[Tweeters] Edmonds: Red-breasted Sapsucker, et al.
cariddell at earthlink.net
Sun May 3 15:19:46 PDT 2009
After last night's rain and wind storm we were hoping for a migrant
fall-out this morning, as I imagine everyone was. It did not happen
in Edmonds. The waterfront was calm but few birds were about. Not
one alcid could be seen. Of interest were three WESTERN GREBES and
one OSPREY. The only shorebirds in the Marsh were a few KILLDEER and
12-14 LEAST SANDPIPERS. The GREAT BLUE HERONS seemed stuck fast to
their well-constructed nests and none the worse for the storm. A
BALD EAGLE was perched in a Douglas fir just south of Point Edwards.
Two MARSH WRENs were busily gathering cattail fuzz. The Willow Creek
Hatchery was deadsville so we headed to Yost Park. We parked near
the tennis courts and immediately heard crows mobbing something. It
ended up being one of the park's BARRED OWLs. We then rapidly found
a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, a couple of BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERs
and one ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. We spent some time watching a female
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD building her little bump of a nest midway out a
lateral branch, nowhere near a crotch. The saliva must have a very
strong adhesive element to it.
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