[Tweeters] 179, 180
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Sun Nov 1 16:24:06 PST 2015
Two new birds for the year list today in the rainiest day I've spent in Mason County. I started in the southeast corner of the county looking for Rough-legged Hawks in intermittent showers with no luck. I took it all the way up to Matlock and back down Shelton-Matlock Road to Little Egypt Road, which was flooded, but had some very vocal Virginia Rails.
I grabbed lunch in Shelton then ran after a pheasant reported to me by a friend near Mason Lake. I missed it, but got to drive parts of the county I hadn't visited yet, before coming down to Hood Canal and finding bird #179 at the mouth of the Skokomish: a Eurasian Wigeon drake.
Hunter Farms was a Lake. The Skokomish Valley was a lake. Hood Canal had some nice numbers of winter birds, but the final one of the day: Ring-necked Pheasant, heard-only at Theler. Couldn't have been more magnificent than that to put it over the old record! Lol.
Headed home to dry off.
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