Fall birding a transition period in Skagit County

LA CONNER — A bird sings its high-pitched late-morning tune from inside of a bush a few strides away from Bob Kuntz.


Although the bird is hidden at the back of branches and blackberry bushes along the north fork of the Skagit River, Kuntz already is aware of the species.


The chook used to be a marsh wren.


"It appears like a sewing computer," mentioned Kuntz


As he sets down his bird watching scopes, Kuntz makes his own chook name.


"Psh psh psh psh psh," he calls out.


The fowl responds in type and eventually moves into view because it scurries from department to branch.


October is a transition interval for birds within the Skagit Valley and there often are not various sightings. Birds that stay here in the summer have flown south and birds with a view to iciness listed here are just opening to arrive

Kuntz enjoys the challenge of finding these rare birds mingling amongst flocks of fashioned ones. After leaving his north fork birding area, he stopped his automobile on a rural county street as hundreds and hundreds of starlings swarmed overhead vigour strains.


"i'll often sit down here an hour and go through all these birds," he said. "they're going to mostly be pink-winged blackbirds and starling, but each as soon as in a while you'll find a rusty blackbird in there."


In November, keen birders can spot many elusive birds, including the white and black-speckled gyrfalcon. Kuntz has noticeable only some in this a part of the state. Skagit County is without doubt one of the few areas in the nation where gyrfalcon iciness.



Raptors are a gigantic draw here as good, and are ample in the Samish residences field, Manns mentioned.


Kuntz subsequent stopped his vehicle in need of a "no trespassing" sign near Wylie Slough and mounted his scope to view a flock of geese on a farm a couple of half-mile away.


He pulled off his cap and began counting the birds in the flock at the same time leaning into his best spotting scope for the money. A couple of bald eagles triggered parts of the flock to take flight as Kuntz silently took count for a number of extra minutes.


Ultimate rely: 2,300 snow geese and 615 cackling geese. In a worn yellow notebook, he took notes he stated he'd transcribe later at his Mount Vernon home. It is all a part of the hardcore birder's procedure, Kuntz mentioned.


His next discontinue was once Wylie Slough, some of the preferred birding spots within the county. Manns mentioned birders must watch out this time of 12 months, however, on account that it is waterfowl searching season.


Shotgun blasts infrequently echoed before Kuntz walked towards a muddy and weed-covered course the place a fellow birder, Sammy Catiis, had noticed a excellent-horned owl.


To get in the direction of the fowl, Kuntz used his "lost wallet trick." He appeared down, showing to scour the bottom as he slowly walked nearer for a greater view of the owl. The inspiration, Kuntz stated, is to mimic a foraging animal alternatively than a predator.


The owl stayed put as Kuntz bought into a prime viewing spot.


For these interested in chook observing, Kuntz and Mann endorse occurring free Skagit Audubon Society discipline trips. Nonmembers are welcome.


Kuntz stated the discipline journeys are excellent for amateur birders for the reason that they are able to use individuals' best spotting scopes and binoculars.