[Tweeters] Gog Le Hi Te, Hylebos WS,
Commencement Bay and Browns Point
tanwaxlake at comcast.net
Wed Jan 27 22:14:18 PST 2010
After two great days birding Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, highlights included
Tundra and Taiga GWF Geese/American Bittern/Virginia Rail/American
Kestrel/Eurasian Widgeon/Northern Shrike/Common Loon/Black Brandt, I headed
home Wednesday afternoon and visited my favorite spots.
Gog Le Hi Te has a good variety of gulls in the tidal ponds, Puyallup River,
and surrounding buildings. I counted approximately 150 Thayers Gulls, 300
Glaucous-winged Gulls and Olympic Gulls (Glaucous-winged X Western Gull
hybrid), 3 Western Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, and several Mew Gulls. The
Herring Gull had the cold look of a yellow iris bird with black under sided
primaries to seal the deal on distinguishing it from a large male Thayers
thank you Michael Donahue for the rockin gull class. Also
immatures with many first year, some second year, and a few third year
gulls. There was a lot to see, and I could have stayed all day.
The Hylebos Watershed region has been reliable for finding the Green Heron.
Ive seen it 4 times in the last month, and recommend you check the
immediate area water retention ponds, good luck.
The northeast shore of Commencement Bay and log boom area had a White-winged
Scoter, all three cormorants, both goldeneyes, Horned Grebe, Pigeon
Guillemot, Bufflehead, American Widgeon, Black Turnstone, Dunlin, 500 +
Bonaparte Gulls, 300 + Mew Gulls with several immature, 3 California Gulls,
and a sprinkling of Thayers/Glaucous-winged and Olympics for good measure.
Browns Point topped off the day with Surf Scoters and Marbled Murrelets.
Good stuff all around!
Browns Point, Tacoma
sthorp at theaec.com <mailto:sthorp at theaec.com>
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