[Tweeters] Whidbey Island Field Trip
paul.webster at comcast.net
Thu Nov 15 14:26:36 PST 2007
Barbara and I led a Seattle Audubon field trip to Whidbey Island on Wednesday, November 14. The forecast for deteriorating weather led us to begin at the island's north end, heading for the more sheltered middle part of the island as the day progressed. We had able help from two experienced participants that resulted in a trip list of 76 species. Highlights were excellent scope views of up to ten Long-tailed Ducks, and close-up views of Harlequin Ducks, Red-throated Loons, and Red-breasted Mergansers along the island's west side. We expected -- but missed -- Barrow's Goldeneye, Black Scoter, and Black Oystercatcher.
We began with brief stops at Swinomish Slough (almost as many hunters' decoys as genuine ducks) and Pass Lake. The Rosario Beach unit of Deception Pass State Park with its combination of habitats gave us 32 species. On Whidbey Island we visited Dugualla Bay, Joseph Whidbey State Park, Bos Lake, Libbey Beach County Park, Penn Cove, Keystone and Crockett Lake, and finally took a walk out to Deer Lagoon. We had only a couple of sprinkles before arriving back in Seattle about 5:30 p.m.
Great Blue Heron
Canvasback (30+ at Dugualla Bay)
Hooded Merganser (c. 40 total birds at Pass Lake and Crockett Lake)
Red-breasted Merganser (42 diving in the ferry slip at Keystone)
Cooper's Hawk (1 at Rosario Beach, 1 at Keystone)
Black-bellied Plover (30+ at Jos. Whidbey SP and Deer Lagoon)
Greater Yellowlegs (10 at Penn Cove and Deer Lagoon)
Sanderling (20+ at Deer Lagoon)
Heermann's Gull (1 on Keystone Jetty)
Ring-billed Gull (2 at Deer Lagoon)
American Herring Gull (1 on Keystone Jetty)
Bonaparte's Gull (2 at Keystone)
Mourning Dove (6 in Admirals subdivision near Crockett Lake)
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