[Tweeters] Swan Creek & Dupont Cassin's Vireo & BTGray Warbler
marcus at rainierconnect.com
Sun Apr 10 18:56:08 PDT 2016
What a beautiful weekend to find new migrants in Pierce County. On Saturday, Bruce LaBar found a Townsend’s Solitaire in the old burn area/clearing of Swan Creek Park in East Tacoma. While Heather and I didn’t find the bird on Saturday, we did find it on a return trip the following morning. Lots of Purple Finches singing from the tops of the Firs and Chipping Sparrow, as well. On Saturday we saw 2 singing Cassin’s Vireos that we were able to get nice looks at singing in a Madrone. On Sunday, we didn’t relocate the vireos, but did see our first singing male Black-throated Gray Warbler of the year.
To get to Swan Creek take the Portland Ave exit south, 44th East about 4 blocks and turn south right before the elementary school on T Street. Walk in from the gate. This is also a great mountain biking area that has been recently developed.
On Sunday after checking out Swan Creek, we went south to Dupont to hike the Sequalitchew Creek Trail. It is a lovely 1. 5 hike down a creek canyon all the way to the waterfront with a nice view of Nisqually NWR estuary. It is a perfectly graded trail as this was where the narrow gauge railroad carrying the explosives (that Dupont!) went down to the waterfront. It is paved for about a 1/3 of the way and the rest is so nicely graveled that strong young men from JBLM were pushing strollers up and down.
We had a nice migrant flock at the top of the canyon where the trail first meets the creek and pavement: 10 YR Warblers, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers & a Cassin’s Vireo along with Downy Woodpecker and Red-breasted Sapsucker to keep things hopping. They warblers were especially interested in the flowers of the Big-Leaf Maples. There were still a small number of waterbirds off the beach, with White-winged Scoters being one of the scarcer Pierce County sightings.
The trail head for Sequalitchew Creek starts at Dupont City Hall. Take the Center Street exit off of I –5 and follow it as it curves around heading back north, you’ll see the Blue signs for city hall and the fire station on Civic Drive.
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