[Tweeters] Greater White-fronted Geese in Renton

Andrew McCormick andy_mcc at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 8 06:21:57 PST 2014

Hello Tweets,
Sunday afternoon I saw a group of six GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Coulon Park in Renton. They were on the grassy area near the Ivar's Christmas decorations. The park is a haven for wintering gulls and although I did not find any rarities, over 30 MEW GULLS, 35 CALIFORNIA GULLS, three RING-BILLED GULLS along with numerous GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS were present. Grebes also like this part of Lake Washington. HORNED GREBES numbered 16, WESTERN GREBES 25 and a single PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen. Ducks present included the resident 75 Mallards (including numerous hybrids of various stripes) joined by a group of 33 COMMON MERGANSERS, seven LESSER SCAUP, four BUFFLEHEAD and three GADWALL. Land birds included a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, two YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and 10 very active AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES among them. 33 species in all were seen.
Good birding,
Andy McCormick
Bellevue, WA

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