[Tweeters] Volunteer Park, Seattle: WESTERN WOOD PEEWEE, GREAT BLUE HERON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, COOPER'S HAWK

Kevin Purcell kevinpurcell at pobox.com
Thu Sep 4 18:15:55 PDT 2008


This morning at 8am to 10am.

The migrants seem to favor the eastern side of the park first thing
in the morning (more sun at that time in the morning). Quite a lot of
bird song/calling today.

Two different groups of two flycatchers (usual behavior and beak
shape) high in the trees. Most likely WESTERN WOOD PEEWEE with green/
gray back, darker head, darker bill, lighter underside, mid-length
tail and wing bars. I didn't see an eye-ring but it was a long way
away so it could be an Empid.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was availing itself of the free "fast food"
provided by the carp ponds. It's been there on and off over the last
few days. He was standing on the vegetation in the pond allowing an
excellent close view of his plumage from a couple of meters away. He
seems very adapted to humans and is difficult to scare off. I saw it
on Saturday too perched in a tree by the reservoir. Park staff now
have a water jet across the carp ponds to discourage it's return.

The SPOTTED SANDPIPER is still there on the reservoir.

I did see a single juvenile COOPER'S HAWK today walking on the grass
by the Amphitheatre before he flew off into the trees. I didn't hear
him calling the "peep" call in that time so I think he maybe the only
one in the park and the others have maybe left. Being quiet makes him
much more difficult to find but he's still in the park.

Also seen: WAXWING and the other "usual" birds.
--
Kevin Purcell
kevinpurcell at pobox.com




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