[Tweeters] Kent & Auburn, 6-22-08
Lynn & Carol Schulz
linusq at worldnet.att.net
Mon Jun 23 14:05:01 PDT 2008
We did the Kent Ponds (Green River Natural Resources Area) monthly census on Sun
morning, June 22. Afterwards, a couple of us visited M St in Auburn. The weather in
the morning was cool, cloudy, and breezy. Finally about 11:30 it started warming up
and reached 60 degrees by noon. Despite that, many birds were vocal. Here are some
highlights (and lowlights).
Green River Natural Resources Area (GRNRA) Census. 7 volunteers showed up to count
birds from 8am to noon.:
WOOD DUCK - 5 broods. # of juvs anywhere from 3 to 6 young per brood.
PIED-BILLED GREBE - 1 family group of 2 adults, and 2 very-small, striped juveniles.
Viewed from the grassy knoll. I am not sure of total numbers of Pied-billed Grebes
in other areas.
AMERICAN BITTERN - 1
GREEN HERON - 2
OSPREY - 2 These two adults could also be seen over at their cell tower nest by the
power station, viewed from the south tower.
RED-TAILED HAWK - several, both adult and juvenile
PEREGRINE FALCON - pale juvenile on a SE power tower. This is pretty special at this
time of year.
VIRGINIA RAIL - several heard. One calling its breeding call, kidik, kidik, very
loudly from near the grassy knoll.
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER - 1 (I also have one of these calling in Des Moines Creek
Park which is over the hill to the west of Kent Ponds.)
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE - 1 at least
WILLOW FLYCATCHER - many. Calling "Fitz-bew"
TREE SWALLOW - several broods in the nest boxes along the power line trail.
VG SWALLOW - numerous
BARN SWALLOW - moderate numbers
CLIFF SWALLOW - only 1
MARSH WREN - numerous
CEDAR WAXWING - numerous & quite distracting
YELLOW WARBLER - quite a few
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT - numerous
WILSON'S WARBLER - not sure of numbers. At least one.
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT - 1 - it's BAACK... Calling softly from the island.
WESTERN TANAGER - 1 calling and singing in tall cottonwoods in middle of area. Very
unusual for summer.
SAVANNAH SPARROW - numerous. At least one juvenile seen among all the adults.
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD - quite a few
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE - 2 females
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH - numerous
No Cooper's Hawks seen on our count or near the nest where a pair were active last
month. Have these birds fledged yet? It seems early for that.
No Northern Harriers seen. We had a successful nest of them last year near the south
No Lazuli Buntings seen or heard. I was especially distressed about that. Last week
Kathy Andrich saw one by the main west entrance. Maybe it's late in June to continue
Afterwards, in the early afternoon, Roger Orness and I went over to M St in front of
Emerald Downs in Auburn. We saw 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS on the far shore of the pond,
and 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. There were no Lazuli Buntings singing or visible. Whatta
For what it's worth: If anyone wants to volunteer to help us w/ the GRNRA monthly
census, contact Roger Orness, r.orness at comcast.net It's fun and I understand it
helps the City of Kent with its project requirements.
Yours, Carol Schulz
Des Moines, WA
linusq at att.net
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