[Tweeters] Anacortes NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD yes

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 26 19:33:14 PST 2019

Dear Tweeters,
Today (26 February 2019), the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD in Anacortes was easy to find in the
late afternoon. 
At about 1640, maybe ten minutes after I arrived on site, Bob Kuntz and I were chatting with Mr. Bob Ross,who had first found the bird a week ago, when Bob Kuntz spotted the Mockingbird on a utility wire. It stayed perched there for a good ten or fifteen minutes, allowing close approach, until a Red-tailed Hawk bumped it. Soon, however, the Mockingbird reappeared. 
The bird resorts to a few favored spots. At 1216 6th Street (near Sixth and "M" Avenue), there are
some evergreen broadleaf trees, and a few scraggly-looking deciduous trees. Right across the street,
on the south side of Sixth, there are two or three little Mountain Ash trees, more like saplings,
but with some fruit still adhering. Along the sidewalk by those saplings is a stone retaining
wall, with some neatly pruned, more or less orb-shaped shrubs. We watched the Mockingbird forage on the Mountain Ash fruit, and then we watched it sneak into one of those shrubs, perhaps for the night. 
The addresses are 1216 and 1219 Sixth Street, about two blocks west of the San Juan Motel.
This is a rare bird for Skagit County; eBird shows only about four prior records. It was a county lifer for me, that's for sure!
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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