[Tweeters] Blue Grouse at Mima Mounds N.A., Thurston County

Douglas Canning dcanning at zhonka.net
Sun Apr 15 16:04:45 PDT 2007


Greetings Tweets -

This afternoon I found a male Blue Grouse hooting about 40 feet up in a 
Douglas-fir at Mima Mounds Natural Area - this in the northeast part of 
the area where a conifer forest is well established on the prairie. The 
last time I saw a Blue Grouse here was July 2001 when I saw a female 
eating succulent Dandelion flowers along the road. Full list below. For 
those of you who are bicultural, the wildflowers are beginning to 
flower.

This report was mailed for Doug Canning by http://birdnotes.net

Date: April 15, 2007
Location: Mima Mounds Natural Area, Thurston County, Washington

Walked the main hiking trail loop between 1145 and 1450. Only modest
activity at model airplane and gun clubs.

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Blue Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus)                      1 [1] 
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)                       3 [2] 
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)                     2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)                     4
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)                     1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)                   1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)                             1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)            5 [3] 
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)          3 [4] 

Footnotes:

[1]  Male hooting.
[2]  One adult male; 1 juvenile male; 1 female.
[3]  All seen & heard singing.
[4]  Heard singing.

Total number of species seen: 9

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Douglas Canning
Olympia, Washington
dcanning at zhonka.net
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