[Tweeters] Skagit birding and a question

Michael Conner tfedge1809 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 15 04:51:48 PDT 2017

I, too, have had close encounters with birds at this site. I have never
seen anyone actually feeding birds in this location, but I have seen
birdseed on the ground there. I don't remember if I've seen that this year,
but have in previous years.

Michael Conner

On Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 7:42 PM, Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Dear Tweeters,


> Since today (14th October) marks the first day of waterfowl-slaughter, I

> decided to stay away from Fir Island. That proved fortuitous. Here are a

> few highlights.


> March Point--although the presence of a dozen or more camo-clad men on the

> dredge-spoil islands has apparently scared off the pelicans, there was a

> nice flock of Semipalmated Plovers on the mud near Whitmarsh.


> Rosario Head--a single ANCIENT MURRELET could be seen amongst the large

> numbers of Common Murres. There were also two Pacific Loons.


> Lake Erie--all five regular *Aythya *ducks were present, with quite a few

> Ring-necked Ducks and Lesser Scaup, two Greater Scaup, a drake Canvasback,

> and a female REDHEAD. There was also a single Ruddy Duck and my first

> Bufflehead of the fall.


> Washington Park--here's the question. Do people hand-feed birds at the

> memorial Carroll Louise Newport bench--the one overlooking Green Point? I

> refer to the bench by the concrete steps leading down to the beach just

> around the corner from Green Point itself. At this spot, I always see

> passerines very close in. Today, a CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE landed on my

> scope, then pecked my hand! Meanwhile, Spotted Towhees, Song Sparrows, a

> Ruby-crowned Kinglet, some Oregon Juncos, and a Pacific Wren disported

> themselves within a meter of me, as they almost always do at this location.

> Oh, another very cool thing here was a Pacific Wren trying very hard to

> convince me that it was a Brown Creeper, creeping up and up the trunk of a

> conifer, foraging on the bark, and staying there for a good five minutes,

> before descending in a pretty good imitation of a creeper's spiraling

> downward flight!


> Bay View State Park--a PARASITIC JAEGER was harassing the Bonaparte's

> Gulls out in the bay. There were a couple of Red-breasted Mergansers, too.


> Samish Island Public Beach--there were a few more Buffleheads and

> Red-breasted Mergansers here, plus a very spiffy-looking Pacific Loon.


> Yours truly,


> Gary Bletsch








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