[Tweeters] Foothills Trail, 2 Sept. 2008: AMRE, GOEA

Charlie Wright c.wright7 at comcast.net
Tue Sep 2 16:42:06 PDT 2008

Hello All
Today was an excellent day to be birding the Foothills Trail in Pierce
County. The morning started out chilly but it cleared and warmed up as the
day went on. Migrants were in nearly every patch of willows and alders along
South Prairie Creek and elsewhere. Raptors began moving in good numbers as
the day heated up. Highlights were an adult Golden Eagle seen soaring for 10
minutes with an adult and immature Bald Eagle, and an HY male American
Redstart at the "unmarked intersection" shown in this Google Map:

Below is a selective list from 77 total species between 0910 and 1350.

Common Merganser (2)
Green Heron (1)
Turkey Vulture (24)-migrating.
Osprey (1)
Bald Eagle (2): 1ad., 1 imm.
Sharp-shinned Hawk (8)-migrating.
Cooper's Hawk (2)
Red-tailed Hawk (3)
GOLDEN EAGLE (1): soaring over REI wetland with 2 Bald Eagles.
Virginia Rail (1)
Least Sandpiper (2)-flying over.
Band-tailed Pigeon (30)
Mourning Dove (8)
NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL (2): calling in response to imitation in deciduous areas.
Black Swift (1)
Vaux's Swift (45)
Anna's Hummingbird (1): unmarked intersection.
Rufous Hummingbird (1)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (5ad.)
Pileated Woodpecker (1)
Western Wood-Pewee (3)
Willow Flycatcher (24): some still feeding young, others obvious migrants
Hammond's Flycatcher (1)
Hutton's Vireo (1)
(Western) Warbling Vireo (18)
Red-eyed Vireo (2)
Steller's Jay (23)-migrating.
Violet-green Swallow (80)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (5)
Barn Swallow (45)
Black-capped Chickadee (35)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (20)
Bushtit (50)
Brown Creeper (5)
American Dipper (1)
Swainson's Thrush (24): all those seen were "Russet-backed."
Cedar Waxwing (80)
(lutescens) Orange-crowned Warbler (10)
Yellow Warbler (5)
(Audubon's) Yellow-rumped Warbler (4)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (42)
AMERICAN REDSTART (1): unmarked intersection, beautiful!
MacGillivray's Warbler (6): high count.
Common Yellowthroat (25)
Wilson's Warbler (16)
Western Tanager (4)
(Gambel's) White-crowned Sparrow (1)
(Oregon) Dark-eyed Junco (1)-migrant.
Black-headed Grosbeak (1)
Purple Finch (50): many family groups, high count
Pine Siskin (15)
American Goldfinch (25)
Evening Grosbeak (3)

This report was generated by eBird v2 (http://ebird.org).

Charlie Wright
Bonney Lake, Washington

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