[Tweeters] Mason County birding
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Wed Nov 11 15:20:31 PST 2015
Spent most of a day out in the Mason looking for a few more birds. The first target was California Quail. I took a looooooong hike along the south side of Sanderson Field and the adjacent fairgrounds. The highlights were a couple of Red-breathed Sapsuckers, a Hermit Thrush, and a pair of quail that had me excited for .0001 seconds before I realized that they were "only" Mountain Quail! The two birds flushed up the trail, and then once more when I caught up to them. Best views ever of these guys and it was still just a glimpse as they scattered. Just a couple months away from realizing that seeing Mountain Quail is a pretty good day! lol. (I'm actually already there, but it's funny to be really hoping for California!).
The other highlights were a pair of Marbled Godwits at the mouth of the Skokomish, and a Merlin at Hunter Farms.
Lots of great winter seabirds and sparrows back everywhere and great weather all day!
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