[Tweeters] Fir Island Birding 3.30.18

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Sat Mar 31 10:58:48 PDT 2018

Yesterday (3.30.18) I birded only Fir Island (Skagit County, west of Conway) from 6:30AM until 5:30PM. I counted 56 species without paying much attention to the saltwater.

For me, highlights of the day included a flock of roughly 30 AMERICAN PIPITS along Dry Slough Road north of Moore Rd, a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Hayton and another or the same along Polson Rd, a couple of SAVANNAH SPARROWS, lots of TREE and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, a pair of WOOD DUCKS at the Game Range, and a GYRFALCON. I saw the gyr at 5:30 as I was leaving the area. It flew overhead, moving north over Dry Slough Rd and flew out of sight.

Sparrows were few as were finches. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK perched between the Game Range and the nearest barn. There was also a PILEATED WOODPECKER at the Game Range, 10 or more GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS. I didn't see the Black Phoebe at the Game Range (Wylie Slough).

There was a large flock of SNOW GEESE & still numbers of TUNDRA & TRUMPETER SWANS. The swans were mostly seen from Jensen Access.

It was a good day.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com

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