[Tweeters] Always Be Birding COVID-19 Vaccine Edition

Jeremy Schwartz jschwartz1124 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 22 06:29:38 PDT 2021

Hello Tweeters!

My wife and I were fortunate enough to schedule ourselves for the COVID
vaccine at the Evergreen State fairgrounds in Monroe yesterday (Wednesday).
The entire thing went as smooth as could be. The volunteers there were
super helpful, and the lines moved surprisingly quickly. We didn't even
have to get out of our car!

As part of the necessary after-vaccine waiting period, I managed to fit in
a little birding around the fairgrounds. I never strayed too far from a
well vegetated roadside ditch paralleling Highway 2.

In about 20 minutes, I ended up with seven species, not including what
looked like a small shorebird that I spooked out of a flooded area of the

The biggest surprise was a huge flock of Red Crossbills going to town on a
lodgepole pine! Their chattering first caught my ear as I walked underneath
the tree, and upon looking up I was just in time to see most of them fly
away. I did get great views of a single individual using its namesake bill
to pry seeds out of a cone. It was quite the sight!

Long story short: be birding everywhere if you can, as you never know what
you'll see!

Keep watching the skies, and the roadside ditches!

Lake Forest Park
jschwartz1124 AT gmail DOT com
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