[Tweeters] Sunday [10/9] birding in Jefferson & Island Co

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 9 05:40:26 PDT 2017

Hi Tweets -
I birded a bit in Jefferson and then Island Co this Sunday, and some good birds popped up:

Fort Flagler:
Horned Lark - one along the start of the spit, white one, with no trace of yellow on the throat

Mystery Bay State Park:
White-throated Sparrow - one tan-striped bird, among the Golden-crowned Sparrows

Port Townsend - Food Co-op at the far end of Kah Tai Lagoon -
California Scrub-Jays - 4 or more? - as reported the day before on eBird, these were feeding in the trees above the Co-op.

Ft. Worden SP -
Pacific-Golden Plover - one on the beach
Ancient Murrelet - several far out on the water

Over on Whidbey Island I ran into Carol Riddell and we walked the area across from Crockett Lake between the beach and SR 20 , looking for longspurs and Horned Larks - last weekend, three cooperative LALO were present [and at least 1 more was heard distantly] — after a lot of walking, a cooperative Lapland Longspur popped up and posed for a bit on a log.

On Crockett Lake, 5 Snow Geese were a surprise.
and late in the wandering, I finally relocated the lingering golden-plovers. One Pacific, one American, huddled by a log across from the raised viewing platform, roughly.

Add to this a couple easy ferry crossings [no waits!] and it was a good day

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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