[Tweeters] Black-Billed Magpie

Lynn Wohlers wohlers13 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 15 08:39:08 PST 2021

Joan, a Black-billed Magpie was being seen on Fidalgo last year. I heard
about it and went to find it on Oct. 1st when it was at the Skyline Marina,
which isn't far from Rosario Beach. I wonder if it's the same bird. I don't
see a local sighting after Oct 2nd but maybe I'm missing something, or
maybe it wasn't reported for a few months.



On Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 6:34 PM Joan Bird <jbird202 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Joanne Weldon and I included Rosario Head on our Skagit County birding

> route today in the hope that the Yellow-billed Loon might make an

> appearance. As we stepped out into the open at the bay (just past the

> parking lot and lawn area) we were startled by a very loud bird

> vocalization. We immediately looked up "when what to my wondering eyes

> should appear" but a Black-billed Magpie flying about 50' up and 50' out, a

> large and vivid black and white bird with a very long tail, flying

> southward. It proceeded across the bay and then up and over Rosario Head,

> vocalizing as it disappeared from sight. A quick trip up to the top of

> Rosario Head did not give us another sighting. No Yellow-billed Loon for

> us today, but the Magpie at a beach in Western Wash. on a brilliantly

> clear and sunny day put a big smile on our faces and was certainly our bird

> of the day. Perhaps it was blown off course by the recent storms?


> Joan Bird

> Bellingham

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