Spring migration delivered some excitement this month with two groups of Townsend’s Solitaires showing up in north Vashon yards. These birds are rare migrants on Vashon and usually make very brief visits.
The changing plumage of local birds provides another sign of spring. In the last column, I talked about how the resident birds already are beginning to perform their breeding season music.
Has anyone noticed the bursting out of bird song recently? For the last several weeks I’ve heard more and more of our breeding birds that stay year-round trying out their spring songs.
On Sunday the 5th of January, the Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society held its sixteenth Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
Jeff Adams sent in some good photos of a pair of Cinnamon Teal along the shore just north of the Cove Hotel May 1. This gives Vashon only its second record for this small duck.