[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 30 December 2016
lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Dec 30 20:16:19 PST 2016
What a glorious penultimate day of 2016! Although temps started in the mid-30s, it never felt really cold. With almost no winds, the lake was easy to scope. Plenty of activity to keep the attention, with several notable birds.
Eurasian Wigeon - male continues with the large flock of AMWI
Green-winged Teal - several groups totaling over 2 dozen; one bird had a distinctly buffy, rather than white, vertical stripe
Red-breasted Merganser - single male, south of park boundary
Cooper’s Hawk - one was an adult male, unbanded
Wilson’s Snipe - at least 4 in the very wet meadows
Barn Owl - 1 at north end, early
Short-eared Owl - several hunting flights, central meadow
Red-breasted Sapsucker - 2 birds, one flew out of traditional sap well tree at south fence line; the other was well ensconced within the tree
Merlin - one flushed out of a Doug fir on Promontory Point, headed west
Hermit Thrush - one chuffing from behind USGS building
Bohemian Waxwing - at least 7, north end; after hearing their calls, a group of 7 flew south; then, a group of about 100 Cedar Waxwings emerged all at once from the blackberries, and the two groups headed north to land in the tall cottonwoods above the dog run
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Audubon’s, in the wetlands
Townsend’s Warbler - female in a Doug fir by the fins
Lincoln’s Sparrow - a couple
Song Sparrow - many, several trying out their winter song
Western Meadowlark - 2 in the sports fields by the baseball outfield
For the day, 62 species.
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