Date: 6/18/20 8:26 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 06-18-2020

Dawning sunny (54degF) and warming up nicely (67degF at end) as we traversed the usual route (using Covid-19 and JBLM Garrison guidelines), the 17 of us were treated to a fine day of birding around the Eagles Pride Golf Course (GC). Highlights of the 55 species (and 1 taxa) found include the following:

1. Two BALD EAGLES (one of which was earlier being harassed by a Red-tailed Hawk).

2. Once again tallying three forest vireos: HUTTON'S, CASSIN'S, and WARBLING.

3. Sighting 8 HOUSE WRENS.


5. Two RED CROSSBILLS were a pleasant surprise.

Sometimes eBird doesn't accept some of our individual species counts, such as last month's 11 House Wrens. However, the JBLM Eagles Pride GC is not a small birding site: it consists of about 540 acres including the three 9-hole layouts. Of the acreage, about 60% is forest or undeveloped land. It's a very spread-out area, and our birdwalk takes us along a 3.2-mile trek, crossing or paralleling just a few holes of the course. The habitat is mixed, with Douglas-fir, Garry oak, and vine and big-leaf maples predominating the overstory, with an understory typical of Northwest forests. It's a nice place to bird for forest and edge species. And the House Wrens have found the few metal and wood power poles, as well as a few "natural" sites, to be just right for finding small openings for their respective nests.

The JBLM Eagles Pride GC birders meet the third Thursday of each month at 8:00AM. Starting point is Bldg # 1514, Driving Range Tee, Eagles Pride Golf Course, I-5 Exit 116, Mounts Road Exit. Upcoming walks include the following:

* July 16

* August 20

* September 17

Anyone is welcome to join us!

55 species (+1 other taxa)

Pied-billed Grebe 1 Hodge Lake

Band-tailed Pigeon 7

Mourning Dove 2

Anna's Hummingbird 7

Rufous Hummingbird 3

Turkey Vulture 2

Bald Eagle 2

Red-tailed Hawk 4

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 7

Olive-sided Flycatcher 4

Western Wood-Pewee 16

Willow Flycatcher 9

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 6

Hutton's Vireo 3

Cassin's Vireo 3

Warbling Vireo 2

Steller's Jay 5

American/Northwestern Crow 1

Black-capped Chickadee 13

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 21

Tree Swallow 18 Most at the nest-box array at Hodge Lake

Violet-green Swallow 8

Barn Swallow 32

Bushtit 4

Golden-crowned Kinglet 7

Red-breasted Nuthatch 9

Brown Creeper 2

House Wren 8

Bewick's Wren 1

European Starling 8

Swainson's Thrush 8

American Robin 41

Cedar Waxwing 21

House Finch 3

Purple Finch 7

Red Crossbill 2

Pine Siskin 3

American Goldfinch 2

Chipping Sparrow 3

Dark-eyed Junco 17

White-crowned Sparrow 20

Song Sparrow 22

Spotted Towhee 9

Red-winged Blackbird 6

Brown-headed Cowbird 9

Orange-crowned Warbler 9

MacGillivray's Warbler 3

Common Yellowthroat 4

Yellow Warbler 4

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

Black-throated Gray Warbler 2

Hermit Warbler 2

Wilson's Warbler 16

Western Tanager 13

Black-headed Grosbeak 11

View this checklist online at

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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