[Tweeters] thanks for Thick-billed RFI; Skagit birds

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 9 20:11:40 PST 2013

Dear Tweeters,
Thanks to all the many Tweeters who got me squared away on the Thick-billed Murre info. Bob Kuntz and I will try tomorrow for this bird. With luck., we will see both a Bruennich's Guillemot and a Thick-billed Murre in the same scope view.
I thought I'd mention two good birds I saw today in Skagit County. At Jensen Access was a Pacific Golden Plover, presumably the same bird seen yestday by Terry Mceneaney (spelling?). Also on Fir Island was a White-fronted Goose with the Snow Geese, on Wylie Road, along with an impressive caravan of nature-watchers, photographers, and perhaps a few birders, many of whom were driving on the wrong side of the road.
On the Samish Flats, I saw a Gyrfalcon. This bird was making broad, dramatic circles around the west end of Darcy Road. At one point it flew straight up at a circling Buteo, but gave up as the buzzard slowly thermaled its way higher and higher, not using up all the fuel required by Falconiform afterburners.
I had tried all morning for the Gyrfalcon on Fir Island, where I also missed the Rusty Blackbird and the Snowy Owl.
Yours truly,

Gary Bletsch

Near Lyman, Washington (Skagit County), USA

garybletsch at yahoo.com

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