[Tweeters] Jefferson County Rosy-Finch and Blue Jay

Gary Wiles wilesharkey at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 28 22:10:50 PST 2004

Hi Tweeters,

Tom Schooley led a Black Hills Audubon Society field trip to Jefferson
County today, with 74 species being recorded by our group of 8 people. 
Sites visited were Anderson Lake State Park, Port Hadlock, Oak Bay and
Indian Island County Parks, and Mystery Bay and Fort Flagler State Parks
on Marrowstone Island.  The most exciting and unexpected species of the
day was a single GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH seen at the old lighthouse (now a
USGS research station) at Marrowstone Point in Fort Flagler State Park. 
The bird was first seen when it flushed from near the water’s edge,
whereupon it flew a short distance into some shrubbery next to the back
lawn of the research station (which has white fence posts and cross
beams).  It perched there fully exposed for several minutes, giving
everyone plenty of time to get great scope looks at it.  This was at about
2:30 p.m.

The other good find of the day was the BLUE JAY in Port Hadlock.  After
15-20 minutes of fruitless searching near the previously reported
locations at 3rd and D and 3rd and Maple, we were quite lucky when another
birder drove by and told us that the jay had just been spotted a few
blocks away at a home on the NW corner of Cedar and E. Fitchburg.  We
hurriedly drove there and eventually found it coming to a house with
several feeders in the front yard.

Aside from lots of Pigeon Guillemots, the day was disappointing for
alcids, with small numbers of Common Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets seen,
but no Marbled Murrelets or Ancient Murrelets.

Gary Wiles
Olympia, WA
wilesharkey at yahoo.com

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