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31 Oct Re: Pacific Co., WA- Black-headed Gull []
31 Oct Neah Bay--Friday [Carol Riddell ]
1 Nov Re: Patagonia Picnic Table Effect (Was Re: Neah Bay Cattle Egret seen on 10/30) [Hal Michael ]
1 Nov 3 chickens at magnuson at 5:30 pm ["huskies1001" ]
31 Oct Hobby [Ian Paulsen ]
31 Oct Patagonia Picnic Table Effect (Was Re: Neah Bay Cattle Egret seen on 10/30) [Vincent Lucas ]
31 Oct Woodland Bottoms - Surf Scoter [Russ Koppendrayer ]
31 Oct Florida Guide [Mary LIz Cormier ]
31 Oct Re: Neah Bay Cattle Egret seen on 10/30 [Nigel Ball ]
31 Oct Neah Bay Cattle Egret seen on 10/30 ["Doug Schurman" ]
31 Oct Neah Bay Photos ["Doug Schurman" ]
31 Oct Everybody, In The Pool [Jeff Gibson ]
31 Oct late Nashville Warbler [Jim Danzenbaker ]
31 Oct WOS Program - Monday November 3 - The Return of the Condor [Blair Bernson ]
31 Oct Pacific/Grays Harbor County birding [Andrew Emlen ]
31 Oct City of Flowers [Jeff Gibson ]
31 Oct Neah Bay trip tomorrow. [Chris Warlow ]
31 Oct From the Fill [Connie Sidles ]
30 Oct Neah Bay Today - Brambling, Hobby, Orchard Oriole, Clay Colored Sparrow, Probable Glaucous Gull and Black Legged Kittiwakes [Blair Bernson ]
30 Oct Marymoor Park (Redmond, King County) 2014-10-30 []
30 Oct late Yellow Warbler [Jim Danzenbaker ]
30 Oct Neah Bay Cattle Egret [Ian Paulsen ]
30 Oct Cattle Egret at Neah Bay? [Ian Paulsen ]
30 Oct Life (with a Porpoise) [Jeff Gibson ]
30 Oct Northern Shrike at Union Bay []
30 Oct Rose-breasted Grosbeak []
30 Oct Fwd: BRAM [Tom Mansfield ]
30 Oct Neah Bay Bramblimg [Tom Mansfield ]
30 Oct Re: Hobby finding tips [Tom Mansfield ]
30 Oct Hobby finding tips [Cara Borre ]
30 Oct Report of Brown Pelican, Alki, West Seattle ["Tucker, Trileigh" ]
30 Oct Anybody interested in sharing ride to Neah Bay for birding? [Mason Flint ]
30 Oct RE: I tried to share my "Hobby" with you... [Tom Mansfield ]
30 Oct pa: (3) []
29 Oct Ridgefield NWR "S" Unit today [Cindy McCormack ]
29 Oct I tried to share my "Hobby" with you... [Cara Borre ]
29 Oct Nisqually NWR 10/29/14 []
29 Oct Oct. 28 - Stilliguamish to Samish ["Bob Sundstrom" ]
29 Oct Posible juv. Broad-winged Hawk Everett ["Charles Desilets" ]
29 Oct Neah Bay Eurasian Hobby [Tom Mansfield ]
29 Oct Steigerwald NWR: A very "enraptored" day [Michelle LaMoustique ]
29 Oct Hobby this afternoon [Ryan Merrill ]
29 Oct Re: Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA [Bob ]
29 Oct Re: [Tweeters] Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA [Bob ]
29 Oct Re: Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA [Bob ]
29 Oct White-winged Scoters at Seahurst Park ["zuckerbond" ]
29 Oct Re: [Tweeters] Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA [Bob ]
29 Oct Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA [Bob ]
29 Oct Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA [Bob ]
29 Oct Rwd throated Pipit at Lake Selmac. [rogermoyer1 AT hotmail.com ]
29 Oct Let's try this again!!! :-) [William Brynteson ]
29 Oct re: Re: RNEP above Magnuson ["lsr AT ramoslink.info" ]
29 Oct Olympia Terns [Chris Warlow ]
29 Oct Fwd: Pacific Co., WA- Black-headed Gull [Jim Danzenbaker ]
29 Oct Re: Partial Albino Northern Shoveler at Everett Water Treatment Plant---Fwd: Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's @ Ev Sewage []
29 Oct Partial Albino Northern Shoveler at Everett Water Treatment Plant---Fwd: Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's @ Ev Sewage []
28 Oct FW: WA: Eurasian Hobby - Go Fish [Russ Namitz ]
28 Oct Rose Breasted Grosbeak in Clallam Bay [Bill Shelmerdine ]
28 Oct Chasing the Noddy [William Brynteson ]
28 Oct Chasing the Noddy!! [William Brynteson ]
28 Oct Sandhill Crane in central Thurston Co ["Paul Hicks" ]
28 Oct Chickens 1, Hawks 0 ["Rob Sandelin" ]
28 Oct Eurasian Hobby ["Bruce LaBar" ]
28 Oct Western Scrub Jays Seattle Central District [Jill Freidberg ]
28 Oct Pine siskins []
28 Oct Pipit info [Roger Moyer ]
28 Oct NCAS monthly meeting Oct 28 7 PM [Twink Coffman ]
28 Oct field trip Semiahmoo Nov 1 Sat 9 AM [Twink Coffman ]
28 Oct A book about passenger pigeons [Devorah the Ornithologist ]
28 Oct Neah Bay Rarities Monday []
28 Oct Oregon Red-throated Pipit [Roger Moyer ]
28 Oct Edmonds marsh dunlin [Bill Anderson ]
27 Oct Re: RNEP above Magnuson [Robert Cleland ]
27 Oct 26 October from Neah Bay to Cape Flattery [Steven Mlodinow ]
27 Oct Neah Bay [blabar ]
27 Oct watch for a Sky Lark in Wa'atch River Valley [Charlie Wright ]

Subject: Re: Pacific Co., WA- Black-headed Gull
From: slugranch85 AT wwest.net
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:53:19 -0700
Hello All,

The Black-headed Gull was present today (10/31/14) from 1:30 to 4:30.

We viewed it from both the grassy area near Jolly Roger Espresso and from
the Public Park near Hilton's Coast Seafood in downtown South Bend.

Underwing pattern of dark flight feathers, dark red leg color, very light
gray mantle, 2 white primaries, all observed; also in comparison to
Bonaparte's Gulls.
>
> Alan & Ann
>
> Alan Richards & Ann Musche' / Naselle WA 98638
>
> 
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> Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:40:35 -0700
> From: Jim Danzenbaker 
> Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Pacific Co., WA- Black-headed Gull
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: ed mcv 
> Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM
> Subject: Pacific Co., WA- Black-headed Gull
> To: jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com
>
>
> Hi Jim,
>
> I'm not able to get subscribed to Tweeters tonight.  Would you please
> forward this message to Tweeters in case someone wants to find this gull
> tomorrow.
>
> Thanks,
> Ed
>
> A Black-headed Gull was present today in South Bend about 2:30 p.m.   It
> was in a grassy open space between highway and river near the coffee hut
> south of the seafood market.  Photos:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/10665268 AT N04/
>
> A Bonaparte's and Black-legged Kittiwake were fly-bys.  South of town
> along
> the highway a few miles along a stretch of road through a clearcut was the
> body of a jaeger (long-tailed, I think.)
>
> Ed McVicker
> Portland (visiting Long Beach)
>
>
>
>
> --
> Jim Danzenbaker
> Battle Ground, WA
> 360-702-9395
> 
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> Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:24:27 -0700
> From: Bob 
> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co.,
>         WA
>
> The gull is at the roost next to Jolly Rogers Espresso hut.  Pictures
> taken.
>
> Bob Flores
> Ridgefield, WA
>
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
>
> Bob  wrote:
>
> The bird is flying around a possible water treatment ponds across the
> river with 4
> bogu's.
>
> Bob Flores
>
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
>
> Bob  wrote:
>
> Watching the gull now with Jim Danzenbaker and Ryan Abe.  Same location it
> was
> reported yesterday it is across the river flycatching right now.  Black
> underwing
> primaries easy to see.
>
> Bob Flores
> Ridgefield, WA
> 
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Subject: Neah Bay--Friday
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:29:58 -0700
Just returned home from Neah Bay. We took the 5:35 ferry from Edmonds and 
arrived in town at 9:15 am. We made a quick stop at Washburn's Store for the 
required $10 recreational permit and then headed to 590 Bay View where we 
quickly saw the ORCHARD ORIOLE at the hummingbird feeders. After that we went 
out to the Waatch River to see if there were any signs of the hobby. There were 
none yet but the weather was dry, the sun was coming out, and there was great 
hope for a hobby appearance. We watched a PEREGRINE FALCON on the hunt and a 
flock of about 60 RED CROSSBILLS. Then a PALM WARBLER flew down the road. We 
went back into Neah Bay where we found the three TROPICAL KINGBIRDS along Bay 
View and within a block or two of the oriole site. We also saw the BLACK-LEGGED 
KITTIWAKE perched on a rock just off the beach at the Senior Center. Initially 
we did not find the Brambling but heard that the hobby was being seen at the 
quarry behind the STP. Shortly after noon we were able to see the EURASIAN 
HOBBY perched on the quarry wall and then take flight. We ricocheted back into 
town where we located the BRAMBLING in the brambles on the west side of the 
Senior Center. We took photos of an interesting subadult gull at the gull 
bathing spot near the Senior Center. It may or may not have been the 
Slaty-backed Gull. My birding partner saw the CATTLE EGRET fly away from us in 
town. I barely caught a glimpse and could not independently identify it. My 
loss. Lots of nice birders out there today to enjoy the good weather and great 
birds. Just before leaving, we drove out to the breakwater to scope the Strait. 
We were rewarded with good looks of two Sea Otters floating on their backs. 


Best wishes for good weather to those who do the chase tomorrow.

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Subject: Re: Patagonia Picnic Table Effect (Was Re: Neah Bay Cattle Egret seen on 10/30)
From: Hal Michael <ucd880 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 02:02:49 +0000 (UTC)
I've been to the Patagonia rest stop, eaten on the picnic table, and picked up 
a number of lifers. 




Hal Michael 
Olympia WA 
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----- Original Message -----

Some of us longtime birders know about successive rare finds in one area by 
birders looking for one rarity and then finding another and so on. This is 
known, or used to be, as the Patagonia [AZ] Picnic Table Effect. Surely there 
are others who have heard of this phrase ... 


On Tweeters, Doug Shurman said: 

As reported earlier there was a photo of a Cattle Egret on the Neah Bay 
Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. I enquired on their facebook page and 
they responded: 

The photo was taken in Wa'atch Valley. Yesterday between the first bridge 
and second bridge. 


The hits just keep on coming! 

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Port Angeles, WA 
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Subject: 3 chickens at magnuson at 5:30 pm
From: "huskies1001" <huskies1001 AT juno.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 01:25:44 GMT
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Subject: Hobby
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker AT zipcon.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:13:04 -0700 (PDT)
HI ALL:
  There's an eBird report that the Hobby was seen again today: 10/31. From 
behind the Sewage Treatment Plant.

sincerely
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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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Subject: Patagonia Picnic Table Effect (Was Re: Neah Bay Cattle Egret seen on 10/30)
From: Vincent Lucas <vincentlucas5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:13:05 -0700
Some of us longtime birders know about successive rare finds in one area by
birders looking for one rarity and then finding another and so on. This is
known, or used to be, as the Patagonia [AZ] Picnic Table Effect. Surely
there are others who have heard of this phrase ...

On Tweeters, Doug Shurman said:

As reported earlier there was a photo of a Cattle Egret on the Neah Bay
Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. I enquired on their facebook page and
they responded:

The photo was taken in Wa'atch Valley. Yesterday between the first bridge
and second bridge.


The hits just keep on coming!

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http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=799802&MLID=WA&MLNM=Washington%20Tweeters#sthash.hWqNa6hh.dpuf 


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Subject: Woodland Bottoms - Surf Scoter
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:49:35 -0700
Hi Tweeters,

Around 1PM today (10/31/14) there was a female SURF SCOTER in with the
beginnings of the winter Scaup flock. They were a bit north of the flushing
channel in the Columbia. There also was a number of WESTERN GREBES in the
same location with one that appeared much lighter gray, but the distance
and poor light conditions made me not call it a definite Clark's, but one
may be present.

56 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were in a pasture on Kuhnis Rd. and I
counted 88 GREAT EGRETS which is my personal high count for the Bottoms.

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Subject: Florida Guide
From: Mary LIz Cormier <cormiermaryliz AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:17:47 -0700
Four of us will be in Florida in January and wonder if anybody in
Tweeterland can recommend a guide for birding. Please reply offline.
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Subject: Re: Neah Bay Cattle Egret seen on 10/30
From: Nigel Ball <nigelj.ball AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:26:10 -0700
Hi
Oddly enough I saw and photographed one there 10/30/2011.
Cheers
Nigel

Nigel Ball
Seattle
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On Oct 31, 2014 1:03 PM, "Doug Schurman"  wrote:

> As reported earlier there was a photo of a Cattle Egret on the Neah Bay
> Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. I enquired on their facebook page and
> they responded:
>
>
>
> The photo was taken in Wa'atch Valley. Yesterday between the first bridge
> and second bridge.
>
>
>
> The hits just keep on coming!
>
>
>
> Here’s the link to the facebook post
>
>
> 
https://www.facebook.com/1nbcofc/posts/752679931460717?comment_id=752692598126117&reply_comment_id=753081994753844&offset=0&total_comments=6¬if_t=feed_comment_reply 

>
>
>
> Happy birding
>
> Doug Schurman
>
> Seattle
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Subject: Neah Bay Cattle Egret seen on 10/30
From: "Doug Schurman" <doug AT bodyresults.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:02:36 -0700
As reported earlier there was a photo of a Cattle Egret on the Neah Bay
Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. I enquired on their facebook page and
they responded:

 

The photo was taken in Wa'atch Valley. Yesterday between the first bridge
and second bridge.

 

The hits just keep on coming!

 

Here's the link to the facebook post

https://www.facebook.com/1nbcofc/posts/752679931460717?comment_id=7526925981
26117

&reply_comment_id=753081994753844&offset=0&total_comments=6¬if_t=feed_com
ment_reply

 

Happy birding

Doug Schurman

Seattle
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Subject: Neah Bay Photos
From: "Doug Schurman" <doug AT bodyresults.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:35:52 -0700
Hello all,

 

Sarah Peden, Jordan Gunn and myself did a day trip to Neah Bay on Wednesday
and had some fantastic bird sightings including about 1 hour of Eurasian
Hobby viewing. Hobby photographic conditions were tricky with the distance
and light but some came out that are worth posting. I had good photographic
conditions for several other birds which made for an outstanding trip.

 

In the set below I have photographs of:

Eurasian Hobby

Orchard Oriole

Tropical Kingbird

Swamp Sparrow

Ruffed Grouse

Black-legged Kittiwake

Common Tern

Peregrine Falcon

Fox Sparrow

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/seattlebirdman/sets/72157649065012355/

 

Happy birding

Doug Schurman

Seattle

 

 
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Subject: Everybody, In The Pool
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:16:45 -0700
A couple of days ago, here in Port Townsend, I noted the birdbath here in my 
parents yard. Visually, it's located just behind my computer screen, where I'm 
composting this post. 

What I noticed were a bunch of birds in there. All Spring and Summer long the 
birdbath has strictly been one-bird-at-a-time in attendance. 

But a couple of days ago the birdbath (of typical size) had a male House Finch, 
and two Golden-crowned Sparrows in there doing some synchronized splashing. A 
Junco almost joined the crowd, but backed off at the last minute. 

Anyhoo, a big change in bird bath behavior. I suppose, birds being off 
territory now, and their testosterone, or whatever, taking a winter nap, allows 
for closer public bathing. And now, of course, many birds are flocking, that 
weren't earlier. Just an interesting change. 

Another note: the only Winter ( AKA Pacific) Wren I've seen in the yard here, 
just toodled down the Wisteria vine outside the window, as I'm typing on this 
rainy day. Cool. 

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Subject: late Nashville Warbler
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:46:27 -0700
Another surprise in my Battle Ground, Clark County yard this morning - a
bright Nashville Warbler!

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim
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Subject: WOS Program - Monday November 3 - The Return of the Condor
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:01:54 -0700
We have a wonderful program scheduled for the 
regular WOS Program for November.  Derek Buchner 
will be talking about hois work with the Peregrine 
Fund and others in the re-establishment of a wild 
Condor population.  Seeing a Condor in the wild is 
high up on my "Wants List".  Hopefully I will be 
able to do so in the near future as a result of 
the work of Derek and others,  And after his 
program, I am sure I will have a greater 
appreciation of seeing one in the wild.

WOS meetings are held the first Monday of the 
month at the Urban Horticulture Center next to the 
Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area) on the 
University of Washington Campus.  Doors open for 
social time at 7:00 and the program begins at 
7:30.  All are welcome.

-- 
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Subject: Pacific/Grays Harbor County birding
From: Andrew Emlen <aemlen AT centurytel.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:12:16 -0700
Hello,
Yesterday, Oct 30, Kyleen Austin and I birded from our home county of Wahkiakum 
through Pacific County up to Westport and back. The Red Phalarope in Skamokawa 
is gone; I think the small white bundle I saw being carried off by a raven the 
day before was the phalarope. We drove straight to 101, the first stop near 
milepost 50, Carruthers Slough, where there was a flock of 51 Snow Geese with 
three Brant, a Marbled Godwit, Dusky Canada Geese and hundreds of Cackling 
Geese. We pulled over again at milepost 52 for a flock of 28 Long-billed 
Dowitchers and a Bonaparte's Gull. We stopped at Jolly Rogers' in South Bend to 
look for the Black-headed Gull at 10:30, but did not see it or the Bonaparte's 
Gulls it has been traveling with (I saw on ebird that Ryan Abe found it 
yesterday at 1:30pm). There was a Rough-legged Hawk perched on the other side 
of the river. There was a Tropical Kingbird at Tokeland Marina hawking insects 
from the power lines. No shorebirds were present at the marina beyond three 
Black-bellied Plovers and a lone Willet. At Midway Beach we waded knee-deep 
across the flooded deflation plain, where there were three Red Phalaropes, out 
to the open beach directly beyond the end of the trail where there were 17 
Snowy Plovers together, many of them color-banded. At Westport the weather 
turned very wet and rainy, cutting the visibility, so we saw little beyond 
about 80 Brown Pelicans. At Bottle Beach we passed the end of a beached log and 
surprised a Black Turnstone that flew up right in front of our faces. Another 
stop at Jolly Rogers' on the way home at dusk still turned up no Black-headed 
Gull, but large numbers of shorebirds had come in to roost, mostly Dunlin and 
Least Sandpipers with a few Semipalmated Plovers. 


Highlights:
Snow Goose
Brant
Marbled Godwit
Long-billed Dowitcher
Rough-legged Hawk
TROPICAL KINGBIRD
Red Phalarope
17 Snowy Plover
Black Turnstone

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Subject: City of Flowers
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:48:22 -0700
Lots of cities have nicknames. I like the ones with natural, rather than 
financial, or political, connections. In my little world, I think naturalists 
should be in charge of choosing these names - somebody who knows the nature of 
the place. 

Take my ol' hometown of Seattle, for example. For the moment, the city is known 
as the "Emerald City" , not because of the man behind the (probably digital) 
curtain, but because, because, because, because, because - because of the 
wonderful green plants of the place. After spending time in harsher North 
American climates, flying into fall, winter, or spring Seattle can be a mind- 
blower of emerald green grass, tall evergreen trees, etc. 

A bit of online "research" revealed that back in the 40's Seattle was known as 
the "City of Flowers". I didn't know that. And of course Seattle is rightly 
famed as a gardener's paradise. Midwesterner's, and other out-of-towners, jaws 
drop at the sight of blooming Rhododendrons the size of small trees, etc. My 
jaw drops too - and I'm a yokel. 

Portland, of course, is the "City of Roses" (Chehalis is "Rose City"), and 
Spokane "The Lilac City" (Jane, you could call it "Syringa City"). Of course 
all these names refer to gardening reality (which does connect to place), not 
so much native reality. 

So what's up with Port Townsend? Snooping online I've only come up with vague 
connections to "Key City", whatever that means. The place needs a nickname, I 
decided. 

Of course, Port Townsend does have its Rhody Festival, but they haven't gone 
whole hog and named the place "Rhody Town" or something like that. Going with 
my botanical explorations of the place this year, I had some ideas. 

Based on pure abundance, my first thought was "Honeysuckle City" - the whole 
place is covered with the things. Big thumbs (?) up from the Hummingbird lobby 
on that one. Both the native Orange Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa), and Hairy 
Honeysuckle (L. hispidula) romp all over nearly every woodlot, and forest 
around here, seemingly. Beautiful. 

But "Honeysuckle City" sounds more like something from the deep South, or 
wherever. Might as well call PT " Mint Julip City" . 

No, I wanted to narrow it down a bit, to a nickname truly unique, you know, 
really put it on the nickname map. So I really got thinking. 

One set of plants I've found here that would provide a great unique name, are 
the Broomrape's. First I found the beautiful and delicate Naked Broomrape 
blooming on the little Kah Tai Prairie here in town back in May. Abundant 
there. And then later in summer found another Orobanche , the California 
Broomrape, quite abundant near the Point Wilson Dunes. That one is a real 
weirdo.Weird but wonderful. 

Port Townsend is one of those places underwhelmingly excited about attracting 
newcomers - folks that live here tend to want to be the last one to discover 
the place. I understand completely. And therefore what better name than 
"Broomrape City". I think it could help keep the population growth down - or a 
least limit it to naturalists and perverts. 

A somewhat less abhorrent name could be "Parasite City". You see, the 
Orobanches are root (rape) parasites on other plants. Plus, just at the edge of 
town, at Fort Townsend State Park , the nice ol' forest there is famed locally 
for an amazing concentration of parasitic plants - Indian Pipe, Coralroot, 
Pinedrops, Pyrola's, and more. Check out the Washington State Native Plant, 
Olympic Peninsula chapter, for more info and plant list's. 

"Parasite City" - could be effective. Just don't tell the tourists.
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Subject: Neah Bay trip tomorrow.
From: Chris Warlow <christopherwarlow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:55:22 -0700
I am taking a car to Neah Bay on Saturday to chase all the goodies up there. 
The car is full and I hear lots of others say they're heading up. I expect 
there to be lots of birders since it's the first weekend day since the reports 
starting flooding in. 


I would like to put together a phone/text tree for those of us up there. If 
you're planning to be in Neah Bay on Saturday and would like to be in touch 
with others then please email me (off list) with your cell phone number. 
Christopherwarlow AT yahoo.com 


Also I'd love tips from anyone who has been up this week. Any info would be 
greatly appreciated. 


Congratulations to everyone who has been finding these exciting rarities! The 
Hobby of course is amazing but the slew of other birds found isn't to be 
sniffed at. 


Thanks. 

Chris Warlow
Olympia 


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Subject: From the Fill
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:08:32 -0700
Hey tweets, I've been down with the flu so long I have almost forgotten how to 
walk in nature, with eyes wide open and spirit too. I managed to drag myself 
around the Loop Trail before the rains came. There has been a lovely Northern 
Shrike at the Fill since last Friday, a glorious gift from the North who likes 
especially to perch on the shattered remnants of the Triple Tree, the tall 
three-trunked cottonwood that grew alone in the middle of Hunn Meadow East and 
fell to the wind on Sunday. Nature both gives and takes. 


Also present in recent days: FOY Pine Siskin among the many Savannah Sparrows 
and one Vesper Sparrow in the field east of Southwest Pond; a sparkling 
winter-plumaged Bonaparte's Gull dancing above the Lagoon nearby; Ma and Pa 
Eagle bringing sticks to their nest at Talaris, readying themselves for another 
round of kids; a vee of 25 Snow Geese heading south; and the winter ducks 
coming back, including a female Bufflehead. 


Here is a poem for you today:

Fallen giant, 
when the wind came 
you wouldn't bend 
and so you broke 
now dead among the grasses. 
Your roots live 
and you shall rise again.

- Connie, Seattle

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Subject: Neah Bay Today - Brambling, Hobby, Orchard Oriole, Clay Colored Sparrow, Probable Glaucous Gull and Black Legged Kittiwakes
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:13:34 -0700
As Tom Mansfield posted, there was a Brambling at 
the Beach just west of the Makah Senior Center 
this morning.  Found by Tom and also seen by Steve 
Pink and me and a birding couple from California.  
It was with a Clay Colored Sparrow that Steve and 
I had found there earlier and Song and Golden 
Crowned Sparrows.  5 Black Legged Kittiwakes were 
in the bay.  When last seen the Brambling flew off 
to the east over the Senior Center and we did not 
pursue it.  The Orchard Oriole was regularly 
coming to the feeder at 590 Bayview.

Later Steve and I found the Hobby in the same 
general area described by Cara Borre.  A quite 
close flyover for about 30 seconds that allowed 
for a confident ID but no photos as it did not 
perch and continued across the Waatch Valley.

Earlier we found a probable 2nd Year Glaucous Gull 
in the River just upriver from the Bridge.  We did 
NOT find a Slaty Backed Gull at the river mouth.

We returned to the Beach around 2.  The weather 
was turning ugly and we did not find either the 
CCSP nor the BRAM, but the Oriole was still coming 
to the feeder.  No Kingbirds were seen.

We returned home in an absolute downpour.  
Hopefully that will not affect the great birding 
at Neah Bay.  What a week!!!


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Subject: Marymoor Park (Redmond, King County) 2014-10-30
From: birdmarymoor AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:02:45 -0700
Tweets – The weather was blah, though not horrible. Warm an muggy, with the 
dark blanketed sky spitting drips and drops on an irregular basis, and a bit of 
a breeze for the first hour or two. The darkness made birding difficult. There 
was also a LOT of tree damage from the weekend windstorm. Many large trees lost 
huge branches or fell entirely, including probably the largest, tallest 
cottonwood in the Cottonwood Forest: the tree with the never-used Bald Eagle 
nest seems to have disappeared. There was also damage to the new Bald Eagle 
nest tree area in the SE of the park as well. 


There wasn’t much in the way of birding, but as usual, we ended up finding 
some VERY NOTABLE birds. 


Highlights:

SWANS 8 who gave up thoughts of landing, just a couple of single-notes heard 

Bufflehead                Four flying at the N end of the lake.  First of Fall
Great Blue Heron     At least four sitting on nests in the heronry
FRANKLIN’S GULL     1st winter bird on grass fields, with Mew Gulls
GLAUCOUS GULL 1st or 2nd winter bird; color of VERY milky tea, bicolored bill, 
huge 

American Pipit          A few heard overhead, glimpsed in flight
C. YELLOWTHROAT Young male at Compost Piles after the walk. Latest sighting 
ever 


This is just the 3rd GLAUCOUS GULL sighting for Marymoor, and the first fall 
record. It was seen on several of the grass soccer fields, and at the model 
airplane field. It’s darker toned than many juvenile GLGUs, and slightly 
orangey. The bill looked cleanly bicolored, with a flesh colored base. The 
wingtips and tail were the whitest part of the bird. It was notably larger than 
all other gulls present. 


The FRANKLIN’S GULL was a 1st winter bird, and I’d gotten a report that it 
was present last Friday as well. 


Just 53 species for the day, and that’s overstating things, as many of those 
were seen before, after, or by only a very few people. Pretty crappy day for 
species total, but pretty good for gulls. 


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Subject: late Yellow Warbler
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:36:16 -0700
A surprise in my Battle Ground, Clark County yard today - a Yellow Warbler!

Keep your eyes and ears....away from your computer because it can cause
headaches......

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Subject: Neah Bay Cattle Egret
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker AT zipcon.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:40:15 -0700 (PDT)
HI ALL:
  More about the Neah Bay Cattle Egret: 
https://www.facebook.com/1nbcofc/posts/752679931460717

sincerely
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Subject: Cattle Egret at Neah Bay?
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker AT zipcon.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:23:45 -0700 (PDT)
HI ALL:
  I saw this photo of a Cattle Egret posted to the Neah Bay Chamber of 
Commerce Facebook page:


https://www.facebook.com/1nbcofc/photos/pcb.752679931460717/752676291461081/?type=1&theater 


Has anyone reported one from the area?

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Subject: Life (with a Porpoise)
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:08:05 -0700
Yesterday morning I left Alzheimer's Acre, here in Port Townsend, with the 
purpose of clearing the cobwebs of contact dementia from my head. 

Heading to my usual spot, nearby Fort Worden, it didn't take too long to start 
feeling better. First stop was North Beach, near Point Wilson. Although calm, 
after some stormy days, huge swells were crashing ashore, which was exciting on 
the high tide. Not much beach to walk on, so I bopped over to the Marine 
Science Center nearby. 

My first encounter there was with a group of Horned Grebes that were fishing 
about the pier. As I walked out the pier I wished one of those grebes would 
come over my way, because one of my favorite things to see is a diving bird 
underwater. And one grebe made my wish come true, as it dove down into the 
eelgrass beds just below me. The trick to such viewing is to get a look with a 
minimum of surface glare - and I did - getting a clear view of the little grebe 
as it zoomed about. 

Never did see it come up with a fish while I was watching. Not for lack of fish 
though - the eelgrass and waters surrounding the whole pier were swarming with 
thousands of Herring. I've been fish -watching here all spring and summer, and 
not too long ago there seemed to be a dip in the Herring viewing, but now they 
were back in numbers equal to spring - and larger too, after a spring and 
summer of eating. 

Here I will confess to a binocular ichthyology flub, when I Identified 
thousands of little fish at the Edmonds ferry dock as Salmon (on a 5/9 post), 
which I later, with closer looks at Port Townsend fish, realized were herring. 
They both share a similar body plan, but the herring aint got an adipose fin 
like the salmonoids do. It's hard to id fish seen from above with binoculars, 
sometimes. 

After grebe watching I walked out to the end of the pier and shared the 
deckrail with a Mew Gull on one side and a Glaucous-winged on the other, all 
the Heerman's of summer gone now. Out on the calm water were about a dozen 
Red-breasted Mergansers, some Surf Scoters, two big Common Loons, and quite a 
few Pigeon Guillemots "svimmin' in dere vinter undervear" as Seattle 
'scandihoovian' Stan Boreson might sing. 

>From the pier I headed over to check out Point Hudson looking for rocky shore 
shorebirds. Did n't see any of those but did see a herd of Harlequins (7) and 4 
male Buffleheads. 

Last stop of the day was on the beach trail south toward the paper mill, where 
two River Otters were successfully fishing and I saw a big male White-winged 
Scoter way out there - always neat. While watching the Scoter I noticed busy 
gulls in the background - they were busy following several Harbor Porpoise's. 
This has been my year for spotting these smallest of Salish Sea cetaceans - 
both on the ferry to Edmonds, and here in PT. 

This morning, catching North Beach just before the rain hit, I was watching a 
raft of Surf Scoters just off the beach, when they all took off in a panic as a 
big California Sea Lion went porpoising by, a pinneped with a purpose. Unlike 
the moping local Harbor Seals, this critter was going places, and they do cover 
hundreds of miles in their travels. Maybe the critter was headed to Everett, 
where the barking of the Sea Dogs (as the late great Clam Clemson used to call 
'em) is a common background sound. Come to think of it, I've hardly heard any 
around ol' Port Townsend, that I remember. 

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Subject: Northern Shrike at Union Bay
From: altosaxc AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:05:05 -0400
I stopped by the Union Bay Natural Area yesterday (10/29) and from some 
distance away watched a fellow photographing a bird. I couldn't see what it was 
but my curiosity eventually got the best of me and I slowly wandered over to 
his position. Thankfully, he was not upset to see me and pointed to an adult 
Northern Shrike on a branch of a downed tree from our last windstorm. For the 
next 15 minutes or so I watched this bird flit from branch to branch and, in 
the process, eat several yellow jackets. This was in an open area between the 
northern most and central ponds. I managed a couple decent photos and have 
posted two (the first two) at the following location should you care to take a 
look: www.pbase.com/saxman/birds. 


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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: merdave AT homenetnw.net
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:54:05 -0700 (PDT)
Hi, Lots of you looked at my photos of this bird and I received a message
today that I can count it as a Rose-breasted Grosbeak!  So, I have a new
yard bird, and a new bird for Douglas County.  I want to thank all of you
who helped with this i.d.  Just wish it would have stayed around a little
longer.    Happy birding in the rain.    Meredith Spencer, Bridgeport

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Subject: Fwd: BRAM
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:09:04 -0400
Whoops on river. Whatever flows into bay next to senior center. Feeding in 
shoreline weeds. Steve Pink, Blair B, Bruce Barrett from San Jose on it now so 
out of here. 


Tom Mansfield

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Begin forwarded message:

From: Ryan Merrill >
Date: October 30, 2014 at 10:55:02 AM PDT
To: Tom Mansfield >
Subject: BRAM

Awesome find!!!

That's not the Wa'atch River though (that's at the north end of Hobuck Beach).

Ryan
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Subject: Neah Bay Bramblimg
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:40:14 -0400
The odyssey continues. I just stopped for one last check of gulls at the Waatch 
River mouth next to the Senior Center in Neah Bay and found a BRAM with Clay 
Colored Sparrows and Golden Crowns. Photos. 


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Subject: Re: Hobby finding tips
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:56:45 -0400
Tweets I checked the past 2 hours without any sign of the EUHO but it has been 
pouring steadily. More to pinpoint the good views Cara mentions from yesterday 
afternoon: the bird was perched and hunting opposite the 4th utility pole east 
(toward Neah Bay) from where paved Hoebuck Beach Road and the gravel road (not 
signed but alternately called Makah Passage and Crown Z Haul Road by GPS) 
intersect. Pole number 3315 on yellow tag. 


Persistent Tom Nansfield now headed home to Seattle

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On Oct 30, 2014, at 8:39 AM, Cara Borre 
> wrote: 


When we arrived at Neah Bay we went straight to the transfer station/sewage 
ponds where the Hobby had been reported. We found several people already 
looking up at the quarry rock walls and more arrived as the day went on. We 
remained there for a bit but wandered over to Makah Passage road just to bird 
in general. 


People continued to stake out the quarry throughout the day, no cigar. We 
wanted to see the Orchard Oriole so we headed back into town and while Asta was 
photographing that, I saw what looked like a small tern on the beach so I 
started off that way. 


The beach was great and I should have taken the time to bring my scope out of 
the car. With binos I discovered a Common Tern, Black-legged Kittiwake, the 
original hobbists: Brad, Charlie and Ryan M, who helped me confirm a few gulls, 
Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones and 1 Semipalmated Plover. Seabirds were 
also good and I was able to see many without the scope (but please take out 
your scope for maximum enjoyment). 


We were in contact with our friends who were staking out the quarry and birding 
Makah Passage. They met us at the beach and we exchanged sightings. Doug showed 
me a great pic of a Swamp Sparrow and they raved about the views they had of 
this bird I can normally just get to chip at me for ID. I wanted the Swamp 
Sparrow! Our entire group took a detour for Clay-colored Sparrow (dip) and 
those that didn't bird the beach in town did that while Asta and I went for the 
Swamp Sparrow. We hit our first brief rain of the day while driving and once it 
subsided I started playing for Swamp Sparrow. Here's the approximate location: 



https://www.google.com/maps/ AT 48.3465072,-124.6404693,14z?hl=en

(You are on Makah Passage (road), the Swamp Sparrow was in bushes (about 4' 
tall) within tall, thick bladed grasses. The quarry should be at your back as 
you look into a field for these bushes/grasses and in the distance a line of 
trees (woods). The Hobby hunted in the field between the road and the woods and 
would land in deciduous trees (about 30' feet tall draped in light green 
mosses).) 


For about 30 mins the Swamp Sparrow and I exchange chips but only one of us got 
to see the other, you will see no SWSP pics from me. While Asta was still 
trying to work on the Swamp Sparrow I happened to look up and I spotted a small 
falcon flying. I exclaimed that's our bird, simply based on hope and size as 
the bird was very backlit, but it did land at the top of a tall snag. Once 
again very backlit, I was able to make out the features I needed to confirm it 
was the Hobby! We called our friends, I yelled to the folks at the quarry, I 
sent a bounced back post to Tweeters, and we all enjoyed a hunting show for 
about an hour. I am sorry I failed to call Nate whom I had exchanged cell 
numbers with, but fortunately they found out and so did the ever persistent Tom 
Mansfield. 


I think weather was key to finding the bird. It is eating primarily insects, 
although we saw it chasing a Sanderling which was awesome (for everyone but the 
Sanderling). If the rain is keeping the insects down, I think our bird will be 
hunkered down as well. Don't just stake an area out. Enjoy all the birds of 
Neah Bay but return often, especially if the weather is nice, to Makah Passage. 
Scan the trees and fields for the perched Hobby. Once it flies, it's 
unmistakable. We only had 1 male Kestrel in this area and he is easily 
distinguished from our bird, he only wishes he had that speed and of course, he 
hovers. The only Peregrine of the day was at the beach in town. If it's 
raining, try Hobuck Beach. Before I saw the Hobby I did see a Sanderling flying 
through that field. That struck me as weird at the time, but then later we see 
it being chased by the Hobby. Does the Hobby also hunt at Hobuck Beach? Perhaps 
in times of rain when the insects are less plentiful? 


Hope this helps your Hobby Hunting

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Subject: Hobby finding tips
From: Cara Borre <cmborre1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:31:12 -0700
When we arrived at Neah Bay we went straight to the transfer station/sewage
ponds where the Hobby had been reported.  We found several people already
looking up at the quarry rock walls and more arrived as the day went on.
We remained there for a bit but wandered over to Makah Passage road just to
bird in general.

People continued to stake out the quarry throughout the day, no cigar.  We
wanted to see the Orchard Oriole so we headed back into town and while Asta
was photographing that, I saw what looked like a small tern on the beach so
I started off that way.

The beach was great and I should have taken the time to bring my scope out
of the car.  With binos I discovered a Common Tern, Black-legged Kittiwake,
the original hobbists: Brad, Charlie and Ryan M, who helped me confirm a
few gulls, Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones and 1 Semipalmated
Plover.  Seabirds were also good and I was able to see many without the
scope (but please take out your scope for maximum enjoyment).

We were in contact with our friends who were staking out the quarry and
birding Makah Passage.  They met us at the beach and we exchanged
sightings.  Doug showed me a great pic of a Swamp Sparrow and they raved
about the views they had of this bird I can normally just get to chip at me
for ID.  I wanted the Swamp Sparrow!  Our entire group took a detour for
Clay-colored Sparrow (dip) and those that didn't bird the beach in town did
that while Asta and I went for the Swamp Sparrow.  We hit our first brief
rain of the day while driving and once it subsided I started playing for
Swamp Sparrow.  Here's the approximate location:


https://www.google.com/maps/ AT 48.3465072,-124.6404693,14z?hl=en

(You are on Makah Passage (road), the Swamp Sparrow was in bushes (about 4'
tall) within tall, thick bladed grasses.  The quarry should be at your back
as you look into a field for these bushes/grasses and in the distance a
line of trees (woods).  The Hobby hunted in the field between the road and
the woods and would land in deciduous trees (about 30' feet tall draped in
light green mosses).)

For about 30 mins the Swamp Sparrow and I exchange chips but only one of us
got to see the other, you will see no SWSP pics from me.  While Asta was
still trying to work on the Swamp Sparrow I happened to look up and I
spotted a small falcon flying.  I exclaimed that's our bird, simply based
on hope and size as the bird was very backlit, but it did land at the top
of a tall snag.  Once again very backlit, I was able to make out the
features I needed to confirm it was the Hobby!  We called our friends,  I
yelled to the folks at the quarry, I sent a bounced back post to Tweeters,
and we all enjoyed a hunting show for about an hour.  I am sorry I failed
to call Nate whom I had exchanged cell numbers with, but fortunately they
found out and so did the ever persistent Tom Mansfield.

I think weather was key to finding the bird.  It is eating primarily
insects, although we saw it chasing a Sanderling which was awesome (for
everyone but the Sanderling).  If the rain is keeping the insects down, I
think our bird will be hunkered down as well.  Don't just stake an area
out.  Enjoy all the birds of Neah Bay but return often, especially if the
weather is nice, to Makah Passage.  Scan the trees and fields for the
perched Hobby.  Once it flies, it's unmistakable.  We only had 1 male
Kestrel in this area and he is easily distinguished from our bird, he only
wishes he had that speed and of course, he hovers.  The only Peregrine of
the day was at the beach in town.  If it's raining, try Hobuck Beach.
Before I saw the Hobby I did see a Sanderling flying through that field.
That struck me as weird at the time, but then later we see it being chased
by the Hobby.  Does the Hobby also hunt at Hobuck Beach?  Perhaps in times
of rain when the insects are less plentiful?

Hope this helps your Hobby Hunting

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Subject: Report of Brown Pelican, Alki, West Seattle
From: "Tucker, Trileigh" <TRI AT seattleu.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:54:57 +0000
Good morning Tweets,

This mornings West Seattle Blog includes a report of a Brown Pelican spotted 
off Alki in West 
Seattle. 
I havent seen the bird myself but will head out later to look for it. 



http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-birdwatching-brown-pelican-seen-off-alki/ 


Good birding luck to all!
Trileigh

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Subject: Anybody interested in sharing ride to Neah Bay for birding?
From: Mason Flint <masonflint AT outlook.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:30:27 -0700
I'm thinking about heading out today, spending the night and returning tomorrow 
or possibly leave early Friday am. 


I'm happy to drive from Bellevue or meet someone at Seattle or Edmonds ferry.

LMK if anyone is interested and we can discuss timing and logistics.

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Subject: RE: I tried to share my "Hobby" with you...
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:48:44 -0400
Many thanks to Cara for refinding the EUHO yesterday afternoon. For any making 
the long haul to Neah Bay it’s best to plan ahead. In addition to Butler’s, 
there is a tremendous accommodation option (and sorry if this sounds like an ad 
but you can’t find much on the internet) in The Cape Motel – (Frank 
360-645-2250). The cabins are spotless and new, cedar-lined with tile bath, 
micro/refer/flat screen TV/good Wi-Fi, right downtown across from the marina 
and only restaurant (which closes at 7 p.m.) and next to the only grocery store 
(which is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). With a queen bed and adjoining room with 2 
bunk beds, a good value at $88/night. Alas, there is no taxidermy. 


Tom Mansfield still in Neah Bay where it is pouring.

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

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:52 PM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] I tried to share my "Hobby" with you...

But my tweeters post from the field got bounced back to me, hopefully this 
won't happen again, but I see "fellow hobbist" Ryan Merrill was able to post 
that the Neah Bay Hobby was seen again today. Really incredible viewing 
experience for many for about an hour starting at about 1:45pm. 


Here's a couple pics on flickr: 
https://flic.kr/p/oVjSq2 


Also got some video, which I'll need to edit, but will share this in some form 
in the future. 


I do hope this incredible find sticks around for awhile so others up for making 
the long journey are equally rewarded. If you can spend the night and not do an 
8 hour drive coupled with intense birding all in one day, so much the better. 


One local caught us near the Orchard Oriole and plugged her establishment as a 
nature lover friendly room for the night. Butler's Motel boasts 10 acres on 
wetlands at $55/night and a museum with various exhibits of taxidermy. Maybe 
it's just me but could you really get a good night's sleep and take a peaceful 
shower in a motel featuring taxidermy? Not sure that should be a selling 
point... but she was a nice lady so I'm giving her business a shout. 


Hope this makes it through to tweeterdom.   Happy Hobby Hunting!

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Subject: pa: (3)
From: rekrause AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:04:11 +0000 (UTC)

http://kreatekom.com/1b5j6k7sq9wye2h3g4.php





























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Subject: Ridgefield NWR "S" Unit today
From: Cindy McCormack <nwbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:27:58 -0700
Hi everybody!

I spent a very relaxing day driving the loop at Ridgefield.  I really
intended to do a quick look along the loop, then planned on heading over to
Carty Unit.  I got lost in bird-time and never made it out to visit Carty!
So much going on to just sit back and watch...

A few interesting sightings--a single late Turkey Vulture, and a small
flock of bluebirds.  The Virginia Rail were a little vocal for the time of
year--prompted by all the goose noise?  The Marsh Wrens were particularly
active--singing, calling, foraging near the road.

:)  Cindy

Ridgefield NWR--River 'S' Unit, Clark, US-WA
Oct 29, 2014 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
81 species (+4 other taxa)

Cackling Goose  1238
Canada Goose  71
Cackling/Canada Goose  1000
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  75
Eurasian Wigeon  1     Male. May be hybrid.  Head appeared as normal EUWI,
but sides had some "pink" in the gray.
American Wigeon  390
Mallard  522
Cinnamon Teal  26
Northern Shoveler  215
Northern Pintail  550
Green-winged Teal  266
Ring-necked Duck  5
Lesser Scaup  3
Greater/Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  5
Hooded Merganser  21
Ruddy Duck  3
Pied-billed Grebe  24
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American Bittern  2
Great Blue Heron  17
Great Egret  14
Turkey Vulture  1     single bird, flying low (tree top level) over between
markers 6 & 7.  Single broken outer secondary on right wing (secondary at
perpendicular to wing (pointing up), appeared to be bent mid-shaft).
Northern Harrier  8
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  8
Virginia Rail  4
American Coot  311
Sandhill Crane  92
Killdeer  3
Greater Yellowlegs  4
peep sp.  9     flying over far end of S. Big Lk
Wilson's Snipe  94
Ring-billed Gull  1
California Gull  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  1
gull sp.  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  2
Great Horned Owl  4
Anna's Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  4
Red-breasted Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  3
Peregrine Falcon  1
Steller's Jay  2
Western Scrub-Jay  8
American Crow  3
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  37
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  4     entry road
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Brown Creeper  7
Pacific Wren  2
Marsh Wren  14
Bewick's Wren  11
Golden-crowned Kinglet  27
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
Western Bluebird  11     flying low, calling.  Small flock seen just over
road between markers 9 & 10, just above tree top level.
American Robin  29
Varied Thrush  3
European Starling  190
American Pipit  54
Cedar Waxwing  6
Common Yellowthroat  1     Located by call, pished into the open--HY male
(mask not entirely black yet).
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Spotted Towhee  9
Savannah Sparrow  8
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  28
White-crowned Sparrow  9
Golden-crowned Sparrow  31
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Red-winged Blackbird  262
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
House Finch  4
Pine Siskin  14
Lesser Goldfinch  2
American Goldfinch  39

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20376642


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Subject: I tried to share my "Hobby" with you...
From: Cara Borre <cmborre1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:51:56 -0700
But my tweeters post from the field got bounced back to me, hopefully this
won't happen again, but I see "fellow hobbist" Ryan Merrill was able to
post that the Neah Bay Hobby was seen again today. Really incredible
viewing experience for many for about an hour starting at about 1:45pm.

Here's a couple pics on flickr: https://flic.kr/p/oVjSq2


Also got some video, which I'll need to edit, but will share this in some
form in the future.

I do hope this incredible find sticks around for awhile so others up for
making the long journey are equally rewarded.  If you can spend the night
and not do an 8 hour drive coupled with intense birding all in one day, so
much the better.

One local caught us near the Orchard Oriole and plugged her establishment
as a nature lover friendly room for the night.  Butler's Motel boasts 10
acres on wetlands at $55/night and a museum with various exhibits of
taxidermy.  Maybe it's just me but could you really get a good night's
sleep and take a peaceful shower in a motel featuring taxidermy?  Not sure
that should be a selling point... but she was a nice lady so I'm giving her
business a shout.

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Subject: Nisqually NWR 10/29/14
From: scrubjay323 AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:37:31 -0400
Tweets,


Today 22 of us enjoyed a great day at Nisqually! We had great weather and the 
birds were very active between storms. It was the best day we had in a long 
time. We had bright sunshine part of the day that highlighted some birds and a 
13.6 high tide at 10;51 AM that pushed the shorebirds close to the dike. 


Highlights included watching a KESTREL capture and eat a vole, good looks at 
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER, several mixed flocks of actively feeding passerines, and 
lots of waterfowl. 


There was nothing to note at the visitor center at the start of the walk but we 
hit our first small mixed flock between the visitor center and the orchard. We 
had both KINGLETS, both CHICKADEES, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, SONG and 
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, and DOWNEY WOODPECKER. Later we added WILSON'S 
WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CEDAR WAXWINGS, BROWN CREEPER, and HUTTON'S 
VIREO, my first of the year. 


For raptors we saw RED-TAILED HAWKS, BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIERS, an 
AMERICAN KESTREL, PEREGRINE FALCONS, and a couple of NORTHERN SHRIKE, one 
hawking dragonflies. 


Waterfowl included MALLARD, NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVLERS, GREEN WINGED 
TEAL, AMERICAN and EURASIAN WIGEON, CANADA, CACKLING, and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED 
GEESE, and GADWALL and HOODED MERGANSER. Water level on the ponds is rising but 
there is still lots of vegetation obscuring views. 


No one went out on the estuary boardwalk today as we had plenty to observe on 
the rest of the refuge. 


For the day I had 58 species and I know of a few I missed. The HUTTON'S VIREO 
was new for the year for me. I now have 141 species for the year. 


We had a couple of sightings of BLACK-TAILED DEER as our only mammals.

Until next week....

Phil Kelley
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Subject: Oct. 28 - Stilliguamish to Samish
From: "Bob Sundstrom" <ixoreus AT scattercreek.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:17:54 -0700
Tweeters,

 

12 of us saw some nice birds yesterday, although nothing remotely as rare as
the Neah Bay hobby.  The Pacific Golden-Plover was again present at the
Samish T, in the ploughed field across the road from the parking area.
Along Sunset Rd., there was an adult "Blue" Snow Goose and three very dusky
"Blue" immatures in a flock of 150 or so Snow Geese.  Small numbers of
Trumpeter Swans now in the area too, and a flock of Tundra Swans near
Conway.  4-5 Yellow-headed Blackbirds in the huge blackbird flock along
Norman Rd. (Exit 210) at the dairy farm about halfway between I-5 and Pt.
Susan Bay.

 

Good birding, Bob

 

Bob Sundstrom

Tenino, WA

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Subject: Posible juv. Broad-winged Hawk Everett
From: "Charles Desilets" <csdesilets AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:51:50 -0700
While playing golf Monday at the Legion Memorial course on Marine View Drive
in north Everett, I observed a flyover of a small Buteo pursued by 6-7
crows. The bird was smaller than any RTHA I've seen with stubbier wings in
proportion to its' body length than other Buteos, and underparts white with
little markings I could observe by eyesight. The bird flew north over the
11th fairway just west of the golf course entrance about 3 PM and headed
down towards the estuary and out-of-sight.

 

Charles Desilets

Mukilteo
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Subject: Neah Bay Eurasian Hobby
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:50:20 -0400
As of the time of this post the EUHO continues on the gravel Crown Z Haul Road 
(per my GPS) a city block east (toward Neah Bay) of the bridge and road to 
Hoebuck Beach. Many thanks to Tina and Nate who flagged me down in Port Angeles 
as I was headed home. Wow what a bird! 


Tom Mansfield in the Waatch Valley

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Subject: Steigerwald NWR: A very "enraptored" day
From: Michelle LaMoustique <lamoustique AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:58:54 -0700
It must have been fate because I started the day by looking out my window and 
seeing a bald eagle. 

I decided to take advantage of the afternoon break in the rain and drive to 
Steigerwald NWR. As I entered I saw a Red-tailed Hawk on the poles where the 
purple martin apartments are in summer. Not far down the path I saw a Merlin in 
a tree. Past the two bridges I saw a Northern Harrier on a post eating a vole. 
After she finished her meal she decided to dive bomb some ducks to see if they 
used Depends or not. The highlight of my little journey I saw a juvenile 
Peregrine Falcon in a tree. It was pretty badly backlit so it took a lot of 
camera adjustments to make out precisely what kind of bird it was. I posted one 
shot on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11815777 AT N07/15663073852/ 

As I walked back I could hear the falcon's hunting cries and some worried peeps 
from Steller's jays. I also saw a Great Blue Heron, three Hooded Mergansers, 
two American Wigeons and several mallards. Other birds I saw included Song 
Sparrows (of course), yellow-crowned sparrows, Northern Flickers, Scrub Jays 
(3), and two Pileated Woodpeckers. 


My return to the parking lot revealed an American Kestrel where the Red-tailed 
Hawk was before. 


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Subject: Hobby this afternoon
From: Ryan Merrill <rjm284 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:51:29 -0700
The Eurasian Hobby is perched giving great views along the old road in the
Wa'atch Valley near the Hobuck end of the road! Apparently found by others
a couple hours ago and hanging out in the area.

Also 2nd cycle Slaty-backed Gull continues at mouth of the Wa'atch, 7
Tropical kingbirds, 1 CC Sparrow, Common Tern and the Orchard Oriole
continues.

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Subject: Re: Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:24:27 -0700
The gull is at the roost next to Jolly Rogers Espresso hut.  Pictures taken.

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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Bob  wrote:

The bird is flying around a possible water treatment ponds across the river 
with 4 bogu's. 


Bob Flores

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Bob  wrote:

Watching the gull now with Jim Danzenbaker and Ryan Abe. Same location it was 
reported yesterday it is across the river flycatching right now. Black 
underwing primaries easy to see. 


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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:24:27 -0700
The gull is at the roost next to Jolly Rogers Espresso hut.  Pictures taken.

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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Bob  wrote:

The bird is flying around a possible water treatment ponds across the river 
with 4 bogu's. 


Bob Flores

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Bob  wrote:

Watching the gull now with Jim Danzenbaker and Ryan Abe. Same location it was 
reported yesterday it is across the river flycatching right now. Black 
underwing primaries easy to see. 


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Subject: Re: Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:40:29 -0700
The bird is flying around a possible water treatment ponds across the river 
with 4 bogu's. 


Bob Flores

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Bob  wrote:

Watching the gull now with Jim Danzenbaker and Ryan Abe. Same location it was 
reported yesterday it is across the river flycatching right now. Black 
underwing primaries easy to see. 


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Subject: White-winged Scoters at Seahurst Park
From: "zuckerbond" <zuckerbond AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:40:04 -0700
Tweeters: I visited Ed Munro Seahurst Park in Burien today between 12:30 and
1:45 pm. Good numbers (6-20 individuals each) of the following: Red-necked
Grebe, Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Surf Scoter, Goldeneye sp., Bufflehead,
Red-breasted Merganser.  Plus one pair of White-winged Scoters seen close-in
off the south end of the beach.

If you haven't been to see the newly restored waterfront here, I would
recommend it!
http://envsciencecenter.org/seahurst-park-shoreline-restoration/

The September lecture series by some of the principal scientists, landscape
architects, and engineers on the project was excellent, and there are more
events scheduled: http://envsciencecenter.org/upcoming-events/

Mary Bond

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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:40:29 -0700
The bird is flying around a possible water treatment ponds across the river 
with 4 bogu's. 


Bob Flores

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Watching the gull now with Jim Danzenbaker and Ryan Abe. Same location it was 
reported yesterday it is across the river flycatching right now. Black 
underwing primaries easy to see. 


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Subject: Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:26:07 -0700
Watching the gull now with Jim Danzenbaker and Ryan Abe. Same location it was 
reported yesterday it is across the river flycatching right now. Black 
underwing primaries easy to see. 


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Subject: Black-headed gull in South Bend, Pacific Co., WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:26:07 -0700
Watching the gull now with Jim Danzenbaker and Ryan Abe. Same location it was 
reported yesterday it is across the river flycatching right now. Black 
underwing primaries easy to see. 


Bob Flores
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Subject: Rwd throated Pipit at Lake Selmac.
From: rogermoyer1 AT hotmail.com <rogermoyer1@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:34:51 +0000
After thoroughly scouring the lake shoreline and surrounding grasslands I 
didn't find a single pipit, American or Red Throated. Slight showers but nice 
weather. I guess I will have to detour a little and try for the one that was 
just reported in Moss Landing, CA 


Roger Moyer.
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Subject: Let's try this again!!! :-)
From: William Brynteson <billb0986 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:40:07 -0700
Hey Tweeters

I am looking for a seat with someone heading out to Neah Bay for a chance
to see the Eurasian HOBBY on Saturday, (cannot get away any sooner), so if
you are going and need someone to help with the costs, please let me know
by personal Email and we can then exchange phone numbers and make it
happen.  I can be reached at wnbrynteson at yahoo dot com!


A Noddy would be fun also, but we should probably wait for one to show
up!!! :-)

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Subject: re: Re: RNEP above Magnuson
From: "lsr AT ramoslink.info" <lsr@ramoslink.info>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:25:16 -0700
There have been a few sightings of pheasants within and in neighborhoods 
surrounding Magnuson Park in the last few months. Some suspect an 
intentional release, though this has not yet been documented.
  
 Scott Ramos
 Seattle
  
  

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 From: "Robert Cleland" 
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 7:16 PM
To: "Tweeters" 
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: RNEP above Magnuson   
I was surprised this morning, as I descended our hill (NE 77th) across
from Magnuson to encounter 3 female/juvenile Ring-necked Pheasants along
the side of the road. I stopped and observed them for 5 minutes as they
strolled along. I had forgotten how big they are!
It has been at least 10 years since I last saw of RNEP in the
Sandpoint/Magnuson area. 40 years ago we had families of them on the bank
below us. I am hopeful that this is a sign that they may be making a
comeback in this area. Have others seen them at Magnuson recently?

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Subject: Olympia Terns
From: Chris Warlow <christopherwarlow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:39:54 -0700
This morning in a rush to get to work I had four mid sized to large terns fly 
over me. I was on I5 above Capitol Lake. 


I wasn't able to stop and id them and would love to know if anyone else in that 
area had seen them. 


Thanks 

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Subject: Fwd: Pacific Co., WA- Black-headed Gull
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:40:35 -0700
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: ed mcv 
Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Subject: Pacific Co., WA- Black-headed Gull
To: jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com


Hi Jim,

I'm not able to get subscribed to Tweeters tonight.  Would you please
forward this message to Tweeters in case someone wants to find this gull
tomorrow.

Thanks,
Ed

A Black-headed Gull was present today in South Bend about 2:30 p.m.   It
was in a grassy open space between highway and river near the coffee hut
south of the seafood market.  Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10665268 AT N04/

A Bonaparte's and Black-legged Kittiwake were fly-bys.  South of town along
the highway a few miles along a stretch of road through a clearcut was the
body of a jaeger (long-tailed, I think.)

Ed McVicker
Portland (visiting Long Beach)




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Subject: Re: Partial Albino Northern Shoveler at Everett Water Treatment Plant---Fwd: Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's @ Ev Sewage
From: notcalm AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:04:09 +0000 (UTC)
Hello again, 

I just reviewed my video from last evening. Additions to my observations: 
1. the scapulars are very light gray in low light 
2. the undertail coverts are light gray in low light 
This bird is so near white, that observing or recording very fine gradations 
between white and gray-near white can only be seen under heavy overcast or 
after sunset conditions. 


Dan Reiff 

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Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 2:16:49 AM 
Subject: Partial Albino Northern Shoveler at Everett Water Treatment 
Plant---Fwd: [Tweeters] Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's  AT  Ev Sewage 


Hello Barry and the Tweeters community, 

I would like to thank Barry for finding and sharing the location of the Partial 
Albino Northern Shoveler at The Everett water Treatment Plant. 

I have been able to "film" (1080p video) this bird twice at close range, 
including yesterday, Tuesday, in and out of the water, preening, feeding alone 
and feeding with a large group of shovelers at that location. 


This beauty appears to be a Partial Albino Northern Shoveler or perhaps less 
likely, a Pekin X Northern Shoveler hybrid. 


Some observations: 
1. there are a few gray feathers on the mantle and scapulars that have recently 
appeared black, which I assume means that white feathers, were until recently, 
covering Black in the process of molting 

2. there are several gray feathers near the belly 
3. the Tarsus and Toes are the same color as the bill, bright Orange. 
4. the bill length appears to be at the lower end of the range for a Northern 
Shoveler. When swimming near other males and females the bill appears to be 
15-20% shorter than most in the group. 

5. the feeding behaviors are identical to other Northern Shovelers and it feeds 
very near or within the shoveler groups (3- 80 Birds feeding in very close 
proximity). 


If you have had difficulty with the "Where's Waldo" illustrations, try 
observing this great bird within the large shoveler groups. 


Below are links for discussions of the terms: albino, partial albino and 
leucistic that I found helpful. 




http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ivory/pastsearches/2005_2006/stories_reports_0506/leucism 



http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/abnormal-coloration-in-birds-melanin-reduction/ 


and page xii in The 2014 Sibley Guide to Birds (Second Edition). 

Thanks again for all of you contributing to Tweeters. 

Dan Reiff 
Mercer Island 


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Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:00:48 PM 
Subject: [Tweeters] Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's  AT  Ev Sewage 

Tweeters, 
A beautiful day was punctuated by one of the most beautiful birds I've 
ever seen. A pure white duck with a very brightly colored orange 
shoveler's bill. Could not see the feet. The eye was golden, not pink. 
Size wise could easily fit into the range of a shoveler. Smaller than 
the Mallard's nearby. The bird was seen in the large pond to the north. 
Best to go to the opening along the fence line about 1/3 way down from 
the parking lot as you walk toward Spencer Island. Look back to the west 
in the outside channel closest to where you would be standing. Given 
that we just don't see many of these birds, I would welcome any comments 
about possible hybrids, albinos versus leucistic birds, etc. Hope that 
someone gets to photograph this bird. 
Also of note was at least one Franklin's Gull sitting along the wall 
farther to the west of where the duck was seen. On the pond was at least 
one Eared Grebe. 
Access into the ponds is not allowed due to work that is being done. The 
worker I spoke to was knowledgeable about birds and sounded optimistic 
that access could be granted in the future. He also said that he thought 
that the work being done will create more habitat for the birds. 
All the best 
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Subject: Partial Albino Northern Shoveler at Everett Water Treatment Plant---Fwd: Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's @ Ev Sewage
From: notcalm AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:16:49 +0000 (UTC)
Hello Barry and the Tweeters community, 

I would like to thank Barry for finding and sharing the location of the Partial 
Albino Northern Shoveler at The Everett water Treatment Plant. 

I have been able to "film" (1080p video) this bird twice at close range, 
including yesterday, Tuesday, in and out of the water, preening, feeding alone 
and feeding with a large group of shovelers at that location. 


This beauty appears to be a Partial Albino Northern Shoveler or perhaps less 
likely, a Pekin X Northern Shoveler hybrid. 


Some observations: 
1. there are a few gray feathers on the mantle and scapulars that have recently 
appeared black, which I assume means that white feathers, were until recently, 
covering Black in the process of molting 

2. there are several gray feathers near the belly 
3. the Tarsus and Toes are the same color as the bill, bright Orange. 
4. the bill length appears to be at the lower end of the range for a Northern 
Shoveler. When swimming near other males and females the bill appears to be 
15-20% shorter than most in the group. 

5. the feeding behaviors are identical to other Northern Shovelers and it feeds 
very near or within the shoveler groups (3- 80 Birds feeding in very close 
proximity). 


If you have had difficulty with the "Where's Waldo" illustrations, try 
observing this great bird within the large shoveler groups. 


Below are links for discussions of the terms: albino, partial albino and 
leucistic that I found helpful. 




http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ivory/pastsearches/2005_2006/stories_reports_0506/leucism 



http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/abnormal-coloration-in-birds-melanin-reduction/ 


and page xii in The 2014 Sibley Guide to Birds (Second Edition). 

Thanks again for all of you contributing to Tweeters. 

Dan Reiff 
Mercer Island 


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Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:00:48 PM 
Subject: [Tweeters] Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's  AT  Ev Sewage 

Tweeters, 
A beautiful day was punctuated by one of the most beautiful birds I've 
ever seen. A pure white duck with a very brightly colored orange 
shoveler's bill. Could not see the feet. The eye was golden, not pink. 
Size wise could easily fit into the range of a shoveler. Smaller than 
the Mallard's nearby. The bird was seen in the large pond to the north. 
Best to go to the opening along the fence line about 1/3 way down from 
the parking lot as you walk toward Spencer Island. Look back to the west 
in the outside channel closest to where you would be standing. Given 
that we just don't see many of these birds, I would welcome any comments 
about possible hybrids, albinos versus leucistic birds, etc. Hope that 
someone gets to photograph this bird. 
Also of note was at least one Franklin's Gull sitting along the wall 
farther to the west of where the duck was seen. On the pond was at least 
one Eared Grebe. 
Access into the ponds is not allowed due to work that is being done. The 
worker I spoke to was knowledgeable about birds and sounded optimistic 
that access could be granted in the future. He also said that he thought 
that the work being done will create more habitat for the birds. 
All the best 
-- 
barry 
Seattle 
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Subject: FW: WA: Eurasian Hobby - Go Fish
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:13:20 -0700
I would like to add that views of falcons are often distant and fleeting. We 
saw at least 3 Peregrines (maybe 4), a Merlin & male American Kestrel. Raptor 
ID skills are to be tested, so be prepared. 


From: namitzr AT hotmail.com
To: obol AT freelists.org
Subject: WA: Eurasian Hobby - Go Fish
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:03:30 -0700




Tim Shelmerdine and I waited from 10am to 330pm for the bird to make an 
appearance, but were disappointed. We kept ourselves busy meeting WA birders 
and seeing some of the other local rarities like ORCHARD ORIOLE, TROPICAL 
KINGBIRD & COMMON TERN. 


There was a reported sighting before we arrived, but I believe the verdict was 
still out pending review of photos. 


Good birding,
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Subject: Rose Breasted Grosbeak in Clallam Bay
From: Bill Shelmerdine <georn1 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:01:35 -0700
After departing Neah Bay, Gene Revelas and I had a Tropical Kingbird (5th of 
day) in Clallam Bay. We followed it into Clallam Bay Park at corner next to 
bay. We encountered a large flock of Passerines which ultimately included a 
female type Rose Breasted Grosbeak. Great views in scope and probably decent 
digi- scoped photos. Birds feeding along bay in alders a shrubs with berries 
about 4:00 PM. 

Good birding
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Subject: Chasing the Noddy
From: William Brynteson <billb0986 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:36:48 -0700
Hey Tweeters

I am looking for a seat with someone heading out to Neah Bay for a chance
to see the Noddy on Saturday, (cannot get away any sooner), so if you are
going and need someone to help with the cost, please let me know by
personal Email and we can then exchange phone numbers and make it happen.
I can be reached at wnbrynteson at yahoo dot com!

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Subject: Chasing the Noddy!!
From: William Brynteson <billb0986 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:34:24 -0700
Hey Tweeters

I am looking for a seat with someone heading out to Neah Bay for a chance
to see the Noddy on Saturday, (cannot get away any sooner), so if you are
going and need someone to help with the cost, please let me know by
personal Email and we can then exchange phone numbers and make it happen.
I can be reached at wnbrynteson at yahoo dot com!

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Subject: Sandhill Crane in central Thurston Co
From: "Paul Hicks" <phicks AT accessgrace.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:45:32 -0700
Tweets, Monday a single juvenile Sandhill Crane hung out in a resident's
yard located in the Evergreen Valley area between Tumwater and Yelm. It did
not seem to be injured but was never observed flying. It was not relocated
in the vicinity Tuesday. Perhaps it got blown in/down by the storm. Good
birding!
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Subject: Chickens 1, Hawks 0
From: "Rob Sandelin" <nwnature1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:54:21 -0700
No that's not a football score. Today while returning home from the
neighborhood woods mushroom survey (yum, chantrelles for dinner!) there was
a disturbance in the old chicken coop. As I approached from the woods side
there was thrashing in the bird netting over the back chicken yard. To my
dismay, there was a Coopers Hawk thoroughly entangled in the net. 

Now what?

 

I approached the unhappy bird and it struggled more but it was clearly not
getting loose without help. I went into the house got an old throw blanket
and some kitchen shears. As I entered the chicken yard the chickens all
followed behind me and as I got under the hawk, they started talking some
serious trash. The hawk thrashed and got more agitated so I figured the
operation would go smoother without them so I locked them up in the coop and
returned to cut out the hawk. 

 

At my close approach the hawk really started squirming and got one leg loose
and took a swipe at me with those talons. Yikes, armed and dangerous. I
finally cut the hawk down but it was still covered with net so I covered it
with the throw  blanket, gingerly grabbed its wings and found myself lacking
a hand to remove the rest of the netting. I oh-so-carefully tucked the now
still bird under one arm and cut away the netting as best I could. I finally
got most of it  off and I set the hawk down on the ground and removed the
blanket. It was then I realized my mistake. We were still in the chicken
yard. The hawk tried to fly into the woods and bonked into the net from the
inside. Hoping that the hawk not get retangled,  I opened the front "gate"
and using the blanket as a shield I eventually after several tries, flapped
the hawk out of the coop. The bird flew away apparently none the worse for
its unusual day.

 

Rob Sandelin

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Snohomish County

 

 

 
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Subject: Eurasian Hobby
From: "Bruce LaBar" <blabar AT harbornet.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:39:02 -0700
For those who don’t follow E-Bird, Dan Waggoner reported seeing the hobby 
today at 8:39 a.m. for several minutes. He might be out of range to post on 
Tweeters, so thought I would give a heads up for any who want to chase 
tomorrow. 

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Subject: Western Scrub Jays Seattle Central District
From: Jill Freidberg <JFreidberg AT uwb.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:05:31 +0000
For those of you tracking the appearances of Western Scrub Jays in Western WA, 
I've got a pair hanging out in the Port Orford Cedar behind my home in 
Seattle's Central District (98122). 


Jill

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Subject: Pine siskins
From: cohenellenr AT yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:02:47 -0700
Finally! Large flock of siskins mixed with goldfinches in North End Tacoma

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Subject: NCAS monthly meeting Oct 28 7 PM
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:28:38 -0700
Everyone welcome at North Cascades Audubon Society monthly meeting held at
Whatcom Museum OCT 28.. Tuesday at 7 PM to 9 PM

General Membership Meeting with Craig and Joy Johnson
Presenting Their Film: “Birds, Backyard Habitat and Beyond”

Puget Sound area watercolor artist and photographer, Craig Johnson with his
wife and writer Joy Johnson, have created a remarkable DVD that beautifully
illustrates what can happen when native habitat is allowed to flourish,
even in as small a space as a suburban backyard.  The Johnsons illustrate
the delights possible by recording the birds and other creatures that visit
their backyard.  This remarkable film provides a window to behaviors never
before recorded. Watch and wonder as this panoply of creatures forage for
food, raise young, maintain their plumage, battle for territory and much
more. Using Craig’s animations, graphics and photographs the Johnsons offer
some simple suggestions to increase the variety of birds visiting your yard.

Craig and Joy Johnson have created and published four books containing
colorful, close-up photographs of birds (most found in the Puget Sound
area). Their latest photo book is titled, Our Pacific Northwest Birds &
Habitat. They have also published two children’s books which Craig
illustrated in watercolor, most recently Harry the Woodpecker’s Search for
a Home, released in December 2013.

Since becoming disabled by a neurological disorder, Craig has traded a
larger camera for a pocket-sized video camera that he uses primarily while
on a mobility scooter in their yard. Together the Johnsons study
ornithology and have spent many years observing and photographing birds.
They use Craig’s photos, videos, animations and graphics to share their
passion for birds and hope to inspire others to protect birds and wildlife
habitat.
Check out their website:  www.pugetsoundbackyardbirds.com


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Subject: field trip Semiahmoo Nov 1 Sat 9 AM
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:24:12 -0700
   FIELD TRIP Nov 1...SAT 9:00 A.M. to Noon   at Semiahmoo Spit Park... no
registration required..   sponsored by North Cascades Audubon Society and
Whatcom County Parks & Recreation... all birding skill levels welcome.

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Subject: A book about passenger pigeons
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:17:05 +0000
hello everyone,

after lots of travel & illness, i'm catching up with my book reviews. only
3 to go!

This absorbing book is an engaging and wistful, yet measured, chronicle
about the tragic loss of one very special, iconic, species, the passenger
pigeon.


http://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2014/oct/28/a-message-from-martha-by-mark-avery-review 


this would be a superb gift book as well.

cheers,

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Subject: Neah Bay Rarities Monday
From: mcharest AT wamail.net
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:42:30 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to accompany Bill Twiet, Bruce Labar, and
Whittier Johnson to chase some of the rarities reported in Neah Bay on
Sunday.

We started the day in town and quickly found the ORCHARD ORIOLE coming to
the hummingbird feeders. The very friendly homeowner came out and said
that the bird has been seen for about a week and a half. A walk through
town produced a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. Driving just outside of town toward
the Waatch Valley, we came across a very vividly colored NASHVILLE
WARBLER.

TOWN: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20358439

Carefully working our way through Waatch Valley, we made our way over to
the sewage treatment plant. While at the base of the old quarry we watched
the ridge line as several Bald Eagles, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and a
Peregrine Falcon rode the thermals over the ridge top. The EURASIAN HOBBY
appeared suddenly over the ridge and allowed us looks for about 25-30
seconds before disappearing into the canyon to the right of our vantage
point. Some cheering was heard echoing through the quarry moments later.
Another group of patient birders were able to get a similar quick look at
the Hobby in the same spot several hours later.

SEWAGE PLANT: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20357757

Returning to town we were able to find a jaw dropping 4 TROPICAL
KINGBIRDS, 3 in the same tree at one point. We later found one more
Kingbird near Hobuck Beach making 5 for the day.

TOWN 2: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20357953
HOBUCK: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20357960

We had a very successful chase with a few more minor rarities. It was
great to ride with and learn from this group such knowledgeable birders.



Have a great day,

Michael Charest
Tacoma, Washington
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Subject: Oregon Red-throated Pipit
From: Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:26:40 -0700
Can someone who has seen the bird give a better description of the location 
around Lake Selmac where the bird has been seen. Everyone on Ebird just posts a 
spot in the middle of the lake. I am going to be passing through this area 
later this week and would like to look for it. 


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Subject: Edmonds marsh dunlin
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:45:18 -0700
A small flock of seven dunlin continue to show up at the Edmonds marsh. My most 
recent photos of them can be seen here: 


http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?9587-Wldlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2014/page63 


While I am not good at identifying shore birds, I don't recall ever seeing 
dunlin at the marsh. I associate them with salt water, for in years past I have 
seen them hunkering down a few blocks away from the marsh on the breakwater of 
the Edmonds marina. 


 
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Subject: Re: RNEP above Magnuson
From: Robert Cleland <cleland AT u.washington.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:12:31 -0700 (PDT)
I was surprised this morning, as I descended our hill (NE 77th) across 
from Magnuson to encounter 3 female/juvenile Ring-necked Pheasants along 
the side of the road.  I stopped and observed them for 5 minutes as they 
strolled along.  I had forgotten how big they are!
 	It has been at least 10 years since I last saw of RNEP in the 
Sandpoint/Magnuson area. 40 years ago we had families of them on the bank 
below us.  I am hopeful that this is a sign that they may be making a 
comeback in this area.  Have others seen them at Magnuson recently?

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Subject: 26 October from Neah Bay to Cape Flattery
From: Steven Mlodinow <sgmlod AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:42:03 -0400
Greetings All


Thanks to Washington for the warm welcome back.
Some of the Hobby Day Highlights can be found at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/36088296 AT N08/ 



Thanks to Brad, the Ryans, and Charlie for finding all of the smacking 
rarities. The key strategy to finding rarities is finding the right companions 



Best Wishes
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Subject: Neah Bay
From: blabar <blabar AT harbornet.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:02:45 -0700
Also present are 4 Tropical Kingbird, 1 Orchard Oriole and Clay-colored 
sparrow. Oriole at 950 Bayview. Kingbirds in field at Lincoln and First street 
and sparrow across from mini mart 



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Subject: watch for a Sky Lark in Wa'atch River Valley
From: Charlie Wright <cwright770 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:57:26 -0700
Hello All,
I wanted to let people know that another very unusual bird was seen and
marginally photographed flying through the valley yesterday, just before
the Eurasian Hobby was discovered. The bird gave a unique impression that
seems to jive only with a Sky Lark. Unfortunately, the bird could not
relocated by us and only seen for a 45 second period. However, anyone in
the area looking for a certain falcon may do well to be on the lookout. The
bird was flying over the open fields south of the bridge on the "old" Neah
Bay to Cape Flattery Road.
Cheers,
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Seattle, Washington
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