Subject: [Tweeters] Ft Flagler Field Trip 11/12/11 Date: Nov 14 10:01:27 2011 From: Scrubjay323 at aol.com - Scrubjay323 at aol.com
Saturday Ruth Sullivan and I led a Black Hills Audubon field trip to the Kitsap Peninsula , Fort Flagler and Port Townsend. We had a great day with the weather being mostly good and the 7 participants enjoying great birds.
We started behind Toy's in Gorst where we checked out Bremerton Harbor and started with a male HOODED MERGANZER for our first bird. We also saw GREATER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, SANDERLING, HORNED GREBE, COMMON LOON. There were also SURF and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. MEW GULLS, a WESTERN GULL and assorted "OLYMPIC GULLS"
Our next stop was Kitsap Memorial Park where we added TRUMPETER SWAN, BALD EAGLE, GOLDED-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, SONG SPARROW, CROW, and SPOTTED TOWHEE.
At Salisbury Point we added MARBLED MURLETS, PIGEON GILEMOTS, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. We also had a GREAT BLUE HERON and more scoters here.
Next we went to Oak Bay where we found AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARDS, lots of PINTAIL, HARLEQUIN DUCKS and BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.
At Fort Flagler we added GADWALL, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, JUNCO, and NORTHERN FLICKER to our list.
Off to Marristone Island where we found BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS and SANDERLING trying to keep out of the wind in the driftwood on the point. More HARLEQUIN DUCKS where present here as well as DOUBLE-CRESTED and PELAGIC CORMORANTS.
Our final stop of the day was at Port Hudson in Port Townsend where we were treated to 50+ BLACK TURNSTONES hunkered down on the jetty trying to keep out of the wind. We also saw our only BELTED KINGFISHER for the day here.
For the day we had a total of 53 species including 9 species of shorebirds and 15 species of waterfowl. It was a great day!
Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at aol.com Lacey, WA 360-459-1499