[Tweeters] Edmonds Seawatch 12/3

Josh Adams xjoshx at gmail.com
Fri Dec 3 14:37:23 PST 2021

In the aftermath of yesterday's historic incursion of Northern Fulmar (and
a few Short-tailed Shearwater) into Puget Sound, several birders spent
their morning on the Edmonds pier hoping to catch more pelagic birds this
morning. Although there were some tubenoses seen numbers were a tiny
fraction of what was seen yesterday. Early in the morning a single Fulmar
was seen flying north and then back south. Late in the morning two
Short-Tailed Shearwaters flew north. In between several Fulmar/Shearwater
Sp. were seen very distantly.

Yesterday was truly an incredible experience. At one point a scan of the
water between Kingston and the south end of Whidbey Island revealed at
least a dozen Fulmar/Shearwaters arcing above the horizon with 5+ birds in
a single scope view. Hopefully they're making their way back to the open
ocean, but I suspect it may be possible to see them around Puget Sound in
small numbers over the weekend.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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