[Tweeters] Racing Headlines
ednewbold1 at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 3 15:43:05 PDT 2007
KRISTI HEIN & CASEY BAZEWICK are comfortably padding their Anacortes residential record to 56, 8 over, with FOX SPARROW & SNOW GEESE (not that easy there, you try it!) being the latest adds.
JOHN TUBBS working yard in Redmondnow at 77 with WHITE-THROATED SPARROW & HUTTONS VIREO just added, has been all over the news, almost overshadowing his entry from his own residence in Snoqualmie, where a new record looks to be in the making with 52 including GREATER-WHITE FRONTED GOOSE & WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, presumably a different individual and not on Tubbs payroll.
Meanwhile, another one of these apparently ubiquitous sparrows has brought SCOTT HOSKIN to 57, which might not turn heads on the coast of Alabama but in Ballard/ residential could be a mark to last a century.
Further north, KATHY VOLZ is guaranteeing a record for the previously un-raced city of Bothell. Volzs 29 include BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, LINCOLNS SPARROW & PINE SISKIN. Still optimistically looking forward to the day Pine Siskin is not a highlight bird in Seattle.
Back in town, BILL MORRIS is in a tense nail-biting race with his last-year Green Lake record of 50. Morris needs four to tie, and unless Global Warming gets even worse than it is, there wont be another major migration in the region till 2008.
In outer Auburn SANDY DANIELS & KEVIN STEINER are safely into record territory, 5 over at 81 species with recent adds being BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, WESTERN SCRUB JAY, HOUSE WREN & a night-flying flock of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. Racing action in outer Auburn has been furious all year, however, with BRIAN PENDLETON trading off the lead with Daniels/Steiner like DALE EARNHARDT & RICHARD PETTY. DANIELS has also compiled a list of yard breeders that makes one hopeful for the future of the class Avies, including 10 Yard-Nesting species--nest found, 4 more suspected--nest not found, 21 species feeding young and 8 more young-of-the-year seen not being fed. Wow!
Speaking of Wow!, JIM DANZENBAKER continues to blaze along with a residential tally of 111 as of last report, which would set an all new overall high for residential YBR records. Danzenbaker is working out of Battleground down in Clark County.
A bit closer to the ocean, DIANA MOORE is well into record territory in Ocean Shores with 63 including a GREAT HORNED OWLS (its a good idea to pay attention to the Crows, she says) and a RED-TAILED HAWK, which may not sound that unusual inland but hasnt showed up for years on her yard list.
Shoreline is likely to pick up a new record this year as CHRISTINE SOUTHWICK is now at or past 57 with TOWNSENDS, O-C WARBLERS plus a TURKEY VULTURE obliging enough to fly over her house.
Theres lot more racers with lots of news, this is just a smattering of those whove recently reported.
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