Hello Tweets, The weather conditions yesterday looked like some of the best I've ever seen for bringing pelagic birds into Puget Sound with 40+mph winds blowing from the west down the strait all day and most of the Monday night. I arrived at Edmonds this morning at sunrise and found Mark Walton already there. Several other birders joined us throughout the morning.
Highlights: Short-Tailed Shearwater - At least two seen during the morning. Tubenose Sp. - Seen early. Probable Northern Fulmar by flight style, but the light was too poor to say confidently. Red Phalarope - Spotted by David Poortinga on the water fairly close to the pier where it fed for several minutes. Cassin's Auklet - Seen distantly only by me distantly flying south and then landing. Short-Eared Owl - Flying south out in the middle of Puget Sound. I know these have been seen migrating over the sound before so I was thrilled to finally see it in action. Surfbirds - Continued on the breakwater. I only saw 4, but others had more.