[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 4-21-2016

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Apr 21 20:52:27 PDT 2016


High fog partly covered sky at beginning, but it was mostly sunny by the end
for the 23 of us that birded Eagles Pride GC today. Because our last three
outings were very wet, we didn't have a high species list for the year. That
changed today! Notable sightings include the following:

GREATER YELLOWLEGS (flyover) and WESTERN BLUEBIRD are new species for the
count, which celebrated its 3rd birthday this month (incept date: April
2013). (And if you're unsure what "incept" date is, you're probably not
familiar with the movie "Blade Runner.") We now have 105 species recorded
since that first outing. Considering that the site is mostly forest and
forest edges, 105 represents a pretty good diversity of species.

below for details.)


CASSIN'S and HUTTON'S VIREOs (good views on the two Cassin's)

WESTERN SCRUB-JAY (first sighting -- heard once two years ago; silent bird
today -- possible nest nearby?)

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (never a sure thing on this walk)

BUSHTIT - at nest


Today's species count (58) is the most we've recorded in one outing since we

The JBLM Eagles Pride GC birders meet the third Thursday of each month at
8:00AM. Starting point is Bldg # 1514, Driving Range Tee, Eagles Pride Golf
Course, I-5 Exit 116, Mounts Road Exit. Upcoming walks include the

. May 19

. June 16

. July 21

Anyone is welcome to join us!

Wood Duck 2 Hodge Lake

Mallard 4

Ring-necked Duck 3 Hodge Lake

Bufflehead 8 Hodge Lake

Hooded Merganser 1

Great Blue Heron 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Greater Yellowlegs 1 Flyover above golf course boundary with Dupont
housing area

Glaucous-winged Gull 1

Band-tailed Pigeon 2

Mourning Dove 2

Anna's Hummingbird 6

Rufous Hummingbird 1

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1

Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 5

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1

Cassin's Vireo 2 At 14th green, but seen very well by all observers in
rhododendrons beside 15th tee.

Hutton's Vireo 1 Well heard, identified by most observers in
cut-through near Dupont housing.

Steller's Jay 4

Western Scrub-Jay 1 Past Hodge Lake, below Dupont housing, on trail
leading to 12th green

American/Northwestern Crow 15

Common Raven 3

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1

Tree Swallow 6

Barn Swallow 15

Black-capped Chickadee 4

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 11

Bushtit (Pacific) 6

Red-breasted Nuthatch 3

Brown Creeper 2

Pacific Wren 3

Bewick's Wren 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet 5

Western Bluebird 1 Near golf course driving range, flying toward I-5

American Robin 40

European Starling 9

Orange-crowned Warbler 21

MacGillivray's Warbler 3 Yellow belly, distinct black hood darkest at
chest/belly interface transitioning to gray up neck and black again on head,
distinct pair of white eye arcs. Seen at close range near the 12th hole pond
(same area as last year) for extended periods by all/most of 23 birders. Two
others heard at other parts of the walk.

Common Yellowthroat 4 One near 12th hole pond; all others at Hodge Lake

Yellow-rumped Warbler 10

Black-throated Gray Warbler 2 One bird heard only; other bird well seen
by all observers (scope view) on cut-through to 14th tee.

Townsend's Warbler 2

Hermit Warbler 3 First heard repeatedly, successfully called in and
heard/identified, but only seen briefly. Another bird heard nearby (singing
at same time as 1st bird). Third bird heard behind Hodge Lake.

Wilson's Warbler 1 First heard, then observed at close range (25 ft)
for 10 minutes by 23 birders. Small, clean bright yellow underneath,
distinct black cap of male.

Chipping Sparrow 1 In grass between 18th fairway and golf driving

Dark-eyed Junco 14

White-crowned Sparrow 16

Golden-crowned Sparrow 11

Savannah Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 14

Spotted Towhee 5

Red-winged Blackbird 7

Brown-headed Cowbird 11

Purple Finch (Western) 6

Pine Siskin 3

American Goldfinch 1

Evening Grosbeak 13

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis

avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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