Great-tailed Grackle in Samish Flats area

Scott Atkinson scottratkinson at
Mon Mar 11 08:48:40 PST 2002

I yesterday checked this area, and also the Wilbur Ellis feedlot at the
intersection of Rt 20 and Bayview, which is also on the north side of 20.
No luck but then blackbird-starling numbers were not great around the sites,
I bet on a day with operations and loading that numbers would be way up.

I did have two BARN SWALLOWS among several Violet-greens and Trees at a
small pond near a fertilizer plant just north of RT 20 along Farm-to-Market

Scott Atkinson
Lake Stevens
email: scottratkinson at

>From: Paul Moorehead <pjm at>

>Reply-To: pjm at


>Subject: Re: Great-tailed Grackle in Samish Flats area

>Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002 08:09:40 -0800


>Thanks Denny,


>I think the location of the observation is east of the intersection of SR

>20 and Avon-Allen Road. The granary is probably the Draper Farms

>facility on 20. Could be interesting. Now if we could only give this guy

>a copy of the post on site/sight. :)



> > recent grackle sighting. Soon after leaving the duck area and

>heading east on

> > Route 20 from the Bayview Ave intersection to Rt I 5, I sighted

>a male

> > Great-tailed Grackle. The bird was on the N side of the road in

>the area

> > with the granary storage bins an estimated 1 to 2 miles east of

>the above

> > mentioned intersection. It was sitting on top a 30 foot high

>pole.This is

> > certainly an unusual sighting for the state and Skagit County.

>Being out of

> > state I really have no way to disseminate the sighting other

>than to pass it

> > on to you. (edited)




>Paul Moorehead

>Guemes WA

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