[Tweeters] Discovery Park this afternoon

Lonnie Somer mombiwheeler at gmail.com
Fri Apr 20 17:24:55 PDT 2018


Hi Tweeters,

Having concluded that it was impossible to catch up on my work, I decided
to bird instead. I went to Discovery Park a little after noon and found it
to be much birdier than when I was there 2 afternoons ago. Species seen
included lots of YELLOW-RUMPED (both types), 3 ORANGE-CROWNED, 2
BLACK-THROATED GRAY, AND 1 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. Approximately 250
BONAPART'E'S GULLS were on the exposed mud at low tide along the North
Beach feeding on invertebrates as well as hanging out in the water just
offshore. Some were mixed in with MEW GULLS. I had never seen them
together on land and was surprised at how much larger the Mews were. Very
striking seeing so many Bonies on land and hearing their buzzy calls; most
were in breeding plumage. About 75 Brant came flying in as well, some
eventually rounding the lighthouse and feeding along the southern side of
the point. There were a few HORNED and RED-NECKED GREBES, all in breeding
colors. There were a number of SAVANNAH SPARROWS setting up territories in
the grassy areas; I hadn't seen any 2 days ago. In all, nearly 50
species. Much better than working.

Good birding,

Lonnie Somer
Seattle
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