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30 Jul Notes from Roy - 7-29-2014 - Pine Siskins, Chipping Sparrows, California Quail+ [Denis DeSilvis ]
29 Jul Othello with a visit to Paradise ["Randy Hill" ]
29 Jul Mystery birds at Tahuya [Jason Hernandez ]
29 Jul RE: Centralia Purple Martins ["Bob Sundstrom" ]
29 Jul Semiahmoo birding Aug 2 at 9 AM [Twink Coffman ]
30 Jul Skamania County Migrants ["Wilson Cady" ]
29 Jul a couple Lazuli Buntings locally [Scott ]
29 Jul Mountain beavers as prey of large owls [Doug Will ]
29 Jul Centralia Purple Martins [Leah Wegener ]
29 Jul Fill support [Connie Sidles ]
29 Jul Re: Diversionary Tactics ["Dan Reiff, PhD" ]
29 Jul Edmonds marsh shore birds 7-28-14 [Bill Anderson ]
29 Jul RE: Diversionary Tactics [Jeff Gibson ]
29 Jul Diversionary Tactics [Jeff Gibson ]
29 Jul Greater Shearwater [Tyler Hicks ]
29 Jul Belated report Fir I. 7/27: RED-SHOULDERED HAWK [Scott ]
29 Jul Nesting Rhinoceros Auklets ["Dave Parent" ]
29 Jul Battle Ground yard birding [Jim Danzenbaker ]
29 Jul raven ["Diann MacRae" ]
29 Jul Skamania County Shorebirds ["Wilson Cady" ]
28 Jul Re: Pine Siskins present at higher elevation [Jim Danzenbaker ]
28 Jul Re: Pine Siskins present at higher elevation [Michael Brown ]
28 Jul Pine Siskins present at higher elevation [Bob Sundstrom ]
28 Jul Pine Siskins [Jana Henderson ]
28 Jul From the Fill [Connie Sidles ]
28 Jul Note from Roy - Pine Siskins [Denis DeSilvis ]
28 Jul Edmonds marsh 7-27-14 [Bill Anderson ]
27 Jul Piling sand birds question [Linda Talman ]
27 Jul Re highway 2 birding. ["James P. Beneteau" ]
27 Jul Pine Siskins! ["James P. Beneteau" ]
27 Jul Eide Road Apology [Blair Bernson ]
27 Jul Re: Eide Road Help - More Info than You Probably Wanted (and thanks to Michael Willison in absentia) [Blair Bernson ]
27 Jul Eide Rd help (Mitchell Von Rotz) [Mitch ]
27 Jul Around Othello (Adams, also some Grant Co) [Stefan Schlick ]
27 Jul Where are all the ducks/grebes? [Michelle LaMoustique ]
27 Jul Shorebirds on 26 July 2014 ["B&PBell" ]
27 Jul Edmonds marsh yellowlegs and dowitcher 7-26-14 [Bill Anderson ]
27 Jul Ruddy Duck at the Fill [Alexandra MacKenzie ]
26 Jul Geolocator Study of Semipalmated Sandpiper - video [Barbara Deihl ]
26 Jul Duckling Dreams | Union Bay Watch [Larry Hubbell ]
26 Jul BirdNote - last week, and the week of July 27, 2014 [Ellen Blackstone ]
26 Jul Re: []
26 Jul Bandtails nesting / Caryn / Wedgwood [Caryn Schutzler ]
26 Jul Bald Eagle nest collapse in Kent - branchers OK - video by Ralph Meier [Barbara Deihl ]
26 Jul Fill needs your help [Connie Sidles ]
26 Jul Cedar Waxwing vocalizing at Totem Lake, Kirkland [Hank ]
26 Jul truly concerning bird news! [Devorah the Ornithologist ]
25 Jul Stanwood shorebirds [Scott Ramos ]
25 Jul Edmonds marsh merlin 7-25-14 [Bill Anderson ]
25 Jul ideas for birding along highway 2 [tredick christina ]
25 Jul photos with a definite connection to birds, but not of birds ! [Barbara Deihl ]
25 Jul Eastern Kingbird [Bill Brynteson ]
25 Jul Ocean Shores weekend [Dianna Moore ]
25 Jul From the Fill today [Connie Sidles ]
25 Jul Eaglets [Connie Sidles ]
25 Jul RE: One more on Mountain Beaver fleas (I promise, no more) [Rob Conway ]
25 Jul Migrants Clark and Skamania County ["Wilson Cady" ]
24 Jul Birds moving around, Tiny's Land, n. Lake Stevens [Scott ]
24 Jul RE: July 24 shorebirds at Ridgefield NWR - Wilson's Phalarope ["Randy Hill" ]
24 Jul Nisqually NWR Wednesday walk, July 23rd. [Shep Thorp ]
24 Jul Good Godwit! [Jeff Gibson ]
24 Jul Eaglets [Connie Sidles ]
24 Jul From the Fill [Connie Sidles ]
24 Jul Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2014-07-24 ["Michael Hobbs" ]
24 Jul Re: [obol] Possible seabird at mouth of Deschutes River [Jim Danzenbaker ]
24 Jul July 24 shorebirds at Ridgefield NWR - Wilson's Phalarope [Jim Danzenbaker ]
24 Jul July 24 shorebirds at Ridgefield NWR - Wilson's Phalarope [Jim Danzenbaker ]
24 Jul The owl who liked sitting on caesar [Devorah the Ornithologist ]
24 Jul Mountain Beavers/food [Megan Lyden ]
23 Jul Red Crossbills feeding young [Joy Kosola Johnson ]
23 Jul Re: Eastern Kingbird with Pacific Tree Frog at Wylie Slough [James Karr ]
23 Jul Re: Eastern Kingbird with Pacific Tree Frog at Wylie Slough ["Wilson Cady" ]
23 Jul Eastern Kingbird with Pacific Tree Frog at Wylie Slough [Blair Bernson ]
23 Jul Re: Bird pile [Larry Schwitters ]
23 Jul Pine Siskins ["A & S Hill" ]
23 Jul Local birder raising money for trip to do research in Australia. [Chris Warlow ]

Subject: Notes from Roy - 7-29-2014 - Pine Siskins, Chipping Sparrows, California Quail+
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds AT outlook.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:16:13 -0700
Tweeters,

After spreading gravel in our driveway (still not finished), I decided to
bird from our deck out back while I hoisted a frosty Fat Tire (two) and had
a bite to eat. Pretty warm, still, at 3:30, but a nice breeze from the north
kept things pleasant. The highlights for my 3+ hour "sit" included seeing 7
PINE SISKINS at the same time - two at a feeder, and five at a bird bath.
I'd been hearing calls most of the day, but hadn't stopped working long
enough to track them down. Three CALIFORNIA QUAIL families were in the area,
one of which had at least 11 half-grown young. Lots of CHIPPING SPARROWS -
mostly juveniles- have been coming through the past several days, and I
guessed that I saw at least 15. All told, I counted 50 species while
enjoying a cool-down on the deck.

 

The eBird report and listing are below.

 

Avian Acres, Pierce, US-WA

Jul 29, 2014 3:30 PM - 6:40 PM

Protocol: Stationary

Comments:     Watched from back deck looking east toward Mt. Rainier. Temp
at start 85 degF (in the shade). Highlights include 7 PINE SISKINS in view
at the same time -- two at a feeder and five (!) at a large bird bath. Lots
of juv. and some adult CHIPPING SPARROWS moving through. Three families of
CALIFORNIA QUAIL, including one which had at least 11 half-grown young; the
other families had fewer, not as grown, young. At close to 18:45, an imm.
COOPER'S HAWK came through, effectively shutting down bird activity, except
for some swallows overhead.

50 species

 

California Quail  31

Turkey Vulture  1

Cooper's Hawk  1     From size, quite likely an imm. female. This bird and
at least one other adult are regular visitors to the property.

Bald Eagle  1

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Band-tailed Pigeon  3

Eurasian Collared-Dove  2

Mourning Dove  28

Common Nighthawk  1     Second early evening in a row to see a nighthawk

Anna's Hummingbird  1

Rufous Hummingbird  3

Red-breasted Sapsucker  1     An adult bird was possibly in the front yard.
This bird was an immature.

Downy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  1

Western Wood-Pewee  1

Willow Flycatcher  1

Steller's Jay  2

Western Scrub-Jay  2

American Crow  11

Common Raven  1     Could have been two, but at least one was calling

Purple Martin  2     High up; vocalizing

Tree Swallow  2     A nest box with an unknown number of young is attached
to an outbuilding. Adult birds are seemingly constantly carrying food to the
young, and taking fecal sacs from them.

Barn Swallow  8

Cliff Swallow  2

Black-capped Chickadee  6

Chestnut-backed Chickadee  10

Red-breasted Nuthatch  6

House Wren  1

Marsh Wren  1

Bewick's Wren  1

Swainson's Thrush  2

American Robin  4

European Starling  10

Cedar Waxwing  2

Orange-crowned Warbler  1     At bird bath, bathing

Common Yellowthroat  1

Spotted Towhee  3

Chipping Sparrow  15

Song Sparrow  1

White-crowned Sparrow  1

Dark-eyed Junco  20

Western Tanager  1

Black-headed Grosbeak  8

Brown-headed Cowbird  1

House Finch  4

Purple Finch  4

Red Crossbill  6

Pine Siskin  7

American Goldfinch  8

House Sparrow  1

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19267003

 

May all your birds be identified,

 

Denis DeSilvis

Roy, WA

avnacrs4birds at outlook dot com

 

 
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Subject: Othello with a visit to Paradise
From: "Randy Hill" <re_hill AT q.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:09:08 -0700
A quick reroute this morning to delay hitting 100s in E WA took me to Mt 
Rainier. From 10:30 to 3:15 on Skyline Trail via Golden Gate. Not a lot but did 
have 2 pipits on GG. North of Panorama Point at Pebble Creek a descending flock 
that included 4 bluebirds, 1 solitaire and 6 rosy finches. Yakima was 102 at 
6pm. Vernita and Wahluke had nighthawks up before the sun was down. At 9:20 
with a tiny sliver of a moon, Gillis Road had a foraging owl, likely a barn but 
acted like a short-eared. As Gillis reaches the Grant County line to become 
Lower Crab Creek Road, a poorwill was using both sides with big orange eyes 
showing on the road. 

Randy Hill
Ridgefield

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Subject: Mystery birds at Tahuya
From: Jason Hernandez <jason.hernandez74 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:07:14 -0700
I was walking into Tahuya State Forest last Sunday along Scarification Road 
when I saw a group of four birds.  They were about robin size, and my first 
impression was robins.  But on further observation -- they did not behave like 
robins; they repeatedly glided downward from a high branch of one tree to a 
lower branch of another, something I have never seen robins do.  Also, they 
looked like perhaps they had proportionally longer tails than robins.  
Unfortunately, I was unable to get a good enough look to see any colors or 
markings other than the brown on the wings that most birds have when poorly 
seen, and maybe (or maybe not) thin white edges on the tail.  Anyone seen this 
before? 


Jason Hernandez
Bremerton
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Subject: RE: Centralia Purple Martins
From: "Bob Sundstrom" <ixoreus AT scattercreek.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:24:53 -0700
Hi, Henry,

 

I presume they must be using former woodpecker nest cavities to nest in.
The ones near Tenino and Bucoda seem to prefer utility poles with woodpecker
cavities - maybe a big woodpecker like a flicker.

 

Bob

 

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces AT mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Leah
Wegener
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:43 PM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] Centralia Purple Martins

 

Hi, Tweeters,
 
I was taking a walk near Pacific Avenue in Centralia and decided to explore
a logging road. After a bit of walking I came to a big logged area, and
flying all around were about fourteen or so Purple Martins. I've never seen
these birds anywhere besides in nest boxes by open water.
If you want to look for them, contact me off list for specifics. Have a good
day!
 
Henry Wegener
dlwegener AT msn.com
Centralia, WA
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Subject: Semiahmoo birding Aug 2 at 9 AM
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:01:48 -0700
BIRDING AT SEMIAHMOO

Saturday, August 2, Semiahmoo Spit
Time: 9 AM at Semiahmoo Park – 3 hours
Trip Leader: Lynne Givler
No registration required

Join us for some early summer birding on Semiahmoo Spit. The trip covers
all of the spit and is co-sponsored by NCAS and Whatcom County Parks &
Recreation. This is a great trip for everyone from beginning birders to
experts.

-- 
happy birding
Twink
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Ferndale, WA
in Whatcom County
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Subject: Skamania County Migrants
From: "Wilson Cady" <gorgebirds AT juno.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:36:51 GMT
After having only a couple of warblers pass through on each of the last three 
days today had a great movement of birds here on Mt. Pleasant, at the west end 
of the Columbia River Gorge. As usual the main movement took place over a 
two-hour period starting about 8am. From the deck, Susan and I observed 2 
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS, 1 HAIRY WOODPECKER, 1 WESTERN3 PACIFIC-SLOPE 
FLYCATCHERS, 1 HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 10 WARBLING VIREOS, 
1 HERMIT THRUSH, 12 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, 12 WILSON'S WARBLERS (all 
males) and 8 WESTERN TANAGERS along with the resident birds. This movement of 
migrants seems a earlier than normal, we usually don't experience these mixed 
flocks until late August here. Wilson Cady 

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Subject: a couple Lazuli Buntings locally
From: Scott <scottratkinson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:23:25 -0700
Tweeters:
 
Today while walking the field-and-wood area west of State Ave and between 108th 
and 116th in north Marysville, I had a female LAZULI BUNTING in the scrubby 
area central there (left a full list on Ebird). This spot is easily accessed 
directly opposite (west) of Furniture World along State Ave. You cross the 
street and then the RR tracks and you are there. Another LAZULI was heard 
singing along the north edge of Granite Falls High School last eve, 7/28, my 
second at this site. We seem to be having another good year for this species 
locally. 

 
Scott Atkinson
Lake Stevens
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Subject: Mountain beavers as prey of large owls
From: Doug Will <diwill AT uw.edu>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:49:04 -0700
Tweets,

The origin of this string of emails about Mountain Beavers, Aplodontia
rufa, concerned the frequency of of their use as prey species by larger
owls.
It seems quite likely that they are taken by Great Horned Owls and quite
possibly by Great Grey Owls. Snowy Owls and Barred Owls could also take
these as prey on occasion.

Barred Owls, by far the smallest of these four owls, seem to prefer mice
over rats (per a private communication from Jamie Acker, one of our
local owl experts, based on his personal experience). Mice run about 100
g whereas rats run 500 g to 1 kg. Aplodontia are typically another
factor of two or so heavier. Over the last couple decades Barred Owls
have also become the most common large owl in our area (western
Washington). So the questions at the heart of this discussion is these:
What portion of a Barred owl's diet by weight is made up of Aplodontia?
And the converse, what fraction of Aplodontia predation is due to Barred
Owls?
Best data on the first question might come from study of a generous
collection of Barred Owls pellets.
The second question is, I believe, the one that most interested Dave
Hutchinson.

Perhaps someone associated with the Burke or the Slater knows of such a
study of Barred Owl pellets.
I have been told informally that Barred Owls pellets typically are found
only in disintegrating condition (perhaps because of our moist climate?).

Doug Will
UW and Lake Forest Park
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Subject: Centralia Purple Martins
From: Leah Wegener <dlwegener AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:43:13 -0700
Hi, Tweeters,
 
I was taking a walk near Pacific Avenue in Centralia and decided to explore a 
logging road. After a bit of walking I came to a big logged area, and flying 
all around were about fourteen or so Purple Martins. I've never seen these 
birds anywhere besides in nest boxes by open water. 

If you want to look for them, contact me off list for specifics. Have a good 
day! 

 
Henry Wegener
dlwegener AT msn.com
Centralia, WA
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Subject: Fill support
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:59:47 -0700
Dear, dear tweeters, I want to thank each and every one of the many birders who 
turned out today to walk around the Fill and demonstrate your support for this 
unique jewel of nature. On one of the hottest days of the year, at a time of 
day when birds are hard to find, you put your boots on the ground and helped. 


FYI, starting at 10 a.m., Dennis Paulson and I, along with three members of 
Seattle Audubon's Conservation Committee, began our meeting with 
representatives from: UW Botanic Gardens (the UW group that administers the 
Fill); one of WashDOT's project managers; WashDOT's landscape designer; two 
WashDOT mitigation specialists; two WashDOT communications people; and a 
representative from the WA Dept. of Ecology. 


In our presentation, we made our best case for restoring shorebird habitat 
around Main Pond. Together, we had compiled a lot of information that surprised 
even me: 

• 29 shorebird species have been recorded here over the years
• a total of 259 bird species have been recorded
• Chris McInerny (a UK birder) did a study, published in WA Birds 8, of 
shorebird populations in 1996 (933 individual birds) and 97 (1,434 individual 
birds). I compared that to this year's total so far: 42 individual birds 

• photos from the past show how bare of plants Main Pond was in the glory days: 
Dennis had one from 1981 that showed an isolated small bush here and there but 
was otherwise featureless; Stuart McKay sent me one from a little later than 
showed two willows and a couple other woody plants; now the entire pond is 
nearly completely surrounded by woody plants and willow, with maybe a total of 
about 10 feet bare on the southeast corner and even less on the southwest 
corner and that's it. 

• if once-present species can be restored to a site, you get extra mitigation 
credit for that. 

• shorebird migration is a phenomenon of nature unlike any other, and we used 
to experience it right here in the city; we can again, if we have the right 
habitat. 


As the time drew near for us to end the meeting and go out on our walk-around, 
it became apparent that we were beginning to create an effect on the WashDOT 
people, who had not understood shorebird needs properly. I believe they became 
willing to entertain a new notion: that at this site, which is part of the 
university and whose main purpose is research and education, it might be 
possible to do something they have never done before, i.e, create shorebird 
habitat in a freshwater setting and restore a migratory pattern that was 
effectively lost. 


I did not think it wise to lose momentum at this point and ask everyone to 
leave the meeting to walk around the Loop Trail. So for better or worse, we 
continued to emphasize shorebird habitat and the wonderful potential shorebirds 
have to affect students (for research and education) and the broader community 
for support and interest. 


I want to apologize to all of you who came out. Please do not feel that your 
effort was wasted. On the contrary, I will now be able to point to you all and 
say this was a perfect demonstration of the points we were making: that people 
care about this site and are willing to help it. This is a *necessary* point to 
make to convince WashDOT and the UWBG that our community will be willing in 
future to help maintain a habitat that is subject to loss due to succession 
without proper maintenance. This has been a stumbling block of a tall order. 
Because of what you were willing to do, you own a piece of the solution and 
deserve to be proud. 


We have a long way to go still. There will be more steps to take as the design 
phase of the project begins to solidy. I will post information about the 
process when I find it out. Nothing will come easy or fast. But we have given 
ourselves - and the birds we love - the chance now for significant change. That 
is a big deal. - Connie, Seattle 


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Subject: Re: Diversionary Tactics
From: "Dan Reiff, PhD" <notcalm AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:04:17 -0700
Jeff,
Have you read the New York Times article: the great giant-flea
 hunt, front page today in the Seattle Times?
With your experience with mountain beaver, landscaping and insects, you are a 
natural to find this species. 

It would be great to read any new adventures about this giant half inch
Flea, Hystrichopsylla schefferi.
Thanks for the great field reports.
Dan Reiff
Mercer Island
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On Jul 29, 2014, at 9:28 AM, Jeff Gibson  wrote:

> Just noticed I deleted the word 'tail' from my towhee description, should've 
read "fanning it's showy white spotted tail out widely. Must have gotten 
diverted again. 

> 
> Jeff G
> 
> From: gibsondesign AT msn.com
> To: tweeters AT u.washington.edu
> Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:39:54 -0700
> Subject: [Tweeters] Diversionary Tactics
> 
> Thanks to Ellen Blackstone posting the BirdNote list's, I noted the title 
"Killdeer, Master of Distraction " program, which reminded me of other birds 
that have been diverting my attention lately. 

> 
> Back a few months ago I watched a Killdeer doin' " the ol' broken wing act" 
out on Pt. Wilson here in Port Townsend. It's a pretty good act - which I've 
seen a number of times over the years, in various locales. 

> 
> Then last month, my attention was diverted by a Spotted Towhee as I was 
looking for it's nest (thanks to a female Cowbird pointing out the location) 
here in my parents yard - the bird ran out the far side of the fuchsia bush 
where it was nesting, and fanning it's showy white spotted out widely, it drug 
it across the lawn, moving in a sort of jerky motion till it disappeared into a 
nearby hedge. Sure diverted my attention! 

> 
> My favorite bird diversion here so far though was a few weeks ago, as I 
snooped about the Kah Tai Prairie here in PT. This is a little prairie remnant 
being nurtured by the Washington Native Plant Society - lot of interesting 
plants in this little patch, which is possibly the only prairie in Washington 
surrounded by a low white-painted chain fence( the two little sections of it 
are located by the PT Golf Course parking lot). 

> 
> Anyhoo, I was walking around the edge of the prairie, when all of a sudden a 
male California Quail came bursting out from the unmowed prairie on to the 
surrounding mowed lawn and ran rapidly around me in big circles. Quail run 
quite fast. Simultaneously, the female, which was still in the unmowed area off 
to my right, was having what we used to call a "major spaz attack"- thrashing 
and jumping about like it's head was on fire. I was so gobsmacked by this 
double-whammy diversion, I didn't know where to look next - any thoughts I 
might of had of finding a quail nest driven from my head. I walked onward and 
peace returned to the prairie. 

> 
> For those needing even more excitement, nesting Goshawks could provide it. 
Back in the mid 70's I worked two summers in Stehekin, in the North Cascades. 
There was one section of trail, somewhere in the Valley, which had a Goshawk 
nest nearby, and over the season we received a list of reported Goshawk attacks 
on hikers - at least one actually getting nailed, and bleeding. For anyone 
seeking that nest, their attention was suddenly diverted to protecting their 
scalp instead. Hikers were running out of there! 

> 
> Jeff Gibson
> diverted in,
> Port Townsend Wa
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Edmonds marsh shore birds 7-28-14
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:44:43 -0700
Yellowlegs and at least one dowitcher continue to hang out at the marsh.   The 
best viewing time is at high water, which now is shortly  before sunset.  I 
have not seen them mid day when the tide is out and the marsh is just mud 
flats. 


Scroll down page 44 for yesterday's photos:

http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?9587-Wldlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2014/page44 



The marsh is located behind the Harbor Square commercial complex and can be 
difficult to find for first time visitors.   Here is a link to the marsh's home 
page: 


http://www.edmondswa.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation-a-cultural-services/edmonds-city-parks/edmonds-marsh.html 



Other Edmonds parks noted for bird watching can be found in the Birding Links 
section of the Puget Sound Bird Fest website: 

http://www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com/links


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Subject: RE: Diversionary Tactics
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:28:04 -0700
Just noticed I deleted the word 'tail' from my towhee description, should've 
read "fanning it's showy white spotted tail out widely. Must have gotten 
diverted again. 

Jeff G

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Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:39:54 -0700
Subject: [Tweeters] Diversionary Tactics




Thanks to Ellen Blackstone posting the BirdNote list's, I noted the title 
"Killdeer, Master of Distraction " program, which reminded me of other birds 
that have been diverting my attention lately. 

Back a few months ago I watched a Killdeer doin' " the ol' broken wing act" out 
on Pt. Wilson here in Port Townsend. It's a pretty good act - which I've seen a 
number of times over the years, in various locales. 

Then last month, my attention was diverted by a Spotted Towhee as I was looking 
for it's nest (thanks to a female Cowbird pointing out the location) here in my 
parents yard - the bird ran out the far side of the fuchsia bush where it was 
nesting, and fanning it's showy white spotted out widely, it drug it across the 
lawn, moving in a sort of jerky motion till it disappeared into a nearby hedge. 
Sure diverted my attention! 

My favorite bird diversion here so far though was a few weeks ago, as I snooped 
about the Kah Tai Prairie here in PT. This is a little prairie remnant being 
nurtured by the Washington Native Plant Society - lot of interesting plants in 
this little patch, which is possibly the only prairie in Washington surrounded 
by a low white-painted chain fence( the two little sections of it are located 
by the PT Golf Course parking lot). 

Anyhoo, I was walking around the edge of the prairie, when all of a sudden a 
male California Quail came bursting out from the unmowed prairie on to the 
surrounding mowed lawn and ran rapidly around me in big circles. Quail run 
quite fast. Simultaneously, the female, which was still in the unmowed area off 
to my right, was having what we used to call a "major spaz attack"- thrashing 
and jumping about like it's head was on fire. I was so gobsmacked by this 
double-whammy diversion, I didn't know where to look next - any thoughts I 
might of had of finding a quail nest driven from my head. I walked onward and 
peace returned to the prairie. 

For those needing even more excitement, nesting Goshawks could provide it. Back 
in the mid 70's I worked two summers in Stehekin, in the North Cascades. There 
was one section of trail, somewhere in the Valley, which had a Goshawk nest 
nearby, and over the season we received a list of reported Goshawk attacks on 
hikers - at least one actually getting nailed, and bleeding. For anyone seeking 
that nest, their attention was suddenly diverted to protecting their scalp 
instead. Hikers were running out of there! 

Jeff Gibsondiverted in,Port Townsend Wa




 		 	   		  

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Subject: Diversionary Tactics
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:39:54 -0700
Thanks to Ellen Blackstone posting the BirdNote list's, I noted the title 
"Killdeer, Master of Distraction " program, which reminded me of other birds 
that have been diverting my attention lately. 

Back a few months ago I watched a Killdeer doin' " the ol' broken wing act" out 
on Pt. Wilson here in Port Townsend. It's a pretty good act - which I've seen a 
number of times over the years, in various locales. 

Then last month, my attention was diverted by a Spotted Towhee as I was looking 
for it's nest (thanks to a female Cowbird pointing out the location) here in my 
parents yard - the bird ran out the far side of the fuchsia bush where it was 
nesting, and fanning it's showy white spotted out widely, it drug it across the 
lawn, moving in a sort of jerky motion till it disappeared into a nearby hedge. 
Sure diverted my attention! 

My favorite bird diversion here so far though was a few weeks ago, as I snooped 
about the Kah Tai Prairie here in PT. This is a little prairie remnant being 
nurtured by the Washington Native Plant Society - lot of interesting plants in 
this little patch, which is possibly the only prairie in Washington surrounded 
by a low white-painted chain fence( the two little sections of it are located 
by the PT Golf Course parking lot). 

Anyhoo, I was walking around the edge of the prairie, when all of a sudden a 
male California Quail came bursting out from the unmowed prairie on to the 
surrounding mowed lawn and ran rapidly around me in big circles. Quail run 
quite fast. Simultaneously, the female, which was still in the unmowed area off 
to my right, was having what we used to call a "major spaz attack"- thrashing 
and jumping about like it's head was on fire. I was so gobsmacked by this 
double-whammy diversion, I didn't know where to look next - any thoughts I 
might of had of finding a quail nest driven from my head. I walked onward and 
peace returned to the prairie. 

For those needing even more excitement, nesting Goshawks could provide it. Back 
in the mid 70's I worked two summers in Stehekin, in the North Cascades. There 
was one section of trail, somewhere in the Valley, which had a Goshawk nest 
nearby, and over the season we received a list of reported Goshawk attacks on 
hikers - at least one actually getting nailed, and bleeding. For anyone seeking 
that nest, their attention was suddenly diverted to protecting their scalp 
instead. Hikers were running out of there! 

Jeff Gibsondiverted in,Port Townsend Wa




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Subject: Greater Shearwater
From: Tyler Hicks <uplandsandpiper AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:29:07 -0500
Hi all,
I was about 45 miles off the Columbia River estuary out of Ilwaco last week 
fishing for tuna. I encountered many of the usual pelagics but while chumming 
with dead anchovies I caught sight of a Greater Shearwater. Seems like they are 
becoming more common off our coast. The numbers of Vellela vellela jellyfish 
are absolutely astounding. Large numbers of phalaropes and storm-petrels seem 
to be concentrated around the large rafts of live and dead jellyfish. 

Cheers,
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Subject: Belated report Fir I. 7/27: RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
From: Scott <scottratkinson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:24:21 -0700
Tweeters:
 
This is my first chance to report on an evening visit to the Skagit WMA Sunday 
night. I've always been one of those that believes July birding in this part of 
the world is typically slow and not worth the effort. But after steady toil 
through the weekend, I wanted to check on the southbound shorebird situation. 

 
Shorebirds were few, but a calling BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (FOS) was flying about 
over the main dike at the WMA headquarters. Less expected was a female COM. 
GOLDENEYE near the Hayton Reserve; this was the first that I've ever had in 
July at sea level west of the Cascades. I managed several photos but am now 
having trouble getting these up on flickr. Then the great highlight appeared: 
as I was looking southeast down the bay from Hayton, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK came 
into view through the scope as it flew over the shoreline. The cupped-wing 
flight, rufous in the shoulders above and in flight at the forewing below, were 
obvious, as was a rufous-banded breast. When the bird banked at one point, I 
was able to see well the white bands in the otherwise dark tail. The glare was 
great so the "windows" from above weren't as clear. It was a far-off bird that 
eluded photography, but I was able to follow it with the scope for over a 
minute, as it worked the shoreline and scrub adjacent. 

 
Back at Tiny's Land we have a number of PINE SISKINS now and 6-8 RED CROSSBILLS 
paying daily visits to the pond's fountain. Up to 12 W. TANAGERS are visible in 
the yard early also, often dropping down to the water's edge, and 
recently-fledged SPOTTED TOWHEES have joined other visitors this week at the 
feeder. 

 
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Subject: Nesting Rhinoceros Auklets
From: "Dave Parent" <dpdvm AT whidbey.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:21:10 -0700
I was on the 8:30pm ferry last night from Mukilteo to Clinton. I observed at
least 50 Rhinoceros Auklets flying south, many carrying fish back to their
nestlings. My question; Are these birds heading around Possession Point and
out to the Protection Island colony or is there a closer colony perhaps on
Whidbey? Any thoughts?
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Subject: Battle Ground yard birding
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:06:57 -0700
Hi Tweeters,

An update from my Battle Ground, Clark County yard:

- A Pileated Woodpecker flew over this morning - the first one since March
20
- The (a) singing Red-eyed Vireo.  Presumably, this is the same bird that
wanders around the neighborhood singing?
- Two Wilson's Warblers in the bushes in the yard.  I don't think they nest
within earshot of the house.
- One Black-throated Gray Warbler on those same bushes.  I think this was a
local nesting bird since I heard BTGys several times in late June-early
July.
- One Pacific-slope Flycatcher in those same bushes. I don't think they
nest within earshot of the house.
- Flyover Red Crossbills continue for the third time this week - all flying
north at different times during the day.

Has anyone noticed a sharp decline in the number of Black-headed Grosbeaks
at their feeders in the last 48 hours?  Mine have gone from about ten down
to about three.  At least the sunflower seed feeder lasts more than 1.5
days before refilling now!

I found a dead Black-throated Gray Warbler that's in good condition during
my neighborhood walk.  Any idea who may want it?

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim
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Subject: raven
From: "Diann MacRae" <tvulture AT gmx.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:30:08 +0200
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Subject: Skamania County Shorebirds
From: "Wilson Cady" <gorgebirds AT juno.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:27:07 GMT
Today, Eric Bjorkman, George Mayfield and I spent the day searching for 
shorebirds in Skamania County, where they are very tough to find. At the 
Doetsch Unit of Beacon Rock State park (accessed from Skamania Landing Rd.) we 
didn't even bother to check the pond when we noticed a crew of workers spraying 
weeds in the plantings around the new pond. This should be a good spot for a 
couple of seasons or until the vegetation covers the exposed mud that is there 
now. We found no waders at the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort pond but did have 
a MERLIN flyover while searching for Chats under the power line beyond the 
resort. At the mouth of Rock Creek, in Stevenson, we had 1 KILLDEER, 5 SPOTTED 
SANDPIPERS, 3 LEAST SANDPIPERS AND 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. This is only about 
the fourth or fifth record of dowitchers in the county and they were there both 
in the morning and again in the afternoon when we checked on our way back home. 
We checked the boat launch area at the mouth of the Wind River and found 1 
eclipse plumaged male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE and a male PURPLE MARTIN, but no 
shorebirds. One more SPOTTED SANDPIPER was found at Home Valley Park and then 
headed for the Klickitat County line to check the newly created mudflats and 
sandbars that were created when the dam was removed on the White Salmon River, 
we found no other shorebirds. This spot looks good but I don't think that there 
has been enough time to build up a population of insects etc. in the mud to 
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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins present at higher elevation
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:07:53 -0700
Hi Tweeters,

I had flyover Pine Siskin(s) from the yard (Battle Ground, Clark County)
yesterday as well as on July 23rd.  I also had a flyover at Ridgefield NWR
on July 25th while looking at the shorebirds.  Haven't had any at the
feeders yet.  They're back!

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

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> I saw two this morning on South Hill outside Puyallup, near the woods
> south of Ballou Junior High. They were flushed by a man running his dogs on
> the fields.
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> Bob Sundstrom  wrote:
>
> Have led trips in latter July to both Chinook Pass and Hurricane Ridge.
> Siskins were conspicuous at both of these areas in conifers, among the most
> often seen birds.
>
> Good birding, Bob
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> On Jul 27, 2014, at 8:48 PM, "James P. Beneteau" 
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> > Saw a pair of pine siskins at my feeders north of Arlington this
> morning!  First ones I've seen (other than a couple at Stevens Pass) since
> last September.
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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins present at higher elevation
From: Michael Brown <michael AT flycatcherfile.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:57:42 -0700
I saw two this morning on South Hill outside Puyallup, near the woods south of 
Ballou Junior High. They were flushed by a man running his dogs on the fields. 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Bob Sundstrom  wrote:

>Have led trips in latter July to both Chinook Pass and Hurricane Ridge. 
Siskins were conspicuous at both of these areas in conifers, among the most 
often seen birds. 

>
>Good birding, Bob
>
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>On Jul 27, 2014, at 8:48 PM, "James P. Beneteau"  
wrote: 

>
>> Saw a pair of pine siskins at my feeders north of Arlington this morning! 
First ones I've seen (other than a couple at Stevens Pass) since last 
September. 

>> 
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Subject: Pine Siskins present at higher elevation
From: Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus AT scattercreek.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:31:47 -0700
Have led trips in latter July to both Chinook Pass and Hurricane Ridge. Siskins 
were conspicuous at both of these areas in conifers, among the most often seen 
birds. 


Good birding, Bob

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> Saw a pair of pine siskins at my feeders north of Arlington this morning! 
First ones I've seen (other than a couple at Stevens Pass) since last 
September. 

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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Jana Henderson <janahen95 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:31:21 -0700
Re: Pine Siskins

Good for you Jim.  Still none seen here in Puyallup for this season.
I can tell the heat has had an effect on the woodpeckers a lot too.
Usually by this time would be the time of year when the Daddy Pileated
Woodpecker starts to bring the new baby and feed it mouth to mouth,
still has not happened yet.  That is usually mid-late July to early
August each year.  I have not been seeing the Downy, Hairy, Pileated's
or too many Flickers either.  Just one or two Flickers and a couple
Nuthatches, couple Goldfinches, couple Juncos, but quite a few
Chickadees.  I just looked at the journal and looks like I have not
seen a Pileated since 7/15 and it was a male and appeared to look
younger but it was eating on it's own and on 7/21 I only just heard
one call that evening but never did it come to eat.  Out of all the
birds I would say the Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatch have
appeared to not be bothered the most by the hot weather, besides
hummingbirds.  The hummers love the Bee Balm.  Hope you continue to
get to see them.  I have for sure missed them this season.

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Puyallup, WA
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Subject: From the Fill
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:20:02 -0700
Hey tweets, Alex MacKenzie's RUDDY DUCK (male in breeding plumage) is still 
present today, diving among the lily pads of Water Lily Cove, a sunrise of 
color in the dawn of a blue-sky day. Also in the lilies, a family of young WOOD 
DUCKS - it's always nice to see that such hole-breeders found the proper-sized 
hole in urban Seattle. 


The Wood Ducks remind me that this is the time of year when you can see how 
well the breeders have done. American Robins seem to have exploded. I see 
numerous juveniles with spotted breasts mixed in with the abundant adults. 
Marsh Wrens did well, too, and Song Sparrows. The Pied-billed Grebes had some 
success, but nothing like we've seen in some past years. Ditto for the 
Gadwalls, Mallards, and Cinnamon Teals. A few juvenile Crows have taken to 
following their parents around, begging for food in a voice that is even more 
annoying than I remember my toddlers using for similar requests. The two 
Talaris juvenile eagles are perching in random snags around the Fill, waiting 
for Ma and Pa to appear with food. When they aren't working hard to provide, 
the parent eagles seem to be trying to skulk off and hide. How well I remember 
those days in my own family. 


The summer breeders are starting to head out, and you can almost feel the 
seasons turning as the Earth ponderously tilts away from the Sun and the days 
get shorter. Red-winged Blackbirds have grown more scarce, as have Tree and 
Cliff Swallows, Savannah Sparrows, and Common Yellowthroats. I'm always a bit 
sad to find them gone. On the plus side, the gulls are coming back, and the 
flocking birds are flocking up, including clouds of Bushtits. I love to watch a 
Bushtit flock, don't you? especially as the birds fly from bush to bush, like 
leaves blown in the wind. 


New grass is already sprouting abundantly in the burned field, and I think the 
blackberry will be intimadated for a good while. They say fire is good for 
prairies, and I can certainly see that here, though a grass fire in the city is 
nothing to wish for, exactly. 


Just a quick reminder that tomorrow from 11 to noon is Fill Walk-About Time, 
when we try to impress the WashDOT and UWBG people with our commitment to this 
place and show our respect for the wildlife here so everyone can see it's not 
just worth preserving, it's worth enhancing. If you can make it and say hi to 
us as we walk around, that would be so helpful. 


Here is a poem for you today:

They leave silently in the night, 
our sometime summer birds. 
No goodbyes, no fanfare. 
Just here one day, missing the next. 
Oh, sad missing.

- Connie, Seattle

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Subject: Note from Roy - Pine Siskins
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds AT outlook.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:58:50 -0700
Two on Saturday - didn't see them Sunday, but here's hoping.

May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis 
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Subject: Edmonds marsh 7-27-14
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:36:05 -0700
I believe I spotted four lesser yellowlegs and a short-billed dowitcher at the 
Edmonds marsh late afternoon/early evening Sunday (7/27) .  I am not an expert 
on shorebirds.  Feel free to check out my photos at the top of page 44 to see 
if you concur/disagree with my identifications. 




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Subject: Piling sand birds question
From: Linda Talman <linda.talman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:27:03 -0700
I live in La Conner where we have a nice new board walk - and are in the 
process of adding stage two of it. Turns out that new pilings that are exposed 
are metal and have an inverted cone top - thus reducing a perching opportunity 
for birds. 


Does anyone have knowledge of an entity enhancing bird habitat in a project of 
this nature? 


Thanks, 

Linda

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Subject: Re highway 2 birding.
From: "James P. Beneteau" <beneteau AT wavecable.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:55:31 -0700
One of the best spots I've been to is the Iron Goat rest area/ 
trailhead.  The parking lot area has lots of activity, though the 
last time we had difficulty actually seeing the birds. Sure could 
hear them though. The ski area is pretty good too.

Jim Beneteau
Arlington, Wa 

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Subject: Pine Siskins!
From: "James P. Beneteau" <beneteau AT wavecable.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:48:20 -0700
Saw a pair of pine siskins at my feeders north of Arlington this 
morning!  First ones I've seen (other than a couple at Stevens Pass) 
since last September.

Jim Beneteau
Arlington, Wa 

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Subject: Eide Road Apology
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:43:55 -0700
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Subject: Re: Eide Road Help - More Info than You Probably Wanted (and thanks to Michael Willison in absentia)
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:20:31 -0700
Legue Island and Eide Road areas are the same.  
Yes we are talking about the Island just before 
coming to Camano Island from Stanwood. It is SOUTH 
of the Bridge and is a little difficult to get to 
(legally).

Here is a link with good info: 
http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/skagit/Leque%20Island/

I generally cross the bridge from Stanwood to 
Camano (going west) and after passing Eide Road 
itself (illegal to make a direct left turn on to 
it) turn into a crude small pull out (near some ok 
habitat) - check that area out and then turn left 
back onto that same road - getting more difficult 
with traffic) and then make the legal right turn 
onto Eide Road itself.  While the area is often 
birdy immediately, especially now I just head to 
the parking areas and then to the ponds.  A WDFG 
Pass is required.

Go down Eide Road until it turns to the right and 
then follow it (along the dike) past the first 
parking area and park in the second one (western 
most).  I then walk west down the road and turn 
north (right) once I hit the black covered 
concrete dyke barrier and head into the grass 
towards the ponds which should by then be 
visible.  I always wear high boots as it is muddy 
and wet and they are a big help to move to 
different areas.

There are three ponds although sometimes the 
Eastern most one can be dry.  All are affected 
somewhat by tides.  I generally just go in as 
above and that takes me directly to the western 
end of the central pond - the largest.  From there 
I can also see some of the third (western most 
pond).  While there are generally more birds on 
the central pond, there can be many birds and some 
good species) on either of the other ponds as well.

It is possible to get to a vantage point for the 
first pond from the point above but it takes some 
slogging and bushwhacking.  That pond can also be 
accessed directly from the aforementioned road - 
on a crude path through the grass before you get 
to the covered concrete dyke.  That first 
path/trail leads to a crude blind used by hunters 
right at the first pond.  The problem there is 
that it is somewhat difficult to get to the second 
pond from there (again slogging/bushwhacking).

This may be TMI for some - hope it helps others.  
There are birds in the area other than in the 
ponds but right now at least - the ponds are the 
star attractions.

Have fun.

Feel free to contact me offline for anything else.

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Edmonds

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Subject: Eide Rd help (Mitchell Von Rotz)
From: Mitch <biglou22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:39:13 -0700
Hello tweeters, I've read a few emails about shorebirds on Eide Rd. Am I
right in that it's on the little "island" between Stanwood and Camano? And
if so, what are the ponds you all are referring to? I have a feeling I am
being Mr Magoo. Thanks in advance! You can also answer me directly if you
prefer

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Subject: Around Othello (Adams, also some Grant Co)
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:16:34 -0400
At neither Perch Point nor Lind Coulee (water levels are way too high there) 
south of Moses Lake I was able to find shorebirds today (but note, I am not 
able to walk much; they may be there), but Forster's Tern and Clark's Grebe 
were easy to see. 

7 Burrowing Owls were along Lemaster Rd (between Cunningham and Lee) east of 
Othello. 

There was however a good selection of shorebirds at Para Ponds NW of Othello: 3 
Baird's, 2 Semipalmated, 1 Least, 2 Western and 1 Spotted Sandpiper, a pair of 
Black-necked Stilts, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Red-necked and 8 Wilson's 
Phalaropes, and lots of Long-billed Dowitchers. A few Tricolored Blackbirds 
were feeding in the mud as well. Of the 12 Caspian Terns, 1 was a begging 
juvenile. Some 30 White Pelicans overhead. 

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Subject: Where are all the ducks/grebes?
From: Michelle LaMoustique <lamoustique AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:05:48 -0700
Someone posted recently about the low count of shorebirds. I am new to the area 
(Vancouver, WA), but I have come here the last three summers.  In 2011 I saw a 
lot of ducks and pied-billed grebes at Ridgefield NWR, as well as in 2012.  
Yes, they were mostly mallards, but there were also Ruddy Ducks and Wood 
Ducks.  This year I have not seen any Ruddy Ducks. I have seen some Wood Ducks 
and some Mallards, but far fewer than previously.  I saw no grebes at all.  The 
first time I went to Ridgefield two weeks ago I saw no ducks at all, and only 
ONE Wilson's Snipe.  This in an area where last year the sound of winnowing was 
everywhere.  If this is climate change, I don't like it! 

Oh, yes, last summer I did see a Great-tailed Grackle perched on a utility pole 
in Salmon Creek ( I reported to e-bird but I think I did so incorrectly because 
the report never showed up).  If they are moving this far north, you can bet 
there is some serious climate disruption in the making. I can remember when 
they first started moving into the area I lived in in California, people were 
excited. Now they are common and they are breeding in areas they never did 
before. 


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Subject: Shorebirds on 26 July 2014
From: "B&PBell" <bellasoc AT isomedia.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:33:02 -0700
Yesterday morning, Andy McCormick and I arrived at Eide Road just after 6 AM
for shorebirding. The first pond we stopped at had many GREATER and one
LESSER YELLLOWLEGS and one WILSON'S PHALAROPE. Something caused them all to
flush down to a nearby, larger pond. We worked our way down to that one and
had very nice looks at LONG-BILLED and at least one SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER,
WESTERN (many), LEAST (one), and PECTORAL SANDPIPERs and a KILLDEER. Some of
the yellowlegs were working the far side of the pond. A NORTHERN HARRIER
flew over and everybody flushed and scattered. Many of them came back and we
got really nice close looks at the Dowitchers under ideal sunny lighting.
Several MARCH WRENs were singing around us. 

 

A RED-TAILED HAWK was perched in the distance, a BALD EAGLE flew over, a few
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDs were around. A single female MALLARD came into the
pond. BARN and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWs were overhead. We could hear CASPIAN
TERNs in the distance. Several GREAT BLUE HERONs were present. Along the
road were many SAVANNAH and SONG SPARROWs (including one feeding a young
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD), HOUSE SPARROWs, HOUSE FINCH, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.

 

When we initially turned onto Eide Road there were a couple of MOURNING
DOVEs on the wires. Just east of the bridge toward Stanwood there was an
AMERICAN KESTREL.

 

At the Stanwood Treatment Ponds there were MALLARDs, RING-NECKED DUCKs, a
few GADWALL, a few RUDDY DUCKs, lots of PIED-BILLED GREBEs, an AMERICAN
COOT, and a single female BUFFLEHEAD.

 

Along Boe Road there were many perched BARN, VIOLET-GREEN, CLIFF and a few
TREE SWALLOWs, a RED-TAILED HAWK, MARSH WRENs and SONG SPARROWs. 

 

At Thomle Road there were EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVEs, EUROPEAN STARLINGs, a
BELTED KINGFISHER, an AMERICAN KESTREL,

 

At the Skagit Game Range there were EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVEs, CEDAR WAXWINGs,
AMERICAN ROBIN, HOUSE FINCH, SONG SPARROW (also feeding a BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRD), at least two WESTERN WOOD-PEWEEs, a WILLOW FLYCATCHER and several
YELLOW WARBLERs including juveniles.

 

At the Hayton Preserve there was a KILLDEER, a few LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERs, a
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a NORTHERN HARRIER, some CLIFF SWALLOWs, several GREAT
BLUE HERONs, a MARSH WREN, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, some SAVANNAH SPARROWs and
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.

 

It was a nice day out with some great looks at shorebirds.

 

Good Birding

 

Brian H. Bell

Woodinville WA

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Subject: Edmonds marsh yellowlegs and dowitcher 7-26-14
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:09:57 -0700
Saturday evening, about an hour before sunset, I photographed a yellowlegs and 
a dowitcher at the Edmonds marsh.  You can view my photos of the two birds by 
scrolling down page 43 to make the greater/lesser and long-billed/short-billed 
determinations. 




http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?9587-Wldlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2014/page43 


 
 
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Subject: Ruddy Duck at the Fill
From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:29:08 -0700
I was surprised to see a Ruddy Duck at the Montlake Fill (AKA Union
Bay Natural Area, Seattle) this morning, out on the lake between the
Turtle Logs and East Point.  Two blurry photos may be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/14571908197/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/14571908197/

The Fill has been lovely this weekend, with lots of youngsters about
-- in two mornings I saw a juvenile Song Sparrow, RWBB, Cedar Waxwing,
AMGO, and a Violet-Green Swallow, the latter being fed -- see much
better photos of the swallow feeding at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/14564400039/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/14750742562/

Also had a Northern Harrier fly-over Saturday morning, and the adult
eagles have been quite active.  Plus young Marsh Wrens taking dirt
baths in the paths -- really quite a fabulous place to be of late.

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Subject: Geolocator Study of Semipalmated Sandpiper - video
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:55:35 -0700
A nice calm little video - good for those who might be a bit unsure and in the 
dark about some aspects of banding. Found it after looking at Scott Ramos' 
videos in his and Evan Houston's Tweeters' post in today's digest - great 
finds, guys ! Thanks for the report. 


from 2 wks ago - filmed at Hudson Bay - featuring Shorebird Research Scientist, 
Brad Winn, of TheManumetCenter - nice simple explanation of what was done to 
gain info from one sandpiper's 10,000 mi. migratory trip - shows the tiny bird 
and it's release, once the geolocator was removed, plus a line of data 
retrieved from the chip. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG_93Sy9xfE


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Subject: Duckling Dreams | Union Bay Watch
From: Larry Hubbell <ldhubbell AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:53:31 -0700
Tweeters,

Have you noticed which type of young duckling is most common on Union Bay these 
days? The mallards seem to have been pushed out of first place at least for the 
last week or so. Although I am sure the mallards have long since secured their 
1st place position for annual reproduction. You can see more at: 


http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2014/07/duckling-dreams.html

Have a great day on Union Bay…where nature lives in the city!

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Subject: BirdNote - last week, and the week of July 27, 2014
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen AT 123imagine.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:04:06 -0700
Hey, Tweets,A Peregrine Falcon eats on the wing... on the fly, so to speak. 
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Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:06:53 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Bandtails nesting / Caryn / Wedgwood
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1 AT seanet.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:49:12 -0700
Tweeters -

Guess the nesting season is not over yet - just spotted the Bandtailed nest I 
thought might be there. Can see heads in the nest and parents going to it. I 
had seen an adult "scuffle" earlier nearby. The nest is in a cedar tree right 
near the birch I'd seen them holding twigs. 


I must go study my find now. Not that easy to see, but nonetheless exciting 
since the hummers are gone - yet many feeding happily here. 


Any behavior I should watch for? It will be fun to see the young.

Just hope those merlins a few streets over don't find them...

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Subject: Bald Eagle nest collapse in Kent - branchers OK - video by Ralph Meier
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:35:41 -0700
Any other collapsed nests seen after "The Great Soaking" this past week ?

07/25/14 RHM Bald Eagles Nest Collapsed (11 Wk Old Eaglets Ok & Branching) HD


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Subject: Fill needs your help
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:27:08 -0700
Hey tweets, On Tuesday, July 29, WashDOT and UWBG representatives will be 
walking with me, Dennis Paulson, and members of Seattle Audubon's Conservation 
Committee around the Fill to discuss WashDOT's mitigation plans for Montlake 
Fill. 


FYI, WashDOT plans to spend $2 million at the Fill to mitigate the destruction 
of wetlands around Foster Island by the expansion of the 520 bridge. If you 
want to see a copy of their plan, email me privately. 


To summarize the plan, they will convert the Dime Lot (E-5) and entry road into 
new wetlands. That's great, except the wetlands will be the kind that attract 
waterfowl, not shorebirds. Further, they plan to plant impenetrable buffers 
around all the ponds of the Fill, to keep out people and dogs. This is 
supposedly to control the problems of off-leash dogs, and of people making 
social trails. 


I am opposed to buffers of any kind. We don't have a big problem with people or 
dogs disrespecting the rules. What problems we do have, I believe could be 
controlled by social pressure and signage. 


I am trying to get WashDOT and UWBG to modify their draft plan to do two 
things: 

1. Build shorebird habitat anew, or else restore Main Pond to its former 
treeless, bush-less state so that shorebirds will use it again (we have 
suffered a catastrophic loss of shorebird migrants in the last five years). 


2. Delete all plans for buffers around the ponds.

You can help.

I would very much like to have tons of birders show up on Tuesday (from 11 a.m. 
to noon) to just walk around and bird, staying on the gravel paths. I would 
also like to see tons of dogs on leashes. The idea would be to graphically 
demonstrate to WashDOT and UWBG that we are a large, caring community who love 
this place and respect it. 


Can you come? Can you spread the word? 

I will try to find out from WashDOT the name of the person you can write to, if 
you want to email your thoughts. Right now, I don't know who that is. - Connie, 
Seattle 


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Subject: Cedar Waxwing vocalizing at Totem Lake, Kirkland
From: Hank <hank.heiberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:46:02 -0700
> 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14558773128/
> 
> Hank Heiberg
> Lake Joy
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> hankdotheibergatgmaildotcom
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> 
> Sent from my iPad
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Subject: truly concerning bird news!
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:02:25 +0100
hey everyone,

ian paulson just sent me the link to this Seattle Times story by the
brilliant Seattle Times environmental journalist, Craig Welch:

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024155783_birddeclinesxml.html

i am stunned, especially as we as a nation now are nearly face-to-face the
dreaded centennial of the extinction of the passenger pigeon (and other
iconic north american wildlife, such as the carolina parakeet and Rocky
Mountain locust, just to name a few).

i would be most interested to know what your reactions are, whether any of
you have or are participating in these bird surveys, and whether these
dramatic declines represent shifting baselines for you? i certainly
remember huge flocks of western grebes and large numbers of seaducks and
fairly large numbers of loons ... but it appears my personal memories are
not only distant in space, but also in time, and that i may be in for a
heartbreaking shock if i return.

-- 
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Subject: Stanwood shorebirds
From: Scott Ramos <lsr AT ramoslink.info>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:48:25 -0700
Reports of shorebirds passing through stimulated a visit to some hotspots in 
Snohomish and Skagit counties where Evan Houston and I had success finding some 
fun birds. 


Eide Rd - we had 10 species of shorebird, including Long- and Short-billed 
Dowitcher, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Least, Western, Pectoral and 
Semipalmated Sandpipers, Killdeer, and Wilson’s Phalarope. Also present were 6 
species of swallow and many dozens of Savannah Sparrow. 

Port Susan Bay - here we had 5 species of shorebird, including Killdeer, Least, 
Pectoral and Western Sandpiper, and Long-billed Dowitcher. The PESA flew into a 
mud patch right in front of us, giving great looks. At the entrance to Boe Rd, 
a couple of juvenile Bullock’s Orioles were chatting away, with the parents 
calling nearby, as was a Black-headed Grosbeak. 

Wiley Slough - shorebirds were harder to come by here, with just Killdeer and 
Least Sandpiper, although a Spotted Sandpiper gave a brief appearance. Hooded 
Mergansers and Cinnamon Teal were present as well. Yellow Warblers were 
everywhere, a couple of Swainson’s Thrush were whitting, a Cooper’s Hawk made a 
fly-by, and a juvenile Peregrine Falcon flew across the ponds to land in a tree 
not 20 m from us, but seemed pretty unstable in flight and on perch, like it 
was on training wheels. The best was to come at the end: we heard, then saw an 
Eastern Kingbird, then another, and finally, Evan’s persistence located a nest 
with two nestlings still present. The adults took turns feeding the chicks 
while we watched! 


Videos
Semipalmated Sandpiper: http://youtu.be/IKjNJb7Ozy8
Bullock’s Oriole: http://youtu.be/6ahIaHT__Ig

Checklists
Eide Rd: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19217603 (SESA photo)
Port Susan Bay: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19214904 (PESA 
photo) 

Wiley Slough: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19217763 (EAKI 
photo) 


For the day, 70 species.
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Subject: Edmonds marsh merlin 7-25-14
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:43:47 -0700
Friday afternoon (7/25/14) I once again saw the merlin at the Edmonds marsh.  
Scroll down page 43 for photos: 



 http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?9587-Wldlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2014/page43 

 
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Subject: ideas for birding along highway 2
From: tredick christina <cjt37 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:59:36 -0700
Hi everyone, I am looking for good birding spots along highway 2
Any ideas?
 
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Subject: photos with a definite connection to birds, but not of birds !
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:05:41 -0700
After seeing a BirdNote segment by David Sibley, on a similar subject (see next 
Tues.'s piece), I decided to post a link here that seems to be of a related 
'nature': 




http://themindunleashed.org/2014/07/30-magical-photos-children-playing-around-world.html 


No birds, but lots of 'nature - al' joy!

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Subject: Eastern Kingbird
From: Bill Brynteson <wnbrynteson AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:47:32 -0700
Thought it was interesting to see an Easter Kingbird on the eastern side of the 
Boeing pond in Kent yesterday afternoon. A King County first for me! 


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Subject: Ocean Shores weekend
From: Dianna Moore <dlmoor2 AT coastaccess.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:16:20 -0700
Hi Tweets: Just a word to those who may want to come out to see what the
shorebird situation is this weekend in Ocean Shores...this is the weekend
of the Harley's. Not only is the town full of people, but the sounds of
nature are not noticeable due to the rumble of the hogs.

Whether you love them or hate them....they ARE a presence to be reckoned
with for the next several days...many take the whole week off to come enjoy
what promises to be a decent weather break.

Just a heads-up!

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Subject: From the Fill today
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:24:22 -0700
Hey tweets, I couldn't resist an early-morning jaunt to the Fill, despite the 
fact that I'm supposed to take my daughter in for eye surgery today. I figured 
I could just about make it half-way around the Loop Trail in the two hours of 
daylight I got this morning before I simply had to be back home. 


I'm so glad I went! On Main Pond was a Western Sandpiper still in breeding 
plumage. I came upon this bird just as the sun came out from behind the clouds 
and lit up its feathers like glowing embers. Overhead, a troupe of Violet-green 
Swallows were joined by two BLACK SWIFTS. Whenever I see these birds at the 
Fill, they always seem to pop up out of an invisible black hole, not here one 
second, then poof! here. They drifted with the swallows until a Merlin came 
rocketing through, then they floated off east, perhaps back to the foothills. 


Meanwhile, the Merlin took itself off to Foster Island, and all the other birds 
came out of hiding. There are hordes of finches, large numbers of Cedar 
Waxwings (with juveniles), and Common Yellowthroats still singing, though the 
males look pretty raggedy. A glorious morning. 


Here is a poem for you today:

Tiny traveler from the tundra, 
you look so weak, 
but your russet wings are strong. 
They will carry you far, 
far away where I cannot follow.

--Connie, Seattle

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Subject: Eaglets
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:58:31 -0700
Hey tweets, one of the Talaris neighbors who keeps an eye on our local eagles 
and their progeny reports that the eaglets are doing really great this year. 
They are learning to fly sooner than usual and have been out and about in the 
trees nearby. So all is well. They have become quite vocal, demanding food from 
their hard-working parents. It's the human equivalent of the teenage years, I 
guess. Unlike human parents, though, the adult eagles will soon be saying 
enough is enough, you're on your own, kiddo. No moving back in with the folks. 
Stony, but effective. We are about to fledge one somewhat elderly child 
ourselves, but two more will be wanting fish on the table soon. We have been 
wondering about the possibility of moving to Mars and changing our names. On 
the other hand, then all we would hear would be the ticking of the clocks, a 
very loud sound in an empty nest. 


Here is a poem for you today:

Cries fill the uncaring sky. 
It is a young eagle calling his parents. 
"Bring fish!" 
They do not come. 
He is old enough to catch his own now.

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Subject: RE: One more on Mountain Beaver fleas (I promise, no more)
From: Rob Conway <robin_birder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:12:19 +0000
I have seen these fleas - so large I thought they were beatles at first, then I 
saw them hop. They were in a MB burrow that I had "deconstructed". I wish I had 
collected a specimen - they were about 1/2" long. 


Rob Conway 
Camas, WA
45.58°N 122.44°W - elevation 310 ft.
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From: jbroadus AT seanet.com
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:50:23 -0700
To: tweeters AT u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] One more on Mountain Beaver fleas (I promise, no more)

>From Flea News Vol. 49:
The host is the mountain beaver, Aplodontia rufa, a primitive rodent with a 
restricted range from northern Califonia to extreme southwestern British 
Columbia. According to the literature, ten species of fleas have been reported 
from this host. Five of these are obviously strays from other hosts, or at 
least accidental associations. ... 

Hystrichopsylla schefferi has the distinction of being the largest, 
non-neosomic flea in the entire order, and females may exceed one centimeter in 
length. All members of the genus are considered primitive by most students of 
the order and the most plesiomorphic taxa seem mostly associated with 
insectivores, although host specificity is not particularly strong in this 
genus. That the largest and one of the most primitive species is associated 
with such a primitive host suggests a fascinating evolutionary complex of taxa 
that has been lost to us through extinction of their hosts. Lewis & Lewis 
(1994) discuss this species in more details. 


Seems the evolutionary progenitor of the Mountain Beaver supported some mighty 
big fleas. 


Jerry BroadusPuyallup, WA
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Subject: Migrants Clark and Skamania County
From: "Wilson Cady" <gorgebirds AT juno.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:29:25 GMT
 I did a quick stop at the Steigerwald Lake NWR, near Washougal, Clark County 
where I found two BLACK SWIFTS flying low over the fields near the parking lot. 
At home, on Mt. Pleasant, Skamania County we had a nice male WILSON'S WARBLER 
moving through our shrubbery. Wilson Cady 

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Subject: Birds moving around, Tiny's Land, n. Lake Stevens
From: Scott <scottratkinson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:38:39 -0700
Tweeters:
 
With the weather change the last few days, a few of our local nesters have been 
moving around. Last Sunday, July 20th, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was along the 
edge of the little pond by the Marysville YMCA--clearly a local migrant as they 
don't nest here. Today, we had a YELLOW WARBLER in the yard--not a breeder 
here, and normally only around in fall (rare in spring too). We also had a high 
of four RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS here today, busily attending the showy Policeman's 
Helmet (Impatiens glandulifera) at the yard's edge. For about a week now, we've 
had 1-2 PINE SISKINS, the first I've had in a long while here. Lots of evidence 
of breeders (PAC-SLOPE FLY, HUTTON'S VIREO, W. TANAGER) in the yard also 
lately. 

 
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Subject: RE: July 24 shorebirds at Ridgefield NWR - Wilson's Phalarope
From: "Randy Hill" <re_hill AT q.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:15:51 -0700
Shortly after Jim departed a Spotted Sandpiper wandered into view as well, at 
the east end by stop #12. 


 

Randy Hill

Ridgefield

 

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces AT mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Jim 
Danzenbaker 

Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:39 AM
To: tweeters tweeters; OBOL
Subject: [Tweeters] July 24 shorebirds at Ridgefield NWR - Wilson's Phalarope

 

Hi Tweeters and OBOLers,

 

For the third consecutive morning, I visited Ridgefield NWR, Clark County, WA 
to find out how shorebird diversity and quantity have changed over the last 
several days. This morning's shorebird tally on S. Big Lake (on the right side 
of the auto tour loop on the south end of Rest Lake - between markers 11 and 
12) follows (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday): 


 

Killdeer: 15-15-10

Semipalmated Plover: 1-1-3

Greater Yellowlegs: 15-18-28

Lesser Yellowlegs: 1-1-1

Least Sandpiper: 40-25-49

Western Sandpiper: 12-0-6

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1-0-0

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER 0-0-1

Pectoral Sandpiper: 5-4-1

Long-billed Dowitcher: 10-15-45

Wilson's Snipe: 6-12-8

SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 0-1-0

WILSON'S PHALAROPE: 0-0-1

 

Shorebird enthusiasts who are planning to visit the refuge should consult the 
local tide table. High tide or the rising tide is best (closest to Vancouver 
tides:http://www.ezfshn.com/Tides/USA/Washington/Vancouver). Mornings also seem 
best. 


 

Daily sightings of River Otter continue.  

 

The southwest corner of Rest Lake is beginning to attract shorebirds including 
Long-billed Dowitcher (15) and Greater Yellowlegs (5) this morning. 


 

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

 

Jim

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Subject: Nisqually NWR Wednesday walk, July 23rd.
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:31:48 -0700
Hi Tweets,

ten of us actually enjoyed a fairly birdy day at the Refuge with first of
year MCGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, lots of other warbler action, and great looks
at VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, WILSON'S SNIPE, LONG-BILLED/SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER,
and BANK SWALLOW.  The weather was intermittent rain with temperatures in
the 50's degrees Fahrenheit.  Fortunately we did not have any
thunderstorms.  We observed many frogs on the old Nisqually River Dike, and
saw at least three different species including Bullfrog, Red-legged Frog
and Pacific Chorus Frog.

At 8 am at the Visitor Center Pond Overlook we observed the GREAT BLUE
HERON, described previously by Jerry Broadus on Tweeters last week, with
white primaries (5th-10th on left wing, approximately 5th-6th on right
wing), and patchy yellow skin on legs.  Many BARN SWALLOW, CLIFF SWALLOW
and TREE SWALLOW surround the area, but nesting seems over.  WOOD DUCK,
CEDAR WAXWING, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, WESTERN TANAGER, and AMERICAN
GOLDFINCH were also seen.

SPOTTED TOWHEE and BEWICK'S WREN was observed at the east entrance to the
Twin Barns Loop Trail.  Many  BROWN CREEPER were seen feeding along the
Riparian Forest Overlook with lots of vocalization.  Nathanael discovered a
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE nest with two juveniles on the inside of the loop trail
75 feet north of the Riparian Forest Overlook cut-off approximately 75 feet
high in a Maple Tree.  The adults were actively feeding.

Along the east branch of the loop trail we saw many birds.  At the south
overlook we observed are FOY MCGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER.  As well we saw a pair
of WILSON'S WARBLER feeding a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD juvenile, several YELLOW
WARBLER, DOWNY WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE.  Further down the trail we picked up BALD EAGLE,
and PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER.

At the Nisqually River cut-off, there were dozens of plain green frogs
jumping around on the old Nisqually River Dike.  There were faint spots on
the topside of the rear legs, and white undersides.  Initially we thought
they were Red-legged Frogs, but after some research I think they may have
been immature Bullfrogs.  Ken found a Red-legged Frog later on near the
Twin Barns.  Several Pacific Chorus Frogs were also observed.

At the Nisqually River Overlook, we were treated to three BELTED
KINGFISHERS.  Another BEKI was seen at the Twin Barns Overlook, as well
NORTHERN HARRIER, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, WARBLING VIREO, and a SONG SPARROW
feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird.

Out on the Nisqually Estuary Trail, we enjoyed scoping the mudflats on the
salt water side and the marsh on the freshwater side.  The mudflats of the
tidal estuary were actively foraged by hundreds of swallows.  We observed
approximately 100 peeps in the distance with the low tide, most likely
LEAST SANDPIPER and WESTERN SANDPIPER.  Several RING-BILLED GULL were
feeding.  Two GREATER YELLOWLEGS were observed feeding in Leschi Slough.
 An adult DOWNY WOODPECKER male was seen feeding a juvenile on dead
Elderberry bush and Cattail leaves.  Many SAVANNAH SPARROW, COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT, and MARSH WREN were seen.  On the fresh water side, we had
great views of VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, WILSON'S SNIPE and LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER.  There were two black cotton ball like Virginia Rail chicks with
one of the adults.  We closely examined the Dowitchers (22) to find two
with spotting on the sides of the breast, light bellies, and broader white
barring on the tail to convince us we had two SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS in
the group.  Picking through the waterfowl which is predominantly MALLARD,
we also observed GADWALL, CINNAMON TEAL, HOODED MERGANSER, and AMERICAN
COOT.  Although unconfirmed from our photo on eBird last week, we had great
looks at a BANK SWALLOW foraging over the fresh water marsh.  The BANS was
smaller then the surrounding immature Tree Swallows, with a brown back,
lighter brown lower back, thinner wings, white throat, and distinct dark
brown neck tie across the breast.  We also had a fly over of 5 PURPLE
MARTIN, many CANADA GOOSE, and BALD EAGLE.

On our return, we observed WILLOW FLYCATCHER.  We also saw a Common
Yellowthroat feeding another Brown-headed Cowbird.

59 Species for the day, and 166 species for the year.  Not a bad day
considering the rain showers.

Mammals seen Muskrat and immature Long-tailed Weasel or Mink.  Frogs seen
Bullfrog, Red-legged Frog, and Pacific Chorus Frog.

Until next week when we meet again at 8 am.

Good birding,
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Browns Point
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Subject: Good Godwit!
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:09 -0700
Some of my favorite items to read are written descriptions of unknown birds, 
especially by beginning birdwatchers. The best ones are long detailed 
descriptions including more features than are exhibited by any living bird. 
Sometimes it takes a little mental detection work to pick out the facts from 
the whatever's. Sort of fun. 

But sometimes one will see a very unusual bird, doing unusual things, in 
unusual places. Or maybe not, really. 

Last week I was checking out the eelgrass beds at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, 
and standing quietly on the sandy beach, when I caught some bird movement out 
of the corner of my eye. I turned quickly to see a brownish bird fly up from 
the sand, and instantly spotted the diagnostic long, upturned bill of a Godwit! 
"Cool" I thought, particularly since I am rarely in the same place as a Godwit, 
as far as I've noticed. 

But then the Godwit made an seemingly un- godwit -like move - it flew up under 
pilings of the Marine Science Center pier and disappeared up there. This all 
happened fairly quickly. 

"Hey, wait a minute!" I thought, and barely had to, since the bird soon came 
out and flew back down to the beach. Remarkably it's long beak had fallen off! 

Well not really, because, you see, this bird was actually a brown-colored Rock 
Dove. Another Rock Dove flying up under the pier with a long strand of nesting 
material trailing from its bill made me realize that what I'd seen was the 
brown Rock Dove with a curved twig sticking forward from it's bill. 

"Good Godwit, buddy!" I called over to the impersonating pigeon, who was 
picking up more nest stuff. It was a pretty entertaining show. 

For the record it was bright and a bit misty - and hey, the sun might possibly 
have been in my eyes. 


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Subject: Eaglets
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:21:24 -0700
Hey tweets, My husband John just called to say he thinks the Talaris eaglets 
may be on the ground. He couldn't see them for sure, because McCaw (the new 
owner) has put up a spite fence around the property and No Trespassing signs 
and surveillance cameras and vigilant guards to shoo people away. But John says 
he heard eaglet cries that seemed to be coming from ground level. If you find 
out more, please post. - Connie, Seattle 


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Subject: From the Fill
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:19:19 -0700
Hey tweets, Great day at the Fill after the stormy weather of yesterday. Most 
notable bird: a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER in the cattails along the lakeshore near 
K-2 (the Green's bench), identified by call and in flight. It looked to be 
almost completely in winter plumage. 


Also present: a WESTERN KINGBIRD hawking for insects from the triple tree in 
Hunn Meadow East. 


Other notables: a SPOTTED SANDPIPER foraging on the lily pads of Water Lily 
Cove; a Red-tailed Hawk flyover; American Coots are back; a Scaup (sp) was out 
on the lake; juvenile HOODED MERGANSER on Main Pond; a Ring-billed Gull on the 
lake. 


As you know, I love the rare birds that I see at the Fill, so I am walking on 
air about the kingbird and dowitcher. But you can't live on air alone. The real 
bread-and-butter experiences of everyday life are what must sustain you, and 
this is what the Fill *always* grants. Today, for example, I watched a Bald 
Eagle hunting two Mallards on Water Lily Cove. The eagle was an experienced 
hunter and kited itself over the water waiting for the poor ducks to dive 
themselves into exhaustion, Mallards not being known for their underwater 
skills. But these two Mallards were savvy beyond belief. Instead of surfacing 
their whole bodies, they would stick only their heads up out of their dive, a 
target too small for the eagle to attack (Mallards not having Brainiac-sized 
beans). Eventually, it was the eagle who became exhausted and staggered off to 
recover, while the Mallards popped up none the worse for wear and commenced 
flapping their wings in victory. 


The Great Blue Heron who has parked itself on Main Pond was there again today, 
capturing goldfish-sized fish by the dozen. I timed its hunt: the heron was 
swallowing at least five fish per minute. That's about as fast as I can eat a 
healthy snack of kale chips, prepared by my health-food-conscious daughter who 
is trying to woo me away from Doritos. At this rate, I get full of kale chips 
after about 10 minutes. The heron, however, kept cramming down fish for more 
than 45 minutes. I had to take my hat off to it. 


I don't know if I told you, but we recently had another fire at the Fill, 
probaby caused by fireworks. This fire didn't get very far, burning up the 
field along the east side of the Loop Trail. New grass has already sprouted, 
and the burned seeds are beginning to attract large numbers of finches. Most of 
the finches are really nondescript, so it's fun to try to pick them out against 
a backdrop even more nondescript. 


Finally, we hosted a large flock of migrating Violet-green Swallows today, 
though few of them were actually green, or violet for that matter. The birds 
have molted into new plumage, which at this time of year looks drably brown. 


Here is a poem for you today:

Now comes the time of obscurity, 
when the migrants of spring shed their bright plumage 
and every songbird becomes dull.

- Connie, Seattle

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Subject: Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2014-07-24
From: "Michael Hobbs" <birdmarymoor AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:08:01 -0700
Tweets – “Don’t Know Why / It’s November in July / Stormy Weather”. 
Actually, today wasn’t *nearly* as bad as yesterday. We had nothing much more 
than drizzle, and even were free of that for about half the morning. However, 
it was dark and damp, and none too warm. The park was full of birds, but not a 
lot of surprises; it was filled with juveniles of common, ordinary birds for 
the most part. Identifications were the difficult part. 


Highlights:

Canada Goose Dozens (50+ birds?); first large numbers since winter 

Common Merganser      One below weir
Pied-billed Grebe          Large juvenile at lake; first since April
Great Blue Heron          At least 1 bird still on a nest
Spotted Sandpiper         One at weir
Glaucous-winged Gull   Several to many
~20 immature large-looking gulls in a flock
Barn Owl                        Matt had two sightings pre-dawn
BLACK SWIFT                 4-5 over lake
Purple Martin                 Active at nest gourds, and over lake
-Swallows- Many juveniles, and a higher-than-usual count of Cliffs 

Y.-rumped Warbler        At least 1 NE of mansion
Bl.-thr. Gray Warbler      2+ at south end of Dog Meadow
- Sparrows -                    Many juveniles of all 5 breeding species
Western Tanager           One heard, south end of Dog Meadow
Lazuli Bunting                Male along west edge of East Meadow

We also had a LONG-TAILED WEASEL at the south end of the Dog Meadow again this 
week, and a couple of RIVER OTTERS at the lake. 


For the day, 61 species.

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Subject: Re: [obol] Possible seabird at mouth of Deschutes River
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:53:58 -0700
Tweeters,

Forwarding a message regarding a possible Long-tailed Jaeger seen along the
Columbia River just west of where highway 97 intersects with highway 14.

Jim in Battle Ground, WA


On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM, Shawneen 
wrote:

> For anyone birding near the Deschutes River.  I received several text
> messages from Suzy Murphy about a bird seen while driving 65 MPH.
>
>
> " Just saw at mouth of Deschutes river fly over to the columbia at 65
> miles per hour. What looked like a sea bird. Long thin wings black and
> white pattern light underbelly, with longish white streamiing tail
> feathers. Can't stop hauling a camper. If someone close maybe they can
> check it out.
>
> Thanks,Suzy Murphy"
>
>
> "It's was the tail feathers. I'm no seabird expert, but those were the
> longest streamers I have seen , like LT Jaeger. Got a 2 second look. My
> impression was the wings had sharp contrast b/w, much more black, like
> whole trailing edge."
>
>
> She has been driving a long time and NOW, I have been driving for 8 days
> and no references to check at present.
>
>
> lt was flying north across the Columbia River towards Washington.
>
>
> Shawneen Finnegan
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>



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Subject: July 24 shorebirds at Ridgefield NWR - Wilson's Phalarope
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:38:39 -0700
Hi Tweeters and OBOLers,

For the third consecutive morning, I visited Ridgefield NWR, Clark County,
WA  to find out how shorebird diversity and quantity have changed over the
last several days.  This morning's shorebird tally on S. Big Lake (on the
right side of the auto tour loop on the south end of Rest Lake - between
markers 11 and 12) follows (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday):

Killdeer: 15-15-10
Semipalmated Plover: 1-1-3
Greater Yellowlegs: 15-18-28
Lesser Yellowlegs: 1-1-1
Least Sandpiper: 40-25-49
Western Sandpiper: 12-0-6
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1-0-0
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER 0-0-1
Pectoral Sandpiper: 5-4-1
Long-billed Dowitcher: 10-15-45
Wilson's Snipe: 6-12-8
SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 0-1-0
WILSON'S PHALAROPE: 0-0-1

Shorebird enthusiasts who are planning to visit the refuge should consult
the local tide table.  High tide or the rising tide is best (closest to
Vancouver tides:http://www.ezfshn.com/Tides/USA/Washington/Vancouver).
 Mornings also seem best.

Daily sightings of River Otter continue.

The southwest corner of Rest Lake is beginning to attract shorebirds
including Long-billed Dowitcher (15) and Greater Yellowlegs (5) this
morning.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

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Subject: July 24 shorebirds at Ridgefield NWR - Wilson's Phalarope
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:38:39 -0700
Hi Tweeters and OBOLers,

For the third consecutive morning, I visited Ridgefield NWR, Clark County,
WA  to find out how shorebird diversity and quantity have changed over the
last several days.  This morning's shorebird tally on S. Big Lake (on the
right side of the auto tour loop on the south end of Rest Lake - between
markers 11 and 12) follows (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday):

Killdeer: 15-15-10
Semipalmated Plover: 1-1-3
Greater Yellowlegs: 15-18-28
Lesser Yellowlegs: 1-1-1
Least Sandpiper: 40-25-49
Western Sandpiper: 12-0-6
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1-0-0
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER 0-0-1
Pectoral Sandpiper: 5-4-1
Long-billed Dowitcher: 10-15-45
Wilson's Snipe: 6-12-8
SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 0-1-0
WILSON'S PHALAROPE: 0-0-1

Shorebird enthusiasts who are planning to visit the refuge should consult
the local tide table.  High tide or the rising tide is best (closest to
Vancouver tides:http://www.ezfshn.com/Tides/USA/Washington/Vancouver).
 Mornings also seem best.

Daily sightings of River Otter continue.

The southwest corner of Rest Lake is beginning to attract shorebirds
including Long-billed Dowitcher (15) and Greater Yellowlegs (5) this
morning.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim
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Subject: The owl who liked sitting on caesar
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:04:02 +0100
hello everyone,

i just published my review of a witty and educational memoir about a man
who shared his london home with a tawny owl. This interesting book will
delight adults and young people on summer holidays and may also be an early
addition to one's christmas shopping list:


http://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2014/jul/24/owl-who-liked-sitting-on-caesar-martin-windrow-book-review 


cheers,

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Subject: Mountain Beavers/food
From: Megan Lyden <meganlyden AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:05:40 -0700
Hi Tweets,

Mountain Beavers are not picky eaters, that is for sure.

One day in June, I noticed one of my heucheras was essentially gone....I
thought maybe I hadn't watered it and it had withered awau.  I was rather
surprised, but didn't give it too much thought.  I went out four hours later
to water the other heucheras and noticed that another heuchera was gone.  I
had no idea what was going on....except that one of my music students had
told me earlier that week that she had looked out my window and seen a
"strange animal with pink feet" run across my lawn with a piece of greenery
in its mouth.  By the next day, my one of my perennial geraniums
disappeared, as did some crocosmia and some woody herbs...and several sword
ferns were missing a substantial number of fronds. The next time that
student came for her lesson, I showed her a photo of a mountain beaver and
asked her if that was what she saw.  She said "yes."

The Mountain Beaver was stealing my plants and pulling them under the fence
(I went out one day and must have surprised it; a 6-foot tall shrubby plant
was half-way under the fence). I explored the greenbelt behind my house;
there must be a dozen large burrows...the ground so excavated that it
literally caved in as I walked over it.  I've got to hand it to this
mountain beaver....he/she has good taste.  My beautiful blue geraniums were
arranged around the opening of one of the burrows.

The greenbelt behind my house is a virtual ivy desert.  I read that Mountain
Beavers like to eat ferns, and I wondered if it is having difficulty finding
edible plants with all the ivy that has taken over the greenbelt.

Before we fortified the fence, I saw the little gal/fellow myself; he went
running out from under one of my geraniums, shot across the yard, scared the
hell out of the dog, went under my garden shed and out through a hole in the
fence. In broad daylight (I thought Mountain Beavers were mainly nocturnal).

Megan Lyden
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Subject: Red Crossbills feeding young
From: Joy Kosola Johnson <joyofwriting AT whidbey.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:25:25 -0700
Hi Tweets,

Here are two links to a new short video Craig put together featuring Red 
Crossbills, which have been feasting on an abundant crop of Douglas Fir cones 
in our yard this year. 

These videos are designed to engage people with birds, both new and experienced 
birders. 

Please feel free to share.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=745146438883514&set=vb.168478993216931&type=2&theater 


http://vimeo.com/101261702

Enjoy!

Joy & Craig Johnson

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Subject: Re: Eastern Kingbird with Pacific Tree Frog at Wylie Slough
From: James Karr <jrkarr AT olypen.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:54:03 -0700
 I have a photo of a Great Kiskadee with a frog taken one of the members of my 
group. Photo taken during a March trip this year in Costa Rica. The bird spent 
several minutes beating the frog on its perch before feeding on all but the 
hind legs. The legs were discarded. 


Jim 






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     Sequim, WA  98382
E-mail:  jrkarr at olypen dot com
Telephone: 360-681-3163
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On Jul 23, 2014, at 12:44 PM, Blair Bernson  
wrote: 


> Steve Pink and I braved the weather this morning and birded Eide Road and 
Wylie Slough among some other spots. We actually were quite lucky and remained 
mostly dry for almost an hour at Eide Road and similarly at Wylie. Shorebirds 
were good at the former - 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 40+ LBDO and a similar number 
of Western Sandpipers, a scattering of Leasts, 2 Greater Yellowlegs and a 
Wilson's Phalarope. No luck with Semipalmated Sandpiper or Baird's. 

> 
> Wylie Slough was another story altogether - not a single shorebird - not even 
a Killdeer. BUT it produced both the bird and highlight of the day. We had an 
Eastern Kingbird fly in and perch on a snag very closed by - agreed as the bird 
of the day. THEN - maybe 20 minutes later we had the same/another Eastern 
Kingbird fly into a tree nearby in the open. At first we thought it had nesting 
material in its bill. A closer look however disclosed that it was carrying a 
fairly large Pacific Tree Frog - wriggling in its grasp. I was not able to get 
the camera on it quickly enough for what would have been a really cool shot - 
as it flew off with the frog still in its mouth. As a "fly" catcher I guess the 
EAKI is a "meateater" but this seemed pretty extreme. We wondered if it was 
going to take it back to a nest and have food for a week. 

> 
> Neither of us had ever seen anything like this.  Anyone else?
> 
> -- 
> Blair Bernson
> Edmonds
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Subject: Re: Eastern Kingbird with Pacific Tree Frog at Wylie Slough
From: "Wilson Cady" <gorgebirds AT juno.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:23:59 GMT
Roger Windemuth got a fantastic shot of an American Robin with a tree frog in 
it's beak at the Ridgefield NWR, and I have seen Robins doing the same at the 
Steigerwald Lake WR. Wilson Cady 

Columbia River Gorge, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] Eastern Kingbird with Pacific Tree Frog at Wylie Slough
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:44:17 -0700

Steve Pink and I braved the weather this morning 
and birded Eide Road and Wylie Slough among some 
other spots.  We actually were quite lucky and 
remained mostly dry for almost an hour at Eide 
Road and similarly at Wylie.  Shorebirds were good 
at the former - 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 40+ LBDO 
and a similar number of Western Sandpipers, a 
scattering of Leasts, 2 Greater Yellowlegs and a 
Wilson's Phalarope.  No luck with Semipalmated 
Sandpiper or Baird's.

Wylie Slough was another story altogether - not a 
single shorebird - not even a Killdeer.  BUT it 
produced both the bird and highlight of the day.  
We had an Eastern Kingbird fly in and perch on a 
snag very closed by - agreed as the bird of the 
day.  THEN - maybe 20 minutes later we had the 
same/another Eastern Kingbird fly into a tree 
nearby in the open.  At first we thought it had 
nesting material in its bill.  A closer look 
however disclosed that it was carrying a fairly 
large Pacific Tree Frog - wriggling in its grasp.  
I was not able to get the camera on it quickly 
enough for what would have been a really cool shot 
- as it flew off with the frog still in its 
mouth.  As a "fly" catcher I guess the EAKI is a 
"meateater" but this seemed pretty extreme.  We 
wondered if it was going to take it back to a nest 
and have food for a week.

Neither of us had ever seen anything like this.  
Anyone else?

-- 
Blair Bernson
Edmonds

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Subject: Eastern Kingbird with Pacific Tree Frog at Wylie Slough
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:44:17 -0700
Steve Pink and I braved the weather this morning 
and birded Eide Road and Wylie Slough among some 
other spots.  We actually were quite lucky and 
remained mostly dry for almost an hour at Eide 
Road and similarly at Wylie.  Shorebirds were good 
at the former - 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 40+ LBDO 
and a similar number of Western Sandpipers, a 
scattering of Leasts, 2 Greater Yellowlegs and a 
Wilson's Phalarope.  No luck with Semipalmated 
Sandpiper or Baird's.

Wylie Slough was another story altogether - not a 
single shorebird - not even a Killdeer.  BUT it 
produced both the bird and highlight of the day.  
We had an Eastern Kingbird fly in and perch on a 
snag very closed by - agreed as the bird of the 
day.  THEN - maybe 20 minutes later we had the 
same/another Eastern Kingbird fly into a tree 
nearby in the open.  At first we thought it had 
nesting material in its bill.  A closer look 
however disclosed that it was carrying a fairly 
large Pacific Tree Frog - wriggling in its grasp.  
I was not able to get the camera on it quickly 
enough for what would have been a really cool shot 
- as it flew off with the frog still in its 
mouth.  As a "fly" catcher I guess the EAKI is a 
"meateater" but this seemed pretty extreme.  We 
wondered if it was going to take it back to a nest 
and have food for a week.

Neither of us had ever seen anything like this.  
Anyone else?

-- 
Blair Bernson
Edmonds

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Subject: Re: Bird pile
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:39:36 -0700
The pile grows. Watched 100 plus more come in at 1:30. I think they've been 
coming in all day. Theres enough of them that their hot little bodies are 
fogging up the camera. Hope someone gets a count as.....oops another 50 just 
came in.......they exit. I would bet theres pushing 500 swifts in that pile. 


Larry Schwitters
Issaquah
http://wildearth.tv/cam/vauxs-swifts
On Jul 23, 2014, at 9:30 AM, Larry Schwitters wrote:

> Theres a pile of Vaux's Swifts 15-20 feet down the Monroe Wagner roost site 
in the SE corner. http://wildearth.tv/cam/vauxs-swifts Why are these swifts not 
out hunting bugs at 9:30 this morning? Why are they in a pile? Why aren't they 
piled up in the NW corner? How many are there? Who will be the Tweeters arm 
chair hero that counts them as they leave? 

> 
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> Issaquah
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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "A & S Hill" <60stops2home AT kalama.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:36:02 -0700
We just had two PINE SISKINS on our seed feeder. These are the first ones
we've seen here in 2014.

 

Amy Hill

Kalama, Washington

628 feet up in Cowlitz County

60stops 2 home at kalama dot com

Artlessfun at yahoo dot com

 
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Subject: Local birder raising money for trip to do research in Australia.
From: Chris Warlow <christopherwarlow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:19:24 -0700
I'm not sure that this is ok to post, but since I don't benefit I feel it's ok. 


Micheal Warren, a recent graduate of Evergreen State College, has been offered 
an opportunity to go to Australia to help a PhD study. The study is on the 
predation of cuckoos on Yellow-Rumped Thornbills nests (Cowbird style). 


He is also a great artist and has put together a t-shirt of one of his 
peregrine pictures to raise money. The link is- 


https://www.booster.com/yellow-rumped-thornbill

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