Date: 2/10/18 10:25 pm From: Louis Kreemer <lpkreemer...> Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit area Birding
Paul Baerny, Alexander Sowers, Sam Shultz and I had a great day birding the flats and surrounding area. Here's a quick non-taxonomical overview of the days highlights:
Redhead - Cranberry Lake Many Iceland (Thayer's) Gulls (at least 18) at West Beach in Deception Pass Black Turnstones, Surfbird, Black Oystercatcher at Rosario Head 24! Marbled Murrelets off Maple Grove on Camano Island, good looks Townsend's Solitaire continues, also at Maple Grove Wild Turkey going up to roost on Camano A quite light Merlin near Eide Road that Alex IDed as Prairie subspecies, looking at photos I'm inclined to agree. My first time seeing one that far away from the forest 4 Peregrines throughout the day 7 Rough-legged Hawks around West 90 The continuing Black Phoebe was easy to find at Wiley Slough and provided great looks. Barn, Barred and Great-horned Owl were found in the evening.
A Snow Goose flock of about 10,000 strong was feeding right next to the road, while we watched, they flushed and flew right by us, always wonderful to observe. We couldn't find what flushed them, and they soon returned.
A great day, with 99 species, we couldn't find that last one for one hundred. Next time!