[Tweeters] Re: The Ediz Hook bird feeder

Dennis Paulson dennispaulson at comcast.net
Tue Mar 14 18:10:24 PST 2006

Bruce and tweeters,

This is the site I have described in a couple of posts. During the  
fall there were lots of Golden-crowned and Savannah Sparrows feeding  
there. It's a great place to get photos, as you can sit in your car  
just a dozen or two feet away from the activity. Anyone out on Ediz  
Hook should check this spot to see what else turns up there, as all  
the action probably attracts all the seed-eating birds in the  
immediate area. What other shorebirds might be enticed to feed on  
this rich resource? Shorebirds often eat fruits and seeds left over  
from the summer before when they arrive on their arctic and subarctic  
breeding grounds before any insects or spiders have appeared.  
Sanderlings, for example, are known to eat grass seeds on the  
breeding grounds.

Funny how phrases such as "bird feeder" and "golf club" can have two  
distinctly different meanings....

Dennis Paulson
1724 NE 98 St.
Seattle, WA 98115

On Mar 14, 2006, at 5:37 PM, Bruce Moorhead wrote:

> This morning from 0920-1030 hrs along the outer part of Ediz Hook,  
> near the public restroom, I parked my vehicle and closely watched  
> at 20 ft the following birds using an informal "bird feeder" that  
> has been maintained for a year or more at one location by an  
> elderly, local man (in an old, red pickup) atop the low boulder- 
> revetments that line (and secure) the northern, seaward part of the  
> spit (and road). Each day or two he apparently puts out more milo  
> seed and water for the birds; however, the main beneficiaries at  
> this somewhat barren location are a semi-resident group of some 30  
> House Sparrows.  I first noted the site a year or more ago and  
> alerted others when sanderlings were noted eating the seed along  
> with the sparrows.
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