[Tweeters] Lazuli Bunting at Three Forks off-leash Park, Snoqualmie
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Mon Aug 1 12:25:09 PDT 2011
Scott Ramos and I co-led a Seattle Audubon field-trip yesterday (07/31/11) to Rattlesnake Ridge, with side trips to Traditions Plateau and Three Forks off-leash park, all in the Snoqualmie area. We had a great group of ten, ranging from experienced birders to enthusiastic new birders, as well as a bonus of excellent and abundant botany knowledge. Thanks to everyone for contributing towards a delightful day.
Our early start found the birds still hunkered down in the morning mist at Tradition Plateau, although we had some great close-up views of Wilson's Warbler and Cedar Waxwing, as well as Pileated Woodpecker. We then headed to Rattlesnake Ridge, hiking about five miles round-trip, again much of it in a light mist with a temp around 67 degrees. Highlights included a female MacGillivray's Warbler escorting a juvenile, with multiple opportunities to study Willow Flycatchers, Olive-sided Flycatchers, Western Wood-pewee's and Hutton's Vireo's as well as a roost of Band-tailed Pigeon's exceeding over 25 in one tree.
As the cloud's parted, we decided to have one last stop at the Three Forks off-least park in Snoqualmie. When one of the first birds we saw was a Peregrine Falcon and the sun was finally overpowering the day-long clouds, it was already a worthwhile stop. The highlight of the day was the opportunity to see a male Lazuli Bunting, but perhaps even more impressive was the female Lazuli steadfastly holding onto a caterpillar anxiously waiting to feed the juveniles just out of our sight. We soaked in their beauty as long as we could, and then let them have their privacy to feed their awaiting fledglings.
Birds for the day included:
Black-throated Gray Warbler
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