[Tweeters] migrant highlights up in n. Lake Stevens,
including Bullock's Oriole
scottratkinson at hotmail.com
Sun May 9 15:40:34 PDT 2021
This year certainly hasn't made the big "splash" that late April-early May 2020 did, but today I found 51 species along the 2.4-mile walking route here at Tiny's Land in northmost Lake Stevens. The big surprises were two Bullock's Orioles (only our third encounter in 25 years here) and a roost of Turkey Vultures, right along 84th Street NE, the roost also being a first for the route. Several FOS-FOYs showed up on-time in the last few days, like W. Wood-Pewee, Swainson's Thrush, W. Tanager, and Black-headed Grosbeak.
That said, despite good species diversity, numbers of neotropicals seem rather low thus far, and I've heard this from a couple other observers, too. Perhaps south of us another wave of migrants is coming, but it seemed oddly quiet at times along the walking route...I found myself wondering about mortality from last year's smoky-air event...Rufous Hummingbirds have been decidedly rarer this spring (had one today and just two in March).
Full EBird list with vulture shots: eBird Checklist - 9 May 2021 - 13704 84th Street NE, Tiny's Lane, Lake Stevens, WA 98258 - 51 species (+3 other taxa)<https://ebird.org/checklist/S87665720>.
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