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1. I have returned (Debbie Mcleod) 2. FYI (Tom and Carol Stoner) 3. Down at the Pier (Jeff Gibson) 4. Northern Shrike - Federal Way (Phil and Julie Mattern) 5. Peregrine Falcon Tacoma Rail Yard (Roger Moyer) 6. Pierce WIPH (Marv Breece) 7. Clark County Black Tern (Jim Danzenbaker) 8. Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually NWR, Wednesday Walk for 5/23/2018 (Shep Thorp) 9. Warbling Vireo - Kent Ponds (Phil and Julie Mattern) 10. Birding at Leavenworth Bird Festival and on TV / Caryn / Wedgwood (Caryn Schutzler) 11. Rough-winged swallows and mystery bird: Edmonds marsh 5/26/18 (Bill Anderson) 12. Battle Ground, Clark County AMERICAN REDSTART (Jim Danzenbaker)
Message: 1 Date: Sun, 27 May 2018 12:12:01 -0700 From: Debbie Mcleod <skepsou...> Subject: [Tweeters] I have returned To: <tweeters...> Message-ID: <34CA6DCE-1FB4-483A-BC07-0846E91C0336...> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Welcome back, Jeff - we missed you!
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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 27 May 2018 13:49:31 -0700 From: Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...> Subject: [Tweeters] FYI To: <Tweeters...> Message-ID: <CAOVv5LyMFg3dzQDfONrGbC9T8iN9Otqqg_6GE+PVosE0=<VBm0Q...> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
We were in Colville to bird at Little Pend Oreille NWR and met Jodie, a volunteer at the Stevens Co. Historical Museum. She has a cabin for rent adjacent to the refuge. We didn't stay with her or visit her place and have no financial or other relationship with her, but thought other Tweeters might be able to use the information here:
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 27 May 2018 14:02:09 -0700 From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign15...> Subject: [Tweeters] Down at the Pier To: <tweeters...> Message-ID: <CABSAM3bbK+OsrrEjCAtp+<freUxQwBrqWniLcqxtARuqgQG7oDQ...> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
I have found the ideal plankton watching partner - my dear old demented mother.
Now, most people are bored to tears watching plankton and probably my mom is too, yet she is able to amuse herself by all the sights down at the pier and is easily distracted by people on the pier and particularly light reflections. She could probably spend all day down there, thus allowing me plenty of time down on the float to watch plankton. She does enjoy watching fish.
My mothers most used phrase these days is, "gee, never seen anything like that before!", which of course is because she cant remember anything in present time longer than about 30 seconds.She's all over West Seattle in the 30's and 40's though.
Anyhoo, plankton watching has been good for me this spring - an amazing variety of creatures. There is an old concept (I think it was pointed out by Shakespeare) of "Sea Change": the notion of a wholesale change of conditions in any given place as the sea moves thru it. That certainly applies to plankton, which are carried hither and yon by tides, current, storms, etc. Here today and gone tomorrow.
Fish too. Every day different. One day near the end of April my sister and brother-in-law were in town and we went down to the pier. The most abundant fish down there were thousands of the aptly named Shiner Perch flashing down in the eel-grass inside the pier. Suddenly a big Harbor Seal appeared (having snuck through a gap in the pilings) and all those perch scattered over the eel-grass instantly galvanized into a dense ball.
The seal was zooming around just below us humans watching from the pier so we were treated to a great show. It was amazing to see the seal completely surrounded by fish, most of which managed to keep about a foot away from the seal as it zoomed about. Some but not all. The seal got it's fill and left, but later (like an accipiter doing sporadic stealth attacks on a bird feeder) we saw it from down the beach sneaking in for another shot at it (insert the shark music from "Jaws" here).
Some of the coolest plankton floating by were Comb Jellies, which are not the same as yer typical jelly. I think of them as "The Jello Electric": unlike the pulsating movement of jellyfish they move by moving rows of cillia around their bodies which (like a hummingbird's gorget) are refractive and just need some exterior lighting to put on a stunning lightshow of rippling color in all the colors of the rainbow plus a few more.I noted about 4 species - the most ever for me.
Well I've got more ;purple martin, rock doves, and guillemots were the birds at the pier that day with 8 Turkey Vultures (this was 4/26 Diann ), a Peregrine soaring with the TV's overhead, and surprise ! a Golden Eagle with a Raven its tail coming inshore from out over the sound.
Well my typing going to hell, so I'm done. One of the things I've acquired since I last posted is Parkinson's Disease which sometimes interferes with typing. So it goes.
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 27 May 2018 22:00:51 -0700 From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> Subject: [Tweeters] Clark County Black Tern To: tweeters tweeters <tweeters...>, Portland-Area Birds <portland-area-birds...> Message-ID: <CAKm_zxGOx8QVbfi4wbd3fOHzHa3iJS1CvWOGhas5gr=<KZZU2Xw...> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
There was a single BLACK TERN feeding over Vancouver Lake, Clark County at about 8:20 this evening. Also present were at least 4 Clark's Grebes and 8 Western Grebes and about 35 unidentified *Aechmophorus* grebes. 20+ Bonaparte's Gulls were also present.
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 27 May 2018 15:54:37 -0700 From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> Subject: [Tweeters] Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually NWR, Wednesday Walk for 5/23/2018 To: Tweeters <tweeters...> Message-ID: <CALBsWnHqnOm2JgTgUgmTGuR8Za5AqZL7+<vMYUdqne3oH3hj85Q...> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
sorry for the late report, busy at the ol' Vet Clinic with the Holidays.
We had another great day, with temperatures in the 60's and 70's degrees Fahrenheit, and enough Cotton Wood seeds that it looked like it had snowed! We picked up 5 first of year, included FORSTER'S TERN, WHIMBREL, BAND-TAILED PIGEON, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and BULLOCK'S ORIOLE.
The tern (see photo's on eBird) and whimbrel were out on the mudflats, the oriole around the parking lot between the Visitor Center and Education Center, and I suspect the flycatcher was just passing through. We had high counts of CEDAR WAXWING and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. Both BALD EAGLE nests on the west side of McAllister Creek are active.
We have 142 species for the year so far. Overall, I think our shorebird migration was slow for the spring.
Mammals seen included Mink, Muskrat, Harbor Seal, Cotton-tailed Rabbit and Eastern Gray Squirrel.
eBird listed pasted.
Until next week when we meet again at 8am, good birding!
-- Shep Thorp Browns Point 253-370-3742
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston, Washington, US May 23, 2018 7:14 AM - 3:47 PM Protocol: Traveling 6.163 mile(s) Comments: Wednesday Walk. Sunny skies, temperatures between 58-76 degrees Fahrenheit. Mammals seen included Cotton-tailed Rabbit, Mink, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Muskrat, and Harbor Seal. 64 species (+4 other taxa)