[Tweeters] Black-legged Kittiwake at Magnuson Park, Seattle

Matt Dufort matt.dufort at gmail.com
Fri Nov 10 22:15:20 PST 2017

>From the photos, this looks like a different individual than the Kittiwake

seen at Discovery Park earlier in the day (which was presumably the same
one seen at Richmond Beach). Two different kittiwakes in King County in a
single day is amazing. Gene Hunn's *Birding in Seattle and King County* lists
only four records, with the last in 2009. I realize there may have been
others since then, but this species is quite rare in Puget Sound. Very

This, along with the recent reports of pelagic species further south in the
Sound (Leach's Storm-Petrel and Cassin's Auklet), plus higher-than-normal
numbers of Ancient Murrelets, suggests other species might turn up. I know
I'll be watching the water this weekend.

Good birding,
Matt Dufort

On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 5:25 PM, Duncan, Scot <sduncan at bsc.edu> wrote:

> Hi Tweeters,



> Black-legged Kittiwake at Magnuson Park at sunset today (Nov 10).



> Today was my daughter's birthday, and after the festivities of the day I

> had 30 minutes to bike down to Magnuson Park to see what I could find

> before dark. I reached the swimming area just after the sun disappeared

> behind the horizon. As I began scanning the gulls on the swimming

> platform, a small gull flew in and landed on the water near the swimming

> dock. I saw a flash of a black collar and recognized it as a Black-legged

> Kittiwake. I had my camera and began blasting away. Within seconds of

> landing, the kittiwake took flight and headed out farther over Lake

> Washington, landing about 250 meters offshore. Despite the low light some

> of the photos clearly show the field marks. See eBird link to the

> checklist, which includes photos of the bird.



> Bird well,


> Scot Duncan



> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/

> view/checklist/S40428137


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