[Tweeters] Edmonds Round-up

Carol Riddell cariddellwa at gmail.com
Sat Oct 29 12:14:32 PDT 2011

Hi Tweets,

It was 40 degrees this morning (10-29-11) without a breath of a breeze
so it was comfortable standing on the Edmonds public pier and watching
the avian show. There were lots of birds on the Sound until about 10
a.m. when it quieted down. Visibility was good with little shimmering
in the distance. No unusual birds were seen. Geese and Ducks included
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Surf, White-winged, and Black Scoter,
and Red-breasted Merganser. Grebes were Horned, Red-necked, and
Western. There were Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants. Two
shorebirds flew by and quickly turned to show us their backsides as
they receded into the distance. They were probably Dunlin but no one
was taking bets. The two most abundant gulls were Bonaparte's and
Heermann's, followed by Mew and Glaucous-winged. A Common Murre and
two Marbled Murrelets were seen on the wing. Rhinoceros Auklets
outnumbered Pigeon Guillemots. No Ancient Murrelets were seen this
morning or yesterday morning although they have been seen on a couple
of days earlier in the week.

At the Edmonds Marsh, water levels were high. There were about 100
American Wigeons on the water along with a couple of Green-winged
Teal, Gadwall, and Mallard. Fifteen Killdeer took to the sky and flew
toward to Sound shortly after arriving. A couple of male Anna's
Hummingbirds were there, one at each end of the path. There was a
Lincoln's Sparrow in the blackberry brambles at the end of the
boardwalk, along with Bewick's Wren, and Song Sparrow. A mixed feeding
flock near the tennis courts included Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-
crowned Kinglet, Bushtit, and American Goldfinch.

There was a lot of small-bird activity at the Willow Creek Hatchery
and Point Edwards. There were several Anna's Hummingbirds along the
P.E. public path. The two woodpeckers were Northern Flicker and a male
Downy at the hatchery. Both Black-capped and Chestnut-backed
Chickadees, Bewick's Wren, and more Ruby-crowned Kinglets were working
the trees at the hatchery. Yellow-rumped Warblers were on this south
side of the Marsh. Sparrows included Spotted Towhee, two Fox Sparrows,
another Lincoln's, and numerous Oregon Juncos. One tree had a ball of
about 30 Crows and then the one Steller's Jay of the morning flew by
it. Only a few Red-winged Blackbirds were seen. There were a few
House Finches and American Goldfinches along the P.E. path.

Good birding,

Carol Riddell

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