[Tweeters] Standwood and Camano Island Birding

MEYER2J at aol.com MEYER2J at aol.com
Sun May 12 09:14:04 PDT 2013

Hi Tweets:

Out and about on Saturday May 10th, Mike West and I enjoyed the warm
weather while birding Stanwood and Camano Island. Some of the less common birds
seen included a very light morph Rough-legged Hawk on Eide Rd. With a
Peregrine Falcon in the vicinity, there were no shorebirds; however, there
were a couple of Lincoln's Sparrows and a Warbling Vireo. A Northern Harrier
was hunting the freshly plowed fields. The Purple Martins have taken up
residence at English Boom on Camano Island. The tide was way out but many
Spring plumaged Dunlin were visible. Two Whimbrel flew over. There were lots
of Caspian Terns out on the mud flats as seen from the Iverson Spit dike.
An Olive-sided Flycatcher could be heard above the noise of the wooden
boat festival at Cama Beach State Park and a cooperative and singing
Orange-crowned Warbler came into view. Pacific and Common Loons were off Cavalero
County Park along with Pigeon Guillemots. On Stubbs Rd, off Norman Rd, we
could see Blue-winged Teal in the farmer's pond.

We didn't see the Ross's Goose on Saturday but the Blue-winged Teal and
Trumpeter Swan are still at the Monroe Prison Farm pond, along with an
assortment of other ducks, including Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Ruddy Duck
and Cinnamon Teal. We had scope views of the ROGO on May 8.

At home, at least a dozen Red Crossbills continue to come around to our
feeders, most recently with a couple of youngsters in tow. Pairs of American
Goldfinch, several Pine Siskin, as well as Anna's and Rufous Hummingbirds
stay close to the food source.

Joyce Meyer
_meyer2j at aol.com_ (mailto:meyer2j at aol.com)
Redmond, WA

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