[Tweeters] Wood Duck, Mallard ducklings at McLane
dcanning at igc.org
Mon Jun 8 20:16:58 PDT 2009
The Wood Duck ducklings I saw at the McLane beaver pond on 25 May are
thriving, and there is a new brood of 8 Mallard ducklings. Song bird
activity was low, but pretty good for a warm afternoon. The Swainson's
Thrush count was low.
Most interesting was finding a Painted Turtle ashore, sitting on a
trail-side patch of gravel, no more than 2 m from the pond shore, its
legs and head fully withdrawn. I got down on my hands and knees, took
off my glasses, peered under its carapace, and it withdrew its head
even more. I could find no evidence of it's digging a nest to lay eggs,
but it had not been here when I had passed by an hour earlier.
Complete bird list follows...
This report was mailed for Doug Canning by http://birdnotes.net
Date: June 8, 2009
Location: McLane Creek Nature Trail, Thurston County, Washington
Walked the 1.4-mile, figure-8, trail loop around beaver pond and
along McLane Creek, 1405 to 1605 pst. Bird Activity modest. Saw one
turtle, apparently a Painted Turtle, ashore along the train.
Birds seen (in taxonomic order):
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 5 
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 10 
Band-tailed Pigeon (Columba fasciata) 1 
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1 
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1 
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 3 
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 4 
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 12 
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 5
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1 
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 5 
 Female plus 4 Class 2 ducklings.
 Pair plus 8 Class 1 ducklings
 Heard repeatedly.
 Calling, singing.
 Calling, singing.
 No more than 1 male or 4 females/juveniles seen at a time.
Total number of species seen: 14
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