Date: 1/30/18 8:05 pm
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Nice diversion from politics - Trip to Stilly, Skagit, Samish today
Sounds like a great day, Jon!

Instead of watching the temporary occupant of the WH this evening I went
owling. As usual, I didn’t find any owls but, frankly, that was less
stressful than listening to that guy’s nonsense.

Ann Marie

On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 7:55 PM Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>

> Hi Tweets –After trying in vain with Blair to find a Violet-green Swallow
> in the rain in Kent yesterday, I decided to take advantage of the break in
> the weather today and head north for a recon of the route of an SAS trip
> Sarah Peden and I are leading in a couple of weeks. North of Sylvana, I
> was pretty excited to find a White-throated Sparrow among the many
> Golden-crowned, Song, and White-crowned Sparrows at feeders near the east
> end of Norman Rd. Nothing too exciting at the Nature Conservancy Port
> Susan site but the reliable Lincoln’s Sparrows were present there in the
> blackberries. Thomlie Road also had no surprises but a juv. Cooper’s Hawk
> was watching over a large flock of starlings and misc. blackbirds and here,
> as elsewhere, Bald Eagles were hanging around their nests and some were
> bringing in materials to finish the trim. On to Eide Road, if only to see
> the Snow Buntings that have been very visible near the main parking area.
> Quite frankly, this ain’t the birding place it used to be before
> restoration, but worth the stop for the buntings and a gang of 9 Greater
> Yellowlegs along the approach road. From there, I went north from Stanwood
> to Conway, passing the Fisher Slough restoration site – a reliable location
> for close views of Ring-necked Ducks in the slough/canal along the road.
> At Wylie Slough, the Black Phoebe is (remarkably) still fly-catching from
> the same logs in the slough between the Wylie Sl. approach road and the
> west parking lot, where it was last year! On Fir Island, Trumpeter Swans
> were everywhere, and with close looks there were a few Tundras mixed in. I
> took a quick look through Dodge Valley but didn’t see any sign of the Great
> Egret that had been there a few weeks ago. On to the Samish Flats, there
> was nothing exceptional at the West 90: the usual Northern Harriers,
> Rough-legged Hawks, and a plethora of gulls. I stopped briefly at the East
> 90, where I found one of my real targets: a Short-eared Owl, hunting low
> over the fallow fields, but getting harassed briefly by a Harrier. Heading
> through Edison, I found my last target of the day – the town Merlin,
> sitting atop one of the tall evergreens in the center of town. I did a
> quick drive down Sunset Road and stopped at the “Blue Jay” place but did
> not see either of those standbys from that last 2 months. All in all - a
> great day with minimal rain and moderate sun! Happy birding!! [I hope you
> can be reading this to calm your soul, instead of thinking about the SOU
> diatribe (and Prez Tweet clapping for himself).] – Jon Houghton, Edmonds
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