Date: 7/7/19 5:23 pm From: Izzy Wong <gobirder...> Subject: [Tweeters] Snoqualmie Valley Trail/Stillwater
We birded Stillwater for about 1.5 hours today and were pleased with the bird activity.
When we arrived at about 11 am, we were greeted by a full symphony of calls and songs from a nice variety of birds.
Birds both seen and heard included:
Red-winged Blackbird, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Bullock’s Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Swainson’s Thrush, Western Wood-Pewee, Violet-green Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Am. Goldfinch, Am. Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, Belted Kingfisher and Black-headed Grosbeak.
An American Bittern showed up in the open mudflats giving us great views. We also saw it fly over the surrounding fields.
A young Red-breasted Sapsucker appeared for a few seconds on a trunk right next to the trail.
A couple of different Wood Duck families - moms with their young -were working the swamps.
We also noted a couple of young Great Blue Herons in the marshes.
Pied-billed Grebes were also seen floating quietly.
We had one Turkey Vulture fly over.
Although things have slowed down, bird life is still quite active there, with obvious breeding, territorial behavior and feeding.
If anyone has missed seeing Swainson’s Thrushes this year, I recommend this area to fill in that gap on your list.