[Tweeters] Edmonds Rounduup - May 2019

Carol Riddell cariddellwa at gmail.com
Sun Jun 2 10:56:21 PDT 2019

Hi Tweets,

We had some May reports of great sightings for Edmonds. There were two code 5 species seen: a single Franklin’s Gull in breeding plumage off the public pier on May 19th and a flyover above Yost Park of five Sandhill Cranes on May 22nd. There were no code 4 sightings during May.

Code 3 species: There were two reports of Evening Grosbeaks on May 1 and 31st. This can be a difficult species to see in Edmonds so it was a nice way to start and end the month. A single American Pipit (code 3) appeared in the marsh on May 3rd. A Whimbrel was at Marina Beach on May 6th. An Olive-sided Flycatcher was reported in Yost Park on May 7th, with another sighting at Southwest County Park a week or so later. A Vaux’s Swift was reported flying over from Civic Field on an overcast May 13th. Four Blue-winged Teal males stopped at the marsh on May 27th.

The usual migrants and breeders showed up during May: Swainson’s Thrush, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, among others. Pileated Woodpecker nestlings in Yost Park are getting close to fledging.

As expected, shorebird migration fell off but should start to pick up again around June 20th when the first birds start coming south. The waterfront is pretty quiet now with the grebes and ducks having left for their breeding grounds. Six Marbled Murrelets have been feeding near the pier for the past couple of days and the Purple Martins using the piling nest boxes are quite active. Heermann’s Gulls should be returning by mid-June or a little sooner. One or two usually first appear on the marina breakwater.

We are at 150 species for the year. Species on our collective list are noted in the bird information display box at the Olympic Beach Visitor Station at the base of the public pier. If you would like an electronic copy of the current Edmonds checklist, please request it at checklistedmonds at gmail.com <mailto:checklistedmonds at gmail.com>. If you see a good bird in Edmonds, please let me know. We scan eBird for sightings but not all sightings are there and a heads up is always welcome.

Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA

Abundance codes: (1) Common, (2) Uncommon, (3) Harder to find, usually seen annually, (4) Rare, 5+ records, (5) Fewer than 5 records
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