[Tweeters] Seattle Audubon trip to Whidbey 18 Feb 19
B P Bell
bellasoc at isomedia.com
Tue Feb 19 09:51:41 PST 2019
Yesterday, Seattle Audubon took a trip to Whidbey Island. The day started
out overcast and about 34F. While we were waiting at Mukilteo for the ferry
we saw AMERICAN CROW, ROCK PIGEON, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, HOUSE SPARROW, and
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. The ferry ride over was pretty slow with only
another cormorant and a RED-NECKED GREBE flying by. Over at Clinton at the
small beach park we saw DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE,
PIGEON GUILLEMOT, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BELTED KINGFISHER, SPOTTED TOWHEE and
Up the hill and we came into the fog that was at a slightly higher
elevation. We would normally have stopped at Deer Lake, but the lake was
completely fogged and we could see nothing. We stopped at Rolling Hill Rd
(out of the fog) and saw AMERICAN CROW, NORTHERN FLICKER, BLACK-CAPPED and
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, SONG SPARROW, HOUSE SPARROW, MOURNING DOVE.
As we came into Maxwellton there were BREWER'S BLACKBIRDs on the wires. At
Dave Mackie Park and scanning the south end of Useless Bay we saw HORNED
GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON LOON, SURF SCOTER, BRANT, PIGEON GUILLEMOT,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, COMMON GOLDENEYE, NORTHERN FLICKER, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, and immature BALD EAGLE, GLAUCOUS-WINGED
GULL, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Several HARBOR PORPOISE were surfacing on the
The Ewing Rd. wetlands were completely frozen over (the temperature was
staying at 34), so we passed on to Sunlight Beach Rd. and Deer Lagoon. There
we was MALLARD, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
DUNLIN, BELTED KINGFISHER, MEW GULL, GLACOUS-WINGED GULL. Across the street
from the public access we saw BALD EAGLE, SURF SCOTER. On the road out at a
feeder we saw HOUSE FINCH, SPOTTED TOWHEE, HOUSE SPARROW, SONG SPARROW and a
single WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.
We drove around to the end of Deer Lagoon Rd and the western part of Deer
Lagoon. There were large numbers of NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON, and
GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, MALLARD, NORTHERN SHOVELER, a few GADWALL,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and a
single male HOODED MERGANSER. Along the trail we saw SONG SPARROW, SPOTTED
TOWHEE, FOX SPARROW and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Crockett Lake had a few
GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a female NORTHERN HARRIER. We drove over to the
parking lot across from the Coupeville/Keystone ferry terminal and on the
old pier structure had DOUBLE-CRESTED, BRANDT'S and PELAGIC CORMORANT.
PIGEON GUILLEMOT and HARLEQUIN DUCK were in the water along with
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and HORNED GREBE. We made this our lunch stop, and
by the time we started again the temperature had finally risen to 36F.
Up the hll in Fort Casey S.P. we had great looks at a BEWICK'S WREN and
heard GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. As we came into Coupeville we had a field full
of CANADA GOOSE.
At the western end of Penn Cove we saw COMMON GOLDENEYE, GREATER SCAUP, and
in Kennedy Lagoon a good number of AMERICAN WIGEON, some MALLARD. Out at
Partridge Point we saw COMMON LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, SURF SCOTER, HORNED
GREBE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and PIGEON GUILLEMOT.
Bos Lake was mostly devoid of birds with the exception of a small group of
RUDDY DUCKs waaay out in the lake (one of the worst views ever). The Oak
Harbor Marina was a bust, so we went around to Dugualla Bay and Lake. The
lake had several TRUMPETER SWANs, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK and a
single GREATER YELLOWLEGS flew in. The Bay had a single female COMMON
Deception Pass State Park had a nice cluster of BLACK OYSTERCATCHER and
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL. There was an ICELAND (THAYER'S) GULL.The channel had
many PIGEON GUILLEMOT, RED-NECKED MERGANSER, and several RED-THROATED LOON.
As we drove home and approached LaConner we had a field with SNOW GOOSE and
a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on a wire. Along Dodge Valley Rd. we had another field
with a large group of swans including TRUMPETER and TUNDRA.
At various times during the day and various locations we also saw KILLDEER,
WESTERN GULL, GREAT BLUE HERON, many RED-TAILED HAWKs, AMERICAN ROBIN,
EUROPEAN STARLING, DARK-EYED JUNCO, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.
We had a good, if chilly day and finished with 68 species (not too bad we
felt for a really cold day with the remains of the snow on the ground).
Brian H. Bell
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