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

Greg and Sally Toffic toffic.family at verizon.net
Mon Mar 23 14:06:10 PDT 2009

Camano Island_Loggerhead Shrike (County First!) at English BoomTom,
I went to English Boom this morning and easily found the loggerhead shrike. It seems to be staying near a large pile of driftwood less than half a mile down the trail. The driftwood pile can be seen from the parking lot, and with a scope, the birds could probably be identified from the lot. Otherwise, it's an easy walk to the end of the trail.
Greg Toffic
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From: Mansfield, Tom
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2009 10:39 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Camano Island_Loggerhead Shrike (County First!) at English Boom

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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