[Tweeters] Neah Bay Yellow-billed Loon, continuing Oriole, other birds...

Isacoff, Jonathan isacoff at gonzaga.edu
Sat Nov 29 19:47:49 PST 2014

Back from snowy Neah Bay, yes it was snowing. Roads are treacherous with many icy patches and over a dozen spin-outs and flips between Port Angeles and Port Townsend. Birds observed: a YELLOW-BILLED LOON in Neah Bay (the actual bay) yesterday. The last of the earlier rarities, the young ORCHARD ORIOLE persists at the feeder on Bayview, seen on consecutive days. Other bird of note: a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE among the local roost and an apparent adult GLAUCOUS X GLAUCOUS-WINGED hybrid. In the Waatch River Valley was a curios looking immature MEADOWLARK that is presumed Western. Also was a KUMLIEN'S-type 1st-cycle bird out near the mouth of the Waatch and a 1st Cycle probable and/or predominant GLAUCOUS GULL roosting on the Soos River. Shorebirds included the expected fare of Killdeer, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, and Dunlin. Also several flocks of RED CROSSBILLS (probably not unusual but I'm not out that way enough to know)!

At Ediz Hook were good numbers of Long-tailed Ducks (at least 3-4 dozen), Harlequin Ducks, Marbled Murrelets, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots and 2 individual RED PHALAROPES.

Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane

Jonathan B. Isacoff
Chair, Environmental Studies
Associate Professor, Political Science
Gonzaga University, Box 52
Spokane, WA 99258-0052
isacoff at gonzaga.edu

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