[Tweeters] fun seabird watching Skagit

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 17 17:32:14 PDT 2021

Dear Tweeters,
Today, the seventeenth of September, Mike Nelson and I tried in vain to relocate the Horned Larks that have been seen in Anacortes (Skyline) and at Rosario Head. We did have a close encounter with a Parasitic Jaeger at Skyline. It even landed on the beach for a while, in a near gale.
At Rosario Head, our rarest bird was a Bonaparte's Gull, which species has been devilishly hard to find in Skagit this year.
However, we were treated to a spectacle of at least 150 Common Murres and 400 Heermann's Gulls, all foraging within only a few hundred meters of shore. It was quite impressive.
We did not see much at Washington Park. FYI, there will be a running race there this weekend, so it might not be a great place for birding.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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