Subject: WA BIRDBOX, November 28 to December 1 (about 8 AM) Date: Dec 1 17:20:20 1998 From: Norton360 at aol.com - Norton360 at aol.com
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Transcribed by Bob Norton, Joyce, WA, norton360 at aol.com, (360) 928-3053 I welcome corrections such as pointing out the mangling of place and persons names. Susan Collicott, camel at serv.net will be transcribing for December.
BirdBox previously accessed Saturday, 11-28 about 5 PM.
Saturday, 11-28, 5:05 PM. This is Bob Norton, Joyce, WA, (360) 928-3053. Yesterday while birding out near Neah Bay, Russell Payson and I had one BROWN PELICAN at Seal and Sail Rocks which is just before Neah Bay and we had one PALM WARBLER at the old Fish Docks in Neah Bay. Thank you.
Saturday, 11-28, 5:33 PM. Hello this is Scott Atkinson with a few more birds to report from Clallam County today. Close to dawn this morning I had a BROWN PELICAN off the public beach access at Graysmarsh just north of Sequim far out through a telescope. I also heard second hand that 2 BROWN PELICANS were seen off the Dungeness Spit on the 26th apparently by the Fish and Wildlife people out near the tip. Also, the EMPEROR GOOSE was back today at the Olympic Game Farm. It was on the field immediately south of the public parking area in a large flock of CANADA GEESE there. And, lastly, I had a HARLAN'S type RED- TAILED HAWK along Highway 101 just east of Blyn. That's all.
Saturday, 11-28, 8:27 PM. Hi, this is Stephen Mlodinow. Today Jim Flynn, Sam Terry and I birded Whidbey Island and then went out to the Samish Flats late in the afternoon. We had 107 species, the highlight of which was, actually, Bill Tweit's CHIPPING SPARROW, north and east of Bayview following his directions left on Tuesday's tape. There was also 2 SLATE-COLORED JUNCOS in that flock. Other highlights included an unidentified GOLDEN PLOVER at Alice[?] Bay in among the BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. We also had a ROCK SANDPIPER on the mussel platforms in Penn Cove. Also, there were 405 BLACK TURNSTONES, 15 SURFBIRDS and several hundred DUNLIN. And that's about it. Lots and lots of birds. That was it for the unusual species and good luck and good birding.
Sunday, 11-29, 10:15 AM. This is Stephanie Maffiny[?] and at my bird feeder in the Mount Baker area of Seattle yesterday I saw both a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and a SCRUB JAY. It was quite an amazing thing. Thanks.
Sunday, 11-29, 4:07 PM. Hi, my name is Kate Twister[?] and I'm not sure of my sighting, in fact I'd like someone to come take a look. It looks for all the world like it's a NATIVE DOVE from the Caribbean. I'm trying to convince myself that it's a MOURNING DOVE BUT I'm not seeing enough tail. If someone wants to come help me out, it's at 1744 Northeast 62nd in Seattle right across the street from Ravena Park. It's been in the cherry tree in the back yard all day and you're welcome to come take a look. I'd appreciate it.
Sunday, 11-29, 6:20 PM. Hi, this is Stephen Mlodinow. Today Dennis Duffy, Jim Flynn, Steve Pink and I went along the Olympic Peninsula and at John Wayne Marina, actually out in the salt water, we had a YELLOW-BILLED LOON. The EMPEROR GOOSE was across the street from the Game Farm near Dungeness and the 3 Crabs and at the 3 Crabs Pond we had an AMERICAN BITTERN. Across the street from the pond Nigel Ball earlier in the day had a CHIPPING SPARROW. At Ediz Hook we had a BROWN PELICAN. And I think that's about it. Good luck and good birding.
Sunday, 11-29, 8:00 PM. Hello, this is Dave Beaudette (206) 365-2083. Today, November the 29th, I checked out the large gathering of GULLS at the south end of the Foster Golf Course and City of Tukwila Maintenance Shop in Tukwila, King County. There were well over 100 THAYER'S GULLS and over 20 HERRING GULLS present. On the roof of the City of Tukwila's Maintenance Shop was an adult of the of the Siberian race of HERRING GULL, VEGA. To find, from I-5 take exit 156, go south on Interurban then northeast on South 140th Street. Once on 140th Street go a few hundred feet and pull off on the gravel. The Maintenance Shop is ahead and is the white metal building with the City of Tukwila sign. The GULLS are on both sides of the roof as well as out on the golf course. You may recall that last winter there was also a large gathering of GULLS here that included both a GLAUCOUS and a GLAUCOUSxGLAUCOUS-WINGED hybrid. That's all for now. Good luck. By.
BirdBox last checked Tuesday, 12-1 about 8 AM.
Monday, 11-30, 3:03 PM. Hi, this is Rob Conway (425) 641-0493. On Monday, November 30, around noon at Gene Coulon Park in Renton at the south end of Lake Washington there was a single CLARK'S GREBE working the edge of a flock of approximately 100 COMMON MERGANSERS. This is at the southwest corner of the park nearest the Boeing Plant. Additionally the 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE previously reported are still in the park. There are several large floats of WESTERN GREBES farther out in the water, approximately 400-500 yards that I would have needed a scope to check for a CLARK'S.
Monday, 11-30, 8:53 PM. Hi, this is Steve Pink on a short visit to Washington. Went to the Skagit today, Washington Park and got 2 ANCIENT MURRELETS, a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE and a BROWN PELICAN. That's it. Thanks and good luck.
Tuesday, 12-1, 7:01 AM. Hello this is Dave Beaudette (206) 365-2083 on November the 30th I walked along the Green River Trail in Kent north of West Beaker Street in King County. A single VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW was flying along the Green River adjacent to the Riverbed Golf Course and in that area was an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in vegetation along the river and high overhead about half a mile north of the golf course was a V of 52 calling TUNDRA SWANS. That's all for now. By.