[Tweeters] Skagit birding

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Sat Nov 18 06:38:37 PST 2017

Yesterday (11.17.18) there was a GREAT EGRET at the Hayton Preserve on Fir Island. Also a SHORT-EARED OWL along Dry Slough Road.

On the Samish flats, I could find neither Prairie Falcon nor Gyrfalcon. I did see a flock of about 70 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS which included a few DUNLIN and 2 DOWITCHERS. I say dowitchers because I am still studying my photos. Short-billed is unlikely, but not impossible. These birds were working fields north and south of Samish Island Road between the Samish T and the West 90.

Although I didn't see gyr or prairie, falcons were in good numbers. Between Snohomish & Skagit Counties I saw 6 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS and 5 MERLINS. There was a very obliging Merlin in Edison; perhaps the same bird that spent the previous winter there. Other Merlins: one at Hayton Preserve, one on Pioneer Hwy barely south of the Skagit County line. One on Norman Rd. One on 7th Ave NE & 220th St NE, off of Pioneer, just west of I5.

It was a good day.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com

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