[Tweeters] Clallam rarities: Tropical Kingbird corrected to
stevechampton at gmail.com
Fri Sep 10 21:50:16 PDT 2021
Correction on the kingbird. Comments by Ryan Merrill suggested the bill
looked long and the tail looked forked due to molting head and tail-- and
the fact that the bird was definitely molting (the head was obviously
bedraggled) would be unusual for Tropical, as most Tropicals up here are
We've just blown up and lightened our one flight pic (terrible angle and
all in poor foggy conditions) and it clearly shows a contrasting black tail
with a white edge (pic just added to ebird at
So it's a late heavily molting WESTERN KINGBIRD. According to BNA, most
Western Kingbirds apparently migrate to the Mexican monsoon region for
molting in September.
all for now,
On Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 7:33 AM Steve Hampton <stevechampton at gmail.com>
> Alex Patia and I did a tour of Clallam County spots after our pelagic trip
> was cancelled due to tight seas. With Neah Bay still closed due to Covid,
> we focused elsewhere. The terrestrial birding turned out to be excellent!
> *La Push*
> TROPICAL KINGBIRD morning of Sept 8
> (photos and details at https://ebird.org/checklist/S94394266)
> Shorebirds there included six MARBLED GODWIT, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (both
> mornings), and WHIMBREL.
> Two PAC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS were still present on the trail to Third Beach
> on Sept 9, and BLACK-THR GRAY WARBLERS were seen at two places.
> *Clallam Bay*
> RED-SHOULDERED HAWK midday on Sept 9
> (photo and details at https://ebird.org/checklist/S94431981)
> *West Twin River Mouth*
> RUDDY TURNSTONE
> (photos at https://ebird.org/checklist/S94431928)
> *Ediz Hook*
> RED KNOT on Sept 7 in the evening (photos at
> PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER and two MARBLED GODWITS on Sept 9 in evening, found
> by Marcus Roening (photos and pics at
> good birding,
> Steve Hampton
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