[Tweeters] Eastside Audubon Samish-Skagit trip 9 Dec 2019
B P Bell
bellasoc at isomedia.com
Mon Dec 9 17:30:36 PST 2019
Today, Eastside Audubon took at trip to the Samish & Skagit Flats. The day
started out under overcast skies and 41F ( almost the highest for the
day).Shortly after we started north on I-405 we came into the fog and were
in it until almost Everett - along the way we saw a gull species, AMERICAN
CROW and RED-TAILED HAWK. North of Everett we were back in the fog and the
temperature had dropped to the high 30s. At the Smoky Point Rest Area we saw
DARK-EYED JUNCO and HOUSE SPARROW. Back on I-5 we picked up EUROPEAN
In Conway we saw RED-TAILED HAWK, ROCK PIGEON, AMERICAN CROW, BALD EAGLE. As
we drove thru the fog (it was now 35F) on Fir Island we had a large flock of
SNOW GOOSE fly over us. At the Hayton Reserve we saw GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL thru the fog, RED-TAILED HAWK, more SNOW GOOSE, and heard HOUSE FINCH.
Back to I-5 and EUROPEAN STARLING and GREAT BLUE HERON. Along Chuckanut Dr.
(the fog was thinning) we added AMERICAN CROW, RED-TAILED HAWK, BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD and TRUMPETER SWAN. On Pulver Rd. we saw DARK-EYED JUNCO,
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (adult & juv), SPOTTED TOWHEE, HOUSE SPARROW,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RED-TAILED HAWK, a probable NORTHERN HARRIER. On Sam
Bell RD. we saw WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, TRUMPETER SWAN.
Along Ershig Rd. there were AMERICAN ROBIN, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, DARK-EYED JUNCO, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, BALD EAGLE, HOUSE
FINCH, SPOTTED TOWHEE, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, HOUSE SPARROW, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, RED-TAILED HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERON, AMERICAN CROW, SONG SPARROW,
COMMON RAVEN, and GLAUCOUS-WINGED/HYBRID GULL. Turning onto Worline Rd. (we
were now back under overcast skies) we saw RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN CROW,
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, HOUSE FINCH, STELLER'S JAY, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE,
EUROPEAN STARLING, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, GLACOUS-WINGED GULL, ROCK PIGEON,
At the feeders along Bow-Cemetary Rd. there were AMERICAN CROW, DARK-EYED
JUNCO, EUROPEAN STARLING, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, NORTHERN FLICKER, SONG
SPARROW, SPOTTED TOWHEE and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE. Back on Chuckanut Dr. we
saw RED-TAILED HAWK, EUROPEAN STARLING, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD and GREAT BLUE
HERON. Along Blanchard/Legg Rd. we saw BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN FLICKER,
STELLER'S JAY, AMERICAN ROBIN, DARK-EYED JUNCO and RED-TAILED HAWK. On
Colony Rd. we had GREAT BLUE HERON, and AMERICAN ROBIN .
On Bow Hill Rd. going toward Edison we saw MALLARD, GREAT BLUE HERON. On
Smith Rd. we saw the usual GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE,
GREAT BLUE HERON, SONG SPARROW, BALD EAGLE, dowitcher species, and GREATER
YELLOWLEGS. In Edison we made a stop at the Bread Farm and in the slough
behind saw GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and first heard, then saw a flock of SNOW
On Bayview-Edison Rd. there were GREAT BLUE HERON, BALD EAGLE, AMERICAN
CROW, COMMON RAVEN, MALLARD, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD,
AMERICAN KESTREL, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK where the road turns south. On
Samish Island Rd. we saw GREAT BLUE HERON, NORTHERN HARRIER, BALD EAGLE,
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, RED-TAILED HAWK, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD and a nice flock
of WESTERN MEADOWLARK (north of the W90). The West 90 was relatively quiet
with BALD EAGLE, SONG SPARROW, NORTHERN HARRIER, EUROPEAN STARLING,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, COMMON RAVEN and a very distant unidentified raptor.
Up to Wharf Rd, and lunch, and we picked up DOWNY WOODPECKER, SPOTTED
TOWHEE, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON LOON, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL,
CALIFORNIA GULL, SURF SCOTER, RED-THROATED LOON, BRANT, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE and SONG SPARROW.
Back at Bayview-Edison Rd. our ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was still perched on the
same crossarm, RED-TAILED HAWK (they turned out to be our most numerous
raptor), AMERICAN KESTREL. Further south there were BUFFLEHEAD, GREAT BLUE
HERON. Along LaConner-Whitney Rd, there were EUROPEAN STARLING. On Dodge
Valley Rd. there was a large flock of swans including both TRUMPETER and
TUNDRA. Also EUROPEAN STARLING, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, and MALLARD. On Fir
Island was another RED-TAILED HAWK.
Back at Hayton Reserve we had still more RED-TAILED HAWKs, BALD EAGLEs,
MALLARD, GREAT BLUE HERON, many AMERICAN WIGEON, some NORTHERN PINTAIL,
BUFFLEHEAD, a MARSH WREN, a huge flock of DUNLIN (likely as many a 10,000),
and a PEREGRINE FALCON that was chowing down on a probable small duck.
It was a good day, even with all the fog with good birders. We finished with
52 species (some misses) that we pulled out of the foggy conditions.
Brian H. Bell
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