Non-Breeding Birds Distribution Map

NatureMapping Observations throughout the year

Surfbird (Aphriza virgata)

The Washington Gap Analysis Project created breeding bird maps only. The non-breeding birds (e.g., wintering, pelagic (coastal), and birds expanding their ranges) are represented only by NatureMapping sightings.

The Washington Gap Analysis Project could not find any historical research records (i.e., Breeding Bird Atlas, Breeding Bird Survey, Bird Banding and Recovery) for 73 species of birds. The Surfbird is one of the species.

NM observation maps

NatureMapping observations reported by townships throughout the year.

Species Distribution Information

This shorebird winters along rocky beaches and reefs of the entire coast from Alaska to Mexico. It is found casually on the Texas coast in spring. It breeds in Alaska and the Yukon, nesting on mountain tundra. The Surfbird is a fairly common but local migrant in Washington. It winters on rocky saltwater shorelines. Some favored sites include Penn Cove, Fort Flagler, Ediz Hook, Neah Bay and jetties at Ocean Shores and Westport.

Text edited by Gussie Litwer
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