[Tweeters] Surfbirds continue @ Duwamish Head (Alki)

Hank Heiberg hank.heiberg at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 9 22:02:10 PST 2013

Karen and I also arrived at high tide and then returned around 2:10.  Joe Sweeney had found the birds and indicated to us where the birds were feeding.
Here are some photos and a video.
Black Turnstone:
Hank Heiberg
Lake Joy
Carnation, WA

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Joe Sweeney <sweeneyfit at mac.com>
To: Tweeters <Tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Saturday, November 9, 2013 9:43 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Surfbirds continue @ Duwamish Head (Alki)

The surfbirds and turnstones, reported on Friday by Bruce Jones, showed up again on Saturday, 11/9/13, on the rocks at Duwamish Head, at the very small park (not much more than a viewing platform over the water) known as Anchor Park (look for the large anchor along Alki Ave SW).

I arrived during high tide in the morning, but the surfbirds' food source was underwater, so the birds were not present (although one time they did a quick and noisy fly by). 

So I left for a couple hours, and when I returned at about 1:20pm, the tide was on its way out, the marine organism-covered rocks were now exposed, and about 60 SURFBIRDS and at least 10 BLACK TURNSTONES were noisily feeding on those rocks. They were remarkably tame, focusing on feeding and unconcerned about nearby humans.

They were still there at 2:20pm when I left.

Joe Sweeney
NE Seattle
sweeneyfit at mac dot com

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