Date: 3/9/17 1:54 pm From: Ed Swan <Edswan2...> Subject: [Tweeters] 64 species for WOS Vashon Island field trip yesterday
The WOS field trip to Vashon Island yesterday did fairly well with 64 species being found and while it was pretty cold, a light rain didn't set in until about noon.
Eurasian Wigeon (female) Raab's Lagoon, nice to see the female which often don't stand out so clearly
Harlequin Duck Luanna Beach road
Red-throated Loon several out in Quartermaster Harbor
Pied-billed Grebe in Quartermaster Harbor at Dockton, don't see them on saltwater very often
Eared Grebe several in both Quartermaster Harbor and Tramp Harbor
Brandt's Cormorant 80-100 in groups of 20-40 around Quartermaster Harbor. There was a large group as deep in to Quartermaster Harbor as between Raab's Lagoon and Jensen Pt., the farthest into the Quartermaster that I've ever seen Brandt's. Also, this is the largest total number I have ever seen for Vashon. Many were in breeding plumage with white plumes down the head and even in yesterday's cloudy weather, flashes of bright blue from by the bill
(Pelagic Cormorant) I saw this on my own at the Vashon dock, the group didn't go there. All three cormorant species were on the pilings in breeding plumage.
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk pair perched together at Monument
Virginia Rail Monument Rd, none replied at Fisher Pond
Spotted Sandpiper Ellisport
Greater Yellowlegs Raab's Lagoon
Hutton's Vireo calling repetitively at Fisher Pond
Common Raven seen at many locations, amazingly only 3-4 at Matsuda Preserve
Black-capped Chickadee using spring call, birds at Raab's Lagoon using a four note version that I haven't heard before
Ruby-crowned Kinglet singing
Cedar Waxwing feeding on a Hawthorne tree a block north of the senior center, unfortunately couldn't find a Bohemian mixed in
Yellow-rumped Warbler Northilla/Manzanita, unfortunately dipped on Black Scoter and Pacific Loon often found here but found this consolation prize
Lincoln's Sparrow 4 at Monument Road. The most cooperative Lincoln Sparrows ever. Second time I've been to visit these birds and had them perch still for minutes at a time for scope views. Beautiful birds.
White-crowned Sparrow 2 first year birds at Monument Road, singing
Red-winged Blackbird chased off one of the Red-tails at Monument Rd
American Goldfinch several at Joe Van Os' feeders along Luanna Beach road, just starting to turn yellow
We had several surprising misses: the kestrels at Wax Orchard were apparently perched under cover to avoid the rain showers starting, the Eurasian Collared-Doves in Vashon town were likewise out of sight and the Wood Ducks and Wilson's Snipe don't appear to have returned yet to Fisher Pond after the pond being repeatedly frozen over this winter.
A good map with descriptions and directions for bird hot spots on Vashon Island is at the Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society website: http://vashonaudubon.org/birding.html. These location descriptions come from my book on the birds of Vashon Island.