[Tweeters] Skagit Co birding 10.09.19

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Thu Oct 10 09:33:51 PDT 2019

Yesterday (10.09.19) there was a SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER with a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Hayton Reserve on Fir Island. This was at about 2:30PM, a couple of hours before high tide. The 2 birds flew to the east, over the main pond. I didn't see them land.
[ https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/48875743986/in/datetaken-family/ | https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/48875743986/in/datetaken-family/ ]

Later, I phoned Gary Bletsch to tell him of the sharp-tailed and he told me of the 4 SANDHILL CRANES he was currently viewing in a corn field east of Wylie Rd. We rendezvoused there, enjoyed the cranes, then headed to the Game Range.
[ https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/48875367873/in/datetaken-family/ | https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/48875367873/in/datetaken-family/ ]

In short order, Gary spotted two pectoral-like birds on a floating log in the main pond, one of which turned out to be the/a SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER.
[ https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/48875646436/in/datetaken-family/ | https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/48875646436/in/datetaken-family/ ]

We returned to Hayton where the 4 cranes had since relocated. Highlights of the day below.

Channel Drive
Long-billed Dowitcher -the 1 and only shorebird
Slate-colored Junco - 1 male
American Pipit - flock in field
Snow Goose - a flyover flock
Cooper's Hawk - 1 juv
Fox, Song, Lincoln's & Golden Crowned Sparrows
no warblers

Game Range
Canvasback - pair seen from blind
Merlin - 1 black
Wilson's Snipe
LB Dowitcher
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2
Greater Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Barn Swallow - 1
Cedar Waxwing - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Siskin - flock in trees

Hayton Reserve
American While Pelican - 1 standing & swimming in main pond
Greater White-fronted Goose - 16 in small pond
Snow Goose - perhaps 2 thousand or more
Cackling (minima) Goose - many
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Sandhill Crane - 4
Golden-Plover, most likely Pacific
Black-bellied Plover - 200
Long-billed Dowitcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Northern Shrike - adult

It was a good day.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com

"Don't believe everything you read on the internet."
- Thomas Jefferson

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