[Tweeters] Samish Flats Prairie Falcon

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 27 19:00:00 PST 2020

Dear Tweeters,
Today (27th January 2020) I made another five or six passes through the Sunset Road-Sullivan Road-Field Road "Prairie Falcon Circuit," after having made about the same number yesterday. Finally, at about 1415 this afternoon, the bird showed up on Field Road, in the same place where Louis Kreemer photographed it on Saturday. An adult Peregrine was hunting in the same muddy field between Sunset and Field Roads, just east of the big red barns of Norm Nelson Potatoes. Today ended up being a four-falcon day for me, with a Merlin and an American Kestrel or two also showing up on the Samish Flats.
Another good bird today was a big, pale, pink-legged gull at Big Indian Slough. I think this was the same gull I'd seen a couple of miles north of there a few days ago. This bird looks a lot like a juvenile Glaucous Gull. Its bill was dirty, as the gulls in the flock were foraging in brown mud. It didn't seem to have a bicolored bill, so maybe it was, as has been suggested to me, a Glaucous Gull X Glaucous-winged Gull hybrid.
Other good gulls today included an adult Western Gull on Field Road, for the second day in a row, and an adult Herring Gull on Darcy Road. 
I spoke with a few other birders today, and we all agreed that 2020 has been underwhelming so far, as far as rarities in Western Washington goes. Samish Island Public Beach had small numbers of water birds, including zero Horned Grebes. March Point also had small numbers of water birds, as it has each time I have visited lately. Maybe things will pick up.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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