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Thursday, March 10, 2011

From Skagit to Sequim

Before the meeting I had to go to today in Everett, we had a little bit of extra time which we spent in Skagit County. My new favorite birding stop here is West 90, where we spent about 20 minutes watching northern harriers, short-eared owls, and a pair of rough-legged hawks flying around in the heavy winds. This is the same spot where I added the owl and hawk to my year list last month, so it's a great place to see these species with regularity.

After Everett we caught another ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula and made our way to Sequim. It was mostly traveling today, but it still turned out to be a pretty respectable day list. Here are the species we saw:

Northern pintail
American wigeon
Green-winged teal
Northern shoveler
Surf scoter
Common goldeneye
Barrow's goldeneye
Red-breasted merganser
Hooded merganser
Canada goose
Trumpeter swan
Red-necked grebe
Horned grebe
Rhinoceros auklet
Pigeon guillemot
Common loon
Double-crested cormorant
Pelagic cormorant
Glaucous-winged gull
Mew gull
Red-tailed hawk
Rough-legged hawk
Northern harrier
Bald eagle
Short-eared owl
Ring-necked pheasant
Great blue heron
Rock pigeon
Eurasian collared-dove
American robin
American crow
Common raven
Pacific wren
European starling
Brewer's blackbird
Dark-eyed junco

39 species....not bad! That could be tough to beat tomorrow, but that's my goal!

1 comment:

eileeninmd said...

Monika, looks like you had a great day of birding and an impressive list of birds.