been reliable at the refuge this summer.
Occasionally, the Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs will pose together for a nice comparison.
This Wilson’s Snipe made an unusual appearance out in the open.
Shorebird migration lasts through October, but the water at the refuge typically dries up before then. We’ll see how recent restoration efforts affect water levels this year.