[Tweeters] Tukwila & Renton birding

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Tue Sep 21 07:20:53 PDT 2021

Sept 19th there was a CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAY along the short stretch of S 124th St in Allentown (Tukwila), near the Tukwila Community Center. Yesterday (9.20.21) there were 2 together at the same location.

Yesterday at the Cedar River Mouth in Renton, there was no swallow to be found. In previous days there had been VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS in numbers and a few BARN SWALLOWS. Yesterday there were none. Yesterday the park held many YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and at least one YELLOW WARBLER. Just before the storm on the 18th, there were YELLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED & BLACK-THROATED GREY WARBLERS as well. Also on the 18th before the storm was a flock of 20-25 juv and adult CEDAR WAXWINGS.

Back to yesterday (9.20.21) at Cedar River Mouth, there was a lone WILLOW FLYCATCHER. Also a COMMON LOON out on the lake. ICELAND GULLS (THAYER'S) have returned. There were at least 8 adults at CRM yesterday. There was a gull that looked very much like an adult HERRING GULL. The primaries weren't as black as I would have liked and the back was perhaps a bit darker gray than usual, so perhaps it's not pure, if there is such a thing. An OSPREY remains and the adult female PEREGRINE FALCON was perched on the stairway on the wall of the Boeing plant. Look very carefully for this bird. It crouches on the floor of the platform.

As for shorebirds, there were 3 LEAST SANDPIPERS. In recent days there have also been a few WESTERNS.

Directions to the Renton Cedar River Mouth are in A Birder's Guide to Washington , which is also on the WOS web site.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com
For every feather, preen, preen, preen, there is a reason.

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