[Tweeters] Lummi Island (whatcom co) Jaegers & alcids

mattxyz at earthlink.net mattxyz at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 30 18:12:22 PDT 2010

I spent the morning on Lummi Island [Whatcom County] today.
Together with two other birders, I set up the scope just west of
Legoe Bay [at about a spot called 'Village Point' in my delorme map]
and watched the strait for a few hours.

Out on the strait, the majority of the birds were Bonaparte's Gulls.
In amongst them were 3 or more PARASITIC JAEGERS harrassing the

In addition, we saw Red-throated, Pacific & Common Loons, Common
Murres, Rhino Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, Marbled Murrelets & a
couple Ancient Murrelets. In closer , we had several Harlequin
Ducks, Surf Scoters & a Red-necked, a Horned, and a few Western

On the way home, I drove around the Lummi Flats, and was rewarded
with 2-3 Rough-legged Hawks, 2 Northern Shrikes, a Western
Meadowlark, and many many Northern Harriers.

Oh yeah - in the morning, before dawn, I called in a Barn Owl along
Haxton just south of the Casino.

A good day [and thanks to Victor of Whatcom Birds for inspiring the trip]

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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