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Laysan Albatross (2)Phoebastria immutabilis


Pacific Golden-Plover (2)Pluvialis fulva


Bar-tailed Godwit (2)Limosa lapponica


Iceland Gull (2)Larus glaucoides


Ancient Murrelet (2)Synthliboramphus antiquus


Northern Saw-whet Owl (2)Aegolius acadicus


Laysan Albatross (2)Phoebastria immutabilis




    Subject: Westport Seabirds Trip Report Saturday 9-30-17
    Date: 03 Oct
    From: cmborre1 AT gmail.com 
    Westport Seabirds enjoyed another great trip on Saturday, 9-30-17. Bruce
    LaBar, Gene Revelas and I joined Phil and Chris Anderson on one of the last
    pelagics out of Westport for 2017. While the weather forecast seemed to
    indicate a bit of wind, rain and cold was in store for us, we were
    pleasantly surprised to find excellent weather and sea conditions.

    Captain Phil had learned that several fishing boats were working in Pacific
    County, so the Monte Carlo headed south after an easy bar crossing due to
    favorable tidal conditions. We came across some fishing boats after a good
    2 hours of cruising. Phil tossed out chum in several places where boats
    were attracting good numbers of birds.

    By far the most numerous bird of the day was Northern Fulmar. We also
    enjoyed good numbers of Black-footed Albatross, and several great views of
    as many as 20 Buller™s Shearwater. California Gulls always take advantage
    of a good chum opportunity, but today they were joined by a couple
    Black-legged Kittiwakes, our first sighting of the season for this
    species. This is also a good time of year to closely examine all dark
    shearwaters hoping to pick out a Short-tailed Shearwater. We were able to
    confirm a sighting in a slightly smaller bird, with a noticeably smaller
    bill and a rounded forehead. We were fortunate to have nearby Sooty
    Shearwaters to compare this bird to.

    Sea mammals for the day included nice, close encounters with Humpback
    Whale, Dall™s Porpoise, and Northern Fur Seal. Those on the bow of the
    boat also got good looks at a Blue Shark and a small Ocean Sunfish.

    We enjoyed a pleasant trip back to Westport, shedding layers of clothing in
    what seemed to us as balmy conditions. We were able to add a final rarity
    to our trip list by picking out a Bar-tailed Godwit among the Marbled
    Godwits at the marina.

    We will round out a great year of sea birding Saturday, October 7th with
    our last trip of 2017. There are still a few spots remaining on this trip
    for those wishing to add new pelagic species to their year or life lists.
    How about a nice Laysan Albatross? The odds seem pretty good this year,
    though one can never guarantee.


    Hope to sea you out there!


    Cara Borre

    Gig Harbor



    Subject: September 23rd Westport Seabirds Pelagic Trip - Laysan Albatross, Flesh-footed Shearwater, and Marine Mammals
    Date: 01 Oct
    From: grevelas AT integral-corp.com 
    Hi Tweets -



    Apologies for this belated Westport Seabirds trip from last Saturday, September 23. The conditions were comfortable as we made our way past the tip of the Westport Jetty around 6:45 am. There was a little swell that decreased over the course of the day, but light to calm winds for the entire day and little to no spray. As has been the pattern throughout late August and September this year, bird numbers and activity on the continental shelf were low, but we did pick up seven Common Terns, one Pomarine Jaeger, Common Murres, Rhinoceros and Cassin's Auklets, Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters, Northern Fulmars, and on the outer shelf, a few Fort-tailed Storm-petrels. A couple hours into our transit due west towards our planned destination, Grays Canyon, Skipper Phil Anderson noticed that a Whiting Boat was fishing at the edge of Willapa Canyon to our southwest, so we redirected our run that way and spent much of the day in Pacific County. The decision was a good one as the Whiting Boat had the most of the birds we would see offshore. This included about 60 Black-footed Albatross, one cooperative Laysan Albatross, a species we have seen on nearly all of our September trips this year, about 200 Pink-foots, 350+ Northern Fulmar, three Buller's Shearwaters, one Short-tailed Shearwater, and one Flesh-footed Shearwater seen briefly but well by folks on the stern. On transit home mostly in Pacific County, we added good looks at a couple of South Polar Skua.



    The marine mammal diversity and viewing on this trip was incredible, particularly on the transit out. We ended up with six cetacean species for the day. This included the regular species that we often see, like Harbor and Dall's Porpoise, and six Humpback Whales. One Humpback breached in out in front us for many to see, and one entertained us with repeated fin slapping. Several groups of Pacific White-sided Dolphins were seen, and we estimated a total of 70 animals for the day. A couple of Northern Right-whale Dolphins with their distinctive dorsal finless, black torpedo-like appearance were mixed in one group of the White-sides. Finally, a pod of nine, blunt-headed Risso's Dolphins was seen at the surface close to the boat while many White-sides splashed in the distance. Once again, we ended the trip with a great look at a Bar-tailed Godwit roosting in Westport Marina with the Marbled Godwit flock.


    The final numbers and a complete species list have been posted on Westport Seabirds.com and on ebird. Spotters for the trip were Bill Tweit and Gene Revelas. Skipper Phil Anderson and Chris Anderson made sure the trip was a success. There is only one more trip left for 2017, next Saturday, October 7th. But there are spots available on that trip, please check http://westportseabirds.com/ if you are interested in signing up or for more information.

    Gene Revelas
    Olympia, WA

    Pacific Golden-Plover (2)Pluvialis fulva




      Subject: Golden-Plovers @ Crockett Lake
      Date: 06 Oct
      From: h.heiberg AT yahoo.com 
      The American & Pacific Golden-Plovers were still at Crockett Lake on Whidbey at 1:00 today. They were at the south end of the lake near the arched driftwood where the Red-necked Stint hung out earlier this year. 

      Hank Heiberg
      Lake Joy
      NE of Carnation, WA

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      Bar-tailed Godwit (2)Limosa lapponica




        Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit, in search of
        Date: 13 Oct
        From: jmdaddio AT msn.com 
        Last e-bird entry for Bar-tailed Godwit at Westport was last Saturday.  Has anyone seen it in the last day or two?

        -Marcy D'Addio
        Redmond, WA

        Iceland Gull (2)Larus glaucoides




          Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull - Tacoma
          Date: 05 Oct
          From: willjaponicus AT yahoo.com 
          Hey All,
          This morning I found a third cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the puyallup river at the 11th st bridge. Also present was an apparent KUMLIENS ICELAND GULL. While the low tide lasts it will likely stick around, after that it will be significantly more difficult to find.
          Lesser Black-backed Gull Photos:https://flic.kr/p/Z66HNQ
          https://flic.kr/p/Y9dEUB
          https://flic.kr/p/Zam7o2

          eBird checklist:
          http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39567424

          Will BrooksTacoma, WA

          Ancient Murrelet (2)Synthliboramphus antiquus




            Subject: birding in Jefferson & Island Co
            Date: 09 Oct
            From: mattxyz AT earthlink.net 
            Hi Tweets -
            I birded a bit in Jefferson and then Island Co this Sunday, and some good birds popped up:

            Fort Flagler:
            Horned Lark - one along the start of the spit, white one, with no trace of yellow on the throat

            Mystery Bay State Park:
            White-throated Sparrow - one tan-striped bird, among the Golden-crowned Sparrows

            Port Townsend - Food Co-op at the far end of Kah Tai Lagoon -
            California Scrub-Jays - 4 or more? - as reported the day before on eBird, these were feeding in the trees above the Co-op.

            Ft. Worden SP -
            Pacific-Golden Plover - one on the beach
            Ancient Murrelet - several far out on the water

            Over on Whidbey Island I ran into Carol Riddell and we walked the area across from Crockett Lake between the beach and SR 20 , looking for longspurs and Horned Larks - last weekend, three cooperative LALO were present [and at least 1 more was heard distantly] ” after a lot of walking, a cooperative Lapland Longspur popped up and posed for a bit on a log.

            On Crockett Lake, 5 Snow Geese were a surprise.
            and late in the wandering, I finally relocated the lingering golden-plovers. One Pacific, one American, huddled by a log across from the raised viewing platform, roughly.

            Add to this a couple easy ferry crossings [no waits!] and it was a good day

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            Northern Saw-whet Owl (2)Aegolius acadicus




              Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owls
              Date: 25 Sep
              From: owler AT sounddsl.com 
              .Are back!  In a big way.



              Based on reports of an earlier than usual migration from my nearest banding
              station in BC, which banded more owls in their opening week than they had
              the entire season last year, I opened up my banding station this evening.
              Owling results on Saturday morning indicated that the owls had not yet made
              it to the Bainbridge Island. In the five hours I was open, I banded two
              saw-whets and heard probably another half dozen. This is my earliest arrival
              record of saw-whets in the 20+ years I have kept records.



              This year's numbers may be unprecedented.



              J. Acker

              owler@sounddsl.com

              Bainbridge Island, WA


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