[Tweeters] Edmonds Roundup - April 2021

Carol Riddell cariddellwa at gmail.com
Sun May 2 18:08:23 PDT 2021

Hi Tweets,

April is always a big month for new species. Last year I reported April’s birds by abundance code. This year I am offering them up by date so that those interested can quickly see the earliest date in Edmonds of an April arrival.

April 1: Violet-green Swallow (code 1) at Edmonds marsh.

April 2: Savannah Sparrow (code 2) at Water Street; Peregrine Falcon (code 3) at Water Street.

April 3: Barn Swallow (code 1) at Edmonds marsh.

April 6: Turkey Vulture (code 3) in the Pine Ridge neighborhood.

April 8: Greater Scaup (code 2) on the waterfront.

April 10: American Kestrel (code 4) in the Westgate neighborhood.

April 11: Northern Rough-winged Swallow (code 3), Common Yellowthroat (code 3), both at Edmonds marsh.

April 14: Brown-headed Cowbird (code 2), American Pipit (code 3), both at Edmonds marsh.

April 16: Least Sandpiper (code 1) at Edmonds marsh, Black-throated Gray Warbler (code 2) at Yost Park, Snow Goose (code 3) at Pine Ridge Park (an overflight).

April 18: Black Oystercatcher (code 4) on the waterfront.

April 20: Lesser Yellowlegs (code 4) at Edmonds marsh, Chipping Sparrow (code 4) in the Edmonds Lake Ballinger neighborhood, Franklin’s Gull (code 4) and Long-tailed Duck (code 3) on the waterfront.

April 22: Spotted Sandpiper (code 3) at Edmonds marsh, Warbling Vireo (code 2) at Chase Lake.

April 23: Western Sandpiper (code 1) at Edmonds marsh.

April 25: Whimbrel (code 3) on the waterfront.

April 28: American White Pelican (code 4), Edmonds overflight, Yellow Warbler (code 2) at Yost Park.

April 29: Pacific-slope Flycatcher (code 2) and Wilson’s Warbler (code 1) in Yost Park.

April 30: Western Meadowlark (code 3) at Edmonds marsh, Yellow-headed Blackbird (code 3) at Marina Beach.

Interesting additional sightings: A pair of California Quails were seen along 100th Ave W, between the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Elm Way on 4-22. This is in the vicinity of a report of this species about this time last year. There was a skein of Snow Geese heading north over the Sound on April 19th.

There were two separate eBird reports of Ring-billed Gull on the waterfront. Neither had a photo or a description of field marks observed so we continue to leave this very uncommon Edmonds species off of our year list. If you think you are seeing a Ring-billed Gull in Edmonds and you use eBird, please describe the field marks specific enough to distinguish it from an immature Mew or California Gull or get a photo. Either would be so helpful.

We have 144 species on our 2021 year list as of April 30. 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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