[Tweeters] Seattle Audubon MB trip to Grays Harbor 29 April2018
bellasoc at isomedia.com
Mon Apr 30 14:53:23 PDT 2018
A group of prospective Master Birders for Seattle Audubon took a trip
yesterday down to Grays Harbor. We left at 0600 and it looked like it was
going to be a fine day, temperature was 49F with a high overcast.
On I-5 we saw AMERICAN CROW, MALLARD, RED-TAILED HAWK, and ROCK PIGEON. In
the Tacoma area we added GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN
CROW, OSPREY, EUROPEAN STARLING, and ROCK PIGEON.
At our rest stop in Olympia we had GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, ROCK PIGEON,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, WILSONS WARBLER. Along SR-8 we saw AMERICAN ROBIN,
CACKLING GOOSE, MALLARD and as we came into Aberdeen TURKEY VULTURE. On
SF-105 there were AMERICAN ROBIN, EUROPEAN STARLING, SONG SPARROW, AMERICAN
CROW, STELLERS JAY, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.
We were early enough, and high tide was late, so we made a stop at Twin
Harbors State Park and walked the campground and found VARIED THRUDH, DOWNY
WOODPECKER, ANNAS HUMMINGBIRD, GREAT BLUE HERON, AMERICAN ROBIN, AMERICAN
CROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, PURPLE FINCH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, BEWICKS WREN,
HOUSE FINCH, SONG SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, SPOTTED TOWHEE, PINE
SISKIN, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, PACIFIC WREN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (really
early but with definite crisp vested look, big head and white flank
patches), CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, WILSONS
WARBLER, and SWAINSONS THRUSH?.
A stop at Graveyard Spit had the tide way out and the birds were distant,
but we managed to pick up RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, NORTHERN HARRIER, BALD
EAGLE, COMMON LOON, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, WHIMBREL, WESTERN GULL, TREE
SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, RING-BILLED GULL, MEW GULL, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, MARBLED GODWIT, CASPIAN TERN,
WESTERN SANDPIPER, PINE SISKIN, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and GOLDEN-CROWNED
At the Tokeland Marina there were AMERICAN ROBIN, EUROPEAN STARLING,
EURASIAN COLLARD-DOVE, COMMON LOON, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, RED-NECKED GREBE,
MARBLED GODWIT, WILLET, LEAST SANDPIPER, WESTERN GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL,
TURKEY VULTURE, RED-THROATED LOON, HOUSE SPARROW, ROCK PIGEON, VIOLET-GREEN
SWALLOW, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, BREWERS BLACKBIRD, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
A quick trip back up to Bottle Beach State Park and we arrived about 2 ½
hours before high tide perfect. We saw SONG SPARROW, MARSH WREN, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, SAVANNAH SPARROW, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (lots), RED KNOTS (a
bunch all in great plumage with great views), WHIMBREL, DUNLIN (lots),
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (close enough to identify), WESTERN SANDPIPER, LEAST
SANDPIPER, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, CASPIAN TERN, RUDDY TURNSTONE, BAIRDS
SANDPIPER (rare for the time of year but no red on head, silvery-brown back
with dark spots, tan upper breast with a clearly demarked break to the white
lower breast, black legs and bill), COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, RING-BILLED GULL,
CACKLING GOOSE, GREAT BLUE HERON, MALLARD.
A quick stop in Twin Harbors SP for lunch and into Westport. At the Coast
Guard Station, COMMON LOON, HOUSE SPARROW, BROWN PELICAN, WESTERN GREBE,
WESTERN GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, PIGEON GUILLEMOT. At the viewing
platform up north we saw YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, SURFSCOTER, WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER, PELAGIC CORMORANT, BRANT, BRANDTS CORMORANT, RED-NECKED GREBE.
Along SR-105 another RED-TAILED HAWK. In Aberdeen, TURKEY VULTURE, EUROPEAN
STARLING, AMERICAN CROW, AMERICAN ROBIN.
This major part of the day we had overcast, some sun, more overcast, a hint
of mist, and 10-15 mph winds
On the way home we stopped at Brady Loop and saw CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAY,
AMERICAN CROW, TURKEY VULTURE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, TREE SWALLOW, BREWERS
BLACKBIRD, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, SONG SPARROW, AMERICAN KESTREL, BARN
SWALLOW, BALD EAGLE, CACKLING GOOSE, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN ROBIN,
KILLDEER, LEAST SANDPIPER, BUFFLEHEAD, MALLARD, WESTERN SANDPIPER, DARK-EYED
JUNCO, RING-NECKED DUCK, SAVANNAH SPARROW, COMMON RAVEN and HOUSE SPARROW.
At one point one of the folks along also saw an COMMON GOLDENEYE.
It was an excellent day with good companions, sharp eyes and ears and lots
of excellent looks at the birds. We finished with 87 species, but most folks
agreed that the Red Knots were one of the highlights.
Brian H. Bell
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