[Tweeters] Eastern Kingbird still in Stillwater
mattxyz at earthlink.net
mattxyz at earthlink.net
Fri Jun 8 20:16:12 PDT 2007
Hi Tweets -
This afternoon, I took advantage of the nice weather and headed back
over to Stillwater and King county's own little Patagonia Picnic
I didn't see the Redstart or Chat today, but most of my time was
focused elsewhere. Eventually, I tracked down the EASTERN KINGBIRD
reported by Marv Breece yesterday. Today, it was feeding further
south than yesterday, in a field south of the 3rd bridge south of the
parking lot. So, if every bird is in place one could now see -
Bridge 1 - Yellow-breasted Chat
Bridge 2 - American Redstart
Bridge 3 - Eastern Kingbird
Quite a stretch of trail there!
After enjoy the other regular birds around the area, I headed up east
of Stillwater. Moss Lake, a place that has been birdy this year, is
closed off with signs posted saying there is a mother bear w/ 2 cubs
in the area. As an alternate, I headed up Stoessel Creek Rd [from
the store @ Stillwater, turn east on Kelly Rd. After maybe 4-5 miles,
Kelly road turns left and Stoessel Creek Road continues straight.
After another mile or so, the pavement ends. Another mile beyond
this, I pulled off at a DNR gate and hiked in on an old logging road].
A pleasant couple hours of hiking produced a nice selection of low
mountain birds including MacGillivray's, Yellow & Wilson's Warblers,
Olive-sided, Pacific-slope & Willow Flycatches, Mourning Dove &
Band-tailed Pigeons, Western Tanagers & BH Grosbeaks. A flock of RED
CROSSBILLS stopped by for a bit. And as a bird highlight, I tooted in
a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL -- it came pretty close in, then a pair of
robins, some tanagers and a Steller's Jay all took exception to its
presence and chased it off.
On the way out, some crashing in the brush turned into a young [I'm
guessing] BLACK BEAR. I didn't stick around to see if momma was
nearby.... So much for avoiding bears by avoiding Moss Lake....
>From: "Marv Breece" <mbreece at earthlink.net>
>To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
>Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 07:28:02 -0700
>Yesterday (7 June 2007) I birded the Stillwater/Carnation area with
>Janeanne Houston. On our arrival at the Stillwater Unit at about
>7:30AM, the 2nd yr male AMERICAN REDSTART was singing and flitting
>about the trees along the trail, just south of the 2nd bridge south
>of the main parking area. We also heard the YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
>singing in the field to the west. We did not see the chat. Other
>birds in the area included RED-EYED VIREO, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and
>We then visited McDonald Park in Carnation, where within 5 minutes
>we observed 6 species of swallow (tree, violet-green, northern
>rough-winged, bank, barn and cliff) from the bridge over the
>In the early afternoon, we returned to the Stillwater location where
>we observed an EASTERN KINGBIRD along the trail not far north of the
>main parking area. A BULLOCK'S ORIOLE sang nearby. In the field
>to the west, we enjoyed a pair of LAZULI BUNTINGS. The female was
>carrying nesting material. About 20 BLACK SWIFTS flew overhead.
>It was a good day.
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