[Tweeters] Fir Island, Skagit County birding 10.18.19

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Sat Oct 19 12:27:32 PDT 2019

At Hayton Reserve yesterday, a wounded SNOW GOOSE was trying in vain to take flight from the small pond. As it struggled, a River Otter swam up to the goose and attacked it. The goose put up a good fight until the otter managed to grab the bird by its neck. The struggle took a little over a minute and a half & I captured it in a distant video. I had to split it into 2 smaller videos in order to load onto Flickr. Here are links to the 2 videos:
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[ https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/48925335522/in/datetaken-family/ | https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/48925335522/in/datetaken-family/ ]

Earlier in the day at the exact same location there were about a dozen GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. One of them was noticeably larger then the others and may have been a Tule Goose, a larger subspecie of white-front.

Also at Hayton yesterday was a NORTHERN SHRIKE & 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS, all 3 seen at the same time. There are now thousands of SNOW GEESE, among which there were 2 adult and 1 juv Blue Geese.

At the Game Range (Wylie Slough) was a flock of mostly juv CEDAR WAXWINGS, as well as a few BARN SWALLOWS & AMERICAN PIPITS. A MERLIN of the taiga subspecies flew in and landed close by for a fine look.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com

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