Date: 9/10/17 3:10 pm From: B&PBell <bellasoc...> Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Audubon trip to Whidbey Island 9 Sept 2017
Yesterday, Seattle Audubon took a trip up to Whidbey Island. The day started with broken clouds and cooler weather at Mukilteo and on the ferry. Even with not optimal conditions we had a good time and saw 78 species.
At Mukilteo we started out with GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.
The ferry provided us with the bird of the day - a LONG-TAILED JAEGER. The rest of the trip let us see CALIFORNIA GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, and SURF SCOTER. When we came off the ferry we stopped at the Clinton Beach Park at the base of the ferry dock. There we saw GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, SURF SCOTER, BONATPARTE'S GULL, EUROPEAN STARLING, HOUSE SPARROW, ROCK PIGEON, BELTED KINGFISHER, and AMERICAN ROBIN
We pushed on up the hill and made a stop at Deer Lake (the clouds were thickening) and saw CANADA GOOSE, OSPREY (at least 4), EUROPEAN STARLING, BROWN CREEPER, AMERICAN ROBIN, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, STELLER'S JAY, NORTHERN FLICKER, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
We made a stop at Rollinghill Rd. and saw or heard SONG SPARROW, BEWICK'S WREN, GREAT BLUE HERON, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HOUSE FINCH, AMERICAN CROW, and an unidentified warbler species (quite possibly Orange-crowned, but it did it's warbler thing and hid in the leaves and then disappeared).
Our next stop was at Maxwellton/Dave Mackie Park where we got our first rain of the day (and with a 5-10 mph breeze it was chilly) - we had BREWER'S BLACKBIRD and HOUSE FINCH on the way in and, MALLARD, OSPREY, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, BARN SWALLOW, RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON MURRE, WESTERN GREBE, KILLDEER, COMMON LOON (9 in a group), AMERICAN WIGEON, CALIFORNIA GULL, and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL on this south end of Useless Bay (also a Harbor Porpoise).
The So. Whidbey School District Outdoor Classroom is usually a good place to stop and it yielded GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN FLICKER, CHEST-BACKED CHICKADEE, AMERICAN ROBIN, DOWNY WOODPECKER, and SPOTTED TOWHEE.
We swung by the Ewing Rd. wetlands (only they weren't - because of the very dry year) - we did have RED-TAILED HAWK and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW just as we turned on Ewing Rd. The light rain continued (as it would for most of the day).
We drove down Sunlight Beach Rd to Deer Lagoon (east) - the tide was still quite high, but we did find KILLDEER, RING-BILLED GULL, EUROPEAN STARLING, GREAT BLUE HERON, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, BARN SWALLOW, AMERICAN CROW, and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (on Sunlight Beach Rd.).
Across from Useless Bay we walked out to the end of the public access (thanks to a local who told us about it) and ogled a large flock of WHITE PELICANS (at least 120), OSPREY, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, CASPIAN TERN, RING-BILLED GULL, CALIFORNIA GULL, GREAT BLUE HERON, CANADA GOOSE, and AMERICAN CROW.
Up the hill to Lincoln St. access to the Bay we saw or heard RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, BALD EAGLE (adult), VIRGINIA RAIL (two called), AMERICAN CROW, RING-BILLED GULL, BLACK SCOTER (3, a ways out but we did make them out), COMMON LOON, and OSPREY.
Many of us were getting hungry so we made a lunch stop at Holmes Harbor and saw AMERICAN CROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW during lunch.
When we arrived at Bush Point (still raining and breezy) it looked empty, but we managed to find GREAT BLUE HERON, HEERMANN'S GULL, ROCK PIGEON, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, and PIGEON GUILLEMOT. On the road up the hill we saw SONG SPARROW, HOUSE FINCH, and NORTHERN FLICKER.
On to Crockett Lake and at first there didn't seem to be much around but we did find GREAT BLUE HERON, MALLARD, DUNLIN (a bunch), BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE (a bit of a surprise), NORTHERN HARRIER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, WESTERN GULL, BALD EAGLE, CALIFORNIA GULL, BARN SWALLOW, KILLDEER, CASPIAN TERN, and AMERICAN WIGEON. Mixed in with the Dunlin were two dowitcher species who disappeared when the whole group flushed and didn't seem to come back with the group. Down the road to the Keystone ferry terminal where we saw all three cormorants - DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, PELAGIC CORMORANT, BRANDT'S CORMORANT. There was big group of HEERMANN'S GULLs on the jetty, but flushed and left, BALD EAGLE, GREAT BLUE HERON, and a distant but identifiable RHINOCEROS AUKLET.
Libby Beach gave us our first look at HARLEQUIN DUCK and also WESTERN GREBE, SURF SCOTER, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, and a pair of MARBLED MURRELETs.
At the Hastie Lake Rd. access point we got really excellent looks at a RED-THROATED LOON, and SURF SCOTER, HORNED GREBE, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, COMMON LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and HARLEQUIN DUCK.
Much the same at the Swantown overlook with HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, SURF SCOTER, and COMMON LOON. Across the road Bos Lake had some additional ducks including NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, RUDDY DUCK, and MALLARD, BARN SWALLOW, and GREEN-WINGED teal.
The Oak Harbor marina was really quiet with MALLARD, RING-BILLED GULL, CALIFORNIA GULL, GREAT BLUE HERON, AMERICAN CROW. The changes the marina made a year or so ago seems to resulted in the Black Turnstones and Surf Birds deciding to go elsewhere.
Out a Dike Rd./and the Dugualla Bay lake we picked up HOODED MERGANSER, TURKEY VULTURE, GREAT BLUE HERON, BARN SWALLOW, CANADA GOOSE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PIED-BILLED GREBE. COMMON GOLDENEYE, and RING-BILLED GULL.
As we took Dodge Valley Rd. on our way home we saw two additional birds DARK-EYED JUNCO, and CALIFORNIA QUAIL.
It was a good day (even with rain and wind and chill - the high temperature for the day got up to 61F), with a nice group of folks and a bunch of really nice birds.