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22 Jul Edmonds marsh merlin? [Bill Anderson ]
22 Jul Kent Branching Eaglet video by Ralph Meier - 7/21/14 [Barbara Deihl ]
22 Jul Ridgefield NWR (Clark County) shorebirds [Jim Danzenbaker ]
22 Jul 2014 PSBO Bird Bander Training – August Weekend Workshop [Cynthia Easterson ]
22 Jul Edmonds marsh 7-21-14 [Bill Anderson ]
22 Jul post-nesting yard visitors ["Paul Hicks" ]
21 Jul Re: Census Count: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Washington on July 20, 2014 ["Randy Hill" ]
21 Jul Re: regarding the Help ID'ing post [Loren Mooney ]
21 Jul Snohomish Co. - Eide Road Shorebirds [Joan Bird ]
21 Jul Save Cheasty--and vote no on the Parks District [Ed Newbold ]
21 Jul Iron Creek - Bear Creek hike and bird ["lsr AT ramoslink.info" ]
21 Jul head tufts [pan ]
21 Jul Re: [’JŒû AT r‹± ]
20 Jul regarding the Help ID'ing post ["Grace and Ollie" ]
20 Jul Re: Fledgling with head tufts?? ["barry " ]
20 Jul Mountain Beavers: An Important Prey Species for Larger Owls in Seattle and Open Spaces (by Dave Hutchinson) [Evan Houston ]
20 Jul Help ID'ing [Loren Mooney ]
20 Jul Census Count: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Washington on July 20, 2014 []
20 Jul great blue heron video ["Jon Purnell and Sherrie Rogers" ]
20 Jul odd heron at Nisqually []
20 Jul Beer and Birds ["Craig Merkel" ]
20 Jul Several Black Swifts now between Lake Wash. & LFP Towne Center [Todd S Hass ]
20 Jul WFO Youth Scholarship Announcement []
20 Jul test ["Mary K." ]
19 Jul Midway/Grayland & Bottle Beach Saturday [Karen Wosilait ]
19 Jul A mid summer night in Monroe [Larry Schwitters ]
20 Jul Am White Pelican at Columbia River on WA side of Astoria Bridge []
19 Jul Black-headed Grosbeak fledgling [Greg Pluth ]
19 Jul Rufous Hummingbird enjoying Honeysuckle at Lake Joy [Hank ]
19 Jul Birds of North America (with link) [pan ]
19 Jul Birds of North America database [pan ]
19 Jul Black-headed Grosbeak question [Linda Phillips ]
19 Jul Baby Elf Owls rescued from Acorn Woodpecker assault [Ed Newbold ]
19 Jul Re: Do herons cough up pellets? [Martin Muller ]
19 Jul Predators & Prey | Union Bay Watch [Larry Hubbell ]
19 Jul BirdNote - last week, and the week of July 20, 2014 [Ellen Blackstone ]
19 Jul Where have all the Anna's gone? []
19 Jul Re: Great Blue Heron hunting video [ck park ]
19 Jul RE: Great Blue Heron hunting video [Terry Sargent Peart ]
19 Jul From the Fill [Connie Sidles ]
18 Jul Discovery Park Question [Miles Brengle ]
18 Jul Re: Great Blue Heron hunting video []
18 Jul Great Blue Heron hunting video [Terry Sargent Peart ]
19 Jul black swifts at Sauk Mountain []
18 Jul Hummingbirds and artificial sweeteners ["Rachel Lawson" ]
18 Jul King/Kittitas birding [Tim Brennan ]
18 Jul Request: Observations of jaeger/falcon interactions [Todd S Hass ]
18 Jul Pine Siskins ["Ken and Tina Grant" ]
18 Jul Shorebirds at Midway and Bottle Beach - Not a RED NECKED STINT Turns into a SANDERLING [Blair Bernson ]
18 Jul Bombing Robins - Yard Changes - Babies (kinda long) [Rob Conway ]
18 Jul Active Fledgling Day Today in the Wedgwood Neighborhood? - 7/18/14 [Barbara Deihl ]
17 Jul Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course Monthly Bird Walk 7-17-2014 [Denis DeSilvis ]
17 Jul Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2014-07-17 ["Michael Hobbs" ]
17 Jul Nisqually NWR 7/16/14 []
17 Jul Edmonds Roundup [Carol Riddell ]
17 Jul eBird Report - Lake Sammamish State Park, Jul 15, 2014 [Sharon Cormier-Aagaard ]
17 Jul Feathers class coming up [Connie Sidles ]
17 Jul Missing Aplomado Falcon [Dan Victor ]
17 Jul Please be on the look out!! - Missing Aplomado Falcon ["Robert C. Faucett" ]
17 Jul Long Beach Brown Thrasher [Blair Bernson ]
17 Jul 2 Nights Later @ Echo Lake and Pinehurst (Merlins) - 7/16/14 [Barbara Deihl ]
17 Jul RE: Pacific County Brown Thrasher [Brad Waggoner ]
16 Jul RE: Tricolored Blackbirds Othello. ["Randy Hill" ]
16 Jul Two Adult Mew Gull at the end of Discovery Bay [John Gatchet ]
16 Jul Postponed date for field trip to Yellow Aster Butte [Fanter Lane ]
16 Jul Chambers Bay Osprey [John Riegsecker ]
16 Jul Anyone heard of a Brown Thrasher sighting in Pacific County? ["Doug Schurman" ]
16 Jul Educating birds--how to tell if your baby might be a Cowbird... [Leah Wegener ]
16 Jul new memorable place added to website ["Joseph Higbee" ]
16 Jul Midway Beach/Bottle Beach/Ocean Shores Shorebirds and Black Swifts! [Jim Danzenbaker ]
16 Jul Re: odd sighting at Nisqually ["Tucker, Trileigh" ]
16 Jul Magnusson Mockingbird [Mitch ]
16 Jul Taxonomy [Jeff Gibson ]
16 Jul Edmonds Marsh sandpipers 7-15-14 [Bill Anderson ]
15 Jul Offshore LaPush in Mid-July [Boekelheide ]
15 Jul Tricolored Blackbirds Othello. ["Randy Hill" ]

Subject: Edmonds marsh merlin?
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:51:50 -0700
Yesterday I posted that Monday evening (7/21)  I had seen a falcon at the 
Edmonds march and posted a link to my photos.  Joe Meche looked at my photos 
and thought that it was a merlin, not a peregrine falcon. 



I have enlarged and lightened three of my otherwise poor photos and posted them 
on the website if anyone cares to take another look.  Scroll down page 42 for 
the photos and additional comments. 




http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?9587-Wldlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2014/page42 


 
 
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Subject: Kent Branching Eaglet video by Ralph Meier - 7/21/14
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:22:35 -0700
07/21/14 RHM Bald Eaglets (Brancher Now) End Of James St  AT  Kent, Wa HD

posted by Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Subject: Ridgefield NWR (Clark County) shorebirds
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:21:15 -0700
Tweeters,

Since it was raining down here in Clark County this morning and since Randy
Hill found a Semipalmated Sandpiper at Ridgefield yesterday, I decided to
visit the refuge this morning and try my luck.  Shorebirds are definitely
arriving and any visit to the refuge specifically to look for shorebirds
should be planned based on the tides.  High Tide or the rising tide is
best.  This morning's shorebird tally on S. Big Lake (on the right side of
the auto tour loop on the south end of Rest Lake - between markers 11 and
12):

Killdeer: 15
Greater Yellowlegs: 15
Lesser Yellowlegs: 1
Least Sandpiper: 40
Western Sandpiper: 12
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1 (first of season - adult)
Pectoral Sandpiper: 5+ (first of season - presumably all adults - 2
observed on the mud and nearby vegetation and a flock of four flying off to
nearby Campbell Lake)
Long-billed Dowitcher: 10
Wilson's Snipe: 6

I wasn't able to locate the Semipalmated Sandpiper.

There were two very cute River Otters near stop 12 quite audibly enjoying
their morning breakfast.

Currently, the water level on Rest Lake is still too high to attract
shorebirds although there was one lone Long-billed Dowitcher on the edge of
it this morning.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim
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Subject: 2014 PSBO Bird Bander Training – August Weekend Workshop
From: Cynthia Easterson <eastersonfamily AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:08:54 -0700

Registration
is Open and there are a few spots left in the Puget sound bird observatory bird 
bander training! Save your spot today by using our secure 

PayPal option at http://pugetsoundbirds.org/training/bander-training-program/

Here is
your chance to learn bird banding techniques at two spectacular Northwest
setting, both convenient to lodging and food. The training follows North
American Banding Council (NABC) guidelines and includes 5 days of classroom and
field instruction in riparian, mixed forest habitat. 

We are now taking
registrations for the 3rd season of our Weekend Bird Bander Training. The first
weekend will be held at The Northwest Stream Center in South Everett,
Washington on the following dates (participants must be present all dates):

Friday, August 22, 2014   
               
8 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday, August 23, 2014
             8 am –
4:30 pm

Sunday, August 24,
2014
               
7 am – 3:00 pm

The second weekend
will be held at the Green River Natural Area, about 7 miles east of Auburn,
Washington along State Route 164.


Saturday, August 30, 2014
             8 am –
4:30 pm

Sunday, August 31,
2014
               
7 am – 3:00 pm

No birding or banding
experience is required. Participants must be minimum 16 years of age.

FEES: $450 +$50 materials
fee for PSBO members, $500 +$50 materials fee for non-members.

For additional
information email contact AT pugetsoundbirds.com





Cindy Easterson
Secretary | Volunteer Engagement
PUGET SOUND BIRD OBSERVATORY
Sound Science - Scientific Information - Informed Public

Phone: 425.876.1055
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Subject: Edmonds marsh 7-21-14
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:03:12 -0700
Monday (7/21) I photographed what I believe were a long-billed dowitcher and a 
peregrine  falcon at the Edmonds marsh.  Scroll down page 42 for (lousy) 
photos.  



http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?9587-Wldlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2014/page42 


 
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Subject: post-nesting yard visitors
From: "Paul Hicks" <phicks AT accessgrace.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:45:58 -0400
Tweets, Monday mid-morning I had some first-of-season visitors in my yard 
in Tenino: a pair of Black-throated Gray Warblers feeding two begging 
young, and a male Bullock's Oriole feeding two young. This is only the 
third sighting of oriole in my yard, the last one was a brief visit on July 
6. Good birding!
-- Paul Hicks / Tenino, s Thurston Co / phicks AT accessgrace DOT org

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Subject: Re: Census Count: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Washington on July 20, 2014
From: "Randy Hill" <re_hill AT q.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:50:01 -0700
This afternoon a Semipalmated Sandpiper was on S Big Lake, looking back from 
stop#12 on the auto route. With several least. 

Randy Hill
Ridgefield

Sent via randy's smartphone

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From: ErikKnight05 AT gmail.com
To: 
Subject: [Tweeters] Census Count: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark 
County, Washington on July 20, 2014 

Date: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 2:58 pm


This report was mailed for Erik Knight by http://birdnotes.net



Date: July 20, 2014

Location: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Washington



Wind direction: N

Prevailing wind speed: 6-11 km/h

Percentage of sky covered by clouds: 80%

Precipitation: none



from 10:43AM to 3:46PM.



Birds seen (in taxonomic order):



Canada Goose                        4

Wood Duck                           6

Gadwall                            12 [1] 

Mallard                           240 [2] 

Cinnamon Teal                      28 [3] 

Hooded Merganser                    1 [4] 

Pied-billed Grebe                   9 [5] 

American Bittern                    1

Great Blue Heron                   19

Great Egret                         3

Turkey Vulture                      4

Osprey                              5

Bald Eagle                          1 [6] 

Red-tailed Hawk                     4

American Kestrel                    2

Virginia Rail                       6

Sora                                1

American Coot                      22 [7] 

Semipalmated Plover                 3 [8] 

Killdeer                           10

Greater Yellowlegs                 21

Least Sandpiper                     3

Long-billed Dowitcher              30

Common Snipe                        1

Rock Dove                           1

Eurasian Collared-Dove              1

Mourning Dove                       5

Vaux's Swift                        5

Anna's Hummingbird                  1

Belted Kingfisher                   1

Northern Flicker                    1

Western Wood-Pewee                  3

Steller's Jay                       2

Western Scrub-Jay                   8

American Crow                       6

Common Raven                        1 [9] 

Purple Martin                      10

Tree Swallow                      100

Violet-green Swallow               20

Cliff Swallow                      10

Barn Swallow                       30

Black-capped Chickadee             14

Red-breasted Nuthatch               2

White-breasted Nuthatch             1

Brown Creeper                       2

Swainson's Thrush                   2

American Robin                     15

European Starling                  50

Cedar Waxwing                      30

Yellow Warbler                      1

Common Yellowthroat                22

Spotted Towhee                     10

Savannah Sparrow                    5

Song Sparrow                       25

Black-headed Grosbeak               2

Red-winged Blackbird               20

Yellow-headed Blackbird             2

Brown-headed Cowbird                2

House Finch                         5

American Goldfinch                 20



Footnotes:



[1]  hens & 10 young

[2]  adults & 40 young

[3]  females & 25 young

[4]  juvenile

[5]  adults & 4 juveniles

[6]  juvenile

[7]  adults & 12 young

[8]  Swartz Lake

[9]  Rest Lake



Total number of species seen: 60



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Subject: Re: regarding the Help ID'ing post
From: Loren Mooney <loren.mooney AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:18:58 -0700
Thanks all for your help with this.  The voting varied a little, but the
consensus is that it's a juvenile Western Blue Bird.

In the same sets I got this weekend I found a Williamson's Sapsucker up
Reecer Creek above Ellensburg, but he had yellow under his chin, not red.
Another juvenile?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/14704400775/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/14704398085/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/14704106812/

Loren





On Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 10:19 PM, Grace and Ollie 
wrote:

> Tweeters,
>
> These are gorgeous photos.  I’m thinking this is a young Townsend’s
> Solitaire.  What do others think?
>
> Beautiful bird!  Thanks for sharing Loren!
>
> Grace Oliver
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Subject: Snohomish Co. - Eide Road Shorebirds
From: Joan Bird <jbird202 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:07:27 -0700
In search of migrating shorebirds, Mitch Blanton and I went to Eide Road today, 
arriving at 1:30 p.m., on a low rising tide. The ponds had a lot of water in 
them and we were delighted to discover many more birds than we had anticipated, 
as follows: 


Long-billed Dowitchers - 120+
Western Sandpipers - 150+
Least Sandpipers - 20+
Greater Yellowlegs - 8
Lesser Yellowleg - 1
Pectoral Sandpipers - 6
Killdeer - 20+
Wilson's Phalarope - juvenile -1    
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1 probable

Nearly all of the birds were in the second large pond. 

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Subject: Save Cheasty--and vote no on the Parks District
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:58:07 -0700

Hi all, I am here forwarding a letter from Patricia Naumann about what can be 
done to slow or stop the conversion of the Cheasty Greenbelt from nature to 
active-recreation status by the Seattle Parks Dept. 


Notice that the Cheasty Project is designed to pry open other areas of the Park 
System for more active uses in the future. 


Please take action on Cheasty and please please please vote NO on the Parks 
District.  With an enhanced flow of money, there will be no respite ever from 
the new recreation and athletic projects designed to fill in what few remaining 
(currently 14%) areas of the Seattle Park system that are still in nature. 


Thanks, Ed Newbold ednewbold1 AT yahoo.com   residential Beacon Hill

Here's the letter....

From: Patricia Naumann 
To:
Subject: Save Our Natural Areas . . . .
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:35:29 -0700
 
Hello All,
I am writing to ask if you would take a minute to support my efforts to fend 
off a mountain bike park being installed in the largest contiguous forest in SE 
Seattle and quite near me.  It also is designed to be the vanguard, as a pilot, 
to change the bike-use policy so as to allow mountain bike parks in all but 
excluded Seattle Parks and Greenspaces.  So it is more that just my 
neighborhood here.  It will effect ALL Seattle in time -- our values, 
our present and our future.  Once we lose our natural areas, we can't get them 
back.  Did I mention this large parcel is an Environmentally Sensitive/Critical 
Area with wetlands, steep slopes, a history of slides, and is quality habitat?  
Let me, because the proponents never did in any applicaiton.  And a house 
adjacent to the parcel is sliding now and has had to be abandoned.  The list 
goes on; don't get me started.  The effort three years in the making by the 
combination of the proponents, 

 Parks, and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance has circumvented the normal 
public-involvement process.  Some neighbors still are just learnning of this.  
Parks is allowing it to proceed without having funding along with other 
exceptions. 

 
On Tuesday, July 22, the Seattle Neighborhoods and Public Utilities Council 
Committee meets at 2pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.  The Neighborhood 
Matching Fund Large Project Grants will be up for approval including that for 
the proposed pilot project for a mountain bike park in Cheasty Greenspace.  The 
Committee is chaired by Sally Bagshaw.  Members are Bruce Harrell and Kshama 
Sawant, with Tom Rasmussen as alternate. 

 
Here's what I ask:  I hope you may attend to voice your position and/or that 
you might communicate with the Council by email, addresses below.    

 
In addition, the following week , Monday, July 28 at 2pm, the Full Council will 
take up final approval of the applications and I hope you will reach the 
Council for that as well.   

 
Please see the attached letter from the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance 
regarding process concerns and implications for the entire City.  In addition 
are the letter from the Director of Neighborhoods Bernie Matsuno to the CNC and 
a previously sent, but amended, "Why Not To Build A Mountain Bike Park in 
Cheasty Greenspace," the Open Letter by Denise Dahn, and perspective on 
mountain bikes in natural areas by highly respected Ruth Williams of the 
Thornton Creek Alliance.  I hope you will take a few minutes to contact all the 
City Council members and perhaps that you will even come to the Council 
Chambers on those days. 

 
Visit www.savecheastygreenspace.org for more.
Those Councilmembers on the N'hoods & PU committee Tuesday, July 22, are in 
bold.   

Sally Bagshaw        sally.bagshaw AT seattle.gov
Bruce Harrell          bruce.harrell AT seattle.gov
Kshama Sawant      kshama.sawant AT seattle.gov
Tom Rasmussen     tom.rasmussen AT seattle.gov
Jean Godden          jean.godden AT seattle.gov
Sally Clark               sally.clark AT seattle.gov
Nick Licata              nick.licata AT seattle.gov
Mike O'Brien          mike.obrien AT seattle.gov
Tim Burgess           tim.burgess AT seattle.gov
 
Thank you for your interest.
Sincerely,
Patricia Naumann
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Subject: Iron Creek - Bear Creek hike and bird
From: "lsr AT ramoslink.info" <lsr@ramoslink.info>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:15:51 -0700
On a remarkable summer day, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s, little 
wind and no bugs, a group of 8 people took a hike on the Iron Creek - Bear 
Creek Trail for a Seattle Audubon birding trip this past Sunday. We were 
far enough east to avoid the west-side showers but distant enough from the 
unfortunate fires affecting Leavenworth and Entiat so that we had 
near-perfect conditions. This hike climbs about 1800 feet in 3.5 miles, 
passing dense stream-sides, mixed stands of trees and shrubs, and dry, open 
slopes, thus offering several habitats. Along the way, we enjoyed views, 
flowers, butterflies and birds. And a very compatible and enthusiastic 
group of nature fans.

Early on a Ruffed Grouse flushed but then posed for clear views for all. We 
also had a fleeting view of a male Williamson's Sapsucker then excellent 
views, in the sun, of a female WISA. As both species were life birds for 
several participants, they were trip highlights. 

Many birds were vocalizing, providing good birding-by-ear opportunities. 
However, one call confused us all until we were finally able to find the 
source: a small group of recently-fledged Evening Grosbeaks being fed by a 
pair of adults. As we heard and saw dozens of EVGR throughout the hike, it 
was rewarding to see the family group at fairly close range. 

We saw many Nashville and MacGillivray's warblers with good enough looks to 
allow discussion of the different ID diagnostics. Because of the mid-level 
altitude, both Swainson's and Hermit Thrush were well-heard and, in some 
cases, seen. One HETH in particular provided and nice demonstration of its 
calls:http://youtu.be/uayuxfS42Xw

Other classic birds for this type of area showed for us, including Lazuli 
Bunting, Mountain Bluebird and a surprise Black-headed Grosbeak. Several 
groups, from 2 to over 40, of Pine Siskin showed up, more than I have seen 
all year. Western Wood-Pewee were observed throughout the trip, of course, 
but we also saw a single, silent, Olive-sided Flycatcher, several Dusky 
Flycatcher, and as we arrived back at the cars at the end of the day, a 
charming group of recently-fledged Pacific-slope Flycatchers huddling 
together on a branch. Cuteness to end the day, who could ask for more.

For the hike portion of the trip, we had 42 species:
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19168065
With a couple of additional stops before and after the hike, we tallied 60 
species for the day.
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Subject: head tufts
From: pan <panmail AT fastmail.fm>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:43:15 -0700
Barry,

I've seen birds of many species, mostly passerines, with symmetric head
tufts (like ears/horns) in summer.  These have been recently fledged
birds, in which the last vestiges of semi-downy nestling plumage
persists on the upper sides of the head, sometimes seemingly attached to
the ends of incoming feathers.  I've got a newbie Song Sparrow out my
window right now that could almost qualify.  When I was a kid, people
(unfortunately) brought me recently fledged birds, thinking the birds
were abandoned, and many had this feature.  That would be my first
hypothesis.  

Cheers,

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Subject: Re:
From: ’JŒû AT r‹± <ttanigu-tky@umin.ac.jp>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:30:37 +0900
How about juvenile western bluebird?

Toshi Taniguchi
Seattle, WA

> From: "Grace and Ollie" 
> To: 
> Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:19:14 -0700
> Subject: [Tweeters] regarding the Help ID'ing post
> 
> 
> 
> Tweeters,
> 
> These are gorgeous photos.  I'm thinking this is a young Townsend's
> Solitaire.  What do others think?  
> 
> Beautiful bird!  Thanks for sharing Loren!
> 
> Grace Oliver
> 
> Redmond, WA

Got some good shots of a bird I haven't seen before.  I'm guessing it's
common, but need some help ID'ing.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/14517722218/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/14724251323/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/14517699200/


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From: "Grace and Ollie" <grace.ollie AT frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:19:14 -0700
Tweeters,

These are gorgeous photos.  I'm thinking this is a young Townsend's
Solitaire.  What do others think?  

Beautiful bird!  Thanks for sharing Loren!

Grace Oliver

Redmond, WA
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Subject: Re: Fledgling with head tufts??
From: "barry " <levineb AT fastmail.fm>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:48:18 -0700
Tweeters,
Kate and I saw a House Wren at Ocean Shores this week that had tufts of
feathers located symmetrically on both sides of its head. I was at a
Dragonfly workshop with Dennis today and asked him what he thought. He
was unsure and when I got home he had sent me an email that referred to
the previous post about the grosbeaks and wrens by Greg Pluth. Somewhat
strange to have 2 different species showing this same characteristic. A
characteristic that I've never seen reported before in either species. 
Any ideas about the head scratching (sic) question about this phenomena?
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Subject: Mountain Beavers: An Important Prey Species for Larger Owls in Seattle and Open Spaces (by Dave Hutchinson)
From: Evan Houston <evanghouston AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:12:16 -0700
Hi Tweeters,

Dave Hutchinson asked me to post the following message about Mountain Beavers 
for him.  Please direct comments and questions about this interesting 
information to him (contact info at bottom of his post): 


In a previous discussion I commented on the apparent disappearance of Flying 
Squirrels from Seattle's Parks in the last thirty years. As part of these 
thoughts I have turned to examine the role of  the Mountain Beaver. Quite 
often, when one mentions "Mountain Beaver" in polite conversation, the response 
is: "What's that?" Or else: " Oh I've heard of them, but never seen one." 
Around  Seattle's larger parks and forested places,  two groups know the 
critter well: the larger owls and Green Seattle Partnership forest restoration 
volunteers. 


Aplodontia rufa rufa  is a rodent endemic to Western North America and is quite 
common in the Seattle area. It is one of Washington State's endemic species. It 
is not related to the freshwater animal we also call Beaver. Apparently it can 
be 15 to 25 inches long, though it always seems much smaller to my eye. It's 
weight in the wild can be up to  1.4 kg. and  is  a usual prey item for skunks, 
fox, badger, species of cat, weasel and coyote. Of course, some of these are 
uncommon within the city's limits.  


In evolutionary terms, it is an ancient animal, going back to the Miocene, 
perhaps radiating from other, earlier continental formations. It' s mating 
system has never been described. Because its inefficient kidneys cannot 
concentrate urine, it requires a constant source of surface water and succulent 
vegetation to process its vegetarian diet. Mountain Beaver start breeding in 
late January to early February. The gestation period is 28-30 days 
(March/April), while weaning begins in June. Smaller home ranges tend to have 
greater concentrations of native saplings and ground covers.  Mountain Beaver 
density is lower in older forest stands with a more closed canopy than in 
recently logged stands. Open canopy habitats, created  after commercial 
harvesting are preferred. This fits well with the largely open canopied, second 
and third growth mixed forests typical of Seattle's green belt and some of its 
larger parks. 


In our region its most common foods includes: Vine Maple, Sword Fern, Bracken 
Fern, Salal, Red Elderberry, Salmonberry and Oregon Grape. All  these  native 
plant species are often heavily "clipped" by Aplodontia, which makes the 
logging companies mad and  GSP forest restoration volunteers frustrated, to say 
the least.  


The problem on commercial forest-lands, is the "clipping" of seedling 
coniferous trees, such as Douglas Fir and deciduous trees, often right after 
planting. The leaders are chiseled off, fresh side shoots consumed. The same 
damage  takes place in our parks, with the aforementioned native plants, 
particularly Sword Fern and Western Red Cedar. After initially planting a 
restoration site, one returns to find the tender leaves of saplings chewed off, 
while the animal uses the stubby side branches as a ladder to climb the little 
tree,chopping off the top. One well-known park volunteer has been heard to 
state: "I am NOT running a delicatessen for Mountain Beaver! Another volunteer 
claims to keep a particular restoration site open by removing tall grasses and 
exotic shrubs, while leaving branches as perches, to encourage the predation of 
Mountain Beaver by raptorial species. 


Adult Mountain Beaver are solitary, so that the mass of tunnelings you might 
have come across, is the work of merely one rodent. Each individual has an 
extensive burrow system with high soil humidity  and good soil  drainage. Each 
burrow is often five to six feet deep and contains extensive woody debris and 
stripped herbaceous vegetation. Consequently soil is churned, organic matter is 
incorporated and infiltration routes  for water and air are created, with soil 
profiles generally improved by this bio-turbation. Because of the associated 
soils disturbance and vegetation "management" by Aplodontia, their workings are 
often important sources of habitat and biotic diversity in otherwise uniform or 
depauperate forests, both commercial and park-land. However the extensive 
presence of Mountain Beaver workings can lead to increased soil erosion and 
damaged tree roots. Thus trees in and around them can be weak and unstable. 


Managers of commercial forest lands control them by lethal trapping. Forest 
restoration volunteers try to practice self-control, but know that owls are 
part of their team. In Discovery Park, for example, many volunteers have seen a 
live Mountain Beaver, had one slowly walk over their foot as a Great Horned Owl 
looks on, or had a swooping Barred Owl snatch and carry one off. The Barred Owl 
 diet (Birds of N.America Acct. 508) is described as: small mammals and 
rabbits, birds up to the size of grouse, amphibians, reptiles and rodents. From 
my own observations  in Discovery Park, I can specifically add: American Crow, 
Bonaparte's Gull, squirrels, mice, freshwater snails and Mountain Beaver .Again 
from personal observations,  I have seen Barred or Great Horned Owls in the 
following Seattle open spaces: Discovery and Seward Parks, the Interlaken area 
and the Washington Arboretum. All these sightings have occurred next to  or in 
the middle of Mountain 

 Beaver workings. Correspondents also mention Bainbridge Island, Lake Forest 
Park and Carkeek as having healthy populations of either or both Barred and 
Great Horned Owls as breeding species. Again in Discovery Park, Long-eared Owls 
occupied a Mountain Beaver zone over several years and I have seen what looked 
suspiciously like an Aplodontia being carried by a Barn Owl back to its nest. 


Clearly Mountain Beaver and Barred Owls  like to occupy the same habitats for 
breeding or wintering in our area. To this list can certainly be added 
Red-tailed Hawk and Cooper's Hawk, both of which breed in Seattle and which use 
forest perches for hunting.  I am unsure that the Aplodontia - owl 
 relationship has previously been studied. Therefore it is only a surmise that 
Mountain Beaver is a major prey species for owls in our urban park settings. If 
so, owls may be playing a silent but critical role in controlling Many of the 
latter are under active restoration by the Green Seattle Partnership. 


Thanks to: Clay Antieau & Miller Myers for critical comments; Miller for the 
great photos; several correspondents from Tweeters for important 
information.Special thanks go to Wendy Arjo for allowing me to use her 
Aplodontia research. Please note my (Dave Hutchinson) current email: 

florafaunabooks AT hotmail.com


Evan Houston
Seattle, WA

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Subject: Help ID'ing
From: Loren Mooney <loren.mooney AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:13:56 -0700
Got some good shots of a bird I haven't seen before.  I'm guessing it's
common, but need some help ID'ing.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/14517722218/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/14724251323/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/14517699200/


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Subject: Census Count: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Washington on July 20, 2014
From: ErikKnight05 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:58:08 GMT
This report was mailed for Erik Knight by http://birdnotes.net



Date: July 20, 2014

Location: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, Washington



Wind direction: N

Prevailing wind speed: 6-11 km/h

Percentage of sky covered by clouds: 80%

Precipitation: none



from 10:43AM to 3:46PM.



Birds seen (in taxonomic order):



Canada Goose                        4

Wood Duck                           6

Gadwall                            12 [1] 

Mallard                           240 [2] 

Cinnamon Teal                      28 [3] 

Hooded Merganser                    1 [4] 

Pied-billed Grebe                   9 [5] 

American Bittern                    1

Great Blue Heron                   19

Great Egret                         3

Turkey Vulture                      4

Osprey                              5

Bald Eagle                          1 [6] 

Red-tailed Hawk                     4

American Kestrel                    2

Virginia Rail                       6

Sora                                1

American Coot                      22 [7] 

Semipalmated Plover                 3 [8] 

Killdeer                           10

Greater Yellowlegs                 21

Least Sandpiper                     3

Long-billed Dowitcher              30

Common Snipe                        1

Rock Dove                           1

Eurasian Collared-Dove              1

Mourning Dove                       5

Vaux's Swift                        5

Anna's Hummingbird                  1

Belted Kingfisher                   1

Northern Flicker                    1

Western Wood-Pewee                  3

Steller's Jay                       2

Western Scrub-Jay                   8

American Crow                       6

Common Raven                        1 [9] 

Purple Martin                      10

Tree Swallow                      100

Violet-green Swallow               20

Cliff Swallow                      10

Barn Swallow                       30

Black-capped Chickadee             14

Red-breasted Nuthatch               2

White-breasted Nuthatch             1

Brown Creeper                       2

Swainson's Thrush                   2

American Robin                     15

European Starling                  50

Cedar Waxwing                      30

Yellow Warbler                      1

Common Yellowthroat                22

Spotted Towhee                     10

Savannah Sparrow                    5

Song Sparrow                       25

Black-headed Grosbeak               2

Red-winged Blackbird               20

Yellow-headed Blackbird             2

Brown-headed Cowbird                2

House Finch                         5

American Goldfinch                 20



Footnotes:



[1]  hens & 10 young

[2]  adults & 40 young

[3]  females & 25 young

[4]  juvenile

[5]  adults & 4 juveniles

[6]  juvenile

[7]  adults & 12 young

[8]  Swartz Lake

[9]  Rest Lake



Total number of species seen: 60



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Subject: great blue heron video
From: "Jon Purnell and Sherrie Rogers" <jonnsher AT wavecable.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:02:05 -0700
Wow that was totally amazing.I've got moles do you think I could get a heron
to come and do them in?  I had no idea that they would eat something so big.
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Subject: odd heron at Nisqually
From: jbroadus AT seanet.com
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:53:43 -0700
Thought I would add to the report on last Wednesday's bird walk at Nisqually, 
that several of us spotted an 

odd looking Great Blue Heron. Several primaries on both wings, and some primary 
coverts, were entirely 

white. They were not the same feathers on each wing; such taht each wing had 
different white panels. The 

entirety of the white feathers were white, with no gradations from any blueish 
color. Also, the head and 

back of neck were a little lighter and browner than usual-- not as striking as 
a Wurderman's would look-- but 

not quite right for a northwest GBHE. The bird flew by and had very yellow feet 
and dark tarsi (since seeing 

this bird I have noted that other GBHE at Kent Ponds also have feet that are 
lighter colored than the legs-- 

sort of tawny, but on this bird the foot color was striking). I suppose some of 
its white plumage genes were 

being expressed; made for an interesting bird. Jerry Broadus
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Subject: Beer and Birds
From: "Craig Merkel" <quetsal48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:41:29 -0700
Oh, it's been a busy month! So busy in fact that the notice for B and B
isn't going out until the day before. Shame on me. But to my defense I (like
many of you probably) have been a busy birder. Hopefully you'll get this
message and join us at the Fish Tale Brew Pub in Oly at 4:30 on Monday. We'd
love to hear all about your travels.

 

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Subject: Several Black Swifts now between Lake Wash. & LFP Towne Center
From: Todd S Hass <thass AT uw.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:33:35 -0700
Lowish clouds and coincidentally, my first flock in the neighborhood this
year.
Todd

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Subject: WFO Youth Scholarship Announcement
From: MEYER2J AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:56:49 -0400 (EDT)
Hi Tweets:
 
Six youths have been awarded scholarships to the WFO conference in San  
Diego in October.  Go to _www.westernfieldornithologists.org_ 
(http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org) to see the recipients and read 
excerpts from 

their essays. WFO occasionally  provides competitive scholarships to help 
young people who are interested in  field ornithology attend birding trips or 
conferences.
Also, registration is open for the Oct. 8-12, 2014 conference with many  
field trip and workshop offerings.
 
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Subject: test
From: "Mary K." <catbird54 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:32:18 -0700

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Subject: Midway/Grayland & Bottle Beach Saturday
From: Karen Wosilait <kwseattle AT clearwire.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:39:01 -0700
This afternoon I drove the beach between Twin Harbors and Midway and saw many 
of the same birds as Blair reported earlier. (I didn't pick out any Leasts or 
Semipalmated Sandpipers though.). The highlight was 5 Snowy Plovers in two 
groups that were pretty widely separated, but all in the Grayland/Midway area. 


I also enjoyed huge flocks of (mostly) Heerman's Gulls near Twin Harbors. 

Before high tide this evening, Bottle Beach had 200+ dowitchers, 50+ 
Black-bellied Plovers, around 200 Westerns, 20 or so Semipalmated Plovers and a 
Dunlin. 


Caspian Terns were out in force on both beaches. 

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Subject: A mid summer night in Monroe
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:15:45 -0700
It's cool enough for the Monroe Wagner chimney to be the place to be tonight. 
Looks like about 200 Vaux's Swifts in there tonight. 
http://wildearth.tv/cam/vauxs-swifts 


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Subject: Am White Pelican at Columbia River on WA side of Astoria Bridge
From: Foxwinter AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:09:59 -0400 (EDT)
 
Today, about 1:30 pm, a single American White Pelican was 100 yards east of 
 the Astoria-Megler bridge on the Washington side. It was on a flat rock,  
preening, along with a very watchful group of about 30 Canada Geese. It slid 
 into the water, picked at the shoreline rocks, and shallow water areas, 
then  swam east thru the pilings, and turned south and drifted out to the open 
 water.
 
 
The bill is light yellow, with flesh colored pouch. Has some black showing  
along the side under its wings. Feet pinkish/flesh color. Perhaps it is  
juvenile.
I have some nice pictures, and can send a few if you reply to me  directly.

Location: just a few hundred yards east of the bridge. I pulled into a  
gravel drive, on the river side of Hwy 401. It has a concrete structure  
waterside that looks like a bridge or landing support. Sign on the tree says:  
"For Sale". It was just below on the rocks. Tide was low, but coming in. 
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Subject: Black-headed Grosbeak fledgling
From: Greg Pluth <gjpluth AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:34:32 -0700
I too watched a female BHGR feeding sunflower seed to the the bird in the
images with the black patch background on July 6. I noticed them back again
soon after, but then only the fledgling who must have gotten the hang of
feeding itself has been regular. The little guy must have been recently out
of the nest because I, like Linda Philips, found no representation of that
stage of feathering in my various books. Had it not been for the adult
female, I wouldn't have been sure.The head tufts are both interesting and
cute! I thought the bird has been regular now for the last few weeks, but
now since taking the other two pics here, I believe I have a fledgling
House Finch to confuse me with its head tufts.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73779366 AT N04/sets/72157645374967318/

Regardless of species, the tufts are new to me.

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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird enjoying Honeysuckle at Lake Joy
From: Hank <hank.heiberg AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:23:17 -0700
> 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14683987794/
> 
> 
> Hank Heiberg
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Subject: Birds of North America (with link)
From: pan <panmail AT fastmail.fm>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:40:11 -0700
Sorry, all,

I forgot that the Tweeters list mechanism strips out links if not
packaged just so...  (That's why that period was off by itself in my
last post.)  

Let's try this again.

http://bna.birds.cornell.edu.ezproxy.spl.org:2048/bna/

Cheers,

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Subject: Birds of North America database
From: pan <panmail AT fastmail.fm>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:27:56 -0700
All,

Martin's right about that next sentence about Great Blue Herons.  

["In the Food Habits section: Drinking, Pellet-casting, And Defecation.
"Mammal hair is cast in pellets, and bones are digested."

For another fascinating piece of heron trivia you should go to BNA
(subscribe) 
and read the sentence after the one quoted here..."]

I write to remind Seattle residents that your library card gets you
access to the public library's subscription to Birds of North America
.  

Other library systems may also have such.

Now we need to work on the new(er) Handbook of Birds of the World
database.  

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Subject: Black-headed Grosbeak question
From: Linda Phillips <linda_phillips1252 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:59:56 -0700
I saw a BH groseak feeding a chick. After watching for a while I began to 
wonder if the baby bird I was seeing was a cowbird. One of my books says BHGR 
are rare cowbird hosts but the baby doesn't look like Sibley's illistration of 
a imm. BHGR. 


I know they are terrible pictures but can someone tell me if this is a baby 
grosbeak or is the parent feeding a cowbird? 

 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/88699795 AT N03/

 

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Subject: Baby Elf Owls rescued from Acorn Woodpecker assault
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:49:53 -0700
Hi all,

We had to visit the Southwest recently, where, thankfully, the rains are off to 
a pretty good start.  When we stopped by at the Cave Creek Ranch in Portal, 
AZ, we were shown a baby Elf Owl that along with a sibling had survived a 
concerted Acorn Woodpecker assault.  Apparently there is bad blood between 
these two species: who knew?  A shot of the birds and more on the story, 
unfortunately Paul Bannick wasn't along or they'd be much better, are at my 
blog at: 



http://ednewbold.com/rescue-babies-and-rattling-cocktail-guests-in-the-desert/

scroll past the hummer, Grosbeak and Gray Fox shots.


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Subject: Re: Do herons cough up pellets?
From: Martin Muller <martinmuller AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:11:50 -0700
Terry P asked if herons cough up pellets (after seeing the video of a Great 
Blue Heron spearing and devouring a gopher). 


I can just hear my mom’s reaction (starting some 50 years ago): well, there’s 
one good way to find out. Look it up! 


So I did. Birds of North America online (subscriptions start at $ 42 a year):
Vennesland, Ross G. and Robert W. Butler. 2011. Great Blue Heron (Ardea 
herodias), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell 
Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: 
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/025doi:10.2173/bna.25 


In the Food Habits section: Drinking, Pellet-casting, And Defecation.
[…] Mammal hair is cast in pellets, and bones are digested […].

For another fascinating piece of heron trivia you should go to BNA (subscribe) 
and read the sentence after the one quoted here….. 


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Subject: Predators & Prey | Union Bay Watch
From: Larry Hubbell <ldhubbell AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:19:56 -0700
Tweeters,

This post is about birds of prey seen this week around Union Bay. The majority 
eat fish but there is one other example in case sushi is not your thing. 


http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2014/07/predators-prey.html 

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

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Subject: BirdNote - last week, and the week of July 20, 2014
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen AT 123imagine.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:04:03 -0700
Hey, Tweeters

Last week, BirdNote aired:

* Turkey Vulture - Sky Sailor
http://bit.ly/13fQAnf

* The Stock Tank - A Southwestern Oasis
http://bit.ly/LA6Kjb

* David Sibley - Sketching and Painting Impressions of Birds
(With a link to the video of David doing a sketch)
http://bit.ly/1wJaCkp

* Message of the Mourning Dove
http://bit.ly/Ui0VNj

* What Do Desert Birds Drink? - With a gorgeous photo of a Black-throated 
Sparrow! 

http://bit.ly/Wrfekp

* Birds on the Menu - Fun on Friday
http://bit.ly/1u31US2

* Gaping Blackbirds, By Gordon Orians, Icterid expert
http://bit.ly/1kGvx1Y

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Subject: Where have all the Anna's gone?
From: jbroadus AT seanet.com
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:20:10 -0700
> Subject: Where have all the Anna's gone?
> 
> (Sung to the Kingston trio tune)
> So up until a couple of weeks ago I had a couple of Anna's hummers stalking 
everything on the yard after being the only hummers all 

> Winter long and then 
> POOF!
> Gone!
> Now a couple
> Of rufous hummers guard
> The Yard
> What happened?
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Subject: Re: Great Blue Heron hunting video
From: ck park <travelgirl.fics AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:27:13 -0700
great blue herons are quite opportunistic.  i have photos of them consuming
what i believe was a norway rat (juanita bay park) and a vole (ridgefield),
and attempting to down a salmon that probably outweighed the bird by quite
a bit (also juanita bay park)...  oh, and fish...  they like fish  :)

if it fits, it eats...

00 caren
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george davis creek, north fork


On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM,  wrote:

>   Terry and Tweets,
>
> This is really amazing.  Along the line of surprising bird meals, when my
> husband and I were down at the Imperial Beach Pier in S. Cal. last weekend,
> we saw a Western Gull killing and eating a crow.  We didn’t see if it
> killed the crow “all by itself,” or if the crow was somehow already
> impaired, but we did see it finish the crow off and start pulling the
> feathers out.  We didn’t stay for the feast we assumed was inevitable.
>
> Penny Koyama, Bothell
> plkoyama at comcast dot net
>
>  *From:* Terry Sargent Peart 
> *Sent:* Friday, July 18, 2014 7:49 PM
> *To:* Tweeters 
> *Subject:* [Tweeters] Great Blue Heron hunting video
>
>  Tweets,
> I don't know if you will all be able to access this, but I saw this video
> and couldn't hardly believe it.  I don't know the man that videoed this,
> but it appears he lives in Toppenish or somewhere near there.
>
>
> 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204262495191468&set=vb.1500784159&type=2&theater 

>
> Terry P
> West Seattle
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Subject: RE: Great Blue Heron hunting video
From: Terry Sargent Peart <terry.peart AT outlook.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:55:13 -0700
Tweets,One of my friends has asked me, after seeing the Heron video, does the 
Heron cough up a pellet or what?Does anyone know? 

Thanks,Terry PWest Seattle



 


Tweets,I don't know if you will all be able to access this, but I saw this 
video and couldn't hardly believe it. I don't know the man that videoed this, 
but it appears he lives in Toppenish or somewhere near 
there.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204262495191468&set=vb.1500784159&type=2&theaterTerry 
PWest Seattle 

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Subject: From the Fill
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:54:23 -0700
Hey tweets, the Fill continues to be very quiet these days. A lot of the ducks 
have gone into seclusion while they molt, and the remaining ones are either 
hard to see or consciously hiding, as was the mother Wood Duck with her four 
(or possibly five) babies screened by tall water lilies near the Turtle Logs. 
The juvenile Brown-headed Cowbirds are out and about, not that I'm glad to see 
how well they've done. The goldfinches have begun to lose their bright gold, 
and the return of kettles of Mew Gulls announces that fall is on the way, thank 
goodness. 


In the absence of hordes of birds, I turn my attention to the people who 
frequent the Fill, a real community of folks who say hello to all they meet, 
exchange news of the day, and talk about (what else?) the weather. Like most 
true communities, you don't always get to choose who belongs, and we have our 
share of curmudgeons and scoflaws. In my most positive frame of mind, they 
exist to be cozened into cheerfulness or chivvied into compliance with the 
rules that make it possible for us to coexist with wild nature in the heart of 
a big city. On days when I am feeling less charitable, I retreat to Main Pond, 
set up my camp stool and try to let my spirit float peacefully along with the 
sleeping Gadwalls, whose bills are tucked into their backs and who rock gently 
in the wavelets that dance across the water's surface in the light breeze. 


The people remind me that birding is a very human activity - the birds don't 
care whether we watch them or not. If fact, if they had their druthers, 
probably not. Thus, birding is a human construct, a cultural creation. Unlike 
many another cultural artifact, though, it is intimately tied to nature and the 
wild planet that sustains all life. 


Here is a poem for you today:

Most people see a mean old man 
hunching his way on the Loop Trail. 
I see courage to set one foot after the next, 
bravery bent but not bowed.

- Connie, Seattle


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Subject: Discovery Park Question
From: Miles Brengle <mbrengle154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:15:19 -0700
Hi Tweeters,
                     I'm a Massachusetts birder visiting Seattle for a
little while and I plan to do some birding at Discovery Park.  If someone
could provide some insight on what some good trails or areas of Discovery
Park are I would appreciate that! Thanks.   Miles Brengle

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Subject: Re: Great Blue Heron hunting video
From: <plkoyama AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:23:02 -0700
Terry and Tweets,

This is really amazing. Along the line of surprising bird meals, when my 
husband and I were down at the Imperial Beach Pier in S. Cal. last weekend, we 
saw a Western Gull killing and eating a crow. We didn’t see if it killed the 
crow “all by itself,” or if the crow was somehow already impaired, but we 
did see it finish the crow off and start pulling the feathers out. We didn’t 
stay for the feast we assumed was inevitable. 


Penny Koyama, Bothell
plkoyama at comcast dot net

From: Terry Sargent Peart 
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 7:49 PM
To: Tweeters 
Subject: [Tweeters] Great Blue Heron hunting video

Tweets, 
I don't know if you will all be able to access this, but I saw this video and 
couldn't hardly believe it. I don't know the man that videoed this, but it 
appears he lives in Toppenish or somewhere near there. 



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204262495191468&set=vb.1500784159&type=2&theater 


Terry P
West Seattle



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Subject: Great Blue Heron hunting video
From: Terry Sargent Peart <terry.peart AT outlook.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:49:58 -0700
Tweets,I don't know if you will all be able to access this, but I saw this 
video and couldn't hardly believe it. I don't know the man that videoed this, 
but it appears he lives in Toppenish or somewhere near there. 


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204262495191468&set=vb.1500784159&type=2&theater 

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Subject: black swifts at Sauk Mountain
From: wheelermombi AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:21:02 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Tweeters, 

I hiked up the Sauk Mountain trail today with Wendy Smith. Much of the hike is 
through meadow, so not a lot of bird species on the way up; some singing HERMIT 
THRUSHES, a few small flocks of PINE SISKINS in the occasional stands of trees, 
and a few other expected species. The wild flowers were in full bloom, 
butterflies were everywhere, and the scenery was spectacular. As we were 
reaching the end of the trail near the summit, I began to hear a high-pitched 
bird call that I couldn't place. When we made it to the top, I spotted a BLACK 
SWIFT maybe 30 feet above us. It soon flew off, but a few minutes later 3 Black 
Swifts appeared, calling to one another. They came fairly close a few times, 
often below where we were sitting. It was the clearest look that I have had of 
this species, and it was fascinating watching them while they swooped about. 
Their wing beats were much slower than our other two species of swifts, and 
they frequently glided. They vanished for a final times after a few minutes. An 
unusually curious pika would occasionally pop out of the rocks nearby and watch 
us briefly. A really nice day to be in the mountains. 


Good birding, 

Lonnie Somer 
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Subject: Hummingbirds and artificial sweeteners
From: "Rachel Lawson" <rwlawson AT q.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:59:38 -0700
I have always wondered about the criteria hummingbirds use to determine what 
makes a nectar source worth using, including how they might react to artificial 
sweeteners. My daughter Clare Brown found the following article: 


 


Stromberg, M. R. and P. B. Johnsen (1990). "Hummingbird Sweetness Preferences: 
Taste or Viscosity?" The Condor 92(3): 606-612. 


Black-chinned Hummingbirds (Archilochus alexanderi) were offered combinations 
of sucrose and artificial sweeteners (saccharin, aspartame) at various 
concentrations and viscosity levels. Sucrose at 40% concentration was preferred 
over lower concentrations. Sucrose at 20% was preferred over artificial 
sweeteners, plain water, and low sucrose/high viscosity samples. Additions of 
artificial sweeteners to sucrose samples had no effect on nectar consumption 
and, therefore, were judged to be ineffective stimuli rather than aversive. 
Artificial increases in viscosity had no effects on the amount of nectar 
removed as long as a minimum of 15% sucrose was present. Hummingbirds responded 
to decreased sucrose concentrations by increasing sampling behavior at feeders; 
at increased sucrose levels, sampling behavior decreased. Chemosensory 
mechanisms rather than physical measures of viscosity are responsible for the 
sensory evaluation and the subsequent selection of sucrose nectars. 


 

If anyone is interested, I will send the link to the whole paper.

 

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Seattle

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Subject: King/Kittitas birding
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:14:56 +0000
Hey Tweets!
 
I'd made a promise to my nephew to go visit the ghost town of Lester, near 
Stampede Pass, so I took him and my son up for a night of camping, and then a 
hike into Lester. Thursday night, we stayed at Lake Kachess, almost 
accidentally as I missed an exit. It was actually a great spot - beautiful view 
of the lake from a hundred feet away, and there were actually a ton of birds 
there, with dense forest, a large open lake, and some riparian sections all 
near the campsite. I haven't added up species yet, but I had Willow and Dusky 
Flycatchers, Western Wood-Pewee, Warbling vireo, Gray Jay, Steller's Jay, 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Swainson's, Varied and Hermit Thrushes, and two 
species of owls (Barred calling in the middle of the night, and a brief visit 
from Northern Pygmy-Owl in the morning). 

 
Friday morning we drove FR 5400 towards Stampede Pass, passing into King County 
as we crossed over the pass. I rolled the windows down as soon as we did, 
completely unfamiliar with this corner of King. I'm missing House Wren for King 
County (or was), so I found myself stopping at nearly every clear cut, thinking 
each one looked like the most magical habitat for House Wren. On the way in to 
Lester, I had none, but may have done a little better, finding a DUSKY 
FLYCATCHER, 'whit'-ing away in the brush of one of those clear cuts right off 
of the side of the road. The two or so mile hike from the gate to the little 
ghost town (down to four or so buildings now), was full of Chipping Sparrows, 
and MacGillivray's Warblers, as well as a few Cassin's Finches. Again, I 
haven't got a species total yet, but it will be pretty high, with several 
species of swallows, Ravens, Turkey Vultures, Common Yellowthroats, Lazuli 
Buntings... it was a well mixed list. Incidentally, on the way out, I spoke 
with a City of Tacoma Watershed worker who drove through in his truck. He noted 
that Wild Turkeys have been seen for a few years now in numerous spots just 
inside King County, which fits with the WITU report from FR-5400 last year. On 
the way back out on FR-5400, I stopped at a clear cut where there had been a 
suspicious small brown bird on the way in. I was able to pull it up and view my 
first HOUSE WREN in King County. 

 
The only other birds of note on the way out - five Band-tailed Pigeons on 
FR-5400 (back over Stampede) were my first in Kittitas County, and Gold Creek 
Pond had some wonderfully vocal Spotted Sandpipers. 

 
Happy Birding, 
 
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Renton
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Subject: Request: Observations of jaeger/falcon interactions
From: Todd S Hass <thass AT uw.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:17:51 -0700
Hi Tweeters,

During the past two Septembers, I have seen brief (but impressive!) aerial
tangles between Parasitic Jaegers and falcons over Puget Sound. I'd like to
see if others have documented similar interactions in the past.

If you have noted such behaviors, please let me know by email (offline), or
if you prefer - in a reply to tweeters.  If there is an interesting
pattern, I may compile the anecdotal observations for a potential note in
Washington Birds, crediting the contributors and the tweeters forum for
crowd-sourcing this request.

In order to keep the data somewhat consistent/comparable, please note the
date, location, species and ages involved (if known), and a short
description of the interaction.

Thanks,
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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "Ken and Tina Grant" <kenandtina AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:39:31 -0700
Tweets,

 

Saw my first pine siskins yesterday in Snoqualmie for W. Washington. 

They have been absent as of late.

 

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Subject: Shorebirds at Midway and Bottle Beach - Not a RED NECKED STINT Turns into a SANDERLING
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:20:08 -0700
I headed off to the Coast yesterday hoping to head 
further south and look for the Brown Thrasher that 
had been reported.  When I spoke to the person who 
had seen it and learned it was from 9 days earlier 
and had not been seen again, the choice then 
became to go to the Westport area or to Ocean 
Shores.  I chose the former and while, despite a 
momentary adrenaline rush to the contrary, there 
were no real specialties, the birds were super and 
it was a great day.

My first stop was driving the beach along Midway 
and Grayland hoping to find a Snowy Plover as I 
had not been able to get a photo of one earlier.  
Weather was PERFECT with great light and a 
soothing ocean breeze that was great relief from 
the heat of Puget Sound the past few days.  I 
quickly came upon a mixed group of shorebirds.  
First highlight was a trio of RUDDY TURNSTONES in 
their breeding plumage splendor.  Other birds in 
the flock were numerous WESTERN SANDPIPERS,  some 
LEAST SANDPIPERS, and bright SEMIPALMATED 
PLOVERS.  I found several similar groups (less the 
RUDDIES).  A bit later I found a mix of birds that 
included at least one that got my heart racing.  
One of the sandpipers had a fairly bright "reddish 
brown" head and neck with white undersides and 
some spots below the neck.  Just under a year ago, 
I had seen the RED NECKED STINT at Bottle Beach 
and this bird had some similarities.  Except it 
seemed somewhat larger (not smaller) than the 
WESTERNS and while the bill was different - it too 
was not smaller.  And wing length was also not 
right.  I relaxed and for the moment figured it 
was a WESTERN in somewhat different full breeding 
plumage and determined to research it when I got home.

I continued my drive and found more of the same in 
different groups - but no SNOWY although one group 
had a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER.  One interesting 
find was a group of gulls and TURKEY VULTURES 
picking at the remains of what I later found out 
was one of two HUMPED BACKED WHALES that been 
ashore for almost two months.  I ran into Cindy 
Sundstrom (spelling?) who I had seen there two 
years earlier.  She monitors the area for DFW and 
bands the SNOWIES among other duties. She has a 
wealth of knowledge and experience and it was a 
great talk.  When I had seen her there in 2012, we 
had been casually watching a group of shorebirds 
on the beach as we talked.  One was "different" 
but I did not do a good job of really honing in on 
details.  Something spooked the flock and our 
"different" bird had a white rump that was clearly 
if only briefly visible (to both of us).  I 
chalked it up as a WHITE RUMPED SANDPIPER which 
was rejected by the Bird Committee (wish I had 
paid more and better attention) but we both had 
the white rump and I am almost certain it was not 
a CURLEW SANDPIPER so at least for my list I still 
go the former.

As we were talking Cindy nonchalantly pointed over 
my shoulder on the hard pack behind me and said 
"there's your SNOWY PLOVER".  Sure enough it was 
there on the beach and I excused myself to get a 
photo.  Cindy knows every bird and this one is 
"Gimpy" because its band has slipped down over its 
foot and causes it to limp around a bit.  SHe said 
however that it has in no way curtailed his 
activities and he is a good breeder - maybe the 
ladies feel sorry for him.

Later I went to Tokeland but as it was still low 
tide, almost nothing there except for a single 
WHIMBREL and 72 (I counted each one) GREAT BLUE 
HERONS.  After a stop in Westport and driving 
miscellaneous areas I went to Bottle Beach hoping 
for - well anything.  High tide was scheduled at 
5:50 PM and I hit the beach at 2:20 PM.  Lots of 
sand and mud but no birds (TV, RED TAIL and 
HARRIER over the field).  I have followed the 
general rule that the time to get to Bottle Beach 
is 3 hours before high tide.  At exactly 2:50 the 
first flock of birds arrived - far out on the 
mud.  It was a mixed flock of SHORT BILLED 
DOWITCHERS and BLACK BELLIED PLOVERS. For the next 
90 minutes more and more birds flew in.  Mostly 
the same as the first but also included were a few 
LEAST SANDPIPERS, many more WESTERNS, some 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a few DUNLIN (in almost full 
breeding plumage), and again three RUDDY 
TURNSTONES. The latter stayed together exactly as 
they had at Midway Beach earlier and I wondered if 
they could be the same birds.

At the peak of the show, I would estimate that 
there were perhaps 1000 SHORT BILLED DOWITCHERS 
and 150 BLACK BELLIED PLOVERS and no more than 40 
WESTERNS.  At almost exactly 90 minutes later 
almost all of the birds flew off to ... ???

Back to the Red Necked NOT STINT:  I looked on 
line and could find no pictures of a WESTERN 
SANDPIPER in breeding plumage that came even close 
to my bird.  REally did look more like a RED 
NECKED STINT but there were those doggone size and 
bill issues.  Steve Pink came to my rescue - he 
correctly identified it as a breeding plumage 
SANDERLING.  I do not recall seeing this plumage 
here and it was simply not even on my radar 
screen.  Going back over other pictures I think 
there were at least a few.

Fall migration is truly fun - I wonder what will 
come next (and what I may have missed at Ocean 
Shores).

Some pictures, including the SANDERLING are at - 

https://picasaweb.google.com/103072475474183849815/MidwayBeachJuly17?authkey=Gv1sRgCMOTor6NxZjJSQ# 


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Subject: Bombing Robins - Yard Changes - Babies (kinda long)
From: Rob Conway <robin_birder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:07:45 +0000

For about the past month whenever we have gone out our front
door there have been a pair of adult American Robins showing aggression toward
us, flying close,  vocalizing loudly, and
generally showing signs of defending territory and/or a nest or young. Finally 
yesterday I found the cause, a Robins 

nest with three half grown birds right on the top of the ivy covered brick wall
that makes up the outside of the front porch. 
I was watering my potted plants on the porch and tried to peek to find
the birds – the noise I made in the ivy probably made them think I was mom or
dad, but when they saw me they absolutely froze in their open mouth – open eyes
– necks outstretched position, too funny. 


 The babies are at the cuteugly stage – all mouth and eyes
and some starts at feathers.  Now that we
know where they are we can watch through our front porch window to see the
parents feeding these voracious little guys and fending off whatever is alive
and comes anywhere within 30 feet of the nest.  
Always kind of fun to have an observable nest without needing to disturb
the residents.

 Birds around the house have been changing. As of this week I have no swallows 
where 

earlier in the spring I had hundreds – I’m guessing nesting is through and they
have headed to the grassy meadows along the Washougal and Columbia Rivers to
feed on the numerous hatching insects. Interestingly I did have 5 black swifts 
up very high on a recent cloudy morning. I 

have as many as 12 Black Headed Grosbeaks visiting my feeders at once now – 5 
adults 

and 7 young.  Talk about eating out of
house and home these birds along with 20 or so beautiful House Finches (all 
color phases) are 

going through 3-5 pounds of seed daily.  
The Scrub and Steller’s Jays are eating almost a pound of peanuts a day
out of a feeder – they were gobbling that many in 10 minutes in an open tray.

 I’ve been concentrating more on the birds on the edge of my
lot along the forest and creek boundaries and have expanded my yard list in
doing so.   I’ve added Olive-sided , Willow,
and Western Flycatchers, Western Wood Pee-Wee, a Say’s Phoebe, and what I think
is a Hannond’s Flycatcher (not a good enough look). There is a Hermit Thrush 
who works my worm 

filled compost pile daily.  Cedar
Waxwings are chowing down on red berries and flycatching (also hitting
windows).  The White-breasted Nuthatch continues
visiting the peanut feeder.  I found
House Wrens using a less than Ÿ” hole in a small dead fir tree as a nest site –
babies following them around this week. A pair of Bewick’s Wren were nesting in
a small house in a clematis hedge, but they have disappeared altogether. A 
family of Brown Creepers left the bark 

crack nest yesterday and already seem to be dispersing.

 I still have Ruby Crowned Kinglets for some reason and the
number of Bushtits indicates a very successful nesting season. The mixed 
fall/winter flocks are already starting to form with Bushtits, Warblers, 
Kinglets, Chickadees, Creepers, Nuthatches, and others moving quickly from tree 
to tree gleaning the many many insects that are at their peak. Concentrating on 
warblers for a couple of 

mornings I confirmed Yellow, Yellow Rumped (both Audubon’s and Myrtle), Orange
Crowned, Wilson’s, Townsends, Black Throated Grey, Nashville, Hermit (way way
way up), MacGillivray’s, and Common Yellowthroat in the riparian strip of
willow, vine maple, bigleaf maple, Oregon ash, cottonwood, aspen, and
ornamental trees along the creek and open space boundary. I found Huttons and 
Red-eyed Vireo and hear Warbling Vireo all day, but can't seem to get them in 
scope. Red Crossbills continue to visit the stream/waterfall/tiny ponds on a 
daily basis (20 or so). I'm down to just 5 Anna's and 2 Rufous Hummers at the 
feeders. Straggler birds include a couple of Western Tanagers over the past 
week and a single Bullock's Oriole. The sky is filled with hawk calls all day 
long as our Red-Tailed pair has for the second year in a row raised 3 gorgeous 
kids in the open space above the house all of which vocalize constantly while 
flying, perched, eating, sleeping...just all of the time from 3;45 AM to 10PM. 
The babes are now perching regularly in the 2 very big snags at the edge of my 
lot giving me great looks. Two of the birds are very dark with a neat blackish 
collar and nearly unstreaked breast while the 3rd bird is a typical red tail 
with bright red tail, brownish flight feathers, streaked breast with weak 
collar and an acrobatic streak. These adolescents have daily encounters with 
Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, Red Shouldered Hawks, Ravens, and on occassion 
other large Buteos...I think I'm going to start calling the canyon in front of 
me Hawk Point. Enjoying the birds! Rob 




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Subject: Active Fledgling Day Today in the Wedgwood Neighborhood? - 7/18/14
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:03:30 -0700
It certainly was yesterday, all day long, with peaks being early morning and 
around 6 p.m. Come see what's in store for us watchers anytime today. If you 
don't know the location, you can contact me or someone else whom you think is 
in the know - Seattle Audubon Nature Shop is very nearby and those volunteers 
and staff definitely could point you to the main block that has the nest tree 
(not being used anymore). The birds will likely be heard and found within a few 
blocks of the nest site, if yesterday is any indication. 


Kee kee kee !

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Subject: Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course Monthly Bird Walk 7-17-2014
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds AT outlook.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:08:07 -0700
Tweeters,

Sixteen of us started out on a rather cool (54 deg) morning, which
eventually warmed up to a balmy 68-70 deg noontime temp - much different
than the several scorching (for us) days previously, seeing 45 species for
the day. Included was a first accipiter - COOPER'S HAWK - as well as three
GREAT HORNED OWLS, one of which stayed very close to the path we were on,
and which yielded great views - the first owls we've seen since Spring last
year. Highlights also included a male WESTERN TANAGER feeding a fuzzy
fledgling, and four very young PIED-BILLED GREBES with one adult in close
attendance (likely mom - who also ferried one or two of the young on
occasion) and the other nearby. Lots of CEDAR WAXWINGS at Hodge Lake, and
quite a few chickadees and DARK-EYED JUNCOS at various sites along the
route. The eBird report is at the bottom of this note.

 

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:

.       August 21, 2014

.       September 18, 2014

.       October 16, 2014

 

Anyone is welcome to join us!

 

Eagles Pride GC, Pierce, US-WA

Jul 17, 2014 8:06 AM - 12:26 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.8 mile(s)

Comments:     Started overcast, 54degF; finished about 68degF mostly sunny.
Light breeze. Walked usual route. Misses include Red-winged Blackbird,
Anna's Hummingbird.

45 species

 

Mallard  1     Hodge Lake - only duck seen today

Pied-billed Grebe  6     One adult with 4 young; one other adult nearby;
Hodge Lake

Cooper's Hawk  1     First accipiter recorded on walk since inception

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Band-tailed Pigeon  1

Mourning Dove  2

Great Horned Owl  3     All three appeared to be in adult plumage; found
along road back to 14th tee

Rufous Hummingbird  5

Downy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  4

Olive-sided Flycatcher  1

Western Wood-Pewee  8

Pacific-slope Flycatcher  6

Steller's Jay  3

American Crow  1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1

Tree Swallow  5

Barn Swallow  65     Most found near driving range building

Black-capped Chickadee  20

Chestnut-backed Chickadee  30

Bushtit  6

Red-breasted Nuthatch  15

Brown Creeper  1

House Wren  1

Golden-crowned Kinglet  2

Swainson's Thrush  6

American Robin  10

European Starling  3

Cedar Waxwing  40     Most seen at Hodge Lake

Orange-crowned Warbler  3

Common Yellowthroat  2     Hodge Lake

Yellow Warbler  1     Hodge Lake

Yellow-rumped Warbler  2     At man-made stream at home next to GC boundary
- Dupont

Spotted Towhee  6

Chipping Sparrow  2

Song Sparrow  8

White-crowned Sparrow  7

Dark-eyed Junco  50

Western Tanager  8     Includes a male feeding a recently fledged and fuzzy
juv

Black-headed Grosbeak  2

Brown-headed Cowbird  4

Purple Finch  2

Red Crossbill  7     Includes one juv/imm

American Goldfinch  16

Evening Grosbeak  1

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19130979

 

May all your birds be identified,

 

Denis DeSilvis

Roy, WA

avnacrs4birds at outlook dot com

 

 
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Subject: Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2014-07-17
From: "Michael Hobbs" <birdmarymoor AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:20:31 -0700
Tweets – it was bloody COLD this morning, especially pre-dawn when we also 
had a stiff wind in our faces (okay, okay, it was 59, but with the wind chill, 
that’s cold). I arrived 30 seconds too late to see the BARN OWL the others 
were watching. So much for getting up at 4:00 a.m. There wasn’t much else 
around pre-dawn except for the crows that appeared just after I arrived. As our 
walk started, the wind died down a bit, but the clouds thickened, and it never 
really got warm. Pretty quiet too, and one of the most notable things was the 
decrease in singing from last week; e.g. very few WILLOW FLYCATCHERS singing, 
and no BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK songs, though we did see both species. 


Highlights:

Great Blue Heron        Seem to have finished nesting; fencing already removed
Spotted Sandpiper      One at the weir
- gull sp. - One bird early, with black wing-tips. Ring-billed? 

Caspian Tern A few of us had a quick glimpse of 1 bird flying north over slough 

Rufous Hummingbird  Still at least 3; should tail off through August
Pac.-slope Flycatcher  One at south end of Dog Meadow, silent
Or.-crowned Warbler? Juvenile warbler(s) gave us many terrible looks
Y.-rumped Warbler      At least 2
Bl.-thr. Gray Warbler   At least 3, near PSFL and the questionable warbler(s)
Wilson’s Warbler        1-2, also with flock at south end of Dog Meadow

The mixed flock at the south end of the Dog Meadow was the highlight of the 
day. Great look at the Pacific-slope Flycatcher and then it disappeared, 
leaving us with BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS. We 
were following these north along the west edge of the meadow and found the 
WILSON’S WARBLER(s) and the mystery warbler(s). Many birds were present, and 
it was a real challenge to stay on any one bird. Things got way worse when the 
warbler/chickadee flock merged with a flock of BUSHTITS and headed back south. 
Now there were twice as many really active birds birds. 


Our mystery warbler(s) never gave us more than partial looks. At various times, 
I saw white undertail coverts; wings with either wing-bars or at least some 
feathers with white edges; yellow wash over the head, throat, and breast; plain 
greenish wings (hence my belief that there was more than one bird); a grayish 
head; a yellowish head; a thickish, longish, blackish warbler bill; 
kind-of-maybe-an-eye-line. None of the views of this presumed hatch-year bird 
looked right for Yellow nor for Wilson’s. Sometimes the plumage looked right 
for Tennessee, but the bill and body looked too big. Our last look seemed 
really good for Orange-crowned Warbler, except for the whitish undertail 
coverts. Dang birds. 


Ollie went back after the walk to try and refind the bird, but found no flock 
at all. His only consolation prize was a COMMON MERGANSER (rare for this time 
of year at Marymoor) which, along with my lone ROCK PIGEON under SR-520 as I 
left, brought our day total to 61 species. I believe we’re still at 139 for 
2014. 


Our best other sighting was a LONG-TAILED WEASEL which popped out repeatedly 
while we were busy looking at the warbler flock! 


== Michael Hobbs
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== BirdMarymoor AT frontier.com

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Subject: Nisqually NWR 7/16/14
From: scrubjay323 AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:26:28 -0400 (EDT)
Tweets,

Wednesday 45 of us enjoyed a great walk at Nisqually. It was sunny and warm and 
we had an 11.8 high tide at 8:49 AM. We headed straight out to the reclamation 
area to take advantage of the tide. Wise choice! 


I couldn't decide on the day's highlight. Was is six SWALLOW species at the 
visitor center? Was it the interaction of the BALD EAGLE attempting to catch a 
GREAT BLUE HERON in flight? Or was it the fact that fall is here? At least the 
shorebirds think so! 


We had a great start to the day with six SWALLOW species at the visitor center 
including great views of NORTHERN ROUGHWINGED SWALLOWS and BANK SWALLOWS 
sitting on the roof of the visitor center along with TREE, CLIFF and BARN 
SWALLOWS. There were a couple of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS flitting about. 


On the way out the new dike we watched an adult BALD EAGLE attempt to catch a 
GREAT BLUE HERON overhead. The HERON stayed inside the EAGLE'S turns and 
continued to climb higher. The EAGLE came close a couple of times but the HERON 
eluded it. When I saw another EAGLE flying in I thought the HERON was a goner 
for sure, but the second EAGLE flew by and continued toward the Nisqually 
River. The HERON successfully avoided capture and the EAGLE eventually gave up 
the chase. 


If you get Shep's ebird report you know we had over 2000 shorebirds on the 
refuge Wednesday, including WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPERS, KILLDEER, WILSON'S 
SNIPE, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, and SPOTTED 
SANDPIPERS. He may have seen other species from the estuary boardwalk. Last 
week we had a few sandpipers, but nothing like this. 


If we had seen nothing else it would have been a great day but we had a mob of 
CROWS harassing a PEREGRINE FALCON in the woods near the turn off for the twin 
barns. 


For the day I had 48 species while Shep and the folks who walked the estuary 
boardwalk managed 70+ species. 


Another highlight was an AMERICAN BEAVER seen from the visitor center about 
8:00 AM. Other mammals seen included COLUMBIAN BLACK-TAILED DEER and 
COTTONTAILED RABBIT. 


Until next week when Eric will lead in Shep and my absence....

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Subject: Edmonds Roundup
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:22:21 -0700
Fall shorebird migration is shaping up to be good at the Edmonds marsh. Bright 
sunny days have made viewing and identification somewhat challenging. 
Nevertheless, the expected Least and Western Sandpipers have been supplemented 
by several field sitings of Pectoral Sandpipers (code 3), an unprecedented (for 
the marsh) nine Long-billed Dowitchers (code 3) the other evening, several 
Greater Yellowlegs (code 3), and one late identification of a Baird's Sandpiper 
(code 3) from a photograph. This morning brought much better viewing conditions 
because of the overcast sky. We had a lone Short-billed Dowitcher (code 4) 
feeding and walking around long enough that we could detect its much more 
slender form and absence of the hump on the back of Long-billed. The last 
Short-billed Dowitcher was seen August 15, 2013. This morning we also saw a 
Spotted Sandpiper (code 3) in the beginnings of its molt to basic plumage. 


The Heermann's Gulls have returned to the waterfront in good numbers. There 
appear to be over 200 of them. Rhinoceros Auklets are returning to feed in 
Edmonds waters. There were at least 30 out yesterday afternoon. I did a low 
tide walk from Olympic Beach to the Shell Creek beach on July 14th. It was 
notable for no shorebirds but there were good numbers of Heermann's and 
California Gulls at the creek mouth, two Ospreys, and a Brandt's Cormorant 
(code 3) flyby. An ebird checklist from Charlie Wright for July 16th adds 
Parasitic Jaeger (code 3) and Red-necked Phalarope (code 3) to our year count, 
which is at 160. 


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Subject: eBird Report - Lake Sammamish State Park, Jul 15, 2014
From: Sharon Cormier-Aagaard <scormieraa001 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:36:53 -0700
Hi Tweets,
 
For those who like to know what's being seen at LSSP, here's my monthly bird 
walk report: 

 

Lake Sammamish State Park, King, US-WA
Jul 15, 2014 8:09 AM - 12:09 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Sharon Aagaard and Stan Wood birded with 14 others at Eastside 
Audubon's monthly bird walk at Lake Sammamish State Park on July 15, 2014, from 
8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The morning low cloud cover burned off to sunny skies by 
9:30 am, with temps ranging 60-75F, and 3-5 mph winds. HIGHLIGHTS: Roberta and 
a couple others briefly saw a female WOOD DUCK with five young in Tibbitts 
Creek near the bridge; Veda was on the alert and spotted an adult GREEN HERON 
feeding quietly in the pond at the south end of the Costco parking lot; a 
MERLIN was perched and feeding on a snag at the west beach; at least two 
SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were at the mouth of Issaquah Creek, along with two LEAST 
SANDPIPERS; two sightings of young RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS; good, close looks 
at 2-3 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS foraging in the low bushes; a brief 
vocalization from a couple of BULLOCK'S ORIOLES gave 1-2 of us a very quick 
sighting. No Bald Eagles, very few swallows, no vireos, very quiet Willow 
Flycatchers, Marsh Wrens and Black-headed Grosbeaks, no Pac-Slope Flycatchers, 
and very few Savannah Sparrows. Of note: Stan saw 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 
several COMMON MERGANSERS a couple days before this walk. 45 species for the 
day; and 122 species for the year. The next bird walk is AUGUST 13. No 
pre-registration, just show up depending on your mood or the weather. Since 
this is a state park, a Discover Pass is necessary to park ($10 daily, $30 
annual). We meet in the large parking lot to the left just inside the main park 
entrance, now signed as the Costco Parking lot but we meet at the far end 
towards the lake (not the boat launch entrance). Submitted from BirdLog NA for 
Android v1.9.3 

45 species

Canada Goose  22
Wood Duck  6     1 f 5 young
Mallard  22
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1     Costco parking lot pond
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Least Sandpiper  2
Band-tailed Pigeon  6
Anna's Hummingbird  1
Rufous Hummingbird  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker  2     2 immat
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific)  1
Northern Flicker  1
Merlin  1
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Willow Flycatcher  2
American Crow  22
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5 3 young perched on tip of short snag being fed 
-- at mouth of Issq Creek 

Tree Swallow  8
Violet-green Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  2
Bewick's Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  10
Swainson's Thrush  12
American Robin  26
European Starling  16
Cedar Waxwing  20
Common Yellowthroat  10
Yellow Warbler  4
Black-throated Gray Warbler  3
Spotted Towhee (Pacific)  6
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  8
Black-headed Grosbeak  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Bullock's Oriole  2     Sharon heard and saw
American Goldfinch  14

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19127802 


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Subject: Feathers class coming up
From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:03:17 -0700
Hey tweets, I'm offering a class through UW Botanic Gardens on feathers. If 
you're interested in signing up, please email me privately, and I can give you 
all the relevant information. The class is on July 26, and we'll be studying 
real feathers from bird skins loaned from the Burke Museum collection. - 
Connie, Seattle 



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Subject: Missing Aplomado Falcon
From: Dan Victor <dvictor06 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:27:48 -0700
Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Robert C. Faucett" 
> Subject: Please be on the look out!! - Missing Aplomado Falcon
> Date: July 17, 2014 at 9:07:04 AM PDT
> 
> Cc: "Robert C. Faucett" 
> 
> Hi Folks - Sending this to you all for a friend in Carlton Oregon:
> 
> 
> Please be on the look out for an imprint female Peruvian Aplomado Falcon lost 


> from her falconer on July 9th south of Portland, OR. She is wearing dark 
brown 


> anklets, a small

> transmitter on her left anklet and band # RT082228 on her right leg. Call 
Susan 


> 817-691-5545 with any sightings. Reward for information resulting in her 

> recovery.

> 
> Feel free to contact Susan directly.
> 
> Any help would be appreciated.
> 
> Best
> Rob
> 
> --
> Robert C. Faucett
> Collections Manager
> Ornithology
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> Box 353010
> University of Washington
> Seattle, WA 98195-3010
> Office: 206-543-1668
> Cell: 206-619-5569
> Fax: 206-685-3039
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> http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/collections/ornithology/index.php
> http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/collections/genetic/index.php
> 
> 
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Subject: Please be on the look out!! - Missing Aplomado Falcon
From: "Robert C. Faucett" <rfaucett AT uw.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:29:27 +0000
Hi Folks - Sending this to you all for a friend in Carlton Oregon:

Please be on the look out for an imprint female Peruvian Aplomado Falcon lost 
from her falconer on July 9th south of Portland, OR. She is wearing dark brown 
anklets, a small transmitter on her left anklet and band # RT082228 on her 
right leg. Call Susan 817-691-5545 with any sightings. Reward for information 
resulting in her recovery. 


Feel free to contact Susan directly.

Any help would be appreciated.

Best
Rob

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Seattle, WA 98195-3010
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Fax: 206-685-3039
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Subject: Long Beach Brown Thrasher
From: Blair Bernson <blair AT washingtonadvisorygroup.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:11:06 -0700
FYI to all re Doug Schurman's post on the subject.  The Thrasher was seen, 
documented, photographed and reported to some on July 8th on private property 
and has not been seen since.  On my way to Westport area. 



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Subject: 2 Nights Later @ Echo Lake and Pinehurst (Merlins) - 7/16/14
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:25:45 -0700
4 juvenile Merlins waited and watched for an incoming adult, on the large 
deadtop fir up in Shoreline - when one appeared a block or 2 east of this 
deadtop, one-by-one the young at first silently left the deadtop and, as they 
got closer to the incoming source of food, started calling out. I never saw the 
adult. With one of four receiving prey, the remaining 3 kept calling for maybe 
10 minutes. One of the 4 then moved to the other deadtop to solicit and watch 
for a possible encore appearance of an adult. But, I had a feeling this one 
would have to wait for dawn for another chance... 


My hour of Merlinning ended at Pinehurst, where one calling juvenile could be 
seen on top of 'the usual' cedar lookout. 


Photos can be seen at:     https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZ8x2Lx


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Subject: RE: Pacific County Brown Thrasher
From: Brad Waggoner <wagtail24 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:18:10 -0700
Hi Doug and all,

To my knowledge, the Pacific County Brown Thrasher was a one evening 
wonder at a private residence near Long Beach. So, the darn thing didn't 
stick around in a public place where we could go try our luck in 
re-finding it.

Cheers,
Brad

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Subject: RE: Tricolored Blackbirds Othello.
From: "Randy Hill" <re_hill AT q.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:52:50 -0700
There were at least 8 males today, mostly behind the cattail and bulrush. More 
than 100 shorebirds, mostly LB Dowitchers and Western Sandpipers but also BN 
Stilts, Spotted Sandpipers, G&L Yellowlegs. Plenty of pelicans and Caspian 
Terns. Potholes Reservoir had a couple of Forster’s Terns and Clarks Grebes 
with many Western Grebes and pelicans. 


 

On the way home, at least a half dozen Common Nighthawks at Vernita Rest Area 
Benton County (Hwy 24) alternately flying around and roosting in the trees 
there. 


 

Randy Hill

Ridgefield

 

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Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:45 PM
To: tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] Tricolored Blackbirds Othello.

 


Found a few Tricolored Blackbirds at the Para Ponds this afternoon. Seldom 
found them there in middle of July, probably an indication of nesting. 

Randy Hill, Ridgefield
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Subject: Two Adult Mew Gull at the end of Discovery Bay
From: John Gatchet <jfgatchet AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:30:32 -0700
I view two adult MEW GULL from the wildlife pull out at the end of
Discovery Bay this evening.  They were with a group of CALIFORNIA GULL and
one RING-BILLED GULL floating on the water at high tide.  An OSPREY and a
group of LEAST SANDPIPER were there as well.

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Subject: Postponed date for field trip to Yellow Aster Butte
From: Fanter Lane <fanterlane AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:19:11 -0700
Hi tweeters,
Because of snow, Casey and I had to postpone our trip to the 22nd, and
there are still spaces available!

*Yellow Aster Butte, Mount Baker, Whatcom County*
*Tuesday 22 July 2014*
*Fanter Lane and Casey McHugh*


Hike: Yellow Aster Butte is a 4 mile uphill climb. The first two miles are
in forest and there are lots of biting black flies. Long pants and a light
long sleeve shirt, depending on weather, should be good. Then we will break
out above tree line and hike another two miles to the actual Butte. Flies
practically disappear once we're out of the trees. We will be hiking a
total of 8+ miles. This is a very intense hike, people should be aware of
what they're signing up for. There is also one steep section when we drop
down into a basin, this part of the trial is narrow, but good.

Target birds: White-tailed Ptarmigan, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch,
American-three Toed-woodpecker, Sooty Grouse and any other birds that might
be up above tree line.

Description: The main target of the trip is the White-tailed Ptarmigan, we
will drop down into a small basin where they live. We have a good chance of
Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, around the butte. Last year we found an American
Three-toed Woodpecker nest so we will see if there around. We will also
look for warblers along willow thickets. A rough estimate on the ending
time is 5:00pm, but can this time can easily change depending on what the
day brings. A Northwest Forest Pass, Interagency Pass or Senior pass is
required for vehicles parking at the trial head.

Meeting: We will meet in Deming, at the Nooksack Casino, and Carpool the
rest of the way. Time will be arranged when people sign up, however we will
shoot for an early start.

Sign up:
If you are interested in this trip, please email Fanter at
fanterlane AT gmail.com

Good Birding,

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Subject: Chambers Bay Osprey
From: John Riegsecker <jriegsecker AT pobox.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:55:28 -0700
All,

The Chambers Bay Osprey have made the move to a new nest with no 
apparent problems, again busy raising three chicks. While I watched, the 
female remained on the nest, leaving once to bring in a large stick, and 
once to chase off an interloping Osprey, while the male brought in two 
fish.  She is missing at least one primary from her right wing, and one 
feather is bent at right angles which looks odd when she flies.

The new nest is a mixed bag from a photography point of view.  It is 
higher than the old nest, and there are some ugly sticks that make it 
almost impossible to get a good shot of the birds in the nest.  On the 
upside, having complete access around the nest allows you to get into a 
good position when an adult returns to the nest with a fish.

http://skygardener.zenfolio.com/p930684489/h49bb44a#h49bb44a

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Subject: Anyone heard of a Brown Thrasher sighting in Pacific County?
From: "Doug Schurman" <doug AT bodyresults.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:55:13 -0700
According to the newspaper in Long Beach a Brown Thrasher was seen on Sunday
in that area.

 

LONG BEACH - A brown thrasher was sighted on the Peninsula on July 14, only
the third recorded sighting of this species in Pacific County since records
have been kept, according to the Washington Ornithological Society.

It was photographed north of Cranberry Road in the evening foraging with
other birds for about one hour.

 

http://www.chinookobserver.com/sports/great_outdoors/rare-sighting-made-of-a
-brown-thrasher-in-pacific-county/article_433530da-0c7b-11e4-bcb3-001a4bcf88
7a.html  

 

I haven't heard any notice of this on any Tweeters, ebird or any other
birding list serve.

 

Anyone else heard of this?

 

Happy birding

Doug Schurman

Seattle

 

 

 
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Subject: Educating birds--how to tell if your baby might be a Cowbird...
From: Leah Wegener <dlwegener AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:13:06 -0700
Hi, Tweets,
 
Attention Birds: Beware of Brown-headed Cowbirds using YOU to raise their 
young! These "brood parasites" will sneak one of their eggs into your nest 
while you are gone and leave the work of incubating and feeding to you. 
Sometimes they will even toss one of your eggs out to make room for their own! 

 
Description of Cowbird eggs:  white to grayish white with brown or gray spots
 
What to do if you spot a Cowbird egg in your nest:
 If you are strong enough, push the egg out. You can also try pecking it open. 

 If you are small, try a tip from the Yellow Warbler--"We can't push the eggs 
out, but we build a second nest right over the top of the egg and hope the 
Cowbird does not come back." 

 
Signs that one of the chicks in your nest might be a baby Cowbird:
      If it was a few days premature.  
      If the baby is larger than all of the other chicks.
      If the baby is larger than you!
 If the baby has been tossing the other chicks out of the nest, squashing them 
to death, or eating ALL the food you bring. 

 
You are not alone! Cowbirds have been found to use over 140 species of birds 
JUST LIKE YOU as "hosts" for their offspring. 

 
Help spread the word to other birds in your habitat. You are a bird. You have 
value. Go to the edge of your nest right now, and tweet, "I'm as mad as  AT #$! 
and I'm not going to take this anymore!" 

 
from Leah Wegener
dlwegener AT msn.com
Centralia, WA
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Subject: new memorable place added to website
From: "Joseph Higbee" <jvhigbee AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:34:47 -0700
I have added a place that must be memorable, I’ve been there five times, to 
my memorable places section on my website. I used three pages for the 
thumbnails and comments. Here is a link to my home page, from there it’s a 
cakewalk, or birdwalk or whatever to find the places. I could just link to the 
new place pages but then you wouldn’t see my home page. 


http://josephvhigbee.com/index.html

Joseph Higbee
Spanaway, WA
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Subject: Midway Beach/Bottle Beach/Ocean Shores Shorebirds and Black Swifts!
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:58:59 -0700
Tweeters,

To escape the heat from earlier this week, I visited Midway Beach (Pacific
County) and Bottle Beach and Ocean Shores in Grays Harbor County on Monday,
Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.  My trip was cut short by fog/mist
during the morning high tide which made viewing at high tide difficult.
 The trip was to study shorebirds but it turns out that non-shorebirds were
the highlights:

Western Sandpiper:  ~1500 at Bottle Beach on the outgoing tide and about
3500 at Oyhut Wildlife Area at Ocean Shores this morning right after high
tide.  100 at Midway Beach

Least Sandpiper: about 10 at Midway Beach, 5 at Bottle Beach and about 40
at Oyhut Wildlife Area

Short-billed Dowitcher: ~1800 at Bottle Beach on incoming and outgoing
after high tide.  About 10 at Midway Beach and about 30 at Oyhut Wildlife
Area

Long-billed Dowitcher: 6 at Midway Beach and about 10 at Oyhut Wildlife Area

Semipalmated Plover: max of 12 flyovers at Midway Beach, 5 at Bottle Beach
on each visit and 15 at Oyhut Wildlife Area.

Black-bellied Plover - a max of 87 at Bottle Beach.

Killdeer: at Midway Beach and at Oyhut Wildlife Area

Dunlin: 3 at Bottle Beach - all alternate plumage - one with a bad left leg

Ruddy Turnstone: 1 at Bottle Beach

Whimbrel: a max of 12 yesterday afternoon on the rising tide at Bottle
Beach - 9 at other times.  4 at Oyhut Wildlife Area.

RED KNOT: one faded alternate plumaged bird on the falling tide at Bottle
Beach on Tuesday morning.

Greater Yellowlegs: max of 2 in each location

Lesser Yellowlegs: one at Oyhut Wildlife Area.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

I sat at Midway Beach for about 2.5 hours yesterday morning and enjoyed all
the swallows zipping around.  I was really surprised to look up and see two
BLACK SWIFTs cruising northward at about 10:30 Tuesday morning.  These were
my first in Pacific County (code 4) and my first ones in Washington State
this year.  I probably saw them fly into Grays Harbor County but don't know
that for a fact.

I also enjoyed seeing at least 8 Rufous hummingbirds blasting their way
south - 3 at Midway Beach and at least 5 at Bottle Beach.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim
-- 
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Battle Ground, WA
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Subject: Re: odd sighting at Nisqually
From: "Tucker, Trileigh" <TRI AT seattleu.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:18:19 +0000
I agree with Louise. In fact, here’s a photo from almost exactly a year ago, in 
Nisqually: I wonder if it could be the very same poor Yellow Warbler being 
taken advantage of by the very same cowbird parents? 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/9392558493/in/photolist-

(Also, while I’m posting anyway, I’ve got some new photos and reflections on 
nesting Pileated Woodpeckers on my Natural Presence 
blog.) 


Cheers,
Trileigh

~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Trileigh Tucker
Lincoln Park, West Seattle
Natural history website: naturalpresencearts.com
Photography: flickr.com/photos/trileigh

From: Terry Sargent Peart 
> 

Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM
To: "tweeters AT u.washington.edu" 
> 

Subject: RE: [Tweeters] odd sighting at Nisqually


Wow, that is exactly what I saw, but with a Yellow Warbler. Thank you all who 
responded. I am now a little more educated. 


Terry P.
West Seattle


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Hi Terry,



Most likely your poor yellow warbler was feeding a juvenile cowbird. Cowbirds 
lay their eggs in the nests of warblers for preference. Here’s a link to a 
photo of a common yellowthroat feeding a cowbird baby, for comparison with what 
you saw. 




http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/3760839352_4e75bc0b3e_b.jpg



Louise Rutter

Kirkland


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Subject: Magnusson Mockingbird
From: Mitch <biglou22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:23:03 -0700
Hello all,
I'm curious if I missed the email about it but I hadn't heard if the
Magnusson Mockingbird was still around. Any news on that? Thanks!

Mitchell Von Rotz
Woodinville, Wa
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Subject: Taxonomy
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:25:39 -0700
Tired of all those bird reclassification's and name changes? All that lumping 
and splitting going on? Well, do what I do and list with a pencil. 

Your pencil should have a good eraser on it - you'll need it for the next name 
change. The way I list, all this lumping and splitting can be a fun game. Kind 
of like playing the stock market ,or (whats the difference) gambling. Win some, 
lose some. 

Take a bird like the former Plain Titmouse. I'd seen these birds in both 
California and Utah decades ago, so after the split into Oak, and Juniper, I 
got out my ol' list and penciled in a new bird! On the other hand, I lost one 
species on my list with the lumping of the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Won again on 
the Winter Wren split. Does adding these split birds seen years or decades 
before the split, count? On my list they do. 

 The whole Western Flycatcher thing doesn't bother me: I've never seen or heard 
a Cordilleran, to my knowledge, so I'm not out anything - just patiently 
waiting with my eraser to erase Pacific- slope, and re-install Western someday, 
if necessary. If you have been birding for decades, your pencil list with 
eraser marks, and insert arrows, can be revealing of the many taxonomic changes 
going on. 

Of course a challenge comes up when taxonomy order changes on a grander scale, 
like when the whole Order of Ducks and their friends got sent to the back of 
the North American bird bus, or when the Family of Vireos, formerly cavorting 
up near the fancy Wood Warblers, got dropped down to the songbird basement. 

This is where cut and paste comes in handy - with scissors paper and glue in my 
case. (Actually, I haven't got around to it yet). For those who insist on 
organizing on a computer,well whatever. 

If you think changes in the Order of Things is alarming in birds, it's even 
more so in other natural departments. Remember when fungi were plants? Well, 
not anymore - those toadstools have their own Kingdom now. Brown and Red algae 
may be in a whole other Kingdom too - not plants anymore - the juries still out 
on some of that. What is kelp really? 

And how about insects. Interesting little Springtails ,(tiny superabundant soil 
critters) used to be insects, but the last time I looked they've become some 
sort of other arthropod. And recently I discovered that a whole Order of 
insects has been "disappeared" - the Order Homoptera has been lumped with 
Hemiptera, so now Cicada's are bugs, apparently. 

Way back in Linnaeus' day there were only three Kingdoms: Animal, Vegetable, 
and Mineral. That was nice and simple. We could goof around being just plain 
Animals, even as our bodies were in the transition to the Mineral Kingdom 
(silver in your hair, gold in your teeth, and lead in your pants). Young or 
old, all bodies end up being ashes or fossils eventually. 

With our hominid DNA soaring above our 90- whatever- percent Chimp baseline, 
maybe we'll get this whole taxonomy thing nailed down someday , or possibly go 
nuts trying. 

Jeff Gibsonjust sayin', fromPort Townsend Wa



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Subject: Edmonds Marsh sandpipers 7-15-14
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:46:59 -0700
Sandpipers continue to stop at the Edmonds marsh. Tuesday evening (7/15/14)I 
got some shots which were clearer than my attempts of the recent past. Scroll 
down page 41 for photos. 




http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?9587-Wldlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2014/page41 



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Subject: Offshore LaPush in Mid-July
From: Boekelheide <bboek AT olympus.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:49:03 -0700
Hello, Tweeters,

This week Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is providing “Thank You” 
cruises for their volunteers, on the R/V Tatoosh out of La Push. Yesterday and 
today (7/14 & 7/15) I was lucky to go along as naturalist/bird spotter. Our 
cruise-track both days was to head north from La Push past Cake Rock to Sea 
Lion Rock, around Carroll Island and Jagged Island, then south of La Push to 
the Quillayute Needles. We were never more than about three miles offshore. 
Weather was overcast with calm winds. These islands include substantial nesting 
colonies of several seabird species in WA, so always interesting to see 
up-close in mid-nesting season. 


We saw several very active feeding flocks of gulls, alcids, cormorants, 
shearwaters and pelicans, suggesting forage fish are doing well this year. But 
most of the birds we saw were just loafing on the water, looking like they had 
their fill of fish and were simply hanging out. Most nesting species are 
probably on eggs right now; we only saw a couple puffins carrying small fish, 
and no murres carrying fish. Nesting colonies were very busy, with lots of bird 
activity. 


Some items of interest:
White-winged and Surf Scoter — scattered small flocks flying south, all males.
Sooty Shearwater - regular, but not abundant. Some were mixed in with feeding 
flocks, but most lazily flying north. 

Manx Shearwater - two birds on 7/15. One was in a feeding flock between Cake 
Island and Sea Lion Rock, and another soaring by with Sooties near Carroll 
Island. 

Brandt’s Cormorant - didn’t see any nest sites. Several hundred mostly 
one-year-olds roosting on various islands, undoubtedly from colonies down 
south. 

Double-crested Cormorant - approx. 30 DCCO nests at the very top of Jagged 
Island. 

Pelagic Cormorant - nests on all the islands with suitable cliff ledges.   
Brown Pelican - scattered, all immatures except one adult. Joined in feeding 
flocks and flew by in small flocks. 

Bald Eagle - Only one immature on offshore rocks, at Quillayute Needles
Greater Yellowlegs - 2 near the mouth of the Quillayute River, near where Denny 
Van Horn found adults with chicks 2 or 3 years ago. 

Black Turnstone - 6 on Sea Lion Rock.
Heermann’s Gull - numerous, mixed in with feeding flocks and flying by.
Common Murre - several thousand, mostly in large rafts near islands, but also 
in feeding flocks. The largest nesting colonies we saw were at Carroll Island 
and Quillayute Needles. 

Pigeon Guillemot, Rhino Auklet, and Marbled Murrelet - scattered individuals, 
nowhere common. 

Cassin’s Auklet - several individuals and small rafts, total number ~40-50 each 
day, mostly in the vicinity of Carroll and Jagged Islands, where thousands 
apparently nest. 

Ancient Murrelet - 1 lone adult on 7/14 near Carroll Island. Curiously, Carroll 
Island is the only spot in WA where Ancients were confirmed nesting (in 1924!), 
so is it still being used? 

Tufted Puffin - common both on the water and on nesting islands, several 
hundred total. We saw many puffins standing at nesting burrows in the big 
grassy areas on Carroll and Jagged Islands, where thousands apparently nest. 

Peregrine Falcon - single individuals perched at Cake Island and Quillayute 
Needles, likely Peale’s Falcons. 


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Subject: Tricolored Blackbirds Othello.
From: "Randy Hill" <re_hill AT q.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:44:39 -0700
Found a few Tricolored Blackbirds at the Para Ponds this afternoon. Seldom 
found them there in middle of July, probably an indication of nesting. 

Randy Hill, Ridgefield
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