Date: 11/12/17 11:09 am From: Brad Waggoner <wagtail24...> Subject: [Tweeters] Friday and Saturday Neah Bay Highlights
Though the darn Zone-tailed Hawk didn't stick around until the end of the week, there was plenty of very fine bird sightings in the Neah Bay area to more than make up for the no-show hawk.
As Michael Hobbs previously reported on Friday, the SKYLARK and an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW were being seen on that day until the late afternoon. To my knowledge, both were not found yesterday.
On Friday, Ken Lane and Casey McHugh found a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH near the car dump yard at the west end of town. Though I did not hear of any reports of this bird from yesterday, it easily could be in the area given the habitat and their tendency to stick around once noted in November.
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and goodly numbers of Red Crossbills were easily noted in the Hobuck Beach area on both days frequenting the abundant spruce cone crop. White-wings were also noted in very good numbers further south in the Tsoo-Yess beach area. It seems quite clear that an irruption event is in full swing so checking the spruce forests all along our Washington coast would likely pay off. Common Redpolls were also noted in the Neah Bay area though I was not able to stumble upon any.
A lone BOHEMIAN WAXWING, noted initially by Ryan Merrill near Butler's Motel, flew around the town a bit before arriving back near Butler's Motel a few moments later allowing a handful of birders to view it.
Penny Rose and her WOS field trip crew found a DICKCISSEL just north of the entrance office building of the Hobuck Beach Campground area. It was hanging around with a flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows and it was observed by other birders later in the early afternoon.
Charlie Wright, Ryan Merrill and I were fortunate to witness a GYRFALCON fly quite near us in the Tsoo-Yess Beach area during mid-morning. It continued on south up the valley.
I think that catches the list of major highlights over the last two days up in Neah Bay.