[Tweeters] Skagit gull watching
garybletsch at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 10 19:55:57 PST 2012
Today (10 March 2012) was a good day for gull-watching in Skagit County.
In a field on District Line Road (Butler Flats) were a hundred or so Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls, plus a first-winter Glaucous Gull.
At the soccer fields in Burlington was a flock of about 105 Glaucous-winged Gulls, plus an adult Western, a first-winter Glaucous, and a handful of Ring-billed Gulls. Soccer season has begun, so it may become difficult to observe this flock much longer.
In fields near the Game Range on Fir Island was a flock of close to a thousand gulls; I suspect the field may have had liquified manure spread on it recently. Most of the gulls were Mews, with hundreds of Glaucous-winged Gulls and Ring-billed, at least one adult California, and at least one adult Herring. A few of the Ring-billed Gulls showed a bit of a rosy tinge to their undersides. There were also all sorts of puzzling gulls that may have had Glaucous-winged Gulls, Western Gulls, or who knows what else in their family trees.
At March Point were two Black Oystercatchers, right near the point.
At Lyman I saw my first "Audubon's" Warbler of the year.
I went out today with the expectation of seeing some swallows, but none appeared.
Gary Bletsch Near Lyman, Washington (Skagit County), USA garybletsch at yahoo.com "Nun," sagte ich, "wenn ich ein Taugenichts bin, so ist's gut, so will ich in die Welt gehen, und mein Glueck machen." Und eigentlich war mir das recht lieb, denn es war mir kurz vorher selber eingefallen, auf Reisen zu gehen, da ich die Goldammer, welche im Herbst und Winter immer betruebt an unserm Fenster sang: "Bauer, miet' mich, Bauer, miet' mich!" nun in der schoenen Fruehlingszeit wieder ganz stolz und lustig vom Baume rufen hoerte: "Bauer, behalt' deinen Dienst!"
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