[Tweeters] Phainopepla

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Sat Sep 29 08:49:25 PDT 2018

It’s still there, but took lots of persistence to see. When we pulled into the parking lot at 9:45, a departing photographer said he had the Phainopepla an hour earlier. We, along with another couple (Curtis and Tina, temporarily from Olympia) watched for over 1 1/2 hrs. with no luck. We went our separate ways and David and I returned at 2:15 where 2 photographers reported seeing the bird around a half-hr. earlier. They remained, hoping to get better shots, but the sun wasn’t on their team, so they left around 2:45! before then, Dennis Paulson stopped in briefly on his way to Neah Bay, hoping to collect an easy score, but he struck out. Finally, at 3, the bird popped up on the usual shrub, left of the biggest tree in the Sawmill viewing spot, staying for only a minute. Of course by then it was in silhouette, though easily identifiable. We later heard by text that Curtis and Tina returned, getting the bird at 4:50, though it stayed up for several minutes. They heard its call, as well.

The moral of the story is that the bird is on Sawmill throughout the day, but you might have to wait for a couple of hours to see it. Take a book and watch in shifts!
Penny Koyama, Bothell
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