[Tweeters] Eastern Kingbird invasion?

Roger r_craik at shaw.ca
Mon Mar 14 20:03:11 PST 2005


Just about "Dirt Bird" status in SW BC if you know where to look for them. Very
habitat specific. The same with Gray Catbirds. They seem to like to occupy
similar areas.

Roger Craik
Maple Ridge BC

Eugene and Nancy Hunn wrote:


> Stewart et al.,

>

> I would think the date is far more unusual for Eastern Kingbird than the

> west side location. They would be a full two months early. I believe Eastern

> Kingbirds migrate north via the eastern United States, thus arrive here a

> few week later generally than Western Kingbirds, which migrate up through

> the western US.

>

> Gene Hunn

> 18476 47th Pl NE

> Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

> enhunn323 at comcast.net.

>

> ----- Original Message -----

> From: "Stewart Wechsler" <ecostewart at quidnunc.net>

> To: "Inga Holmquist" <ingawh at yahoo.com>; "Tweeters"

> <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 7:10 PM

> Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Eastern Kingbird invasion?

>

> > While not at all common, Eastern Kingbirds are not very rare in Western

> > Washington. I first saw one in Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle several

> > years

> > ago perched on the top of a lombardy poplar, as they frequently did where

> > I

> > grew up on Long Island, N.Y.. I was surprised at first, but looked it up

> > in

> > Hunn and saw that they were relatively rare on the west side of the

> > Cascades, but have been recorded breeding here. I'm fairly sure I've seen

> > a

> > few others in western WA, though I can't remember when and where right now

> > (may have been the south Sound prairies?).

> >

> > The flowers and butterflies are 2 weeks to 2 months early this year and it

> > wouldn't seem very surprising to me to see an Eastern Kingbird by now this

> > year even though Hunn lists them as starting to appear in mid-May. The

> > telephone wire perch is much more typical than the earlier sighting on a

> > blade of grass or in grass.

> >

> > Stewart Wechsler

> >

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