[Tweeters] Clallam County Big Day 02/21/2013

Vincent Lucas vincentlucas5 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 08:20:31 PST 2013


Part-time Gardiner resident, David Gatchet, and I did a Clallam County Big
Day yesterday. We managed to find a total of 102 species. Not too shabby.
Highlights included 26 species of ducks, a Turkey Vulture near Port Angeles
on US 101, the overwintering Black-crowned Night-Heron, early Bullock's
Oriole, Ancient Murrelet, Northern Shrike, Evening Grosbeak, American
Dipper, Varied Thrush, Brown Creeper, Purple Finch and many more great
birds. Biggest misses: Stellar's Jay(!). We also dipped on the Thick-billed
Murre at Ediz Hook as well as 2(!) different White-throated Sparrows coming
to two different feeder locations, by mere minutes. The Pileated
Woodpeckers, our normal Wednesday Dungeness River Audubon Center bird walk
group located yesterday, were also a no show. We did not hear about the
refound Burrowing Owl at Gibson Spit until too late in the day. We made a
conscious decision not to try for it, as it would have taken too much time
out of our Big Day. Another great Day of birding on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Vincent Lucas
Sequim, WA
vincentlucas5 at gmail.com
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