[Tweeters] Very Long Weekend in Roy (plus Ft Lewis) - 07-05-2006

Desilvis, Denis J denis.j.desilvis at boeing.com
Wed Jul 5 13:24:40 PDT 2006

A working four-days of "vacation" led to some sore muscles, but pleasant
birding at Roy (and at Fort Lewis). The nestbox next to the house
emptied its Tree Swallow contents mid-week last, and by Saturday, either
new tenants or the previous occupants were building atop the old nest
for a batch of new young. The Tree Swallows nesting in one of the Purple
Martin gourds again harassed some visiting Purple Martins, which put in
only a brief appearance.

Two young American Kestrels were in the area, and an adult kestrel
dive-bombed a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk that made the mistake of getting
too close to the fledgling falcons.

Oh, vanity! Thy name is White-crowned Sparrow. And one of these appears
to have taken up new territory below the house, letting us know
throughout the day how gorgeous it is. The high-pitched calls of Cedar
Waxwings were prevalent, and I saw one carrying nesting material into a
blackberry patch.

The California Quail crop appears to have been reduced in number by
about two-thirds, with only six young still calling the area "home." A
batch of feathers and a foot from one of the young attested to the fact
that predators are certainly in the area.

A walk around the property boundaries was made difficult by the expanse
of reed canary-grass that exists in quite a bit of the area. No
waterfowl in the area, but Marsh Wrens, Yellow Warblers, and Common
Yellowthroats were in many places. One Marsh Wren nest I found appeared
to be active.

Roy bird-of-the-weekend: Orange-crowned Warbler, a new species for the
site, picking off insects next to the back deck.

A brief trip to the Fort Lewis 91st Division Prairie on Monday added a
new species for the year there -- House Wren (not included in the list
below). Lots of swallows of four species near the Muck Creek bridge at
the east side of the prairie -- missed Rough-winged and Purple Martin
for a sextet. I was surprised that the latter species wasn't in the
usual spots at Chambers Lake or Brandenburg Marsh.

Birds seen in Roy this weekend include the following (those also seen at
Fort Lewis noted in parenthesis):

California Quail (+FTL)
Turkey Vulture (seen both 6/30 and 7/1)
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (+FTL)
American Kestrel
Killdeer (+FTL)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (+FTL)
Rufous Hummingbird (+FTL)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (+FTL; drumming there)
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (+FTL)
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee (+FTL)
Willow Flycatcher (+FTL)
Steller's Jay (+FTL)
American Crow (+FTL)
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow (+FTL)
Violet-green Swallow (+FTL)
Cliff Swallow (+FTL)
Barn Swallow (+FTL)
Black-capped Chickadee (+FTL)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Marsh Wren (+FTL)
Swainson's Thrush (+FTL) (excellent views of this species both at Roy
and FTL)
American Robin (+FTL)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (+FTL)
Orange-crowned Warbler (+FTL)
Yellow Warbler (+FTL)
Common Yellowthroat (+FTL)
Western Tanager (+FTL)
Spotted Towhee (+FTL)
Chipping Sparrow (+FTL)
Savannah Sparrow (+FTL)
Song Sparrow (+FTL)
White-crowned Sparrow (+FTL)
Dark-eyed Junco (+FTL)
Black-headed Grosbeak (+FTL)
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch (+FTL)
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch (+FTL)
House Sparrow

Roy: 50 spp for the weekend; 77 spp YTD; 88 spp site-to-date
Fort Lewis: 34 spp in just over 1 hour (incl House Wren)

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
Seattle, WA
mailto:denis.j.desilvis at boeing.com

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