[Tweeters] Stanwood shorebirds

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Jul 25 18:48:25 PDT 2014

Reports of shorebirds passing through stimulated a visit to some hotspots in Snohomish and Skagit counties where Evan Houston and I had success finding some fun birds.

Eide Rd - we had 10 species of shorebird, including Long- and Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Least, Western, Pectoral and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Killdeer, and Wilson’s Phalarope. Also present were 6 species of swallow and many dozens of Savannah Sparrow.
Port Susan Bay - here we had 5 species of shorebird, including Killdeer, Least, Pectoral and Western Sandpiper, and Long-billed Dowitcher. The PESA flew into a mud patch right in front of us, giving great looks. At the entrance to Boe Rd, a couple of juvenile Bullock’s Orioles were chatting away, with the parents calling nearby, as was a Black-headed Grosbeak.
Wiley Slough - shorebirds were harder to come by here, with just Killdeer and Least Sandpiper, although a Spotted Sandpiper gave a brief appearance. Hooded Mergansers and Cinnamon Teal were present as well. Yellow Warblers were everywhere, a couple of Swainson’s Thrush were whitting, a Cooper’s Hawk made a fly-by, and a juvenile Peregrine Falcon flew across the ponds to land in a tree not 20 m from us, but seemed pretty unstable in flight and on perch, like it was on training wheels. The best was to come at the end: we heard, then saw an Eastern Kingbird, then another, and finally, Evan’s persistence located a nest with two nestlings still present. The adults took turns feeding the chicks while we watched!

Semipalmated Sandpiper: http://youtu.be/IKjNJb7Ozy8
Bullock’s Oriole: http://youtu.be/6ahIaHT__Ig

Eide Rd: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19217603 (SESA photo)
Port Susan Bay: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19214904 (PESA photo)
Wiley Slough: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19217763 (EAKI photo)

For the day, 70 species.
Scott Ramos

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