[Tweeters] Edmonds Roundup

Carol Riddell cariddellwa at gmail.com
Sat Apr 19 21:16:49 PDT 2014

I'll start this report with an intriguing sighting today. A local bird photographer, who has a view of the Edmonds Bowl from his home, watched a large white bird, with the structure and size of a Great Blue Heron, fly by his window. He said it was a 2-3 second observation. Great Egret has been seen in Edmonds. It is a code 5 bird. It may have moved on to Port Susan Bay, which seems to be the preferred habitat for Great Egrets in Snohomish County, but it may be worth checking the marsh in the morning.

Today (4-19) there were three Least Sandpipers and a few Dunlin in the marsh. Yesterday there were four peeps on the far side of the marsh, feeding and moving around like Leasts but seen through binoculars rather than scope so the identification is soft. On Thursday (4-17) there was a Greater Yellowlegs in the marsh. The first Caspian Tern was seen over the marina on 4-14. The first Brown-headed Cowbird appeared at the marsh on 4-12.

On April 9th there were 300 Western Grebes strung out across the Edmonds off-shore waters, seen by scope. On that same morning there were four Violet-green Swallows flying over the marsh. We also saw, for the second time in a week, a Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler.

The first Osprey sighting was April 8th over the Edmonds portion of Lake Ballinger.

Carol Riddell
Edmonds, Wa

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