[Tweeters] a few local migrants; 12th Street SE and Biringer Farm doomed to dike breach

Scott Atkinson scottratkinson at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 23 16:15:40 PDT 2010


On Saturday, August 21, noted a black MERLIN heading south over Getchell Hill Rd (very close to Grace Academy) in Marysville, an early migrant if it was one. On Sunday, August 22,
an E. KINGBIRD was hanging in there at the 12th Street SE dead-end opposite Dagmar's Landing and just north of the Everett STP. The final days are nearing for this productive spot--signs are up, the dike will be breached soon and with it the weedy fields and pastureland will become mudflats. As many of you know, flooded fields on the north side here have been good for shorebirds, and on recent CBCs there have been a number of hot birds here--including Rusty Blackbird, Gyr, N. Gos and impressive counts of dowitchers, waterfowl and much more. Raptors love the place; Barn Owls nest and Short-eared Owl is regular in winter. Just north and immediately visible just prior to reaching Marysville, Biringer Farm will fall next, and still another great bottomland, behind-the-dikes birding spot will be gone. Biringer has been great for raptors, geese, Am Pipit and wintering sparrows in particular in recent years. Once these two sites are gone, the Everett CBC will have lost the heart of area 11, the single most productive area for bird diversity on the count...

Today, August 23, I noted that a few migrants were evident near Discovery Park in Seattle, including a MAGILLIVRAY'S near the east entrance, and a BLACK-THROATED GRAY found a single Red Alder to feed in, despite a highly urban environment otherwise, not far away (along Fort Street close to Commodore Way).

Scott Atkinson
Lake Stevens, WA
mail to: scottratkinson at hotmail.com
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