[Tweeters] Smith Island and Puget Sound Express

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Thu May 27 15:21:41 PDT 2021

Alex says the all day trips from Port Townsend to Friday Harbor usually go
by Smith Island. You can also call and request to be on a boat with Alex
Patia as one of the naturalists and mention the puffins.

On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 2:57 PM Mary Saylor <drizzle at pottersaylor.com>

> Steve, thanks for the info about Puget Sound Express. Looking into it, I

> see that they have quite a few bird-oriented trips on their calendar from a

> three-day San Juan trip to an afternoon puffin trip to Protection Island.

> I’ve heard of the Tufted Puffin trips before but hadn’t made the connection

> to the company and these other sightings. I have to get out onto one of

> those Protection Island day trips.


> And yes, a seawatch from the appropriate spot can be very worthwhile. I’ve

> been amazed by all the birds that the early-morning Discovery Park birders

> have turned up lately— everything from pelicans to jaegers.


> Mary Saylor

> Issaquah



> > On May 27, 2021, at 12:29 PM, Steve Hampton <stevechampton at gmail.com>

> wrote:

> >

> > My understanding is that Alex is making his observations from Puget

> Sound Express boats out of Port Townsend, where he serves as a guide. These

> trips prioritize whales but some vessels seem to visit Smith Island several

> times each week. Recent observations from the Smith area also include Brown

> Booby and Sabine’s Gull.

> >

> > They’ve also seen Parasitic Jaeger deep in the Sound near Seattle. I had

> one fly past me at Pt Wilson, Port Townsend, the other day. There’s no

> telling what a “sea watch” from a promontory might produce!

> >

> > Good birding,

> >

> >

> >



Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA
*Qatay, S'Klallam territory*
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