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21 Oct RE: Western Scrub Jay [Malcolm Mano ]
21 Oct Krider's red tailed hawk [Levi Simpson ]
21 Oct Nisqually NWR Western Meadowlarks [Tony ]
21 Oct Age/gender of Northern Wheatear on Vashon Island [George Gerdts ]
21 Oct Common Birds in Action [Hank ]
21 Oct N Wheatear []
20 Oct American Avocet, Clark's Grebe, Brown Pelican Sequim/Dungeness [John Gatchet ]
20 Oct Edmonds marsh and fishing pier birds 10-20-14 [Bill Anderson ]
20 Oct Northern Wheatear continues [Bruce Youngberg ]
20 Oct Emperor Goose correction [Dianna Moore ]
20 Oct Emperor Goose [Dianna Moore ]
20 Oct Northern Wheatear continues [Bruce Youngberg ]
20 Oct re: Late Osprey ["Scott Downes" ]
20 Oct Use patience and the Wheatear will show itself- 10/20 [amy schillinger ]
20 Oct Wheatear photo - Monday [Joe Sweeney ]
20 Oct Lewis's continues at Elochoman Valley Rd. ["washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle" ]
20 Oct RFI - western WA woodpeckers [ ]
20 Oct Wheatear still present at Pt. Robinson ["Ed Swan" ]
20 Oct Edmonds marsh mystery shorebirds 10-19-14 [Bill Anderson ]
20 Oct Northern Wheatear [Tom Mansfield ]
20 Oct Okanogan birding [Tim Brennan ]
20 Oct the most unusual fishing partner anyone has ever had [Devorah the Ornithologist ]
20 Oct RE: PIX --- Re: Ft Vanc Acorn Woodpeckers YES 3:30 ... [Rob Conway ]
19 Oct Neah Bay: Shearwaters [Nigel Ball ]
19 Oct Re: Late Osprey sighting [Bill Anderson ]
19 Oct Late Osprey sighting [Mark ]
19 Oct Acorn Woodpecker at Fort Vancouver seen Sunday ["Sherry Hagen" ]
19 Oct 6 days of dry side birding [Marv Breece ]
19 Oct Samish Franklin's Gull continues [Gary Bletsch ]
19 Oct Siskins []
19 Oct Vashon Island Norther Wheatear [Scott Ramos ]
19 Oct Western Scrub-jays still at Kent Ponds ["Rex S. Takasugi" ]
19 Oct Help me out with Project Goldeneye (cue James Bond theme) [Jason Hernandez ]
19 Oct Fwd: Vashon Island Wheatear- YES [AnnMarie Wood ]
19 Oct Vashon Island Wheatear- YES [AnnMarie Wood ]
19 Oct Northern Wheatear a cooperative bird ["Ed Swan" ]
19 Oct Another Turkey Vulture / Caryn/Wedgwood [Caryn Schutzler ]
19 Oct Re: Northern Wheatear at Pt. Robinson Vashon/Maury Island [Beast Of Exmoor ]
19 Oct Re: Wahkiakum County - Lewis's Woodpecker [Sam Sudar ]
19 Oct Northern Wheatear at Pt. Robinson Vashon/Maury Island ["Ed Swan" ]
19 Oct Wahkiakum County - Lewis's Woodpecker [Russ Koppendrayer ]
19 Oct Caw vs. Kraa: meaning in the calls of crows and ravens [Devorah the Ornithologist ]
18 Oct Lewis's Woodpecker in Wahkiakum County [Sam Sudar ]
19 Oct Three Blue Jays in Davenport [Marcus Roening ]
18 Oct FW: ID help - song from JBLM Eagles Pride bird walk 10-16 [Denis DeSilvis ]
18 Oct Skagit County highlights today (10/18) [Scott ]
18 Oct Samish Flats Franklin's Gull [Gary Bletsch ]
18 Oct Neah Bay trop kbird; palm warbler; swamp sparrows [Nigel Ball ]
18 Oct Acorn Woodpecker Fort Vancouver seen ["washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle" ]
18 Oct AMERICAN AVOCET IN SEQUIM [Gary Bullock ]
18 Oct 'Camera Question' Thanks! [Jeff Gibson ]
18 Oct BirdNote - last week, and the week of Oct. 19, 2014 [Ellen Blackstone ]
18 Oct Birds and Beer ["Craig Merkel" ]
18 Oct Edmonds Roundup [Carol Riddell ]
18 Oct ID help - song from JBLM Eagles Pride bird walk 10-16 [Denis DeSilvis ]
18 Oct Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 10-16-2014 [Denis DeSilvis ]
18 Oct Sat Morning Arrival Brant Geese Oct 18th 2014 Delta BC Canada ["rickswan" ]
18 Oct Edmonds Roundup Draft [Carol Riddell ]
18 Oct Draft Edmonds Roundup [Carol Riddell ]
17 Oct RE: ARCTIC LOON photo--challenged [Scott ]
17 Oct Neah Bay, T Kingbird, Swamp Sp [Nigel Ball ]
17 Oct Birds at the Burke! ["burkepr AT uw.edu" ]
17 Oct Pygmy Owl near Snohomish [Steve Pink ]
17 Oct RE: Montlake Fill Bird ID? ["Bob Sundstrom" ]
17 Oct Ft. Vancouver Acorn Woodpecker ["Wilson Cady" ]
17 Oct Montlake Fill Bird ID? [Elizabeth Edgerton ]
17 Oct Eide Road [Patrick Forster ]
17 Oct Re:Imperfect albino ["barry " ]
17 Oct Re: Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's @ Ev Sewage ["Jeff and Laurie Deam" ]
16 Oct Magnuson Park, 16 October 2014 [Scott Ramos ]
16 Oct PIX --- Re: Ft Vanc Acorn Woodpeckers YES 3:30 ... [Lyn Topinka ]
16 Oct Clark County birds [Jim Danzenbaker ]
16 Oct Ft Vanc Acorn Woodpeckers YES 3:30 ... [Lyn Topinka ]
16 Oct Re: 100+ SurCorrection: 25+ Black Turnstones Alki [William Ehmann ]
16 Oct 100+ Surfbirds, 25+ Rock Sand.; Alki [William Ehmann ]
16 Oct Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's @ Ev Sewage ["barry " ]

Subject: RE: Western Scrub Jay
From: Malcolm Mano <manomalcolm AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:36:40 -0700

> Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:03:19 -0700
> From: tweeters-request AT mailman1.u.washington.edu
> Subject: Tweeters Digest, Vol 122, Issue 16
> To: tweeters AT u.washington.edu
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Hi Tweeters,
Today a single Western Scrub Jay came to my birdfeeders- first at the sunflower 
tray, then to the suet feeder and then took a drink from the birdbath. He kept 
going around and around the various feeders then into the fir trees.... Guess I 
should have had peanuts out :-) This is only the 3rd time in 5 years that I 
have seen this species in Everett. 


Ruth Mano
Everett, WA


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> Message: 4
> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:52:12 -0400
> From: Pamela Myers 
> Subject: [Tweeters] Western Srub Jay
> To: tweeters AT u.washington.edu
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> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> 
> The Western Scrub Jay was back at my feeder just now. They cannot resist 
peanuts! 

> 
> Pam Myers
> Marysville



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Subject: Krider's red tailed hawk
From: Levi Simpson <levs55 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:07:07 -0700
Hey, Bud and Tweeters
A lady at my work who enjoys watching birds with her husband said they spotted 
a Krider's Red Tailed Hawk last Sunday in In Bay View. 

Off of Farm To Market Rd, Between Josh Wilson Rd. and Rector Rd.
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Subject: Nisqually NWR Western Meadowlarks
From: Tony <tvarela AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:52:55 -0700
There have been several Western Meadowlarks at Nisqually recently, always a 
treat to see and hear these Icterids. Today there were four actively singing 
and moving about near the dike trail. 



https://flic.kr/p/ptGUY7    
https://flic.kr/p/ptJsm5 





 - Regards

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Subject: Age/gender of Northern Wheatear on Vashon Island
From: George Gerdts <geopandion AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:43:06 -0700
Tweeters,

Jamie Acker and I made the journey (almost an odyssey) yesterday (Oct.
20th) from Bainbridge Island to Vashon Island to try for the Northern
Wheatear that had been found and photographed over the weekend.  We took
the Southworth ferry, but had to go all the way across to Fauntleroy and
back to Vashon...  Art Yang was at the Point Robinson Lighthouse when we
arrived, and had just seen the bird.  Sure enough, a few minutes later the
little waif put in an extended 15 minute display, allowing close studies of
its plumage through Jamie's Kowa scope.  After looking at a few photos and
consulting "Birds of Europe" by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, it
seems to me that this bird is either a female in basic or a juvenile molted
to "1st Winter Plumage".

The lore area was buff, the back was gray/beige, the median wing coverts
have dark centers, the cheeks are buffy, and the tertials have buffy
edges.  All the feathers look new and fresh!  In any regard, a very nice
bird, and one who is a long way off course, if Africa is where it was
headed.

Any other possibilities as to its age/gender?

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Subject: Common Birds in Action
From: Hank <hank.heiberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:51:47 -0700
> 
> Great Blue Heron does the shimmy to cleanse at Juanita Bay:
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/15383530560/
> 
> Red-breasted Sapsucker peels some bark from a birch while feeding at Lake 
Joy: 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/15365828728/
> 
> Hundreds of American Coots, some American Wigeons plus a Canada Goose in 
motion at Juanita Bay: 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/15383530610/
> 
> Two Great Blue Herons flew into Wylie Slough together and then preformed what 
I have been told are territorial displays. The video shows one heron displaying 
followed by another heron with almost identical displays. 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/15291048991/

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Subject: N Wheatear
From: n3zims AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:05:49 +0000 (UTC)
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Subject: American Avocet, Clark's Grebe, Brown Pelican Sequim/Dungeness
From: John Gatchet <jfgatchet AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:02 -0700
This morning I was able to locate the previously reported AMERICAN
AVOCET at Three Crabs.  It was with 16 MARBLED GODWIT.  There was a
KILLDEER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 7 BLACK TURNSTONE and a single GREATER
YELLOWLEGS there as well.

In the afternoon I birded at the Dungeness Recreation Area Park and
observed from the overlook parking area a lone CLARK'S GREBE among the
100's of RED-NECKED GREBE.  Two sets of two BROWN PELICAN flew by and it
will be interesting to see if they make it into the Puget Sound area from
the straits.  There were three BLACK SCOTER and a group of SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHER. (flew by)

At Cline Spit there were DUNLIN.  More DUNLIN were at Dungeness Landing as
was a LEAST SANDPIPER.  *(A total of 9 shorebirds for the day)*

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Subject: Edmonds marsh and fishing pier birds 10-20-14
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:26:18 -0700
Thanks to all who responded to my ID request for the two mystery sandpipers I 
saw Sunday at the marsh. So far the majority of votes are for dunlin in winter 
plumage. 


The two sandpipers returned Monday for a brief period before they were scared 
off by what I thought was a merlin. A lesser(?) yellowlegs was present as well. 


A trip to the marina revealed a rhinocerous auklet and two common murres 
swimming very close to the fishing pier. 


Scroll down page 61 for photos and narrative:


http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?9587-Wldlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2014/page61 


  

 
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Subject: Northern Wheatear continues
From: Bruce Youngberg <brizy01 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:56:07 -0700
The Northern Wheatear continues to be easily seen along the Point Robinson 
shoreline on Vashon Island through the early evening, ~5:30 pm. 


A wonderfully amiable and beautiful bird that seems quite satisfied with its 
plentiful supply of sand fleas and other insects. 


Bruce Youngberg
Poulsbo, WA
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Subject: Emperor Goose correction
From: Dianna Moore <dlmoor2 AT coastaccess.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:35:10 -0700
I sent the photo to Bob K and he says this is not an adult but a juvenile
with a lot of speckling on its head. I was not considering the gradual
changing from a black head to the speckling, to the white head. sigh....

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Subject: Emperor Goose
From: Dianna Moore <dlmoor2 AT coastaccess.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:42:22 -0700
Hi Tweets....After a few weeks of on and off searching for this goose,
today I found it by accident while rescuing beached Western Grebes.

Our local wildlife rescue folks are overwhelmed by the reports of grebes
unable to fish in the rough seas; they beach themselves and most slowly
die, as COASST participants know only too well. The advice is if we can
catch them and transport them over to the sheltered marina, they will
probably be able to make it.

Today when I walked my dog there were six WEGR huddled on the high sand
being buffeted by the wind and half-covered in sand. So I dropped the dog
off at home, grabbed my net and a big box, ignored the wails of protest
from the birds, and dumped them into the marina.

While watching their preening and bathing antics I spotted the adult goose
on the inside northern wall of the jetty enclosing the marina. It was
standing on the rocks at the base of the wall and spent most of the time
preening in the sunshine. It doesn't appear to be impaired in any way, but
I didn't get to see it swim or fly.

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Subject: Northern Wheatear continues
From: Bruce Youngberg <brizy01 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:14:11 -0700
The Northern Wheatear continues to be easily seen along the Point Robinson 
shoreline on Vashon Island through the early evening, ~5:30 pm. 


A wonderfully amiable and beautiful bird that seems quite satisfied with its 
plentiful supply of sand fleas and other insects. 


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Subject: re: Late Osprey
From: "Scott Downes" <downess AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:28:31 -0700
There have been quite a few October Osprey sightings (including birds through 
last weekend) in Washington State this fall. I made a quick eBird query of 
sightings for October 2014 sightings in Washington State and the link is below. 
In my opinion, eBird is a great tool for such queries and you don’t have to 
have an account or submit data to use it for such (though it is great if you 
do!): 
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/osprey?neg=true&env.minX=-128.76080459999997&env.minY=44.69041279611456&env.maxX=-112.94049209999997&env.maxY=49.79392870602008&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=10&emo=10&yr=cur 


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Subject: Use patience and the Wheatear will show itself- 10/20
From: amy schillinger <schillingera AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:06:13 -0700
Penny Rose, Patty North, and I got to Point Robinson at first light today. We 
got on the bird within 10 minutes of being there. As others have noted it likes 
to hang out in the driftwood in front of the quarters. The birds preferred 
location (today anyway) was on a large log with a bent over metal spike in it 
and the large root mass to the left of it. Even as other birders and a 
photographer arrived and walked up and down the beach to chase the bird as it 
flew, we waited patiently for it to come back to it's favorite spot. We never 
had to move and we didn't have to harass the bird by chasing it or calling for 
it. 

 
We met a very nice lodging manager that let us walk through the second house 
and told us that we could rent it out. They looked pretty comfy. The manager 
told us of a few other nice spots to bird before we left. 

 
Glad we got there before the bigger groups. One lady we met on the ferry said 
that there were 10 or more people looking for it later in the morning. 

 
Cheers,

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Subject: Wheatear photo - Monday
From: Joe Sweeney <sweeneyfit AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:47:36 -0700
I viewed the Northern Wheatear at Point Robinson Monday morning, 10/20/14, from 
9:30 to 11:15, along with several other birders. 


Thanks to Tom Mansfield for locating the bird, about two minutes before I 
showed up. 


Most of the time, the bird was on the driftwood in front of the two Caretaker 
residences. When I left at 11:15am, it was on the beach and driftwood about 50 
-75 yards southwest of the residences. 


To view a photo, go to:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sweeneyfit/15563797926/

Joe Sweeney
NE Seattle
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Subject: Lewis's continues at Elochoman Valley Rd.
From: "washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle" <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:08:57 -0700

Monday at 11:15 am the Lewis's Woodpecker was near the dead snags at 257 
Elochoman Valley Road. It flew close to the road in an apple tree before flying 
back to the dead snags. We (Les Carlson, Laurie & Ken Knittle) saw it before we 
could even get stopped. Likes the top of the dead snags. 




Ken
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Subject: RFI - western WA woodpeckers
From: "Lorenz, Teresa (lore5748 AT vandals.uidaho.edu)" <lore5748@vandals.uidaho.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:21:31 +0000
?Hi Tweeters,


I'm looking information on the dates that woodpeckers start their springtime 
nesting cycle in western Washington. If any of you have found woodpecker nests 
in past years and recorded the date, would you email me the date that you 
observed nesting, the nesting stage (excavation, incubation, or nestling), and 
the species? I'm mostly interested in the dates that hairy woodpeckers and 
northern flickers begin incubating their clutches, but info on any species 
would be great to get me started. 



Thanks so much for any help,

Teresa



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Subject: Wheatear still present at Pt. Robinson
From: "Ed Swan" <edswan AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:35:11 -0700
The Northern Wheatear is still being seen.  Bob Hawkins and others are
currently seeing in the same location by the light keeper houses.

Ed

 

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Subject: Edmonds marsh mystery shorebirds 10-19-14
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:53:35 -0700
Sunday afternoon (10/19) two mystery shorebirds were present at the Edmonds 
marsh. 


Due to their long bills, I thought they were dowitchers while I was 
photographing them. I 

changed my mind when I got home and studied the photos on the computer. The end 
of their bills looked to be the wrong shape for a dowitcher and their legs 

appeared black, although that may have been mud. 

Distinctive features were the long bills, black legs and white 
undersides.  I thought the bills looked too long for dunlin and 
western sandpipers.

Your thoughts are welcome. Photos and further narrative can be seen by 
scrolling down page 61. 



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Subject: Northern Wheatear
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:26:03 -0400
As of the time of this post the NOWH is perched up nicely in front of the light 
keeper cottage at Point Robinsion. 


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Subject: Okanogan birding
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:08:37 -0700
Hey Tweets!

I got back last night from a weekend in Okanogan County with Khanh Tran and 
Kevin Black. We had snow-free driving on all of the high elevation roads (up to 
7000 feet), and some good looks and listens of some great birds. 


I met Khanh in Ellensburg at the Bar 14 pond where I saw a pair of Western 
Grebes, my 150th year bird for Kittitas (which was the goal for the year, and 
came on my last trip through the county for the year!). We drove up to Omak 
with a stop in Ephrata for dinner and got to bed early. 


Our Saturday was mostly spent on roads above (west of) Sinkahekin road, where 
we started the morning with two life birds for me: American Three-toed 
Woodpecker and Spruce Grouse. The Spruce Grouse family (8 total - seven females 
and a subadult male) were very easy company, walking alongside us on the path. 
While watching them we heard one of two flyovers of Pine Grosbeak for the trip, 
although we never got a visual on any birds. More hunting on this beautiful but 
surprisingly quiet day gave us some Boreal Chickadees, also unseen but calling 
distinctively in a mixed flock with Mountain Chickadees. 


It was a good day for grouse overall, as we had a Dusky Grouse in the road 
early in the morning, and a Ruffed Grouse giving us amazing looks in the 
evening in the Okanogan Highlands. We went in search of Great Grey Owl, and all 
heard faint calls for Great Grey and Long-eared, although the closest owl was 
an agitated Northern Saw-whet Owl. 


Fog on Slate Peak on Sunday may have been the reason we dipped on Ptarmigan and 
Gray-crowned Rosy-finches, but we had Spruce Grouse and Sooty Grouse on the 
road on the way up. A side trip into Whatcom County from Harts Pass gave us 
some great looks at Golden Eagles as well. 


Overall it was a great trip, and my first serious trip up to high elevation in 
Eastern Washington. Khanh and Kevin were awesome companions on the trip, and I 
learned a lot about the birds, their habits and their habitat. 


Happy birding!

-Tim Brennan
Renton

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Subject: the most unusual fishing partner anyone has ever had
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:19:09 +0100
hey tweeters,

here's a video (that includes lots of thumb shots) of a lone fisherman near
Nanoose BC who was discovered by a juvenile bald eagle, "swimming" far from
land. the video is interesting and the bird, although malnourished, is
doing well at the last report:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiOaqs9qnt8&feature=youtu.be

cheers,

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GrrlScientist
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Subject: RE: PIX --- Re: Ft Vanc Acorn Woodpeckers YES 3:30 ...
From: Rob Conway <robin_birder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:35:34 +0000
As soon as I saw the post I rushed over and found the bird about 4:15. I think 
there may be more than one as I am sure I heard a second bird calling while I 
was observing the first. A state first for me and a real upbeat bird as it 
reminded me of the thousands of these clowns we had everywhere while I was 
growing up in the Sierra Nevada foothills and going to school at Stanford where 
there was a 30+ year study of the birds and their social behavior (they lived 
in and used as granaries the thousands of palm trees on the campus. 


Rob Conway 
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45.58°N 122.44°W - elevation 310 ft.
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> Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:04:15 -0700
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> Subject: [Tweeters] PIX --- Re: Ft Vanc Acorn Woodpeckers YES 3:30 ...
> 
> 
> hi ... pix from my Sony superzoom ... enjoy, Lyn
> 
> my best shot ... this may be a different bird than the next two images ...
> 
http://northwestbirding.com/Images14Oct/vancouver_acorn_woodpecker_10-16-14.jpg 

> 
> side view of the head ... same bird as image below ...
> 
http://northwestbirding.com/Images14Oct/vancouver_acorn_woodpecker_head_10-16-14.jpg 

> 
> front of head ... a juvenile ??? ... male or female ??? ... wondering 
> because of the red spotting between the red top of head and the white 
> front of head ... Ryan Abe got much better pictures of the head 
> markings ... this was my only shot ...
> 
http://northwestbirding.com/Images14Oct/vancouver_acorn_woodpecker_head_10-16-14_B.jpg 

> 
> 
> 
> 
> At 04:47 PM 10/16/2014, Lyn Topinka wrote:
> >hi all ... the two Acorn Woodpeckers were still at Fort Vancouver at 
> >3:30 ... however we had to wait for over an hour for them to fly 
> >back into the area ... there is a big oak a bit south and slightly 
> >west of the Gazebo ... they seem to like that ... we also saw them 
> >in the pines by the barracks and the smaller oaks south of the big 
> >oak ... Jen S who was there before we arrived also saw them in the 
> >area of the big pines east of this big oak/gazebo area ... thanks 
> >Cindy Mc for finding them ... I didn't have my good camera gear with 
> >me but I still got respectible shots with my superzoom ... MUCH 
> >better shots snyways than my previous digiscoped attempts at the 
> >granary tree in Lyle (grin) ...
> >
> >Lyn
> >
> >p.s. ... and thanks to Gene who first spotted the woodpeckers flying 
> >back in and came RUNNING over to the rest of us who were slowly 
> >ambling around checking trees waaayyyy to the east ...
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >Lyn Topinka
> >Vancouver, Wa,
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> >ColumbiaRiverImages.com
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Subject: Neah Bay: Shearwaters
From: Nigel Ball <nigelj.ball AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:05:20 -0700
Hi
Well, we hit Cape Flattery when there were strong winds from the Pacific (
I lost my Islay cap .

But on the positive side, there were several hundred SOOTY/ SORT-TAILED
SHEARWATERS of which I was confident that three were Sooty and perhaps one
was Short-tailed (an identification rate of under 1%...), nine +
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS (with varying degrees of duskiness to underwing, a
feature that I had not thought about before) and 1 possible MANX - looked
great for that species (blackish above, clearly smaller than sooty,
reasonably gleaming white below, and very shearwatery flight with
occasional more rapid wing beats. But distant and late in the year...

Many hundreds HEERMAN'S GULLS of which none had white wing patches. Back in
the day, large gulls and especially darker ones such as Heerman's had about
a 0.5% incidence of white patches. It occurred to me that it is many years
since I've seen such a bird. Do they still exist, or am I less observant?

A very obliging  PALM WARBLER just outside the restaurant and yet another
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER (but no Sooties) from the Gray Whale (3) observation
place just east of the Nation boundary.

Cheers,
Nigel
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Subject: Re: Late Osprey sighting
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:43:56 -0700
I have not seen any osprey recently. Is migration by osprey and other birds 
driven by temperature or the ratio of daylight to darkness hours? 


 
Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA


On Sunday, October 19, 2014 9:33 PM, Mark  wrote:
 


 
Tweeters -
While coming into Seattle early afternoon on Friday 10/10, i was shocked to see 
an Osprey just north of the West Seattle bridge while on 99. Has anyone else 
seen Osprey around this late in the year? I guess, considering the 
record-breaking warmth we had this year might be a factor. I was clearly 
expecting that all Ospreys would be either already south, or at least on their 
way. 


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Subject: Late Osprey sighting
From: Mark <mark_packard AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:33:41 -0700


Tweeters -
While coming into Seattle early afternoon on Friday 10/10, i was shocked to see 
an Osprey just north of the West Seattle bridge while on 99. Has anyone else 
seen Osprey around this late in the year? I guess, considering the 
record-breaking warmth we had this year might be a factor. I was clearly 
expecting that all Ospreys would be either already south, or at least on their 
way. 

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Subject: Acorn Woodpecker at Fort Vancouver seen Sunday
From: "Sherry Hagen" <littlebirder AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:12:03 -0700
The male ACORN WOODPECKER was hanging out in the oak trees down by the War 
Memorial below the barracks. This is west and south of the gazebo and lawn area 
at McClellan Rd & Ft Vancouver Way. A nice birder directed us there and we 
found it right away. Many Scrub Jays and Flickers worked the trees too along 
with smaller passerines. 


We did not see a second one but spent about 2 hours watching it while talking 
to a couple of people at times. It was fun to just watch. I left my camera 
home. I think he may have been caching nuts in the moss on top the branches ??? 
At one point he took an acorn from a Scrub Jay on a parking-log barrier [next 
to the building south of the trees] and proceeded to pound it down into one of 
the man-made holes. I took a photo of it (via phone) and it was pretty smashed 
from being half eaten by the jay. So he is caching. 


A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also seen in the oak trees.

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Subject: 6 days of dry side birding
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece AT q.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:13:08 -0400 (EDT)

Monday, Oct 13 thru Saturday, Oct 18 I birded in Kittitas, Grant, Adams, 
Douglas and Okanogan counties. Cool mornings and warm to hot afternoons with a 
sprinkle here and there made for good birding weather. 



Shorebirds were all but gone and the finches, raptors etc that come south for 
the winter had not yet arrived. American White Pelicans and Yellow-rumped 
Warblers were seen in several locations. Sparrows were sparse except for a lot 
of White-crowneds. Saw 1 Savannah. On Friday I observed all 6 grebe species in 
Grant County. The next day, 5 of them (no Clark's) to my surprise were on 
Sorensen Pond in Ellensburg. The Red-necked was in striking juv plumage. For 
the trip I had scoters in 4 locations. 



The lower water level behind Wanapum Dam south of Vantage concentrated huge 
numbers of water fowl, accumulating a variety of species into small areas. 




Here are some of the birds (and mammals) seen, with date and location. A link 
to a few images: http://www.pbase.com/marvbreece/new_images 





Monday, October 13, Kittitas County 


Northern Shrike - adult, Swauk Prairie Rd 
Northern Goshawk - juv, Hwy 97, north of Ellensburg 
Prairie Falcon - Vantage 
Thayer's Gull - adult w/ 3 Herring Gulls, Vantage 
Glaucous- winged Gull - adult, Vantage 


BIGHORN SHEEP – 12 near Umtanum Rec Area 




Monday, Oct 13, Grant County 


Sharp-shinned Hawk - adult, Lower Crab Creek Rd (LCCR) 
Merlin - female taiga. LCCR 
Northern Shrike - adult, LCCR 
Loggerhead Shrike - adult, LCCR 




Tuesday, Oct 14, Grant County 


Wilson's Snipe - 4, I90 Rest Stop STP 
LB Dowitcher - 24. I90 Rest Stop STP 
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1, I90 Rest Stop STP 
Sharp-shinned Hawk - B St off of Hwy 26 
Franklin's Gull - juv, Potholes SP 
Sandhill Crane - 7 over Potholes SP & 76 over Lind Coulee 




Tuesday, Oct 14, Kittitas County 


Dark-eyed Junco - male Cassiar, Gingko Vantage 
Great Egret -1 Vantage 
Surf Scoter - 4 juv, upriver from Wanapum Dam 
Pine Siskin - flock in town 


BIG HORN SHEEP – 3 grazing on lawn at Gingko visitors center, Vantage 




Tuesday, Oct 14, Adams County 


Cooper's Hawk - 1 chasing blackbirds at Para Ponds, Othello 
Yellow-headed Blackbird - 2, Othello 
no Tricolored Blackbirds found 




Wednesday, Oct 15, Grant County 


Least Sandpiper - 1 Soap Lake 
White-winged Scoter - 2 adult males, Lake Lenore 
Common Loon - 31 on Blue Lake 
Surf Scoter - 1 adult male, Blue Lake 




Wednesday, Oct 15, Douglas County 


Northern Shrike - adult on L St 
PORCUPINE - 1 on L St 
Merlin - female taiga, Mansfield 
Surf Scoter - 1 adult female Lake Pateros 




Thursday, Oct 16, Okanogan County 


Clark's Grebe - w/ 3 Western Grebes, Lake Pateros 
Greater White-fronted Goose - 1 juv w/ Canadas & Cacklers in Brewster 
Merlin - female taiga at Monse 
Loggerhead Shrike - adult, Cameron Lake Rd 
Sandhill Crane - 18, adults and juvs, Duley Lake, Cam Lk Rd 
Snow Goose - 1 adult with Canadas and Cacklers on Duley Lake 




Friday, Oct 17, Douglas County 


Peregrine Falcon - adult at Bridgeport Bar 
Merlin - female taiga in Bridgeport 
Northern Goshawk - juv perched at river in Bridgeport 




Friday, Oct 17. Grant County 


Pine Siskin - flock in Electric City 
Sharp-shinned Hawk - Northrup Canyon 
Clark's Grebe - Steamboat Rock SP 
Snow Goose - 13 at SRSP, 4 ad & 9 juv 
Greater Wht-fronted Goose - 1 juv w/ snows, SRSP 
Red-necked Grebe - 1 1st winter, SRSP 
Osprey - Dry Falls Visitor Center 
Townsend's Solitaire - 1 singing loudly at Dry Falls, echoing throughout the 
canyon; took forever to find it, just below me! 





Saturday, Oct 18, Grant County 


Northern Flicker - Yellow-shafted, looked pure, Lower Peninsula Pk, Moses Lake 
Clark's Grebe - at least 2; many Westerns and some that looked like tweeners, 
LPP 





Saturday, Oct 18, Kittitas County 


American Pipit - 80 and probably many more at Ringer Loop 
Cooper's Hawk - juv, Ellensburg 







Marv Breece 
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Subject: Samish Franklin's Gull continues
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:22:51 -0700
Dear Tweeters,

Yesterday I sent a message to Tweeters about a Franklin's Gull that I had found 
on the Samish Flats, but the message appears to have been lost. 


Today (19 October 2014) I relocated the Franklin's Gull. It was with 
Ring-billed and Glaucous-winged Gulls, just a few steps east of the T-90. Just 
as yesterday, it was on the muddy ground, near some farm equipment, although 
today it was a mile or so west of where it was yesterday. 


By late morning, it was horribly windy, everywhere I went on the coast today. 
Rosario Head was nearly un-birdable. Green Point was a bit more sheltered, so I 
managed to ID a few more birds there, including my first Herring Gull of this 
autumn. 


Cackling Geese showed up near Lyman and also on Samish Flats today, moving 
around in flocks of twenty to fifty or more. 


My birding day started off with a Sharp-shinned Hawk taking a passerine from 
near my feeders. The Sharpie made the mistake of carrying the bird off into a 
neighboring pasture. If it had stayed in the narrow strip of grass between my 
house and some evergreens, no one but me would have known about the prey item. 
As soon as the Sharpie landed in the pasture, a Red-tailed Hawk zoomed in and 
bumped the Sharpie off the prey. 


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Subject: Siskins
From: <mlfrey AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:57:22 -0700
If anyone in King County was wondering where the Pine Siskins were this 
afternoon, I can tell you they were around our 

property. Dozens flitted, called & bzzzt among the Fir & Maple trees for hours. 
What a wonderful sight. We also had Bald Eagle, 

Belted Kingfisher, four Woodpeckers, three raptors & others to total twenty 
five species. Finally, the ravenous & noisy Belt-banded Pigeons 

are finally gone for the season. Great bird day!

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Subject: Vashon Island Norther Wheatear
From: Scott Ramos <lsr AT ramoslink.info>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:38:59 -0700
Thanks to the heads up from Martha Taylor, I was able to see the Northern 
Wheatear today at Pt. Robinson, Vashon Island. A life bird! Also, thanks to Ed 
Swan for the Tweeters posts today and a very thorough write-up. Just a 
clarification: it was Barbara Webster who made the initial ID from the photos 
that Martha and Dennis shared. And, kudos to Martha for persevering—this bird 
has appearance superficially similar to a Pipit, as well as a tail bobbing 
behavior, so it was her self-doubt that led her to seek opinions of others and 
brought this wonderful vagrant to the attention of a larger community. 


Photo: 
https://picasaweb.google.com/104613265151815506340/VashonIsland#6072073449294335858 

Video: http://youtu.be/XZVl6NVDh2A

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Subject: Western Scrub-jays still at Kent Ponds
From: "Rex S. Takasugi" <rextak AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:53:26 -0700
Had 5 sightings of Western Scrub-jays at Kent Ponds this afternoon (Sunday,
Green River Natural Resource Area) while walking the Puget Power Trail.  One
was posing on the fence about 75 yards west of the south tower and it was
being harassed by an Anna's Hummingbird.  The second was about 30 yards west
of the footbridge posing at the top of a willow and it had two hazelnuts in
his mouth (pretty talented to hold two nuts at the same time).  The other
three were on the east side of 64th Ave. South.

 

            Other birds seen on this short walk included:

 

Northern Flicker

Belted Kingfisher

Dark-eyed Junco

Canada Goose

Mallards

American Widgeons

American Coots

Ring-necked Ducks

Northern Shoveler

Cinnamon Teal

Steller's Jay

Anna's Hummingbird

Black-capped Chickadees

Bushtits

Cedar Waxwings

Turkey Vultures

European Starlings

American Crows

Spotted Towhees

Marsh Wrens (heard only)

Song Sparrow (heard only)

Some type of Hawk (heard only)

Some type of Grebe (seen at a distance on the Green River)

 

Good birding!

 

Rex Takasugi

Kent, WA

 
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Subject: Help me out with Project Goldeneye (cue James Bond theme)
From: Jason Hernandez <jason.hernandez74 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:28:56 +0000 (UTC)
For a number of years now, I have been keeping count of numbers and locations 
of the _Bucephala_ bay ducks: Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, and 
Bufflehead.  We are in one of only two regions in the world where all three 
occur (the other being the North Atlantic around Iceland and Labrador).  This 
year, I want to know when the FIRST of each species arrives in the Salish Sea, 
and where.  So keep your eyes peeled, ok? 

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Subject: Fwd: Vashon Island Wheatear- YES
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:31:31 -0700
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *AnnMarie Wood* 
Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Subject: Vashon Island Wheatear- YES
To: Tweeters 


Working the driftwood in front of the caretakers house north of the Point
Robinson lighthouse.
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Subject: Vashon Island Wheatear- YES
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:24:50 -0700
Working the driftwood in front of the caretakers house north of the Point
Robinson lighthouse.
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Subject: Northern Wheatear a cooperative bird
From: "Ed Swan" <edswan AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:27:11 -0700
The Northern Wheatear at Pt. Robinson proved to be a very cooperative and
photogenic bird this morning and afternoon.  Despite a constant stream of
dog walkers it allowed fairly close approach by the beasts before switching
to another spot.  It maintained a pretty consistent territory extending
about 100 meters along the beach from the light keeper residences and then
south a bit.  It perches prominently on driftwood and then drops down to the
beach detritus to feed and then returns to a perch.  A few times when
flushed it flew up on to the bluff or on to the peak of one of the houses
but then always returned to some portion of the stretch of beach logs it
preferred.  The light keeper residences are right next to the lower parking
lot of Pt. Robinson Park which is at the extreme eastern tip of Maury Island
(Maury Island being attached to Vashon Island).

 

Thanks to Martha Taylor for forwarding her photos and announcement of the
sighting and Scott Ramos for helping her make the initial identification.
Scott showed up this morning and found a Western Meadowlark as well.  We
have very few recent/modern fall meadowlark sightings for Vashon.  Some
other fun birds seen while watching the wheatear included a Peregrine Falcon
and a Merlin.  The temperature was a pretty incredible 70+ degrees, pretty
nice for mid-October.

 

If you come over, the Vashon Audubon Society website, vashonaudubon.org, has
a map of birding hot spots on the Island with descriptions and directions
from my book The Birds of Vashon Island.  There's some good returning
waterfowl birding along Tramp Harbor and Fisher Pond, a mile west of the
town of Vashon, has a lot of puddle ducks including Wood Ducks and lately
some cooperative snipe feeding openly out in the mud.

 

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Subject: Another Turkey Vulture / Caryn/Wedgwood
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1 AT seanet.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:57:07 -0700
Just to mention I saw another lone Turkey Vulture flyby headed south. I waited 
for some companions which didn't show. 


Been also having Townsend's Warbler at feeder along with the regulars. 

A beautiful day to be birding - although the TV siting was from inside. Didn't 
see much on our walk. 


Caryn / Wedgwood

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Subject: Re: Northern Wheatear at Pt. Robinson Vashon/Maury Island
From: Beast Of Exmoor <beastofexmoor AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:56:03 -0700
Can anyone confirm the lighthouse and residence are at the far eastern end
of point Robinson?

Josh Adams
Lynnwood
On Oct 19, 2014 11:34 AM, "Ed Swan"  wrote:

> Martha and Dennis Taylor from Seattle photographed a  Northern Wheatear at
> Pt. Robinson yesterday.  Gary Shugart just re-found it by the old
> lightkeeper residences.
>
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> Ed
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Subject: Re: Wahkiakum County - Lewis's Woodpecker
From: Sam Sudar <sudar.sam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:04:22 -0700
Glad you were able to find it!

The last link I sent out seemed to require google sign in. Hopefully this
one will not:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128037120 AT N06/sets/72157648443897217/



On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 11:31 AM, Russ Koppendrayer 
wrote:

> Hi Tweeters,
>
> I was able to relocate the LEWIS'S WOODPECKER found and reported yesterday
> by the Sudars. At 10:30 this morning (10/19/14) it was conspicuous and
> actively flycatching  behind the small white house at 257A Elochoman Valley
> Rd. There are a number of snags behind this residence that are easily
> observed from a wide shoulder near their driveway. This is 1.3 mile up
> Elochoman Valley Rd from SR 4 on the left and opposite a set of white
> mailboxes with numbers.
>
> Great find by the Sudars and thanks to Sam for the post and to Robert for
> the more specific directions.
>
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Subject: Northern Wheatear at Pt. Robinson Vashon/Maury Island
From: "Ed Swan" <edswan AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:33:27 -0700
Martha and Dennis Taylor from Seattle photographed a  Northern Wheatear at
Pt. Robinson yesterday.  Gary Shugart just re-found it by the old
lightkeeper residences.  

 

Ed

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Subject: Wahkiakum County - Lewis's Woodpecker
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:31:41 -0700
Hi Tweeters,

I was able to relocate the LEWIS'S WOODPECKER found and reported yesterday
by the Sudars. At 10:30 this morning (10/19/14) it was conspicuous and
actively flycatching  behind the small white house at 257A Elochoman Valley
Rd. There are a number of snags behind this residence that are easily
observed from a wide shoulder near their driveway. This is 1.3 mile up
Elochoman Valley Rd from SR 4 on the left and opposite a set of white
mailboxes with numbers.

Great find by the Sudars and thanks to Sam for the post and to Robert for
the more specific directions.

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Subject: Caw vs. Kraa: meaning in the calls of crows and ravens
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:02:00 +0100
hello everyone,

I stumbled across a delightful video created by the Cornell Lab of O that
discusses the meaning in some of the sounds produced by crows and ravens --
and you also learn how to distinguish these two species based on their
voices alone:


http://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2014/oct/18/caw-vs-kraa-meaning-in-the-calls-of-crows-and-ravens 


needless to say, i plan to feature more Lab of O videos on "caturday" in
the future.

happy birding

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GrrlScientist
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Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker in Wahkiakum County
From: Sam Sudar <sudar.sam AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:05:59 -0700
Hi Tweets,

My parents (Robert and Lisa Sudar) and I drove the Elochoman Valley Road
near Cathlamet this afternoon. We saw 28 species in two hours, including
two AMERICAN PIPITS and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. The best bird of the day
was an immature LEWIS'S WOODPECKER, which appears to be unusual for
Wahkiakum County.

We spotted it at the top of a snag a short ways off the road and watched it
flycatch. It eventually moved to the top of another tree and continued to
flycatch and enjoy the good weather. Here's a link to some pictures I took
with a point-and-shoot through a spotting scope.

https://drive.google.com/?usp=chrome_app#folders/0B41PQWOtbtkVeDFPWDkwYmw1cDg

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Subject: Three Blue Jays in Davenport
From: Marcus Roening <Marcus.D.Roening AT gsk.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:11:36 +0000
Hi Tweets,

Heather and I were returning from a conference in Spokane so decided to check 
out Reardon Ponds and Davenport in Lincoln County. 


The Reardon Ponds are rapidly filling up with a nice waterfowl selection, 
including a nice Immature male Eurasian Wigeon, still working on its nice 
golden crown and all black butt. Also a nice flock of Canvasbacks that we just 
don't get to see very often on the west side. An immature Northern Shrike near 
the south blind was a nice sighting. 


For The Blue Jay, we saw a post for a "requested undisclosed location" and 
decided that since jays are such vociferous fellows, that a nice walk around 
the neighborhood on a beautiful day should work and it did. Let me say that we 
loved looking at all the restored and vintage houses in the area. We saw first 
saw the Three Blue Jays eating together at a Mountain Ash tree side by side in 
the same view on the south side of town and later we saw them again while 
having lunch in the City Water Park (complete with picnic tables and real 
bathrooms - nice). So they do cover quite a bit of ground and re-locateable 
without having to bother any residents. 


Also stopped by Sprague Lake and saw 5 grebes - Eared, Horned, Pied-billed, 
Clark's and Western. 


Good Birding,

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Subject: FW: ID help - song from JBLM Eagles Pride bird walk 10-16
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds AT outlook.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:31:04 -0700
Tweeters,

Thanks to all of you that responded – too bad I said it was a .wav file – 
it was in fact a .wma file, and several folks couldn’t open it. However, Bob 
Sundstrom replied (below), and after listening to the file several times, and 
comparing it with several CD recordings as well as on-line sources, I’m 
convinced that what we heard was as Bob stated: a Fox Sparrow. 


 

The folks on our trip Thursday are pretty good birders, but I can bet most of 
us haven’t heard a Fox Sparrow song in the Puget lowlands, and (unlike 
Golden-crowned Sparrows) not at all this time of year. Context definitely helps 
at times! 


 

Thanks again to Bob and to all of you.

 

May all your birds be identified,

 

Denis DeSilvis

Roy, WA

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From: Bob Sundstrom
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 7:04 PM

Subject: RE: [Tweeters] ID help - song from JBLM Eagles Pride bird walk 10-16

 

Hi, Denis,

 

It sounds like a Fox Sparrow song in the background, with sharply inflected 
whistles. Or “Sooty” Fox Sparrow this time of year. 


 

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Subject: Skagit County highlights today (10/18)
From: Scott <scottratkinson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:12:12 -0700





Tweeters:
 
Anne Winskie and I enjoyed a good day between Fir Island and Samish today, 
detecting about 85 species. At the turnoff for Jensen, a juv. YELLOW-HEADED 
BLACKBIRD was in a large blackbird flock. At Green Point (Washington Park) 
BONAPARTE'S GULLS finally made a showing, with 64 birds counted. Following them 
was the day's highlight, a light-morph ad. POMARINE JAEGER off the south end of 
Cypress Island, followed by the appearance of two more jaegers, a light-morph 
PARASITIC and a dark-morph JAEGER, sp. POMARINE has been reported just twice 
previously in the county as far as my records show. Also at Green Pt. were two 
arrival OLDSQUAW (LONG-TAILED DUCKS) and a SANDERLING. Two arrival first-winter 
HERRING GULLS came through as well. Another LT DUCK was seen off March Point 
later. Later Anne and I had great luck at a small flooded field just east of 
the W-90 at Samish Flats. We had a late juv. BAIRD'S SANDPIPER on arrival, in a 
DUNLIN flock. But another shorebird eclipsed this one for rarity, and made a 
nice study here. Unfortunately, despite very close proximity, obtaining a 
decent photo took much longer than expected, but I just left these on flickr: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14115261 AT N05/ Steve Giles pulled up after awhile 
and also obtained looks at this shorebird. By my notes, Skagit County has had 
13-14 entries for SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER over the years, I believe more than 
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Subject: Samish Flats Franklin's Gull
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:54:40 -0700
Dear Tweeters,

At about five o'clock this evening (18 October 2014), a Franklin's Gull was 
standing around with about 150 Ring-billed Gulls at West Edison. There were 
several heavy-duty pieces of agricultural machinery at work right near the 
flock, which was on the east bank of the Samish River, not far from the bridge 
at West Edison. The gulls did not seem to mind all the mechanical hubbub in 
their vicinity. 


At Samish Island Public Beach was an Eared Grebe, among the many Horned Grebes. 
I also saw my first White-winged Scoters of the season out there. 


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Subject: Neah Bay trop kbird; palm warbler; swamp sparrows
From: Nigel Ball <nigelj.ball AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:46:12 -0700
Hi
So then, pretty much the usual suspects. The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was between
the far end of the community center and the river. Pleasingly it called,
confirming the default ID, and even more pleasingly I think I recorded it.
The PALM WARBLER was at the far end of Hobuck.
HY PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the beach.
Good numbers of crossbills in flight.

This is the (or one?) time when RAVENS gather in the Wa'atch valley and
aerobically acrobat in some ritualistic manner. Fewer than last time, but I
enjoyed watching about a dozen do their thing.

Cheers
Nigel

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Subject: Acorn Woodpecker Fort Vancouver seen
From: "washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle" <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:06:29 -0700
1 Acorn Woodpecker found 200 feet east of McMillian and Fort Vancouver Way 
intersection near top of an oak tree by Ray Korpi and Les Carlson who flagged 
me down and I got to see it. It flew toward the large oak where it first was 
sighted. 


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Subject: AMERICAN AVOCET IN SEQUIM
From: Gary Bullock <gbullockak AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:46:05 -0700
> This morning, a winter plumaged AMERICAN AVOCET was found at Dungeness 
Landing County Park (Oyster House) in Sequim. It was seen on the mud flats, 
east of the parking lot over toward the Dungeness River mouth. It was feeding 
among Green Winged Teal and several Marbled Godwits. Easily viewed from the 
parking lot near the observation pavillion. 


Dungeness Landing County Park is at the end of Oyster House Road off of Marine 
Drive, north of Sequim. 


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Subject: 'Camera Question' Thanks!
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:12:19 -0700











 Thanks, tweeters, for replying to my "simple" camera query. The post's I 
received had enough info to help me find a simple manual DSLR - at least I know 
that they exist out there on the market. It would be wonderful to do more 
digital photography than just expand my collection of cell phone selfie images 
- I mean , like, dude, I just find that so limiting! 

 Not too interested in selfies, really. But now I'm ready to move on from the 
ol' family point-and-shoot and try to get something that can match my old film 
Nikon's results. All I need is some time and money, and I'll be all over it. 

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Subject: BirdNote - last week, and the week of Oct. 19, 2014
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Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:04:02 -0700
Hello, Tweeters,

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Subject: Birds and Beer
From: "Craig Merkel" <quetsal48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:45:10 -0700
Another reminder about Birds and Beer for October: this coming Monday, 20th
of October, 4:30PM at the Fish Tale Brew Pub in Olympia around the wood
stove.

 

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Subject: Edmonds Roundup
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:33:19 -0700
Hey Tweets,

You saw the preview this morning when I sent some very rough notes to the 
Tweeters address by mistake. Here is a finished report, which should be much 
more intelligible. I apologize for any inconvenience caused by misdirecting the 
earlier message to Tweeters. 


It has been a sometimes exciting, sometimes not so exciting first two weeks of 
October. Activity is picking up on the Edmonds waterfront. California Gull 
numbers are diminishing as Mew Gull numbers are increasing. Heermann's Gull 
numbers are continuing to hover around several hundred. Bonaparte's Gulls can 
be seen most days. Surf Scoters have returned in force and six adult drake 
Black Scoters are seen frequently from Sunset Avenue in the waters just north 
of the Edmonds Underwater Park. Although they can be seen in other waterfront 
locations from time to time, the most reliable place to look for them is north 
of the Underwater Park. White-winged Scoters are being seen but not every day. 
Large numbers of American Wigeons have been swimming off of Shell Creek The two 
goldeneyes, Buffleheads, and Red-breasted Mergansers have not yet returned to 
Edmonds marine waters. They should be back soon. Horned and Red-necked Grebe 
numbers are increasing but still not large. Pacific Loons are also back in the 
marine waters north of the Underwater Park. So far their numbers have ranged 
from one to four. There have been a few fly-bys of single Common Loons. 


October 2nd was a great day on the waterfront with three birders watching a 
Leach's Storm-Petrel (code 5) and two Parasitic Jaegers (code 3) from the pier. 
Later that day two Ancient Murrelets (code 2) were seen from Sunset Avenue. On 
October 7th there was a Pied-billed Grebe (code 2) in the marina where this 
species can frequently be seen. The excitement that day, though, was the high 
count of 1224 Western Grebes tallied by several birders on the pier. On October 
8th there was a Western Gull (code 4) at rest on the north breakwater. There 
were Snow Goose (code 3) fly-overs on October 12th and 14th. Three Eared Grebes 
(code 4) were seen on October 12th and and 17th. A first fall bird has been 
seen multiple times between the pier and ferry dock. It either is near the Surf 
Scoters or swimming alone. A pair of Eared Grebes have been seen twice from 
Sunset on those dates. A Black Turnstone (code 4) was seen and photographed on 
the marina breakwater early in the day on October 14th. It was reported a 
second time later that day on the Brackett's Landing jetty. I had my 
first-of-fall Red-throated Loon (code 3) fly closely by the pier on October 
17th. 


Waterfowl numbers and species are back to winter levels at the Edmonds Marsh. 
These include American Wigeons, Mallards, Gadwalls, Northern Shovelers, and 
Green-winged Teals. There has been no Eurasian Wigeon sighting yet, despite the 
presence of a large wigeon flock in Edmonds. Great Blue Herons are back 
regularly with sightings ranging from one to thirteen birds. Killdeers are the 
only shorebirds regularly seen at this point. A few American Coots are present. 


Marsh sightings of interest include three Greater White-fronted Geese (code 3) 
on October 2d and 5th; two Western Scrub-Jays (code 4) on October 3rd; one 
Pied-billed Grebe (code 2) on October 14th and 16th; one Western Sandpiper 
(code 1) on October 2nd; one Pectoral Sandpiper (code 3) on October 8th; two 
Long-billed Dowitchers (code 3) on October 8th; and one Western Meadowlark 
(code 4) near the southwest observation platform on October 8th. 


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Subject: ID help - song from JBLM Eagles Pride bird walk 10-16
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds AT outlook.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:19:51 -0700
Tweeters,

While on our bird walk last Thursday, we heard a song that puzzled all of
us. At first, some of us thought it was part of a Pacific Wren song, but the
"quality" of the song was different from what we usually hear. We tried to
coax the bird into view, but didn't succeed. Some of us thought it was a
finch, but the song didn't match the local species.

 

Henry Wegener recorded it (quality as good as could be had), and sent me the
.wav file. If any of you in Tweeter-land have a bit of time, and can help us
ID the song, we'd be very grateful. 

 

Please contact me directly, and I'll send you the file.

 

Thanks, and wishing this bird was identified,

 

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Subject: Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 10-16-2014
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds AT outlook.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:09:55 -0700
Tweeters,

On what turned out to be a beautiful morning, ten of us walked the route,
which was expanded by a new trail to Hodge Lake. As indicated in the eBird
report (copy below), we added HAIRY WOODPECKER and BELTED KINGFISHER to our
site list, which now totals 99 species. Here's hoping for a century-mark
before the end of the year!

 

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:

.        November 20

.        December 18

.        January 15

 

Anyone is welcome to join!

 

Eagles Pride GC, Pierce, US-WA

Oct 16, 2014 8:11 AM - 12:11 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.7 mile(s)

Comments:     Our day started overcast and cool (53degF), but cleared and
warmed up (60degF) for a beautiful morning. New species for the count were
HAIRY WOODPECKER, and BELTED KINGFISHER. First-of-season birds included
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, FOX and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, and
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. Ubiquitous today, from start to finish, were
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Noteworthy absence: PINE SISKINS.

34 species

 

Greater White-fronted Goose  1

Canada Goose  46

Pied-billed Grebe  7

Great Blue Heron  1

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Glaucous-winged Gull  1

Belted Kingfisher  2

Red-breasted Sapsucker  1

Downy Woodpecker  2

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  5

Steller's Jay  14

American Crow  14

Black-capped Chickadee  6

Chestnut-backed Chickadee  4

Bushtit  25

Red-breasted Nuthatch  6

Brown Creeper  1

Pacific Wren  9

Bewick's Wren  2

Golden-crowned Kinglet  32     Many more likely; occurred all along walk.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5

American Robin  25

Varied Thrush  1

European Starling  7

Spotted Towhee  5

Fox Sparrow  3

Song Sparrow  7

White-crowned Sparrow  1

Golden-crowned Sparrow  7

Dark-eyed Junco  42

Red-winged Blackbird  10

House Finch  15

Red Crossbill  14

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20266437

 

May all your birds be identified,

 

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Subject: Sat Morning Arrival Brant Geese Oct 18th 2014 Delta BC Canada
From: "rickswan" <rickswan AT telus.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:41:41 -0700
Sat. Oct. 18th 2014 The first Brant Geese that I have seen were Observed in 
Boundary Bay off the NE Corner of Centennial Beach Delta BC Canada Yours 
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Subject: Edmonds Roundup Draft
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:27:44 -0700
Dennis, these are the interesting birds I have for a roundup. Some I have 
culled from Tweeters or ebird. Do you have any to add? 


Marsh:

Oct 3rd - 2 WSJA 

Oct 8th - 1 PESA ; 2 LBDOs; 1 WEME

Oct. 14th - 1 PBGR 

Oct. 16th - 1 PBGR

Waterfront:

Oct 2d - 1 LESP; 2 PAJA; 2 ANMU from Sunset

Oct 7th - PBGR in the marina

Oct 8th - WEGU on the north breakwater alongside the pier (I saw it and watched 
it for quite a while. Darker mantle than on GW or Oly gulls. Unstreaked head. 
Black primaries. Lightish eye. Srocky bill. No photo.) 


Oct 12th - 1 SNGO flyover (Josh); 3 EAGRs (1 from pier; 2 from Sunset)

Oct. 14th - 1 BLTU on breakwater, later in the day on the BL jetty (2 reports 
both photographed); 28 SNGO flyover 


Oct. 17th - 1 EAGR from pier; 2 EAGRs from Sunset


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Subject: Draft Edmonds Roundup
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:29:49 -0700
Tweets,

My apologies for misdirecting a draft to Tweeters. An email slip up. Please 
disregard and I will post a narrative report sometime soon. 

 
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Subject: RE: ARCTIC LOON photo--challenged
From: Scott <scottratkinson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:17:40 -0700
Tweeters:
 
Just wanted to let everyone know that my photo i.d. of a Skagit County Arctic 
Loon has been vigorously challenged by several highly experienced observers. 
All their points are in the flickr comments; a few supporters of Arctic emailed 
me this week also. 

 
Also wanted to reiterate that although I mentioned "the" Arctic Loon from 
February, the photographed bird is in fact NOT the one discussed on the 
Tweeters post early this year. 

 
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Subject: Neah Bay, T Kingbird, Swamp Sp
From: Nigel Ball <nigelj.ball AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:53:19 -0700
Hi,
Finally! After dipping on so many others, a Clallam TROPICAL KINGBIRD near
the Village Creek! Not much other time before dark and the rain, but one
SWAMP SPARROW at the usual spot, a nice flock of Cacklers and a Northern
Harrier. Three Gray Whales outside town.
Cheers,
Nigel

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Subject: Birds at the Burke!
From: "burkepr AT uw.edu" <burkepr@myuw.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:29:08 +0000
Birds at the Burke is here!

Tomorrow, 10/18 from 10am-4pm flock to the Burke to see live bird 
demonstrations, specimens from Burke collections and make your own bird feeder! 


Hope to see you there!

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Subject: Pygmy Owl near Snohomish
From: Steve Pink <pirangas AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:28:34 -0700
Hi,
My wife pointed out a Hummingbird flying around at the top of a very tall 
deciduous tree, When I looked I saw a small owl perched in bare branches near 
the top. A Pygmy Owl being buzzed by an Anna's. Not expected at this location! 
It did not give me time to fetch my scope for a better look. A Varied Thrush 
nearby. 

Managed to find 2 Eared Grebes this afternoon off Sunset Ave in Edmonds. 
Several sightings recently apparently. 

Cheers,  Steve

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Subject: RE: Montlake Fill Bird ID?
From: "Bob Sundstrom" <ixoreus AT scattercreek.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:17:00 -0700
Hi, Elizabeth,

Sounds like an immature White-crowned Sparrow, which has the adult head
pattern but in the chestnut and buff colors as described.  Some examples at
https://www.google.com/search?q=immature+white+crowned+sparrow&rlz=1C1ZMDB_e
nUS503US587&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=891&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=OaNBV
M7bAoOIigKzpoH4BA&ved=0CDQQsAQ


Good birding, Bob

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Subject: [Tweeters] Montlake Fill Bird ID?

Yesterday, at the Fill, late afternoon, Bob and I had a good, long look at a
sparrow-like bird sitting in the shrubbery on the west side of Main pond.
It had an orange conical beak, smooth, pearly breast with no striations;
broad, chestnut colored stripes on top of head with a thin, light colored
stripe in-between.  I think, pinkish legs.  For the life of me, I can't ID
it from my guides.  

An odd thing about this is that I think we saw a bird with same description
on a hike south of Paradise on Mt. Rainier (to Snow Lake) 2 or 3 weeks ago.

Any ideas?

Elizabeth Lowe Edgerton

Seattle, Wa
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Subject: Ft. Vancouver Acorn Woodpecker
From: "Wilson Cady" <gorgebirds AT juno.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:53:16 GMT
This morning, Susan and I along with many other birders were able to get long 
looks at the ACORN WOODPECKER at the earlier reported location at the Fort 
Vancouver National Monument in Vancouver, Clark County, WA. For people 
searching for the bird remember that this is at the former U.S. military fort 
on the ridge above the rebuilt British Fort Vancouver next to the airfield. My 
278th Clark County bird, thank you Cindy McCormack for finding these birds and 
getting the word out. Wilson Cady 

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Subject: Montlake Fill Bird ID?
From: Elizabeth Edgerton <lizedge AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:12:05 -0700
Yesterday, at the Fill, late afternoon, Bob and I had a good, long look at a 
sparrow-like bird sitting in the shrubbery on the west side of Main pond. It 
had an orange conical beak, smooth, pearly breast with no striations; broad, 
chestnut colored stripes on top of head with a thin, light colored stripe 
in-between. I think, pinkish legs. For the life of me, I can't ID it from my 
guides. 


An odd thing about this is that I think we saw a bird with same description on 
a hike south of Paradise on Mt. Rainier (to Snow Lake) 2 or 3 weeks ago. 


Any ideas?

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Subject: Eide Road
From: Patrick Forster <patforster AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:46:59 -0700
Up at Eide Rd. thursday, 10-16. Nice and sunny.  Stilly is full of 
water, never seen it this high. Saw several Northern Harriers, a flock 
of Yellow-Rumped warblers, Bush-Tits, 3 Great Blue Herons. Harriers were 
perched in the scrubby trees and approaching them, they scatter. But a 
nice warm sunnny day, wear mud boots!
Patrick Forster
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Subject: Re:Imperfect albino
From: "barry " <levineb AT fastmail.fm>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:06:42 -0700
Tweeters, 
Thanks to Jeff Deam for  great photos of yesterday's bird. I received an
email from Bill Anderson rightly stating that the term leucistic would
be correct for plumages like the duck in the photos. This would be where
birds have white feathers like an albino but normally pigmented eyes.
For those interested in the differences and some cases that might not be
so straightforward, it might be worthwhile to check out 

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

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Subject: Re: Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's @ Ev Sewage
From: "Jeff and Laurie Deam" <deam.jl AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:00:07 -0700
I think this is the duck. It was definitely hanging around with other
shovelers.

 

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Subject: Magnuson Park, 16 October 2014
From: Scott Ramos <lsr AT ramoslink.info>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:52:48 -0700
Although the day started with a heavy overcast, it was quite mild and with very 
little breeze the lake was mostly smooth. Lots of passerine activity, still a 
lot of singing. 


Cackling Goose - small flock flying down lake
California Quail - 8, right on the main N-S road near the swim beach parking 
area 

Horned Grebe - 3, in different locations
Red-necked Grebe - 1 off boat launch
Western Grebe - 98 !! Most were in a long flock way out in the lake, though 
some were also close to shore 

Raptors - Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagle and Red-tailed Hawk; a long time since a 
3-raptor day 

Wilson’s Snipe - 2, calling from NOAA meadow
Bonaparte’s Gull - on swim platform with dozens of Mew, many California, a few 
Ring-billed and Glaucous-winged, and an adult Herring Gull 

 Photo: 
https://picasaweb.google.com/104613265151815506340/MagnusonParkRecentPhotos?noredirect=1#6071043273508568850 

Mourning Dove - chased by an Anna’s Hummingbird (who else?)
Barn Owl - one was calling a lot from near the community center and then flew 
to the trees on Sportsfield Dr. Another bird was cruising the Central Meadow 
and dropped down not 5 m away from me; after a couple of minutes it left with 
vole in claw 

Red-naped Sapsucker - still present in tall cottonwood in Kingfisher Basin
Varied Thrush - a pair on Promontory Point
Cedar Waxwing - 300 is a conservative estimate; many large flocks and many 
smaller flocks; looks like a bumper crop of Hawthorn berries 

Savannah Sparrow - 4 birds in one bush in the Central Meadow; getting late
Fox Sparrow - probably 3 dozen or more, many were singing, loudly
	Fox Sparrow video: http://youtu.be/jd-MZIB2W3U
Pine Siskin - 2 flocks, maybe 3 dozen total; maybe we’re back to a normal 
winter for finches 

Evening Grosbeak - a couple flew over, calling

For the day, 61 species
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20249883
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Subject: PIX --- Re: Ft Vanc Acorn Woodpeckers YES 3:30 ...
From: Lyn Topinka <pointers AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:04:15 -0700
hi ... pix from my Sony superzoom ... enjoy, Lyn

my best shot ... this may be a different bird than the next two images ...
http://northwestbirding.com/Images14Oct/vancouver_acorn_woodpecker_10-16-14.jpg

side view of the head ... same bird as image below ...

http://northwestbirding.com/Images14Oct/vancouver_acorn_woodpecker_head_10-16-14.jpg 


front of head ... a juvenile ??? ... male or female ??? ... wondering 
because of the red spotting between the red top of head and the white 
front of head ... Ryan Abe got much better pictures of the head 
markings ... this was my only shot ...

http://northwestbirding.com/Images14Oct/vancouver_acorn_woodpecker_head_10-16-14_B.jpg 





At 04:47 PM 10/16/2014, Lyn Topinka wrote:
>hi all ... the two Acorn Woodpeckers were still at Fort Vancouver at 
>3:30 ... however we had to wait for over an hour for them to fly 
>back into the area ... there is a big oak a bit south and slightly 
>west of the Gazebo ... they seem to like that ... we also saw them 
>in the pines by the barracks and the smaller oaks south of the big 
>oak ... Jen S who was there before we arrived also saw them in the 
>area of the big pines east of this big oak/gazebo area ... thanks 
>Cindy Mc for finding them ... I didn't have my good camera gear with 
>me but I still got respectible shots with my superzoom ... MUCH 
>better shots snyways than my previous digiscoped attempts at the 
>granary tree in Lyle (grin) ...
>
>Lyn
>
>p.s. ... and thanks to Gene who first spotted the woodpeckers flying 
>back in and came RUNNING over to the rest of us who were slowly 
>ambling around checking trees waaayyyy to the east ...
>
>
>
>
>
>
>Lyn Topinka
>Vancouver, Wa,
>NorthwestJourney.com
>NorthwestBirding.com
>ColumbiaRiverImages.com






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Subject: Clark County birds
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:26:27 -0700
Tweeters,

I decided to follow up on Bob Flores' report posted yesterday of the
Sanderling on the pond along Lower River Road just south of Vancouver Lake
since that would be a new Clark County bird for me.  I didn't see it
although a consolation prize was a very late in the season SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER in with the 80+ Least Sandpipers.  Three Western Sandpipers and
11 Long-billefd Dowitchers showed that there is quite a bit of shorebird
turnover at this pond (compare with Bob's report from yesterday).
Vancouver Lake held 100+ Lesser Scaup which apparently had just arrived as
there were none on the lake yesterday and about 25 Western Grebes (all were
very far out and could only be viewed with a good scope).

Upon arriving back home, I heard about the ACORN WOODPECKER that Cindy
McCormack found at Fort Vancouver.  Tossing out the idea of getting some
chores done around the house and thanks to a call from Bob and others who
were currently seeing the bird, I headed down to this area of Vancouver
that I had never visited before.   When I arrived, I got the dreaded "it
went thatta way about 15 minutes ago".  I went "thatta way" and found it
and was surprised to see two which was encouraging.  Hopefully this'll be
the start of a colony since there are quite a few oaks in the area.  I
ended up with a new county bird after all!

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

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Subject: Ft Vanc Acorn Woodpeckers YES 3:30 ...
From: Lyn Topinka <pointers AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:47:08 -0700
hi all ... the two Acorn Woodpeckers were still at Fort Vancouver at 3:30 ... 
however we had to wait for over an hour for them to fly back into the area ... 
there is a big oak a bit south and slightly west of the Gazebo ... they seem to 
like that ... we also saw them in the pines by the barracks and the smaller 
oaks south of the big oak ... Jen S who was there before we arrived also saw 
them in the area of the big pines east of this big oak/gazebo area ... thanks 
Cindy Mc for finding them ... I didn't have my good camera gear with me but I 
still got respectible shots with my superzoom ... MUCH better shots snyways 
than my previous digiscoped attempts at the granary tree in Lyle (grin) ... 


Lyn

p.s. ... and thanks to Gene who first spotted the woodpeckers flying back in 
and came RUNNING over to the rest of us who were slowly ambling around checking 
trees waaayyyy to the east ... 







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Subject: Re: 100+ SurCorrection: 25+ Black Turnstones Alki
From: William Ehmann <wjehmann AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:41:21 -0700
It's black turnstones, sorry!  Text is correct, subject line was wrong.

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> On Oct 16, 2014, at 4:04 PM, William Ehmann  wrote:
> 
> 100+ Surfbirds and 25+ black Turnstones. Birds in rocks along sea wall, 1500 
block Harbor Avenue SW, Alki, West Seattle, King Co., WA during falling tide, 4 
pm. 

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Subject: 100+ Surfbirds, 25+ Rock Sand.; Alki
From: William Ehmann <wjehmann AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:04:56 -0700
100+ Surfbirds and 25+ black Turnstones. Birds in rocks along sea wall, 1500 
block Harbor Avenue SW, Alki, West Seattle, King Co., WA during falling tide, 4 
pm. 


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Subject: Imperfect albino Shoveler, Franklin's @ Ev Sewage
From: "barry " <levineb AT fastmail.fm>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:00:48 -0700
Tweeters,
A beautiful day was punctuated by one of the most beautiful birds I've
ever seen. A pure white duck with a very brightly colored orange
shoveler's bill. Could not see the feet. The eye was golden, not pink.
Size wise could easily fit into the range of a shoveler. Smaller than
the Mallard's nearby. The bird was seen in the large pond to the north.
Best to go to the opening along the fence line about 1/3 way down from
the parking lot as you walk toward Spencer Island. Look back to the west
in the outside channel closest to where you would be standing. Given
that we just don't see many of these birds, I would welcome any comments
about possible hybrids, albinos versus leucistic birds, etc. Hope that
someone gets to photograph this bird.
Also of note was at least one Franklin's Gull sitting along the wall
farther to the west of where the duck was seen. On the pond was at least
one Eared Grebe. 
Access into the ponds is not allowed due to work that is being done. The
worker I spoke to was knowledgeable about birds and sounded optimistic
that access could be granted in the future. He also said that he thought
that the work being done will create more habitat for the birds. 
All the best
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