Kennedy Creek Estuary, Mason County, Wash.

Douglas Canning dcanning at nisquallyestuary.org
Sat Aug 18 18:02:38 PDT 2001


Date: August 18, 2001
Location: Kennedy Creek Estuary, Mason County, Washington

Temperature: 24 degrees celsius
Wind direction: W 
Prevailing wind speed: 1-5 km/h gusting to: 6-11 km/h 
Percentage of sky covered by clouds: 90% 
Precipitation: none

Here observing between 1525 and 1700 while the tide rose from 6.7' to
12.5' as predicted for the Burns Point gage. The gulls and terns were
more mobile today than usual, frequently moving between Kennedy Creek
estuary, inner Oyster Bay, and Schneider Creek estuary. The gull and 
tern census numbers represent the maximum number counted for a 
species.

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Double-crested Cormorant            1
Great Blue Heron                    1 [1] 
Mallard                            45 [2] 
Semipalmated Plover                 3 [3] 
Killdeer                            2 [4] 
Greater Yellowlegs                  2
Least Sandpiper                    35
Dunlin                              3 [5] 
Bonaparte's Gull                  190 [6] 
Ring-billed Gull                  260
Caspian Tern                       35
American Crow                      33 [7] 

Footnotes:

[1]  Flushed to Schneider Creek estuary.
[2]  Flushed to Schneider Creek estuary.
[3]  2 juveniles, 1 adult, feeding on mud flats.
[4]  Feeding on tide flats; retreated to high salt marsh on rising of
     tide.
[5]  Winter plumage.
[6]  10% in late breeding plumage; remainder in winter plumage.
[7]  Foraging on tide flats at mouth of estuary.

Total number of species seen: 12

This report archived at http://birdnotes.net


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Douglas Canning
Olympia, Washington
dcanning at nisquallyestuary.org
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