Subject: Sightings between Southworth and Port Orchard Date: Nov 21 08:33:33 1994 From: W. William Woods - wwwbike at scn.org
Sunday, November 20, 1994 was a glorious day for bicycle-birding between Southworth and Port Orchard while following the scenic bicycle route near the shoreline in Kitsap County. The route has been marked by "Dan Henry" markers on the roadway.
Was able to observe only two male EURASIAN WIGEON among the thousands of AMERICAN WIGEON that crowded every beach and cove. Huge flocks of SURF SCOTERS fload offshore along Olympiad Drive, Southworth Drive, and Beach Drive. Smaller flocks of WHITE-WING SCOTER were along Beach Drive and Cornell Road, while the only BLACK SCOTERS were one male and two females close to the shore along Cornell Road.
Both the COMMON GOLDENEYE and BARROWS GOLDENEYE were everywhere along the route, as were BUFFLEHEAD. SCAUP (cannot tell whether lesser or greater) were off Beach Drive near Port Orchard, along with a few HOODED MERGANSERS and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Huge flocks of WESTERN GREBES rested in the cove in Manchester State Park (Closed to auto traffic in winter, but can walk or cycldown to the beach.) Another hundred or so were seen in the middle of the channel north of Cornell Road. Did not take time to determine if there were any Clark's among them. Winter-plumage HORNED GREBES popped up into every seascape. RED-NECKED GREBES appeared to favor the ferry landings at Vashon, Southworth, and Fauntleroy. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and PELAGIC CORMORANT utilized all the floats, navigational aids and piers along the route. Sighte a few common loons, but cannot be sure that there were not other species, as most stayed too far out in the channel for positive identification in winter plumage, even with the scope. One MARBLED MURRELET and one PIGEON GUILLEMOT were sighted near the Vashon ferry landing. The only shorebird was several families of killdeer in Yukon Harbor and along Beach Drive. Medium flocks of MEW GULL along Southworth Drive and Yukon Harbor Drive.