[Tweeters] Edmonds Roundup and Checklist Available

Carol Riddell cariddellwa at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 12:44:31 PST 2016

Public Pier Closure

The signs have gone up around Olympic Beach and on the pier announcing the closure from March 14th through June. Closure is to make necessary repairs and improvements. Pier closure does not affect birding opportunities at other sites along the Edmonds waterfront.

Snapshot of the Birds

We have seen over 100 species so far this year. The Green-winged Teal (Eurasian), first seen at the Edmonds marsh in December 2015, continued through late February. I have not seen it the last several times I have been at the marsh.The Surfbirds, first seen in early December 2015, are continuing through today. Recent sightings have been of three birds on the marina breakwaters. This has not been a good winter for the Surf Scoter flock. In previous years it has frequently numbered up to 150 birds. This winter there has been no large flock and birds are scattered, most frequently, in ones, twos, and threes. The average count has been 20 - 30 birds, with some days much lower and a few days with counts in the forties. Common Murre and Rhinoceros Auklet numbers have remained quite low. This was a good winter for high numbers of Dunlins in flights along the waterfront. This morning’s flight numbered about 50 birds. On a couple of occasions there have been sightings of a single Dunlin in the marsh. The Common Redpoll irruption in the Puget Lowlands did come to the Edmonds marsh briefly. There was a sighting of one redpoll in a finch flock on February 2d. There were never more than 10 - 12 birds and the last sighting was February 6th. During February there were Common Raven sightings in a south Edmonds neighborhood and at Pine Ridge Park. There were also Barred Owl sightings at Yost and Pine Ridge Parks. Also in February there was one sighting with photograph of a Eurasian Wigeon at Pine Ridge Park. All of the expected woodpeckers have finally been seen in public areas of Edmonds. Red-breasted Sapsucker and Hairy Woodpecker were the most difficult to track down. A pair of Hairys is currently hanging out in Southwest County Park, which is suitable breeding habitat. For warblers, Yellow-rumped, Townsend’s, and Orange-crowned have all been seen in public areas.

2016 Edmonds Checklist Available

There were a number of additional species and revisions to abundance codes in this year’s checklist. It is a PDF file. If you would like a copy, please request it at this address: checklistedmonds at gmail.com <mailto:checklistedmonds at gmail.com>.

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