[Tweeters] Neah Bay 10/25

Ryan Merrill rjm284 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 15:00:02 PDT 2015

There were many birders out in Neah Bay yesterday, 25 October. Here are
some of the highlights:

Blue-winged Teal - a fairly tame bird lingering for at least its third week
along the edge of the swamp on the south edge of town.

Golden Eagle - an adult over the west end of town in the morning, likely a
continuing bird that seems to have been hanging around the area for the
past month or more.

Thayer's/Iceland Gull - an interesting adult at the north end of Hobuck
Beach. At a glance resembled an Iceland Gull due to the gray rather than
black primaries, but the amount of white in the primaries when viewing the
folded wing was much more restricted than in a typical Iceland Gull and the
mantle was the same color as a nearby Thayer's Gull, so perhaps represents
the pale extreme of a Thayer's Gull? Unfortunately we didn't get to see
the specific pattern of the primary tips.

Tropical Kingbird - three birds at the mouth of the Wa'atch River first
noted by Adrianne Akmajian and one later bird at the pasture across from
the Hobuck Beach campground entrance, unclear if there were three or four
total birds.

Common Yellowthroat - a slightly late bird along the water east of the
coast guard station

Palm Warbler - one bird with a junco flock along the main road in town
around the Cape Resort.

Clay-colored Sparrow - one distinctively white-throated individual at the
intersection of Deer St & 6th Ave seen and photographed by Steve Mlodinow,
Brad Waggoner & Dan Waggoner.

Lark Sparrow - I'm not sure who found this bird initially (maybe George
Gerdts?), but it was seen late-morning in the west part of town, mid-day at
Butlers Motel/Mini Mart patch, and later in the afternoon at Raven's Corner.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL - at least two of the three birds found by Doug
Schurman, Jordan Gunn & Sarah Peden the afternoon before at Raven's Corner
remained in the morning along the back road behind the Cape Resort, just a
few hundred yards west of Raven's Corner. The only previous report from
the area that I'm aware of was in April 1986.

Late in the day we were treated to distant views of a group of Killer
Whales heading east down the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Good birding,
Ryan Merrill
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