[Tweeters] Camano Island_Loggerhead Shrike (County First!) at English Boom

Mansfield, Tom tom.mansfield at klgates.com
Sun Mar 22 22:39:35 PDT 2009


Hey Tweets - Headed up to Camano Island today hoping to pump up my
Island County list without having any ferry lines. The best bird of the
day, and one that others in the area might want to chase, was what
appeared to be a Loggerhead Shrike at English Boom. It would be an
Island County first record for the species. (I have forwarded to the
county list recordkeepers a couple of poor images taken in the pouring
rain.) English Boom is an historic site at the end of Moore Road on the
island's northeast quadrant, just north of the airport. There is a nice
preserve/interpretive area overlooking Skagit Bay but it seems an
unusual spot for a Shrike, whether Loggerhead or Northern. Would be
great to have other local birders refind this bird for confirmation.

The Shrike had a fairly stubby bill, broad black mask, and white throat.
It kept diving after whatever was moving around under the driftwood (in
the rain), taking an occasional strafe from a Northern Harrier also
cruising the driftwood-strewn beach and upshore marsh.

Also of interest on Camano this afternoon: Livingston Bay had a flock
of 61 Long Tailed Ducks fly in while I was there and a half dozen
Trumpeter Swans were feeding with Brant along the shoreline. At Iverson
Spit, there were Virginia Rails calling in the marsh and the riparian
area had Black-capped and Chestnut backed chickadees with Brown Creeper,
both Kinglets, and Winter Wren. Hairy, Downy, Flicker and Pilleated
were also all seen along the riparian trail.

On the way back to Seattle, a quick stop at the Everett STP yielded what
appeared to be a first year Glaucous Gull.

Tom Mansfield in Seattle.

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