[Tweeters] Windy Skamania County--Surf Scoter, Ruddy Duck

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Wed Oct 30 17:21:36 PDT 2019

This has no doubt already been reported, but David and I were away for much of Oct and it took a while to get back on our various notifications—we picked this up from e-bird.

The young male Surf Scoter remains at Rock Creek Park in Stevenson, at what I call the “far end” of the lake (and which e-bird calls Rock Creek Mill Pond) but well west of where the creek enters the park. It was alone, and actively feeding. Also present, and previously listed on e-bird by John Bishop (thank you very much) were 3 White-fronted Geese, 2 with several Cackling Geese on the lawn and 1 with the domestic Graylag and hybrid types at the water’s edge. There was a single Ruddy Duck in the middle of the lake, as well. All of these were good birds for us in Skamania.

On the way to Stevenson we stopped at Skamania Landing, where a Surf Scoter had also been reported. It was super-windy there, really hold-onto-your-scope stuff. Many of the usual water fowl were on the water, which, by the way, was the lowest we’ve ever seen it with lots of mud exposed—it might have been great for shorebird migration in a county where those birds are hard to come by. We couldn’t locate the SUSC that had been reported there, though it’s hard to see much of the deeper water due to everything but the road being private property. But from the bridge, there were 2 Snow Geese, which we saw fly off and 3 Great Egrets. There was also a Great Egret at Home Valley Park. And it was really nice to see several pair of Varied Thrush at various sites, just a code 1, but I love them! There really should be a law against that kind of wind, though...
Penny Koyama, Bothell

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