Rolan Nelson rnbuffle at
Sun Feb 10 16:17:13 PST 2002

Greetings Tweeters!

Well, I came up with a goose egg today on my one-man
quest for the Raymond Emperor Goose, but not for lack
of trying. I was up and out of Kitsap County by 5:30
AM and pulled into Raymond at sunrise. (That's 7:20
for those of you who slept in) I searched the flats
west of town on SR 105 for about an hour and a half,
then decided to try my luck at Tokeland. Returned to
Raymond for another hour, then hit Brady Loop on the
way home. Weather was great until a mist turned into
a shower at Brady around 12:30.
On the up side, you never come home empty-handed from
a birding trip. I spotted 40 species (all the usual
suspects) and had a couple of highlights. One was
watching 15 or so determined Crows trying to drive off
an equally determined immature Bald Eagle. 10 minutes
of impressive aerial actobatics. At Brady I was
impressed to see 11 Tundra Swans, and 5! Eurasian
Wigeons all standing together in a group! I've never
seen that many together before. The Wigeons, I mean,
not the Swans. The Godwits are still at Tokeland in
Thanks to Patrick, Eric and Bruce for the directions.
That's it for now,

Good birding'

Rolan Nelson
Burley, WA
rnbuffle at

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