[Tweeters] Slaty-backed Gull and Burrowing Owl in Renton King Co- Sat 10/23/21

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 23 19:29:33 PDT 2021

Hi all -
A group of birders gathered to look for the Slaty-backed Gull at the mouth of the Cedar River this afternoon - After a couple hours, Sam Fason reported the Slaty-backed just before 5:00, from over at Gene Coulon - About 10 of us started to leave the park, when Henry Lehman waved us over on the way out - he’d spotted a Burrowing Owl from the car.
See John P’s eBird for coordinates - roughly: n of the bathrooms, where the road is still 2-way, it was near a tree trunk on the right, in one of the manicured patches around a trunk. I stopped back at 6:30 and it was still there, starting to move around on the ground.

The crew of us headed to Gene Coulon where we got distant not very good looks at the Slaty-backed in the late afternoon/evening light - good enough to count, and it even gave us one look at the spread wing pattern —

Weirdest of all, 2nd Renton Burrowing Owl for Steve Pink & I !

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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