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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 22:36:21 -0700
From: Charles Swift <charless at moscow.com>

This is Charles Swift with the northern Idaho / eastern Washington
/northeastern Oregon bird hotline for Friday, July 23.

At the Walla Walla River Delta in western Walla Walla Co., WA, Mike Denny
reports good shorebird action during the week with 132 Western Sandpipers,
5 Baird^Rs Sandpipers, and 1 Marbled Godwit, along with good numbers of
White Pelicans and Caspian Terns.

The delta is just north of the jct of US 12 and US 730. Park in the
pullout on the west side of US 12 across from Madame Dorian Park and take
the well worn trail down to the delta. WA DeLorme 40, D-1.

Mike also reports numerous Western Screech Owls are calling along the S.
Fork of the Walla Walla River which east of Milton Freewater along the
Walla Walla River Rd. Also along here are good numbers of Black-chinned
and Calliope Hummingbirds. (unfortunately I don^Rt have an Oregon Delorme
so cannot give you that information!)

Mann Lake is also seeing some shorebird action although only a small
amount of mud is exposed so far. On a visit this past Saturday, July 17,
Jane Westervelt reports 30 Semipalmated Sandpiper, a handful of Dunlin,
Lesser Yellowlegs, a dowitcher species, and a Common Tern.


>From the north end of Lewiston, follow US 12 West south into town, cross

the Clearwater River on Memorial Bridge and immediately take the first
left (east) toward East Lewiston. Turn left (east) onto East Main Street
and go about a half mile to the flashing yellow lights. Turn right (south)
onto Lapwai (a.k.a. Lindsay Creek) Road. At mile 1.5 the road forks; stay
right on Lindsay Creek Road (Nez Perce County Road 460) and follow it
about 5 miles to its terminus at Grelle Avenue. Turn left (east) onto
Grelle Avenue and just past the sharp right curve, turn left (east) onto
East Powers Avenue (a.k.a. Lapwai Road). Continue straight (east) past the
grain towers to the main parking lot. ID DeLorme 54, A-1.

At the Moscow sewage ponds this week I saw 3 Solitary Sandpipers, 7
Spotted Sandpipers including 4 fledglings, and a Least Sandpiper. The
sewage ponds are just east of the WA/ID border on the Moscow/Pullman
Highway across the highway from Walmart.

Good birding!
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Charles E. Swift
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From: Richard Swanston <Rickswan at netcom.ca>

Just a note to all shorebird watchers that Western Sandpipers are
being marked with Auxillary Bands again this year . Be on the look out
for coloured Bands on legs . ATTEMPT !! If you dare to record the side
the bands are located BIRDS Right and Left and the colour combination
being upper or lower ie Right leg BLUE band Over Yellow
with Left leg RED over metal as an example only I do not know if
Flags are being used this year report to CWS 604 9404700 . It is NOT
IMPOSSIBLE saw one of the critters Friday night at the Beach Grove
Lagoon at 19:00 Right Leg Red bottom with Blue on top over the joint
=2E With Left leg Upper Yellow over the joint with what looked like a
metal band under the joint

Richard Swanston Delta , B. C. Canada rickswan at netcom.ca


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>From : "J. Perrin" <djperrin at uniserve.com>


Anyone know what's with the Pine siskins? I was able to pick up one who
seemed too busy cracking sunflower seeds under my feeders to notice me!
At 9 p.m. one was still feeding on the window sunflower feeder. All
"normal" birds were already snug in their "beds".

J. Perrin, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. (djperrin at uniserve.com)




>From MEYER2J at aol.com Sun Jul 25 08:46:46 1999

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Hi Tweets:

On Saturday, July 24, 9 birders enjoyed a walk with East Lake Washington
Audubon through the Bob Heirman Wildlife Area in Snohomish County. Even
though the day was gray, it didn't rain. In addition to the 35 bird specie=
s,
we saw Coyote scat, deer tracks, and a cute Water Shrew.

Pied-billed Grebe
Wood Duck
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Killdeer
Mourning Dove
Rufous Hummingbird (2)
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Steller's Jay
American Crow
Cedar Waxwing
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bushtit
Barn Swallow
Violet-greeen Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Goldfinch
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird

Joyce Meyer
Woodinville, WA

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Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 09:55:40 -0700
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Hello Tweeters,
Vicki Biltz and i decided yesterday to take a trip to the coast to look for
shorebirds. Our stops where in Bottle beach,Tokland and a fast look in
Ocean Shores.
The weather early in the morning where not realy in our favour, with fog
and rain to starting at Bottle Beach at on incomming tide at 10.00AM. By
the time we got to the beach we already got soaked to our kness and the
Shorebirds was still far out. So we desided to drive to Tokland and to dry
out in the car while doing so.The weather kind of cleared up when we got
there,so this is what we saw, carefull counted not guesset:
450 WHIMBREL, 10 MARBLED GODWIT, 5 WILLETS, 300 SHORT-billed DOWITCHER,150
WESTERN SANDPIPERS and 15 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER'S
Back to Bottle Beach:
250 WHIMBREL, 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER,150 BLACK-bellied PLOVERS 1 RUDDY
TURNSTONE,150 SHORT billed DOWITCHERS (heared the call) 100 SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER'S 400 (could be more) WESTERN SANDPIPERS.
We both spend most all the time looking all this Western Sandpipers over
could not find any Semipalmated Sandpipers or maybe a STINT.We also had no
LEAST SANDPIPERS i found this verry strange.
We than took a fast trip(it was than already 3.00pm) to OCEAN SHORES:
We spend birding manly on Damon Point and Bills Spit:
The Large pond on Demon Point had one Killdeer and lot's of Canada Goose.
The pond's look good lot's of shore showing,good for shorebirds but we hit
the wrong time?
Checking out the other side we had 20 HERMANN'S GULLS and 5 COMMON TERNS
with around 150 CASPIAN TERN'S
On Bills SPIT:17 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS 15 WHIMBREL and 20 DOWITCHER (species)
The day ended at MUD BAY in Olympia where we aded 2 more species to our
list the Bonaparte's Gulls and two Greater Yellowlegs.We also had 7 species
of Gulls on our trip including:
HERMANN'S GULL, BONAPARTE'S GULL,RING-billed GULL, MEW GULL,CALIFORNIA GULL
WESTERN GULL, GAUCOUS-winged GULL
TOTAL for the day where 69 SPECIES.
I will mention again the Damon Point road to the spit is open and nicly
paved, there was lesser people on the beach where it is signed up for the
Snowy Plovers, and where one used to park in front is blocked for cars ,you
can park where the toilets are.I also would mention we got there the wrong
time of day in order to see The Shorebirds on the Pond on Damon Point and
Bills Spit.

Ruth Sullivan
Tacoma




















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I left the site where the Indigo Bunting was reported at 9:00 this morning.
He was still singing away, he never came close to the road but was easy to
see with a scope. Keep the binos steady.

Bob Flores
Othello, WA


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Columbia Estuary Report - 7/25/1999

A HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER was at Shively Park on Saturday (another species fir=
st
for inside the city limits of Astoria).

The shorebird movements have been underwhelming along the estuary with
only a
scattering of WESTERN SANDPIPERS around Youngs Bay. A RUDDY TURNSTONE
was on
the river beach at SJCR Saturday. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was there today.

In reproductive news, two juv RED-TAILED HAWKS were sitting together
on a power pole near Wireless Rd. A SONG SPARROW was feeding a juv BROWN-
HEADED COWBIRD at the Astoria Mitigation Bank. There are plenty of young
CASPIAN TERNS and COMMON MURRES at SJCR.


--=20
Mike Patterson The common view of science is that it is a sort of mac=
hine
Astoria, OR for increasing the race's store of dependable facts=
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>From ipaulsen at linknet.kitsap.lib.wa.us Sun Jul 25 14:41:15 1999

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From: ian paulsen <ipaulsen at linknet.kitsap.lib.wa.us>
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Hi Tweeters:
2 articles appeared in the Seattle Times today that might be of interest:
1)Crows by Eric Sorensen(page a-1)had a couple of quotes that might apply
to humans: ""if you're not strong enough, the best strategy is to hang out
at Dick's and eat burgers." and "The most successful breeding couples head
for the suburbs."
2)The Reticent,Reclusive Frog by William Dietrich. page 16 in the Pacific
Northwest Magazine. It is about the decline of frogs in this state and why
they are"croaking". Nice photos too.
Sincerely

Ian Paulsen
Bainbridge Is., WA
ipaulsen at linknet.kitsap.lib.wa.us
"Rallidae all the way"


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From: "Ruth Sullivan" <godwit at worldnet.att.net>
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Hello Tweets,

I birded Island,Skagit, and and partially in Snohomish and Whatcom Cos. on
the 24th and 25th(today), with a total of 130 species, covering major
shorebird spots on Whidbey Island on the 24th, and Jensen Access of the
Skagit WRA on Fir Island, and Hwy.20(North Cascades Hwy.)to MP 153 both
days, Stanwood STP(Snohomish Co.)on the 25th, and Newhalem area along
Hwy.20 in Whatcom Co. The weather on the 24th in was cloudy with showers,
and occasional wind to early PM, then partial clearing. The 25th was partly
cloudy to mostly sunny along Hwy.20, and mostly sunny further west.
On the 24th I started at Jensen Access in Skagit Co. at low tide, where
shorebird notables included: 5 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and the usual
assortment of returning migrants. On Whidbey Island at Swantown single
notables included: 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and 1
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, as well as several HEERMANN'S GULLS, 6 MARBLED
MURRELETS, and 7 PACIFIC LOONS. At Crockett Lake I ran into Steve Mlodinow,
Jim Flynn, Sam Terry, and others where highlights were: 1 DUNLIN, 5-6
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 25 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON, and
3 AM.PIPITS. We went a few other Island locations, at which we were joined
by Jerry and Sandy Converse of Grand Coulee. We ALL received great looks at
both TURNSTONES at Penn Cove, then several birders went seperate ways, but
Steve showed me the juv.STILT SANDPIPER along with 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and
1 SEMI.SANDPIPER at Deer Lagoon, before I headed east along Hwy.20. I
birded Hardy Burn in Skagit Co. along Hwy.20 from 7-9pm, with only a BLUE
GROUSE and 5 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS, given the time of day. On the 25th(today)I
birded the Hardy Burn from 5am-12pm, including a fairly strenuous hike to
the summit of Mount Hardy, where I observed 1 female WHITE-TAILED PTARMIGAN
at the base of a snowfield, and 3 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES, with both
species just below the summit. A single WESTERN BLUEBIRD was encountered
above the NE "burn", an unusual elevation and location for this species,
unlike the MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD that presumably nests at this location, being
the bluebird most likely to see here. Other notables at the burn included:
1 CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, 1 NASHVILLE WARBLER, 2 DUSKY FLYCATCHERS, 1
CASSIN'S FINCH, but neither of the black-backed woodpeckers! Further west
near Newhalem in Whatcom Co. 2 VEERIES were noted, and at the
Skagit-Whatcom Co.line "ponds" along Hwy.20, 1 AM.REDSTART was noted. At
Marblemount a pair of EASTERN KINGBIRDS and 1 LAZULI BUNTING were noted,
west of town along Hwy.20. An excursion south along Hwy.9 east of Mount
Vernon, revealed 1 WESTERN KINGBIRD. My final stop of the trip was made at
Stanwood STP, where I observed 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER, 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, 14 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 1 GREATER SCAUP,
2 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and 2 BANK SWALLOWS as highlights.

Good Birding!

Patrick Sullivan
GODWIT@ worldnet.att.net

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Tweets,

I had some great birds close-to-home in Bellevue this weekend.

1st - 3 GREEN HERONS including at least 1 juvi/fldg (indicating local
breeding?) in, of all places, the Kelsey Creek Wetland in Bellevue. I
actually spotted these birds when one of the adults made a low flight over
the Lake Hills Connector right in front of my car, to be closely followed b=
y
2 others. This was just east of the Richards Road intersection with the
Lake Hills Connector. I pulled over and observed the birds in the open are=
a
of the small marsh on the south side of the road for about 1/2 hour. This
was on Saturday at about 11:00 am to 11:30 am.

2nd - A GREY CATBIRD right in my own yard. What a shocker this one was. I
recently returned from 2+ months in NYC where I was fortunate enough to mak=
e
several birding trips and also to spend a couple of weekends on Fire Island
where CATBIRDS are everywhere so I became very familiar with their
habits/vocalizations. I was sitting in the hammock on the deck this
afternoon, drifting off, and suddenly I heard a catbird. Whoa, this can't
be. Grabbed the binocs from the table and located the bird in a flash. The
bird was calling from a hedge and later low brush across the street before
vanishing over a neighbors house. Today, Sunday at around 2:30 until 2:40.

And I wasn't even (actively) birding!

Good Luck!

Rob Conway
Cougar Mtn
Bellevue, WA



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Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 01:58:41 -0400
From: Larry Cowan <LarryCowan at compuserve.com>
Subject: RBA Vancouver, BC -- July 25/99
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RBA Vancouver, BC -- July 25/99

This is the Vancouver, B.C. Bird Alert for Sunday, July 25th 11:00 PM
update.

The Rare Bird Alert continues for the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN.

Species Noted :
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Brant
Osprey
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Semipalmated Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Red-necked Phalarope
LITTLE GULL
Rhinoceros Auklet
Great Horned Owl
Calliope Hummingbird
Crested Myna
Lazuli Bunting
Bullock's Oriole

Sightings for Sunday, July 25th
A busy evening on the Boundary Bay dikes. At 104th were 7 RED KNOT, a
RUDDY TURNSTONE and a juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.

At the foot of 112th were a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVE=
=3D
R.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was again reported from the Robert's Bank Jett=
=3D
y
along with 3 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS seen in over flight.

Five BRANT were observed from the Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty..

July 24
Reported on the afternoon's high tide from the foot of 88th on the Bounda=
=3D
ry
bay dikes were 2 RED KNOTS, 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, 3 WHIMBREL and a
MARBLED GODWIT.

=3D46rom the Tsawwassen Jetty came a sighting of 4 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.

Seen at the Iona ponds were a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, a MERLIN and an OSPREY.=
=3D


July 23
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Blackie Spit. Also reported from this
location were 7 WHIMBREL.

Observed from the Tsawwassen Jetty were 4 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.

Observed at the Reifel Refuge were a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and 2
GREAT-HORNED OWLS.

Seen from the dike east of MacDonald Beach on Sea Island were a GREEN HER=
=3D
ON
and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

July 22
A female CALIOPE HUMMINGBIRD was seen at the Cypress Bowl ski area, just
past the first chair lift.

A singing male LAZULI BUNTING was observed in trees near the intersection=
=3D

of Eastern Dr. and Klassen Place in Port Coquitlam.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at it's usual location off the Robert=
=3D
's
Bank Jetty.
=3D

July 21
The LITTLE GULL was reported from Iona Bay.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was reported from the Reifel Refuge.

July 20
Four BULLOCK'S ORIOLE were seen on Nicholine Dr. in south Surrey.

Amongst many seabirds feeding off Point Robert's Lily Point, were 12+
RHINOCEROUS AUKLETS.

A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was reported from the Reifel Refuge.

Any visiting birders interested in seeing CRESTED MYNAS should try their
luck =3D

at Wylie & 2nd in Vancouver.

END TRANSCRIPT

Visit the VNHS web site at www.naturalhistory.bc.ca/VNHS

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Transcribed by Jane Hadley
jhadle at halcyon.com
phone: (206) 328-7605

The Washington BirdBox is a voice mailbox sponsored by the Washington
Ornithological Society. To leave a message about a notable sighting, or
to listen to the messages from the last seven days, call (425) 454-2662
and follow the prompts. Hal Opperman is system administrator
(halop at accessone.com; personal phone 425-635-0503).

Please contact me (Jane Hadley) by phone or e-mail if you have any
corrections, comments or questions about this transcription.

Sunday, July 25, 1999, 6:13 p.m. Hello, this is Kraig Kemper,
206-789-9255, reporting for Sunday July 25th from Benton County,
following Bill Laframboise's directions. Kathy Kemper and I relocated
the male INDIGO BUNTING on Snively Road. The bird was singing and moving
actively from tree to tree in Russian olive trees to the east side of
the road. Please note that off 240, the road is signed Twin Bridges
Road, even though on the DeLorme, it's called out as Grosscup Road.
Also, near the arid ecology lands, we located one BURROWING OWL atop a
fence post along the road. And in Moses Lake, the east causeway, four
CLARK's GREBES. Thank you.

Saturday, July 24, 3:01 p.m. Hi, this is Stephen Mlodinow. A number of
us actually converged today on Whidbey Island. Highlights included a
couple thousand WESTERN SANDPIPERS at Crockett Lake, with at least a
half dozen SEMI- SANDPIPERS and one DUNLIN. No BAIRD'S, no PECT's. At
Penn Cove by the San de Fuca Pier, there were about 20 RUDDY TURNSTONES
and about an equal number of BLACK TURNSTONES. And on private property
on Whidbey Island, the STILT SANDPIPER remains. That's about it, good
luck and good birding.

Saturday, July 24, 8:21 a.m. Hi, this is Bill Laframboise calling. Today
Dennis Rockwell and I went to West Richland to observe the INDIGO
BUNTING recorded today on Tweeters by Brian Bell. It was there at 5:15
in the morning, actively singing on Snively Road in West Richland. To
reach this site, travel north through Richland on 240, turn left on
Gross Cup Road, otherwise known as Twin Bridges Road. Proceed down Gross
Cup until you intersect Snively Road. Turn right onto Snively and
proceed about a half a mile to the first corner, then veer sharply to
the left. Park your car there, and the INDIGO BUNTING was actively
singing around that spot. Thank you very much. Bye.

Friday, July 23, 4:09 p.m. This is Bob Norton, 928-3053 in Joyce,
Washington. The HOODED ORIOLE has not been seen by Mrs. Simmons since
8:30 on Wednesday night. I told her I would report this to Tweeters and
to the Bird Box, and she has promised to call if she sees it again, and
we will put it on both Tweeters and the Bird Box. I'm sorry the bird has
apparently flown.

Thursday, July 22, 11:04 a.m. (Message from Hal Opperman) Bob Norton
phoned yesterday afternoon to report a male HOODED ORIOLE coming to a
hummingbird feeder in Joyce, Clallam County. If you want to see the
bird, you will need to call Beverly Simmons, 360-928-3716 to arrange an
appointment and for directions. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 21, 11:25 a.m. This is Arthur at 206-546-3301. I'd like
to report a GREAT GRAY OWL just east of Tonasket off of Highway 20 in
the Bonaparte Lake area, just north of there, off the Virginia Lilly
Trail. Pretty reliable place for GREAT GRAY OWLS. We saw one there this
weekend, so if you're making that trip out there, it's a very nice place
to go. We also saw a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and a few other nice things. You
can give me a call if you'd like directions to the exact location of
that GREAT GRAY OWL. Thanks.

Tuesday, July 20, 12:54 p.m. Hi this is Steve Mlodinow. Today I went to
Whidbey. At Crockett Lake, there were about 12 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS,
an adult, breeding-plumaged STILT SANDPIPER, and two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS.
At Penn Cove, there were seven or eight RUDDY TURNSTONES and about 25
BLACK TURNSTONES at San de Fuca Pier. At Cultus Bay, there was a PURPLE
MARTIN, a flock of 20 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES out in the Sound, and
another SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER in the tidal flats. And on private
property on Whidbey, there was another breeding-plumaged, adult STILT
SANDPIPER as well as a couple of (inaudible) of LESSER SCAUP. That's it.
Good luck and good birding.

Monday, July 19, 11:23 p.m. Hi this is Jim Flynn at 206-772-5568. On
Saturday the 17th, Steve Pink and Paul and Joy Jackson and I birded from
Loomis to Winthrop in Okanogan County. Between Long Swamp and Freezeout
Ridge, there were three THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS at different spots. And
at Freezeout Ridge, there were two or three BOREAL CHICKADEES along with
hordes of mosquitoes, although the mosquitoes weren't found anywhere
else. And on Sunday the 18th, we saw the SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
mentioned previously by Dave Beaudette. And in the evening in Covington
near Lake Sawyer, just west of Lake Sawyer, there was a couple of COMMON
NIGHTHAWKS. Thanks, bye bye.

Monday, July 19, 3:04 a.m. Hi, Scott Downes, 361-7073. Yesterday morning
out at Ediz Hook had a couple of interesting birds, the first of which
another birder had found a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, which I was able to
relocate an hour or so later. And also out there near the Coast Guard
station, there was a nice group of rocky shorebirds, which included a
couple of SURFBIRDS, a couple of BLACK TURNSTONES, a SANDERLING, couple
LEAST SANDPIPERS and a breeding-plumaged WANDERING TATTLER. That's about
it. Good luck and good birding.

[Messages last checked 2:50 a.m., Monday, July 26, 1999]

--
Jane Hadley
jhadle at halcyon.com
Seattle, WA



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From: Sam Agnew (tyrannus at aa.net)

I have seen some inquiries as to who is banding purple martins in this
area. Fort Lewis has been banding PUMA since at least 1989 at seven or
more locations on the fort. The amount of banding depends on the time
available and the marsh conditions. Canary grass and other plant
vegatation growth has sometimes made it difficult to get a boat to the
boxes.

They seem to average about 50 bandings a year,although they did band 139
in 1992.

I`ve been helping Dave Clouse band PUMA for the last five years. On
Monday,July 19th,0f this year,we banded 59 at Johnson Marsh and Daleman
Lake. R.O.T.C. training kept us from banding at other martin locations.

Counting the birds we band and the birds we are unable to get to and the
many natural cavity nests on snags throughout the fort, I would estimate
at least 100 PUMA are fledged each year I put up apartment boxes on
McChord Air Base and had successful fledging in three boxes at two
locations for two years. Then last summer some officer saw the white boxes
on poles and asked that they be taken down because of the jets near by. I
tried to tell them that the neo-tropical martins, swallows and bluebirds
were probably not their real problem,but rather the hundreds of flocking
starlings, canada geese and rock doves that hang around all year. They
even had me take down my wooduck and kestrel boxes on the east side of the
runway. { One kestrel box had a nesting Western Gray Squirrel one year}.

On the western side apron of the runway, they have nesting starlings on
their old C124 and F10 airplanes and in tall flood light boxes that
boarder the apron. They also have starlings and rockdoves nesting all over
the hangers,yet they had to pick on the three pairs of martins that leave
in the middle of August. They also raised 24 young canada geese on a
fenced in lake [pond] on the west side of the base.

The yellow headed blackbirds nesting on the fort have expanded to at least
5 locations. A few weeks ago, I counted nine males on territory at Johnson
Marsh and five at Daleman Lake.

The bluebird banding is down this year due to the long spells of cold
weather. The young can`t keep warm enough to have the strength to eat. I
will be lucky to band and fledge 100 birds ,while last year I banded 151.
This year there are lots of abandoned eggs and small clutches.

Every year I find over half of the tree swallow young dead just before
fledging time???

The young hy-bred jay,scrub and steller jays are still moving about the
neighborhood as a family. I had all three banded and the scrub won`t let
me forget it. It squacks when ever it sees me, but it can`t resist the
peanuts.

Sam Agnew
(tyrannus at aa.net)

PS Today I had two red cross bills at my ground feeded. I`ve had them in
the yard but not at the feeder.



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=09Greetings tweeters! My name is Curt McNamara, a
fairly new birder from MN. I will be in Seattle for a few
days next week. Sunday, Aug. 1st I have the whole day and a
car. Would like to see some forest (old growth?) and some shore.
Thinking about crossing the Sound, looking at some part of
the Olympia forest, then heading up to Dungeness. Does this
sound reasonable? Specific places I might want to stop or
avoid? Other suggestions for my day trip? I have
been reading some back copies of the digest from the web site,
and it seems like shorebirds will be the most plentiful then.
=09On Wed. Aug. 4th I will be in Seattle. Staying near
Lake Union, but limited to public transport. Thinking of seeing
the zoo -- any suggestions for including birding in my day?
=09Thanks very much for any help! Please feel free to
contact me (or the MN lists) if you visit this way!

=09=09=09Curt McNamara (curtm at didi.com)

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Last night I walked up to Sunset Hill Park at about 9:30pm, and took some
close looks at Venus, Mars, and the Moon.

While still there at about 10:30pm, an owl flew past! I still haven't
figured out what it was, due to my night-blindness after looking at the
Moon for quite some time in the telescope. I pulled back from the scope
just in time to see this black shape flap past. All I could confirm was
that it was owl-shaped, owl-winged, and flat-faced.

Anyone have any guesses as to what sort of owl would be hanging out at
Sunset Hill Park, hunting through the trees on the bluffs?

Susan
Sunset Hill neighborhood
Seattle, WA



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Yesterday, my wife Ann and I enjoyed a beautiful day at the Sunrise
Visitor Center on Mt. Rainier. Around 3:00 in the afternoon, we believe
we saw an Osprey soaring high about the parking lot. Even with
binoculars, it was difficult to be positive, but the wing set and
pattern looked right. I caught a brief glimpse of what looked like a
fish underneath, but I couldn't be sure.

Sunrise is at ~6000 feet elevation, so this would be an unusual spot to
see one. However, the White River is in the valley below.

This isn't our first unusual Osprey sighting. A few years ago, we were
on one of Bud Anderson's field trips when an Osprey was observed eating
a fish on a power/telephone pole in the Moxie area (new Yakima) several
miles from the nearest river.

dean

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>From grevelas at striplin.com Mon Jul 26 10:53:08 1999

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Subject: Westport, WA Pelagic Results 24 July
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 10:51:01 -0700
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This message is forwarded from Terry Wahl:


> Sea surface temperatures dropped more toward long-term averages, offshore



> bird numbers increased somewhat over the last two weeks. Very low numbers

of

> some species continue. Finally, some belated evidence of fall migration.

> Example numbers:

>

> Black-footed Albatross 186 (140 at one fishing vessel), Northern Fulmar

71,

> Pink-footed Shearwater 9 (very low), Sooty Shearwater 1152, Fork-tailed

> Storm-Petrel=09 74, Leach's Storm-Petrel 18, Red-necked Phalarope 36,

> Pomarine Jaeger=093, California Gull 30 (very, very low), Black-legged

> Kittiwake 1, Sabine's Gull 7, Arctic Tern 2, Common Murre=092685

> (inshore, including 3 chicks), Cassin's Auklet 7, Rhinoceros Auklet 133,

> Tufted Puffin=092. Also, Pacific White-sided Dolphin=09100, Northern Fur

> Seal 1.

>

> August trips: 7th (full), 14th, 19th, 21st, 28th.


Westport Seabirds: Terry Wahl
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>From cdrake at zipcon.net Mon Jul 26 14:01:54 1999

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Saturday morning there were two Bonaparte's Gulls at the Ballard Locks
in Seattle, this morning (Monday) there were eight, fishing in the large
lock and the spillway area. These are the first of the year for me in
Ballard. They all looked like breeding adults. One Mew Gull and one
California Gull were the only other non GW Gulls present. One Belted
Kingfisher and four Great Blue Herons were the other highlights, but
Saturday there were three Csaspian Terns (Or one three times, but they
all flew out of sight to the east.)

Cliff Drake
Ballard-Seattle, WA



>From Kevin.Li at METROKC.GOV Mon Jul 26 17:24:43 1999

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Aplodontia are bigger than voles; adults have a body length of about a foot=
,
and a tail not much more than an inch long. They're roughly the size of a
muskrat, but lack the long tail. The one from Richard Rowlett's window well
in Bellevue was less than a foot; the tail would be pretty hard to see at
night from a car. My impression is that they move pretty slowly, and a
roadway would be a very dangerous place for an Aplodontia.

Kevin Li
King County Environmental Lab
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Seattle, WA 98119

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> ----------

> From: =09lydia[SMTP:lydia at wizards.net]

> Reply To: =09lydia at wizards.net

> Sent: =09Saturday, July 24, 1999 8:40 PM

> To: =09Tweeters!!!

> Subject: =09Why Did The Aplodontia Cross The Road?

>

> Hi Tweeters!

>

> Again I'm deprived! No dive bombing Gray Jays and Clark's Nutcrackers on

> my Mountaineers hike to Mowich Lake......Still LOTS of snow up there. It

> was a very gray, bleak, rainy day up there. We ate lunch on the porch of

> the Ranger Cabin overlooking the foggy lake. The Avalanche Lillies were

> lovely and blooming where ever the ground was free of snow.

>

> On our way back, somewhere near Buckley a large dark fur ball crossed the

> road in front of us. This fur ball looked like the pics of the

> APLODONTIA one of our fellow Tweeties posted. It looked like a very

> rounded Guinea Pig with very small eyes and ears, and no tail.

>

> At the 410 Cafe we discussed the fur ball which apparently tried to cross

> the road several other times causing other cars to swerve to avoid it. I

> think it was a small APLODONTIA, some of the others in the group thought

> it was a vole or mole. But those small furries have tails. Nobody in

> the group had heard of Aplodontia before. Some wise guy thought is was

> something a dentist stuck in a toothy kid's mouth to straighten teeth.

>

> Well, WAS IT A YOUNG APLODONTIA, all lost and disoriented? Or one of

> those wild and dangerous feral Guinea Pigs?

>

> Maybe NEXT week when I take a group up to Glacier Basin on Mt. Rainier

> I'll get to see those crazy jays again.

>

> Have a great week!

>

> Lydia In Kent,

> Soon to make a cross platform and ISP migration

>

> Lydia Gaebe In Kent, WA/lydia at wizards.net

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>

>

>From lydia at wizards.net Mon Jul 26 19:05:23 1999

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Subject: Crows & Very Bright Birds
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Hi Tweets,

After reading the Seattle Times article about crows I now have more
respect for those pesky feathered fiends. I've heard about the parrot
family being pretty bright, and those hitch hiking Laughing Kookaburras
we read about here in Tweeters exhibit pretty clever behavior.

Although I don't recall it, my mother told of how my sister and I rescued
a young fledgeling crow from my mighty twenty pound hunter cat named Id
who was stalking it as is flapped around the yard. Well, mom and dad
crow did not appreciate our efforts. Maybe it was because we had to take
the youngster in for medical treatment (sadly, the baby crow died a few
days later). The parent crows dive bombed us on our way to school. We
were terrified and our mom had to drive us to school for about a week.

My father had a pet crow when he was a boy. The crow amused itself by
pulling clothes pins off drying laundry, dive bombing for pleasure, and
made itself totally unwelcome in the small town of Addieville IL. The
crow was evicted and returned several times before it took up with a
"gang" about a year later.

Anybody else have CORVID tales to share?


>From now on when I see a crow, I'll say "hello". If they are as bright

as the article says, I'll bet it'll understand a friendly greeting.

Lydia In Kent

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>From MEYER2J at aol.com Mon Jul 26 19:19:15 1999

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He Tweets:

For the third evening in a row, 7 p.m., a juvenile male Pileated Woodpecker=
,
has flown in to feast on one of the suet cakes. It's not unusual for me to
hear and see pileateds in my yard, but this is the first time one has fed o=
n
the suet. His feathers are a lovely shade of brown, and his red crown is
mottled with white. He wasn't disturbed by the fire truck and aid car that
arrived less than a half-block away due to a traffic accident.

Yesterday, it was the pileated in the backyard, the Red Crossbills (been he=
re
since June 7), Rufous Hummingbird, and American Goldfinch in the front yard=
=2E
Great contrasts.

Joyce Meyer
Woodinville, WA

>From lydia at wizards.net Mon Jul 26 21:21:44 1999

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Subject: More Small Furries/MOLE!
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 99 21:20:23 -0700
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Hi Tweeties,

Didn't see anything exciting in the way of birds on my walk this evening,
but I did see Muskrat Susie and Muskrat Sam tooling around the Ol'
Fishin' Hole.

Something caught my eye on the ground behind me. It was small, black and
furry poking around the grass and weeds. Another smally furry for me to
ID! It wasn't moving very fast and I followed it as it meandered around.
It was a MOLE! It must have been a PACIFIC MOLE, because it wasn't very
big. When I was a girl, my mighty hunter cat, the twenty pound Id,
brought home a Townsend Mole as a "gift". That was one big small furry!

I found a stick and gently poked at it, getting a wonderful glimpse at
its shovel like front paws.....turned outward for efficeint digging. The
feet were rather like flippers only for digging, not swimming. The toes
were fused, rather like flippers on a seal or sea lion. It was quite
awkward on the surface, much like the seal or sea lion on land. I
couldn't even find its eyes.....It had a longish skinny pink snout, and
because it didn't like being examined I got a good look at its tiny,
needle like teeth. I think it was a male mole.

I continued following it around and it appeared lost, probing every
indentation in the ground. It was looking for its mole hole! I found a
fresh mole sized hole in the same general area the mole was wandering
in....now to catch the mole or to "herd" it to the hole.

It didn't take to gentle herding with the stick or my foot as it
displayed its needle like teeth every time I tried to turn it toward the
hole. I found a plastic bag, and tricked the mole into it. I grasped the
bag and picked it up with the tail between my fingers and dropped it into
the hole. The mole quickly dug its way in and vanished.

I'm now adding the Pacific Mole to my "furry life list".

Lydia In Kent





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>From newboldwildlife at netscape.net Mon Jul 26 21:48:55 1999

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From: Ed Newbold <newboldwildlife at netscape.net>
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Dear Tweeters,
Eric Sorenson=3D92s Seattle Times cover story on crows last Sunday got man=
=3D
y
things right, including the continued page title: =3D94Human, Crow numbers=
=3D
grow
in tandem,=3D94 but I was disappointed that it advanced the =3D93Crows are
dumpster-divers=3D94 theory, complete with a shot of a gang of crows raidin=
=3D
g one. =3D


=3D93They are consumate scavengers, especially in the city and suburbs,=
=3D94=3D
writes
Sorenson, =3D93where they find a feast fit for a rat on a state fair midway=
=3D

:

crusts of pizza, half burgers, stale french fries.=3D94

Does the birding community buy this? I sure don=3D92t the same way I don=
=3D
=3D92t buy
the =3D

=3D93Canada Geese are panhandlers=3D94 theory. Both of these are simplist=
ic=3D
and both
allow people to blame errant or marginalized human behavior rather than
habitat management for the abundance of certain animals.

Imagine I get a shot of thirty Bald Eagles gathered at the Ketchikan dum=
=3D
p and
then tell folks: =3D93Bald Eagles are scavengers.=3D94 Certainly the stat=
em=3D
ent would
contain truth, but would it be true?=3D94

In my neighborhood there are always lots of road-killed young starlings, =
=3D
since
these birds get practically no formal education at all, and I notice the =
=3D
crows
sometimes don=3D92t even get around to eating them. I rarely see crows eat=
=3D
ing
garbage here, and most garbage cans provided by the city have lids that d=
=3D
on=3D92t
easily disengage. What I do see crows doing in all seasons and in all
weather in all daylight hours is foraging on lawns, presumably for
invertebrates. Thus Crows in my neighborhood seem to do more or less the=
=3D
same
thing a European Starling does for a living most of the time, which is wo=
=3D
rk a
lawn for grubs. Of course Crows in the downtown or crows living near a=
=3D
good
source of garbage would scavenge for a living, and certainly I do see our=
=3D

crows occasionally fighting over a pancaked squirrel or trying out the bi=
=3D
rd
feed at a feeder. But then they always go back to working lawns for grub=
=3D
s. =3D


This may seem like a trivial point but it underlies any attempt to addres=
=3D
s
crow abundance for those of us who think it may be a problem. =3D93Keep yo=
=3D
ur
garbage covered,=3D94 writes Sorenson. I say =3D93Keep your mower covered!=
=3D94=3D



Ed Newbold Beacon Hill, Seattle newboldwildlife at netscape.net


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One minor correction. I assume you are talking about the coast mole,
scapanus orarius. We have two species of moles here in WA: Townsend's (the
bigger) and coast. There is no mole called pacific mole (at least not
currently).

Scott Downes
sdownes at u.washington.edu
Seattle WA

"Birds don't read bird books. (That's why they are seen doing things they
are not supposed to do)." -Mary Wood


On Mon, 26 Jul 1999, lydia wrote:

> It was a MOLE! It must have been a PACIFIC MOLE, because it wasn't very

> big. When I was a girl, my mighty hunter cat, the twenty pound Id,

> brought home a Townsend Mole as a "gift". That was one big small furry!



>From sdownes at u.washington.edu Mon Jul 26 22:32:49 1999

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I work in Prof. John Marzluff's lab at the U, who studies crows. They are
very bright and very wary. I was out at Discovery park with another person
trying to capture crows for banding, despite hiding the net gun very well
in the bushes the crows were able to find the net and find us nestled
under a tree some 50 meters away. As to them being scavengers, I realy
don't find any error in that statement. Crows are *huge* nest predators of
forest songbirds, the reason of why their increase is linked to
urbanization is because they are opportunists and will find dumpsters,
scraps, baby birds or whatever they can get their hands (I mean beak's)
on. So, yes Crows are scavengers. I have not read the article as I do not
often get time to read the paper, but I will try to get a chance to read
it and see what I think of the article.

Scott Downes
sdownes at u.washington.edu
Seattle WA

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are not supposed to do)." -Mary Wood




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Hi Tweeters,

Lately I haven't had much time for birding. :( I seem to find myself
envying all of you who are "out there looking at them"!

Ruth Sullivan, I really enjoy your posts. They are very informative! You
were a busy lady this past week-end!

Could someone post the directions to the Hardy Burn. Ruth mentioned that i=
t
was in Skagit County on Hwy. 20. Would that be up by Marblemount?
Somebody please help!

Right now I have Black-headed Grosbeaks, American Goldfinches, Pine
Siskins, Song Sparrows, and Spotted Towhee enjoying the seeds at my feeding
station. Chestnut-backed and Black-capped Chickadees left about 2 weeks
ago. They now are in the Birch and other trees. Also, I had Red-breasted
Nuthatches coming to my feeders all winter and into spring, when they were
singing their hearts out, but left here in late spring. In previous years
they have nested behind my barn. Any ideas on why they left here?

Thank you for any help with the directions the the Hardy Burn.


Happy birding,

Ann VanDenburgh
Langley, B.C. (and sometimes Mt.Vernon, Washington)
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>From scadane at email.msn.com Tue Jul 27 00:39:18 1999

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From: "Sandra C. Andersen." <scadane at email.msn.com>
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We also had a pet crow saved from a cat attack. It recuperated on the
screened in back porch until it got well enought to fly. Durning the day, i=
t
( named Poe) would "help" my aunt garden, that is ,wait while she dug and
then chow down on any grubs/ worms/ bugs she had turned up. It loved shiny
things and we spent a goodly amount of time trying to get my uncle's
eyeglasses back from wherever Poe dropped them , usually they wern't too
bent! Even though Poe had free flight and could go anywhere he/she wished,
Poe perferred to spend the nights in the safety of the back porch. He would
sit in the window and look into the living room and watch us watch TV,
sqawking loudly if we had made up some popcorn , which he really liked.One
day, Poe left, joining a few crows that flew through the yard. Poe was
missed.
Sandi
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>From xenops at email.msn.com Tue Jul 27 09:01:10 1999

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Mt. Hardy is located approx. 5 miles NW of Rainy Pass on the E side of Hwy
20 (N Cascades Hwy.). The Hardy Burn is accessed via a small road that
leads to a gravel pile. This road (#750) is 1/10th mile SE of mile post
marker 153. It is on the NE side of the highway. Just a few yards after
turning off the highway, turn right to go around the large gravel pile,
keeping it on your left. Go to the opposite (upper) side and park clear of
the roadway. Find a trail as soon as you enter the woods. It starts at th=
e
highest part of the small ridge above the gravel pile. It takes 20-30
minutes to reach the lowest part of the burn on this trail if you don't bir=
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much along the way. The top part of the burn is VERY steep.

Ken Knittle, Gold Bar, WA
xenops at msn.com




>From bf519 at scn.org Tue Jul 27 09:11:55 1999

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From: bf519 at scn.org (Jim P. Flynn)
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Subject: Re: Small furries by any other name
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Hi Tweets,

=09So who says there's no such thing as a "Pacific Mole"?
I get the impression that this is a name that Lydia got from
some resource book and it brings to mind something I've wondered
about for some time. Is there a group that has come up with
standardized common names for North American mammals in the way
that the AOU has for birds? How about for other groups such as
reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, etc? I notice that Ruth
Sullivan uses some really interesting and evocative names for
the dragonflies (and damselflies?) that she sees. Are these
standardized names across North America? While science already has
a system in place for communicating about organisms I can see
the benefit of popularizing specific common nmaes for creatures
such as dragonflies which are usually referred to generically.
Hopefully common names, especially good ones like "Pacific
Grappletail" will allow the casually interested to begin to
appreciate that there are lots of different species of dragon-
flies ou there, not just "bugs".

=09=09=09=09=09Jim Flynn
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>From iwanner at u.washington.edu Tue Jul 27 09:56:54 1999

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I saw one near the top of the Rattlesnake Ledge trail last week, just to
add to the sightings.


>From dlmoor2 at coastaccess.com Tue Jul 27 10:23:05 1999

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During the last Shorebird Festival weekend here in Ocean Shores, I spent
several hours standing in a vacant lot (belongs to Bob Morse...thanks Bob)
overlooking Grays Harbor, watching the gathered shorebirds. During most of
that time I was kept company by a nearby raven, who kept up a running
commentary about EVERYTHING going on around the harbor. It chortled and
whistled and muttered and squawked...what an extensive vocabulary. That was
my first real contact with the myriad sounds they make when relaxed and
"just yakking".

Dianna Moore
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> From: lydia <lydia at wizards.net>

> To: Tweeters!!! <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> Subject: Crows & Very Bright Birds

> Date: Monday, July 26, 1999 7:03 PM

>

> Hi Tweets,

>

> After reading the Seattle Times article about crows I now have more

> respect for those pesky feathered fiends. I've heard about the parrot

> family being pretty bright, and those hitch hiking Laughing Kookaburras

> we read about here in Tweeters exhibit pretty clever behavior.

>

> Although I don't recall it, my mother told of how my sister and I rescued



> a young fledgeling crow from my mighty twenty pound hunter cat named Id

> who was stalking it as is flapped around the yard. Well, mom and dad

> crow did not appreciate our efforts. Maybe it was because we had to take



> the youngster in for medical treatment (sadly, the baby crow died a few

> days later). The parent crows dive bombed us on our way to school. We

> were terrified and our mom had to drive us to school for about a week.

>

> My father had a pet crow when he was a boy. The crow amused itself by

> pulling clothes pins off drying laundry, dive bombing for pleasure, and

> made itself totally unwelcome in the small town of Addieville IL. The

> crow was evicted and returned several times before it took up with a

> "gang" about a year later.

>

> Anybody else have CORVID tales to share?

>

> >From now on when I see a crow, I'll say "hello". If they are as bright

> as the article says, I'll bet it'll understand a friendly greeting.

>

> Lydia In Kent

>

> Lydia Gaebe In Kent, WA/lydia at wizards.net

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>From dlmoor2 at coastaccess.com Tue Jul 27 10:43:54 1999

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From: "Dianna Moore" <dlmoor2 at coastaccess.com>
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Hello fellow Tweeter readers...

I too would like to go on record in expressing my appreciation for Ruth
Sullivan's postings. Ruth, your frequent messages are always interesting
and usually very informative. I am new to the Pacific Northwest (moved
closer to Mom following the death of my father), and this is a whole new
ballgame. I find the daily notices very helpful in getting acquainted with
the region. Thanks to ALL of you, I have a better idea what to look for,
and not just birds. I am more a naturalist than a birder, so I enjoy all of
the messages.

I recently began reading a new book, "The Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife
Drama in Central Park" by Marie Winn. As I read the first couple of
chapters, I realized the author reminded me of Ruth Sullivan in her
interest in all things flora and fauna.

Dianna Moore
Ocean Shores, Wa.
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MARKED SURFBIRDS AND WANDERING TATTLERS: For the third season we have colo=
r-
banded Surfbirds and Wandering Tattlers on their Alaska breeding grounds. =
Each
adult carries a green flag, a metal band, and one or two color-bands; birds
banded as juveniles carry a metal band and a single color-band, or just a
single
color-band (=3D metal band wrapped in colored tape). Should you see one of=
these
birds or learn of anyone else that may have seen a marked Surfbird or Tattl=
er,
please contact us: Bob Gill, USGS, Alaska Biological Science Center, 1011 =
E.
Tudor, Anchorage, Alaska (e-mail robert_gill at usgs.gov; tele. 907-786-3514;=
FAX
907-786-3636) or Pavel Tomkovich, Zoological Museum, Moscow State Universit=
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>From mshane at techline.com Tue Jul 27 11:44:34 1999

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I, too, eagerly click on any posting from Ruth Sullivan. It's such a treat
to read about your travels in this area, Ruth, and I learn so much from you=
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Mary Shane
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Does anybody know what the most recent word on back ordered bands is?

I've been back ordered since April and had heard that 0A's were supposed to
be available June 15. What's the latest?


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>From rawluk at fsjames.com Tue Jul 27 14:52:25 1999

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Tweeeters:
Today I observed and photographed 8 Caspian Terns at Cottonwood beach on th=
e
shores of Stuart Lake, Fort St. James in central B.C. This is the first
sighting of Caspian Terns I have for Fort St. James after seeing them at
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to within 75 ft. of them.

Randy Rawluk
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>From seattlehabitat at earthlink.net Tue Jul 27 15:22:01 1999

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> Subject: Mt. Hardy Burn

>

> Hi Ann and Tweets,

>

> The Mt. Hardy Burn is on Hwy. 20 up near Washington Pass. A couple

> summers ago I worked as an interp ranger at the North Cascades Visitor

> Center in Newhalem, and I wrote up a guide to birding along Hwy 20. I

> know they were still handing it out last year. It's worth a stop at the

> visitor center (or at the Wilderness office in Marblemount) to see if

> you can get it. It tells you how to get to the Mt. Hardy burn as well

> as a few other prime birding spots in the area.

>

> Good birding!

>

> Katie Sauter

> kfsauter at earthlink.net



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Tweets-

On my walk today on West Bay, Olympia, I stopped on the boardwalk to
observe crows at the water's edge. It was a very low tide and there was
kelp exposed on the rocky shore. I saw a crow hunched over eating
something. The bins revealed it was eating a small fish. Hm-mmmmm.. I
thought..wonder where it got that. My attention was then pulled to
another small fish flopping next to this same crow. It continued to eat
the fish he was working on and then grabbed the flopping one and started
in on that one as well. Other crows came in and they were all walking
around at the water's edge. This crow finished the second little fish
(they were silver sided and about 3 or 4 inches long..some had coppery
lower sides and bellies) and walked into the water and grabbed a live fish
just like he was a GBH! I stayed there and watched the other eight crows
all grab live fish and eat them. They were still fishing and eating when
I left. It was quite a display of fishing that I hadn't seen
before..although a friend said he saw a crow wade in and grab a very small
crab in this same locale.

Across the inlet there was an eagle walking around in the muck. He flew
up on a piling and I noted that he was the smallest adult Baldy I had ever
seen. He was even small as a male i.e., I've seen mated pairs in the air
where the smaller (male) of the two was a lot bigger than this guy. And,
he was in adult plumage...white head and tail. He seemed to be only a littl=
e
bigger than a good sized female redtail.

Meanwhile, out on the spit that the low tide revealed, were 9 GBH's doing
their heron thing, along with several ducks (too far away to ID) and
gulls..

It was a surprisingly good observation today..there was a lot going
on..including a lot of "brown" starlings milling about. Perhaps we could
export them to England where they're considering listing them as
endangered..if you can believe such a thing. We should be so lucky.

=09 Tom




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Hi,
This message is for Larry Cowan who asked about birding in Cancun.
We were there about ten years ago and took alot of guided tours but the
most memorable was one we took on our own. We rented a car and drove to
the Coba ruins which I think is about 50 miles from Cancun. At the
entrance to the ruins is a lake which is quite good for birds. When we
were there it was flooding the road so locals had to take us across in
an old truck. There is a small entrance fee and then you walk down a
road through the forest to the ruins. I will always remember the
hundreds of gorgeous butterflies we flushed as we walked and tried not
to step on the leaf cutter ants. At the side of the trail you will see
great mounds that are covered in vegetation. These are ruins that are
not yet excavated. Birds are singing everywhere. The ruins themselves
are quite impressive. There were only about ten other people there
then, but who knows how popular it has become. On the way back we took
a trail through the bush. It was absolutely alive with birds but they
were hard to see in the dense foliage. We ended up behind a bunch of
native huts and whistled for the truck to come and pick us up. If you
go, it is a good idea to learn this phrase in case you get lost "donde
esta las ruinas de Coba, por favor". It means "where are the Coba ruins
please" although I probably spelt it wrong. We actually missed our
turnoff and this phrase came in handy.
Other places to see are the lagoons on the other side of the ocean.
Try to get a guided tour through them that will take you through some
interesting swamps and scenery. If you go to Chichenitza (sp) try to
stay over night, as the light show is impressive. A trip to Cozumel is
fun and look for flying fish on the ferry over. Tulum is a ruins on the
ocean and a great place to spend a day. Coba is on the road past Tulum.

Wish we were going with you.
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe


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>From birdsabundant at sunshine.net Tue Jul 27 16:32:38 1999

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Remember the 2nd episode of the Attenborough show on birds tonight.PBS

Gerrie Patterson
Gibsons, B.C.


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On Tue, 27 Jul 1999 birdsabundant at sunshine.net wrote:


[snip..]


> Remember the 2nd episode of the Attenborough show on birds tonight.PBS

>

=09and if you miss it, set your VCR for 1 AM Sat the 31st
=09that's rerun time on Ch. 9 Seattle..

=09=09Tom

>From sanjer at televar.com Tue Jul 27 18:18:51 1999

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After driving 378 miles one way to see the Hooded Oriole, it
had the nerve to just up and leave before we got there. We did
have a nice visit with Mrs. Simmons. We had changed our plans
and actually left Thursday night so we missed the replies to
our inquiry about places to bird in that area. We tried to
call Bob Norton saturday with no answer. You were probably out
doing something crazy like looking for birds. :-)

On our way back home we went to Whidby Island and accidentally
met up with Sam Terry, Jim Flinn, Casey Beachell, Patrick
Sullivan, and Steve Mlodinow. Naturally after we split up
Patrick and Steve saw a Stilt Sandpiper which would have been
a LIFER for Sandy and I. :-(

We no sooner got home, checked the email, and there has been a
Indigo Bunting in West Richland. Arrgg. Well maybe it will be
there this weekend.


Jerry and Sandy Converse
Grand Coulee, WA

http://members.tripod.com/nature_scenic_photos/

Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember, amateurs built the Ark and
Professionals built the Titanic.



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Hello Tweeters
Today i started at 6.00AM to find the Indigo Bunting. I had no trouble
finding this bird, infact i saw this bird for 6 long hours. I should
mention how hot it was over in Richland. However it took 6 long hours in 98
degree heat looking at some of the tallest trees. The Sun is not helping to
see the real colour of this bird.Also this bird is verry active and seems
enjoying beeing followed. I did manage to get few photos and i looked up in
our bird records, this is the 4th state record.There was lot's of
Dragonfies "the Western Meadowhawk was in the hundert's, one could almost
pick them by hand. Also the "Eight-spotted Skimmer are verry common.
Comming back to the Indigo Bunting this bird seems verry dark blue, not at
all like the National Geographic shows. And it seems he always sit;s high
in the trees.
Ruth Sullivan
Tacoma

>From stump at techline.com Tue Jul 27 20:46:33 1999

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Does anyone know how the Tern colony move in the Columbia river is going?
Last I heard they were planting vegetation on the island to get them to mov=
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to another one 17 miles away. Did it work?

Bruce W Fischer Jr.
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The effort to move birds to East Sand Island was successful (sort of).
About 400 pair (plus or minus) were attracted to sand island using decoys
and taped recordings. Diet of birds on Sand Island is a much smaller
percentage of salmonids (more other kinds of fish are being eaten).

Meanwhile on Rice Island, 4-5000 pairs pretty much refused to leave and
set up in a densely packed colony on the small patch that was deliberately
left as a back-up to the Sand Island move.

Overall the reproductive success was pretty good this year.

The Corps is still piling up sand to make dredge spoils.

Bruce & Michele wrote:

>

> Does anyone know how the Tern colony move in the Columbia river is going?

> Last I heard they were planting vegetation on the island to get them to m=

ove

> to another one 17 miles away. Did it work?

>

> Bruce W Fischer Jr.

> Aberdeen, WA

> stump at techline.com


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>From hlthpro at home.com Tue Jul 27 21:13:17 1999

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I wanted to read the article and found it in the Seattle Times archives:
http://www.seattletimes.com/news/local/html98/crow_19990725.html

Mike

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-----Original Message-----
From: TWEETERS-owner at u.washington.edu
[mailto:TWEETERS-owner at u.washington.edu]On Behalf Of Ed Newbold
Sent: Monday, 26 July 1999 21:47
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: crow cover on the Times


Dear Tweeters,
Eric Sorenson=92s Seattle Times cover story on crows last Sunday...


>From newboldwildlife at netscape.net Tue Jul 27 21:19:31 1999

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Dear Tweeters,
Sorry for writing hastily and unclearly. I didn't mean to question the
exceptional talent of crows to scavenge nor their propensity to scavenge =
=3D
when
opportunities arise (although I don't think they are all that fond of
carrion). Nor do I question their ability and skill at nest predation (M=
=3D
y
neighbor just informed me of another crow-on-robin nest predation here on=
=3D

Beacon Hill today). But I wouldn't call that "scavenging." "Generalist"=
=3D

doesn't always translate exactly to "scavenger" if you are trying to
accurately characterize a species ecological role. Again, Bald Eagles are=
=3D
a
good example of that. =3D

My issue has to do more with what crows are doing in the neighborhoods on=
=3D
a
day to day basis. The Discovery Park crows may be exceptions to the rule=
=3D

here, since the habitat at Disco is different from the normal crow habita=
=3D
t
here except on the army base. I really doubt that garbage at homesites i=
=3D
n
places like Beacon Hill, Magnolia or Laurelhurst is a limiting factor for=
=3D
crow
populations or even that it's a huge factor in their diet. Ecologically,=
=3D
I
believe crows are sort of like big Starlings. I see them standing in gra=
=3D
ss
all the time, and they aren't playing soccer.

Eddie Newbold, Beacon Hill, newboldwildlife at netscape.net =3D


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>From festuca at olywa.net Tue Jul 27 21:26:08 1999

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From: "Jon. Anderson and Marty Chaney" <festuca at olywa.net>
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Hi folks,

I got back last week from a 5-day jaunt to New York; stayed at my
uncle's place in Palisades, Rockland County, on the west side of the
Hudson R. Nice enough place, but it was too darned hot & humid, and
all the people talked funny..... :-)

Didn't have/take much time to bird, and when I did I found that the 95
degrees and 95% humidity kept bird activity (as well as mine...) to a
minimum. That part of my clan stayed up 'way late (couldn't sleep in
that heat anyway), and I slept-in through the wee hours' birding times.
I did get a chance to take the kids on a short (2-mile) canoe trip down
Sparkill Creek to the 'estuary' of the Hudson River - - mostly through
10-foot-tall Common Reed, so couldn't see much.

Saw a couple of species that I hadn't seen before - the Wood Thrush,
and the amazing Black-winged Redbird!!! (Scarlet Tanager) The thrush
was kind of like a giant Swainson's Thrush with a prettier song, but the
Tanager was almost electric red... a beautiful bird. I was impressed.

There were also a bazillion calls, songs, and notes that I had NO idea
what they were... And, I missed seeing/hearing what I presume were
around - like Eastern Towhees. I was often humbled by chasing a
strange new call, only to find out that it was a Cardinal or a song
sparrow with an accent! Kind of fun: wish I had more time (in the
Spring when it's not so dog-gone hot!). In all, I saw:

Pied-billed Grebe=09Sparkill Creek
Double-crested Cormorant - Hudson R (Poor view; could this have
=09=09=09=09=09been the Great Corm?)
Black-crowned Night Heron - Sparkill Cr.
Green Heron -- =09=09Sparkill Cr.
Great Egret --=09=09 "=09"
Great Blue Heron -- =09 "=09"
Mute Swan - -=09=09 "=09"
Canada Goose - -=09 "=09"
Mallard - -=09=09 "=09"
Sora (call only)=09- -=09 "=09"
Killdeer - -=09Piermont
Semipalmated Sandpiper - Hudson R
Least Sandpiper=09=09- Hudson R
Spotted Sandpiper - -=09Sparkill Cr
Great Black-backed Gull=09- Hudson R
Herring Gull - -=09=09 Hudson R
Turkey Vulture - -=09Millbrook
Red-tailed Hawk - -=09 "
Red-shouldered Hawk -=09Sparkill Cr
Harrier - -=09=09Millbrook
Osprey - -=09=09Hudson R
Kestrel - -=09=09Rt 95
Rock Dove - -=09Piermont
Mourning Dove=09 "
Chimney Swift=09 "
Kingfisher=09Hudson R
Red-bellied Woodpecker - -=09Palisades
Yellow-shafted Flicker - -=09 "
Downy Woodpecker - -=09=09 "
Hairy Woodpecker - -=09=09 "
Eastern Kingbird - -=09Sparkill
Eastern Wood Pewee=09Palisades
Tree Swallow=09 Piermont
Bank Swallow=09=09"
Barn Swallow=09=09"
Cliff Swallow=09=09"
Blue Jay=09Palisades
Crow=09=09Piermont - Sounded 'normal' to me, do they have
=09=09=09=09Fish Crows there?
Tufted Titmouse=09- - =09Palisades
Black-capped Chickadee "
House Wren - -=09=09 "
Carolina Wren - -=09 "
Marsh Wren - -=09=09Sparkill Cr
=09I also heard a 'weird' call - kind of like a marsh wren, but not
=09quite - could that have been a Sedge Wren?
Red-breasted Nuthatch=09Palisades (Tallman Mtn Park)
White-breasted Nuthatch "
Wood Thrush - -=09Palisades (Tallman Mtn Park)
Robin - -=09=09 "
Grey Catbird - -=09=09 "
Northern Mockingbird=09Piermont
Cedar Waxwing=09=09Palisades
Starling - -=09=09Everywhere
Solitary Vireo=09=09Palisades (Tallman Park)
Common Yellowthroat=09Sparkill Cr
Yellow Warbler=09=09Palisades - park
Wilson's Warbler=09 "
Ovenbird=09=09 "
Northern Cardinal=09Piermont
Song Sparrow=09=09Sparkill Cr
Red-winged Blackbird=09 "
Common Grackle=09Piermont
Scarlet Tanager - -=09Palisades - Tallman Mtn St Park
House Sparrow=09- -=09Piermont
Pine Siskin - -=09=09Palisades
American Goldfinch=09 "
Purple Finch - -=09=09 "
House Finch - -=09=09 "

I also saw quite a few white-tailed deer, a red fox, skunk, and my first
view of Woodchucks. Strange little crabs molting all down the Spar-
kill estuary. All of the vegetation was new and strange for me;
and I got along OK with the local people, but I did have a bit of
problem understanding the local dialects....
glad I'm back in the PNW where I have half an idea of what I'm seeing
and hearing, although it was kind of fun to visit. They didn't even ask
to see my passport....

Best,

Jon. Anderson
Olympia, Washington
festuca at olywa.net


>From godwit at worldnet.att.net Tue Jul 27 21:46:52 1999

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Hello Ann,
You know Ann my Son Patrick posted the Hardy Burn, i went to the Ocean
instead. Myself i never been going to Hary Burn, i think there are lot's of
hiking involved. We post under the same name,maybe we should change this.
And thanks for the nice compliment. I wish i have an answer wy you
Red-breasted Nuthatches left.We got large amount of them here where i live
in Fircrest. But i also feed them unsalted reject Nuts, and grind them
realy smal up. I love my yardbirds as much as i going birding. I also have
a family of Bewick's Wren, there come on my patio to eat the Peanuts what
the Nuthatches drop.
Ruth Sullivan
Tacoma

----------

> From: ann van <avheron at hotmail.com>

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Subject: Re: TWEETERS digest 1832

> Date: Monday, July 26, 1999 10:50 PM

>

> Hi Tweeters,

>

> Lately I haven't had much time for birding. :( I seem to find myself

> envying all of you who are "out there looking at them"!

>

> Ruth Sullivan, I really enjoy your posts. They are very informative!

You

> were a busy lady this past week-end!

>

> Could someone post the directions to the Hardy Burn. Ruth mentioned that

it

> was in Skagit County on Hwy. 20. Would that be up by Marblemount?

> Somebody please help!

>

> Right now I have Black-headed Grosbeaks, American Goldfinches, Pine

> Siskins, Song Sparrows, and Spotted Towhee enjoying the seeds at my

feeding

> station. Chestnut-backed and Black-capped Chickadees left about 2 weeks

> ago. They now are in the Birch and other trees. Also, I had

Red-breasted

> Nuthatches coming to my feeders all winter and into spring, when they

were

> singing their hearts out, but left here in late spring. In previous

years

> they have nested behind my barn. Any ideas on why they left here?

>

> Thank you for any help with the directions the the Hardy Burn.

>

>

> Happy birding,

>

> Ann VanDenburgh

> Langley, B.C. (and sometimes Mt.Vernon, Washington)

> avheron at hotmail.com

>

>

>

>

>

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>From godwit at worldnet.att.net Tue Jul 27 21:46:56 1999

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Hello Diann ,Mary and tweeters,
I realy must thank you for given me this compliment. I been amazed how many
E-mail i get for posting some time something about Dragonflies. But as you
all can see, i am also verry much in to birding,chasing two rare birds in
one week. This little Bunting had some fun with me, i think i got the
beating here. He was still sitting in a tree loudly singing away as i left.
Also i never saw a bird for six hours the whole time. There usual disappear
to rest.It was a fife hour drive from here, and it seem longer when you
drive alone. I will keep you posted THANK YOU ALL!!!!

Ruth Sullivan

>From janray at oz.net Tue Jul 27 21:49:39 1999

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We are heading up to the Sunshine coast the first weekend in August and
would welcome any suggestion for good birding spots along the route
north, after one gets off the ferry.
Thanks

Janet Ray
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>From rahne at mindspring.com Tue Jul 27 22:40:36 1999

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Dearest fellow tweets,
I am seriously dying from lack of birding. My car is dead and has been towe=
d
away. If any of you who either live in the south end (I live in Federal Way=
)
or are heading south to bird would like company, a sharp eye for birds and =
a
good sense of humor who will help pay for gas, please e-mail or call me (25=
3
946-7899). Distance is no object! I'll help drive. Do I sound desperate?
Well, it's reading about all these wonderful sightings and not having any o=
f
my own (although I have had stellar's jays screaming their heads off outsid=
e
my window all day).
Love in birding,
Rahne, the insatiable
Rahne Kirkham
rahne at mindspring.com
Federal Way, Washington

When asked why she was always so cheerful,
the old woman replied,
"Well, I just wear this world as a loose garment."


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When I lived in Burbank, Ca., I watered the lawn in the early morning
and inevitably the crows of the area would gather on my lawn to exchange
the day's news on the street, a good shower session en masse, a long drink
at the shallow dish I set under the sprinkler, and then a slow, stately
march up the lawns on each side of the street, eating whatever they could
glean from within the lawns....mostly cutworms, as we called them. However,
one day I heard a commotion and found several crows surrounding a young
Scrub Jay who was yelling his head off. His parents were vocalizing their
distress, too, so I shooed the crows away, captured the youngster, and put
him into a cage which I hung under a tree in my backyard. I furnished him
with water and a perching stick...his parents fed him through the openings
in the cage. I released him a week later while they yelled at me, but at
least they knew where he was. (Forgive the use of the male gender; I don't
know what sex it was!)

Dianna Moore
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From: Ed Newbold <newboldwildlife at netscape.net>
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: restatement of position
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 9:19 PM

Dear Tweeters,
Sorry for writing hastily and unclearly. I didn't mean to question the
exceptional talent of crows to scavenge nor their propensity to scavenge
when
opportunities arise (although I don't think they are all that fond of
carrion). Nor do I question their ability and skill at nest predation (My
neighbor just informed me of another crow-on-robin nest predation here on
Beacon Hill today). But I wouldn't call that "scavenging." "Generalist"
doesn't always translate exactly to "scavenger" if you are trying to
accurately characterize a species ecological role. Again, Bald Eagles are a
good example of that.
My issue has to do more with what crows are doing in the neighborhoods on a
day to day basis. The Discovery Park crows may be exceptions to the rule
here, since the habitat at Disco is different from the normal crow habitat
here except on the army base. I really doubt that garbage at homesites in
places like Beacon Hill, Magnolia or Laurelhurst is a limiting factor for
crow
populations or even that it's a huge factor in their diet. Ecologically, I
believe crows are sort of like big Starlings. I see them standing in grass
all the time, and they aren't playing soccer.

Eddie Newbold, Beacon Hill, newboldwildlife at netscape.net

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>From LarryCowan at compuserve.com Tue Jul 27 23:28:43 1999

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From: Larry Cowan <LarryCowan at compuserve.com>
Subject: RBA Vancouver, BC -- July 27/99
Sender: Larry Cowan <LarryCowan at compuserve.com>
To: Jude Grass <jude.grass at gvrd.bc.ca>,
Eric Greenwood <egreenw at intraNet.bc.ca>,
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RBA Vancouver, BC -- July 27/99

This is the Vancouver, B.C. Bird Alert for Tuesday, July 27th 11:15 PM
update.

Species Noted:
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Brant
Osprey
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Semipalmated Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Red-necked Phalarope
LITTLE GULL
Great Horned Owl
Calliope Hummingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Catbird
Crested Myna
Lazuli Bunting

Sightings for Tuesday, July 27

The foot of 104th at Boundary Bay was again the location for a RED KNOT, =
=3D
A
RUDDY TURNSTONE and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.

Two CRESTED MYNAS were seen near Hudson & Marine in Vancouver. Another
reliable location to see this species is Wylie and 2nd.

July 26

A RED KNOT, A RUDDY TURNSTONE and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were observed nea=
=3D
r
the foot of 104th at Boundary Bay.

At Grant Narrows RP came a report of a GRAY CATBIRD and an EASTERN
KINGBIRD.

July 25th

At 104th AT Boundary Bay were 7 RED KNOT, a RUDDY TURNSTONE and a juveni=
=3D
le
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.

At the foot of 112th were a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVE=
=3D
R.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was again reported from the Robert's Bank Jett=
=3D
y
along with 3 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS seen in over flight.

Five BRANT were observed from the Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty..

July 24th

Reported from the foot of 88th on the Boundary bay dike were 2 RED KNOTS,=
=3D
1
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, 3 WHIMBREL and a MARBLED GODWIT.

=3D46rom the Tsawwassen Jetty came a sighting of 4 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.

Seen at the Iona ponds were a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, a MERLIN and an OSPREY.=
=3D


July 23

A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Blackie Spit. Also reported from this
location were 7 WHIMBREL.

Observed from the Tsawwassen Jetty were 4 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.

Observed at the Reifel Refuge were a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and 2
GREAT-HORNED OWLS.

Seen from the dike east of MacDonald Beach on Sea Island were a GREEN HER=
=3D
ON
and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

July 22nd

A female CALIOPE HUMMINGBIRD was seen at the Cypress Bowl ski area, just
past the first chair lift.

A singing male LAZULI BUNTING was observed in trees near the intersection=
=3D

of Eastern Dr. and Klassen Place in Port Coquitlam.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at it's usual location off the Robert=
=3D
's
Bank Jetty.
=3D

July 21

The LITTLE GULL was reported from Iona Bay.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was reported from the Reifel Refuge.

END TRANSCRIPT

Visit the VNHS web site at www.naturalhistory.bc.ca/VNHS




>From rahne at mindspring.com Wed Jul 28 02:03:29 1999

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great pictures too!
Rahne Kirkham
rahne at mindspring.com
Federal Way, Washington

When asked why she was always so cheerful,
the old woman replied,
"Well, I just wear this world as a loose garment."
----- Original Message -----
From: Mary Shane <mshane at techline.com>
To: Tweeters <Tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: an appreciation



> I, too, eagerly click on any posting from Ruth Sullivan. It's such a

treat

> to read about your travels in this area, Ruth, and I learn so much from

you!

>

> Mary Shane

> Montesano, WA

>

>



>From mpatters at oregonvos.net Wed Jul 28 05:16:42 1999

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Dave Craig, who has been workin with the terns sends this correction.


--=20
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Astoria, OR for increasing the race's store of dependable facts=
=2E
mpatters at oregonvos.net It is that only in part; in even larger part
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Mike and Bruce,

I just wanted to correct the general estimates that Mike reported.

East Sand Island approx. 1200-1400 pairs (new decoy colony)
Rice Island approx. 7000 pairs (nearly the same as 1998)

Tacoma approx. 450 pairs

I'll try send an extensive weekly based report to OBOL in another week.


Dr. David P. Craig (503)283-8534 home
7561 N. Woolsey Avenue (503)791-7621 work
Portland OR 97203
dcraig at transport.com

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>From: Mike Patterson <mpatters at oregonvos.net>

>To: stump at techline.com, "David P. Craig" <dcraig at transport.com>

>Subject: Re: Caspian Tern colony on Columbia River

>Date: Tue, Jul 27, 1999, 8:14 PM

>



>The effort to move birds to East Sand Island was successful (sort of).

>About 400 pair (plus or minus) were attracted to sand island using decoys

>and taped recordings. Diet of birds on Sand Island is a much smaller

>percentage of salmonids (more other kinds of fish are being eaten).

>

>Meanwhile on Rice Island, 4-5000 pairs pretty much refused to leave and

>set up in a densely packed colony on the small patch that was deliberately

>left as a back-up to the Sand Island move.

>

>Overall the reproductive success was pretty good this year.

>

>The Corps is still piling up sand to make dredge spoils.

>

>Bruce & Michele wrote:

>>

>> Does anyone know how the Tern colony move in the Columbia river is going=

?

>> Last I heard they were planting vegetation on the island to get them to =

move

>> to another one 17 miles away. Did it work?

>>

>> Bruce W Fischer Jr.

>> Aberdeen, WA

>> stump at techline.com

>

>--

>Mike Patterson The common view of science is that it is a sort of ma=

chine

>Astoria, OR for increasing the race's store of dependable fact=

s.

>mpatters at oregonvos.net It is that only in part; in even larger part

> it is a machine for upsetting undependable f=

acts.

>

> ----- H.L.Me=

ncken

>http://www.pacifier.com/~mpatters/bird/bird.html



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>From brentr at hawlaw.com Wed Jul 28 07:34:26 1999

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<Comming back to the Indigo Bunting this bird seems verry dark blue, not =
=3D
<at all like the National Geographic shows. And it seems he always sit;s =
=3D
<high in the trees.
<Ruth Sullivan
<Tacoma

You're right, both the Petersons and Geographic guides are very light. =3D
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actually had an INBU in Dubois ID spring of 98 (about 40 miles north of =3D
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Falls)-conditions were real good- slightly overcast with sun breaking =3D
through at=3D20
my back, and the bird was real deep, well, INDIGO blue.

The bird in West Richland was very easy sunday late afternoon.

Brent Ripley
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>From Turaco14 at aol.com Wed Jul 28 07:35:19 1999

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Tweeters -

=09I'm headed to Wenas next week but don't really know where to go. If
someone could give me directions to the better birding areas around there,
I'd greatly appreciate it. Also, is the Least Flycatcher still in Hardy
Canyon?

Thank you very much!

Tyler

PS - These are my main target birds, so if you know any exceptionally good
places to try for these, please tell me:

Bullock's Oriole
Mountain Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Warbling Vireo

>From leerentz at ix.netcom.com Wed Jul 28 07:50:40 1999

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Tweets: I thought you might enjoy this snippet from Scott
Ostler's 22 July 1999 column in the San Francisco Chronicle:

"BIRD UPDATE: Following a recent major scoop reported here
that a mockingbird in Los Banos has learned to imitate the
sound of a cell-phone ring, several readers report hearing
birds that imitate car alarms.

Ron Housley of Arnold claims that a talented bird in his
'hood can impersonate all four stages of an activated car
alarm.

Annoying, sure. On the plus side, wild bird thefts are
down."

Lee Rentz
www.leerentz.com
lee at leerentz.com


>From ljellico at netcom.ca Wed Jul 28 08:14:16 1999

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Hi,
This message is for Larry Cowan who asked about birding in Cancun.
We were there about ten years ago and took alot of guided tours but the
most memorable was one we took on our own. We rented a car and drove to

the Coba ruins which I think is about 50 miles from Cancun. At the
entrance to the ruins is a lake which is quite good for birds. When we
were there it was flooding the road so locals had to take us across in
an old truck. There is a small entrance fee and then you walk down a
road through the forest to the ruins. I will always remember the
hundreds of gorgeous butterflies we flushed as we walked and tried not
to step on the leaf cutter ants. At the side of the trail you will see
great mounds that are covered in vegetation. These are ruins that are
not yet excavated. Birds are singing everywhere. The ruins themselves
are quite impressive. There were only about ten other people there
then, but who knows how popular it has become. On the way back we took
a trail through the bush. It was absolutely alive with birds but they
were hard to see in the dense foliage. We ended up behind a bunch of
native huts and whistled for the truck to come and pick us up. If you
go, it is a good idea to learn this phrase in case you get lost "donde
esta las ruinas de Coba, por favor". It means "where are the Coba ruins

please" although I probably spelt it wrong. We actually missed our
turnoff and this phrase came in handy.
Other places to see are the lagoons on the other side of the ocean.
Try to get a guided tour through them that will take you through some
interesting swamps and scenery. If you go to Chichenitza (sp) try to
stay over night, as the light show is impressive. A trip to Cozumel is
fun and look for flying fish on the ferry over. Tulum is a ruins on the

ocean and a great place to spend a day. Coba is on the road past Tulum.

Wish we were going with you.
See you in the field
Len Jellicoe














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>From godwit at worldnet.att.net Wed Jul 28 08:50:29 1999

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Hello Brent,
When i got there late monday birders what where there told me most people
seeing the Indigo Bunting earlier in the morning. He never showed up that
evening. The light condition would be better in the evening for photos. In
the morning is real bad, and i think this is wy the bird seems darker blue
almost black. When i read birders have to use a scope to see this bird i
know he had to be in the higher russion Olive trees in the back. I did
never had to put my scope up he always was close enough this to use my
Binocular's only, but i also had my Camera which is equal as 800 mm.It
realy was fun beeing there and also seeing so many Dragonflies.
Ruth Sullivan
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From: Brent Ripley <brentr at hawlaw.com>
To: 'tweeters at u.washington.edu'
Subject: RE: INDIGO BUNTING with 535 miles of driving:
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 7:38 AM



<Comming back to the Indigo Bunting this bird seems verry dark blue, not
<at all like the National Geographic shows. And it seems he always sit;s
<high in the trees.
<Ruth Sullivan
<Tacoma

You're right, both the Petersons and Geographic guides are very light. I
actually had an INBU in Dubois ID spring of 98 (about 40 miles north of
Idaho
Falls)-conditions were real good- slightly overcast with sun breaking
through at
my back, and the bird was real deep, well, INDIGO blue.

The bird in West Richland was very easy sunday late afternoon.

Brent Ripley
brentr at hawlaw.com
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When i read birders have to use a scope to see this bird i
know he had to be in the higher russion Olive trees in the back. I did
never had to put my scope up he always was close enough this to use my
Binocular's only, but i also had my Camera which is equal as 800 mm.It
realy was fun beeing there and also seeing so many Dragonflies.
Ruth Sullivan

That's where I saw him--on the tip-top of the russian olives. He was singi=
ng
his heart out non-stop the whole time we were there.

Also, ruth, we've never met, but I thought of you when I saw all those
dragonflies. I would have never thought of it had I not been reading your p=
osts,
but now I wish I knew what they were.

Brent Ripley
brentr at hawlaw.com



>From mcallkrm at dfw.wa.gov Wed Jul 28 09:21:25 1999

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On Tue, 27 Jul 1999, Jim P. Flynn wrote:


> =09So who says there's no such thing as a "Pacific Mole"?

> I get the impression that this is a name that Lydia got from

> some resource book and it brings to mind something I've wondered

> about for some time. Is there a group that has come up with

> standardized common names for North American mammals in the way

> that the AOU has for birds? How about for other groups such as

> reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, etc?


For mammals, the most frequently cited reference for common names,
in my experience, is the regularly updated work of J. Knox Jones out
of Texas Tech University. The edition on my shelf is titled "Revised
checklist of North American Mammals North of Mexico, 1991". It is
Occasional Papers the museum Texas Tech University Number 146 7 February
1992. I am sure there is a more recent version but it isn't handy.

For Reptiles and Amphibians, the Society for the Study of reptiles and
Amphibians (SSAR) produces a booklet titled "Standard Common and Current
Scientific Names for North American Amphibians and Reptiles" by Joseph
T. Collins. I have the third edition, dated 1990, on my shelf.

When Lydia mentioned "Pacific Mole", I wondered about the nomenclature and
decided it must be a name for the species more usually called "Coast Mole".

Kelly McAllister


>From manderson at snblusa.com Wed Jul 28 09:26:24 1999

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Tweets

Thasnks to all who have posted info on the Indigo Bunting. I did not
save directions to the site as I did not anticipate the possibility of
getting over there. I now find that I will likely be in the area this
late week. I would welcome an update on directions to this location.

Thanks
Marti Anderson
manderson at snblusa.com


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On Mon, 26 Jul 1999, S. Downes wrote:


> We have two species of moles here in WA: Townsend's (the

> bigger) and coast. There is no mole called pacific mole (at least not

> currently).


Scott, Why are you discounting the diminutive shrew-mole?

Kelly McAllister


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Hello Brent,
I this talked to Dennis Paulson and mention all the hunderts of Western
Meadowhawk Sympetrum occidentale manly seeing in eastern washington.This is
one place where there have large colony of them that is wy i mention this ,
there was every where.Pretty soon you will look at Dragonflies where ever
you go, it's catching. Thanks for you nice message

RuthSullivan

----------

> From: Brent Ripley <brentr at hawlaw.com>

> To: 'godwit at worldnet.att.net'; 'tweeters at u.washington.edu'

> Subject: RE: INDIGO BUNTING with 535 miles of driving:

> Date: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 9:11 AM

>

>

>

> When i read birders have to use a scope to see this bird i

> know he had to be in the higher russion Olive trees in the back. I did

> never had to put my scope up he always was close enough this to use my

> Binocular's only, but i also had my Camera which is equal as 800 mm.It

> realy was fun beeing there and also seeing so many Dragonflies.

> Ruth Sullivan

>

> That's where I saw him--on the tip-top of the russian olives. He was

singing

> his heart out non-stop the whole time we were there.

>

> Also, ruth, we've never met, but I thought of you when I saw all those

> dragonflies. I would have never thought of it had I not been reading your

posts,

> but now I wish I knew what they were.

>

> Brent Ripley

> brentr at hawlaw.com

>

>

>From greg.toffic at zoo.org Wed Jul 28 09:41:43 1999

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Tyler,=3D20
Sunday afternoon I drove down to West Richland and easily found the indigo =
=3D
bunting and observed it in excellent light (looking from west to east) =3D
from 6:15 to 7:00 pm. Monday morning I birded from Naches to Ellensburg =
=3D
stopping at several locations along Umptanum Rd., including the Wenas =3D
campground. At Hardy Canyon there were several Bullock's orioles. I did =
=3D
not know that a least flycatcher hed been reported from there, but at one =
=3D
time I thought I heard a least give the "che-bek" call, but could not find =
=3D
the source of it and didn't hear it again in the fifteen minutes or so =3D
that I was in the immediate area. Had I known that a least had been =3D
reported from there, I would have spent more time following up on the =3D
call. I think it's likely that I heard a least, but I'm not positive. =3D
This location was about 300 yards from the main road.
Both mountain and Western bluebirds were common along Umptanum Rd. =3D
Warbling vireo were in many places in the riparian areas along this =3D
stretch. There are many western wood pewees and quite a few dusky =3D
flycatchers throughout this area. I didn't bird in the drier Ponderosa =3D
pine areas, so missed such species as white-headed woodpecker and gray =3D
flycatcher, but if you have time, try walking the areas above the =3D
campground. It's hot so you'd probably have more success here in the =3D
early morning. The birds were still pretty active in the riparian areas =
=3D
at mid-day. Good luck.
Greg Toffic


>>> <Turaco14 at aol.com> 07/28 7:33 AM >>>

Tweeters -

=09I'm headed to Wenas next week but don't really know where to go. =3D
If=3D20
someone could give me directions to the better birding areas around =3D
there,=3D20
I'd greatly appreciate it. Also, is the Least Flycatcher still in =3D
Hardy=3D20
Canyon?

Thank you very much!

Tyler

PS - These are my main target birds, so if you know any exceptionally =3D
good=3D20
places to try for these, please tell me:

Bullock's Oriole
Mountain Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Warbling Vireo


>From greg.toffic at zoo.org Wed Jul 28 10:29:38 1999

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Tweeters,
For butterflies, there are several sources of common names. Here are =3D
three of them

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies, by =3D
Tweeter, Robert Michael Pyle.

The Butterflies of North America, a Natural History and Field Guide, by =3D
James A. Scott. Stanford U. Press, 1986

and a checklist...English Names of North America Butterflies occuring =3D
North of Mexico, published by the North American Butterfly Association and =
=3D
out of print, but available electronically at this site...

http://www.naba.org/pubs/enames.html

Greg Toffic


>>> Kelly Mcallister <mcallkrm at dfw.wa.gov> 07/28 9:17 AM >>>



On Tue, 27 Jul 1999, Jim P. Flynn wrote:


> =09So who says there's no such thing as a "Pacific Mole"?

> I get the impression that this is a name that Lydia got from

> some resource book and it brings to mind something I've wondered

> about for some time. Is there a group that has come up with

> standardized common names for North American mammals in the way

> that the AOU has for birds? How about for other groups such as

> reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, etc?=3D20


For mammals, the most frequently cited reference for common names,
in my experience, is the regularly updated work of J. Knox Jones out
of Texas Tech University. The edition on my shelf is titled "Revised=3D20
checklist of North American Mammals North of Mexico, 1991". It is=3D20
Occasional Papers the museum Texas Tech University Number 146 7 February
1992. I am sure there is a more recent version but it isn't handy.=3D20

For Reptiles and Amphibians, the Society for the Study of reptiles and
Amphibians (SSAR) produces a booklet titled "Standard Common and Current=3D=
20=3D

Scientific Names for North American Amphibians and Reptiles" by Joseph=3D20
T. Collins. I have the third edition, dated 1990, on my shelf.

When Lydia mentioned "Pacific Mole", I wondered about the nomenclature and
decided it must be a name for the species more usually called "Coast =3D
Mole".

Kelly McAllister



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August is International Hummingbird Month! The Hummingbird Research Group,
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>From hlthpro at home.com Wed Jul 28 13:16:09 1999

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Hi all:

Has anyone tried Thayer's Birds of North America CD for Windows? I received
my copy this month and discovered that it doesn't work with my
state-of-the-art computer. Apparently, there is a problem with the file
format of the photos (FIF format) and AGP graphics cards. The photos displa=
y
as if you are viewing full colour photos on a low-end PC. I have been in
contact with Thayer's Tech Support but nothing they have suggested has
solved the problem (three attempted fixes so far). I've also sent an e-mail
to Peter Thayer voicing my disappointment. Is anyone else experiencing
problems? (I should point out that the videos are good and the sound is
excellent. The problem lies with the photos.)

Thanks,

Mike

-----
Mike P. Gagel
Vancouver, BC
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>From BrewinKent at msn.com Wed Jul 28 13:33:01 1999

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Hi:

I have an "old" version of Thayers (version 2.00 dated 1994) that ran fine
on my PC 486 with Windows 95, and still works great with my IBM PC AMD K6-2
with Windows 98. I just ran it to try it again and the pictures and all
graphics look great.

Jim Brewster
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>From hlthpro at home.com Wed Jul 28 13:40:35 1999

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I neglected to say that I have version 2.5.

Mike

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-----Original Message-----
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Hi:

I have an "old" version of Thayers (version 2.00 dated 1994) that ran fine
on my PC 486 with Windows 95, and still works great with my IBM PC AMD K6-2
with Windows 98. I just ran it to try it again and the pictures and all
graphics look great.

Jim Brewster
BrewinKent at msn.com
Kent Washington



>From rosalind at starlingconsulting.com Wed Jul 28 13:59:40 1999

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Mike

I have a state of the art computer (Micron 450 w/windows 95) and am not
having problems with the pictures. My other machine is a gateway P90
w/windows 98 and is also doing fine. Did you try downloading the latest
drivers for your graphics card?

Rosalind Philips
Starling Consulting, Inc.
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rosalind at starlingconsulting.com




> -----Original Message-----

> From: TWEETERS-owner at u.washington.edu

> [mailto:TWEETERS-owner at u.washington.edu]On Behalf Of Mike P. Gagel

> Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 1:16 PM

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Subject: Thayer's Birding CD problem

>

>

> Hi all:

>

> Has anyone tried Thayer's Birds of North America CD for Windows?

> I received

> my copy this month and discovered that it doesn't work with my

> state-of-the-art computer. Apparently, there is a problem with the file

> format of the photos (FIF format) and AGP graphics cards. The

> photos display

> as if you are viewing full colour photos on a low-end PC. I have been in

> contact with Thayer's Tech Support but nothing they have suggested has

> solved the problem (three attempted fixes so far). I've also sent

> an e-mail

> to Peter Thayer voicing my disappointment. Is anyone else experiencing

> problems? (I should point out that the videos are good and the sound is

> excellent. The problem lies with the photos.)

>

> Thanks,

>

> Mike

>

> -----

> Mike P. Gagel

> Vancouver, BC

> E-mail: mailto:hlthpro at home.com

> Bird Links: http://members.home.net/hlthpro1/birding/

>

>



>From hlthpro at home.com Wed Jul 28 14:34:23 1999

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Hi Rosalind:

Yes, I have the latest drivers. Thayer Support suggested installing the
program on another computer without AGP graphics. Both my machines are
Gateways, the older one is a P75 (upgraded to 180 CPU overdrive) and is 5
1/2 years old (pre, pre, pre-AGP!). I have the same problem on that machine
(although it has a newer graphics card). Thayer has told me they are workin=
g
on a fix but that it might not be available until the next release in
December.

Mike

-----
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-----Original Message-----
From: TWEETERS-owner at u.washington.edu
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Sent: Wednesday, 28 July 1999 14:06
To: hlthpro at home.com; tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: RE: Thayer's Birding CD problem


Mike

I have a state of the art computer (Micron 450 w/windows 95) and am not
having problems with the pictures. My other machine is a gateway P90
w/windows 98 and is also doing fine. Did you try downloading the latest
drivers for your graphics card?

Rosalind Philips
Starling Consulting, Inc.
360-754-7473
rosalind at starlingconsulting.com




> -----Original Message-----

> From: TWEETERS-owner at u.washington.edu

> [mailto:TWEETERS-owner at u.washington.edu]On Behalf Of Mike P. Gagel

> Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 1:16 PM

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Subject: Thayer's Birding CD problem

>

>

> Hi all:

>

> Has anyone tried Thayer's Birds of North America CD for Windows?

> I received

> my copy this month and discovered that it doesn't work with my

> state-of-the-art computer. Apparently, there is a problem with the file

> format of the photos (FIF format) and AGP graphics cards. The

> photos display

> as if you are viewing full colour photos on a low-end PC. I have been in

> contact with Thayer's Tech Support but nothing they have suggested has

> solved the problem (three attempted fixes so far). I've also sent

> an e-mail

> to Peter Thayer voicing my disappointment. Is anyone else experiencing

> problems? (I should point out that the videos are good and the sound is

> excellent. The problem lies with the photos.)

>

> Thanks,

>

> Mike

>

> -----

> Mike P. Gagel

> Vancouver, BC

> E-mail: mailto:hlthpro at home.com

> Bird Links: http://members.home.net/hlthpro1/birding/

>

>



>From curtm at digi.com Wed Jul 28 15:09:25 1999

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=09Thanks for the reply I got about old trees, and I did
go through last weeks digests which included good information
on the Dungeness area. So now I am a little more specific :
Leaving Seattle for Edmonds early Sun. a.m., going as far
as Lake Crescent/Sol Duc for sure, the Hoh rain forest if I
*really* start early. Given that I have these recommendations
Bob Norton posted for the Dungeness area :


> At the present time the Oyster House, the 3 Crabs Restaurant Beach

>and nearby 'horse pond' on 3 Crabs Road are the best bets for shorebirds.

>Ediz Hook in Port Angeles is excellent ....


=09What other spots should I stop at? Either along the shore,
going to the Dungeness area, around Lake Crescent, or ???
Thanks in advance for your help.

=09=09=09Curt McNamara (in Minnesota)

>From greenslug at yahoo.com Wed Jul 28 15:15:07 1999

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Hello to all!

I'm hoping someone can help me identify this really
weird sound I heard yesterday and this morning at Lake
Sylvia State Park, just outside Montesano. I am
assuming it was a bird call, but in all my life, I
swear I've never heard anything so weird!!

It sounded exactly like a child calling, "Mom....mom"
and it had the tonal quality as if he were saying it
through a megaphone. The call was made two times then
would be silent for a long time then repeated.

When I first heard this yesterday afternoon, I figured
it was a child, since there were so many kids out
playing and swimming. But this morning when I heard it
at 6:30 am when the camp was all quiet, and it was
directly over my head in the tree above, well, I knew
it was not a child.

Any ideas? No, there were no kids in the trees
overhead! :-)

The only birds I could see around and in the trees
overhead at the time were crows. Lots and lots of
crows.

Thanks!

Cindy Caturia
Olympia, WA.


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>From ddaily at u.washington.edu Wed Jul 28 15:18:07 1999

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Subject: Re: A very weird sound
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Mom......mom... Peacock?

Douglas F. Daily
ddaily at u.washington.edu
Seattle WA 98195




>From Gr8HrndOwl at aol.com Wed Jul 28 15:38:39 1999

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Maybe those genius crows got so used to the little kids yelling for their
mom's it got hooked in their vocab. Crows make all kinds of weird noises.
Just an idea. Bryan Mathews, Fed Way, Gr8HrndOwl at aol.

>From Brdr1 at aol.com Wed Jul 28 16:23:48 1999

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Has anyone tried Thayer's Birds of North America CD for Windows? I received

-->I use the Thayer's Version 2.5 on my new computer with no problems. I
have a Viper V550 16MB AGP Video Card.
(*v*)Donna Ferrill
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>From BrewinKent at msn.com Wed Jul 28 17:16:01 1999

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From: "Jim Brewster" <BrewinKent at msn.com>
To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Green Heron and White Geese
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Hello Tweeters:

While walking the Green River today at about 4:00 p.m. I saw a Green Heron
across the river from "The Old Fishing Hole" in Kent. It was on the bank,
at water's edge. Have seen them in this same area in years past.

Farther along the river, near So. 240th and Russell Road, two large white
geese flew south over the Green River parallel to Russel Road and through
some trees in the Riverbend Golf Course. They were about 100 yards from me
and perhaps 30 feet in the air and looked as if they were in a descending
mode approaching a landing. They were as large as Canada Geese, and maybe
even a little larger. I saw nothing but white for the few seconds I saw
them and tried to determine where they were headed but didn't see them
again. There are at least two ponds on the golf course in the direction I
saw them going, which are frequented by a lot of waterfowl. I have never
seen white geese before. Are these Snow Geese?

Jim Brewster
Kent Washington
BrewinKent at msn.com



>From MBlanchrd at aol.com Wed Jul 28 17:45:47 1999

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Hi,

I'm willing to bet my lunch one of the crows made those calls. Crows can
mimic and probably, one of them picked up some human child calling for his
mother. Why do they mimic? Now that's one I don't think anyone will be able
to answer without straying into the minefield of anthropomorphism. I
admit...I'm an anthropomorphist. I've witnessed animals and birds doing too
many things that make no scientific sense, but make perfect sense if you
consider them thinking, reasoning and intelligent creatures.
Michelle
Littlerock

>From BrewinKent at msn.com Wed Jul 28 17:50:28 1999

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I didn't see the black wing tips and the domestic geese that I see in the
golf course area mingling with the Canada's are rolly polly tan streaked
birds designed for the oven, and I have never seen them in flight. I think
you are right, they were probably Mute Swans though I have never seen them
in this area before, and I have never seen them in flight.

Thanks,

Jim Brewster
Kent Washington

-----Original Message-----
From: Eugene Kridler [mailto:ekridler at olympus.net]
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Are you sure you didn't see Mute Swan? Or a variety of domestic white
geese?
Snow Geese have black wing tips.
Gene Kridler, Sequim
Jim Brewster wrote:


> Hello Tweeters:

>

> While walking the Green River today at about 4:00 p.m. I saw a Green Hero=

n

> across the river from "The Old Fishing Hole" in Kent. It was on the bank=

,

> at water's edge. Have seen them in this same area in years past.

>

> Farther along the river, near So. 240th and Russell Road, two large white

> geese flew south over the Green River parallel to Russel Road and through

> some trees in the Riverbend Golf Course. They were about 100 yards from

me

> and perhaps 30 feet in the air and looked as if they were in a descending

> mode approaching a landing. They were as large as Canada Geese, and mayb=

e

> even a little larger. I saw nothing but white for the few seconds I saw

> them and tried to determine where they were headed but didn't see them

> again. There are at least two ponds on the golf course in the direction =

I

> saw them going, which are frequented by a lot of waterfowl. I have never

> seen white geese before. Are these Snow Geese?

>

> Jim Brewster

> Kent Washington

> BrewinKent at msn.com







>From two.wing-nuts at juno.com Wed Jul 28 18:23:18 1999

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Tweeters/Inlanders: i would like to trade a brand new unopened Peterson
North American Birds CD rom for a copy of the old 2.o version of Thayers
Birds of North America. (I have version 2.5 of Thayers). Please contact
me directly rather than tying up Tweeters. thank you
Hans
Hans & Kathryn Krauss, Spokane, WA two.wing-nuts at juno.com
IT'S BETTER TO BE "WNGNUTS" (vanity plate) THAN DEAD-BOLTS

>From 76506.3100 at compuserve.com Wed Jul 28 20:04:44 1999

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Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 22:57:55 -0400
From: Jerry Blinn <76506.3100 at compuserve.com>
Subject: Critters
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Jim Flynn asked if there were "official" lists of various critters. =3D


There are AviSys critter data sets for Butterflies, Dragonflies and Herps=
=3D
=2E =3D

If you are an AviSys user (Jim<G>), go to the AviSys web site and downloa=
=3D
d
those data sets free -- they are ~never~ sold or packaged with sold goods=
=3D
=2E

We have no mammal list, to date, due to copyright problems. If anybody
knows of a good mammal list, unencumbered, please let me know.

Additional note, if you are a butterflyfan, there is a newly-formed
Washington Butterfly Association, affiliated with NABA. You can join by
contacting the ultimate butterflier, Idie Ulsh, at (206) 364-4935. There=
=3D

have already been four butterflying field trips. If you are a birder,
discover the joy of butterflying, which is symbiotic with birding; when i=
=3D
t
gets mid-day, and the birds disappear, the butterflies come out. Morning=
=3D
,
and evening, when butterflies are dormant, the birds are out. Every bird=
=3D
er
should be a butterflier. (My spell checker asserts that Idie Ulsh's name=
=3D

is really IDLE LUSH.)

As for dragonflies, jeez! how can you ~not~ be a dragonflier? They're
just little birds -- but more aggressive.

In the meantime, here are the citations for the critter lists, copied fro=
=3D
m
our web site, to partially answer Jim's question. (Note the occurrence o=
=3D
f
the name Dennis Paulson.)

Jerry Blinn
Silverdale

**********

The butterfly list is provided courtesy of the North American
Butterfly Association (NABA). The list is Copyright =3DA9 NABA, all rights
reserved, is for your personal use only in AviSys, and is not to be copie=
=3D
d
or otherwise transmitted to others.

NABA, a non-profit organization, was formed to educate the public about
the joys of non-consumptive recreational butterflying, including
listing, gardening, observation, photography, rearing and conservation.
Membership in NABA is open to all those who share its purposes. Membershi=
=3D
p
includes a subscription to the beautiful, quarterly, color illustrated,
NABA journal, "American Butterflies."

Membership dues for the US are $25; Family $35. Outside the US please add=
=3D

$5 to cover increased postal costs. Please send dues and subscriptions,
payable in US dollars drawn on a US Bank, to:

NABA, 4 Delaware Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

=2E . . and let them know AviSys sent you!

The dragonfly list was published by the Dragonfly Society of the Americas=
=3D

and is used with the permission of the original authors Dennis R. Paulson=
=3D

and Sidney W. Dunkle.

The Herps (herpetofauna) list was compiled by Doug Henderson and
Dennis Paulson, October 1992, with some subsequent taxonomic decisions in=
=3D

literature added thereafter, and published by the Slater Museum of Natura=
=3D
l
History, Copyright =3DA9 University of Puget Sound. It is used with the
permission of the original compilers.

Scientific and common names from J. T. Collins, Standard common and
current scientific names for North American amphibians and reptiles, Thir=
=3D
d
Edition, Soc. Study Amph. & Rept. Herp. Circular No. 19, 1990. Order of
families from J. L. Behler and F. W. King, The Audubon Society Field Guid=
=3D
e
to North American Reptiles and Amphibians, Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. Modifie=
=3D
d
by the original compilers.

The taxonomy will differ from that of many other sources, and from
some editions of the cited sources.

Because of the unique classification of birds, primarily the
order Passeriformes covering over 50% of the birds of the world, AviSys
separates bird species into "families" only, some of which were created f=
=3D
or
clarity and functional usefulness. Also, some functions of AviSys utilize=
=3D
,
and depend on, that structure.

Thus, in the Herps list, the class divisions (Amphibians and Reptiles),
and the order and suborder divisions (Salamanders, Frogs and Toads,
Turtles, Crocodiles, Squamata, Worm Lizards, Lizards, Snakes) are not use=
=3D
d.
The scientific family names are expressed in the form Order (not sub-orde=
=3D
r)
- Family, such as "Squamata Viperidae" for the Vipers.
Introduced species are marked with a * at the end of the common name. =3D


************


E-mail from: Jerry Blinn

AviSys Web Site: <www.avisys.net>
AviSys EMail: <support at avisys.net>

>From MartinMuller at email.msn.com Wed Jul 28 22:00:41 1999

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Greetings tweeters,

Did my Wednesday morning bird count at Green Lake in the north end of
Seattle this morning between 05:30 and 07:00. It was sunny and 60 F/16 C.
Glorious morning, good to be out.

Legend:
When applicable: 1st number =3D males; 2nd, females; 3rd, young; brood size=
s
in parentheses. Or: 1st =3D adults, 2nd young, brood sizes in parentheses.
Asterisk indicates comment at end.

Pied-billed Grebe 9 adult, 14 young (3,5,6)*
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 2
Canada Goose 239
Domesticated Goose 7
American Green-winged Teal 7
Mallard 87,30
Gadwall 111,78*
Domesticated Duck 8
Bald Eagle 1,1,1*
American Coot 11
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 2ad, 3 juv
Ring-billed Gull 7
California Gull 3
Glaucous-winged Gull 11
Caspian Tern 2 adult*
Rock Dove 12
Downy Woodpecker 6*
Northern Flicker 2
Violet-green Swallow 20
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 12*
Cliff Swallow 60
Barn Swallow 70
American/Northwestern Crow 49
Black-capped Chickadee 34
Bushtit 58
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Cedar Waxwing 12*
European Starling 60
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 22
Brewer=92s Blackbird 79*
House Finch 5
House Sparrow 45

Pied-billed Grebe:
Last year around this time there were 10 territories on the lake, all among
the water lilies on the (mostly) western side. Some of those had their
second brood by now. 1999 has seen very little activity. Two weeks ago (wit=
h
only 3 pairs on the lake) the first clutch hatched, 5 out of 7 young are
still around. Last week a clutch of 7 hatched, 6 young present today. Today
I discovered another pair building a nest, these adults presumably arrived
since last week. In addition I heard (but did not see) at least three newly
hatched chicks (weak food-begging by 2, distress call by 1) on the SE side,
across from Kenwood, where Pied-bills occasionally nest among the bulrushes=
=2E
The bulrush stand is thin and usually nests in this area are easily damaged
by northerly winds.

Gadwall:
They are starting to move around. On 6/30 there were just 15 Gadwalls on th=
e
lake.

Bald Eagle:
I did not see either adult around this morning, just youngster. I log the
adults anyway, since I know they're around. The youngster is doing fine.
These past days he/she's been seen flying back and forth between the nest
area and the island. It has also made some nice longer soaring flights,
utilizing thermals, looking like a real eagle. Amazing to think this bird i=
s
only 14 weeks old! I still have not had a good chance to compare the
youngster's size to the adults, in order to determine its sex. One of these
days...

Caspian Tern:
In years past, around this time, Caspian Tern pairs with their offspring
would show up on the lake. The adults feeding the loudly food-begging young=
=2E
No young this year and the adults showed up several weeks earlier than othe=
r
years. Failed breeding attempt?

Downy Woodpecker:
Two families were raised in snags around the lake. One snag is part of the
habitat improvement area near the Bathhouse Theater. It's nice to see that
the trees saved from the chain saw has provided a native bird with a nestin=
g
spot (just like last year).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow:
This is the first time I've seen Rough-wings on the lake this year. I had
already resigned to a summer without this species.....

Cedar Waxwings:
A dozen or so, hawking from the trees on the island.

Cheers,
Martin Muller, Seattle
MartinMuller at email.msn.com




>From Hummer at isomedia.com Wed Jul 28 22:45:09 1999

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I have observed that tweenaged Mallards dive fairly often, much more often =
than
adults. Maybe it is due to foraging with a shorter neck, or maybe they don=
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yet have the bouyancy that they have as full adults.

=3D=3D Michael Hobbs
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----- Original Message -----
From: Jack Bowling <jbowling at direct.ca>

> Mallards can indeed dive. I watched about 7 or 8 of them diving near the

> pier on the Kelowna, BC waterfront many years ago. Mind you, their

> greater buoyancy compared to a diving duck means they have to fight for

> every inch below the surface, but they can do it. It's a wonder they

> didn't get the bends coming back up 'cuz they shot up like little

> champagne corks!




>From hnehls at teleport.com Thu Jul 29 00:32:10 1999

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- RBA
* Oregon
* Portland
* July 29, 1999

- birds mentioned

Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Red-shouldered Hawk
Solitary Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Yellow-breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

- transcript

hotline: Portland Oregon Audubon RBA (weekly)
number: 503-292-0661
to report: Harry Nehls 503-233-3976 <hnehls at teleport.com>
compiler: Harry Nehls
coverage: entire state

Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This
recording was made Thursday July 29. If you have anything to add call
Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

A female RING-NECKED DUCK with a chick was on the effluent ponds on the
North Spit of Coos Bay July 20.

Shorebirding has been a bit slow during the week, but several
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and RUDDY TURNSTONES were reported along the
coast. On July 25 a SOLITARY SANDPIPER was at the Fernhill Wetlands in
Forest Grove.

A pair of LESSER GOLDFINCHES are nesting in Portland this summer near SE
98th and Division Streets in the area of Apollo College. Up to 10 CHATS
were at the north end of Hagg Lake, south of Forest Grove July 22. They
were in the fields near Tanner Creek.

On July 25 an adult and a young GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were near the gate on
Royal Avenue on the east side of Fern Ridge Reservoir. Two pairs of
REDHEADS were on Fern Ridge July 18. On July 22 three BREWER'S SPARROWS
were netted and banded near Lower Table Rock, in the Rogue Valley.

A BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD is coming to a feeder in Sisters, and another
is visiting a feeder in Bend.

Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen in Logan Valley July 22. On July 17 a
flock of GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES was near the summit of the McKenzie
Pass Highway west of Sisters.

Thats it for this week.

- end transcript

Harry Nehls
Portland, Oregon
503-233-3976
hnehls at teleport.com


>From isparrow at ix.netcom.com Thu Jul 29 05:23:46 1999

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Tweeters:
Has anyone out there seen or heard of Marbled Murrelets being in
the Carbon River Valley in recent times? You can respond to
me on this service or to me e-mail: isparrow at ix.netcom.com
Irene Potter, Tacoma


>From manderson at snblusa.com Thu Jul 29 07:01:07 1999

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Jim Brewster and Tweets

Last September at the Kent Ponds I saw a white goose that looked, at
first glance, like a Snow Goose but big. It was in flight leaving the
ponds. When I watched with bins all I could see at first was the
classic Snow Goose black primaries. As I followed the bird and its
angle twords the light changed I saw classic Canada Goose pattern
emerge. What is white on a Canada was bright white ( chin strap,
coverts) on this bird. Other areas were less white, slightly duller.

Albino genes make life interesting.

Marti Anderson
manderson at snblusa


>From dcv at scn.org Thu Jul 29 08:06:39 1999

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Dear Tweets,

A number of you have asked about Tweeters on the Web via Jack Siler's
site. Looks like it'll be down for a while. ;-(

See below.

Dan Victor, Seattle, WA <mailto:dcv at scn.org>
Tweeters email digests=3D http://www.scn.org/earth/tweeters/digests/

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 10:27:54 -0400
From: Laurie Larson <llarson at PRINCETON.EDU>
To: BIRDCHAT at LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Birding on the Web: temporarily unavailable

Birders,

I contacted Jack Siler, the computer magician who has provided the
Birding on the Web service for many years, when messages from
Birdeast and other lists started bouncing back, and people began
complaining that they couldn't reach his site to read birdling mail
list archives. Jack's reply is quoted below. It seems that Birding on
the Web (compstat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/...) will be down for a
while.


> From: Jack Siler <siler at wharton.upenn.edu>

> Subject: Re: Server trouble?

> Last week it was discovered that our departmental machines had

> suffered a serious security breach and everything was shut down

> "temporarily". It now appears it may be a couple of weeks til I'm

> back. I doubt it's worthwhile trying to save the old mail. Things

> may have stopped bouncing - my mail is now being rerouted to another

> Wharton machine - so subscriptions don't need to be cancelled.

>

> Jack

> siler at wharton.upenn.edu



>From ploafman at tenforward.com Thu Jul 29 08:30:46 1999

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Planning a trip to New Zealand (both islands) probably in November. Any =3D
one have any suggestions of places to visit or where I can get a good =3D
birding field guide for the area?=3D20

Thanks

Kim Mike
Port Angeles, WA
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>From dhogaza at pacifier.com Thu Jul 29 13:23:32 1999

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Subject: Census Count: South Jetty, Columbia River, Clatsop County, Oregon
on July 28, 1999
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 20:25:16 GMT

This report was e-mailed for Don Baccus by a
robot at http://donb.photo.net/tweeterdom:

Spent some time meandering around the South Jetty with a friend, casually
birding in order to test out the web-based service which e-mailed this repo=
rt.
Shorebirds continue to be low in numbers, though the numbers reported below
don't include a distant, butt-end flock of about two dozen seen against gra=
y
skies that I couldn't identify.

It was remarkably pleasant on top of the jetty about 150-200 yards west of=
the
observation tower. Bright overcast, little wind, and while not exactly war=
m
wasn't cold, either.

On a non-birding note, if you have time to check out the Endeavour replica,
it's very well done and worth it to anyone interested in the history of the
days of exploration. The botanists on board collected 2,600 species unknown=
to
science at the time. The head botanist was a student of Linnaeus, who
developed the system of binomial nomenclature still in use by biologists
(including ornithologists) today. There, I knew I'd be able to make a bird
connection if I thought long and hard enough!

Birds seen:

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 27
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 125
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 5
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 1
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 25
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 5
Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) 80
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 65
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 9



>From rahne at mindspring.com Thu Jul 29 14:05:29 1999

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Subject: Fw: David Attenborough
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To those interested, here is a schedule of all the episodes of David
Attenborough's Life of Birds on KCTS (Channel 9).
Rahne Kirkham
rahne at mindspring.com
Federal Way, Washington

When asked why she was always so cheerful,
the old woman replied,
"Well, I just wear this world as a loose garment."
----- Original Message -----
From: GONZE <GONZE at kcts.org>
To: "Rahne Kirkham" <rahne at mindspring.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 1999 10:53 AM
Subject: RE: David Attenborough



>

>

>

> Thank you for your interest in KCTS, the Public Network, and

> especially in "The Life of Birds by David Attenborough".

>

> This series is scheduled for Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. throug=

h

> September 28:

>

> 7/27: The Mastery of Flight

> 8/03: The Insatiable Appetite

> 8/10: Attenborough in Paradise

> 8/17: Meat-Eaters

> 8/24: Fishing for a Living

> *Saturday 8/31, 8 p.m.: Signals and Songs

> 9/7: Finding Partners

> 9/14: The Demands of an Egg

> 9/28: The Problems of Parenthood

>

>

> Thank you for writing.

>

>

>

>

>

> ______________________________ Reply Separator

> _________________________________

> Subject: David Attenborough

> Author: "Rahne Kirkham" [SMTP:rahne at mindspring.com] at SEATTLE

> Date: 7/23/99 10:56 PM

>

>

> I am interested in David Attenborough's Life of Birds series and the

> schedule on this site shows the episode I saw this week 7/21 as being the

> episode to be shown next week. Have I missed one? Am I crazy?

> Also, for how many weeks will it run?

> Rahne Kirkham

> rahne at mindspring.com

> Federal Way, Washington

>

> When asked why she was always so cheerful,

> the old woman replied,

> "Well, I just wear this world as a loose garment."



>From mpatters at oregonvos.net Thu Jul 29 16:54:49 1999

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The first juvenile WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPERS arrived (apparently overnig=
ht)
at the South Jetty of the Columbia.

=09Semipalmated Plover 3
=09Western Sandpiper 55 (9 juv)
=09Least Sandpiper 5 (1 juv)

On the beach at about 1500hr were 1350 CASPIAN TERNS and 29 BROWN PELICANS

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS flew over Corky's One-stop in Hammond.

And Scott's back....

--=20
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hine
Astoria, OR for increasing the race's store of dependable facts=
=2E
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>From kkalimo at direct.ca Thu Jul 29 18:04:34 1999

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>From kkalimo at direct.ca Thu Jul 29 18:04:36 1999

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From: "Kris Klimko" <kkalimo at direct.ca>
To: "tweeters tweeters tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Boundary Bay
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Shorebirding from the dykes of Boundary Bay has been fairly productive over
the past couple of evenings due to perfect light conditions coupled with an
ideal high tide. The tide is at around 12.5 feet at Sand Heads for a high
around 7 pm in the evening. This tide is just right to cover the extensive
mud flats except for a very minor strip at the toe of the dyke bringing the
birds into optimum viewing distance. The area we have been birding is
between 104th and 112th Streets.

The shorebird species we have seen with approximate numbers:

Black-bellied Plover (200-300)
Semipalmated Plover (15-20) usually as a single flock
Killdeer (2)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Lesser Yellowlegs (2)
Ruddy Turnstone (1) associates with Black-bellied Plover, Dowitcher flock
Red Knot (2 basic *5* prebasic)
Sanderling (`10) associates with WESA
Semipalmated Sandpiper (3 juv )
Western Sandpiper (800-1000) no juv's
Least Sandpiper (15)
Baird's Sandpiper (1)
Dunlin (6) basic and alt
Short-billed Dowitcher (50) inevitably with BBPL
Red-necked Phalarope (1 juv.)


As the tide comes in, real-estate becomes more and more precious causing th=
e
birds to pile up in great densities on available dry areas. The birds
alight on floating driftwood from a few inches long to a few feet long.
Other birds try to land beside them and in one or two instances, on top of
already roosting peeps. The birds were also perching in the panicles of th=
e
shoregrasses.

Best regards
Ken Klimko
Richmond, BC
Canada



>From tenetg at gte.net Thu Jul 29 18:12:31 1999

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Kris Klimko wrote:

>

> Shorebirding from the dykes of Boundary Bay has been fairly productive ov=

er

> the past couple of evenings due to perfect light conditions coupled with =

an

> ideal high tide. The tide is at around 12.5 feet at Sand Heads for a hig=

h

> around 7 pm in the evening. This tide is just right to cover the extensi=

ve

> mud flats except for a very minor strip at the toe of the dyke bringing t=

he

> birds into optimum viewing distance. The area we have been birding is

> between 104th and 112th Streets.

>

> The shorebird species we have seen with approximate numbers:

>

> Black-bellied Plover (200-300)

> Semipalmated Plover (15-20) usually as a single flock

> Killdeer (2)

> Greater Yellowlegs (1)

> Lesser Yellowlegs (2)

> Ruddy Turnstone (1) associates with Black-bellied Plover, Dowitcher flock

> Red Knot (2 basic *5* prebasic)

> Sanderling (`10) associates with WESA

> Semipalmated Sandpiper (3 juv )

> Western Sandpiper (800-1000) no juv's

> Least Sandpiper (15)

> Baird's Sandpiper (1)

> Dunlin (6) basic and alt

> Short-billed Dowitcher (50) inevitably with BBPL

> Red-necked Phalarope (1 juv.)

>

> As the tide comes in, real-estate becomes more and more precious causing =

the

> birds to pile up in great densities on available dry areas. The birds

> alight on floating driftwood from a few inches long to a few feet long.

> Other birds try to land beside them and in one or two instances, on top o=

f

> already roosting peeps. The birds were also perching in the panicles of =

the

> shoregrasses.

>

> Best regards

> Ken Klimko

> Richmond, BC

> Canada



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>From cjsmith at plix.com Thu Jul 29 18:36:17 1999

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I'm trying to decide between buying thePeterson Field Guide to Western
Bird Nests (1979) or the newer Guide to Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of
North Am birds. Any suggestions? A friend has a Calliope Hummingbird
nest outside her window and we are trying to figure out how long the
incubation period is and how long the nestlings will stay before trying
to fly.

--
Connie Smith
Kettle Falls, WA
(northeast WA, Stevens County)



>From RKorpi at clark.edu Thu Jul 29 19:10:52 1999

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Tweets,
One of the last messages I got from our group had the Happy99.exe
attachment. DO NOT OPEN THIS ATTACHMENT!!!! You'll get the Happy99 virus.
If you received this, simply delete it.

Ray Korpi
rkorpi at clark.edu
Portland, OR/Clark College, Vancouver WA
President, Oregon Field Ornithologists


>From rsaecker at thurston.com Thu Jul 29 19:13:31 1999

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Subject: Re: Recommend Nest ID book?

At 6:39 PM -0700 7/29/99, Constance J. Smith wrote:

>I'm trying to decide between buying thePeterson Field Guide to Western

>Bird Nests (1979) or the newer Guide to Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of

>North Am birds. Any suggestions? A friend has a Calliope Hummingbird

>nest outside her window and we are trying to figure out how long the

>incubation period is and how long the nestlings will stay before trying

>to fly.

>

Connie,

I'm not familiar with either of those books, so can't make a
recommendation. But a great book for incubation and hatching to fledging
times, as well as a ton of other info, is The Birder's Handbook, by
Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye.

Rob Saecker
Olympia



>From MEYER2J at aol.com Thu Jul 29 19:25:03 1999

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Hello Tweets:

I've received a call from a construction worker in Kirkland who wants to kn=
ow
how to save a Barn Swallow that is sitting on a nest with eggs. The nest i=
s
about 8-feet off the ground, in a garage. The doors are going on, windows
are being put in and wiring, etc. will begin soon. The worker has convince=
d
the builder to keep the garage door open awhile longer in hopes of finding =
a
suitable solution to saving the swallow family. The garage will probably
need to be closed up by the middle of next week.

Can the family be saved? If so, how? Please let me know. Any assistance =
is
greatly appreciated.

Joyce Meyer
Woodinville, WA
MEYER2J at aol.com

>From MEYER2J at aol.com Thu Jul 29 19:25:46 1999

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Hi Tweets:

For several dayes I've been watching a juvenile male Pileated Woodpecker fe=
ed
at one my suet feeders. Today, a female flew into the yard with the male. =
I
initially assumed they were siblings. She landed on the cedar tree, acted
tentative, spread her wings and gestered when the Douglas's Squirrel tried =
to
investigate her presence. She is smaller than the male, has a round body, =
a
crimson crest that isn't yet fully red, and has no brown feathers. The mal=
e
has extensive brown feathers. The National Geographic field guide says
"...juvenile plumage, held briefly, resembles adult but is duller and brown=
er
overall." The female kept opening and closing her beak, and finally inched
her way to a second suet feeder. Then, the male flew to her and proceeded =
to
feed the young female.

What would be the relationship between these two birds?

Joyce Meyer
Woodinville, WA

>From dale.fountain at gte.net Thu Jul 29 19:26:15 1999

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According to The Ecyclopedia of North American Birds by John Terres the
incubation period is 15 days and the young first fly about 20 days after
hatching.

Louise Fountain
Eatonville

-----Original Message-----
From: Constance J. Smith <cjsmith at plix.com>
To: tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Date: Thursday, July 29, 1999 6:36 PM
Subject: Recommend Nest ID book?



>I'm trying to decide between buying thePeterson Field Guide to Western

>Bird Nests (1979) or the newer Guide to Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of

>North Am birds. Any suggestions? A friend has a Calliope Hummingbird

>nest outside her window and we are trying to figure out how long the

>incubation period is and how long the nestlings will stay before trying

>to fly.

>

>--

>Connie Smith

>Kettle Falls, WA

>(northeast WA, Stevens County)

>

>



>From lydia at wizards.net Thu Jul 29 20:01:26 1999

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Subject: Bugs! Bites! Stings!
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Tweeties.

Any of you into bugs?

Monday night I not only got to watch the muskrats and examine the mole, I
also got bit by *something*. I didn't notice getting bit or stung until
later that night when I noticed a single red spot on the back of my hand.
It didn't hurt or itch.

By Tuesday morning the swelling started. The spot was full of fever and
throbbing like crazy. For awhile, with every throb I'd get a slight
queesy feeling roll through me. Tuesday night I took a couple of advils
and smeared benadryl creme on the spot.

Yesterday the back of my hand was like a small baseball mitt. It was so
swollen I couldn't make a fist. Fortunatly, by today the swelling has
gone down and I have full mobility in my left hand again.

WHAT THE HELL WAS IT????????? I've never reacted to a bug bite/sting
quite like that ever before. I'm fine now, but really bugged by this!

Bug people, please help.

Lydia In Kent

Lydia Gaebe In Kent, WA/lydia at wizards.net
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>From ipaulsen at linknet.kitsap.lib.wa.us Thu Jul 29 20:05:57 1999

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To: Kris Klimko <kkalimo at direct.ca>
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Subject: Happy 99 virus
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HI Kris and Tweeters:
The e-mail from Kris marked Bounty Bay (long version) is the Happy 99
virus. DON'T OPEN!!!!
Sincerely

Ian Paulsen
Bainbridge Is., WA
ipaulsen at linknet.kitsap.lib.wa.us
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>From whl at localaccess.com Thu Jul 29 20:38:10 1999

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From: "William H. Lawrence" <whl at localaccess.com>
Subject: Virus Warning


second to Ray's email to you all don't delete it. Bill



>Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 19:10:49 -0700

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>From: "Korpi, Raymond" <RKorpi at clark.edu>

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>Tweets,

>One of the last messages I got from our group had the Happy99.exe

>attachment. DO NOT OPEN THIS ATTACHMENT!!!! You'll get the Happy99 virus=

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>If you received this, simply delete it.

>

>Ray Korpi

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>From whl at localaccess.com Thu Jul 29 20:41:09 1999

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my last email is in error don't open the happy attachment delete IT left
out open in previous email sorry Bill


>From sanjer at televar.com Thu Jul 29 21:09:07 1999

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Does anyone know if the Indigo Bunting is still at the West
Richland site? If it is we are heading down there tomorrow
(Friday) evening so that we will be there first thing Saturday
AM.

Thanks for any information


Jerry and Sandy Converse
Grand Coulee, WA

http://members.tripod.com/nature_scenic_photos/

Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember, amateurs built the Ark and
Professionals built the Titanic.



>From godwit at worldnet.att.net Thu Jul 29 21:13:09 1999

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HelloConstance,
i always look thinks up in the Audubon Society ENCYCLPPEDIA OF NORTH
AMERICAN BIRDS.
Incubation:15 days,young first fly about 20 days after hatching, this is
for the Calliope Hummingbird. Every birder should own one like this, you
will find every answer in this book, well recommended.
I also have the Birdwatchers Companien for $29.50 and the Birders Handbook
taken with you when you bird for some queston's for$16 95.
Ruth Sullivan
Tacoma

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> From: Constance J. Smith <cjsmith at plix.com>

> To: tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> Subject: Recommend Nest ID book?

> Date: Thursday, July 29, 1999 6:39 PM

>

> I'm trying to decide between buying thePeterson Field Guide to Western

> Bird Nests (1979) or the newer Guide to Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of

> North Am birds. Any suggestions? A friend has a Calliope Hummingbird

> nest outside her window and we are trying to figure out how long the

> incubation period is and how long the nestlings will stay before trying

> to fly.

>

> --

> Connie Smith

> Kettle Falls, WA

> (northeast WA, Stevens County)

>

>From godwit at worldnet.att.net Thu Jul 29 21:32:19 1999

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Hello Jerry and Sandy,
The Reporter from the News called me yesterday afternoon for an
interview.She told me that there not was seeing the Indigo Bunting around
9.00AM and stayed around for little as one hour.There also went on to the
Range where there had permission to go.NO TREEPASSING are posted along the
road.
Ruth Sullivan

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> From: sanjer at televar.com

> To: Inland-nw-birders <inland-nw-birders at uidaho.edu>; tweeters

<tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> Subject: Indigo Bunting?

> Date: Thursday, July 29, 1999 9:14 PM

>

> Does anyone know if the Indigo Bunting is still at the West

> Richland site? If it is we are heading down there tomorrow

> (Friday) evening so that we will be there first thing Saturday

> AM.

>

> Thanks for any information

>

>

> Jerry and Sandy Converse

> Grand Coulee, WA

>

> http://members.tripod.com/nature_scenic_photos/

>

> Never be afraid to try something new.

> Remember, amateurs built the Ark and

> Professionals built the Titanic.

>

>From bf519 at scn.org Thu Jul 29 21:46:18 1999

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From: bf519 at scn.org (Jim P. Flynn)
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Hi Tweets,

=09Thanks to Kelly, Greg and Jerry for replies. One thing
that I'm most curious about is how the AOU brought about such
standardization in bird's common names, and why they even felt it
necessary to do so. As a scientific organization why did they
even bother to standardize common names when scientific binomials
were already in existence?
=09I've heard that the AOU demanded (demands?) the use of
their selected names in all of their publications. Do they have
any authority in making publications such as the Wilson Bulletin,
the Cooper Society's publication, etc. use the AOU names? I
really don't have any real beef with this, as I can see the value
to *amateurs* who aren't accustomed to using binomials, but I
wonder why they even bothered and why the same thing hasn't
happened in the world of mammals, fishes, etc. Is it simply the
wider appeal of birds and the large number of popular field
guides that have helped to cement the AOU's selected names across
the continent?
=09I suppose there has been some loss as a result of this.
The large number of regional names found in old publications
such as Bent's life histories have died out. Some of them are
real gems too: "Great God Woodpecker" (Pileated), "Great-footed
Hawk" (Peregrine), etc. Would we want to do away with names
such as Mountain Lion and Puma in favor of Cougar? Scientists
could keep communicating in the system they've devised for that
purpose, and us civilians could keep the color in our language.
The amount of confusion among amateur naturalists who prefer
not to use latin would really be quite small, and a petty price
to pay for creative expression. Thus we wouldn't have statements
such as "There is no such thing as a Pacific Mole" coming down
from on high like gospel
from on high like gospel.

=09=09=09=09Jim Flynn
=09=09=09=09Renton, WA
=09=09=09=09bf519 at scn.org

>From greenslug at yahoo.com Thu Jul 29 22:01:17 1999

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My thanks to all who offered their suggestions
regarding that weird bird call I heard the other day
(mom.....mom). I do concur with the majority of you
that it was probably the crows! I did wonder about
that when I saw all those crows nearby as the sound
was made. I just wasn't certain that crows could make
a sound like that....but now I know! Thanks!

Cindy Caturia
Olympia, WA.
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>From LarryCowan at compuserve.com Thu Jul 29 22:50:04 1999

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From: Larry Cowan <LarryCowan at compuserve.com>
Subject: RBA Vancouver, BC -- July 29/99
Sender: Larry Cowan <LarryCowan at compuserve.com>
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Eric Greenwood <egreenw at intraNet.bc.ca>,
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RBA Vancouver, BC -- July 29/99

This is the Vancouver, B.C. Bird Alert for Thursday, July 29th 10:10 PM
update.

Species Noted:
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Brant
Osprey
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Semipalmated Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Red-necked Phalarope
Great Horned Owl
Black Swift
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Catbird
Crested Myna

Sightings for Thursday, July 29th
24 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were reported from Tsawwassen's Beach Grove Lagoon=
=3D
=2E

Thirty BLACK SWIFTS were observed in the Guildford area of north Surrey.

July 28
2 RUDDY TURNSTONE and a RED KNOT were seen along the Boundary Bay dike
between 104th and 112th.

A flock of 65 SEMIPLAMATED PLOVER and a MARBLED GODWIT were observed in a=
=3D

plowed field on Hornby Dr. south of 96th St. in Delta.

A PEREGRINE was sighted at the Iona ponds.

July 27
The foot of 104th at Boundary Bay was again the location for a RED KNOT, =
=3D
A
RUDDY TURNSTONE and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.

Two CRESTED MYNAS were seen near Hudson & Marine in Vancouver. Another
reliable location to see this species is Wylie and 2nd.

July 26
A RED KNOT, A RUDDY TURNSTONE and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were observed nea=
=3D
r
the foot of 104th at Boundary Bay.

At Grant Narrows RP came a report of a GRAY CATBIRD and an EASTERN
KINGBIRD.

July 25th
At 104th AT Boundary Bay were 7 RED KNOT, a RUDDY TURNSTONE and a juveni=
=3D
le
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.

At the foot of 112th were a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVE=
=3D
R.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was again reported from the Robert's Bank Jett=
=3D
y
along with 3 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS seen in over flight.

Five BRANT were observed from the Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty..

July 24th
Reported from the foot of 88th on the Boundary bay dike were 2 RED KNOTS,=
=3D
1
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, 3 WHIMBREL and a MARBLED GODWIT.

=3D46rom the Tsawwassen Jetty came a sighting of 4 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.

Seen at the Iona ponds were a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, a MERLIN and an OSPREY.=
=3D


July 23
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Blackie Spit. Also reported from this
location were 7 WHIMBREL.

Observed from the Tsawwassen Jetty were 4 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS.

Observed at the Reifel Refuge were a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and 2
GREAT-HORNED OWLS.

Seen from the dike east of McDonald Beach on Sea Island were a GREEN HERO=
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N
and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

END TRANSCRIPT

Visit the VNHS web site at www.naturalhistory.bc.ca/VNHS

>From nmcgarry at gte.net Fri Jul 30 06:06:22 1999

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Here is information from Symantec's website and the remedy I successfully
used last year when curiosity got the best of me and I opened the
attachment. :) Nice fireworks, yes???? NO ! Don't check for yourself !!

Happy99.Worm

Aliases:=09Trojan.Happy99, I-Worm.Happy
Likelihood:=09Common
Region Reported:=09World Wide
Characteristics:=09Trojan Horse, Worm

Description:
This is a worm program, NOT a virus. This program has reportedly been
received through email spamming and USENET newsgroup posting. The file is
usually named HAPPY99.EXE in the email or article attachment.
When being executed, the program also opens a window entitled "Happy New
Year 1999 !!" showing a firework display to disguise its other actions. The
program copies itself as SKA.EXE and extracts a DLL that it carries as
SKA.DLL into WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory. It also modifies WSOCK32.DLL in
WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory and copies the original WSOCK32.DLL into
WSOCK32.SKA.
WSOCK32.DLL handles internet-connectivity in Windows 95 and 98. The
modification to WSOCK32.DLL allows the worm routine to be triggered when a
connect or send activity is detected. When such online activity occurs, the
modified code loads the worm's SKA.DLL. This SKA.DLL creates a new email or
a new article with UUENCODED HAPPY99.EXE inserted into the email or
article. It then sends this email or posts this article.
If WSOCK32.DLL is in use when the worm tries to modify it (i.e. a user is
online), the worm adds a registry entry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce=3DSKA
=2EEXE
The registry entry loads the worm the next time Windows start.

Removing the worm manually:
delete WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SKA.EXE
delete WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SKA.DLL
in WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ directory, rename WSOCK32.DLL to WSOCK32.BAK
in WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ directory, rename WSOCK32.SKA to WSOCK32.DLL
delete the downloaded file, usually named HAPPY99.EXE
Windows prevents you to do step #3 and #4 above if the machine is still
connected to the Internet. The file "windows\system\wsock32.dll" is used
whenever the machine is connected to Internet (i.e. through dial-up or LAN
connection).

If you are using dial-up connection (i.e. America Online), you need to do
the following:
terminate internet connection
delete WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SKA.EXE
delete WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SKA.DLL
in WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ directory, rename WSOCK32.DLL to WSOCK32.BAK
in WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ directory, rename WSOCK32.SKA to WSOCK32.DLL
delete the downloaded file, usually named HAPPY99.EXE

If you are connected to Internet through LAN (i.e. in the office or cable
modem), you need to do the following:

>From the Start menu, select shutdown-restart in MS DOS mode

type CD \windows\system when DOS prompt (C:\)appears
type RENAME WSOCK32.DLL WSOCK32.BAK
type RENAME WSOCK32.SKA WSOCK32.DLL
type DEL SKA.EXE
type DEL SKA.DLL

Safe Computing:
This worm and other trojan-horse type programs demonstrate the need to
practice safe computing. One should not execute any executable-file
attachment (EXE, SHS, MS Word or MS Excel file) that comes from an email or
a newsgroup article from an untrusted source.
Norton AntiVirus users can protect themselves from this virus by
downloading the current virus definitions either through LiveUpdate or from
the following webpage:
<http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/download.html>
Write-up by: Raul K. Elnitiarta
March 2, 1999


=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=
=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D
Ned McGarry
Kirkland, WA
nmcgarry at gte.net


------ =3D_NextPart_000_01BEDA52.164EF7C0--


>From sanjer at televar.com Fri Jul 30 06:42:40 1999

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Thanks for the remedy. I hope that I never have to use it.

Ned McGarry wrote:


> Here is information from Symantec's website and the remedy I successfully

> used last year when curiosity got the best of me and I opened the

> attachment. :) Nice fireworks, yes???? NO ! Don't check for yourself !=

!

>


Jerry and Sandy Converse
Grand Coulee, WA

http://members.tripod.com/nature_scenic_photos/

Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember, amateurs built the Ark and
Professionals built the Titanic.



>From rsaecker at thurston.com Fri Jul 30 08:48:26 1999

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Subject: Re: Virus Warning

Tweets,

just a little reality check on this Happy virus/worm. I received this as a
regular email text file, and judging by some of the comments, others did
too. As a text file it can do no harm; the only way for the virus to enter
your system is to receive it as an *attachment* to an email, and then to
open the attachment. No attachment, no worm. The advise never to open an
attachment from someone you don't know is sound, and I would add, it's a
good argumnent for not sending attachments to Tweeters.

Rob Saecker
Olympia



>From BrewinKent at msn.com Fri Jul 30 09:25:37 1999

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Rob wrote:

"just a little reality check on this Happy virus/worm. I received this as a
regular email text file, and judging by some of the comments, others did
too."

Mine came, via Tweeters, as an '.exe' file, not as an innocent '.txt' file.
Actually, I was surprised that the Tweeters server permits the forwarding o=
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Jim Brewster
Kent Washington
BrewinKent at msn.com



>From sharron at ptialaska.net Fri Jul 30 10:41:04 1999

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>From dhogaza at pacifier.com Fri Jul 30 11:17:42 1999

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At 08:48 AM 7/30/99 -0700, Rob Saecker wrote:

>Tweets,

>

>just a little reality check on this Happy virus/worm. I received this as a

>regular email text file, and judging by some of the comments, others did

>too. As a text file it can do no harm; the only way for the virus to enter

>your system is to receive it as an *attachment* to an email, and then to

>open the attachment. No attachment, no worm. The advise never to open an

>attachment from someone you don't know is sound, and I would add, it's a

>good argumnent for not sending attachments to Tweeters.


I received it as an attachment...



- Don Baccus, Portland OR <dhogaza at pacifier.com>
Nature photos, on-line guides, and other goodies at
http://donb.photo.net

>From footet at elwha.evergreen.edu Fri Jul 30 11:47:18 1999

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Tweets--

=09my inveterate birder buddy Jim Pruske photographed an adult
=09female Mandarin duck yesterday (Thursday) at the Nisqually
=09Wildlife Refuge in Olympia..it was at the Ring Dike in plain
=09view.. oddly enough, Jim is currently reading a book about
=09how these ducks are adapting in the wilds of N. California
=09where there are significant numbers of them mixing it up
=09with Woodies..

=09there were some wood ducks present when Jim saw the Mandarin
=09female, but they stayed apart..

=09Jim also reports a flock of about 10 or so Crossbills at his
=09feeder this early AM.. (in N. Olympia)


=09=09Tom

Tom Foote=09=09=09=09footet at elwha.evergreen.edu
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The Evergreen State College =09(360)=09866-6000 x6118
Olympia, WA 98505







>From mcallkrm at dfw.wa.gov Fri Jul 30 11:53:24 1999

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On Fri, 2 Jul 1999, Mary Schlarbaum wrote:


> I took a stroll down by the creek this morning, mainly to hunt for m=

y

> young kestrel friends.


I am glad to hear of some kestrels nesting in the Chehalis area somewhere.
After seeing kestrels fairly commonly around Thurston and Pierce Counties
last winter, I have been disappointed this spring/summer. Even in areas
of extensive open pasture or more-or-less native grassland, I have
not been seeing kestrels.

Kelly McAllister


>From sanjer at televar.com Fri Jul 30 13:13:06 1999

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sanjer at televar.com wrote:


> I think the Osprey that we have been photographing since nest

> building have two chicks that are about to fledge.


This morning I went over to the osprey site and one of the young
had already fledged. The other one, I will call a female based on
the chest marking, was still in the nest. About 9:00 am the wind
started blowing at 10-15 mph she started practicing liftoffs (2
feet straight up) and landings. This would go on for a few minutes
and then she would rest.

Suddenly I heard a sound.....Aaawk, I looked up and the parents
and the fledgling were chasing a Great Blue Heron that had
accidentally flown into their territory. Couldn't get a photo
everything was happening too fast.

Back to the nest bound bird. When she would do the short liftoffs
the female adult would fly over as if to encourage the young one
to fly. Apparently the young one was hungry because it would start
begging when the adult came near.

At 10:08am she started to lift a little higher and then with no
warning she was AIRBORNE! I am quite sure this was her first
flight because she was all over the place, wings going in every
direction, them she got headed into the wind again and caught some
lift and went waaay up. The parents joined her and she made a few
uncertain circles and finally landed in the top of a fir tree
farther up the hill behind me. Her first landing was pretty good
considering she chose such a small landing area.

Jerry and Sandy Converse
Grand Coulee, WA

http://members.tripod.com/nature_scenic_photos/

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>From Gr8HrndOwl at aol.com Fri Jul 30 14:39:14 1999

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Hello everybody......I'm curious if anybody out there in birdland has
birded/camped in the Loup Loup area off of Hwy. 20. If so, what
birding/owling experiences were encountered? Thank you and have a nice day=
!
Bryan Mathews, Fed Way, Gr8HrndOwl at aol.com

>From rcraik at home.com Fri Jul 30 15:14:58 1999

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Bryan

There are lots of tall trees there. Be prepared for warbler neck. <G>

Roger Craik
Maple Ridge BC
rcraik at home.com

----- Original Message -----
From: <Gr8HrndOwl at aol.com>
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Sent: Friday, 30 July, 1999 2:38 PM
Subject: Loup Loup



> Hello everybody......I'm curious if anybody out there in birdland has

> birded/camped in the Loup Loup area off of Hwy. 20. If so, what

> birding/owling experiences were encountered? Thank you and have a nice

day!

> Bryan Mathews, Fed Way, Gr8HrndOwl at aol.com



>From godwit at worldnet.att.net Fri Jul 30 15:43:00 1999

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Hello Bryan,
I camped there many times, the Barred Owl came direct to my campsite. The
Owls should have there young now. Also we had a pair of Pygmy Owls
also.There are lot's of Williamson's Sapsucker in the campsite.
Ruth Sullivan
Tacoma

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> From: Gr8HrndOwl at aol.com

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Subject: Loup Loup

> Date: Friday, July 30, 1999 2:38 PM

>

> Hello everybody......I'm curious if anybody out there in birdland has

> birded/camped in the Loup Loup area off of Hwy. 20. If so, what

> birding/owling experiences were encountered? Thank you and have a nice

day!

> Bryan Mathews, Fed Way, Gr8HrndOwl at aol.com

>From ipaulsen at linknet.kitsap.lib.wa.us Fri Jul 30 16:29:41 1999

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HI tweeters:
I just tried getting into Tweeters digest and under the Most Recent
catagory I couldn't get in. Has anyone else having this problem?

Sincerely
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>From mpatters at oregonvos.net Fri Jul 30 16:47:19 1999

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Now that there is a decent photoguide, I'm trying to learn my dragonflies.

I was at the Neawanna Wetland, mostly watching EIGHT-SPOTTED SKIMMERS
defend their territories and I happened to notice an interesting behavior
in what I'm calling a CARDINAL MEADOWHAWK. It was sitting on an exposed
perch with its wing held about 20=B0 below horizontal. Periodically, it wo=
uld
fly out 50 or 60 cm and then fly back to its perch and resume a wings down
posture. It also would its position on the perch about 90=B0 right or left
fairly regularly. I would be inclined to call this flycatching in the
avian sense. It is certainly not cruising in the way I normally associate
dragonfly foraging.

Was it flycatching?

--=20
Mike Patterson The common view of science is that it is a sort of mac=
hine
Astoria, OR for increasing the race's store of dependable facts=
=2E
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>From pwsmith at techline.com Fri Jul 30 16:53:48 1999

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Ian and everyone,

Jack Siler's site, where the latest Tweeters messages
are stored (as well as those of many other birding
newsgroups), is at the Wharton Business School (Univ. of
Penn.). If I understand it correctly, their computer has
been down for over a week now, apparently because of damage
by hackers. They have not indicated when it will be back
up, but they are working on the problem, apparently.
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On Fri, 30 Jul 1999, Tom Foote wrote:


> =09my inveterate birder buddy Jim Pruske photographed an adult

> =09female Mandarin duck yesterday (Thursday) at the Nisqually

> =09Wildlife Refuge...


I know Jim and he is a vertebrate just like most of the rest of us.

But seriously, a pair of Mandarin Ducks has been present near McKenna,
on the Nisqually River, for years. A large landowner there has put up
Wood Duck nest boxes in the forest-fringed wetlands on his ranch.
The Mandarin Ducks just showed up and apparently nest on the property,
I presume in one of the boxes. I can't remember if the landowner reported
seeing broods with the adults but I do remember how pleased he was that
I recognized these unusual ducks which he was quite proud to have on
his property. I have no reason to believe that he bought them and released
them on the property since he claims not to have. Anyway, the Nisqually
National Wildlife Refuge is an easy flight downstream from this property
at McKenna.

Kelly McAllister
District Wildlife Biologist


>From godwit at worldnet.att.net Fri Jul 30 17:55:53 1999

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Hello Michael,
I am so happy birders also getting interested in Dragonflies. Take you
first photo ore net one you realy get hooked. Having them in you hand to
see all the detailes how delicate of creatures there are, make you
appreciate Nature even more.
Ruth Sullivan
Tacoma

----------
From: Mike Patterson <mpatters at oregonvos.net>
To: tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: RFI: Dragonfly behavior
Date: Friday, July 30, 1999 4:54 PM

Now that there is a decent photoguide, I'm trying to learn my dragonflies.

I was at the Neawanna Wetland, mostly watching EIGHT-SPOTTED SKIMMERS
defend their territories and I happened to notice an interesting behavior
in what I'm calling a CARDINAL MEADOWHAWK. It was sitting on an exposed
perch with its wing held about 20=B0 below horizontal. Periodically, it
would
fly out 50 or 60 cm and then fly back to its perch and resume a wings down
posture. It also would its position on the perch about 90=B0 right or left
fairly regularly. I would be inclined to call this flycatching in the
avian sense. It is certainly not cruising in the way I normally associate
dragonfly foraging.

Was it flycatching?

--=20
Mike Patterson The common view of science is that it is a sort of
machine
Astoria, OR for increasing the race's store of dependable
facts.
mpatters at oregonvos.net It is that only in part; in even larger part
it is a machine for upsetting undependable
facts.

-----
H.L.Mencken
http://www.pacifier.com/~mpatters/bird/bird.html
----------


>From WAYNE_WEBER at bc.sympatico.ca Fri Jul 30 18:57:39 1999

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From: "WAYNE WEBER" <WAYNE_WEBER at bc.sympatico.ca>
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Dear Tom and Tweeters,

You may be interested in a short history of Mandarin Ducks around
Vancouver, B.C. We began to see Mandarin Ducks frequently in the
mid-1980s, and started keeping track of them on the Vancouver
Christmas Bird Count in 1985. In the mid-80s, most of the Mandarin
Duck sightings were with groups of Wood Ducks at Lost Lagoon in
Vancouver's Stanley Park. Counts of up to 12 Mandarin Ducks were made
at Lost Lagoon, and we began to think that they might be breeding
locally and that a feral population might become established around
Vancouver. Christmas Counts totals for Vancouver were 7 in 1985, 6 in
1986, and 7 in 1987. However, numbers then dropped to between 1 and 3
per year in the late 80s and early 90s. Reports of sightings were more
scattered, and began to come in from places like Sunrise Lake in South
Langley, and once even from Whistler. We also began to see occasional
Mandarin X Wood Duck hybrids (e.g., one each on the 1989 and 1990
Vancouver Christmas Counts), which indicated to us that Mandarins were
trying to breed, but were having difficulty finding mates of their own
species.
More recently, we are still seeing small numbers of Mandarin Ducks
from widely scattered areas, but the most frequent locality now seems
to be the Reifel Bird Sanctuary (no more than 2 to 3 Mandarins at
once-- again with Wood Ducks.)
As you may know, local populations of Mandarin Ducks have become
established in a couple of places in Europe (London and Berlin, I
believe-- I don't have my European bird books handy). Presumably,
these populations got established by birds escaping from captivity,
then breeding in the wild until the population became self-sustaining.
The populations are largely in and near urban parks, and they have not
spread throughout the countryside.
The same thing could easily happen in the Pacific Northwest.
However, the abundance of Wood Ducks in much of North America, and the
tendency of Mandarins and Wood Ducks to hybridize, may make it harder
for Mandarins to gain a foothold in North America than in Europe.
Similar factors may be responsible for the demise, or near-demise, of
the introduced Black Ducks around Everett: unrelenting competition
from, and interbreeding with, Mallards.
In view of the fact that there is a real possibility of Mandarin
Ducks becoming established in the Pacific Northwest, it is worth
keeping track of every sighting of Mandarins in the wild.
By the way, Tom, can you find out the name and author of the book
you were referring to that talks about Mandarins in California? I
would be interested in finding out more about the subject.

Sincerely,

Wayne C. Weber
114-525 Dalgleish Drive
Kamloops, B.C. V2C 6E4
Phone: (250) 377-8865
wayne_weber at bc.sympatico.ca


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Foote <footet at elwha.evergreen.edu>
To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Date: Friday, July 30, 1999 11:48 AM
Subject: Mandarin Duck at Nisqually



>

>

>Tweets--

>

> my inveterate birder buddy Jim Pruske photographed an adult

> female Mandarin duck yesterday (Thursday) at the Nisqually

> Wildlife Refuge in Olympia..it was at the Ring Dike in plain

> view.. oddly enough, Jim is currently reading a book about

> how these ducks are adapting in the wilds of N. California

> where there are significant numbers of them mixing it up

> with Woodies..

>

> there were some wood ducks present when Jim saw the Mandarin

> female, but they stayed apart..

>

> Jim also reports a flock of about 10 or so Crossbills at his

> feeder this early AM.. (in N. Olympia)

>

>

> Tom

>

>Tom Foote footet at elwha.evergreen.edu

>Lab II

>The Evergreen State College (360) 866-6000 x6118

>Olympia, WA 98505

>

>

>

>

>

>



>From phainopepla at yahoo.com Fri Jul 30 20:44:53 1999

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=2E..And I got it just as inline text, no attachment. Very strange
though.

Michael Dossett
Bothell
Phainopepla at yahoo.com

--- Don Baccus <dhogaza at pacifier.com> wrote:

> At 08:48 AM 7/30/99 -0700, Rob Saecker wrote:

> >Tweets,

> >

> >just a little reality check on this Happy

> virus/worm. I received this as a

> >regular email text file, and judging by some of the

> comments, others did

> >too. As a text file it can do no harm; the only way

> for the virus to enter

> >your system is to receive it as an *attachment* to

> an email, and then to

> >open the attachment. No attachment, no worm. The

> advise never to open an

> >attachment from someone you don't know is sound,

> and I would add, it's a

> >good argumnent for not sending attachments to

> Tweeters.

>

> I received it as an attachment...

>

>

>

> - Don Baccus, Portland OR <dhogaza at pacifier.com>

> Nature photos, on-line guides, and other goodies

> at

> http://donb.photo.net

>


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>From Bluetooth at csi.com Fri Jul 30 20:59:52 1999

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Hi.

I'm curious. Was the "inline text" actual readable text, or was
it just a bunch of gibberish arranged in equal-length lines of
ASCII characters? If the latter, then this might indicate that
it was in fact technically an attachment, but that your e-mail
program couldn't decode it and thereby make it look like a
"normal" attachment. Attachments are generally "attached" at the
end of an e-mail as a series of encoded ASCII characters.
It is possible that those people who received the text-only
version, may all have non-standard e-mail programs.

bob mauritsen
Seattle



>

>....And I got it just as inline text, no attachment. Very strange

>though.

>

>Michael Dossett

>Bothell

>Phainopepla at yahoo.com

>

>--- Don Baccus <dhogaza at pacifier.com> wrote:

>> At 08:48 AM 7/30/99 -0700, Rob Saecker wrote:

>> >Tweets,

>> >

>> >just a little reality check on this Happy

>> virus/worm. I received this as a

>> >regular email text file, and judging by some of the

>> comments, others did

>> >too. As a text file it can do no harm; the only way

>> for the virus to enter

>> >your system is to receive it as an *attachment* to

>> an email, and then to

>> >open the attachment. No attachment, no worm. The

>> advise never to open an

>> >attachment from someone you don't know is sound,

>> and I would add, it's a

>> >good argumnent for not sending attachments to

>> Tweeters.

>>

>> I received it as an attachment...

>>

>>

>>

>> - Don Baccus, Portland OR <dhogaza at pacifier.com>

>> Nature photos, on-line guides, and other goodies

>> at

>> http://donb.photo.net

>>

>

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=09I believe it is best to use "plain text" when posting to Tweeter's and
OBOL for the reason just illustrated by the Happy99 exe. virus. The
nature of these sites is that you need away to read the postings without
fear of receiving a virus download. I use a "nonstandard" (and free
e-mail ) service that only sends or receives "plain text" for these
postings and go to my Internet service to view web sites where photos or
other links can be accessed. I don't open attached messages on these
pages, but I will check your links. Practice Safe E-mailing.

On Fri, 30 Jul 1999 23:59:34 -0400 (EDT) "Bob Mauritsen"
<Bluetooth at csi.com> writes:

>.

>It is possible that those people who received the text-only

>version, may all have non-standard e-mail programs.

>

>bob mauritsen

>Seattle



>>....And I got it just as inline text, no attachment. Very strange

>>though.

>>

>>Michael Dossett

>>Bothell

>>Phainopepla at yahoo.com

>>

>>--- Don Baccus <dhogaza at pacifier.com> wrote:

>>> At 08:48 AM 7/30/99 -0700, Rob Saecker wrote

>>>

>>> I received it as an attachment...

>>>

>>> - Don Baccus, Portland OR <dhogaza at pacifier.com>

>>> Nature photos, on-line guides, and other goodies

>>> at

>>> http://donb.photo.net


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Dear Diann and Tweets,
A beautiful day here at Shaw, having been away for two weeks we arrived thi=
s
morning (Friday) at 9 am. We saw one young turkey vulture flying east along
the main road from the ferry possibly looking for road kill. Should have
known it would be a turkey vulture day. A few hours later six arrived at th=
e
woods near our field. They were circling and looked like four adults and tw=
o
smaller ones, one about half the size of the adults about the size of a rav=
en
but flying like a vulture with wings like a vulture only more v shaped
flying. At about noon, the noise of an eagle drew me outside again to see
what was happening. Down at the rocky shoreline at low tide, to my amazemen=
t,
I saw a crowd (no longer an "anticipation") of turkey vultures ( all large)=
,
eagles and ravens. They were feeding on something dead that had been caught
between the rocks and exposed at low tide (often a seal or deer). I was
unable to see what it was but counted nine Turkey Vultures, two Bald Eagles
and two Raven all vying for position and t vultures queing up in line to wa=
it
their turn. The ravens cautiously joined in without waiting and when the
eagle landed, there was no contesting and the t vultures stepped back. I we=
nt
closer to look as the dragonflies were so thick in the air (should have Rut=
h
here) between the binoculars and the feeding that it was hard to get a clea=
r
picture. The eagle took off as I got closer, next the ravens and the turkey
vultures shifted around but stayed put. They periodically would fan out the=
ir
wings. Is that to dry them off, a postural thing or something else and what
is it called? While waiting many were preening. Only one eagle was at the s=
ea
kill, the other smaller one remained in a tree above, but made a lot of
noise. It was quite a sight. I wonder if low tide tomorrow they will be bac=
k
or will the kill be brought to another beach. I'll look tomorrow.
Angela Bryant
Shaw Island WA
Angelambry at aol.com

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From: Tom Foote <footet at elwha.evergreen.edu>
To: WAYNE WEBER <WAYNE_WEBER at bc.sympatico.ca>
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On Fri, 30 Jul 1999, WAYNE WEBER wrote:


[snip..]


> By the way, Tom, can you find out the name and author of the book

> you were referring to that talks about Mandarins in California? I

> would be interested in finding out more about the subject.



=09as I recall, Jim got this book from Hamilton Books... and
=09had astounding figures in it..don't hold me to this yet,
=09but I seem to recall a N. California population estimate
=09of 25,000... yup, I was surprised about that one..
=09I'll check with Jim and get you an exact title and see
=09if I can verify those numbers..

=09=09Tom

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This morning the robins and starlings are flocked together searching the
cherry trees for missed pickings and the robins were even eating Mountain
Ash berries which are just barely orange.They are chirping and sounding ver=
y
content. Earlier this week we heard the unmistakable squawk of a Stellers
Jay. Down from higher elevations to check out the hazelnut crop I guess. He
didn't stick around. .
A flycatcher has been coming to some bushes just outside a window and this
morning I saw it eating some elderberries. Didn't know they ate berries.
After seeing no hummingbirds for a couple of weeks they have reappeared in
the garden . Quite a number of them but they ignore the feeder now.
The pileated woodpeckers have not been around the yard for some time but
the flickers
are stealing my blueberries as are the robins.
all the birds seem mellow.
Gerrie Patterson
Gibsons, B.C.
birdsabundant at sunshine.net



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Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 11:01:50 +1000
From: Ian McMahon <Ian.McMahon at anu.edu.au>
Subject: New Zealand

To the person on the list going to New Zealand you may find
the archives of birding-aus useful. You can visit it at:
http://www.deakin.edu.au/~russwood/

Below I have copied two messages from the archives
describing New Zealand trips.

Ian McMahon

I found The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand by
Barrie Heather & Hugh Robertson, Viking (Penguin Books
(NZ) Ltd.), Auckland 1996 extremely useful and better than
other guides I looked at. Hard to get hold of in
Australia, but every bookshop in Auckland sells it.

Me & my wife spent 3 weeks (29/03/97 - 19/04/97) travelling
through New Zealand by rental car, mainly but not solely
focusing on birds. The following is a summary of the trip
report I'm still working on:

North Island :

A little bit north of Paihia, Bay of Islands, is the Treaty
House where we heard our one and only wild Brown Kiwi.
Check out the walking tracks around the House and the
forest/lawn edges.

On the way from Paihia via Kaikohe to the west coast you'll
come across swampy, heath-like areas along a mangrove
lined river (the road follows this river and crosses it
several times. Near Paiwene we found 1 Fernbird when we
stopped at one of the bridges.

Waipoua Kauri Forest - there is one main entrance with
parking bays and walking tracks leading to several massive
Kauri trees, well signposted on the main road following
the west coast. This is where we found our first
Whiteheads and Tomtits; also present are Bellbirds,
Fantails, Tui.

The Gannet colony at Muriwai is easily accessed from
Waimauku, just north of Auckland and you can get pretty
close to the gannets.

Miranda estuary is the place to go for Wrybill, we saw
several hundreds; also present were >3D 10 Double-Banded
plovers (kiwis call 'm Banded Dotterels), 1 or 2
New-Zealand Dotterels, Pied, Variable and Black
Oystercatchers, Bar-tailed Godwits, White-fronted and
Caspian Terns and Turnstones. Check out the area opposite
the Nature Centre and a little bit further north where
there are picnic sets along the shore. There are several
high tide roosts but I found my species at low tide by
walking around along the water's edge.

A place not to be missed is Pureora Forest Park. Access is
from the main Te Kuiti-Rotorua road (road number 30) and
the dirt track to take veers off to the right and has a
little sign "Pureora State Forest" or something, the sign
was damaged and hardly visible but there is really no
other way in from this road. Follow this (good) dirt track
and soon you'll come to an "intersection" with signs
Buried Forest and Forest Observation Tower. Go to the
latter. Early morning is best. As soon as I opened the car
door I heard Kokako and from the tower we obtained
excellent views of Kokako, Kaka, Yellow-crowned Parakeets,
New-Zealand Pigeon, Silvereye, Grey Warbler, Whitehead,
Fantail, Tomtit, New-Zealand Robin, Tui.

Lake Rotorua: New Zealand Dabchick, New-Zealand Scaup,
Silver (they call'm red-billed) Gull, Black-billed Gull.
In Lake Rotorua is Mokoia Island, a fast ferry goes out
there even when there's only one passenger and the captain
will show you around. This is an excellent opportunity to
see Stitchbird and Saddleback that are introduced on this
island and a research program is being conducted here.

The Cook Strait Ferry: try to take the earliest one possible
for good seabirds. My list (9 am ferry): 25 Fluttering
Shearwaters, 10s Buller's Shearwater, 10s White-fronted
Tern, 1 imm. Black-fronted Tern, Kelp Gull, 2 Shy
Albatross, 4 Black-browed Albatross, many Fairy Prions,

>3D60 Common Diving Petrels, 15 Australian Gannets, many

Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Flesh-footed Shearwaters, group of
dolphins.

South Island:

At Cape Foulwind parking area (Westport), 1 hr before
sunset: 1 New-Zealand Falcon, 6 Weka (quite tame: they eat
bits of apple or biscuits), 4 Westland Petrels.

Fox Glacier Carpark: 4 Kea's (trying to eat car
windscreen-wiper rubbers); we did the guided 1/2 day
glacier walk (great) and saw Rock Wrens on the way.

We then stayed a few days in Te Anau (Fiordland NP). We did
the Rainbow Reach to Moturau Hut Walk, part of the
Fiordland trail, in half a day (return) and found 2
Yellow-crowned Parakeets, NZ Scaups, 1 imm. Long-tailed
Cuckoo pestered by Bellbirds, Grey Warblers & Tomtits; 7
Riflemen, a few Grey Warblers, Song Thrushes and Fantails (1
black morph), 6 Yellowheads and a few Bellbirds, 5 Brown
Creepers, Chaffinches and Starlings. Did the Milford Sound
Cruise on the Milford Wanderer (more nature-based, same
price as the "cattleship", no crowds). No Fiordland
Crested Penguins in this time of year. At the base of the
Homer Tunnel: 4 Keas eating car windscreen rubbers, 1 Rock
Wren. Checked out Monkey Creek and Hollyford River for
Blue Duck - nothing. Lake Gunn Nature Walk is beautiful
and will supply you with "the usual" forest species as
mentioned before.

Redcliff Wetlands, overseen from a carpark along the
Manapouri-Tuatapere road, produced Gr. Crested Grebe, 400
Canadian Geese, Pied Stilt. From the Bluff at
Invercargill: 100s Sooty Shearwater, 2 Dunnocks.

A nice route along the bottom of the South Island goes from
Invercargill via Owaka and Balclutha to Dunedin. You come
across Nugget Point from where we saw 6 Shy (Salvin's)
Mollymawks (Albatross), 100s Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Gannets,
10s Stewart Island Shags, 6 Royal Spoonbills.

Otago Peninsula is a bit touristy but still the best way to
see Royal Albatross (Taiaroa Head, we saw 5 chicks and 1
adult landing to feed, later a few soaring) and Stewart
Island Shag incl. bronze morph (Taiaroa Head). In total 60
Yellow-eyed Penguins at Southlight Penguin Sanctuary (well
worth the wait and cold wind!), a key is to be purchased
($5) at Taiaroa Head Visitors Centre. They came ashore in
1's or 2's after 5:30 pm. Also 31 Little Blue (Fairy)
Penguins and approx. 10 albatrosses at sea incl. Royal and
Shy, 100s Sooty Shearwaters and >3D 1 Flesh-footed
Shearwaters.20

The only other major spot worthwhile checking out are the
braided riverbeds from Twizel to Mt Cook NP, we found 2
Black Stilts in Mt Cook riverdelta in Lake Pukaki, and
many Black-fronted Terns. The Black Stilt research and
breeding centre in Twizel only does guided tours, bookings
necessary, at set times - we didn't have time and found
those two in the wild instead! Much better. At the parking
area at Mt Cook NP not far from here (magnificent mountain
views) I found California Quail and Redpoll.

We didn't buy a roadmap as tourist offices in Auckland and
at the airport have various good free ones available. We
mainly stayed in cabins, well worth their price, and again
there are free tourist accommodation guides available. In
busy periods (around Easter or school holidays) it's worth
booking a day or two in advance if you know where you're
gonna be. Invercargill is to be avoided as far as this type
of accommodation is concerned, but everywhere else it was
easy to find. We used Lonely Planet's New Zealand Guide
and found it very useful also for directions to National
Parks and other places of interest, and various trip
reports (a bit outdated maybe, especially where Blue Duck is
concerned). Altogether I scored 46 new lifers and the
total list was 95, not bad considering that I only went
for lifers and did a lot of other things as well.

South Island New Zealand trip report - 21 Nov - 8 Dec 1998

The following is a brief account of a couple of weeks
touring the South Island of New Zealand after a conference
in Dunedin. A great selection of birds and marine mammals
were seen including just about all the endemic species I was
hoping to see (didn't see kiwis, Blue Duck or the endemic
waders - didn't go to the Black Stilt sites, Wrybill and the
NZ Plover were at their breeding grounds). Thanks to Colin
Richardson for some email information prior to my trip.

Christchurch to Dunedin - Not a great introduction to New
Zealand's native fauna or flora with the heavily modified
environment dominated by introduced birds and trees.
Sightings of interest were the first of New Zealand Pigeon,
Black-billed Gull, Paradise Shelduck, New Zealand Scaup,
Spotted Shag and Variable Oystercatcher. Also of note was a
White-winged Black Tern in full breeding plumage flying over
farmland.

Otago Peninsular - Organised cruise to Royal Albatross and
Yellow-eyed Penguin colonies. Great to see these birds at
their breeding sites although a very highly managed wildlife
experience. Also interesting were Spotted Shags breeding on
the cliffs and a huge colony of Stewart Island Shags
breeding on the cliffs.

Dunedin to Bluff (The Catlins) - Our first sightings of
native vegetation. Highlights were a single New Zealand
Falcon (seen flying in front of the car while we stopped for
sheep on the road!), the first Tomtits and Brown Creepers,
and several Hooker's Sea Lion.

Stewart Island - We spent a wonderful couple of days amongst
the beautiful forest and beaches of this unspoilt island.
Birdwatching was best on the predator-free Ulva island (take
the water taxi). Bird highlights were tame Kaka and Weka,
both Red-crowned and Yellow-crowned Parakeets, and several
large groups of Little Penguins in the inlet. I was
disappointed not to get on the kiwi spotlighting trips -
they were booked out a week in advance. The ferry trip
across Foveaux Strait was good for seabirds with huge flocks
of Common Diving-Petrels, a few Shy Albatross, Sooty
Shearwaters and a Great Skua.

Bluff to Manapouri - followed the Southern Scenic route (in
hindsight not so scenic after the west coast). First
sightings of Black-fronted Tern (this and Black-billed Gull
in large flocks over recently ploughed fields) and Hector's
Dolphin.

Fiordland and Mt Aspiring NPs - Very beautiful scenery,
forest and most of the endemic forest birds. Highlights were
NZ Robin (amazingly tame), Rifleman (seemed moderately
common in the beech forest), Yellowhead (one only at Lake
Gunn), Long-tailed Cuckoo (one over forest), Kea and Rock
Wren (near the Homer Tunnel).

The west coast - More spectacular scenery and some good
birds including Fernbird and Fiordland Penguin (one bird
coming ashore at Monro's Beach, experience somewhat marred
by stupid tourists (nationality withheld) chasing the bird
up the rocks with their cameras).

Kaikoura - Yet more spectacular scenery and excellent marine
bird and mammal experiences. We went on both a pelagic bird
trip (excellent casual trips run by Oceanwings) and the more
commercial whale watching trip. The bird trip was like
having an entire day of birds spent off Sydney or Wollongong
compressed into a few hours and only a few hundred metres
offshore. Seabirds seen included Wandering, Royal, Shy
(cauta and salvini), & Black-browed Albatross; Northern
Giant, Southern Giant, Cape, Westland, White-chinned and
Great-winged Petrels; Buller's, Sooty, Hutton's and
Flesh-footed Shearwaters; Arctic Skua; White-fronted Terns,
Kelp, Silver and Black-billed Gulls. Mammals seen were five
Sperm Whales, 100's of Dusky Dolphins and NZ Fur Seals.

--=20
Alistair G. B. Poore
School of Biological Sciences
University of New South Wales
Sydney, 2052
Australia



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For those who care about endangered species, the latest box score as of
April 30, l999 is as follows:

Endangered
Threatened

Group U.S. Foreign U.S.
Foreign Total

Mammals 61 251
8 16 336
Birds 75 l78
15 6 274
Reptiles 14 65
21 14 114
Amphibians 9 8
8 1 26
Fishes 69 11
41 0 121
Snails 18 1
10 0 29
Clams 61 2
8 0 71
Crustaceans 17 0
3 0 20
Insects 28 4
9 0 41
Arachnids 5 0
0 0 5

Animal Subtotal 357 520 123
37 1,037

Flowering Plants 540 1
132 0 673
Conifers 2 0
1 2 5
Ferns and Others 26 0
2 0 28

Total Plants 568 1
135 2 706

Grand Total 925 521 258
39 1,743

Total U.S. Endangered: 924 Total U.S. Threatened: 256 Total
U.S.: 1,108

Eugene Kridler
Retired Endangered Biologist
Sequim, Wa.



















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Subject: Laughing Gull (fwd)
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Hey Tweeters,

This bird is almost spitting distance from WA.

Russell

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Date: Sat, 31 Jul 1999 11:58:30 -0700
From: Harry Nehls <hnehls at TELEPORT.COM>
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Subject: Laughing Gull

Obolers,

I have just received a call from Mike Patterson (1150 July 31). He is at
the South Jetty of the Columbia watching a Laughing Gull at the base of
the jetty on the river side. It is a black headed subadult.

Harry Nehls
Portland, Oregon
503-233-3976
hnehls at teleport.com


>From cdrake at zipcon.net Sat Jul 31 16:50:43 1999

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A cool sight this morning at the locks, fifteen Bonaparte's, two Mew,
one Ring-billed and one Glaucous-winged Gull on the west end spillway
cable all at the same time. The closest Bonaparte's was too close to
focus my binocs on. A California Gull was nearby as well, as were a
female Belted Kingfisher and two Killdeer. No Herons today, and only a
few salmon, but one of the chinook was easily a 40 pounder.

Cliff Drake
Ballard Seattle, WA



>From mpatters at oregonvos.net Sat Jul 31 17:09:32 1999

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From: Mike Patterson <mpatters at oregonvos.net>
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I was just beginning to do a seawatch (which I never finished)
by counting CASPIAN TERNS on the riverside beach from my usual
position on the jetty when I saw a black hooded gull. The bird
sat among the usual congregation of terns and gull and guys
looking for bait for half an hour. The official description
follows. A copy of my field notes will be available vis webpage
when I can get to a scanner. As of 1500hr this afternoon the
bird had not been relocated.

Common and Scientific Names: Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)
Number of individuals, sex, age, plumage: 1 summer adult
Locality: SJCR, Ft Stevens State Park, Clatsop Co.,OR
Time of Day: 1030-1100hr
Reporting observers: Mike Patterson
1338 Kensington Av
Astoria, OR 97103
Other observers accompanying observer who identified the bird: none so far
Optical equipment: 25 x 60 Busnell Spotting scope
Distance from bird: 50 to 300 m
Light Conditions: heavy overcast
Duration of observation: about 30 min.
Habitat: beach very near surf at low tide
Behavior: For most of the observation period, the bird sat on the beach
with Caspian Terns and Western Gulls. Flew up briefly once. While I
was finishing up my sketch of the wing, the bird flew away.
Description: The bird appeared to be in medium sized black hooded gull
in summer adult plumage with just a bit of molt beginning around the
lores.
Size was smaller than the nearby Caspian Terns.
Head- full black hood with some white feathers molting in at lores.
broken white eye-ring, break in front of eye near width of eye,
break behind eye narrow. Bill longish and straight appeared to be
all black with perhaps deep red along ridge of culmen (light
conditions were not great).
Mantle- dark (as in Western Gull) gray
Wings- uniform Western Gull gray with black primaries, no white at all
on primaries. Underwing white with black primaries. No white
on primary tip from underneath, either. White trailing edge to
secondaries.
Legs- black
Similar Species: combination of very dark gray mantle with no white at
primaries effectively eliminates all other black hooded gull
species.
Previous experience: I have seen many Laughing Gulls along the Gulf
Coast of Texas and am very familiar with other hooded gull species.


--=20
Mike Patterson The common view of science is that it is a sort of mac=
hine
Astoria, OR for increasing the race's store of dependable facts=
=2E
mpatters at oregonvos.net It is that only in part; in even larger part
it is a machine for upsetting undependable fa=
cts.

----- H.L.Men=
cken
http://www.pacifier.com/~mpatters/bird/bird.html

>From godwit at worldnet.att.net Sat Jul 31 19:49:21 1999

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From: "Ruth Sullivan" <godwit at worldnet.att.net>
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Subject: Indigo Bunting remains
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 1999 19:41:55 -0700
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Hello Tweets,

Today my mother and I tried for the male INDIGO BUNTING near W.Richland in
Benton Co. with great success, as well as birded Yakima and Lewis Cos. with
a total of 93 species during the entire trip. The INDIGO BUNTING was seen
during our entire visit between 5am-10am, including observations made by
several other birders and locals, that just wanted to see this rare sight,
as an article was written in today's Tri-City Herald including a photo. The
weather was excellent and very warm, but our main purpose was to obtain
photos, where the lighting was at our favor, which it was mainly between
6-9am, as the bird sang from the highest perches of Russian Olive trees.
The bird sang very often during the morning, and at one occasion was
observed trying to occupy the attention of a nearby female LAZULI BUNTING
with appearant courtship behavior observed, so it would be interesting to
find out if they interbreed, since both species are present at this
location, including several male LAZULI BUNTINGS heard and seen. This
particular male INDIGO appeared to be not quite a pure adult male due to
the small amount of brown on the wings and back. Other notable species at
this location included: 1 BLACK SWIFT(flying fairly low headed SW towards
Rattlesnake Mt)and seen well!!, but briefly, 1 GRAY CATBIRD, 2 CHIPPING
SPARROWS(early migrants),1 BARN OWL, 1 GREAT EGRET, 12 AM.WHITE PELICANS, 1
imm.BLACK- CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 4 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 3 WILSON'S
PHALAROPES, 1 GR.YELLOWLEGS, both kingbirds, 8 LARK SPARROWS, 3 HOUSE
WRENS, and several BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS. Heading west we birded the White
Pass area, with the most notables on the Lewis Co. side at the ski lodge,
with 1 CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, 6 CASSIN'S FINCHES, and 4 CHIPPING SPARROWS.
We also were rewarded with several good dragonfly records at both the
bunting spot and near Leech Lake below White Pass in Yakima-Lewis Cos.,
with TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMER in Benton Co., and RED-WAISTED WHITEFACE in
Yakima Co, and a total of 10 species during the trip.

Good Birding,

Ruth and Patrick Sullivan
GODWIT@ worldnet.att.net

>From mpatters at oregonvos.net Sat Jul 31 21:12:04 1999

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Date: Sat, 31 Jul 1999 21:18:36 -0700
From: Mike Patterson <mpatters at oregonvos.net>
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Ian Paulson was kind enough to send me a reference on Laughing Gull vs
Franklin's Gull (see below) that requires that I be a bit more thorough
in regard to elimination of similar species.

Franklin's Gull can (according to the article) show a combination of
first-summer and second summer features that can produce a bird with
nearly no white on the primaries. All three pictures in the article
(and the subsequent text) clearly show the following:
=091. white wing tips.
=092. paler gray, no uniform area between the primaries and the
coverts/secondaries.
=093. only the ends of the primaries of the underwing show black.

The bird seen today showed uniformly dark gray upperwings with extensive
black primaries and no white anywhere including the tips. The underwing
showed black that was at least as extensive as the upperwing and again
no white at the white at the tips. The primaries on this bird, when
sitting were very long.

Thanks Ian

ian paulsen wrote:

>

> HI Mike:

> You should take a look at Paul Lehman's article in Birding 26(2):126

> titled:"Franklin's vs. Laughing Gulls:a "new" problem arises. It deals

> with Franklin's Gull that LACK white on the upperwing.

> Sincerely

>

> Ian Paulsen

> Bainbridge Is., WA

> ipaulsen at linknet.kitsap.lib.wa.us

> "Rallidae all the way"


--=20
Mike Patterson The common view of science is that it is a sort of mac=
hine
Astoria, OR for increasing the race's store of dependable facts=
=2E
mpatters at oregonvos.net It is that only in part; in even larger part
it is a machine for upsetting undependable fa=
cts.

----- H.L.Men=
cken
http://www.pacifier.com/~mpatters/bird/bird.html
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