[Tweeters] Skagit area today and Blue Jay payback

Jon Houghton jon.houghton at hartcrowser.com
Sat Sep 22 17:57:10 PDT 2018

Hi Tweets -We started off late morning birding at Wylie Sl. (dodging showers at Hayton) and found some good birds (many snipe and dowitchers with a couple of Pectoral Sandpipers very close to the dike) and birders (my third trip in a row to Wylie with a confirmed Gary Bletsch sighting!). No Sharptailed SP, though, so we planned to come back after a delicious lunch at the Rhody Café in Bow, and visits to last winter's Blue Jay farm. There, Barry the owner, had assured me last winter, that he had Macintosh apples - the real apple of my youth and unlike any now available in most of Washington. He does indeed have Macs and many other old and new varieties (thankfully no Red Delicious), and picked exactly what we asked for. I'd like to suggest that any of you who enjoyed his hospitality (and the Blue Jay) last winter, and who enjoy excellent and unique apples (he has many other varieties), stop by Bow Hill Road and buy some, picked-today, apples or pears. Thank him for accommodating us all - he'll use the proceeds to buy suet and seed to try and lure back some good birds this winter!! Leaving Barry's, we had planned to bird our way back through the Samish and Skagit flats but increasing rain drove me off the dike at Hayton, just as I focused the scope in on a nice ??Golden Plover. The bill was quite short, but increasing raindrops obscured the rest before I could get a good profile view for a look at the tail/wings. Then, on the way south on I-5, we hit the real deluge which slowed traffic to a crawl. No one said that birding in the convergence zone would be easy! Happy Birding! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds
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