[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 2 June 2017

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Sat Jun 3 22:10:14 PDT 2017


After missing regular walks at Magnuson for 4 weeks, it has been fun to get back into the swing of things with so many recent arrivals of both the expected and surprising sort. And the meadows have started to dry to the point that waterproof footwear is no longer necessary. New and notable include:

California Quail - heard or seen in 3 different locations; could have several families this year
Ring-necked Pheasant - continues; NOAA meadow
Cooper’s Hawk - their nest is so high in the trees this year, we can’t always see if anyone is at home, but activity continues on Promontory Point
Barn Owl - it seems only the community center box has a family this year; the fledglings are showing their curiosity of the world outside the box:
https://youtu.be/zjwSx0w-juc <https://youtu.be/zjwSx0w-juc>
Flycatchers - Western Wood-Pewee, Willow and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were all seen/heard today
Warblers - Orange-crowned and Yellow Warblers were foraging with Chestnut-backed Chickadees at the Entrance Pond; also, several Common Yellowthroat
Western Tanager and Black-headed Grosbeak are back (as well as Bullock’s Oriole—third-hand report)

But the star of the week has been the rare appearance of a Yellow-breasted Chat. It first made its presence known a week ago
https://youtu.be/dT9TRhK9pr0
and was still being heard today. Recordings of different call sequences are included in the checklists for last Friday (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37152836 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37152836>) and this morning (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37335972 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37335972>).

For the day 58 species. Mammals included squirrel, bunnies (lots!) and Coyote.
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37336011 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37336011>
Scott Ramos
Seattle

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