[Tweeters] Redwing update for 12-29

Ruth Sullivan godwit at worldnet.att.net
Wed Dec 29 17:49:42 PST 2004

Hello Tweets and birders abroad,

Despite a good showing again today at Olympia(Washington State)the Redwing was not positively seen,away from a single,brief sighting by a reputable California birder at around 11:30am of the bird made north of Harrison Ave. and the intersection of Garfield Ave. The bird could not be relocated,after it was noted flying to the east of that location with a group of Am.Robins with extensive coverage made as far east as Foote Street. There were good numbers of birders along Decatur Street beginning at around 7:30am,then again in the afternoon at 2:30pm to after 4pm. Several birders remained during the day from as far away as Michigan and Colorado,as well as BC and Washington birders. Thorough coverage was made in the surrounding areas extending from the Grass Lake Park area to the west(along Kaiser Street,which is accessed north of Mud Bay Rd.)to Sherman Street to the east. This makes the second day that the Redwing has not made a good appearance since it was first located on the 20th of December,as on Christmas Day when the bird was not seen. Perhaps this is weather related,but maybe not and better luck will occur tomorrow.

The weather remained quite wet with rain until 1pm when conditions dried off considerably,but Am.Robin flocks remained very scattered. There was 1-2 Sharp-shinned Hawks and a single Merlin working the general vicinity surrounding Decatur Street that seemed hinder efforts in search of the Redwing. Our main highlight of the day was a single immature White-throated Sparrow at the Grass Lake Park(refuge)amongst a nice gathering of 15+ Golden-crowned Sparrows. A single male Purple Finch and  a Hutton's Vireo were also present along the trail to Grass Lake. Other sightings included up to 2 separate Townsend's Warblers near Decatur Street and several Western Scrub Jays.

Good birding,

Ruth and Patrick Sullivan
godwit at worldnet.att.net

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