[Tweeters] Ancient Murrelet in Central Puget Sound

Brad Waggoner wagtail at sounddsl.com
Sat Jul 16 12:54:01 PDT 2005

Hello Tweets,

 I was out in my boat this morning  and I came across a lone adult Ancient 
Murrelet about 1/2 mile northeast of  Vashon Island. . I was really quite 
amazed to see this particular alcid species at this time of year. A quick 
look at Birds of Washington listed a July 18, 1993 record for Whidbey 
Island. Add it to the list of ocean birds that seem to be "out-of place" 
this summer.

Red-necked Phalaropes have returned to the Sound as there were about 20 off 
of Restoration Point, Bainbridge Island and another dozen near Vashon 
Island.  Black Turnstones (105) and Surfbirds (24) have returned to Blakely 
Rock off of Bainbridge Island. A lone Short-billed Dowitcher and an 
alternate plumage Sanderling on the "rock" were also interesting. Bainbridge 
Island is not really the "shorebird hotspot",  but with a highlight adult 
Semipalmated Sandpiper seen on Wednesday, I am up to 10 species of 
shorebirds for the week!

The visiting relatives from Illinois were a little disappointed with the 
dismal salmon fishing, but at least I was able to see some interesting 

Brad Waggoner
Bainbridge Island, WA
mailto:wagtail at sounddsl.com 

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