[Tweeters] Samish Flats Snow Goose explosion - Mon., 11/10/14--long-billed red-tailed hawk

Jeff and Laurie Deam deam.jl at frontier.com
Tue Nov 11 10:55:30 PST 2014

For anyone interested here are the pictures I took of the Long-billed
Red-tailed Hawk.
Jeff Deam


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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Barbara
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 1:00 AM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Samish Flats Snow Goose explosion - Mon., 11/10/14

They had been in a field just off I-5, before the Chuckanut Dr exit - as I
drove by, ready to take that exit and head down into the Samish Flats, they
all lifted up in a cloud and moved like an undulating amoebic body of
shorebirds, right down to the glinting. I never saw a bird of prey nearby,
so I think one of them had just given the signal that it was
flow-out-to-the-night-sky time (it was around 5 p.m.), which they proceeded
to do. WOW ! A magnificent show. As I got onto Josh Wilson Rd, the geese
made their way up, up, up, forming soft-looking ribbons, intertwining and
gently flowing across the sky toward the big water to the west. When I got
to West 90 for the sunset and any 'good birds', the geese and swans and
ducks were still swarming out toward the refinery for at least as long as I
was there, and then darkness descended and it was time for me to turn on my
headlights and leave them behind. These birds plus a solitary, beautiful
Rough-legged Hawk I had seen earlier on a wire near the intersection of Josh
Wilson Rd and Farm-to-Market Rd, were my best rewards for having made the
drive north. Due to the lateness of my sojourn and a cold wind at W-90, I
had to 'settle' for something other than what I had gone up to see. But
somehow, that was just fine and dandy - it often works out that way...

P.S. From a response to my query about the tree ID, it seems the tree on
which I'd seen the Long-billed Red-tailed Hawk on Fri., is a Sitka spruce -
thanks, Jeff G. And thanks, too, to the Jeff D who wrote me telling of
having seen and photographed the same redtail in the same spruce, a month
back. From this Jeff's good photos, the redtail appears to be an adult,
with a nice red tail and looking a bit darker from behind than it had in my
views - a Western Redtail? Jeff D never noticed the long bill until I
mentioned it - he also is willing to send his photos to "the appropriate
folks", so if any of you are among that group, please let me know and either
I or he will send his link your way.

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle barbdeihl at comcast.net

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