[Tweeters] Fill today

Rolan Nelson rnbuffle at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 15 16:05:14 PDT 2011

Connie's Buffleheads at the Fill must be the leading edge of them.  I've been watching eagerly for their return to the Lake at Madigan on Joint Base Lewis McChord.  No sign of them yet 

Rolan Nelson
Fircrest, WA
rnbuffle at yahoo.com

--- On Sat, 10/15/11, Connie Sidles <constancesidles at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Connie Sidles <constancesidles at gmail.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fill today
To: "TWEETERS tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 11:00 AM

Hey tweets, despite the fact that today was a football Saturday, the birds were fantastic. More birds than people, I wot. The winter ducks were especially spectacular: 3 Ruddies, 3 Buffleheads (they're back!!), numerous American Wigeons, 7 Northern Pintails, a big flock of Ring-necked mixed with a few Lesser Scaup, and the Wood Ducks were reportedly out in force (although I didn't see any). Also, a flock of Common Mergansers flew by but wouldn't settle in the lake - too many ginormous boats I think, all lined up for football. The boats were helpful in herding numerous Horned Grebes to fish on the Fill side of the lake - I couldn't count them all, as they never seemed to surface all at once. 

On land, things were quite quiet until I reached SW Pond, where the bushes were so crammed with passerines as to defy belief. Among the Song Sparrows, White-crowned, Lincoln's, Savannahs, American Goldfinches, House Finches, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Bewick's Wrens was at least one Pine Siskin. First of year bird for me. In this same habitat recently were Fox Sparrows, a Pacific Wren, lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a beautiful male Purple Finch. Two Western Meadowlarks were walking and flying in Hunn Meadow West.

A great day. - Connie, Seattle

constancesidles at gmail.com
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