----- Original Message ----- From: "Ruth Sullivan" <godwit513 at msn.com> To: <tweeter at u.washington.edu> Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 10:31 PM Subject: Ocean Shores today!!!!!
> Hello Tweeters, > To mention first Lauren and I been seeing the female King Eider.from > around 10.30 AM to about 3.00PM.The Eider was first spotted close to the > jetty with Surf Scoters.The tide was still way out.So we decided to > looking few other area and trying later back for the EIDER > To mention another sighting of the King Eider at 4.30PM in the afternoon > by Christina and Bob Morse. > It seems that the EIDER is best seeing on a high tide,where you have > closer looks. > We birdied the Sewage Ponds,where we had a large flock of 500 consisted > manly of Western and Least Sandpiper with 1 Long-billed Dowitshers.There > where 2 pairs of females Mallards with there young ones.There also was 2 > Adult Osprey on the lightpole close to the Sewage Ponds. > On the jetty we saw many Gulls with up to 500 Heerman's Gulls.We decided > going back to the King Eider,since Lauren never saw one of this species.As > we watched the Eider coming closer,large groups of Peeps flying in > direction of the Tonquin area.We took the time to followed this big groups > of Shorebirds what consisted of Western and Least Sandpipers,who was > feeding all in the flooded beach.So Migration is here early,there was over > 1000 birds. > We had also close to the piling and so close to shore a lone Red-throated > Loon what seems to be sick ,we got so close the bird did not move or was > diving. > Ocean Shores always is exiting to bird,especial when you getting so close > to a rare bird. > > Cheers Ruth Sullivan