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Northwest Birding Pictures From the Watsons

February 21, 2010

Joe and Betty Watson from Contra Costa County, CA, were on the February trip to the Northwest.  Here are some of the great images they captured.  As much poetry as a birding trip can stand.

Ferryboat taking a test run at dawn, Port Townsend.  Here we saw Pelagic Cormorant, Surfbirds, Black Turnstones, Pigeon Guillemots at close range, Red-necked Grebe, Surf Scoters, Northwest Crows, Glaucous-winged Gulls, harbor seals and two mule deer walking down the sidewalk.

A truly Northwestern experience, birding on a ferryboat.

You might call this next photo, “Birders Adrift.”  It was taken on Penn Cove, Whidbey Island.


Three Eagles along the Nisqually River, in Nisqually NWR.

The locals refer to the genetic admixture of gullness as “Olympic Gull,” a large hybrid of many mixed generations of Glaucous-winged and Western.  Those specks offshore are scoters (Surf and White-winged), Common Goldeneyes,  Common Loons, Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup, Horned Grebes and probably some Mew Gulls riding high in the water.  This was taken along Hood Canal at Dosewallips State Park.

Washington State wings

February 8, 2010

We found several more new species today, making an even 100 see on our trip so far.  Some of the lifers added by at least one birder on the trip included: Brant, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Thayer’s Gull.  And we got close looks at White-winged Scoter, Shoveler, Blue Heron and Marsh Wren.  At Tolmie State Park the Pileated seemed to enjoy our attention.  At Nisqually we watched a Pintail male do his preen, becoming a Preentail.

And we were standing along the riverbank when three Bald Eagles flew our way.  The passed overhead, the lead bird carrying its prey, the other two hoping to take that away.

All afternoon there were eagles in view. At one point six stood along the muddy edge of a shallow pond while still others perched on trees nearby.

And there was the Pileated at Tolmie State Park who seemed to enjoy our attention, or at least ignore the ground-level, staring mammals.

And for this blog here’s a perfect end photo:

Location:     Tolmie SP
Observation date:     2/7/10
Number of species:     23

Brant     8
American Wigeon     10
Mallard     12
Greater Scaup     6
Surf Scoter     6
White-winged Scoter     4
Bufflehead     30
Common Goldeneye     4
Pacific Loon     4
Common Loon     1
Horned Grebe     4
Red-necked Grebe     2
Eared Grebe     1
Western Grebe     2
Pelagic Cormorant     2
Great Blue Heron     1

Glaucous-winged Gull     4,    Thayer’s Gull     1, Western Gull    6

Pigeon Guillemot     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Brown Creeper     3
Winter Wren (Western)     2

Location:     Nisqually NWR
Observation date:     2/7/10
Number of species:     38

Canada Goose     250
Gadwall     40
Eurasian Wigeon     1
American Wigeon     80
Mallard     120
Northern Shoveler     100
Northern Pintail     75
Green-winged Teal     60
Ring-necked Duck     2
Lesser Scaup     6
Bufflehead     60
Common Goldeneye     10
Common Merganser     8
Double-crested Cormorant     4
Great Blue Heron     6
Bald Eagle     20
Northern Harrier     2
Red-tailed Hawk     4
American Kestrel     1
American Coot     20
Western Gull     4
Glaucous-winged Gull     2
Rock Pigeon     15
Belted Kingfisher     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Shrike     1
American Crow     6
Common Raven     1
Black-capped Chickadee     2
Winter Wren     1
Marsh Wren     4
Golden-crowned Kinglet     12
American Robin     2
European Starling     6
Spotted Towhee (Pacific)     2
Song Sparrow     10
Red-winged Blackbird     2
American Goldfinch     8