[Tweeters] Eastside Audubon Whidbey trip 7-11-18
bellasoc at isomedia.com
Thu Jul 12 14:09:23 PDT 2018
Yesterday, Eastside Audubon took a field trip to Whidbey Island. The day
started out early with cool (52F) temperatures and clear skies. Those were
the conditions that we had all day.
In the Kingsgate P&R we had AMERICAN ROBIN, AMERICAN CROW and
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE. As we passed thru Everett on I-5 we saw ROCK
PIGEON. At the Smokey Point Rest Area there were HOUSE SPARROW and
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. As we turned onto Fir Island there were ROCK PIGEON
and COMMON RAVEN.
Our first official stop was at the Hayton Reserve where we picked up a good
number of birds including: RED-WINGED and BREWER'S BLACKBIRDs, SAVANNAH
SPARROW, BALD EAGLE (being dive-bombed by a putative Peregrine Falcon - but
not a good enough view to add to the list), NORTHERN HARRIER, BELTED
KINGFISHER, GREAT BLUE HERON (several), KILLDEER (distant looks), MARSH
WREN, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, BARN SWALLOW, TREE SWALLOW, AMERICAN ROBIN,
EUROPEAN STARLING, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, MALLARD, SONG SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, and CANADA GOOSE.
Making our way north on Dodge Valley Road we saw EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE.
Just where SR20 makes the turn to go to Whidbey Island there was a
At Rosario Beach we saw or heard, DARK-EYED JUNCO and PACIFIC WREN (on the
way in just outside the gate), OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, SPOTTED TOWHEE,
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, BARN SWALLOW, HOUSE SPARROW,
SWAINSON'S THRUSH, PELAGIC COMORANT, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, AMERICAN CROW,
BUSHTITs, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, MARBLED MURRELET,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, DOWNY WOODPECKER, BEWICK'S WREN, ANNA'S
HUMMINGBIRD, SONG SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and NORTHERN FLICKER. At
this point we became aware that there was an extremely low tide - many of
what are normally 'island' rocks were now fully exposed with no water around
them. This continued throughout the day.
Across onto Whidbey itself and Cornet Bay where we picked up CANADA GOOSE,
GREAT BLUE HERONs, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, BALD EAGLE, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW,
AMERICAN ROBIN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, CHESNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, WILSON'S
WARBLER, PURPLE FINCH, TURKEY TULTURE, and PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER. At the
western beach in Deception Pass State Park we had SWAINSON'S THRUSH,
AMERICAN ROBIN, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, RHINOCEROS AUKLET, PELAGIC CORMORANT,
COMMON MURRE, and CALIFORNIA GULL.
On to the NE corner of Whidbey and GLAUCOU-WINGED GULL, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, AMERICAN ROBIN, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT,
PIGEON GUILLEMOT, and BARN SWALLOW. At DUGUALLA LAKE we saw CANADA GOOSE,
BARN SWALLOW, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, (a possible Bank Swallow - but
it was not added to the list), KILLDEER, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, BELTED
KINGFISHER, OSPREY, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PIED-BILLED
GREBE, TREE SWALLOW, and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW.
At the Oak Harbor Marina there were RING-BILLED GULL, DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, and CALIFORNIA GULL.
We made an extremely pleasant lunch stop at Joseph Whidbey State Park and
saw AMERICAN ROBIN, SURF SCOTER, AMERICAN CROW, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. On
Bos Lake there were RUDDY DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, GREAT BLUE HERON, GREATER
SCAUP, MALLARD, NORTHERN PINTAIL (a single female), and a small flock of
At Hastie Lake Road we saw PIGEON GUILLEMOT and HARLEQUIN DUCK. At Libby
Beach (Point Partridge) there were PIGEON GUILLMOT and MARBLED MURRLET. We
walked the picnic area at Fort Casey State Park and saw RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN CROW, SONG SPARROW, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH,
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, HOUSE
FINCH, HOUSE WREN, BROWN CREEPER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, EUROPEAN STARLING and
At the Keystone ferry landing the old structure had is almost always usual
DOUBLE-CRESTED, PELAGIC and BRANDT'S CORMORANTs, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, ROCK
PIGEON, AMERICAN CROW and nice flock of WESTERN SANDPIPERs along the beach
water edge. Leaving Keystone we cruised along Crockett Lake and saw PURPLE
MARTIN, a large (about 5-600) flock of WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPERs (there
could have been some others, but they were too distant), GLAUCOUS-WINGED
GULL, CALIFORNIA GULL, BALD EAGLE, BARN SWALLOW, GREAT BLUE HERON.
We walked the path out to Deer Lagoon with a flock of over 100 WHITE
PELICANs, NORTHRN FLICKER, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, WESTERN
WOOD-PEWEE, SONG SPARROW, EUROPEAN STARLING, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, CANADA
GOOSE, KILLDEER, VIRGINIA RAIL, CASPIAN TERN, GREAT BLUED HERON, WESTERN
GULL, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and CALIFORNIA QUAIL.
Early we had a STELLER'S JAY at an unrecorded location.
We had an excellent day with ideal temperature and weather conditions -
maybe a very list breeze at the end of the day. We finished with 85 species
and a great birding day!
Brian H. Bell
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