[Tweeters] WHIMBREL at Blaine (Whatcom Co.)

B B birder4184 at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 4 10:21:24 PST 2019

Exactly 5 minutes before Wayne Weber posted this, (9:54 a.m) I was driving around the bend on Drayton Harbor Road and saw a large shorebirds on a rock.  I pulled off and in great light saw it was a Whimbrel and got good photos included in my Ebird report.  It was flushed off by a Bald Eagle.  Looks like it likes this spot though.

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On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 9:59 AM, Wayne Weber<contopus at telus.net> wrote: <!--#yiv3292986427 _filtered #yiv3292986427 {font-family:"Cambria Math";panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv3292986427 {font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;}#yiv3292986427 #yiv3292986427 p.yiv3292986427MsoNormal, #yiv3292986427 li.yiv3292986427MsoNormal, #yiv3292986427 div.yiv3292986427MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";}#yiv3292986427 a:link, #yiv3292986427 span.yiv3292986427MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv3292986427 a:visited, #yiv3292986427 span.yiv3292986427MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv3292986427 span.yiv3292986427EmailStyle17 {font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";color:windowtext;}#yiv3292986427 .yiv3292986427MsoChpDefault {font-size:10.0pt;} _filtered #yiv3292986427 {margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}#yiv3292986427 div.yiv3292986427WordSection1 {}-->


Early yesterday afternoon, in steady rain, I was birding around Blaine, and decided to check some fields just east of town. (Only mad dogs and Englishmen—or their descendants—go out in the pouring rain.) I stopped along Boblett Street just east of State Route 543, where at least 50 gulls were loafing in the grass. Imagine my surprise when a brown blob in the middle of the gulls turned out to be a WHIMBREL! This species migrates through the Blaine area in large numbers in spring, but is totally unexpected in January. There has been a single Whimbrel present for parts of the last 2 winters on the Tsawwassen ferry jetty, not too far away in BC, and I am speculating that this may have been the same bird. The Whimbrel was not too far away and I got some great photos.


The tide was very high, or I expect the bird would have been somewhere on the Drayton Harbor mudflats instead.


Good birding and Happy New Year to all.


Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

contopus at telus.net

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