[Tweeters] Skagit & Whidbey 5 Sep 2021

B P Bell bellasoc at isomedia.com
Sun Sep 5 18:11:54 PDT 2021

Hi Ho Tweets

Made my way north early today toward Whidbey. The usual Rock Pigeon on the
light pole at the LaConner turnoff. A quick stop at Wylie Rd Game Range had
no birds. At Fir Island Preserve (Hayton) there was a distant Peregrine
Falcon, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Barn Swallow, Killdeer, a
bunch of American Goldfinch, Northern Harrier, Mallard, Gadwall, American
Robin, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Brewer's Blackbird and Eurasian
Collared-Dove. On Downey Rd. I picked up much of the same plus Northern
Pintail, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs and Bairds Sandpiper.

On to Whidbey - at Rosario Beach I had 9 Turkey Vultures perched on one of
the rocky islands, a single Black Oystercatcher on another (the area they
are usually seen on the north side was crowded with people tide-pooling),
California and Ring-billed Gull and Belted Kingfisher. At Deception Pass
S.P. West Beach a distant flock of gulls included a Western Gull. Cornet Bay
added Osprey and Purple Martin (heard).

Dugualla Bay had many of the same ducks plus Northern Shoveler, Common
Raven, Greater Yellowlegs (several) and the Black-necked Stilt was still
there as of 11 AM. The Oak Harbor Marina had it usual flock of Black
Turnstones and at least two Surfbirds. I picked up some lunch in Oak Harbor
and went out to Bos Lake. Had a perched Northern Harrier (imm. or female),
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs ( nice comparison) finally the Ruff (glad it
stuck around - a County Bird). At the Hastie Lake Rd. access there was a
Common Loon, a bunch of gulls, three or four Black Oystercatchers, Harlequin
Duck, Horned Grebe, Bufflehead and a flock of Dunlin flew by.

At Keystone (now called Coupeville Ferry Terminal) there were all three
Cormorants (Double-crested, Pelagic, and Brandt's) and a single Pigeon
Guillemot. Across the road Crockett Lake had gulls (distant), Dunlin,
Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semi-Palmated Plover.

Deer Lagoon was unusally slow, but there were gulls, Osprey, Caspian Tern,
Great Blue Heron, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail and American White

Headed for home - a nice (if slow) day with 48 species including 13 species
of shorebirds.

Good Birding!

Brian H. Bell

Woodinville WA

mail to bellasoc at isomedia.com

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