[Tweeters] Elliot Bay Western Grebe flock?

Ezra Parker ezra at cfgrok.com
Thu Dec 31 19:53:27 PST 2015


I led the downtown route for the Seattle CBC this past Saturday, and we had
about 140 Western Grebes in total, with a couple of good-sized groups (one
of about 40 birds, and the other about 80) that were well out in the bay
when scoping south from Myrtle Edwards Park.

--
Ezra Parker
Vashon, WA


On Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:12 AM, Gary Smith <gsmith at smithandstark.com>
wrote:


> 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

> 150.

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> Gary T. Smith

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> Alii Point, West Seattle

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> *From:* tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:

> tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] *On Behalf Of *Ed Swan

> *Sent:* Thursday, December 31, 2015 9:07 AM

> *To:* 'TWEETERS tweeters'

> *Subject:* [Tweeters] Elliot Bay Western Grebe flock?

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> 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

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> Ed Swan

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> Nature writer and guide

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