[Tweeters] Skagit birding

Catherine Joy catherinejoymusic at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 11:01:06 PDT 2018

I was up there also yesterday afternoon. It was my fifth trip up from
Seattle in hopes of seeing the gyrfalcon. Thanks to Marv's location
description and photos, I had an idea of where the bird might be. I didn't
see it on the snag, so I drove around the area for about an hour and a
half. Finally I decided to stretch my legs at the Skagit Wildlife area. I
was watching some wigeons and pintails when some yellowlegs started to
freak out. The ducks also started splashing around, and I looked up just in
time to see a large falcon make a pass at them. Sure enough, it was the
gyrfalcon! I could see the gray back, long tail, and the lack of a malar
stripe. It messed around over the fields nearby and headed back north. I
searched for it for the next two hours with no luck.

But, still, a very exciting view of a lifer for me! As an ex-falconer who
has actually trained some gyrs before, it was nice to see one in the wild.

I also saw a merlin and a northern shrike.


On Sun, Mar 25, 2018 at 7:59 PM, Marv Breece <marvbreece at q.com> wrote:

> At 8:15AM this morning (3.25.18) there was a BARN OWL just north of

> Rexville as I was on my way to dip on the Snowy Owl that was seen yesterday

> on Calhoun Rd. After giving up on the white owl, I visited Fir Island,

> where the adult GYRFALCON was perched on a snag off of Dry Slough Road, as

> it was last Sunday. After a few minutes it left its tall perch and flew

> across a nearby field, perching on the ground for a short time. Then

> returning to the same snag.


> I returned to Calhoun Rd. It seems that no one saw the Snowy Owl today.

> While traveling McLean Road, east of Best Road, I came upon a TAIGA MERLIN.


> photos and videos:

> http://www.pbase.com/marvbreece/new_images

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/


> It was a good day.

> --

> Marv Breece

> Tukwila, WA

> marvbreece at q.com


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