[Tweeters] Fir Island birding 5.25.22

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Thu May 26 05:52:26 PDT 2022

Yesterday (5.25.22) the AMERICAN AVOCET, 5 RED KNOTS and the RUDDY TURNSTONE continued at Hayton Reserve on Fir Island (Skagit County). There were also small numbers of LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPERS. In the afternoon, an immature PEREGRINE FALCON flushed the lot of them, leaving only the Avocet and a Black-bellied Plover as far as I could tell. The Avocet barely missed being taken by the falcon. I drove the short distance to Jensen Access and after a bit of looking I saw 16 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and the RUDDY TURNSTONE in the vegetation. They were joined by 6 WHIMBRELS. After about an hour, with the aforementioned birds still at Jensen, I returned to Hayton. The Avocet remained, and beside it were the 5 RED KNOTS, having returned from wherever they had been.

Other birds included singing SWAINSON THRUSH, singing WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 7 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER at the Game Range (Wylie Slough).

In Stanwood, north of the park at the north edge of town were 2 TRUMPETER SWANS.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
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