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Updated on Friday, February 27 at 02:23 PM EST
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Toucan Barbet,©BirdQuest

27 Feb RFI: Birds at Chinook Bend ["Vanderhoof, Jennifer" ]
27 Feb Issaquah Brambling Update - Friday Morning [Carol Riddell ]
27 Feb Pine siskins at Point No Point [Annette Wright ]
26 Feb RFI Vancouver (WA) Rarities [Jon Houghton ]
26 Feb Brambling seen 10:15am Mt. Fury stakeout [Shep Thorp ]
26 Feb Yard birds - the changing scene [Rob Conway ]
26 Feb Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2015-02-26 ["Michael Hobbs" ]
26 Feb Another FOY for the day - Grosbeak ["A & S Hill" ]
26 Feb Another FOY for the day - Grosbeak ["A & S Hill" ]
26 Feb Issaquah brambling - yes ["Louise Rutter" ]
26 Feb Great Gray in Jasper [Loren Mooney ]
26 Feb Snow Geese in the Skagit ["zuckerbond" ]
26 Feb Rufous Hummingbird arrival ["A & S Hill" ]
26 Feb Rufous Hummingbird arrival ["A & S Hill" ]
26 Feb BBC News: The girl who gets gifts from birds [Hank ]
26 Feb Re: A Walk at Eide - 2/24/15 [vickibiltz ]
26 Feb The Reach of Tweeters [Blair Bernson ]
26 Feb Snow Geese still here? [Melissa Willoughby ]
26 Feb A Walk at Eide - 2/24/15 [Barbara Deihl ]
26 Feb Re: More on the Reifel Refuge (Photogenic) Great Gray Owl [Monica Van der Vieren ]
25 Feb eBird Northwest article on Northwestern Crows [Charlie Wright ]
25 Feb More on the Reifel Refuge (Photogenic) Great Gray Owl [Blair Bernson ]
25 Feb Important WOS Program - Monday March 2 [Blair Bernson ]
25 Feb Full Circle [Jeff Gibson ]
25 Feb Woodland Bottoms - Wednesday [Lyn Topinka ]
25 Feb Issaquah Brambling [Blair Bernson ]
25 Feb The Otter and the Cormorant [Jeff Gibson ]
25 Feb Bald Eagle eating fish at Lake Joy [Hank ]
25 Feb Snowy Owls & Pigeons []
25 Feb 50 birds stolen from Carnation sanctuary [Ellen Blackstone ]
25 Feb Brambling in Issaquah [Steve Pink ]
25 Feb RFI Alaska Ferry [Amy Shumann ]
25 Feb Lesser yellowlegs Ridgefield NWR Clark Co, WA [Bob ]
25 Feb Lesser yellowlegs Ridgefield NWR Clark Co, WA [Bob ]
24 Feb field trip date correction MONDAY MAR 2 [Twink Coffman ]
24 Feb field trip ..Mar 2 ..Tuesday.. 8:30 AM to 2 PM [Twink Coffman ]
24 Feb SE Owls Hovering ["D. Gluckman" ]
24 Feb Bushtits in pairs [Tom and Carol Stoner ]
24 Feb Night Beach [Jeff Gibson ]
24 Feb re: Observing & Respecting Owls and Their Habitat [wong ]
23 Feb Observing & Respecting Owls and Their Habitat - A WOS Birding Ethics Press Release [Barbara Deihl ]
23 Feb Skagit and Stanwood ["D. Gluckman" ]
23 Feb test ["Edwin Lamb" ]
23 Feb 978075551 [Idie Ulsh ]
23 Feb (Clark Co.) Ross's still at Lowlands [Luke Hanes ]
23 Feb Fw: Peregrine falcons under the West Seattle high bridge [Mary Metz ]
23 Feb Great Blue Heron building nest at Ballard Locks in Seattle [Hank ]
22 Feb WA Birder List Report is now available ["washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle" ]
23 Feb Good year for Eurasian Wigeons [Jason Hernandez ]
22 Feb Swans on Whidbey [IAN YOUNG ]
22 Feb Guillemots, etc. [Jeff Gibson ]
22 Feb Three owl night, thanks to waking early [Bob ]
22 Feb Three owl night, thanks to waking early [Bob ]
22 Feb Re: swans on Whidbey Island ["Martha Jordan" ]
22 Feb Rockpipers on Alki, West Seattle [Eric Stahlfeld ]
21 Feb Eagle & Owls videos + a bird art show [Hank ]
21 Feb Delta great grey [Debra Lewis ]
21 Feb Great Blue Heron Rookery, and a Tufted Duck at the Other Vancouver [Joshua Glant ]
21 Feb some "spring" firsts, south Thurston Co ["Paul Hicks" ]
21 Feb Update on bald eagle in local news [Teresa Stokes ]
21 Feb Union Bay Watch | In the Mood? [Larry Hubbell ]
21 Feb BirdNote - last week & the week of Feb. 22, 2015 [Ellen Blackstone ]
21 Feb Whidbey Ferry Add [Caryn Schutzler ]
21 Feb Whidbey / Caryn Wedgwood [Caryn Schutzler ]
20 Feb RE: Clark County field trip nearly full ["Randy Hill" ]
20 Feb Clark County field trip nearly full ["Randy Hill" ]
20 Feb does anyone have binoculars available for donation [JeffO ]
20 Feb Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 2-19-2015 [Denis DeSilvis ]
20 Feb RE: Golden eagle (#134) and turkey vulture (#135) seen at Ridgefield NWR, Clark Co, WA ["Randy Hill" ]
20 Feb Ocean Shores birds February 15-18 [KEN ]
20 Feb Golden eagle (#134) and turkey vulture (#135) seen at Ridgefield NWR, Clark Co, WA [Bob ]
20 Feb Golden eagle (#134) and turkey vulture (#135) seen at Ridgefield NWR, Clark Co, WA [Bob ]
20 Feb Banded Evening Grosbeak, Port Townsend [Merce & Michael ]
20 Feb Birding Ft. Vancouver today [Pamela Gunn ]
20 Feb Late note on ravens [Joan Miller ]
19 Feb WOS Winter trip 2/14-2/16 Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau [Shep Thorp ]

Subject: RFI: Birds at Chinook Bend
From: "Vanderhoof, Jennifer" <Jennifer.Vanderhoof AT kingcounty.gov>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:47:39 +0000
King County will be conducting an assessment on some of the restoration work 
regarding the wetland at Chinook Bend Natural Area, and we are seeking 
information on birds observed on site. Do you make regular birding treks to 
Chinook Bend and keep bird lists? If so, we'd be very interested in what you've 
seen. 


Thanks!
-Jen

Jennifer Vanderhoof, Senior Ecologist | King County Water and Land Resources 
Division | Ph: 206-477-4840 | jennifer dot vanderhoof at kingcounty dot gov 


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Subject: Issaquah Brambling Update - Friday Morning
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:41:06 -0800
Came in to feed on the deck railing twice about 9 a.m. Seen for a total of 
about 3 minutes. Traveling with the juncos. 


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Subject: Pine siskins at Point No Point
From: Annette Wright <acapwright AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:43:16 -0800
We've been seeing a flock of pine siskins all week at our thistle and sunflower 
seed feeders at Point No Point, Hansville. 


Joe and Annette W

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Subject: RFI Vancouver (WA) Rarities
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton AT hartcrowser.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:45:01 +0000
Hi Tweets - contemplating a trip to the South of WA this weekend and wondered 
if anyone has seen (or dipped on) the Tufted Duck or Ross's Goose in the last 
few days? Feel free to respond off-line. - Thanks!! 


Jon Houghton
Edmonds (206) 601-0773

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Subject: Brambling seen 10:15am Mt. Fury stakeout
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:32:13 -0800
Hi Tweets,
Several of us had 5 minute observation of the previously reported Brambling at 
625 Mt. Fury Circle S.W. in Issaquah around 10:15 am. The bird flew in with 
Dark-eyed Juncos, perched in the two Cedar Trees just to the right of the deck, 
and bathed in the gutter on the right side of the house. The very nice owner of 
the home placed seed on the railing of the deck to attract the birds. There is 
a pull off across the street from the house with room for 4 cars, which 
provides for nice viewing. A quiet neighborhood with little traffic. 

Good birding,
Shep

Shep Thorp
Browns Point

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Subject: Yard birds - the changing scene
From: Rob Conway <robin_birder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:59:53 +0000
Tweets,
 
I've been mostly confined to home for the past several weeks - except for a 2 
week trip to Florida to be evaluated for a transplant at Mayo Clinic in 
Jacksonville (no time for birding there). 

 
Here at home spring is definitely starting with changing birds, blooming 
flowers, and general vernal behavior from flora and fauna alike. Every morning 
I am now awakened by the penny whistle calls of Varied Thrushes from every 
direction. It is fun to listen to the differences in tone and call length from 
individual birds - just wish I could see them when they are calling as I'd like 
to know if sex makes a difference in call type and length. Continuing on the 
thrush front American Robins have moved in en force over the past two weeks. 
Their songs and calls continue all day. I even saw a robin exploring the vine 
clad porch column where there was a nest last year - so early for this. 

 
I had my first Rufous Hummingbird male at the feeders yesterday (2/25/15). He 
stayed around for at least a couple of hours, sparring on and off with the 
resident Anna's. The Anna's are showing mating behavior and their song/call is 
a constant from dawn 'til dusk every day. 

 
Great Horned Owls are calling every night - I have even gotten them to converse 
with me and come in to the dead snag where I can see their outline against the 
western evening and night sky. I have also heard both Saw Whet and Screech Owls 
in the yard and Barred Owls in the more forested area on the slopes to the 
north and west. Yesterday Redtail Hawks appeared and were calling loudly before 
the rain set in. I'm guessing this might be the pair that has nested yearly in 
the big fir just up the slope for the past 3 years - they have produced 8 
offspring during that time that have all fledged and then stuck around with 
juvenile antics and calls until fall pushes them out. 

 
My feeders are crowded with Purple, House and Cassin's Finches, American and 
Lesser Goldfinches, Black Capped and Chestnut Backed Chickadees (a 2 
Mountain's!), White and Red Breasted Nuthatches and the occasional cowbird. The 
suet feeders have a constant clientele of Bushtits, Flickers, Downy and Hairy 
Woodpeckers, Fox and Song sparrows, and Scrub and Steller's Jays. I put out 
seed on my deck and have a flock of 30+ Dark Eyed Juncos feeding there. It is 
interesting to observe the diversity of plumages shown. I have Oregon, Slate 
Colored, and Pink Sided almost every day - with the Oregon numbers taking up 
most of the flock. I have trained to Steller's and Western Scrub Jays to come 
to the sound of a cup I bang out after throwing out my feed mix of millet, 
milo, corn, sunflower seeds and peanuts. I get as many as 20 at a time and they 
are a hoot to watch. They are joined by many Mourning Doves, Towhees, 5 sparrow 
species and occasional surprises like a seed loving Varied Thrush. 

 
I'll put out my bird boxes and nesting materials this weekend to see what 
critters stick around. 

 
Cheers,
 
Rob


Rob Conway  
Camas, WA
45.58N 122.44W - elevation 310 ft.
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Subject: Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2015-02-26
From: "Michael Hobbs" <birdmarymoor AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:06:53 -0800
Tweets – Another fine day for February; though today was gray and misty, it 
was warm (44-50) and fairly birdy. 


Highlights:

Red-tailed Hawk        One at odd-snag nest west of park entrance
California Gull            Two adults
HERRING GULL          3rd-winter bird with GWGU and GWGUxWEGUs
N. Saw-whet Owl       Matt heard one very early
Northern Shrike          Adult in East Meadow
Tree Swallow             6 over Dog Meadow
Red Crossbill              ~30 in mansion firs
American Goldfinch   Large flock, 10-20 birds

We’d done pretty well for species count by the time we got to the Rowing 
Club, though the only woodpecker we’d had was NORTHERN FLICKER. But down near 
the old boathouse, we suddenly had a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, two male DOWNY 
WOODPECKERS, and a pair of HAIRY WOODPECKERS. Couldn’t turn up a Pileated 
though. 


So, for the day, 60 species. We averaged 60.25 species/week for February, after 
averaging 57 in January. Low count for the year: 56 (thrice). 2015 is starting 
well! 


Nothing new for the year except MUSKRAT.

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Subject: Another FOY for the day - Grosbeak
From: "A & S Hill" <60stops2home AT kalama.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:29:32 -0800
Adult female EVENING GROSBEAK with a flock of Pine Siskins. She is picking
up what the Siskins are dropping from the feeder.

 

Amy Hill

Kalama, Washington

628 feet up in Cowlitz County

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Subject: Another FOY for the day - Grosbeak
From: "A & S Hill" <60stops2home AT kalama.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:29:32 -0800
Adult female EVENING GROSBEAK with a flock of Pine Siskins. She is picking
up what the Siskins are dropping from the feeder.

 

Amy Hill

Kalama, Washington

628 feet up in Cowlitz County

60stops 2 home at kalama dot com

Artlessfun at yahoo dot com

 
Subject: Issaquah brambling - yes
From: "Louise Rutter" <louise.rutter AT eelpi.gotdns.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:11:57 -0800
I looked for the brambling 9.30-10.40am this morning. At no point during
this period was the bird seen on the deck railing where the feed was. It was
spotted at about 10.15am in the dense conifer at the right corner of the
house. It also flew into the flowering bush in the yard, across the road
into the trees opposite the house, and eventually down behind the house and
out of sight. It was seen for a little over five minutes.

 

Louise Rutter

Kirkland
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Subject: Great Gray in Jasper
From: Loren Mooney <loren.mooney AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:07:24 -0800
Off topic a little - it's Alberta, not Washington - but I thought I'd
share.  I went up to Jasper and Calgary a couple weeks ago for a
photography workshop.  While there, I got some fun pics of some snowy owls
around Calgary and a great gray owl near Jasper, plus some other fun
stuff.  The trip pics are here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/sets/72157650502069370/

Shameless plug:  One of the great gray owl shots was featured today in Nat
Geo's Daily Dozen.  If you like the shot, please vote for it.  If it gets
enough votes it will be published in the magazine.  :)

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/2015-02-26/

-- 
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Seattle, Washington
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Subject: Snow Geese in the Skagit
From: "zuckerbond" <zuckerbond AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:12:31 -0800
Hi Melissa,

I was up in the Skagit on Sunday 2/22, and saw many thousands of snow geese.
I first saw a large flock at about 5 pm in the fields north of Calhoun Rd.,
between Best Rd. and Bradshaw Rd. 

Then I took in sunset, dusk, and dark at the Fir Island Farms/Hayton WDFW
site off Fir Island Rd., where I was able to watch even larger flocks of
Snow Geese fly out to the bay.

Mary Bond, Seattle zuckerbond over at comcast.net

 

Subject: Snow Geese still here?

Date: Thu Feb 26 2015 10:36 am

From: putabirdonit AT hotmail.com 

Hi Tweets-

Are the Snow Geese still up in the Skagit in large numbers?  I have some out
of town friends asking and I've not been up there in a while.

Thanks for any info-

Melissa

Melissa Willoughby

Seattle

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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird arrival
From: "A & S Hill" <60stops2home AT kalama.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:52:38 -0800
Just now, our first of year RUFOUS HUMMINGIBRD, a male, has arrived here in
Kalama. That's 12 days earlier than in 2014 for our yard.

 

Amy Hill

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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird arrival
From: "A & S Hill" <60stops2home AT kalama.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:52:38 -0800
Just now, our first of year RUFOUS HUMMINGIBRD, a male, has arrived here in
Kalama. That's 12 days earlier than in 2014 for our yard.

 

Amy Hill

Kalama, Washington

628 feet up in Cowlitz County

60stops 2 home at kalama dot com

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Subject: BBC News: The girl who gets gifts from birds
From: Hank <hank.heiberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:28:09 -0800
> 
> The girl who gets gifts from birds
> 
> Lots of people give food to the birds in their garden and get nothing in 
return - but when one girl feeds the crows outside her house, they show their 
affection with tiny presents. 

> 
> Read more:
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31604026
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: A Walk at Eide - 2/24/15
From: vickibiltz <vickibiltz AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:02:44 -0600
Barb and tweeters, 
I have noticed in my travels that there are many places the birds become 
approachable and totally ignore the public. I think caution is truly the 
correct word. We who know a birds body language can tell if we are getting to 
close. Some of the places I've been able to bird such as near Haifa, Israel, 
and some reserves in Costa Rica are very approachable, and and are great 
study's. I prefer my car for a blind when possible as most of us do. But I know 
not to turn around and head toward that falcon as it will have to move along. 

Happy Birding. We leave Tennessee shortly. We lost my coat at the airport and 
due to bad roads and freezing conditions, no attempt was made to bird. All I 
enjoyed was a mockingbird who was feeding near the door. 


Vicki Biltz
Buckley, wa
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> On Feb 26, 2015, at 7:44 AM, Barbara Deihl  wrote:
> 
> After receiving quite the variety of messages about the status of the birds 
and the people at Eide Rd. as of 2/23/15 (before the ethics media release was 
posted on Tweeters), I decided to venture up there again to check things out 
for myself. I arrived at 4:15 p.m and left at 6:30 p.m. 

> You can draw your own conclusions about my visit from the photos in the 
following 2 Flickr albums :-) 

> 
> 
>> Eide, The Site From the Road :      https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5hHRRm
> 
>> Eide, A Non-owl Bird Sampling (taken with a Point&Shoot :-)) : 
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8Rtasn 

> 
> And, thank you for all the responses that were sent me, after the ethics post 
appeared on Tweeters - made for some interesting thoughts and dialog... 

> 
> 
> Barb Deihl
> Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Subject: The Reach of Tweeters
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:06:46 -0800
We live in an age where the internet, digital 
photography (heck digital everything) can greatly 
broaden our reach.  Pictures shared on Picasa and 
Flickr (and elsewhere), posts on Tweeters and on 
other listservs and blog sites etc travel 
instantly across borders and time ones.  As an 
admitted "Parasitic Birder" often I find birds 
that were first seen and reported by others on 
EBird, Tweeters etc. This is a far cry from the 
days when I started birding in the early 70's when 
it was almost entirely by word of mouth, personal 
experience in the field and a few "hotlines".  
Each of us can weigh the pros and cons of the 
"good old days" which if nothing else included far 
less traffic, but there is no question that this 
electronic reach can open many doors and new paths 
and create new intersections.  This morning I 
received this link from someone in B.C. who had 
seen my post about the Reifel Great Gray.  She 
asked me to share it with Tweeters - a story in 
B.C. about a young girl in Seattle.  No 
borders...   Enjoy 
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026

-- 
Blair Bernson
Edmonds

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Subject: Snow Geese still here?
From: Melissa Willoughby <putabirdonit AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:35:57 -0800
Hi Tweets-
Are the Snow Geese still up in the Skagit in large numbers? I have some out of 
town friends asking and I've not been up there in a while. 

Thanks for any info-
Melissa
 
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Subject: A Walk at Eide - 2/24/15
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:44:39 -0800
After receiving quite the variety of messages about the status of the birds and 
the people at Eide Rd. as of 2/23/15 (before the ethics media release was 
posted on Tweeters), I decided to venture up there again to check things out 
for myself. I arrived at 4:15 p.m and left at 6:30 p.m. 

You can draw your own conclusions about my visit from the photos in the 
following 2 Flickr albums :-) 



> Eide, The Site From the Road :      https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5hHRRm

> Eide, A Non-owl Bird Sampling (taken with a Point&Shoot :-)) : 
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8Rtasn 


And, thank you for all the responses that were sent me, after the ethics post 
appeared on Tweeters - made for some interesting thoughts and dialog... 



Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Subject: Re: More on the Reifel Refuge (Photogenic) Great Gray Owl
From: Monica Van der Vieren <mvanderv4137 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:17:16 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
Hi Blair,
You had a nicer experience on your weekday trip to Reifel than my friend and I 
did on Sunday- in fact, we did better stopping at Eide Road on the return trip, 
where we watched a magnificent flock of snow geese fly overhead as we chatted 
with a lovely group from Audubon. 


At Reifel, the woman who let us in (not the usual staff, apparently) was 
downright angry that people were showing up in the morning to see the owl (we 
intended to spend the day enjoying all the wildlife, along with several others 
waiting at the gate when she arrived). A volunteer told us that the day before, 
Saturday, 400 people had shown up in the afternoon to see the owl and they were 
taking them in groups of 10-12. She said people were deliberately coughing, 
dropping car keys, and making distracting noises to get the owl to look over 
for photos, and that the owl was "scared" by all the camera noise. She was 
really unhappy about the behavior, and said it wasn't good for the owl. She 
also said people were bugging the saw whets, which had been roosting low in the 
trees: moving branches for photos, crowding, flashing them, etc. 


My friend and I walked the trails slowly and met some wonderful birders and 
bird photographers, as well as the exotically beautiful and elegant wood ducks. 
On the second pass from the visitor's center, a group of long lenses under a 
tree signalled the presence of a saw whet. One person had a specialized 
long-distance flash, which he felt was needed because the owl was roosting so 
high in the tree with his vole of the day. Other photographers kept telling him 
not to use the flash. He was still there waiting when we turned around. One 
birder postulated the bird was roosting so high because of the previous day's 
harrassment. 


It was so depressing that we decided not to join the crowds to see the great 
gray owl. My friend, in fact, has sworn off ever going out again on notice of 
an owl siting. 


We did see a second saw whet owl. Two birders were looking for them in trees by 
the parking lot, but the volunteer in the lot said people had scared them off 
the day before. My friend knew they must be near, so we scanned the trees for 
signs and found one in a very dense cedar. We stood back and got crummy 
pictures through the branches (these are my first saw whets), but still had to 
police the tree because a woman came up and wanted to wade into the tree for a 
better picture. 


I work with the public for a living, and can tell you that posting responsible 
wildlife watching guidelines will help those that simply didn't know they were 
harrassing owls, but who care about animals. People who don't care, or who are 
very self-serving, simply don't read these things, or justify that their 
behavior is not the problem. It's not just owls that are being harrassed- it's 
happening to various animals all over the world. I've seen the same behavior 
everywhere. I personally believe it's a cultural issue, a fundamental view of 
animals, in conjunction with the availability of high quality optics and 
cameras that causes this; and that all the education in the world isn't going 
to prevent harrassment. If education, signage, fliers, and plain common sense 
can't keep people from ending up on the horns of a 2000 lb bison because they 
get too close for a picture, then there's little hope for reasonable guidance 
as an effective approach. 


Again, I'm glad you had a great day. Lovely, lovely photos as well- thank you 
for sharing. 


Monica

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>From: Blair Bernson 
>Sent: Feb 25, 2015 8:25 PM
>To: tweeters AT u.washington.edu
>Subject: [Tweeters] More on the Reifel Refuge (Photogenic) Great Gray Owl
>
>I joined Pilchuck Audubon yesterday visiting B.C. 
>where we found waterbirds few and far between but 
>we more than made up for it at Reifel Refuge.  In 
>a previous post Steve Pink shared his experience 
>and although we did not find a Saw Whet Owl (there 
>had been as many as 6 but not one seen yesterday), 
>we had wonderful looks at the Great Gray Owl - 
>both on its day roost and then later hunting and 
>posting in the nearby meadow.  Both areas are 
>closed to the public. At 3:00, if they have 
>located the owl, they take small groups (4 to 6) 
>out to see the Owl - getting close enough for 
>pictures (not going into that discussion area 
>after the Eide Road brouhaha).  After all groups 
>have seen the GGOW, if it has relocated to the 
>meadow (often does) then they let EVERYONE in to a 
>convenient observation spot for their fill of 
>looks and photos.  Yesterday I would estimate at 
>least 40 people there.  It is supervised and order 
>maintained but it is a very satisfying 
>experience.  The owl is approximately 200 yards in 
>from the visitor center.  They said that more than 
>4000 people have seen this owl!!!!  For most it 
>was a life bird and/or a life photo.
>
>Two pictures are at https://flic.kr/p/rmnpMi and 
>https://flic.kr/p/rmuHyR
>
>A bonus shot is my all time favorite of Wood Duck 
>- one of MANY there.  https://flic.kr/p/qpHzEM
>
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>Edmonds
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Subject: eBird Northwest article on Northwestern Crows
From: Charlie Wright <cwright7 AT uw.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:34:19 -0800
Hello All,
If you have ever pondered what to do about Northwestern/American Crows
in eBird, or if you're just interested in the ongoing debate about the
distribution of each, check out the recent article on eBird Northwest.
Just go to www.ebird.org/nw and it's the top article now.

eBird Northwest is the new regional portal for eBird in Oregon and
Washington, and is being regularly updated with articles of specific
interest to birders in our area. If you're like me, you'll make it
your homepage, so that you'll know right away when the latest article
is up. In the works are identification spotlights on Red-shafted and
Yellow-shafted Flickers, and call types of Red Crossbills.

Cheers,
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Subject: More on the Reifel Refuge (Photogenic) Great Gray Owl
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:25:14 -0800
I joined Pilchuck Audubon yesterday visiting B.C. 
where we found waterbirds few and far between but 
we more than made up for it at Reifel Refuge.  In 
a previous post Steve Pink shared his experience 
and although we did not find a Saw Whet Owl (there 
had been as many as 6 but not one seen yesterday), 
we had wonderful looks at the Great Gray Owl - 
both on its day roost and then later hunting and 
posting in the nearby meadow.  Both areas are 
closed to the public. At 3:00, if they have 
located the owl, they take small groups (4 to 6) 
out to see the Owl - getting close enough for 
pictures (not going into that discussion area 
after the Eide Road brouhaha).  After all groups 
have seen the GGOW, if it has relocated to the 
meadow (often does) then they let EVERYONE in to a 
convenient observation spot for their fill of 
looks and photos.  Yesterday I would estimate at 
least 40 people there.  It is supervised and order 
maintained but it is a very satisfying 
experience.  The owl is approximately 200 yards in 
from the visitor center.  They said that more than 
4000 people have seen this owl!!!!  For most it 
was a life bird and/or a life photo.

Two pictures are at https://flic.kr/p/rmnpMi and 
https://flic.kr/p/rmuHyR

A bonus shot is my all time favorite of Wood Duck 
- one of MANY there.  https://flic.kr/p/qpHzEM

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Subject: Important WOS Program - Monday March 2
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:40:43 -0800
The Program for our WOS Meeting this upcoming 
Monday is an important one for all area birders.

As part of "mitigation" efforts related to the 
Highway 520 expansion, WSDOT is planning 
significant and troubling changes at the Montlake 
Fill and Foster Island.  We will present a panel 
consisting of  Larry Hubbell who will describe 
what's happening around Foster Island; Connie 
Sidles who will give an overview of what's 
happening at the Fill; Susan North (Conservation 
Manager for Seattle Audubon) who will describe 
Seattle Audubon's efforts; and Jon Houghton (on 
Seattle Audubon's Conservation Committee and a 
mitigation consultant) who will talk about the 
rules and regulations of mitigation and the 
implications for Union Bay. Herb Curl may be able 
to join us to talk about the latest changes in 
regulations and what they might mean.  And I am 
sure Connie will have other observations to share 
from her endless supply of stories of the Fill.

WOS meets the first Monday of every month at the 
Urban Horticulture Center adjoining the Fill.  
Social time begins at 7:00 P.M. and our program 
begins at 7:30 P.M.  Please join us for this 
important event.

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Subject: Full Circle
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:02:30 -0800
What a long strange trip it's been. I mean my past year, largely unplanned and 
uncertain, here in Port Townsend, watching over my parents gradual descent into 
dementia. How much longer I'll be here I don't know. 

But now, just over a year into my de facto eldercare job, I'm getting to reap 
the benefits of spending a whole year in the nature of the place. Because what 
goes around, comes around. 

At turns amused, and disgusted, about the various forms of the "race to space", 
such as proposed manned missions to Mars, or childish notions of the super-rich 
to encourage "space tourism" (thinly clad fantasies of trying to get laid in 
zero gravity probably) at an incredible level of resource waste, I really gotta 
wonder sometimes about my fellow hominids. What the big deal? We're already in 
space. Maybe we could just appreciate what we already have. 

Even the laziest feeder watching birder has just spent the last year traveling 
584 million miles through space. Yup, that's how far the Earth travels each 
year in it's circle around the Sun. After working in the woods for three months 
straight, and not moving faster than 30mph on rough mountain roads (in places 
like Stehekin) and mostly walking, to emerge into "civilization", and getting 
the car up to 60mph on the highway for the first time was a bit scary. Too 
fast. 

But did you know, that right now, you are traveling at the speed of 67,000 mph 
through space, circling around the sun. The Earth is a wonderful vehicle. Gets 
great mileage. Good thing about that gravity. 

Moving right along, I like to think of the annual cycle, and the seasons 
(thanks to Earths tilted axis) as sort of a remedial program for nature buffs. 
Miss that shorebird migration last year? Well, guess what, if you're still 
around, it's gonna happen this year too! Miss those masses of summer 
wildflowers in the mountains - you get another opportunity this time around.Did 
you miss out on certain natural details last year? Well, keep watching. Plus, 
what is better than seeing old friends coming around the bend again. Coming 
full circle. 

I just got a little bit of a thrill like that today , when I saw that tiny 
annual plant Collinsia (aka Blue-eyed Mary) blooming in the ol' sand dunes here 
at Point Wilson (more than 45 days earlier than last spring). While tiny (the 
whole vegetable about the size of a half-dollar) it is brilliant. Although 
small, it looks big next to neighboring Draba's - which although technically a 
'weed', isn't too harmful, and I just had to admire it for being such a eentsy 
blooming plant. Soon the dunes will go through the whole annual cycle of 
leafing and blooming plants once again, in their various orders. 

Soon, I hope, the Rufous Hummers will be back - the current bushes are ready 
for 'em- and some weeks later on, the Robins will fill the airwaves with 
wonderful song, like last year, but maybe differently. I hope all these old 
friend keep coming around. Full circle. 

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Subject: Woodland Bottoms - Wednesday
From: Lyn Topinka <pointers AT pacifier.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:24:42 -0800
hi all ... Gene and I went out to Woodland Bottoms today to see if we could 
find the male Tufted Duck as reported by Bill Tweit yesterday on eBird ... and 
we lucked out !!! ... and I mean "lucked out" ... he was in the FIRST flock of 
about 50 Scaup we came to on the Columbia ... we had good views through the 
trees but wayyyy too many tree limbs and scrub branches in the way to try for 
photos ... then the flock flew upstream and we followed and tried to re-find 
 ... no luck ...we kept heading upstream looking at small Scaup flocks until 
we hit the "motherload" of Scaup ... HUNDREDS !!! ... AND the rain started ... 
so we gave up ... 


our other "highlight" of the day were TWO Cooper's Hawks !!! ... one at 
Martin's Bar and the other one on the gravel dike ... the first Coopers we've 
seen there ... both were youngsters ...  


nice views too of Gulls smelting ... and hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in the 
fields ...  


Lyn









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Subject: Issaquah Brambling
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:58:48 -0800
Now that the word is out in the public:  the 
Brambling was a more frequent visitor to the 
railing at the Pope residence on Mt. Fury Circle 
SW in Issaquah today and I observed it and 
photographed it on this my third visit.  I first 
saw it at 10:29 a.m. when it came in with a flock 
of perhaps 10 Juncos and remained for exactly 5 
seconds before the garbage truck pulled in and all 
birds flew off and I bemoaned my fate. I remained 
and it returned at 10:55 and fed on the railing 
alone for 3 minutes before flying off into the 
Cedar tree. The Popes have been wonderful hosts 
and enjoy visitors.

Other birds seen there:  Hutton's Vireo, Purple 
Finch, Varied Thrush, Cassiar form of Junco, 
Steller's Jay, Robins, Song Sparrow

Photo at 

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Subject: The Otter and the Cormorant
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:46:54 -0800














Bopped over to Point Wilson, here in Port Townsend, around noon, and checked 
out the scene . First stop was the pier at the Marine Science Center. 

First sighting was a splendid pair of Common Goldeneye's, seen at close range. 
A fabulous duck. Next, I couldn't help but notice a tremendous amount of 
carnage on what I think of as the Otter Dock - the floating dock out there I've 
written about before. Sometimes it seems like a River Otter is primarily a 
digestive tract that large portions of Salish Sea life passes thru - they eat a 
lot and poop a lot. The dock was covered with crap and body parts. 

At one end of the dock, was a dark mass of feathers, which at first glance 
looked like a crow carcass, but turned out to be the wing of a fairly large 
bird. Tip-toeing down the dock, in between piles of crab leftovers, otter poop 
in various forms (if you go, don't wear your dance shoes), I found another big 
dark wing about 50ft away, attached to a cleaned-out sternum. Wondering what 
this bird was, I soon found out, a bit further down the dock, where I found the 
severed head- a Double-crested Cormorant. 

Just a few weeks ago I got very close looks at one of these birds, right on 
this same dock, as it sat on the dock edge, drying it's wings. At the time, I 
noted just how colorful the face of these birds can be- bright yellow-orange 
skin at the base of the bill, and a nicely complementary blue tint to the eye. 
Todays severed head, allowed an even closer view of this beautiful creature. 
Alway's having enjoyed the leisurely pace of Dead Wildlife photography, I got a 
close-up head shot with my cell phone. The kill was so fresh, that the eyes 
noticeably faded in the short time I was there. 

Too bad for the ol' Cormorant, but the Otter got a good meal deal - based on 
the size of the sternum, it seems like a Cormorant packs a fair amount of 
pectoral muscle. I was also surprised at the heaviness of the bird's wing 
bones- pretty stocky they seemed to me. I now understand a bit more how these 
birds dive with such ease- like a loon, they're a bit heavy, and if you've ever 
seen one underwater, its apparent that they lack the buoyancy that some of the 
lighter weight diving birds have working against them down beneath the waves. 
Truly designed to dive. 

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Subject: Bald Eagle eating fish at Lake Joy
From: Hank <hank.heiberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:16:38 -0800
> 
> This morning Karen saw a Bald Eagle flying low along our shoreline and called 
me to the window. We saw the bird go down apparently into the water on the far 
side of a large bush. Four crows rushed to the bush to watch the action. I 
grabbed my camera and went on a neighbor's dock and got this video. 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/16621836296/
> 
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Subject: Snowy Owls & Pigeons
From: <mlfrey AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:45:18 -0800
Are Snowy Owls still in the Okanogan area? If so, where have they been found? 
Also, 

theirrr backkk! The Band-tailed Pigeons showed up again for another “eat all 
of Mary’s seed” season! 


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Subject: 50 birds stolen from Carnation sanctuary
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen AT 123imagine.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:06:04 -0800
Hey, Tweets,

This is not about wild birds, but I'm posting it here as a sort of 
"public service announcement." (Hal Opperman's term -- I made sure it 
was OK to post this.)

Sometime over the weekend, 50 exotic birds were stolen from a sanctuary 
near Carnation:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/50-birds-stolen-from-sanctuary-in-carnation-search-launched/ 

Here is more about the sanctuary: http://www.macawrescueandsanctuary.org/
And here's how to contact them: 425-941-7543 or e-mail: 
MacawSanctuary AT gmail.com if you have any info.

As Hal says, /Perhaps some of the birds escaped and will be spotted 
locally. Perhaps the perpetrator will try to sell them, and the more 
people out there with their eyes and ears (and social media accounts) at 
the alert, the better./

I figure that a few Tweeters might have connections to the local pet 
bird community and can help get the word out.

Again, if you learn anything or have any leads, please contact 
425-941-7543 or e-mail: MacawSanctuary AT gmail.com.

Thanks!

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Subject: Brambling in Issaquah
From: Steve Pink <pirangas AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:27:56 -0800
Hi,
There is a Brambling visiting a feeder in Issaquah recently. Initially news was 
only cautiously released for many good reasons not least to avoid crowds and 
disturbance to the quiet neighborhood. 

I was there yesterday and the homeowner encouraged me to make sure that birders 
were aware of the bird. Recently the bird appears to make visits erratically - 
so you should be prepared for a wait. On Monday it did not make an appearance. 
Yesterday it showed at 10:35 and stayed for 10 minutes. When it does show it 
usually feeds on the deck railing allowing good views from the road. 

I have pasted an earlier email from the homeowners Dan and Fran Pope. There is 
decent parking and homes on only one side of the street. Good luck, here is the 
message from Dan Pope: 

 "We saw the Brambling on Feb 4 and every day since, up to today (2/19). It 
hangs out with the Oregon Finches at our bird feeder and seems to enjoy the 
same cracked seeds. Usually seen at about 11:00 AM, time not reliable. We live 
on a side street, so anyone can come by to park and watch if it lights on our 
front deck railing where we spread the patio mix. It does light on the trees 
opposite our house at perhaps 30' height. We live at 625 Mt Fury Circle SW, 
Issaquah WA 98027, so can be found on Google Maps. If some one wants to come 
inside, they can call and we'll take it on a case by case basis. Most 
importantly, my wife says it's ok. From my own experience, this bird startles 
easily so a close up picture on our deck without glass in between is unlikely 
unless you use a remotely triggered camera. I took a half dozen pictures 
through glass with finches, so some show it with a finch and some do not. I 
love the side by side comparison. Our house is in mixed woods on the north side 
of Squak Mountain at 400' elevation, steep slope, fairly urban with 1/4 acre 
lots. Also fairly wild, with bears, cougars, coyotes, and bobcats passing 
through, and 100' conifers (all types). This month we are feeding two 
overwintering Anna's Hummingbirds, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Varied 
Thrushes, Chestnut-backed and Black-capped Chickadees, Steller's Jays, 
Red-breasted Nuthatches, a Pine Siskin and some kind of female Grosbeak (seems 
very early). Right now the surrounding forest has Pileated Woodpeckers, Brown 
Creepers, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and the usual assortment of wrens and 
difficult to see small birds like the bushtit. We have a lot of fun bird 
watching. What you see varies a lot with elevation, vegetation and water. Dan 
and Fran Pope. 


Cheers and good birding
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Edmonds, WA
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Subject: RFI Alaska Ferry
From: Amy Shumann <daccshumann AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:31:37 -0800
Hi Tweeters, I'm looking for information as I plan a trip to Alaska via the
Alaska Marine Highway in late August/early September. The itinerary
possibilities are overwhelming. If you've had good experiences birding from
the ferry or from particular ports please let me know. We won't be bringing
a car so will be looking for fun places to stop that have walking access to
good wildlife viewing spots. We will likely arrange a few guided day trips
so we can get a little farther afield. We're considering flying to Kodiak
Is. and working our way south (10 days?) all the way to Bellingham but
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Subject: Lesser yellowlegs Ridgefield NWR Clark Co, WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:45:37 -0800
This morning on River S Unit i found a lesser yellowlegs and a single greater 
yellowlegs on Canvasback wetland. Also found 16 long-billed dowitchers and 12 
dunlin on Ruddy wetland. 


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Subject: Lesser yellowlegs Ridgefield NWR Clark Co, WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:45:37 -0800
This morning on River S Unit i found a lesser yellowlegs and a single greater 
yellowlegs on Canvasback wetland. Also found 16 long-billed dowitchers and 12 
dunlin on Ruddy wetland. 


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Subject: field trip date correction MONDAY MAR 2
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:35:06 -0800
Birding Field Trip to Samish Flats.
MAR 2... MONDAY... 8:30 AM to 2 PM
This may be the last chance to see lots of raptors as they will be
dispersing in mid-March. We will also search for snow geese, swans, other
waterfowl and shorebirds on the Samish Flats.
Steven Harper guide... call 360-650-9065 or email stevenharper2 AT msn.com

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Subject: field trip ..Mar 2 ..Tuesday.. 8:30 AM to 2 PM
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:24:56 -0800
Birding Field Trip to Samish Flats.
MAR 2 Tuesday... 8:30 AM to 2 PM
This may be the last chance to see lots of raptors as they will be
dispersing in mid-March. We will also search for snow geese, swans, other
waterfowl and shorebirds in the Samish Flats.
Steven Harper guide... call 360-650-9065 or email stevenharper2 AT msn.com

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Subject: SE Owls Hovering
From: "D. Gluckman" <cgluckman AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:38:46 -0500
My recent trip to the West 90 in Skagit County resulted in a lot of images of 
one particular owl doing a lot of hovering while hunting. Some of these hover 
episodes lasted more than 10 seconds before it either dove or flew onward. I'm 
aware that SEO's hover while hunting but this seemed a bit extreme. Over an 
hour or so, without realizing it, I shot more than 175 images of this behavior, 
some quite good ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/125370117 AT N08/ ). There was a 
mild breeze blowing that might have helped. Have others seen this lengthy 
hovering by SEO's at the W. 90 or other places? 



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Subject: Bushtits in pairs
From: Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:22:58 -0800
Hi Tweets,

I've been watching a flock of "approximately" 24 Bushtits make the rounds
of Gatewood Hill in West Seattle for much of the winter.  This morning
there was a single pair visiting the suet.  Another good sign of the season.

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Subject: Night Beach
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:11:19 -0800
I'd been wanting to take a night time trip to the beach to check out a low 
tide. As you may, or may not, know, in winter, low tides are at night, unlike 
in spring and summer. Last tuesday I took the opportunity to go to a Port 
Townsend Marine Science Center sponsored beach walk to North Beach here in Port 
Townsend, and it couldn't have been a calmer, or warmer February night to do 
it. 


Beach birding at night, is maybe not the greatest, but arriving early at the 
empty dark parking lot, I was delighted to hear a single American Widgeon 
calling loudly out on the dark water, which was a bit odd I thought, since I 
have never seen one out there in the daytime, on the open saltwater. 

Well, soon the rest of the folks showed up, and on down the beach we went, 
flashlights in hand, and headlamps on head. In short order, I began suffering 
from a mental problem new to me - Flashlight Envy. You see, being kind of 
cheap, I made the mistake of buying yet another cheap LED flashlight, and 
despite being new, it soon crapped out. And it didn't have enough of those 
lumen thingy's to begin with. I was soon tailgating other participants with 
better lights. 

That was too bad, because I was on my ongoing mission to turn people on to 
using close-focusing binoculars for viewing tide pool creatures, and being sort 
of a dim bulb in the lighting category may have damaged my credibility. 
Actually this trip was a test run for me using the binocs at night, but 
watching areas lit by people with real flashlights - like 80 - 120 lumens (or 
so), I was able to see little things quite nicely. From 5 or 6 ft away, at 8x, 
I can tell a copepod (about the size of a comma in this post) from other 
similar sized planktonic critters, for example. Being 6 or so feet away also 
allows creatures some room to move - so you can watch their behavior with out 
scaring them off. Kind of neat. 

Anyway, it was sort of fun, and we saw a number of interesting things. Starfish 
are currently suffering a mysterious wasting disease, which is devastating 
populations all along the west coast, but we did see many of the brilliant 
orange red Blood Stars (the most I'v e ever seen in one place), and Mother 
Nature gave us so many Sea Lemons (a big yellowish Nudibranch) we could have 
made Sea Lemonade. At least three other species of Nudibranchs, or Sea Slugs, 
were around too. 

My favorite critter of the night though, were the shrimp. These small (one to 
two inches long) shrimp were all over the place and even with my dim light 
their eyes glowed like lanterns in the dark. Cool. 

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Subject: re: Observing & Respecting Owls and Their Habitat
From: wong <chupaflor AT igc.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:52:41 -0800
Thank you, Barbara Deihl and Dan Stephens for this important ethics 
announcement!! Much appreciated. 


best birding to all,
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Subject: Observing & Respecting Owls and Their Habitat - A WOS Birding Ethics Press Release
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:38:12 -0800
I was asked, by Dan Stephens, WOS President, to post this on Tweeters - I am 
glad to help: 


Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Contact: Dan Stephens, President, Washington Ornithological Society   
Phone: 
Cell: 509-679-4706 
email: dstephens AT wvc.edu 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 Observing and Respecting Roosting Owls and their Habitat 


 

Owls, in particular Long-eared Owls, are fascinating raptors that you don't see 
every day due to their nocturnal habits and secretive ways. When a roosting owl 
is located, it is natural to want to observe it. 


Recently, two Long-eared Owls were found roosting on a road near Stanwood, 
Wash. As word got out, more and more observers visited the site, resulting in 
dozens of visitors at once -- not all of whom respected the owls' needs. They 
approached too close to the owls, usually in an attempt to get a better 
photograph. 



Roosting owls want to stay as still as possible. This is a defense mechanism so 
that they remain as undisturbed as possible. There are telltale signs that a 
roosting owl has been disturbed including a forward crouching defensive stance, 
wide open eyes that follow the observer, and changing positions on its perch. 
The very last thing that an observer should do is get too close which causes an 
owl to flush. Often, a day flying owl can attract the attention of larger 
daytime predators to the detriment of the owl. 


 

Study the behavior of the owl to determine how you should proceed once you have 
located one or if you are tracking an owl that has already been located by 
somebody else. As a general rule, keep well back from roosting owls as they 
will become alarmed. Be aware of your effects on the habitat surrounding the 
owl. Abide by the established codes of ethics that cover observation and 
photography of wildlife: 


 

Nature Photography:  http://www.naturephotographers.net/ethics.html

Birding: http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html

 

These owls need all their calories to survive the winter. Please do not force 
them to use important energy reserves to flee from you or your pets by getting 
too close. Help these owls to live alongside us without being harassed. If they 
are left undisturbed, they may return in future years for all of us to once 
again have the opportunity to observe these magnificent secretive birds. 


The Washington Ornithological Society (WOS) was founded in 1988 to to increase 
our knowledge of the birds of Washington and to enhance communication among all 
persons interested in those birds. WOS provides a forum for birders from 
throughout the state to meet and share information on bird identification, 
biology, population status, and birding sites. Membership is open to all 
persons interested in birds and birding. WOS is a non-profit organization under 
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. 




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Subject: Skagit and Stanwood
From: "D. Gluckman" <cgluckman AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:01:57 -0500
Spent 4 days in Skagit County and Stanwood over the weekend. I didn't see any 
owls at Stanwood after looking from early afternoon to dark on Friday. There 
were 5 or 6 Short-ears at the West 90 at mid morning and mid afternoon Sunday 
and Monday. Three flew consistently in the area near the dike, west from the 
parking lot but others were seen to the south as well by some dog walkers. The 
Northern Shrike was still there today as well as the big dark Ginea (SP?) fowl 
with the white head walking around the parking lot. There must have been 6-8 
Rough-legged Hawks on posts Monday morning, with N. Harriers and eagles 
everywhere. I only saw 2 Red-tailed Hawks. A few thousand Snow geese were in 
the fields on Bayview-Edison Road Saturday through Monday with lots of 
Trumpeters everywhere. Wonderful weather. 



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Pt. Townsend, WA 
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Subject: test
From: "Edwin Lamb" <edsplace2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:34:15 -0800
Test.
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Subject: 978075551
From: Idie Ulsh <idieu AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:19:23 -0800
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Subject: (Clark Co.) Ross's still at Lowlands
From: Luke Hanes <lukeandharmony1997 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:24:11 -0800
I finally got to see the Ross's Gosse at Vancouver Lake Lowlands today
(12:15pm).
Like others who have reported, it was with a large flock of Cacklers on the
east side of the road, about a 1/4 mile past Frenchman's Bar entrance, in
the water, about 50 yards from the road.  A few people have reported it
closer to Post Office Lake as well.


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Vancouver, WA (Felida)
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Subject: Fw: Peregrine falcons under the West Seattle high bridge
From: Mary Metz <maryjmetz AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:11:35 -0800



I don't know if there is an official group that monitors the behavior of the 
peregrine falcons that nest, most years, in the box under the West Seattle high 
bridge but I assume there is. And that they might be interested to know that 
there was a quick bit of what certainly seemed like peregrine sex on top of the 
bridge keeper's tower this morning. 

 
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Subject: Great Blue Heron building nest at Ballard Locks in Seattle
From: Hank <hank.heiberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:35:17 -0800
> 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/16412044667/
> 
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Subject: WA Birder List Report is now available
From: "washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle" <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:24:24 -0800
2014 Washington Birder List Report, Big Day Reports and County Statistics are 
now available on the Washington Birder website: http://wabirder.com/online.html 
. 

 
The first Washington State List Report published was for year 1992. It was 
included inside the Washington Birder Newsletter and was 2 pages in length. 25 
individuals reported their Washington State "Life List". 19 birders kept a 
variety of county lists. Gene Hunn and Burt Jahn were the only 2 birders who 
reported 50 species or more for every county. 

 
The List Report has grown over the years with increased numbers of participants 
and additional reporting categories that interest birders in Washington. This 
year the list is 28 pages in length, with about 125 individuals actively 
reporting. Washington State "Life List" reporting continues to be the most 
popular category. Over the past 22 years, birders in Washington began to report 
100, 150, and eventually 175 species or more in every county. It seemed 
unlikely when the first list was published that anyone would ever report 200 or 
more species on every county list, but with the 2014 List Report, Tom Mansfield 
has become the first person to report 200 or more species in every Washington 
county, adding yet another category to the list. 

 
Thanks to all who continue to participate with List Reporting. We look forward 
to receiving your List Reports for 2015. 

 
Finally, we really appreciate receiving notes sent directly to us about "County 
Firsts", the observers, dates & locations. 

Additionally, please contact us about species with abundance codes in need of 
revision. 

 
Ken Knittle      washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com 
Laurie Knittle  info AT wabirder.com




Ken
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Vancouver WA 
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Subject: Good year for Eurasian Wigeons
From: Jason Hernandez <jason.hernandez74 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:18:23 +0000 (UTC)
...or maybe I'm just having a lucky streak.  Last year, I was driving all over 
the Puget Sound region, and even into BC, looking for winter waterfowl, and it 
seemed only every fourth or fifth American Wigeon flock had any Eurasians in 
it.  This year, I have not gone to nearly as many places, but all three of the 
American Wigeon flocks I have found have had Eurasians -- today at Lions Park, 
East Bremerton, there were three males (I scanned the females carefully, but 
could not call any of them Eurasian).  I am calling this a separate flock from 
the one at Evergreen Rotary Park, but of course, since I have never been in 
both places at once, I cannot prove that. 

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Bremerton  
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Subject: Swans on Whidbey
From: IAN YOUNG <ianyoung AT u.washington.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:37:08 -0800 (PST)
Regarding the swans on Whidbey, I spotted over 30+ at Dugwalla Bay behind the 
store in the fields on Saturday afternoon. 

Ian Young

>
> Does anyone know if the swans are still using the fields west of the
> Dugwalla Bay area, behind the farm store?
> If so, approximately how many.   Are they in the Dugwalla pond or on the bay
> as well?
>
> Thanks for any information.
>
> Martha Jordan
> Everett, WA
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
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Subject: Guillemots, etc.
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:26:32 -0800
Coming into Edmonds yesterday on the ferry, I was surprised , pleasantly, to 
find that all of the guillemots I saw (about 10), had changed into their 
striking breeding plumage, without any supervision by me. It seems like it was 
just a week or two ago, they were all in their light-toned winter garb, but I 
guess I have lost track of time lately, due to the effects of my current job of 
herding the elderly. Time waits for no one, regardless of mental state, and the 
guillemots have made their dramatic plumage change. 

The water was a bit rough coming in to the dock - the type of cross - chop of 
sharp-crested waves that would surely challenge a human kayaker. I paddled 
through such stuff once, and was so exhausted trying to stay upright, that by 
the time I got to shore I could hardly lift my kayak on to my truck. 

That's why I particularly admired the seabirds by the ferry dock - mostly 
guillemots, surf scoters, and horned grebes - riding out the rough water with 
remarkable buoyant ease. Pretty cool really. 

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Subject: Three owl night, thanks to waking early
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:13:49 -0800
Woke at 1:00 am and decided to owl a bit. I went to a location where Randy Hill 
had a report of a calling western screech owl. I did not hear that or any other 
owl. I did though experienced a young man driving up quickly, about 2:30 am, 
and stooped the car about half a block from me and just sit. I had been at that 
spot for a while and decided to leave as I drove past the car the guy was 
slumped over the wheel asleep! Or passed out 2:30 am hum? I then decided to go 
to Ridgefield and made several stops along NW 289 and 291st Streets with no 
owls detected. I arrived at the corner of NW 291st and Main St near the 
Ridgefield NWR office. I listened for a while with no calls then decided to 
play a western screech owl call. To the north a Norther saw-whet owl (#136) 
called twice. This is an area I have had them before in the past. The owl quite 
calling soon after responding when two great horned owls began calling. I then 
went to the opposite end of Main St to a small overlook (the refuge) and sat 
listening i had two great horned owls calling here. I thought it was a bit 
early to get a barred owl but decided to go to Krieger Rd where one had been 
reported earlier and even with playing a song I had no luck no owls called at 
all. On the way to this location on Hillhurst Rd ( NW 31 St) just north of NW 
221 St a barn owl was sitting on the fence along the road edge. After whiffing 
on the barred owl I decided to head to Green Lake, still on Krieger, and when I 
arrived at the parking lot where Whipple Creek crosses the road I had three 
great horned owls calling. I again played a barred owl song with no luck it 
also did not effect the great horned owls which I was concerned about but also 
curious what would happen. I was surprised by the result. I tried for owls 
close to my house on Gee Creek with a single great horned to only owl heard. It 
being 4:30 am I went to sleep waking just recently. 


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Subject: Three owl night, thanks to waking early
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:13:49 -0800
Woke at 1:00 am and decided to owl a bit. I went to a location where Randy Hill 
had a report of a calling western screech owl. I did not hear that or any other 
owl. I did though experienced a young man driving up quickly, about 2:30 am, 
and stooped the car about half a block from me and just sit. I had been at that 
spot for a while and decided to leave as I drove past the car the guy was 
slumped over the wheel asleep! Or passed out 2:30 am hum? I then decided to go 
to Ridgefield and made several stops along NW 289 and 291st Streets with no 
owls detected. I arrived at the corner of NW 291st and Main St near the 
Ridgefield NWR office. I listened for a while with no calls then decided to 
play a western screech owl call. To the north a Norther saw-whet owl (#136) 
called twice. This is an area I have had them before in the past. The owl quite 
calling soon after responding when two great horned owls began calling. I then 
went to the opposite end of Main St to a small overlook (the refuge) and sat 
listening i had two great horned owls calling here. I thought it was a bit 
early to get a barred owl but decided to go to Krieger Rd where one had been 
reported earlier and even with playing a song I had no luck no owls called at 
all. On the way to this location on Hillhurst Rd ( NW 31 St) just north of NW 
221 St a barn owl was sitting on the fence along the road edge. After whiffing 
on the barred owl I decided to head to Green Lake, still on Krieger, and when I 
arrived at the parking lot where Whipple Creek crosses the road I had three 
great horned owls calling. I again played a barred owl song with no luck it 
also did not effect the great horned owls which I was concerned about but also 
curious what would happen. I was surprised by the result. I tried for owls 
close to my house on Gee Creek with a single great horned to only owl heard. It 
being 4:30 am I went to sleep waking just recently. 


Bob Flores
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Subject: Re: swans on Whidbey Island
From: "Martha Jordan" <mj.cygnus AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:49:02 -0800
Does anyone know if the swans are still using the fields west of the 
Dugwalla Bay area, behind the farm store?
If so, approximately how many.   Are they in the Dugwalla pond or on the bay 
as well?

Thanks for any information.

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Subject: Rockpipers on Alki, West Seattle
From: Eric Stahlfeld <stahlfelde AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 02:46:09 -0500
This afternoon I parked just past Salty's on Alki, West Seattle, and walked 
northwest along the waterfront looking for Surfbirds and Black Turnstones. 
Individual birds gathered into a small flock as they moved towards Duwamish 
Head on the incoming tide, eventually numbering five Turnstones and four 
Surfbirds. At high tide, around 5:15, they settled down opposite the 1027 
Harbor Avenue condo. Pretty good photo opportunities. 


 

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Subject: Eagle & Owls videos + a bird art show
From: Hank <hank.heiberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:42:11 -0800
> 
> Fledgling Great Horned Owls at Nisqually NWR:
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/16420580030/
> 
> 2nd year Bald Eagle vocalizing near Sikes Lake:
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/16582026796/
> 
> An excellent bird art show in Auburn by well known northwest artists that 
Karen and I viewed on our trip back from Nisqually: 

> 
> http://wrvmuseum.org/currently_on_exhibit.html
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Subject: Delta great grey
From: Debra Lewis <goofyone AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:31:17 -0800
We were lucky enough to see the great grey today in Delta BC - you do have to 
be escorted out to see the bird - some days you get better views than others. 
Here's my pic from today: 

 
 
http://s255.photobucket.com/user/DDLewis1/media/Great%20grey%203_zpsplaq24h0.jpg.html 

 
It's well worth the trip up and the $5.00 entrance fee. Lots of birds and areas 
to walk around. My tracker showed that we walked 4 miles so if you do go bring 
comfy shoes. 

 
Have a good evening 
 
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North Bend
 
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Subject: Great Blue Heron Rookery, and a Tufted Duck at the Other Vancouver
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:38:30 -0800
Hello Tweets,

After hearing all the reports of heron rookeries across the greater Seattle 
area, I was delighted to encounter one that I have not yet heard of from anyone 
else. We were stuck in a traffic jam on I-90 W, right at the Mercer Slough. I 
looked into the trees on the right side of the road (south) and saw a few 
herons flapping their huge wings! As we inched forward, more herons became 
visible, many standing near or on their ball-of-sticks nests. I tried firing 
off a few photos on my point-and-shoot camera, and I think that they may have 
turned out pretty well! 


Again, this rookery is located in the portion of Mercer Slough just south of 
I-90. The nearest nests were just 20 feet from the freeway! Your best chance of 
viewing the rookery is probably to hope for a traffic jam! 


I caught a glimpse of it this afternoon while driving by.

Oh, and a correction to my last email: I meant to change it, but I wrote that 
Bewick's Wrens "twitter" and Anna's Hummingbirds "chatter". I think that the 
Wrens actually "chatter", and that Anna's Hummingbirds "twitter". 


On a last note, in case anyone is interested, a gorgeous male Tufted Duck has 
been seen at the Iona Island sewage ponds in Vancouver, BC. Interestingly 
enough, the other Tufted Duck in the Pacific Northwest is at Wintler Park near 
Vancouver, WA. Tufted Ducks must like the name Vancouver! Or maybe Vancouver 
himself had an eye for good Tufted Duck habitat. 


I just saw the Tufted Duck this morning, in fact! Stunningly handsome. He was 
in the Northwest inner sewage pond, in all his Eurasian, black-and-white glory. 
He is in prime condition, with a full tuft, ebony back and snowy-white sides. 
This is on private land with a password-locked gate, though, so you will need 
to contact the person with the code to get in. Send me a message if you're 
interested, and I'll forward you the contact info! 


I also visited Reifel Bird Sanctuary this afternoon. I couldn't get to the 
Great Gray Owl, but there was a special tour to the private area where it has 
been seen at 3 PM. It sounded like the owl was present, at least from what I 
heard at the visitor center. I made up for being too early for the tour with 
several Black-crowned Night-Herons, including a juvenile, and a very visible 
Great Horned Owl, among many other great birds! Though I didn't see them, there 
are also a few Swamp Sparrows (which I might have heard at the NW corner near 
the observation tower), and a Harris's Sparrow in the bushes near the entrance 
to the trails, beside the visitor center. 


Great birding in Vancouver, BC! I have a feeling that the same is true with 
Vancouver, WA... 


Oh, and to contribute to the Raven conversation, I saw one soaring over 
downtown Vancouver on February 19th. I'm always happy whenever I see one! 


Wishing you good birding as always, Joshua Glant

Mercer Island, WA

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Subject: some "spring" firsts, south Thurston Co
From: "Paul Hicks" <phicks AT accessgrace.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:19:19 -0500
Tweets, Saturday morning I set out to find bluebirds, thinking I'd seen a 
"drive-by" the evening before in the vicinity of nest boxes south of Tumwater. 
Nothing, but I did hear a few FOS (for me) TREE SWALLOWs over a small patch of 
prairie. (There would be 25-30 at the Mull St marsh outside Tenino, along with 
a handful of VIOLET-GREEN, so they've probably been around a while.) The most 
reliable spot for WESTERN BLUEBIRD I know of is the nest box in the SW corner 
of the section of Weir Prairie that stretches N and E from Rainier x Military 
Rds. A pair was present atop the "stop" sign that hosts a nest box on the back 
side. No sign of Acorn Woodpecker which had been sighted from 123rd x Moes Rd 
in late fall. Two HUTTON'S VIREOs were dueting (FOS) along Military Rd that 
skirts the N side of McIntosh Lk. Sparrows, juncos, and towhees were in full 
voice, and several groups of CROSSBILL were present at several locations. When 
I arrived home a pair of calling BALD EAGLEs were engaged in some sort of 
display flight directly overhead. Very cool! 46 species for the two hours. Good 
birding! 

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Subject: Update on bald eagle in local news
From: Teresa Stokes <tlstokespoetry AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:32:11 -0800
Jason Filan, head of Parks & Recreation for the City of Kirkland
connected me to folks in that area, and Mavis Karalius, Systems Adm
reported seeing Kirkland's two bald eagles in a tree at Heritage Park on
2/19/15 at 12:35pm. (4 days after the eagle/car accident)

So fingers crossed if one of them was the one hit by the
car, there are no lasting injuries. Will follow up on this and let you
know if I hear anything significant.

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Subject: Union Bay Watch | In the Mood?
From: Larry Hubbell <ldhubbell AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:41:12 -0800
Tweeters,

This week's post is about Downy Woodpeckers. Have you ever wondered if birds 
have feelings? If you have any doubt I believe this post will help you resolve 
the issue. I hope you enjoy it! 


http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2015/02/in-mood.html

By the way, at the end of the post there is a short reference to the shorebird 
petition. It contains a link to a video of a Dunlin Murmuration. It is not my 
work so I feel free to say it is amazing! I can't stop watching it. If you 
haven't signed the petition yet, please do! 


Have a great day on Union Baywhere shorebirds hope to migrate through the 
city! 


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Subject: BirdNote - last week & the week of Feb. 22, 2015
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen AT 123imagine.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:04:03 -0800
Hello, Tweeters,Check out the latest blog, Parrots and Falcons, Long-lost 
Cousins. http://bit.ly/1Av7QUi-----------------------------Last week, BirdNote 
aired:* Beak Meets Seedhttp://bit.ly/1AtCAoy* Bald Eagle, National 
Symbolhttp://bit.ly/1w7vVSt* Alala - The Hawaiian Crowhttp://bit.ly/1vQWJRl* 
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Subject: Whidbey Ferry Add
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1 AT seanet.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:36:19 -0800
Several Surf Scoters and Barrows Goldeneyes at the dock. 

PS - there was the resident Anna's there to greet me at the house!!

Great birding at Whidbey!!!

Caryn / Wedgwood escapee

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Subject: Whidbey / Caryn Wedgwood
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1 AT seanet.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:49:30 -0800
Hi Tweeters
Enjoying a mixed flock of peeps on the spits of the outgoing tide here on 
Useless Bay (No scope so not sure which - Western Sandpipers, 
Sanderlings...hundreds!!! Also saw rafts of Surf Scoters. An eagle just flew 
in) 

We have Mergansers, Goldeneyes, Green Winged Teals...several Killdeer.
Think I saw a Pigeon Guillemot in Coupeville. (Restaurant recommendation - 
Christopher's! Fabulous mussels and sweet potato fries...) 

It was lovely weather - calm and warm. 
Sure I'm missing something!!!

Quite cold today...
PS - my friend rents this place out.

Caryn / Wedgwood


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Subject: RE: Clark County field trip nearly full
From: "Randy Hill" <re_hill AT q.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:27:36 -0800
Didn't take long.  The waiting list is now starting.

 

Randy Hill

Ridgefield

 

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The WOS Saturday, March 14 field trip: Clark County Late Winter Search is
nearly full.  After the next "claimant" I will maintain a waiting list.
Associated 3/13 afternoon at Woodland Bottoms and 3/15 pre-dawn "grumpy
owlers" trek are still to be determined.

 

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Ridgefield WA
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Subject: Clark County field trip nearly full
From: "Randy Hill" <re_hill AT q.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:52:17 -0800
The WOS Saturday, March 14 field trip: Clark County Late Winter Search is
nearly full.  After the next "claimant" I will maintain a waiting list.
Associated 3/13 afternoon at Woodland Bottoms and 3/15 pre-dawn "grumpy
owlers" trek are still to be determined.

 

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Subject: does anyone have binoculars available for donation
From: JeffO <jeffo4297 AT wavecable.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:05:25 -0800
Tweets,
Last week I was lucky enough to be in Baja C.S.  Mexico.  A youngish 
graduate student named Jonathan Vargas took us out for a great birding 
day - we saw 104 species on both sides of Baja.
Jonathan is a graduate student in biology at the local college studying 
shorebirds.
While we were out he mentioned that his binoculars and scope were 
borrowed as his backpack had been stolen.
He is trying to work as a guide in the La Paz area, as well as his home 
turf of San Blas, Nayarat.
I'm wondering if anyone out there has a set of semi-retired binoculars 
that I could send to Jonathan to help him keep going as a guide and 
graduate student.
A friend of mine is going to see his graduate adviser next week in La Paz.
If anyone would like to donate binoculars, please contact me privately 
by email.
Thanks for your consideration

Jeff Osmundson
Arlington, Wa

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Subject: Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 2-19-2015
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds AT outlook.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:03:22 -0800
Tweeters,

Fifteen of us toured our typical monthly birding route on the JBLM Eagles
Pride Golf course, staying mostly dry until we had about a mile to go, when
the occasional mist turned heavier, with a steady, hard rain toward the end.
Highlights and details as noted in the eBird/NW report below.

 

The JBLM Eagles Pride GC birders meet the third Thursday of each month at
8:00AM. Starting point is Bldg # 1514, Driving Range Tee, Eagles Pride Golf
Course, I-5 Exit 116, Mounts Road Exit. Upcoming walks include the
following:

.        March 19

.        April 16

.        May 21

 

Anyone is welcome to join!

 

Eagles Pride GC, Pierce, US-WA

Feb 19, 2015 8:06 AM - 11:26 AM

Protocol: Traveling

3.5 mile(s)

Comments:     Cloudy at start, turning to mist at about the half-way point,
and thence to steady rain at about 11:00; temp about 47degF with almost no
wind. Highlights include the following: 128 RED CROSSBILLS seen in several
small, and two large flocks; 75 PINE SISKINS, in some small flocks, and
which hung out with the crossbills when that latter species landed; 34
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, seen/heard in small flocks except at one point,
when we saw over 20 fly overhead from one Douglas-fir to another. The five
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were a count high. A low number of juncos was
noted. Misses include geese, Bewick's Wren, Fox Sparrow, and Red-tailed
Hawk.

 

30 species

 

American Wigeon  20

Mallard  6

Ring-necked Duck  9

Bufflehead  25     Most were seen at Hodge Lake

Pied-billed Grebe  1

Double-crested Cormorant  5

Bald Eagle  2     A pair, which were in courtship flight, locking talons at
least twice.

Anna's Hummingbird  3

Northern Flicker  11

Pileated Woodpecker  1     Heard only

Steller's Jay  2

American Crow  19

Black-capped Chickadee  15

Chestnut-backed Chickadee  40

Red-breasted Nuthatch  9

Brown Creeper  7     First we heard singing this year -- very vocal

Pacific Wren  25

Golden-crowned Kinglet  34

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3

American Robin  18

Varied Thrush  8

European Starling  30

Spotted Towhee  8

Song Sparrow  9

Golden-crowned Sparrow  10

Dark-eyed Junco  8

Red-winged Blackbird  2

Red Crossbill  128     These were in scattered small flocks, and in two
large flocks -- the latter of which were in view at the same time.

Pine Siskin  75

Evening Grosbeak  1

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21992931

 

May all your birds be identified,

 

Denis DeSilvis

Roy, WA

avnacrs4birds at outlook dot com

 

 

 

 
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Subject: RE: Golden eagle (#134) and turkey vulture (#135) seen at Ridgefield NWR, Clark Co, WA
From: "Randy Hill" <re_hill AT q.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:40:57 -0800
I was among the three others that Bob mentioned. I also saw one or two 
Violet-green Swallows this morning west of the River S Unit among a large flock 
of foraging Tree Swallows. 


Randy Hill
Ridgefield

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Ridgefield NWR, Clark Co, WA 


Golden eagle adult was seen twice by me and once by three others as it soared 
around the River S Unit until it disappeared into the clouds. I also had a 
red-shouldered hawk adult in the ash forest and a peregrine falcon sitting on 
the road next to Rest Lake. Both on Auto Tour Loop. Then leaving the area there 
were two turkey vultures flying along the ridge above the railroad tracks. Not 
a bad day. 


Oh and before I forget thanks Jim for leaving town.😉

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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Subject: Ocean Shores birds February 15-18
From: KEN <valvb1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:46:17 +0000 (UTC)
The weather was beautiful so my wife and I decided to take a couple of days to 
spend at the ocean. 

We walked out to the beach and I set up my scope and within minutes saw a group 
of four small shearwaters flying to the north.  They were uniformly dark all 
over, with perhaps a bit of white in the underwings--certainly not like the 
white patches on a sooty shearwater.  They were much less stocky than a nearby 
glaucous-winged gull, and shorter, with a more rapid wingbeat than a sooty.  I 
was puzzled by this species, but I saw it well.  I looked at ebird and saw 
that someone had reported seeing short-tailed shearwater at Ocean Shores the 
day before.  This is not a bird I had seen before, and I looked it up.  Sure 
enough, a perfect match to the four that I saw.  At the jetty were four 
black-legged kittiwakes, 10 surfbirds, 2 rock sandpipers, and a black 
turnstone.  Beyond the jetty were a flock of about 40 surf scoters , with a 
pair of black scoters and a pair of white-winged scoters .  About 200 
red-throated loons flew by to the north in two loose flocks.  The only other 
bird of note was a great horned owl , hooting from a large spruce tree along 
the Weatherwax trail.  If you at Ocean Shores seeking a nice forest walk, I 
highly recommend the Weatherwax trail, which winds through a remnant Sitka 
spruce forest with large trees. 

  
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Subject: Golden eagle (#134) and turkey vulture (#135) seen at Ridgefield NWR, Clark Co, WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:46:55 -0800
Golden eagle adult was seen twice by me and once by three others as it soared 
around the River S Unit until it disappeared into the clouds. I also had a 
red-shouldered hawk adult in the ash forest and a peregrine falcon sitting on 
the road next to Rest Lake. Both on Auto Tour Loop. Then leaving the area there 
were two turkey vultures flying along the ridge above the railroad tracks. Not 
a bad day. 


Oh and before I forget thanks Jim for leaving town.😉

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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Subject: Golden eagle (#134) and turkey vulture (#135) seen at Ridgefield NWR, Clark Co, WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:46:55 -0800
Golden eagle adult was seen twice by me and once by three others as it soared 
around the River S Unit until it disappeared into the clouds. I also had a 
red-shouldered hawk adult in the ash forest and a peregrine falcon sitting on 
the road next to Rest Lake. Both on Auto Tour Loop. Then leaving the area there 
were two turkey vultures flying along the ridge above the railroad tracks. Not 
a bad day. 


Oh and before I forget thanks Jim for leaving town.😉

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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Subject: Banded Evening Grosbeak, Port Townsend
From: Merce & Michael <owlright AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:10:17 -0800
We just found a banded adult female Evening Grosbeak in our yard near the 
hospital in Port Townsend. The bird was too far away to read the numbers on the 
metal band. Is anyone keeping track of banded grosbeaks in the area? 


Thanks,

Michael Tarachow & Merce Dostale
Port T. 
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Subject: Birding Ft. Vancouver today
From: Pamela Gunn <pamswatercolors AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:48:29 +0000 (UTC)
1 N. Kestrel pair, 1 Merlin, female, 1 Acorn Woodpecker, 3 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 
Common Goldeneye, female all seen on the circle walk thru the Fort and along 
the Columbia River.  






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Subject: Late note on ravens
From: Joan Miller <jemskink AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:24:29 -0800
Tweets,

I apologize for not posting this earlier. After seeing the other posts
about ravens in West Seattle, I am adding mine.

I was seeing a couple at Camp Long a couple weeks ago. I have not seen or
heard any lately. I don't know if these moved on to Lincoln Park or were
different individuals. But it was fun hearing and seeing them, and watching
the crows protest!

Joan Miller
West Seattle
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Subject: WOS Winter trip 2/14-2/16 Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:59:42 -0800
Hi Tweets,



Sixteen of us had a wonderful time in the Okanogan Highlands and Waterville
Plateau for Fanter Lane and my WOS winter trip Saturday February 14th-Monday
February 16th.  Although as all of you already know, it was more of a late
winter-early spring trip.  As my daughter said, she is enjoying her
“Febuly” over the President’s Day weekend.  The snow coverage was minimal
and temperatures were in the high 30’s at night and in the 50’s degrees
Fahrenheit during the day.  Highlights included GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH,
PINE GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, GRAY PARTRIDGE, SNOW BUNTING, and NORTHERN
SAW - WHET OWL, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, HARRIS’ SPARROW, GREATER SAGE GROUSE,
SNOWY OWL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, LONG-EARED OWL and NORTHERN PYGMY OWL.



Saturday, Valentine’s Day, we headed to the Okanogan Highlands with our
eager birders.  A quick restroom break at the Highland Sno-Park produced a
quick view of four GRAY JAY and an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER for some
that flew in from the hill south.  Unfortunately the woodpecker was shy and
did not return as we heard a very vocal PILEATED WOODPECKER in the area.

The Highland Meadows, Nealy Road feeders, were very productive for upwards
of 100 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH, which showed up around 8:45am.  The home
owner reports that 100-200 finch show up most regularly between 7:30am and
8:30am.  We observed mostly gray cheeked or Hepburn’s variety, two brown
cheeked or interior/Rocky Mountains type were seen and photographed.

Our first drive through Mary Ann Creek Rd was an unexpected surprise as we
were greeted by dozens of male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD claiming marsh
territory with display and song.  This is the first time I’ve seen this in
the last six years over the President’s Day weekend.  The back half of our
caravan observed upwards of fifteen PINE GROSBEAK fly north over the road
near the west entrance of Poland China Rd.  The birds perched up and
proceeded to forage from evergreens, aspen and shrubs putting on a great
show.

Working our way south through Fields Rd, Chesaw Rd, and north Havillah Rd,
we had very nice looks at ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK, BALD EAGLE
and GOLDEN EAGLE.  We arrived at Gary Eagle’s home on Hungry-Hollow Rd just
north of Grange Rd to check out his feeders around 11:00am.  The Grange Rd
feeders are no longer active as the new residents do not feed the birds.
Consequently, I suspect, the Hungry-Hollow feeders at Gary’s home are not
as active.  While we enjoyed watching MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, DOWNY WOOD PECKER, and many AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, Gary showed us
his classically characteristic forge.  We were treated to a magical
unexpected surprise of four COMMON REDPOLL that flocked in with the
American Goldfinch.  Gary reported seeing Great Gray Owl in the Aspen tree
stand adjacent to the intersection of Hungry-Hollow Rd and Grange Rd in
December.

Bolster Rd, Chesaw Rd east of Chesaw, Myers Creek Rd, Bartoff Rd and Nealy
Rd were quiet with a fly over of a dozen BOHEMIAN WAXWING and a single
NORTHERN SHRIKE.

A second run through Mary Anne Creek Rd, moving on to Molson, then cutting
back through Fletcher and Davies Rd were also quiet.  However we had many
nice looks at NORTHERN HARRIER, and additional ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and GOLDEN
EAGLE.

We finished up our day at the Sno-Park with a nice evening walk.  We had
great looks at HAIRY WOODPECKER and heard GREAT HORNED OWL, but dipped on
Great Gray.  On our way back along the Havillah-Tonasket Rd, we took time
to spot for GREAT HORNED OWL, and came across at least 5 owls hunting from
power poles.  The back of the caravan was treated to a nice fly over of
SHORT-EARED OWL.



On day two, we headed to Scotch Creek Wildlife Area where Happy Hill Rd
intersects with Conconully Rd at sunrise.  Unfortunately, there was no snow
on the hill sides and we missed seeing Sharp-tailed Grouse.  Just west of
this area along Conconully Rd, Fanter had a terrific spot of GRAY PARTRIDGE
in an agriculture field just north of the road.  We spoke to one of the
local home owners who reported that in November there were thirty “Huns,”
Gray Partridge, in the area and that only eight remained as they were
heavily predated by “Snow Hawks,” Rough-legged Hawk.  The home owner had
not seen any Sharp-tailed Grouse.  Once in Conconully, we had nice views of
ALL THREE NUTHATCH, CLARK’S NUTCRACKER, TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE and AMERICAN
DIPPER.  We were not able to relocate the two adult and single immature
Northern Goshawk we observed on the scout trip two weeks previously, which
speaks to the erratic sighting of this species.

After Conconully we headed to Cameron Lake Road.  At the open pine forest
turn out on the north side of the road, we had unexpected great looks of
four WESTERN BLUEBIRDS.  At the sparrow thicket on the flats between the
pine forest and Timentwa Rd, where the road takes an S turn and rises up
the hill, many of our group had short looks at AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and
SONG SPARROW.  BEWICK’S WREN, previously seen on scout trip and reported,
was heard.  Taking a left turn and heading east on Timentwa Rd., Fanter and
I were surprised to see most of the snow had melted.  Fortunately just east
of the cattle farm, we came across a very observable flock of one hundred
SNOW BUNTING, mixed in with a hundred HORNED LARK.  Returning to Cameron
Lake Rd, we headed south and the road was very passable.  Between Greenaway
Rd and Delfeld Rd, we drove along a lake just west of Alkali Lake, which
provided nice observation of REDHEAD, GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN
WIGEON, and NORTHERN SHOVELER.

Along our way where SR 97 intersects with SR 17, or the ‘truck scales,’
just north of Lake Pateros, we had very nice views of BOHEMIAN WAXWING
perched in Poplar’s adjacent to orchards and fly catching over the
orchards.  As we made our way to Bridgeport State Park, we continued to
find many Bohemian Waxwings spread out along power lines and Poplar’s
sallying for insects.  With some very good luck, and helpful insight from
Meredith Spencer and other local birders, we were able to spot a NORTHERN
SAW-WHET OWL, in a fir or spruce tree, roosting in the park.  We did not
see this species on our scout trip or the year before, so we considered
ourselves fortunate.  There were three or four good tree candidates in the
park with droppings and casts on the ground above a potential roost spots,
so there may be one or two owls choosing different roost spots daily.

We finished our day at Washburn Island, where hawk eyed Ken Lane and Fanter
Lane were able to relocate a code 5, HARRIS’ SPARROW,  in the area of the
grain feeder immediately west of the causeway entrance onto the island.
Fanter discovered this bird two weeks prior, and I was impressed and
grateful for their efforts to relocate the bird among the hundreds of
immature and mature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.  A lifer for many, and a thrill
to observe.  Other passerines seen included NORTHERN FLICKER, SPOTTED
TOWHEE, DARK-EYED JUNCO, SONG SPARROW, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, HOUSE FINCH and
HOUSE SPARROW.  Waterfowl seen included COMMON LOON, PIED-BILLED GREBE,
HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD,
RUDDY DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK, MALLARD, AMERICAN WIGEON, and NORTHERN
PINTAIL.  GREAT HORNED OWL was heard.



On our final day, we decided to split up in the morning.  Fanter and Ken
elected to take some birders to West Foster Creek Wildlife Area on
Bridgeport Hill Rd NE, to look for Sharp-tailed Grouse.  Again, with the
lack of snow, we unfortunately did not find this species here on our scout
trip or trip day.  I took the remainder of our group to Leahy Cut-off Rd on
a tip from Marcus Roening where we very fortunate to observe a single male
GREATER SAGE GROUSE, displaying on a Sagebrush covered hill just south and
east of the Lek area from two years ago.  When we first arrived at 7:30am,
other birders who were already present reported seeing two birds, in the
light tan agricultural field south of the road.  The early bird birders
elected to drive on farther west on the road as our group stayed to scan
the fields.  One of the early bird birders stopped to scan the southwest
section of the field, two male grouse flushed from our viewpoint, two of us
followed the grouse as they flew east and dropped behind two sage covered
hills directly south.  George Gerdts reports this is very early for the
grouse to display, and obviously great care should be taken to not disturb
the Lek (remain quiet, discrete, stay blinded or camouflaged as best as
possible).  As we carefully scanned the area for 10 minutes we were
extremely lucky to spot a single male walk up onto a hill south
approximately ½ mile away and display for 5 minutes.

The abandoned farm thicket on Heritage Rd was quiet, although a more
patient birder not in our group picked up American Tree Sparrow after we
left.  We scanned 15th Rd between F and K, north of SR 172, on the north
side of SR 172 just east of H Rd, we observed two GREAT HORNED OWL in a
large Box Elder tree.

On F Rd north of Lamoine and Sprauer Rd, between 11th and 12th Rd, we
relocated three of six SNOWY OWL, which we discovered on Friday on our way
over.  This area still had large patches of snow, and we speculated whether
the remaining snow was the main attraction for the owls and the SNOW
BUNTING and HORNED LARK along the road.  It was great to see additional
Snow Bunting, and we located two LAPLAND LONGSPUR among the Horned Lark.
We closely observed the Horned Lark to appreciate the white throated
lighter Eremophila alpestris articola, “Arctic” subspecies among the more
brightly colored yellow throated year round resident Eremophila alpestris
merrilli, “Dusky” subspecies.  Many Dusky Horned Lark were vocalizing and
some were displaying.

Cautious careful inspection of the Lamoine windbreak revealed a single
LONG-EARED OWL.  On another tip from Marcus Roening, a third pass through
Lamoine produce our only NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL for our trip as we had five on
our scout trip two weeks earlier in the highlands.  Our final stop at the
farm and school house on I st south of US Rte 2, we had additional nice
looks of 11 GRAY PARTRIDGE.



Overall we had a wonderful winter trip with plenty of great sightings
despite the “Febuly” conditions and lack of snow.  We observed 89 species
and missed out on Sharp-tailed Grouse, Great Gray Owl, Northern Goshawk and
Gyrfalcon.  Fortunately we had magical moments with Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finch, Pine Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, Snow Bunting, Northern Saw-whet
Owl, Harris’ Sparrow, Greater Sage Grouse, and Snowy Owl.  As is my
tradition, we delivered 40lbs of seed to Nealy Rd, Hungry-Hollow Rd, and
Silver St in Conconully west of Sit N Bull Café, feeders for our gratitude
of their efforts to feed the birds.



Until next time, good birding.



Shep

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