A very quick post. Today Cindy Bailey, Jon Houghton and I traveled to Sequim, WA hoping to find the Emperor Goose that has been seen intermittently in the area including specifically yesterday at Cline Spit viewable from Dungeness Landing Park (Oyster House). No luck at that spot. There were many hundred birds including many American Wigeon, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Brant, Dunlin, Black Bellied Plovers and Gulls.
Later at another stop we ran into Jon Anderson from Olympia who was also looking for the Emperor Goose. No luck but we exchanged numbers and later when Jon located it on Dungeness Spit, he called to inform us. We were just finishing lunch in downtown Sequim and rushed out to join him. He told us that a seaplane had flushed it a few minutes before we arrived. Damn!!
But after lots of looking Jon found it again and we all got great looks. YES!! A juvenile bird with a heavy molt but no doubt on ID. Lots of good photos. We also had a cooperative Red Throated Loon, two Marbled Murrelets and a Black Scoter among other species. It was a beautiful place with nice weather – no rain and no wind. A beautiful day. Thank you Jon.
Red Throated Loon
So the good chasing streak continues: Rock Sandpiper, Mountain Plover, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Ross’s Gull, Glaucous Gull and Emperor Goose. I am off to the Okanogan tomorrow and hopefully good fortune will be with me.