[Tweeters] Redpolls at Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
PENNY & DAVID KOYAMA
plkoyama at comcast.net
Sun Feb 13 13:29:24 PST 2022
On a sunny morning I headed to Juanita Bay Park, and was surprised to see Mordor-like fog approaching the area from Bothell. I left my scope in the car, figuring it'd be useless. There were many birds to be heard, and ducks close to the east platform. The fog began to lift at about 11, by which time I was heading out to the causeway that parallels the road in hopes of seeing Common Redpolls, none of which were seen or heard around the platforms. Sure enough, I heard them chattering on the east side of the causeway and could make out red on the heads and black on the chin. When I briefly played their call, the flock quickly moved close enough for good binocular views. There must have been 15-20 redpolls, and, as usual, they were feeding on catkins in the alder. A dozen Wilson's Snipe were also seen, 9 at the far end of the causeway and 3 at the edge of the lake, very close to the west platform. It turned out to be a great morning, in spite of the outset's thickest fog!
I've ever seen.
Penny Koyama, Bothell
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