Date: 8/7/17 8:18 am From: Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...> Subject: [Tweeters] American Redstart at Bottle Beach
Good morning Tweeters,
I went tot he coast yesterday (Sunday) with Dave and Sherry Hayden and Jim Pruske to attend Ruth and Patrick Sullivan's memorial service at Bottle Beach, which began at 11:00am. While there, many of us attempted to located the A. Redstart that was reported by Bill Shelmerdine the day before. A few birders heard it chipping, but it didn't make an appearance by the time we left sometime after noon. After birding the coast for a few hours, we stopped back around 4:00pm. We attempted to locate it for perhaps 15 minutes and were just about to give up, when it began to actively chip in the willow tunnel near Ruth and Patrick's bench, just where Bill had seen it. It stayed in the dense willow growth, but popped into view several times, allowing us to take a few identifiable photos. Sherry also took a photo of Dave, Jim, and I leaning around the Sullivan's bench, staring intently into the trees looking at it. If it wasn't for the memorial, we wouldn't have traveled to the coast to see this bird. One more very nice bird for me thanks to the Sullivans.