Humboldt Common Greenshank
The Arcata RBA (707) 822-5666 has been down for some time. The Eureka RBA
(707) 442-5666 was functioning as of about 3:00 this afternoon, but is a
steady busy signal now (it's unclear if it's maxed out of memory, or just
plain busy). I know some of you could be looking for info so...
The Common Greenshank first found today (8/27) by Ken Irwin was seen and
confirmed by a number of us today. To my knowledge, it was last seen by Sean
McAllister and myself at about 4:00 PM.
Directions: take hwy 101 north from Arcata for about 5 miles. Get off at
School Rd exit. Turn left back over the freeway. Follow School nearly to its
end and turn right (north) onto Ocean. Take Ocean about 2 miles north until
it intersects Hiller. Park here.
Walk 100' north to the end of road (Ocean Ave?). At the end of the road
there is a barrier designed to keep OHVs out. Walk about 50' beyond the
barrier, turn left onto an upraised (surfaced gravel) trail. Although this
trail goes to the edge of the bluff, you want to turn off the trail to the
north before it reaches the end. Follow a smaller trail west to edge of bluff
where a steeper dirt trail takes off and descends the bluff. It can be a
confusing network, but the trail you want is a mere 2 minutes or less north
of the barrier.
If locals are going there perhaps they can flag the route?
Once on the river bar, the Greenshank was last seen in the company of 1
Greater and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, about 300' south (upriver) of where the
trail comes onto river bar.
A Coast Guard helicopter flushed the flock upriver. Persons searching for the
bird about 5:00 PM were unsuccessful
Be prepared to wade if the tide is in, or flocks are on the far side of the
river. (there was a lot of exposed bar today at 4:00)
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