[Tweeters] Seattle Audubon Trip to Jack Block Park and the lower Duwamish River 2-4-2017

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Sun Feb 5 10:39:36 PST 2017


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From: Denis DeSilvis<mailto:avnacrs4birds at outlook.com>
Sent: ‎2/‎4/‎2017 21:14
To: 'tweeters at u.washington.edu'<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Seattle Audubon Trip to Jack Block Park and the lower Duwamish River 2-4-2017

Tweeters,
On a day when the rain was mostly light, with some heavier patches, nine of us toured the lower Duwamish River, from Jack Block Park (West Seattle) to Cecil Moses Memorial Park (the latter is on the Green River in Tukwila), hitting T-105, Herrings House, and T-107 parks in between. Our first bird (of the 37 species seen today) was a BALD EAGLE on a crane boom near Jack Block Park; our last bird was a RED-TAILED HAWK near the parking lot at Cecil Moses Memorial Park. Two other highlights were a HERMIT THRUSH (seen by some) in Jack Block Park on the south side of the main overlook on the east side of the park; and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER (seen by almost all) on the large poles in the water near Kellogg Island (seen from T-107 Park).
Jack Block Park had the usual suspects (CANADA GOOSE, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON and BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, HORNED and RED-NECKED GREBE, DOUBLE-CRESTED and PELAGIC CORMORANT, BALD EAGLE, GREAT BLUE HERON, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN CROW, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SPOTTED TOWHEE, SONG SPARROW, and HOUSE FINCH. The “outliers” were HERMIT THRUSH and FOX SPARROW.
T-105 Park added MALLARD, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and BEWICK’S WREN to the Double-crested Cormorant, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Anna’s Hummingbird, and Song Sparrow also seen there.
Herrings House Park included STELLER’S JAY, MEW GULL, BEWICK’S WREN, Mallard, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Double-crested Cormorant, Glaucous-winged Gull, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, and Song Sparrow. (The Spotted Sandpiper was likely seen flying to the pole logs in the water, but positive ID wasn’t until T-107 Park.)
T-107 Park confirmed the sighting of SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and added DARK-EYED JUNCO and AMERICAN ROBIN.
Cecil Moses Memorial Park and the Green-River Trail added very well seen GADWALL, RED-TAILED HAWK, BELTED KINGFISHER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and BROWN CREEPER. The creeper was foraging with the flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets.
All in all, it was a good introduction to the winter birdlife in Port of Seattle, Seattle, and Tukwila parks along the Duwamish River. Despite the rain, we all had fun.
May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com


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