[Tweeters] Eastside Audubon Whidbey Island trip 19 Nov 2018

B P Bell bellasoc at isomedia.com
Tue Nov 20 08:11:08 PST 2018


Hi Tweets



Yesterday, Eastside Audubon took a trip to Whidbey Island. The day started
out cold (35F) and clear with no wind. While we waited for the next ferry at
Mukilteo we walked out on the dock and saw BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, ROCK PIGEON,
EUROPEAN STARLING, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, GREAT BLUE HERON, DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, PELAGIC CORMORANT, AMERICAN CROW, BELTED KINGFISHER and SURF
SCOTER. It was nice to have calm surface conditions so we could scan out at
a distance.



On the ferry we saw GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, CALIFORNIA GULL, BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE, 2 pairs of MARBLED MURRELETs, BONAPARTE'S GULL, DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs and SURF SCOTER. Arriving at Clinton, we
stopped at the small Clinton Beach Park and picked up COMMON LOON,
RED-NECKED GREBE, HORNED GREBE, BUFFLEHEAD, BELTED KINGFISHER,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, PELAGIC CORMORANT, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, HOUSE
SPARROW, AMERICAN CROW, ROCK PIGEON and BALD EAGLE. We were closer to the
water so the temperature had climbed to 38F, and the clear calm conditions
were promising for a good day.



We stopped at Deer Lake and being a bit more inland our temperature dropped
to 34F and there was some fog over part of the lake making visibility
harder. But, we still managed to see BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON
MERGANSER, ROCK PIGEON, AMERICAN CROW, AMERICAN ROBIN, YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, NORTHERN FLICKER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, and heard
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and PACIFIC WREN.



At Rollinghill Road it was quiet when we first arrived, but picked up and we
saw SPOTTED TOWHEE, NORTHERN FLICKER, DARK-EYED JUNCO, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, AMERICAN ROBIN, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW, HOUSE
SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, COMMON RAVEN, our first of season
of a nice flock of PINE SISKIN (about 50), HOUSE FINCH and EUROPEAN
STARLING.



As we drove along French Road we had a STELLER'S JAY fly across and into a
tree. In Maxwellton we had EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD,
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, SPOTTED TOWHEE, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and CANADA GOOSE.
At Dave Mackie Park there was a COOPER'S HAWK perched in a tree. Offshore
there were BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON LOON, PACIFIC LOON, HORNED GREBE, SURF SCOTER,
RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN WIGEON (too far away to really scan for any
possible Eurasian), WESTERN GREBE. At one of the houses with a feeder we saw
DARK-EYED JUNCO, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD and a bright ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
(kind of a surprise for the month and at the feeder).



On Ewing Road at the wetlands (right now ponds), there were lots of MALLARDs
and also GADWALL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER
(females), COMMON GOLDENEYE, EUROPEAN STARLING, RED-TAILED HAWK, RING-NECKED
DUCK, AMERICAN COOT (a single bird hiding back in the rushes) and AMERICAN
WIGEON. On the way to Sunlight Beach we saw two VARIED THRUSH at the side of
the road. The temperature had climbed to 39 and we started to joke about
tropical conditions in November.



At Sunlight Beach Rd/Deer Lagoon there were DUNLIN, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
MALLARD, AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, GREAT BLUE HERON, RING-BILLED
GULL, MEW GULL, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE (on the way in at a feeder), BALD
EAGLE (took something fairly small), AMERICAN CROW, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
(about 8, and close enough to definitely identify). We walked out the public
access path to view Useless Bay, and saw BRANT, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,
DUNLIN, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, COMMON LOON, COMMON GOLDENEYE and a
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.



We made a lunch stop at Double Bluff on the way out we picked up a single
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, it was nice to have clear, calm conditions for lunch,
and saw BALD EAGLE, GREAT BLUE HERON, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN ROBIN,
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, SONG SPARROW and PACIFIC WREN.



We walked out the path at Deer Lagoon (lots and lots of ducks) and saw
MALLARD, AMERICAN WIGEON (at least several hundred), NORTHERN PINTAIL,
BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, GADWALL, AMERICAN COOT, heard VIRGINIA RAIL,
SPOTTED TOWHEE, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HOUSE FINCH, SONG SPARROW, HOODED
MERGANSER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, NORTHERN HARRIER, MARSH WREN, NORTHERN FLICKER
and BLACK-CAPPED and CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE. By now the temperature had
climbed to 45, it was still windless and ciear and we were enjoying a most
unusual winter November day.



At Crockett Lake we saw BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, GREATER SCAUP (all at
the two small ponds) and many ducks at a distance across the lake. Closer we
hadGREEN-WINGED TEAL, GREAT BLUE HERON, DUNLIN (a couple of small groups), a
single WESTERN SANDPIPER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, HOODED MERGANSER, and two
GREATER YELLLOWLEGS.



At Keystone we scanned the old platform and at first could only see
DOUBLE-CRESTED and PELAGIC CORMORANTs, but finally managed to find a single
BRANDT'S CORMORANT. There were also BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, PIGEON GUILLEMOT and a single HARLEQUIN
DUCK. As we drove up toward Coupeville we saw RED-TAILED HAWK (it made a
dive into the grass and caught a small bird), BALD EAGLE, AMERICAN ROBIN.



At Libby Beach there were two LONG-TAILED DUCKs, our first of the season and
very nice to see. Also, SURF SCOTER, PELAGIC CORMORANT, RED-NECKED GREBE,
COMMON LOON, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN ROBIN and RED
CROSSBILL. At the Hastie Lake access point there were BUFFLEHEAD, HORNED
GREBE, RED-TAILED HAWK, EUROPEAN STARLING, EURASIAN COLLARED -DOVE and
COMMON LOON.



At Bos Lake we picked up GREAT BLUE HERON, BUFFLHEAD, AMERICAN WIGEON,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, RUDDY DUCK and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS. As we continued north
we added another RED-TAILED HAWK and the temperature was up to 53F.



At Dugualla Lake, even though we had to look into the sun we saw about 50
TRUMPETER SWANs, a CANVASBACK, BUFFLEHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK and AMERICAN
GOLDFINCH.



On the way home we saw a flock of SNOW GEESE, finally had a single KILLDEER,




All in all it was a great birding day with clear, sunny and finally almost
warm conditions and good friends. We finished with 83 species.



Brian H. Bell

Woodinville WA

mail to bell asoc a t iso med ia dot com

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