Date: 7/31/17 4:25 pm
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Birding

Yesterday (7.30.17) I birded Fir Island in Skagit County. My first stop was the Game Range (aka Wylie Slough). A pair of BULLOCK'S ORIOLES was very vocal near the photo blind closest to the parking lot. Shorebirds included LEAST (a few), WESTERN (40 +) and SEMIPALMATED (1 juv) SANDPIPERS. There were probably at least 10 adult GREATER YELLOWLEGS and one juvenile LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A PEREGRINE FALCON made a brief visit.


A MERLIN perched close by.
Later, while sitting in the cool blind out of the sun, the Merlin put on a show with repeated visits in search of dragonflies, at one point nearly flying into the blind.

While taking a video of a perched GREEN HERON (1 OF 2 SEEN), the bird began to stalk prey. Instead of the less than 30 second videos I like to take, this one is 10.5 minutes, from stalking, to catching, to swallowing. I trimmed it. The stalking and catching may be seen at:

The last minute of the multi-minute preparation for consumption may be seen at

While I was taking video of the Green Heron a MINK scurried across the mud, exciting the shorebirds.

In addition to (or instead of...) the above videos, images may be viewed at:

I also visited the Hayton Preserve. Peeps were throughout the vegetation, probably in the hundreds. There was also a handful of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA

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