[Tweeters] Elliot Bay Western Grebe flock?

Gary Smith gsmith at smithandstark.com
Thu Dec 31 10:12:51 PST 2015

Ed, I'm not sure if this is the same flock but Western Grebes do winter out
in the Bay off the Alki Beach area. In the 90's the flock averaged less
than a hundred birds. In the 00's it averaged nearly 200, and in the
winters of 11-12 and 12-13 it got much bigger, nearly to 600. Last winter
it was down around 250 and this winter so far I've only seen up to about

Gary T. Smith

Alii Point, West Seattle

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ed Swan
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 9:07 AM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Elliot Bay Western Grebe flock?

There's a flock of about a hundred Western Grebe-looking birds out in Elliot
Bay most days that are just far enough across towards downtown from my perch
up on the West Seattle bluff that my scope can't quite get them focused to
be certain just what they are. Has anyone noticed and identified this
flock? It's just to the NE of the ferry run sort of out from where the PI
used to be.


Ed Swan

Nature writer and guide

www.theswancompany.com <http://www.theswancompany.com/>

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