Birding Trip with Karl Stoltzfus: 8-26-17

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Birding Trip with Karl Stoltzfus: 8-26-17

Postby lani » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:05 pm

This morning's trip out on the Bay with Karl Stoltzfus (Bay Excursions) was marvelous!  We woke up to heavy rain clouds and fog out over the bay, but by the time we were ready to go, the fog had broken up and we didn't have even a drop of rain the whole time, no wind, and very calm waters.

Many good sightings of SOOTY SHEARWATERS and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, several ANCIENT MURRELETS, a  close view of a beautiful juvenile PIGEON GUILLEMOT, a great family of BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS on Gull Island.  (And after hearing about so many eagles at Gull Island this summer, we didn't see a single one.)

We saw the following species:
COMMON LOON
SOOTY SHEARWATER
PELAGIC CORMORANT
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
HARLEQUIN DUCK
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
MEW GULL
HORNED PUFFIN
TUFTED PUFFIN
ANCIENT MURRELET
MARBLED MURRELET
PIGEON GUILLEMOT
COMMON MURRE
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
WANDERING TATTLER (harbor)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (harbor)
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
BALD EAGLE (harbor)
ROCK PIGEON (harbor)
NORTHWESTERN CROW 
SONG SPARROW (harbor)
SAVANNAH SPARROW (harbor)

If I missed any, let me know.

A big thanks to Karl and his assistant for helping us find so many species--for sure being in the right place at the right time!  And Karl knows  where those right places are! 

And, for sure!  It was A Great Day to Bird!

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