[Tweeters] Re: Six-warbler day in Edmonds yesterday

Karl Neice krneice at gmail.com
Sat May 6 09:26:20 PDT 2017


Jon, Laura and all: I never got the ebird list from last Sunday's great
Edmonds trip. Could it be resent? Thanks again, Karl.

On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 2:12 PM, Jon Houghton <jon.houghton at hartcrowser.com>
wrote:


> Hi Tweets – Yesterday, Renee Koval-Huenuqueo and I led a group of

> enthusiastic birders on a half-day, SAS fieldtrip, “North of the Border’,

> i.e., just north of the King Co. border. Highlights of the day (for me, at

> least) were good looks at six species of warblers, missing only Yellow and

> MacGillivray’s from those expected in the area this time of year. We began

> our morning in Edmonds, at the Willow Creek hatchery on Pine Street where

> light rain seemed to dampen the dawn chorus, but we did manage to see pairs

> of Downy Woodpeckers and Red-breasted Sapsuckers. Rain was occasionally

> heavier while we spent an hour and a half on the trails in Yost Park. Here

> we picked up three more woodpeckers (Am. Flicker, Hairy and Pileated), and

> our first four warblers (Black-throated Gray, Wilson’s, Townsends, and

> Orange-crowned). As usual, Yost was good for a variety of typical lowland

> woods birds, including Hermit Thrush and Pacific-slope Flycatchers.

> Band-tailed Pigeons were heard but not seen. The rain ended by the time we

> got to Schreiber Lake Park in Lynnwood, enabling us to make a leisurely

> circuit of the lake and some side trails. Here, we found several

> Yellow-rumped Warblers (including at least one very bright Myrtle) and

> Common Yellowthroat, and had better looks at Townsend’s and BT-gray. We

> had fly-overs by Great-blue Heron and Osprey and saw a couple of remarkably

> small Mallard broods: a mama Mallard with only one chick, and, in a

> different pond two chicks with no apparent mama. We then went down to the

> Edmonds waterfront on Sunset to scope for some cool marine birds. A moored

> log in the underwater park area provided a roost for a nice pair of

> Harlequin Ducks (interesting in that I had just seen a pair in the Cle Elum

> River last Thursday!?) and about 30 Sanderlings. About 300 – 500 Brant

> were hanging out and feeding on eelgrass along the low tide shoreline to

> the north and there were substantial numbers of Horned Grebes and a pair of

> Rhinoceros Auklets in nice breeding plumage. Surprisingly, only a single

> Pelagic Cormorant was seen, where through the winter there had been

> substantial numbers of all three species. Also, no loons or mergansers

> remained in the area but a substantial mixed flock of Barrow’s and Common

> Goldeneye were feeding on the pilings at the ferry slip. Our last stop was

> the Edmonds Marsh where we found no shorebirds, a few ducks (GW Teal,

> Gadwall, Mallard), Marsh Wren, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In all, a total

> of 61 species were seen and several in the group picked up multiple life

> birds; all in all, a pleasant trip with a good bunch of people, making

> for: Happy Birding!! – Jon Houghton, Edmonds

>

>

>

> *From:* Jon Houghton

> *Sent:* Sunday, April 30, 2017 6:48 PM

> *To:* 'rkovalh' <rkovalh at gmail.com>; boundva at gmail.com; lmbrou at gmail.com;

> Darcy Thomas <darcy424 at gmail.com>; tmwagner at comcast.net; krneice at gmail.com;

> Tom Merritt <tom at mateds.net>

> *Cc:* Shop <shop at seattleaudubon.org>

> *Subject:* RE: Edmonds this Sunday!

>

>

>

> OK – all this praise could clearly go to my head, so, you’re all most

> welcome! Can’t beat getting praise for doing what one loves to do. Here’s

> a couple of the quick shots I managed of the COYE (Common Yellowthroat) and

> even one of the BTGW (Black-throated Gray Warbler). Note that this female

> lacks the black under her chin!! I didn’t know about that until this

> moment. So much to learn. Anyway, enjoy the pix, and feel free to use as

> you choose. Laura is doing ebird checklists that she will share with those

> who are ‘in the system’. Ooops, while I was loading photos, she already

> told you that. - Jon

>

>

>

> *From:* rkovalh [mailto:rkovalh at gmail.com <rkovalh at gmail.com>]

> *Sent:* Sunday, April 30, 2017 5:42 PM

> *To:* Jon Houghton <jon.houghton at hartcrowser.com>; boundva at gmail.com;

> lmbrou at gmail.com; Darcy Thomas <darcy424 at gmail.com>; tmwagner at comcast.net;

> krneice at gmail.com; Tom Merritt <tom at mateds.net>

> *Cc:* Shop <shop at seattleaudubon.org>

> *Subject:* RE: Edmonds this Sunday!

>

>

>

> I'd also like to chip in my appreciation to Jon, for leading this trip to

> such birdy areas, and to everyone else for making this trip so enjoyable.

> It's why I joined Audubon in the first place; for great places, great

> birds, and great people

>

>

>

> Renee

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> Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

>

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>

> -------- Original message --------

> From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton at hartcrowser.com>

> Date: 04/30/2017 2:11 PM (GMT-08:00)

> To: boundva at gmail.com, lmbrou at gmail.com, Darcy Thomas <darcy424 at gmail.com>,

> tmwagner at comcast.net, krneice at gmail.com, Tom Merritt <tom at mateds.net>

> Cc: Renee Koval-Huenuqueo <rkovalh at gmail.com>, Shop <

> shop at seattleaudubon.org>

> Subject: RE: Edmonds this Sunday!

>

> Hi All – Nice trip today! Hope you all enjoyed the festivities, despite

> the somewhat slow and soggy start. By my preliminary count, we had 60 or

> so spp. (not counting GC Kinglet or BT Pigeon) that were (maybe?) heard

> only. I did include WC Sparrow and Purple Finch that were unmistakably

> heard. Once I get Laura’s shared ebird lists, I’ll update this and write up

> a trip report for tweeters. Thanks for being an enthusiastic and fun

> group!! - Jon

>

>

>

> *From:* Jon Houghton

> *Sent:* Friday, April 28, 2017 8:59 PM

> *To:* 'boundva at gmail.com' <boundva at gmail.com>; 'lmbrou at gmail.com' <

> lmbrou at gmail.com>; 'Darcy Thomas' <darcy424 at gmail.com>; '

> tmwagner at comcast.net' <tmwagner at comcast.net>; 'krneice at gmail.com' <

> krneice at gmail.com>; 'Tom Merritt' <tom at mateds.net>

> *Cc:* 'Renee Koval-Huenuqueo' <rkovalh at gmail.com>; 'Shop' <

> shop at seattleaudubon.org>

> *Subject:* RE: Edmonds this Sunday!

>

>

>

> OK Gang – Renee and I did a nice scout trip on our route today with bright

> sunshine that followed a 7am deluge in Edmonds that left some of the trails

> a bit muddy. Based on this, and unless it stays nice and dry all day

> tomorrow (fat chance!), I’m recommending cleated hiking boots for Sunday,

> although tennies would still work for those who are sure footed and ready

> to jump a couple of muddy places. Today was a pretty glorious spring day

> here! Lots of singing in all the woodsy places and a total of at least 52

> species seen/heard. Not too bad for the midst of megalopolis NW.

> Highlights for me were first of the year Pac slope Flycatcher, Wilson’s,

> Orange-crowned, and Black-throated Gray warblers, and Warbling Vireo. I

> expect you all may see some migrants that you haven’t encountered this

> year. We’ll see. I’m betting that Teresa will get at least 10 life

> birds!! Looking forward to seeing you all 0630 (!) Sunday morning. - Jon

>

>

>

> *From:* Jon Houghton

> *Sent:* Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:57 PM

> *To:* 'boundva at gmail.com' <boundva at gmail.com>; 'lmbrou at gmail.com' <

> lmbrou at gmail.com>; 'Darcy Thomas' <darcy424 at gmail.com>; '

> tmwagner at comcast.net' <tmwagner at comcast.net>; 'krneice at gmail.com' <

> krneice at gmail.com>; 'Tom Merritt' <tom at mateds.net>

> *Cc:* 'Renee Koval-Huenuqueo' <rkovalh at gmail.com>; 'Shop' <

> shop at seattleaudubon.org>

> *Subject:* RE: Edmonds this Sunday!

>

>

>

> Hi Again – excellent! Everybody got my email – perhaps a first. Karl,

> however, pointed out to me that I neglected to re-enforce the start time

> which is 0630. Also, we have one probable substitution of Tom Merritt to

> the group, so Tom, welcome, and please let the Shop and me know if you’re

> still interested in this one! - Jon

>

>

>

> *From:* Jon Houghton

> *Sent:* Monday, April 24, 2017 9:17 PM

> *To:* 'boundva at gmail.com' <boundva at gmail.com>; 'lmbrou at gmail.com' <

> lmbrou at gmail.com>; 'Darcy Thomas' <darcy424 at gmail.com>; '

> tmwagner at comcast.net' <tmwagner at comcast.net>; 'cerebrum at uw.edu' <

> cerebrum at uw.edu>; 'krneice at gmail.com' <krneice at gmail.com>

> *Cc:* 'Renee Koval-Huenuqueo' <rkovalh at gmail.com>; 'Shop' <

> shop at seattleaudubon.org>

> *Subject:* Edmonds this Sunday!

>

>

>

> Hi Gang – Just wanted to touch base and make sure you are all still up for

> some ‘north of the (King Co.) border birding this Sunday! The plan remains

> as advertised: We’ll meet at the Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery at 95 Pine

> Street in Edmonds. If you’re coming from the south up I-5, pretend you’re

> going to the Kingston Ferry and head down Edmonds Way (SR 104) towards the

> ferry ticket booth BUT, as you come down the hill, just before you can

> actually see the ticket booths, take a left (west) onto Pine Street. The

> hatchery is the first thing you’ll encounter on this road (out of sight on

> the right). Just pull up to the cars that will likely be there and park

> before you head up the hill. We’ll bird that area first so if you arrive

> and see no one, don’t despair, this likely just means we’ve headed down the

> driveway a bit, toward the hatchery in pursuit of some bird. The current

> forecast for Sunday is for some rain later so we might luck out! Might

> want to bring some raingear, along with snacks and water, just in case.

> We’ll take two cars on our route and I’m thinking we’ll be back at the

> hatchery by around noon. Scopes will be useful for our last stops along

> the waterfront and at the Edmonds Marsh. I’ve been scouting the various

> parks and destinations over the last couple of weeks and Renee and I will

> do the whole route later this week. I think there will be some good birds

> to find! Please let me know that you’ve received this email and if you have

> any questions. – Jon Houghton (My cell is (206) 601-0773)

>

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