[Tweeters] Black-legged Kittiwake at Kalama

Kevin Black kevblack787 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 13:43:01 PST 2016

Just checked the area around the log booms and marina park but wasn't able to relocate it.

Good find Russ!

Kevin Black
In Kalama, WA

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> On Feb 27, 2016, at 11:52 AM, Russ Koppendrayer <russkope at gmail.com> wrote:


> Hi Tweeters,


> At 10:30 this morning (2/27/16) I stopped at the Kalama Marina to check the gulls roosting on the log booms at the entrance by the boat launch. Naked eye I saw a gull laying down apart from the rest, so I scoped this first. I was amazed to see the bird was standing on short black legs and preening. Cowlitz County's first record of BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE. After 10 minutes a Bald Eagle flew over and all the gulls flew with only about 75% returning. The Kittiwake was not one of them, but went south over the river and out of sight. It may be worth checking this spot as well as the sand bar at the end of Sportsmen Club Rd in case it stays in the area. There seems to be some remnant of the smelt run as we have more gulls than usual around, but nothing compared to two weeks ago.


> Also of interest this morning was a RED-NECKED GREBE in a scaup raft at Sportsmen Club Rd, presumably the same individual first reported at the marina two weeks ago.


> Russ Koppendrayer

> Longview, WA

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