[Tweeters] Edmonds Roundup - May 2021

Carol Riddell cariddellwa at gmail.com
Fri Jun 11 17:53:26 PDT 2021

Hi Tweeters,

Migration seemed thin this year. These are the May birds that we have added to the Edmonds year list.

Semipalmated Plover (code 3) Marsh 5-4

Swainson’s Thrush (code 2) Yost Park 5-8

Olive-sided Flycatcher (code 3) Chase Lake 5-9

Long-billed Dowitcher (code 3) Marsh 5-10

Hammond’s Flycatcher (code 2) Yost Park 5-10

Black-headed Grosbeak (code 2) Yost Park 5-10

Northern Pintail (code 3) Marsh 5-16

Western Wood-Pewee (code 2) Yost/Pine Ridge Parks 5-16

Blue-winged Teal (code 3) Marsh 5-22

Vaux’s Swift (code 3) Marsh 5-26

Wilson’s Phalarope (code 4) Marsh 5-26

Western Kingbird (code 4) Marsh 5-30

Interesting additional year observations: A Great Horned Owl was heard calling in a neighborhood near Southwest County Park late morning on May 2 and then several days later from the Seaview neighborhood. A Whimbrel was foraging in the grass near the Boys and Girls Club building at Civic Field on May 5. A second Turkey Vulture of the year was circling over the Pine Ridge neighborhood on May 30.

Late reports: Our first Red-naped Sapsucker was reported in mid-April at a private residence about a mile north of Yost Park. It is the 277th species that we have documented in Edmonds. It is in the eBird public data with photos. A Nashville Warbler (code 4) was seen (and well described) in a yard in the Edmonds Lake Ballinger neighborhood on April 21.

Big misses: We are surprised to not have a credible sighting of an American Coot or sightings of Cinnamon Teal and Eurasian Wigeon. There will still be opportunities before the end of the calendar year to get the coot and the wigeon. We are probably not going to see a Cinnamon Teal in Edmonds this year since we haven’t had one by now.

We ended May with 159 species on our 2021 year list. We have omitted two species that were noted in two eBird checklists with no description or photograph by birders we don’t know. These were single person sightings. One was a code 2 species and the other was a code 5. They are species on the county basic checklist but as birds are not evenly distributed within their range, they are uncommon or rare for our specific locale. I am always grateful to those of you who share your Edmonds sightings with me. It helps us keep an accurate track of our year birds and our rare birds. Thank you! If you would like a copy of our 2021 city checklist, please request it at checklistedmonds at gmail.com <mailto:checklistedmonds at gmail.com>.

Good birding,

Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA

Abundance codes: (1) Common, (2) Uncommon, (3) Harder to find, usually seen annually, (4) Rare, 5+ records, (5) Fewer than 5 records
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