[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 22 April 2016

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Apr 22 15:18:02 PDT 2016

Happy Earth Day! And a welcome back to more normal Seattle weather after several record breaking hot days. Not ready for the heat so today’s brisk weather was nice. Actually, the morning started out pretty breezy, with chop on the lake and fluttering leaves making finding birds a challenge. Fortunately, many were calling so that helped. Water birds have almost all headed north, while a few new migrants made their appearance.

Common Loon - one was calling early
Osprey - the nesting pair continue, successfully fishing
Bald Eagle - 2 adults and 1 immature; the adults were hunting at the crack of dawn
Red-tailed Hawk - an immature bird was constantly harassed by a bevy of crows
Virginia Rail - one or two birds grunting in the wetlands
Wilson’s Snipe - at least 3 or 4 birds still around, calling and flying about in the West Meadow
Gulls - lots of Mew and Glaucous-winged, plus an adult California and a young Thayer’s on the swim platform
Caspian Tern - a couple on the swim platform, calling and irritating the gulls
Barn Owl - a couple hunting in the west meadow, early
Vaux’s Swift - a couple, flying higher than the swallows; FOY
Anna’s Hummingbird - many; a couple of recently fledged, and a female putting finishing touches on a nest behind USGS—may be her second brood
Hutton’s Vireo - one still singing, Promontory Pt
Warbling Vireo - one singing and giving its scolding call, behind USGS; FOY
Swallows - many, many Tree and VG; plus, a dozen Barn, FOY, and a couple Cliff, also FOY
Warblers - about a dozen Orange-crowned and Common Yellowthroat; plus, several dozen Yellow-rumped—most were Audubon’s, but several Myrtles plus a couple intergrade Audubon’s x Myrtle. The YRWA were in a few small flocks, plus a couple of large flocks of 20-30 birds.
Wilson’s Warbler - gave a short song and several distinctive chip notes; FOY
White-throated Sparrow - white-striped; FOY; gave full song, then emerged in a small flock of Golden and White-crowned

For the day, 61 species; with 6 new, 102 species for the year.
Checklists: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29125139 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29125139>
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29125227 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29125227>
Scott Ramos

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