[Tweeters] Census Count: Stilliguamish Delta, Snohomish County, Washington on December 05, 2007

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This report was mailed for Wayne Weber by http://birdnotes.net

Date: December 5, 2007

Location: Stilliguamish Delta, Snohomish County, Washington

Low temperature: 40 degrees fahrenheit High temperature: 42 degrees fahrenheit

Wind direction: Variable

Prevailing wind speed: 6-11 km/h

Percentage of sky covered by clouds: 50%

Precipitation: none

The following birds were seen by Wayne Weber on the Stillaguamish

River delta, Snohomish County, WA, mostly along Boe Road and in Port

Susan Bay. Observations were made from about 12:30 to 2:00 PM on

December 5, 2007.

The RUFF, present along Boe Road since December 1, was studied well

at close range (no more than 100 feet, at times) through a spotting

scope. A very good bird for December!

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Snow Goose 5000 [1]

Trumpeter Swan 40

Gadwall 15

American Wigeon 300

Mallard 40

Northern Shoveler 6

Northern Pintail 100

Green-Winged Teal 15

Bufflehead 2

Ruddy Duck 4

Great Blue Heron 2

Red-tailed Hawk 4

Peregrine Falcon 1 [2]

American Coot 10

Black-bellied Plover 150

Killdeer 50

Dunlin 3000

Ruff 1 [3]

Mew Gull 100

Ring-billed Gull 10

Glaucous-winged Gull 250

Short-eared Owl 1 [4]

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 4

Pileated Woodpecker 1 [5]

Steller's Jay 1

American Crow 30

Common Raven 1

Marsh Wren 1

European Starling 80

Spotted Towhee 2

Fox Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 4

Golden-crowned Sparrow 2

Red-winged Blackbird 6

Brewer's Blackbird 50

American Goldfinch 12


[1] Snow Geese-- mainly in the marsh; hunters along Boe Road

[2] Peregrine Falcon-- perched on stump in Port Susan Bay

[3] RUFF-- female (Reeve) actively feeding in field N of Boe Road

with flock of Killdeer. Seen at less than 100 feet; field marks

noted included buffy breast, whitish abdomen, greenish-gray

legs, rather long neck, medium-le4ngth black bill which was

slightly decurved

[4] Short-eared Owl-- circling over dyke N of Boe Road

[5] Pileated Woodpecker-- heard calling in hamlet of Florence

Total number of species seen: 37

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