Temp in the 40s, mostly cloudy, occasional fine drizzle, Wind W 10-20 mph
A better day than yesterday. Two trip birds and some great photos of a couple “rarish” birds.
I went up to the Marsh to look for the Reeve and met Rick’s group there.
We walked into the area where it had last been seen and quickly found one (maybe two) Wood Sandpipers.
Shortly thereafter, I spotted the Reeve. This was a lifer for two of Rick’s group!
I then worked my way over to Andrew Lake where I found one of the Tufted Ducks — in full sunlight and CLOSE!
My best shot ever of my favorite duck.
I then headed north and did Clam Lagoon. The wind was fierce today and birds were just hanging on out on the flats. The only shorebirds I had were two Pacific Golden-Plovers.
No other notable birds up there.
By late afternoon, I had arrived back in town and found a very cooperative Brambling at the Naval Administration Building (remember where Sam was putting out seed when he spotted the Eye-browed Thrush!).
I then decided to do a late afternoon trip to Finger Bay and creek.
On the way, I stopped at the North Quarry to check the creek for tattlers and Lake Leone for waterfowl. I did not see any tattlers on the way in and the lake had only gulls.
On the way out, I stopped at the creek again and, as I lowered my window, I heard a tattler call and fly away. I didn’t see it, but figured it hadn’t gone far.
Sure enough, I found it just above the dam.
So a nice day!
The Trip List is 68 — one above average (of course every time I get above average, it raises the average…).
Today’s eBird list can be seen at https://ebird.org/checklist/S139698472