[Tweeters] American Redstart at Bottle Beach

Lonnie Somer mombiwheeler at gmail.com
Mon Aug 7 08:15:23 PDT 2017


Good morning Tweeters,

I went tot he coast yesterday (Sunday) with Dave and Sherry Hayden and Jim
Pruske to attend Ruth and Patrick Sullivan's memorial service at Bottle
Beach, which began at 11:00am. While there, many of us attempted to
located the A. Redstart that was reported by Bill Shelmerdine the day
before. A few birders heard it chipping, but it didn't make an appearance
by the time we left sometime after noon. After birding the coast for a few
hours, we stopped back around 4:00pm. We attempted to locate it for
perhaps 15 minutes and were just about to give up, when it began to
actively chip in the willow tunnel near Ruth and Patrick's bench, just
where Bill had seen it. It stayed in the dense willow growth, but popped
into view several times, allowing us to take a few identifiable photos.
Sherry also took a photo of Dave, Jim, and I leaning around the Sullivan's
bench, staring intently into the trees looking at it. If it wasn't for the
memorial, we wouldn't have traveled to the coast to see this bird. One
more very nice bird for me thanks to the Sullivans.

Good birding,

Lonnie Somer
Seattle
mombiwheeler at gmail.com
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