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Foster Island and Montlake Fill Field Trip (12/26/05) Highlights

The initial outlook for this Hotspots trip was dubious with a lot of rain that brought out the umbrellas. However, about an hour later the rain stopped and it was comfortable birding.

We started on the Foster Island trail and saw 26 species. American Coots were numerous, there were a number of Double-crested Cormorants, Bufflehead and American Wigeon with a few Gadwall, Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, Greater Scaup, Common and Hooded Merganser and one Canvasback. Two adult and one immature Bald Eagle were seen flying and perched in trees. A highlight was very good views of a male Anna's Hummingbird with the all red head and throat visible. Both the Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen with the crowns visible. In a tree on the island was a large flock of American Goldfinch in the drab winter plumage. On the ground we saw one Fox Sparrow and two Song Sparrows, one of which had a white face.

At the Montlake Fill we had a total of 32 species. The new birds for the day were a large number of Canada Geese with one Greater White-fronted Goose. A Western Meadowlark was seen in the air by two people before it landed in deep grass, never to be seen again. A fourth Bald Eagle, the second immature, was seen flying with the three seen earlier. A flock of Bushtits were flitting in the branches of a willow tree. A single Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen.

There was a lot of water, but no ducks in what is known as Shoveler Pond. However, there were a large number of ducks and species on the main pond. There were a few Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup and a single Ruddy Duck. What started out as a questionable day with us wondering what we were doing out in this weather turned out to be avery respectable day.

There were 7 birders and 43 species sighted.

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