Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit shorebirds etc
Date: Jul 21 21:01:05 2009
From: Gary Bletsch - garybletsch at

Dear Tweeters,

Today there were some shorebirds to see in Skagit County.

At the Bingo Hall Lagoon (between the smoke shop and the Swinomish Casino near Anacortes) were 11 Semipalmated Plovers, ten or more Killdeer, 50 or so Western and five or so Least Sandpipers.

At Rosario Head were a family of two adult and two juvenile Black Oystercatchers, plus five or six other adult Black Oystercatchers flying by. Way out were a few Rhinos, attended by at least one Heermann's Gull.
Near the picnic shelter at Rosario were lots of passerines, including a Wilson's and several Orange-crowned Warblers, a singing Olive-sided and a calling Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and some juncoes, among others.

Channel Drive had some mud for a goodly flock of shorebirds. There were 17 Long-billed Dowitchers, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, and about 20 Western and 10 Least Sandpipers. Killdeer had young there, too. This was at a very, very low tide, but even so, there wasn't much mud in the slough here.

I could not find much in the way of shorebirds on Fir Island, but it was the heat of the day when I got there. However, the treat of the day was a Savannah Sparrow nest with nestlings, right inside the grassy, boulder-enclosed circle of the parking area!

At the big river bar in Lyman were five or six Least Sandpipers, 9 Killdeer, and a Greater Yellowlegs. This spot looks good--lots of mud.

Cockreham Island's south pond seldom dries up as fast as it is this summer. It's almost gone, but there was enough mud left for a few Killdeer. A Spotty was seen at the boat launch here. As usual, a Western Wood-Pewee here will be darned if he'll be the first one to quit singing!

Yours truly,

Gary Bletsch ? Near Lyman, Washington (Skagit County), USA ? garybletsch at ? ?