[Tweeters] Washington Ornithological Society (WOS) trip today (14
Oct) to Marrowstone (not)
B P Bell
bellasoc at isomedia.com
Mon Oct 14 19:34:26 PDT 2019
Today WOS took a trip that was supposed to go to Marrowstone - however,
because of all the excellent birds that have been seen at Dungeness Landing,
we modified the trip. We started out early under overcast skies and 47F
temperatures. When we got to Edmonds it was really quiet until we got on the
ferry, except for a really loud BEWICK'S WREN right at the entrance - while
the ferry was still at the terminal we saw DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, PELAGIC
CORMORANT, BRANDT'S CORMORANT, RHINOCEROUS AUKLET, SURF SCOTER, PIGEON
GUILLEMOT, COMMON MURRE, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, HEERMANN'S GULL, ROCK PIGEON,
and CANADA GOOSE.
The ferry trip was quiet but for GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, and CALIFORNIA GULL.
At Kingston we saw DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, PELAGIC CORMORANT, SURF SCOTER,
ROCK PIGEON, GREAT BLUE HERON, and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL. We bypassed early
stops to get to Dungeness, and shortly after crossing the Hood Canal Bridge
we ran into fog that lasted until Hwy 101 (and temperatures dropped to 42F).
We did manage to see COMMON RAVEN, EUROPEAN STARLING, a RED-TAILED HAWK, and
By the time we arrived at Dungeness Landing it was starting to clear and the
temp. was back up to 50F. An excellent morning at the Landing and we saw:
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN, WESTERN SANDPIPER, SANDERLING, BALD EAGLE,
GREAT BLUE HERON, WESTERN GULL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, MARBLED GODWIT, BAR-TAILED
GODWIT (one of our target birds), COMMON RAVEN, AMERICAN CROW, BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD, RED KNOT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, AMERICAN
WIGEON (several thousand), RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, MEW
GULL, RING-BILLED GULL, SONG SPARROW, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (smaller than
the Black-bellied Plover it was next to, small head and bill, really light,
light supercilium and long primary projection - our second target bird),
COMMON MERGANSER, SURF SCOTER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, SCAUP species, NORTHERN
HARRIER, DARK-EYED JUNCO, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, NORTHERN FLICKER. Many of
these birds took some work because of distance, but all were eventually seen
adequately or well. (Thanks to Bob Bokelheide for his assistance on them).
At 3 Crabs (much modified from the past) we walked out the trail and saw
MALLARD, NORTHERN FLICKER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON (scanned well
but no Eurasian), BALD EAGLE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RING-BILLED GULL,
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, MEW GULL, BELTED KINGFISHER, and on the way out HOUSE
SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN
ROBIN, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.
We made a lunch stop at Port Williams (it was now clear and 57F - a great
day) and saw COMMON LOON, PACIFIC LOON, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, PELAGIC CORMORANT, HARLEQUIN DUCK, and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.
Around the corner at Washington Harbor there were COMMON RAVEN, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, CACKLING GOOSE (about 100 overhead), RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN
HARRIER, MALLARD, MEW GULL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, DARK-EYED JUNCO,
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, CALIFORNIA QUAIL, ROCK PIGEON. Up the road we had a
At John Wayne Marina we saw GLACOUS-WINGED GULL, MEW GULL, HOODED MERGANSER,
BUFFLEHEAD, BALD EAGLE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RHINOCEROUS AUKLET, and
At Shine Tidelands State Park there were COMMON LOON, PIGEON GUILLEMOT,
RED-NECKED GREBE, MARBLE MURRELT, COMMON MURRE, PACIFIC LOON, HORNED GREBE,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, SURF SCOTER, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, SONG SPARROW,
SPOTTED TOWHEE, EUROPEAN STARLING and ROCK PIGEON.
Salsbury Point was quiet, but we did see SONG SPARROW, COMMON LOON,
GLACOUS-WINGED GULL. We made a stop at Port Gamble and saw BUSHTIT,
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, COMMON LOON, PACIFIC LOON, HORNED GREBE, WESTERN
GREBE, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, RHINOCEROUS AUKLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW,
SPOTTED TOWHEE, KILLDEER and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL.
At various points we also had GADWALL, STELLER'S JAY, HOUSE FINCH.
It was an excellent day with good birders and lots of great birds! 74
species for the day.
Brian H. Bell
Mail to bell as oc at iso med ia dot com
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