[Tweeters] Edmonds Roundup
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Mon May 6 21:40:20 PDT 2013
Last week saw a number of migrants pushing through Edmonds. They
included Black-throated Gray and Nashville Warblers, both Warbling and
Cassin's Vireos, Rufous Hummingbird, and a Black-headed Grosbeak.
Multiple birders have seen Common Yellowthroats, a difficult warbler
to find here for reasons not understood. There have been a couple of
sightings of American Pipits in and around the marsh. The most
exciting observation of the year was of an early Common Nighthawk on
the south side of the marsh last week. At least four birders were
known to have seen it. No one recalls seeing one for at least five
years. We have also had Eurasian Collared-Dove and Mourning Dove
recently. Both Hammond's and Pacific Slope Flycatchers have passed
through. We have had two separate sightings of Semi-palmated Plover in
the marsh, the most recent this evening when it was among 18 Western
Sandpipers and one Least Sandpiper. Caspian Terns are regularly
cruising the waterfront and this evening there were sufficient numbers
of both Barn and Violet-green Swallows over the marsh to make one
think that they are finally settling in for the summer. Marbled
Murrelets continue to be seen along the waterfront in ones and twos.
Sunday afternoon a Horned Grebe in full alternate plumage was north of
the dive park, seen by scope. We are at 135 species for the year.
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