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2/23/18 2:45 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] Re: Spencer island breakins
2/23/18 1:00 pm Jennifer Scheidt <sebright999...> [Tweeters] Re: Spencer island breakins
2/23/18 12:41 pm Jeremy Schwartz <jschwartz1124...> [Tweeters] CA Scrub Jays in Kirkland, King Co.
2/22/18 11:09 pm Qinglin Ma <qinglineric...> [Tweeters] WOS Omak Trip Photos
2/22/18 10:23 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-02-22
2/22/18 8:56 pm William <wrboyington...> [Tweeters] RE: WOS Winter Trip to Okanogan Highlands, etc.
2/22/18 12:51 pm Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...> [Tweeters] More on Car Break-ins - Spencer Island
2/22/18 9:45 am Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] WOS Winter Trip Sat. 2/17-2/19 to Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau
2/22/18 9:25 am Brad Waggoner <wagtail24...> [Tweeters] Kitsap Blue Jay
2/21/18 8:33 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Messy gardens attract birds
2/21/18 7:13 pm Penny Rose <rosebirding...> [Tweeters] Car break ins
2/21/18 6:21 pm Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny...> Re: [Tweeters] 2017 Washington Birder List Report
2/21/18 3:24 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 2/21/18
2/21/18 12:56 pm Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> [Tweeters] Prairregrine Falcon in Samish Flats
2/21/18 12:18 pm Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] What Happened To America's Only Parrot?
2/21/18 8:42 am Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> [Tweeters] Early bird gets the ice worm
2/21/18 7:12 am Eric Kowalczyk <cassidix2005...> FW: [Tweeters] tool using, reasoning crow?
2/21/18 6:21 am Tom Mansfield <birds...> RE: [Tweeters] 2017 Washington Birder List Report
2/20/18 11:09 pm Max Kingsbury <max.kingsbury...> Re: [Tweeters] tool using, reasoning crow?
2/20/18 5:23 pm Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> [Tweeters] Prairie Falcon (?) at Samish Flats
2/20/18 3:30 pm Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> [Tweeters] Skagit trip 2-19-18
2/20/18 1:09 pm Rick Taylor <taylorrl...> RE: [Tweeters] 2017 Washington Birder List Report
2/20/18 12:49 pm Washington Birder <info...> [Tweeters] 2017 Washington Birder List Report
2/20/18 12:38 pm William <wrboyington...> [Tweeters] Field trip report?
2/19/18 10:17 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Bow Blue Jay continues
2/19/18 8:26 pm J Christian Kessler <1northraven...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI Gyrfalcon in Skagit Valley?
2/19/18 6:02 pm gmail <vlmoffatt3...> [Tweeters] Fir Island tides
2/19/18 12:54 pm Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI Gyrfalcon in Skagit Valley?
2/19/18 11:37 am Todd Wren <catherpes.mexicanus...> [Tweeters] UW NW Weather Modeling
2/19/18 7:25 am Emily Birchman <stollea...> [Tweeters] RFI Gyrfalcon in Skagit Valley?
2/18/18 11:45 am Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
2/18/18 11:25 am Ed Swan <edswan2...> [Tweeters] tool using, reasoning crow?
2/18/18 10:48 am Randy Hill <re_hill...> [Tweeters] Clark County WOS field trip the weekend of March 3
2/18/18 7:33 am pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] King Cty. phoebe
2/18/18 12:48 am Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl Walla Walla County
2/17/18 7:45 pm Lea Mitchell <lea...> [Tweeters] Nisqually
2/17/18 3:33 pm <cousythecat...> [Tweeters] Brazilian Bird Songs CD
2/17/18 3:30 pm cynthia burrell <cinnyb...> [Tweeters] March 5, 2018 WOS meeting announcement
2/17/18 12:24 pm J. Acker <owler...> Re: [Tweeters] 4 Snowy Owls; Douglas County
2/17/18 12:06 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 18, 2018
2/17/18 9:18 am Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] Australia RFI
2/17/18 9:01 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Arabica Versus Robusta: Which Coffee Is Better For Birds?
2/16/18 8:33 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] Five-Falcon Day on Samish Flats including Gyrfalcon, Prairie
2/16/18 8:18 pm J Christian Kessler <1northraven...> [Tweeters] Eurasian wigeon at Matthews Beach
2/16/18 4:21 pm Jeremy Schwartz <jschwartz1124...> [Tweeters] What Bird Is That?
2/16/18 2:00 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } An Odd Duck
2/16/18 12:41 pm Doug Brown <BirdBrain53...> [Tweeters] White-throated Sparrow, Bellingham
2/16/18 10:17 am Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] results from guide service RFI
2/15/18 6:38 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 2-15-2018
2/15/18 4:56 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-02-15
2/15/18 2:55 pm Josh Adams <xjoshx...> [Tweeters] Tulalip Ruddy Turnstone continues
2/15/18 2:45 pm Bruce <blabar...> [Tweeters] McNeil trail, DuPont , Pierce County rarities
2/15/18 12:36 pm Josh Adams <xjoshx...> [Tweeters] SOY Snohomish Co Swallows
2/15/18 10:41 am STEVEN ELLIS <sremse...> [Tweeters] Re Whidbey Redpolls
2/15/18 10:38 am Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Sno/Skagit
2/15/18 8:02 am STEVEN ELLIS <sremse...> [Tweeters] Redpolls Whidbey Island
2/14/18 3:11 pm <johntubbs...> [Tweeters] Common Goldeneye Mating Competition
2/13/18 3:57 pm Dayna yalowicki <dlwicki...> [Tweeters] Nandina
2/13/18 3:20 pm Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...> [Tweeters] Red Crossbills
2/13/18 2:22 pm Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> Re: [Tweeters] Grebe's and swallows over Lake Sammamish
2/13/18 9:07 am Mason Flint <masonflint...> [Tweeters] Grebe's and swallows over Lake Sammamish
2/13/18 8:03 am Robert O'Brien <baro...> Fwd: [Tweeters] Hummer tongue
2/12/18 8:27 pm <tomboulian...> Re: [Tweeters] Re Nandina
2/12/18 8:24 pm <merdave...> [Tweeters] 4 Snowy Owls; Douglas County
2/12/18 7:05 pm G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...> Re: [Tweeters] Re Nandina
2/12/18 6:37 pm Tina Blade <tinablade5051...> RE: [Tweeters] Re Nandina
2/12/18 5:40 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Arizona Report
2/12/18 5:16 pm David Selk <David.Selk...> [Tweeters] Hummer tongue
2/12/18 3:57 pm Linda Phillips <linda_phillips1252...> [Tweeters] Re Nandina
2/12/18 2:21 pm Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> Re: [Tweeters] WDFW contact for Recovering America's Wildlife Act
2/12/18 2:13 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] WDFW contact for Recovering America's Wildlife Act
2/12/18 2:03 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] Update on Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA)
2/12/18 11:08 am Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...> [Tweeters] Golden Eagle on road to Wylie Slough
2/12/18 10:08 am Tina Blade <tinablade5051...> [Tweeters] Question about toxic Nandina--Heavenly Bamboo
2/11/18 9:20 pm Gene Beall <gene.beall...> [Tweeters] Barred Owl at Ocean Shores
2/11/18 9:02 pm Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny...> Re: [Tweeters] Snohomish Co. Pygmy-Owl
2/11/18 8:30 pm J Christian Kessler <1northraven...> [Tweeters] good day at Skagit Flats
2/11/18 6:12 pm J. Acker <owler...> [Tweeters] Seattle Audubon "Owls by Night" Field Trip
2/11/18 5:33 pm Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny...> [Tweeters] WOS Owls by Day report
2/11/18 4:21 pm Paul Bannick <paul.bannick...> Re: [Tweeters] Snohomish Co. Pygmy-Owl
2/11/18 4:13 pm David Parent <dpdvm...> [Tweeters] Rock Wren, Double Bluff Point, Whidbey Island
2/11/18 2:13 pm Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Snohomish Co. Pygmy-Owl
2/11/18 9:17 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Join A Global Bird Census In Your Backyard To Celebrate The Year of the Bird
2/10/18 10:25 pm Louis Kreemer <lpkreemer...> [Tweeters] Skagit area Birding
2/10/18 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellen...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 11, 2018
2/10/18 8:29 am Laurel Parshall <knasnan...> [Tweeters] For Melissa Sherwood - FOY Rufous Hummingbird
2/10/18 7:36 am Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus...> [Tweeters] Tree Swallows return
2/9/18 10:00 pm Diane Yorgason-Quinn <avosetta...> [Tweeters] Gig Harbor Rufous Hummer
2/9/18 6:12 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] More stuff from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) meetings
2/9/18 5:49 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] File size of RAWA Presentation
2/9/18 5:43 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] Recovering America's Wildlife Act Bill - update
2/9/18 4:53 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] Field marks for a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director
2/9/18 1:36 pm Adrian Wolf <awolf...> [Tweeters] Bird banding training 2018
2/9/18 8:05 am Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...> Re: [Tweeters] Need raptor ID help
2/9/18 7:32 am Bud Anderson <falconresearch...> [Tweeters] Need raptor ID help
2/9/18 12:48 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Birds Living In Bigger Groups Are Brainier
2/8/18 10:15 pm <birdmarymoor...> Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
2/8/18 6:29 pm J. Acker <owler...> RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
2/8/18 6:27 pm J. Acker <owler...> RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
2/8/18 6:01 pm Joe Mackie <joemackie.14...> RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
2/8/18 5:53 pm Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson...> [Tweeters] AstorIa murmurations
2/8/18 3:40 pm Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...> Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
2/8/18 3:22 pm Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...> [Tweeters] suggestions received about viewing Platte River Sandhill Crane migration
2/8/18 2:33 pm Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...> Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
2/8/18 1:21 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-02-08
2/8/18 10:17 am Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk 2/7/2018
2/8/18 10:15 am Robert O'Brien <baro...> Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
2/8/18 8:33 am littlebirder <littlebirder...> Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
2/8/18 8:13 am Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...> [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
2/7/18 9:01 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Addendum to Sparrow's
2/7/18 8:58 pm Ed Swan <edswan2...> [Tweeters] WOS Vashon Island field trip today
2/7/18 8:41 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Little Brown Birds in Arizona - Sparrows and Wrens
2/7/18 6:29 pm Hal Michael <ucd880...> Re: [Tweeters] Re: Audubon Membership Renewal Process /Woes
2/7/18 5:41 pm beneteau <beneteau...> [Tweeters] Re: Audubon Membership Renewal Process /Woes
2/7/18 3:21 pm Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...> [Tweeters] Platte River Crane Viewing Advice
2/7/18 11:28 am Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...> [Tweeters] Edmonds Roundup - Jan. 2018
2/7/18 10:45 am Ruby Newton <mojaveruby...> Re: [Tweeters] merganser flock Lake Washington
2/7/18 9:17 am Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] white-throated sparrow question
2/7/18 8:47 am Nancy Wagner <nancy...> [Tweeters] 2nd attempt to req help about harriers
2/7/18 4:29 am Chris McNally <mcpoodle2...> [Tweeters] RFI - Sandy Pointe Snowy Owl and Birch Bay
2/6/18 9:05 pm Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> [Tweeters] Intergrade American x Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Red-shouldered Hawk, Black Phoebe -- Toppenish, Yakima County
2/6/18 5:34 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> [Tweeters] merganser flock Lake Washington
2/6/18 4:52 pm <amk17...> [Tweeters] white-throated sparrow question
2/6/18 3:33 pm Marcia <birdingtour.review...> Re: [Tweeters] Request: information and guidance regarding birds of Maui
2/6/18 1:40 pm Ron Post <ronpost4...> [Tweeters] query for photos
2/6/18 12:35 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Baby Ducks (Not)
2/6/18 12:18 pm Erica Clark <clark.erica2...> [Tweeters] Recommendation Bird Tour in Bulgaria
2/6/18 11:01 am Nancy Wagner <nancy...> [Tweeters] Friend looking for northern harriers in the spring
2/6/18 9:49 am Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...> [Tweeters] Fox Sparrow, hummer activity / Caryn / Wedgwood
2/6/18 8:52 am Doug Brown <BirdBrain53...> [Tweeters] Black-legged Kittiwake
2/6/18 6:59 am Jeff Kozma <jcr_5105...> RE: [Tweeters] Audubon Membership Renewal Process
2/5/18 9:49 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] Audubon Membership Renewal Process
2/5/18 6:54 pm Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> [Tweeters] Audubon Membership Renewal Process
2/5/18 11:37 am Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> [Tweeters] North Snohomish flooding
2/5/18 10:46 am Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1...> [Tweeters] Lewis County Field Trip
2/5/18 10:36 am Ed Swan <Edswan2...> [Tweeters] WOS Vashon Island Wednesday February 7 trip still has a few openings
2/5/18 8:03 am <meyer2j...> [Tweeters] Western Field Ornithologists Youth Scholarships
2/5/18 4:39 am Dan Reiff, PhD <dan.owl.reiff...> [Tweeters] Request: information and guidance regarding birds of Maui
2/4/18 4:50 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> Re: [Tweeters] Common Goldeneye with problem
2/4/18 4:45 pm Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...> [Tweeters] Common Goldeneye with problem
2/4/18 3:29 pm Christopher Clark <cjbirdmanclark...> [Tweeters] First of year Pierce County birding
2/4/18 2:17 pm Alan Roedell <alanroedell...> Re: [Tweeters] birding tour company RFI
2/4/18 2:14 pm Cara Borre <cmborre1...> [Tweeters] Video link to yesterday's Westport Seabirds pelagic trip
2/4/18 12:38 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
2/4/18 12:11 pm Bruce LaBar <blabar...> [Tweeters] Westport Pelagic Trip, Saturday Feb. 3, 2018, 2 LAYSAN ALBATROSS, BROWN BOOBY
2/4/18 10:33 am Margaret Sandelin <msand47...> [Tweeters] bald eagle
2/4/18 2:01 am Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> Re: [Tweeters] Sanderlings, maybe, on Edmonds logboom
2/3/18 8:41 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Weyerhaeuser Pond continues to host nice ducks
2/3/18 7:45 pm Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1...> [Tweeters] Lewis County field trip
2/3/18 4:17 pm Matt Dufort <matt.dufort...> [Tweeters] Westport Brown Booby
2/3/18 4:10 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] Sanderlings, maybe, on Edmonds logboom
2/3/18 2:41 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] Sanderlings, maybe, on Edmonds logboom
2/3/18 12:49 pm Rick Hibpshman <hibpshman...> [Tweeters] Eide Road Snow Buntings
2/3/18 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellen...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 4, 2018
2/3/18 10:50 am Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Kitsap Blue Jay
2/3/18 10:21 am Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] Caught Trespassing
2/2/18 8:19 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Caught Trespassing
2/2/18 7:51 pm Dan Reiff, PhD <dan.owl.reiff...> [Tweeters] Nigel the lonely gannet dies as he lived, surrounded by concrete birds | World news | The Guardian
2/2/18 3:51 pm Barry Brugman <bbrug15...> [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe in north Carnation
2/2/18 10:13 am Robert O'Brien <baro...> Re: [Tweeters] Diversion for whom?
2/2/18 9:49 am Robert O'Brien <baro...> Re: [Tweeters] Diversion for whom?
2/1/18 8:53 pm Tom Leschine <tml...> [Tweeters] Great Egret on L Washington Ship Canal
2/1/18 8:25 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-02-01
2/1/18 1:41 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird Snohomish County
2/1/18 12:53 pm Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk 1/31/2013
2/1/18 10:30 am Eric Kowalczyk <cassidix2005...> [Tweeters] Common redpolls
2/1/18 9:37 am <jeffjendro...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail - no
1/31/18 8:01 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] birding tour company RFI
1/31/18 3:00 pm Tina Klein-Lebbink <t.kleinlebbink...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI White Wagtail
1/31/18 11:52 am Alice Nevue <anevue...> [Tweeters] Redheads
1/31/18 10:45 am Hal Opperman <hal...> Re: [Tweeters] A January pick-me-up
1/31/18 9:37 am Mitch <biglou22...> [Tweeters] Diversion for whom?
1/31/18 9:29 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] 'Talking' Orca Learns To Mimic Human Speech (non-avian, but it's sorta appropriate)
1/30/18 9:09 pm Steve Krival <stevekrival...> [Tweeters] Eide Rd SEOWs
1/30/18 8:05 pm AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...> Re: [Tweeters] Nice diversion from politics - Trip to Stilly, Skagit, Samish today
1/30/18 7:57 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Nice diversion from politics - Trip to Stilly, Skagit, Samish today
1/30/18 7:12 pm Steve Pink <pirangas...> [Tweeters] Re: End of A Big Month of January
1/30/18 6:28 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] End of A Big Month of January
1/30/18 6:01 pm Michelle Maani <lamoustique...> [Tweeters] Re: Hybrid goose Canada x ?
1/30/18 5:02 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> [Tweeters] RFI White Wagtail
1/30/18 4:57 pm Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> [Tweeters] A January pick-me-up
1/30/18 4:49 pm Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...> [Tweeters] Watching the yard.
1/30/18 1:39 pm Dee Dee <deedeeknit...> [Tweeters] Re: (?) Hybrid goose
1/30/18 12:13 pm Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...> [Tweeters] Kent Black Phoebe redound
1/29/18 9:49 pm Al n Donna <alndonna...> [Tweeters] Monday Snow Buntings-YES
1/29/18 8:36 pm cynthia burrell <cinnyb...> [Tweeters] reminder: WOS meeting feb 5
1/29/18 2:02 pm Jennifer Jarstad <jennjarstad...> [Tweeters] Hybrid goose?
1/29/18 12:41 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] Eide Road and SEOWs
1/29/18 12:17 pm Glenn Nelson <gnbuzz...> [Tweeters] Eide Road and SEOWs
1/28/18 11:28 pm <blobbybirdman...> Re: [Tweeters] Books
1/28/18 7:12 pm Paul Baerny <pbaerny...> Re: [Tweeters] Extra nudge on reporting year totals to WA Birder
1/28/18 7:09 pm BRAD <bradliljequist...> [Tweeters] Photos of Green Lake Redheads
1/28/18 4:31 pm BRAD <bradliljequist...> [Tweeters] Redhead flick now right off shore
1/28/18 4:28 pm BRAD <bradliljequist...> [Tweeters] Flock of 16 redheads at greenlake
1/28/18 3:45 pm Joel Haas <haas.joel...> [Tweeters] Books
1/28/18 2:24 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Tokeland
1/28/18 1:58 pm louiserutter1000 <louiserutter1000...> RE: [Tweeters] White Wagtail present at 1pm in the cottonwoods
1/28/18 1:05 pm Nathaniel Peters <ncpeters...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail present at 1pm in the cottonwoods
1/28/18 12:30 pm <festuca...> [Tweeters] Wagtail Ettiquette
1/28/18 10:05 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Armchair Birding In Panama
1/28/18 8:41 am mombiwheeler <mombiwheeler...> [Tweeters] Wagtail yes
1/27/18 11:41 pm Rick Hibpshman <hibpshman...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail photos
1/27/18 9:08 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail Video
1/27/18 7:53 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] Iceland (Thayer's) Gull
1/27/18 6:29 pm Robert O'Brien <baro...> Re: [Tweeters] gull I can't identify
1/27/18 6:29 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] Possible Thayer's Gull?
1/27/18 6:01 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] gull I can't identify
1/27/18 3:35 pm <amk17...> [Tweeters] Frozen
1/27/18 2:56 pm AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...> [Tweeters] Wagtail and Rusty update:
1/27/18 2:05 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Gyrfalcon on Fir Island
1/27/18 1:09 pm Rick Tyler <rhtyler...> Re: [Tweeters] Wagtail present since about 10 45
1/27/18 12:25 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Living Sunshine
1/27/18 12:06 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Jan. 28, 2018
1/27/18 11:20 am Matt Bartels <mattxyz...> [Tweeters] Wagtail present since about 10 45
1/27/18 10:37 am Eric Kowalczyk <cassidix2005...> [Tweeters] Snow goose
1/27/18 6:38 am Joyce <meyer2j...> [Tweeters] Wagtail street error
1/27/18 4:38 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] BirdLife published a birdy piece about Kea that I wrote for them
1/26/18 9:01 pm Joyce <meyer2j...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail
1/26/18 7:49 pm Josh Adams <xjoshx...> RE: [Tweeters] White Wagtail RFI
1/26/18 7:09 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Eide Rd. - Snow Buntings
1/26/18 6:25 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail RFI
1/26/18 4:09 pm <jperry59...> <jperry59...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail Fall City AM
1/26/18 2:31 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Wagtail photo
1/26/18 2:28 pm B&PBell <bellasoc...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail, King Co SE19th way
1/26/18 1:33 pm mombiwheeler <mombiwheeler...> [Tweeters] Wagtail yes
1/26/18 11:32 am J. Christian Kessler <1northraven...> Re: [Tweeters] Eide Rd Snow Buntings - yes
1/26/18 10:21 am H Heiberg <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Wagtail-yes
1/25/18 10:08 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-01-25
1/25/18 8:48 pm Steve Loitz <steveloitz...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI Lens Cleaning
1/25/18 8:05 pm <amk17...> [Tweeters] Re: Wagtail id question
1/25/18 7:53 pm <festuca...> [Tweeters] Redpolls at Tumwater Falls Park
1/25/18 7:46 pm <birdmarymoor...> Re: [Tweeters] Wagtail id question
1/25/18 7:15 pm <amk17...> [Tweeters] Wagtail id question
1/25/18 7:03 pm Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1...> [Tweeters] RFI Lens Cleaning
1/25/18 4:06 pm H Heiberg <h.heiberg...> Fwd: [Tweeters] Wagtail - yes
1/25/18 3:25 pm birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Eide Rd Snow Buntings - yes
1/25/18 3:21 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> [Tweeters] Snow Buntings at Eide Rd.
1/25/18 2:56 pm littlebirder <littlebirder...> [Tweeters] Wagtail
1/25/18 2:29 pm littlebirder <littlebirder...> Re: [Tweeters] Wagtail - yes
1/25/18 1:36 pm birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Wagtail - yes
1/25/18 11:40 am Mason Flint <masonflint...> Re: [Tweeters] Wagtail access
1/25/18 11:13 am Charles Desilets <csdesilets...> RE: [Tweeters] Wagtail relocated this AM at 9:50
1/25/18 11:03 am Margaret Sandelin <msand47...> [Tweeters] Yellow-rumped warbler
1/25/18 10:46 am Washington Birder <info...> [Tweeters] Washington Birder List Reporting
1/25/18 10:14 am Catherine Joy <catherinejoymusic...> [Tweeters] Wagtail access
1/25/18 9:07 am csdesilets <csdesilets...> [Tweeters] Wagtail relocated this AM at 9:50
1/24/18 8:16 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Missed the Wagtail - but A Great Morning
1/24/18 8:08 pm AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...> Re: [Tweeters] White Wagtail Accessibility
1/24/18 7:52 pm B B <birder4184...> Re: [Tweeters] White Wagtail Accessibility
1/24/18 7:45 pm littlebirder <littlebirder...> [Tweeters] American Tree Sparrow
1/24/18 7:41 pm Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail Accessibility
1/24/18 7:28 pm Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...> [Tweeters] Another test
1/24/18 6:42 pm Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> Re: [Tweeters] Email problems with Gmail/Yahoo - a fix
1/24/18 6:38 pm Mark Ahlness <mahlness...> [Tweeters] Email problems with Gmail/Yahoo - a fix
1/24/18 4:55 pm Betty <bettinab39...> RE: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
1/24/18 3:29 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] Fwd: NIsqually NWR 1/24/18
1/24/18 3:19 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 1/24/18
1/24/18 3:10 pm Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
1/24/18 3:01 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
1/24/18 2:40 pm Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
1/24/18 2:21 pm Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...> [Tweeters] White Wagtail chase-ability
1/24/18 2:20 pm Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
1/24/18 1:25 pm Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
1/24/18 1:20 pm birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
1/24/18 12:01 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> Re: [Tweeters] Fall city wagtail
1/24/18 11:34 am Jordan Roderick <jordan...> [Tweeters] White wagtail on Neale Rd
1/24/18 11:29 am Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...> [Tweeters] Fall city wagtail
1/24/18 6:41 am <festuca...> [Tweeters] RE: Nisqually Question
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Date: 2/23/18 2:45 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re: Spencer island breakins
The problem is at the small parking area opposite the large lagoon. You
just have to see all the glass on the ground to know that you are there.

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> Hi Carl, to which gate are you refering? We also go there often.
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Date: 2/23/18 1:00 pm
From: Jennifer Scheidt <sebright999...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Spencer island breakins
Hi Carl, to which gate are you refering? We also go there often. Thanks, Mike and Jenny

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Date: 2/23/18 12:41 pm
From: Jeremy Schwartz <jschwartz1124...>
Subject: [Tweeters] CA Scrub Jays in Kirkland, King Co.
Hello tweeters!

I just got done with an impromptu bird walk through Heritage Park in
downtown Kirkland and spotted two California Scrub Jays! Quite a surprise
on a day when I wasn't expecting to get any birding in at all.

Keep watching the skies (and bushes)!

Jeremy Schwartz
Lake Forest Park
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Date: 2/22/18 11:09 pm
From: Qinglin Ma <qinglineric...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS Omak Trip Photos
Hi Tweats,

I went on the WOS Omak trip led by Shep last weekend and it was a fantastic
winter birding trip. Shep's knowledge of the area made it possible for us
to locate many kinds of winter birds such as Snowy Owl, Snow Bunting,
Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Gray Partridge, Saw-whet Owl, Bohemian Waxwing,
Goshawk, etc.

Here are some of the best photos of this trip to share with you:

https://www.flickr.com/gp/qinglinma/26Wvy6

Enjoy,

Qinglin Ma
Kirkland, WA

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Date: 2/22/18 10:23 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-02-22
Tweets – Brrrr. It was a frigid 22 degrees at 7am. Our saving graces were sunshine and a lack of wind. A dusting of snow made it a beautiful morning; pre-dawn was amazing too, with great scope view of Saturn and Jupiter again. The day slowly warmed to 32 degrees. Birds were somewhat scarce.

Highlights:
a.. Cackling Goose – huge flocks swirling overhead at 7:15; don’t know if any landed
b.. Ring-necked Duck – two in the slough below the weir; New for 2018
c.. Greater Scaup – two females in slough; only 4th week with scaup in 2018
d.. Cooper’s Hawk – one near 1st Dog Swim Beach, first in a month
e.. Red-tailed Hawk – notably numerous, probably at least 7
f.. Barn Owl – long looks at around 6:35 am from Viewing Mound
g.. Great Horned Owl – Matt heard one west of the windmill across the slough – First for 2018
h.. BARRED OWL – Matt saw one at east end of boardwalk, around 6am; First of 2018
i.. Hairy Woodpecker – close looks at female at start of boardwalk
j.. Pileated Woodpecker – one seen from Rowing Club dock
k.. Townsend’s Warbler – female near mansion area rest rooms – First of 2018
This is only our 8th record of BARRED OWL for Marymoor; dates of sightings are broadly scattered across the months.

For the day, we hit 50 species. I made a quick check of the lake afterwards, and added two more: a single HORNED GREBE, and our only BALD EAGLES of the day, for a revised total of 52 species.

For 2018, we added 4 to reach 79 species.

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Date: 2/22/18 8:56 pm
From: William <wrboyington...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RE: WOS Winter Trip to Okanogan Highlands, etc.
Tweeters,

Thank you to Shep for an excellent report on what was an outstandingly successful trip to the Highlands and the Waterville Plateau.

It’s such a valuable and informative service to those who may be considering a trip to that wonderful part of the state in this winter season.

Good birding to all,

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Date: 2/22/18 12:51 pm
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] More on Car Break-ins - Spencer Island
Hi Tweeters,

I’m very sorry to hear that Penny has experienced two recent car break-ins. They are on the rise everywhere and we are always at risk, good stuff in the vehicle or not. Even just dealing with replacing broken windows is a hassle. I hope Penny at least gets her pack returned.

A hot spot for break-ins in Snohomish County is the small Spencer Island parking lot adjacent to one of the Everett Water Treatment aeration ponds. There are always nuggets of glass there from broken windows. Everett Parks knows of the problem but posts no signs or security camera. I pulled in there one day recently to see both driver-side windows broken out of a late model Subaru Forester. I opted to scope the lagoon pond from near my car. I was still there when the two couples who had been enjoying a hike returned to the Forester. It was their first visit to Spencer Island and had no knowledge of the high break-in rate at that parking lot. I decided that from now on I will park my car outside the gate, along the road, where a break-in would be much more visible and more risky for a thief. I have been walking back in with my scope. It does not guarantee I won’t be broken into, but I think I increase my odds for a pleasant bird outing by parking outside the gate and walking in.

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Date: 2/22/18 9:45 am
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS Winter Trip Sat. 2/17-2/19 to Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau
Hi Tweets,

we had a wonderful winter trip to the Okanogan Highlands and Waterville
Plateau for the Washington Ornithological Society Annual Trip. We observed
75 species, saw many of our target species, and safely endured two days of
snow with chilly temperatures in the teens and twenties with a windy
Sunday, gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

Highlights included Snowy Owl, Gray Partridge, Black-backed Woodpecker,
Gray-crowned Rosie Finch, Northern Goshawk, Bohemian Waxwing, Pine
Grosbeak, Northern Pygmy Owl, Snow Bunting, and Sharp-tailed Grouse.

On our going over day, unofficial - Friday 2/16, many attendees picked up 1
or 2 SNOWY OWL, on H Road, NE of Mansfield, near 17th. I observed one on G
Rd near 15th during my scout in January. We were able relocate an owl on
Monday driving north on H Road on the east side of the road just before
17th for our entire group to enjoy. I saw LESSER GOLDFINCH and COMMON
REDPOLL, along with other expected species at the Sutherland home feeder in
Chelan.

On Saturday 2/17 the forecast for Omak, our base, was for rain and
temperatures in the 30's degrees Fahrenheit. The snow level was
approximately 2,000 ft, so I decided to go to the Okanogan Highlands to
bird in the snow over the rain. This paid off as we got to bird the day in
snow instead of rain.

Fancher Road and flats was quiet at 7am, although scout trips in January
reported good number of Chukar later in the morning, so perhaps we were too
early. I decided to drive up Siwash Creek Road which connects to Oberg and
Tonasket-Havillah Rd, because in January I observed 30 plus Sharp-tailed
Grouse feeding in Water Birch 2 miles up the road. Unfortunately we did
not observe the grouse, but had our first COMMON REDPOLL and ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK.

On Havillah Rd, between Havillah and Nealy Rd, we had great views of GRAY
PARTRIDGE adjacent to a farm.

There is a new feeder on Nealy Rd, at a home on the south side of the road,
after the turn off from Havillah Rd and before Grange Rd, that was good for
CLARK'S NUTCRACKER and MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE. The Nealy Rd feeder at
Highlands Meadow (Nicki Girard's mothers home) was fairly active with a
single GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH, COMMON REDPOLL, and great looks at MOUNTAIN
CHICKADEE, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, DOWNY WOODPECKER
and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. I spoke to the owner and she has *not* seen
regular numbers of visiting Rosy-Finch. The Hungry-Hollow Rd feeder (Gary
Eagle's place and the Forge) was good for MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE and CALIFORNIA
QUAIL.

We headed back down to the Highlands Snow-Park in Havillah, and had great
looks at GRAY JAY and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER. We also had nice looks at
GOLDEN EAGLE.

On Hungry-Hollow Rd between Grange Rd and Chesaw Rd we located a flock of
125 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH (mostly Hepburn or gray cheeked coastal variety
with a few brown cheeked interior variety) that were perched on a power
line and feeding from disturbed ground near cattle at a ranch and
vegetation poking through the snow. I felt very fortunate to come across
this flock of birds.

By the time we arrived in Chesaw, our vehicles were encrusted in snow.
After some maintenance we checked out Bolster Rd which was good for
NORTHERN SHRIKE and RUFFED GROUSE. The cemetery was quiet, but on our way
out of town we located a immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK which put on a fabulous
show with great looks and photo's, and pointed the way to a flock of
BOHEMIAN WAXWING with a single PINE GROSBEAK in the mix.

Mary Ann Creek Road was quiet in the late afternoon. We did find our only
NORTHERN PYGMY OWL of the trip and had additional ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

Sunday 2/18 was forecast to be colder, temperatures in the twenties, with
snow and wind. We chose to bird Conconully, north Cameron Lake Rd, and hot
spots around Lake Pateros.

Sadly, no grouse for us at Scotch Creek Wildlife Area, but other birders
did see grouse on Monday. We did have a wonderful walk up and down Happy
Hill Road with GREAT HORNED OWL x 2 in the Water Birch. And GOLDEN EAGLE,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and NORTHERN GOSHAWK actively hunting the area. Many
COMMON RAVEN were soaring around and hunting small mammals from the hill
side, possibly voles. Conconully's feeders were good for RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH, PYGMY NUTHATCH, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, DARK-EYED JUNCO (Oregon
and Cassiar variety), and VARIED THRUSH. We dipped on Townsend's Solitaire
and Red Crossbill.

By the time we got to north Cameron Lake Rd, the wind was howling with snow
obscuring visibility, and snow drifts crossed the road making driving
difficult. Birding from the cars, we did get very nice looks at good
numbers of SNOW BUNTING and HORNED LARK, especially at the ranch on Timentwa
Rd. Coming off the plateau and meandering through protected sagebrush and
pine, we did find a nice flock of 100 plus COMMON REDPOLL foraging in sage
and a GOLDEN EAGLE perched in a pine.

At Bridgeport State Park, we found 4 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL roosting in
conifers, we were careful not to disturb as it appears they have had many
visitors with all the foot prints in the snow.

Washburn Island gave us three falcons, AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN and
PEREGRINE FALCON. We also had nice looks at COMMON LOON, HOODED MERGANSER,
HORNED GREBE, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, SCAUP, NORTHERN HARRIER and
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

Monday was our best weather day with clear sunny skies and cold
temperatures in the teens. We started the day with nice looks of
approximately 15 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE at West Foster Creek Wildlife Area on
Bridgeport Hill. As I mentioned, we relocated a SNOWY OWL on H Rd, NE of
Mansfield, near 17th Rd, which was an exciting time for our group. We
observed additional SNOW BUNTING. We checked the thicket at the abandoned
farm on Heritage Rd hoping to relocate 20 plus American Tree Sparrow that I
had seen there on my scout trip in January. No sparrows, but we did
inadvertently flush a LONG-EARED OWL.

Division Road south of the connection with Central Ferry Canyon Road, was
good for additional GRAY PARTRIDGE, GREAT HORNED OWL and RED-TAILED HAWK.
Looking for Horned Lark flocks on F Rd north of 8th or Spraurer, we came
across a beautiful PRAIRIE FALCON which flushed up large flocks of HORNED
LARK and SNOW BUNTING foraging in the canola fields beyond our line of
sight.

The Lamoine Windbreak was quiet for us with three COMMON REDPOLL and one
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. I did stop by Calliope Crossing, the Graevell's
home feeders, and observed additional Mountain Chickadee and Clark's
Nutcracker on Badger Mountain on my way home.

All in all a pretty nice winter trip with many special birds to enjoy and
photograph. We dipped on Great Gray, Red Crossbill, and American Tree
Sparrow, but that was easily made up for by the wonderful time and other
terrific sightings. Many thanks to all the intrepid birders who made the
effort and the trip. Ruth, Jay, Susan, Scott, Lin, Megan, George, Terry,
Kyle, Hannah, Vicki, Jim and Carol were great attendees with consideration,
cooperation, patience and appreciation for the moment.

Until next year, happy winter birding! The Okanogan and Waterville Plateau
our treasures to our state, all year round.

Shep Thorp

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Date: 2/22/18 9:25 am
From: Brad Waggoner <wagtail24...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kitsap Blue Jay
Hi all,

The Blue Jay reported by Russ Koppendrayer a few weeks back is still present. I viewed it in a neighborhood northwest of the Long Lake boat launch.

Cheers and good birding,

Brad Waggoner

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Date: 2/21/18 8:33 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Messy gardens attract birds
In this video two Fox Sparrows perform the Fox Sparrow fox trot in one of our littered Lake Joy gardens.
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Lake Joy
NE of Carnation, WA
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Date: 2/21/18 7:13 pm
From: Penny Rose <rosebirding...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Car break ins
Just a gentle reminder not to leave anything behind while out birding. I’ve had my car broken into twice in the last two weeks. Once at the Visitor Center parking lot at Discovery Park and yesterday at Van Doren’s Landing.
If anyone is birding the Kent Ponds area would you mind keeping a look out for my daypack? It is a REI black and gray with red piping. There was nothing of value in it so I assume they looked through it and tossed it somewhere nearby. It did have my favorite birding hat “Life is simple Eat Sleep Bird” as well as my favorite water bottle. If you find it I’d love to get it back.
Thanks!

Penny Rose
West Seattle


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Date: 2/21/18 6:21 pm
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] 2017 Washington Birder List Report
Amen to that - Ken and Scot Ray got us into county birding in the early
90's - we have notebooks for both OR and WA with maps for every species
in every county -  I color in species as we see them -

Thanks for all the hours and hours you spend on this Ken and Laurie - we
all appreciate it.

MerryLynn & Mike

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Date: 2/21/18 3:24 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 2/21/18
Tweets,

Today 12 brave souls walked Nisqually in 20 degree temperatures and
dealt with icy roads to get to the refuge. We were rewarded with a
very nice day of birding.

There was almost no wind and although the ponds were iced over the
birds cooperated. Highlights included a COMMON REDPOLL near the
visitor center and a RUDDY DUCK inside the estuary dike.

The day started out good with a MINK on the pond behind the visitor
center. It didn't seem to care if it was walking on the ice or
swimming to the next patch of ice. While watching the MINK we were
treated with a couple of BARN SWALLOWS flying over the pond hawking
insects.

As we departed the visitor center Kyle spotted a COMMON REDPOLL in the
trees in front off the visitor center. Also in that area we saw both
KINGLETS, BEWICK'S WREN, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, and YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER (which proved to be very common today).

Out on the estuary dike we picked up LINCOLN'S SPARROW and saw our
first of the year (maybe only) RUDDY DUCK with a couple of AMERICAN
COOT and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. We also saw GREATER YELLOWLEGS and DUNLIN
from this area.

>From the start of the estuary boardwalk we saw RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,
COMMON GOLDENEYE, BELTED-KINGFISHER, MEW GULL, RING-BILLED GULL, and
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.

For the day I had 53 species and now have 65 for the year. Mammals
seen included the MINK and BLACK-TAILED DEER.

Until next week....

Phil Kelley
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Lacey, WA
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Date: 2/21/18 12:56 pm
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Prairregrine Falcon in Samish Flats
Well, after receiving several excellent photos of the "Sunset" Prairie Falcon, seen by a few of you in January and early February, I must admit that, even though some of these pics show telltale dark Prairie axillaries on the undersides of the wings, some of them don't, leading me still to guess that there has been a lookalike (or 2) Prairie or, a juvenile Peregrine, some of each OR a combo mix (joke), a Prairregrine Falcon. Those zoomed-in shots showing the birds in flight, taking off or alighting, truly make a great difference in one's ability to accurately Identify the species one is seeing - several other factors help , too. Thanks for your help all of you who shared your sightings and photos. And, if any of you wish to see a photo or 2 of a true visiting Samish PRFA, underwings and all, I'll see what I can do to accommodate you. Send me an email request. though the photographers may wish to limit sharing their copyrighted images.
Meanwhile, keep on the falcon searches...

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Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Date: 2/21/18 12:18 pm
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] What Happened To America's Only Parrot?
Hello everyone,

I just published an obituary that I've been researching writing for a few
days that may interest you. This obituary is for the Carolina parakeet, a
species that went extinct today, when Incas, the last known representative
of his species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo 100 years ago.

In this piece, I tried to capture the natural history, and the personality
of these birds -- not easy since almost nothing is known about them -- and
to place that into the historical context in which the extinction of this
parrot occurred.

What Happened To America's Only Parrot
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/02/21/what-happened-to-americas-only-parrot/
TinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/ybw8yj6a

I hope you find this piece interesting. I am ALWAYS interested in more
photographs and documents/observations/letters that mention this species,
so please do let me know if you know of anything out there.

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Date: 2/21/18 8:42 am
From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Early bird gets the ice worm
Swallows showed up early this year in Yakima County. It was snowing
yesterday afternoon while a Violet-green Swallow was trolling with ice
worms at the Poppoff Trail north pond. I first thought its tail had several
very long, white-tipped feathers. Looking at my photos at home, I realized
it was ice build-up -- yet another new thing to me, and a shocking reminder
how vulnerable out-of-season and out-of-place birds are. I also saw 5 Barn
Swallows and 6 more Violet-green. Mike Roper saw a couple of Tree Swallows
a short time earlier.

As usual, there are many intergrade Northern Flickers, Myrtle & Audubon's
& Myrtle x Audubon's Warblers (don't identify by call alone), plus the
Harris's and Red Fox Sparrows at the patch.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/58148027@N07/38584644970/in/datetaken/

listing.aba.org/ethics/

Good Birding,
Kevin Lucas
Selah, Yakima County, WA

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Date: 2/21/18 7:12 am
From: Eric Kowalczyk <cassidix2005...>
Subject: FW: [Tweeters] tool using, reasoning crow?
When I used to work at the zoo, we had a male Raggiana Bird of Paradise that would use his bill and feet to pull up a string to raise a hanging bamboo tube (that was drilled with holes) full of meal worms. He would eat most of the meal worms but the female would stand on the ground below getting what meal worms that would fall out!



Read The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. Birds do a lot of amazing things when you really watch them.



Eric Kowalczyk

Seattle



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Ed et al,



On a recent episode of Nova on PBS, they looked at intelligence of birds, and spent quite a bit of time on crows, including a few demonstrations of complex tool use. I think most of the crows were New Caledonian Crows, and I'm not sure how they compare to our North American and Northwestern crows and ravens, but it's worth a watch anyway. You can view it online here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/bird-brain.html



Thanks for sharing this very interesting account.



Max



On Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 11:24 Ed Swan <edswan2...> <mailto:<edswan2...> > wrote:

I just watched a crow that really wanted the last chunk of suet in the suet feeder get it out by pulling the chain that the suet feeder mesh box was hanging from. When the crow landed on the crook of the pole and then moved down to where the chain was hanging from under the crook, it found that it couldn’t quite reach the last bit of suet. So then it grabbed the chain with its beak and pulled the mesh box with the suet in it up to where it could peck at the suet. It then poked the suet enough that it got small enough to push through half inch holes of the box and knocked the suet out onto the ground and retrieved it there. I don’t know if it figured out that last part of pushing it out or if that’s just the way it played out but the crow definitely used the chain as a tool to pull the suet within reach. I thought only ravens were smart enough to do that.





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Date: 2/21/18 6:21 am
From: Tom Mansfield <birds...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] 2017 Washington Birder List Report
Echoing Rick’s hurrah! The Knittles have tirelessly undertaken this task for many years and it’s a big one, cajoling listers to get their data in on-time (mea culpa, I was late – again…) so they can record it on a massive spread sheet that tells the tale of a year’s birding in Washington. Long before eBird, the Knittles and their Washington Birder were preserving the history of birding in our state, the personal milestones of individual birders and, by “County First Records,” the expansion of species from county to county. A major contribution of their time and talent. Sincere thanks,

Tom Mansfield in Seattle.

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Thank you Laurie and Ken! This is a great service that you provide to the Washington birding community.

Rick


Rick Taylor
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2017 List Report, Big Day Report and County Statistics are available at Washington Birder website: http://www.wabirder.com/online.html<https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wabirder.com%2Fonline.html&data=02%7C01%7C%7C6d2bff4f2ae346ddfba808d578a36eeb%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636547565683244728&sdata=nvzb6VX6wDsK5nMq0RXeT1FpIG0czoaLh6VJyR2THaY%3D&reserved=0>

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Date: 2/20/18 11:09 pm
From: Max Kingsbury <max.kingsbury...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] tool using, reasoning crow?
Ed et al,

On a recent episode of Nova on PBS, they looked at intelligence of birds,
and spent quite a bit of time on crows, including a few demonstrations of
complex tool use. I think most of the crows were New Caledonian Crows, and
I'm not sure how they compare to our North American and Northwestern crows
and ravens, but it's worth a watch anyway. You can view it online here:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/bird-brain.html

Thanks for sharing this very interesting account.

Max


On Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 11:24 Ed Swan <edswan2...> wrote:

> I just watched a crow that really wanted the last chunk of suet in the
> suet feeder get it out by pulling the chain that the suet feeder mesh box
> was hanging from. When the crow landed on the crook of the pole and then
> moved down to where the chain was hanging from under the crook, it found
> that it couldn’t quite reach the last bit of suet. So then it grabbed the
> chain with its beak and pulled the mesh box with the suet in it up to where
> it could peck at the suet. It then poked the suet enough that it got small
> enough to push through half inch holes of the box and knocked the suet out
> onto the ground and retrieved it there. I don’t know if it figured out
> that last part of pushing it out or if that’s just the way it played out
> but the crow definitely used the chain as a tool to pull the suet within
> reach. I thought only ravens were smart enough to do that.
>
>
>
>
>
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>
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Date: 2/20/18 5:23 pm
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Prairie Falcon (?) at Samish Flats
I'm thinking it would be nice to see a new, closer and more definitive photo of this supposed "continuing" Prairie Falcon that keeps coming up on eBird - yes, even though it keeps getting confirmed as a PRFA by eBird - it would be more educational, for those who don't know many of the defining characteristics. Some people have thought at least one of these birds that's been sighted in that area, could be a juvenile Peregrine.

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Date: 2/20/18 3:30 pm
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit trip 2-19-18
Monday my son and I made a trip to Skagit County in search of short-eared owls.

A birder at Wylie Slough pointed out a black phoebe. According to my Sibley's, we are north of their normal range.   Check this thread for photos of the trip (including one of phoebe) and to find out if we found any short-eared owls. 

http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?16500-Skagit-Trip-2-19-18

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Date: 2/20/18 1:09 pm
From: Rick Taylor <taylorrl...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] 2017 Washington Birder List Report
Thank you Laurie and Ken! This is a great service that you provide to the Washington birding community.

Rick


Rick Taylor
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Date: 2/20/18 12:49 pm
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Subject: [Tweeters] 2017 Washington Birder List Report
2017 List Report, Big Day Report and County Statistics are available at Washington Birder website: http://www.wabirder.com/online.html


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Date: 2/20/18 12:38 pm
From: William <wrboyington...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Field trip report?
Tweeters,

Is any of the group leaders in the WOS Presidents Day weekend field trip to Okanogan County and Waterville Plateau going to post a report on tweeters? They alway used to, and were greatly appreciated. Perhaps they only share privately with WOS members, now. If so, I guess I’d better renew my membership.

Just wondering….

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Date: 2/19/18 10:17 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bow Blue Jay continues
Hi all,
Just a post to note that the Blue Jay in Bow on the road toward Edison continues and showed up this mid morning (after a 10 minute wait) looking very dapper as usual for Brian and Darschelle Pendleton and Delia and I. A Varied Thrush was present there also, and Mourning Doves which seem worth noting in the era of Eurasian Collareds.
Growing up birding in PA, I never looked twice at a Blue Jay.  Man are they gorgeous.
We all owe a tremendous thank you to Blue Jay Host Barry, a wonderful guy who we met on another occasion.


We had the usual 60% of a Five Falcon Day! and had the usual trouble this year of not finding Short-eared Owls in the Samish or Skagit until a kind birder pointed us to a distant female at Hayton.  Brian alerted us to a flock of American Pipits at Hayton also.

Oddly we encountered no Tree Swallows but at least one Barn Swallow in Samish and at least 5 at Wiley Slough, seemingly chirping happily and foraging over a slough.
Good luck buddies!!!

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Date: 2/19/18 8:26 pm
From: J Christian Kessler <1northraven...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI Gyrfalcon in Skagit Valley?
Another way to find the Samish East 90s is to take Bayview Edison Rd west
out of Edison (the turn west just at the south end of town) & drive west
(maybe a mile) to where the road takes a sharp left turn to the south --
from that turn to the next sharp turn (right-hand turn back to the west)
the marsh to your left is essentially the core of the Samish east 90s, tho
the area from that second turn where Bayview Edison Rd heads west again to
the intersection with Samish Island Rd is also included. to make sense of
this, open Google Maps & search on Edison WA, then just follow the only
road that goes west out of town.

this for those of sufficiently old-fashioned that we need visual maps.

Chris Kessler
Seattle

On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 12:52 PM, Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> wrote:

> Emily Birchman, in search of a Gyrfalcon, asked how to find the East 90 in
> the Samish Flats.
>
> Paste in these coordinates at Google Maps to see the location of the East
> 90:
>
> 48.548735, -122.466579
>
> Here is another relevant point on the map, just to the north of the
> previous point:
>
> 48.553934, -122.466095
>
> The area between these two points along the Bayview-Edison Road is called
> "The East 90s."
>
> You can read about birding the West 90, East 90s and other parts of the
> Samish Flats in A Birder's Guide to Washington, 2nd Edition, which you can
> buy as a paperback book or read online. The relevant section is here:
> http://wabirdguide.org/samish-flats/
>
> Jane Hadley
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Date: 2/19/18 6:02 pm
From: gmail <vlmoffatt3...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fir Island tides
Looking for a source to predict for Fir Island tides. I got lucky today but I haven’t figured out which spot on the different tide table to check.

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Date: 2/19/18 12:54 pm
From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI Gyrfalcon in Skagit Valley?
Emily Birchman, in search of a Gyrfalcon, asked how to find the East 90
in the Samish Flats.

Paste in these coordinates at Google Maps to see the location of the
East 90:

48.548735, -122.466579

Here is another relevant point on the map, just to the north of the
previous point:

48.553934, -122.466095

The area between these two points along the Bayview-Edison Road is
called "The East 90s."

You can read about birding the West 90, East 90s and other parts of the
Samish Flats in A Birder's Guide to Washington, 2nd Edition, which you
can buy as a paperback book or read online. The relevant section is
here: http://wabirdguide.org/samish-flats/

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Date: 2/19/18 11:37 am
From: Todd Wren <catherpes.mexicanus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] UW NW Weather Modeling
Hi Tweets,



I come across birders fairly regularly that aren't familiar with the
University of Washington's NW Weather modeling site.



I use this site all the time to look at where precipitation is likely to be
in western Washington before going birding, and find it to be much more
useful than the regular weather forecast. It often correctly predicts which
parts of the sound will be in the rain shadow.



Getting to the data takes a few clicks, but here is a method to get there
that is pretty easy to remember:



1. Go to https://atmos.washington.edu/

2. In the menus at the top, choose "Current Weather" -> "Northwest
Modeling"

3. On the new page, there is a section at the top left labelled "WRF-GFS".
Click the "4km" link in that section

4. On the new page, scroll down to a light blue section of the table
labelled "4km Precip." In the row labelled "Western WA 1-hour
precipitation," click the "Loop" link.


The new page will start looping through an hour by hour precipitation model
that is usually 84 hours long. There are buttons at the top you can use to
pause or step more slowly through the model.


The model is obviously more accurate in the nearer part of the predictions
than it is 2-3 days out, so it makes sense to wait until the last minute
before checking the model and possibly modifying your plans based on the
data.


Todd Sahl

Redmond, WA

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Date: 2/19/18 7:25 am
From: Emily Birchman <stollea...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI Gyrfalcon in Skagit Valley?
I saw the report from Saturday of a gyrfalcon by the "East 90" in Skagit
Valley and I am headed up there today with my family and wondered if anyone
saw it yesterday? Can someone tell me how to find the East 90? Birdweb.org
has a description of where the "west 90" is, but it doesn't mention the
East 90.

Thanks!
Emily Birchman
Kenmore, WA

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Date: 2/18/18 11:45 am
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's titles are:

1) Birds of Oman

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2018/02/new-title.html

2) A Field Guide to the Birds of Taiwan

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2018/02/new-title_17.html

3) A Swift Guide to Butterflies of Mexico and Central America

4) Field Guide to the Fishes of the Amazon, Orinoco, and Guianas.

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2018/02/new-titles.html

ALSO, yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of my The Birdbooker Report.

sincerely
--

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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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Date: 2/18/18 11:25 am
From: Ed Swan <edswan2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] tool using, reasoning crow?
I just watched a crow that really wanted the last chunk of suet in the suet feeder get it out by pulling the chain that the suet feeder mesh box was hanging from. When the crow landed on the crook of the pole and then moved down to where the chain was hanging from under the crook, it found that it couldn’t quite reach the last bit of suet. So then it grabbed the chain with its beak and pulled the mesh box with the suet in it up to where it could peck at the suet. It then poked the suet enough that it got small enough to push through half inch holes of the box and knocked the suet out onto the ground and retrieved it there. I don’t know if it figured out that last part of pushing it out or if that’s just the way it played out but the crow definitely used the chain as a tool to pull the suet within reach. I thought only ravens were smart enough to do that.


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Date: 2/18/18 10:48 am
From: Randy Hill <re_hill...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Clark County WOS field trip the weekend of March 3
There is still plenty of space on the WOS field trip in Clark County which
is less than two weeks out. It is traditionally a mix of wintering and
early spring arrivals found along the Columbia River floodplain. Saturday
3/3 we will concentrate on the Vancouver lowlands where Snowy Egret,
Glaucous Gull, all four Zonotrichia sparrows, and Black Phoebe were present
over the last week. On a "scouting trip" Friday last weekend, collectively
our group of 6 had just over 100 species. I will try to secure access to
Post Office Lake which could determine whether or not we venture to
Steigerwald Lake and/or Ridgefield NWRs which already have well-established
access routes. There will be a mile or two of hiking but on flat terrain
and mostly groomed trails or roads. The Saturday trip meets at 07:30 at the
Salmon Creek Park-and-Ride, will be a full day, and has a limit of 10 in
addition to one or more "highly qualified" local co-leaders.



For those with a little extra time, or without all of Saturday available,
there is a separate Woodland Bottoms trip the afternoon of March 2; Russ
Koppendrayer will co-lead that trip so we will stop at all the right spots.
And if weather and road conditions are suitable there will be a Sunday
morning extension to east Clark County, hoping to access some higher
elevation forest with a different suite of species that could include N
Pygmy-Owl, American Dipper, and Gray Jay.



Please contact me directly for more information and to reserve a spot on any
or all of the above.



Randy Hill

Ridgefield

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Date: 2/18/18 7:33 am
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] King Cty. phoebe
Hello, all,

Yesterday, Spencer H. and I visited a few south King County birds. The family of four Tundra Swans continues at Newcastle Beach, where we found them close in the morning wind and rain.

With Todd S., we haunted the 212th Street wetland in Kent from around 9:30 till after 1, when the Black Phoebe flew from in across the fields to the north. Then it showed the behaviors others report, flycatching from the flooded shrubby trees in the pond. This partly explains how we've missed it earlier visits. A few Cinnamon Teal continue, and seven Barn Swallows foraged overhead. We also saw American Bittern and, across the road, three Least Sandpipers roosting with a few dozen Killdeer. I was surprised we saw a couple Common Ravens above the ridge to the west, as well.

>From the east side of Kent Ponds, we saw a Common Raven again, mobbed by crows, perhaps one of the same birds.

At the mouth of the Cedar River in Renton, there were few birds, and no perched gulls other than a dead (shot?) one. We did have a quick visit from a couple of Dunlin.

Of 17 February, 2018,

Alan Grenon
Seattle
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Date: 2/18/18 12:48 am
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl Walla Walla County

> On Feb 17, 2018, at 6:05 PM, Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny...> wrote:
>
> Hello all,
>
> Because of so many photographers trespassing on private property the access to the Snowy Owl has been closed. Fish & Wildlife put up signs - no vehicles. So if you want to see a Snowy Owl - head up to Mansfield!
>
> There are still many Snow Geese at McNary NWR - usually at the east end of Humorist Road - they were trying to fly in the strong wind today - fun to watch.
>
> Later, M&ML
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Date: 2/17/18 7:45 pm
From: Lea Mitchell <lea...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually
A beautiful sight = 26+ yellowlegs feeding in mudflats by road as you exit
.They were on the right about 30 feet before large billy frank jr refuge
sign.

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Date: 2/17/18 3:33 pm
From: <cousythecat...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Brazilian Bird Songs CD
I've got a CD of Brazilian Bird Songs. There are over 1000 recordings (over 1000 species) in MP3 format. It's a commercial product, authored by Peter Boesman.

It's free to a good home. Contact me.

Randy Smith
Vashon Island

cousythecat at gmail dot com


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Date: 2/17/18 3:30 pm
From: cynthia burrell <cinnyb...>
Subject: [Tweeters] March 5, 2018 WOS meeting announcement
March 5, 2018 WOS meeting
David Droppers, Washington Butterfly Association

“Butterflies of Washington— Urban and Wild!”
"Enter a new world, completely complementary to birds:  the butterflies!  David will enthusiastically introduce you to the butterfly fauna of Washington, including butterfly biology and ecology – how they see the world, what additional resources they need, and how they interact with other flora and fauna.  Included will be how to integrate butterfly needs into your own yard - think of it as gardening for bird food!  Watch your garden come alive with bloom and wing, and add an additional dimension to your field trips!”

WOS meetings are held at the Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA
(doors open at 7pm, meeting begins at 7:30, all are welcome.)
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Date: 2/17/18 12:24 pm
From: J. Acker <owler...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] 4 Snowy Owls; Douglas County
At least two present east side of H. 28 degrees, light snow, road covered with a dusting. Also nearby was a prairie falcon and a flock of near 1000 snowbuntings overhead,

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 12, 2018, at 8:21 PM, <merdave...> wrote:
>
>
> Winter brings some great birds, if you just wait long enough. While I was
> on vacation a friend found one Snowy Owl on H Rd. out of Mansfield.
> Yesterday two of us found 2 Snowy Owls between 16th and 18th. Today we
> found FOUR on the west side of H, between 17th and 18th. All could be
> seen at the same time. One was quite close, but the other 3 were far out;
> two on the ground; one on a rock. I know there is at least one field trip
> headed this way, so sure hope they stay around. Lots of Snow Buntings
> too. Meredith Spencer, Bridgeport
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Date: 2/17/18 12:06 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 18, 2018
Hey, Tweeters,

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Date: 2/17/18 9:18 am
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Australia RFI
Dear Tweeters,
It looks like I will have the opportunity to do some birding in Australia in July of this year, on my way to New Guinea. Since I have to fly by way of Brisbane, I might as well do an Aussie extension from there.
I have already birded in Queensland, having done a whirlwind two-week trip from Brisbane to Cairns, with a stop at O'Reilly's Rainforest Resort.
However, I have never seen an Emu. I think I could venture inland from Brisbane, and southwards as well, to see some of the Outback--or at least, approach thereof, and see some new birds in unfamiliar habitats.
Any suggestions about places to go, by way of a rented car? I know from the last trip that the car-rental firms Down Under do not want customers driving their rented cars on "unmetalled" roads, which can put a crimp in the areas one can visit. I don't think I would want to splurge on the price of a rental Land Rover or whatever it does take to drive on the bad surfaces.
Any ideas? Anyone? Bueller?
Thanks,
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Date: 2/17/18 9:01 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Arabica Versus Robusta: Which Coffee Is Better For Birds?
Hello everyone,

I became a coffee addict as a grad student, but this seemed to be in direct
conflict with my bird studies -- how could I drink coffee yet still be a
strong scientific advocate for birds? the answer could be found in
shade-grown coffee. but a new study has shown that in India, at least,
either shade grown or "sun grown" coffee is an environmentally sound choice:

Arabica Versus Robusta: Which Coffee Is Better For Birds?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/02/17/arabica-versus-robusta-which-coffee-is-better-for-birds/
TinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/ybsv7g9h

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Date: 2/16/18 8:33 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Five-Falcon Day on Samish Flats including Gyrfalcon, Prairie
Dear Tweeters,
Today, February 16th, 2018, I finally managed to see five species of falcon in one day--long overdue!
All five were on the Samish Flats. 
American Kestrels--at least 6 in all.
Merlin--one dark individual between East Edison and Edison, eying a little flock of Mourning Doves.
Peregrine--one immature on Field Road.
Gyrfalcon--one at the East Ninety. This bird flew right by me, around 1545 in the afternoon, as I stood at the more southerly of the two East Nineties. I watched it fly from the Samish River just east of the East Ninety, over my head, over the fields, and finally out to the bay south of the West Ninety.
Prairie Falcon--this, the last falcon of the day, was perched out on the dike at the West Ninety at about 1630 in the afternoon. 
Yours truly,
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Date: 2/16/18 8:18 pm
From: J Christian Kessler <1northraven...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eurasian wigeon at Matthews Beach
stopped at Matthews Beach mini-Park on Sand Point Way just before dusk &
found a male Eurasian Wigeon in a flock of American Wigeon grazing on what
the geese have left of the lawn between the bath house & the lake. did
not search well enough to determine whether he'd brought a consort, as
that's a much harder search.

Chris Kessler
Seattle

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Date: 2/16/18 4:21 pm
From: Jeremy Schwartz <jschwartz1124...>
Subject: [Tweeters] What Bird Is That?
Hello Tweeters!

I've learned something about myself recently.

I love answering the question, "What bird is that?"

This became specifically obvious to me on a recent birding trip with four
of my colleagues. I've started monthly birding walks with members of my
team at work through the creek wetland that winds its way through our
office park. I work up in the North Creek area near Bothell.

I've only done two so far, in January and February, but my coworkers have
seemed to have great fun with them. One coworker in particular is
especially enthusiastic and asks lots of good questions.

Our most recent bird walk was today. Though in the low 40s and a bit breezy
and drizzly, my coworkers powered through. The birding was a little quiet,
even for a cold day. We still got 13 species for an hour's worth of work,
which is pretty much the average for this spot this time of year.

None of my coworkers is a birder, so the phrase "What's that?" is heard
pretty often. I have to say, I relish this opportunity. The chance to teach
someone something, even if it's as simple as saying "That right there is a
Ruby-crowned Kinglet" is priceless. Even if the lesson doesn't stick the
first time, it plants a seed. A seed of a interest and furthered knowledge
that I can only hope will grow through me continuing to share my passion
for birds with my coworkers.

It also brings me back to a time when I was inexperienced in the ways of
bird ID. When I was just starting out, I absolutely would not have been
able to consistently tell a kinglet from a sparrow, or likely any other
small bird, for that matter. Being able to answer this question, or even
admitting that I'm not sure what bird that is, makes me appreciate birding
all the more, and realize how far I've come in my own skills over the year
and a half I've been seriously birding.

When it comes to taking my coworkers out on birding walls, all I can really
ask for is a willingness to learn and an enthusiasm for the walk itself.
I'm glad to say I get that in spades. I am so fortunate in this regard.

Keep watching the skies!

Jeremy Schwartz
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Date: 2/16/18 2:00 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } An Odd Duck
Tweeters,

Please don’t judge me to harshly for calling an American Coot a duck. In my defense, I correct myself in the very first sentence of the post. Still, coots are odd. I hope you enjoy the post.

http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2018/02/an-odd-duck.html <http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2018/02/an-odd-duck.html>


Thank you to Dennis Paulson for educating us about coot behavior and Dave Galvin for suggesting the subject.

Have a great day on Union Bay where nature lives in the city!

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Date: 2/16/18 12:41 pm
From: Doug Brown <BirdBrain53...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-throated Sparrow, Bellingham
Chirp,

A White-throated Sparrow has reappeared in my yard the last few days.
It is very shy, but allows me a look now and then.
Images of it and also recent images of local sea birds can be seen here ….

https://www.flickr.com/photos/146696747@N03/

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Date: 2/16/18 10:17 am
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] results from guide service RFI
Dear Tweeters,
Quite a few Tweeters responded to my request a few weeks ago, in regard to recommendations for birding tour guide services. Several birders suggested that I make the results public; some also asked that I keep it anonymous, so I have summarized the comments in a little table. One hopes that the table (created in MS Word) will not blow up the Tweeters computers.
Almost all of the comments were from Tweeters or from other birding friends of mine. A very few are my own ratings of guides of whose services I have availed myself on past trips--so, please do not shoot the messenger.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
Birding Tour Companies Rated by Birders, Compiled byGary Bletsch, February 2018 
| Company Name | # of “Excellent” ratings | # of “good” ratings | # of “Fair” ratings | # of “poor” ratings | comments |
| Across Bhutan | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |  Gary Bletsch's rating |
| Avian Journeys | 0 | 1 | 0 | 0 | Website lacked list of current tours, seems to need update; one respondent likes guide Gary Rosenberg |
| Bird Tour Asia | 2 | 0 | 0 | 0 | Recommended guides include Mike Nelson, Rob Hutchinson, James Easton. |
| Birding 2 Asia | 0 | 0 | 0 | 2 |   |
| Birding Ecotours/BirdTrek | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 | Chris Lotz is a recommended guide. |
| Birdquest | 2 | 0 | 0 | 1 | One US birder said they were very good; he did a Tibet tour with them, and excellent European birders were on the trip, but the same US birder says that some Brits don’t like Birdquest, saying “overpriced crock.” |
| Borderland Tours | 0 | 0 | 0 | 1 | Only one respondent commented, but complained about guide Rick Taylor. |
| Bustamante, Elvis [in Belize] | 0 | 1 | 0 | 0 |  Gary Bletsch's rating |
| Cheesemans | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 |  One birder thinks he recalled hearing good things about them from a friend who used them years ago. |
| Crawford, Chook | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 | Highly recommended as a guide in Australia by one respondent |
| Eagle Eye Tours | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | One Tweeter said that “they might be good” (he knows their guides and esteems them). |
| Field Guides | 3 | 0 | 0 | 0 | One Tweeter considers Field Guides to be the number one choice. |
| Finch, Brian [Nairobi, Kenya] | 2 | 0 | 0 | 0 | Gary Bletsch considers Brian Finch to be the best birding guide he’s yet encountered, for all-round superb knowledge of avifauna, jolliness, and knowledge beyond just birds. |
| High Lonesome | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 |   |
| Joint Adventures [in India] | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1 |   |
| Kolibri Expeditions | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1 |   |
| Legacy Tours | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 | Michael Carmody comes highly recommended by the one respondent. |
| Naturalist Journeys/Caligo Ventures | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |   |
| Mongolia Quest | 0 | 1 | 0 | 0 | Fairly relaxed; excellent in terms of comfort and logistics; bird knowledge fair. |
| Neblina Forest | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |   |
| PIB | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |   |
| Remote Rivers Expeditions | 0 | 0 | 1 | 0 | Adequate at best (Madagascar) |
| Rockjumper | 3 | 1 | 0 | 1 | Recommended guides include Rich Linde; all respondents liked Rockjumper, with one strident exception. |
| Swordbilled Expeditions | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |   |
| Tien, Bui Duc [“Mr. Tien,” words out of Cuc Phuong Nat’l Park, Vietnam] | 0 | 1 | 0 | 0 | Good to excellent, per Gary Bletsch |
| Trong, Henry [“Mr. Trong,” works out of Cat Tien Nat’l Park, Vietnam, and environs] | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |  Very good guide, per Gary Bletsch |
| Tropical Birding | 3 | 0 | 0 | 1 | One respondent complained about poor value; others gave more or less glowing reviews. Guide Sam Woods comes recommended by one Tweeter. |
| Tut, Fernando [in Belize] | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |  Very good, per Gary Bletsch |
| VENT | 2 |   | 0 | 4 | Serious birders tend to disrecommend VENT. Comments include “upscale, way overpriced, too laid back, for rich retirees and the infirm,” and so forth. To be fair, VENT sounds like it might be quite nice for people who are not serious twitchers, and who like to be pampered. |
| Ventures Birding Tours | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |   |
| Waanders, Peter [sp?] | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 | Highly recommended as a guide in Australia by one respondent |
| Wildside | 3 | 0 | 0 | 0 | Guide Adrian Binns comes recommended by one birder. One birder said that Wildside is very good, but expensive. |
| Wings | 3 | 1 | 0 | 0 | Guides recommended by various birders included Paul Holt, Steeve Rook [sp?], Brian Finch, James Lidster [latter said to be birding with other company now, based in Netherlands]. One birder reported negative experience with guide Rod Cassidy on a tour in Africa, but this guide is said to have left Wings for another company. |
|  Naiu, Abhi                         |  1     |  0 |  0 |  0 |  Local birding guide in Goa, India, highly recommended by Gary Bletsch |
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Date: 2/15/18 6:38 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 2-15-2018
Tweeters,

Cool (36degF/42degF start/finish), but nice for birding for the 11 of us today, with only a slight mist for about the first hour. Lots of singing, especially from Pacific Wrens, American Robins, and Song Sparrows. Our first ever MERLIN was a bit bizarre, in that we spotted it (thinking it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk initially) being followed by a flock of European Starlings. The Merlin landed on the top of a nearby Douglas-fir, where the backlighting at first kept it from being positively identified. Soon, though, the facial pattern made it apparent that it was our first Merlin. A few minutes later, it lifted off, flying strongly and high, up the 3rd hole fairway. Other highlights include a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS on the pond at the 6th hole, an area we haven't gone to before, but our sponsor, Dave, said he saw several ducks there yesterday. Sure enough, in addition to the merganser pair was a pair of Mallards and a male Bufflehead. A singing HUTTON'S VIREO at the cut-through area between the 4th hole of the Green Course and the area near the Dupont housing was an easy find. A large mixed flock (both Chickadees, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and both Kinglets) kept us scrambling to get a reasonable count of what was there. Naturally, we all thought we under-counted by a significant margin. Our usual lunch spot at the Nisqually Bar & Grill was a good finish for the day of fine birding at JBLM's Eagles Pride Golf Course.

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:
March 15
April 15
May 17
Anyone is welcome to join us!

Seen today: 32 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 35 Flyover near the driving range

Mallard 3

Ring-necked Duck 9 All at Hodge Lake

Bufflehead 14

Hooded Merganser 2 At 6th hole pond in front of the green

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Anna's Hummingbird 3 One at in the shrubs along the 16th hole; two interacting near the Dupont housing area

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 6

Merlin 1 First (ever) sighting of this species on our bird walk. Near the driving range.

Hutton's Vireo 1 Singing at the cut-through between the the 4th hole and the Dupont housing area. Same area as last year in the Spring.

Steller's Jay 5

American/Northwestern Crow 1

Common Raven 1

Black-capped Chickadee 10

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10

Red-breasted Nuthatch 6

Brown Creeper 3

Pacific Wren 10 Quite a few singing

Bewick's Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 23

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5

American Robin 16

Varied Thrush 5

European Starling 50

Dark-eyed Junco 29 Most next to the driving-range shelter

White-crowned Sparrow 1 On blackberry patch near the driving range

Golden-crowned Sparrow 10

Song Sparrow 9

Spotted Towhee 7

Red-winged Blackbird 7

Purple Finch 1

Red Crossbill 2



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42828059


May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis

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Date: 2/15/18 4:56 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-02-15
Tweets – A very nice morning today. Well pre-dawn, Mason and I scoped Saturn to the southeast; it’s really showing its rings right now. And then we scoped Jupiter, fairly high to the south, and the four visible moons were lined up to the left. Very nice way to start the morning. The day continued well, with bits of sun, and temps rising into the 40’s. And it was birdy, with much singing.

Highlights:
a.. Cackling Goose – large flocks still around
b.. Western Grebe – one not too far out from Lake Platform
c.. Green Heron – one near Rowing Club dock, seen from Dog Area
d.. Sharp-shinned Hawk – two sightings
e.. Barn Owl – two seen, with great looks at one from Viewing Mound at 6:45am
f.. Hairy Woodpecker – one across slough from Lake Platform
g.. TREE SWALLOW – at least 3, first of 2018; earliest Marymoor record by a day
h.. Purple Finch – three heard popping, seen briefly, Dog Meadow. First of 2018
i.. COMMON REDPOLL – one heard, (and seen by me) in flight over Dog Meadow heading west
j.. Lincoln’s Sparrow – one seen pre-dawn and again on the walk (NOT by me) at Viewing Mound
k.. Yellow-rumped Warbler – one at Rowing Club pond
Singing birds included Anna’s Hummingbird (display flights too), Northern Flicker (drumming too), Black-capped Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Marsh Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and Red-winged Blackbird. Ruby-crowned Kinglets were especially numerous today, though I only heard one sing.

in general, the number of birds of many species today was much higher than in recent weeks. But we picked up Western Grebe and Hairy Woodpecker at the Lake Platform, and didn’t add another species to the day list until we were coming out of the Rowing Club; we got things early and often, but the species total wasn’t huge.

For the day, 54 species, and adding Tree Swallow and Purple Finch puts us at 75 species for 2018. There was a River Otter seen briefly from the Lake Platform, new for the year.

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Date: 2/15/18 2:55 pm
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tulalip Ruddy Turnstone continues
Hello Tweets,
Apologies, the below email was supposed to be sent from the field this
morning, but I accidentally sent it only to Maxine.

Carol Riddell and I both located the Ruddy Turnstone, originally found by
Maxine Reid on Tuesday, on a spit on the south side of bay. I was scoping
from the park area near the skate park which provided distant views. The
bird was near a group of 23+ Black Turnstones, but seemed to be using the
less rocky parts of the spit.

Josh Adams
Cathcart WA

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Date: 2/15/18 2:45 pm
From: Bruce <blabar...>
Subject: [Tweeters] McNeil trail, DuPont , Pierce County rarities
A trail that borders the Nisqually reach has been a jewel these past years for us Pierce County birders. We have had some great sightings seen from a viewing spot along this trail. Marbled Godwits, Black-bellied Plovers, White Pelicans, Brant and other hard to finds for Pierce have been recorded.
The two draw backs are you must have a scope and you can only count birds that are on the north side of the Nisqually river which runs through the middle of the reach.
This pass week there have been 2 Marbled Godwits seen in the closest channel to the left if viewing straight south. Lower tides are best for shorebirds with over 300 Dunlin, 12 Least Sandpipers and 3 Greater Yellowlegs seen yesterday.
Driving on I 5, get off at the city center exit to DuPont. This is center street. Continue to the Starbucks on the left and turn left on McNeil street. Drive to the very end and park along the street. Walk right on Ridge View Drive for a little ways and you will see the beginning of the trail that skirts the road on your left. Many locals use the trail which makes it easy to find. Walk the main trail as it will bare right then downhill. As the trail levels out there is the great viewing area on your left. You can also walk to the end and go down a steep trail towards the water but the viewing isn’t as good.
Bruce LaBar
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Date: 2/15/18 12:36 pm
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: [Tweeters] SOY Snohomish Co Swallows
Hello Tweets,
On my way to Tulalip this morning I encountered several groups of swallows
along Home Acres road between Snohomish and Everett. I had 5 unidentified
swallows fly over the road while I was driving a week ago, but fortunately
today's birds were much more cooperative. There were about five Tree
Swallows, but the vast majority (~20) were Barn Swallows.

I initially thought there was a Cliff Swallow with them, but fortunately
almost all the birds perched on a fence close to the road and I was able to
examine them closely with my scope. Most of the Barn Swallows were in their
quite-confusing brown plumage (I believe this is first-winter plumage, but
I could be wrong) and many foreheads were bleached enough to be completely
white, much like a Cliff Swallow. Other birds had some resemblance to Bank
Swallows, with a pale throat and "chinstrap". In flight, however, the tail
and flight style made it clear that they were also Barn Swallows.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA

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Date: 2/15/18 10:41 am
From: STEVEN ELLIS <sremse...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re Whidbey Redpolls
I inadvertently left off the fact that Whidbey Island is in Island County from my earlier redpoll post. Fidalgo Island (also mentioned) is in Skagit County. Mea Culpa- I was hurried to get to work on time.


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Date: 2/15/18 10:38 am
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sno/Skagit



Yesterday (02.14.18) I was fortunate to see the Tulalip Bay RUDDY TURNSTONE that Maxine Reid had found and reported earlier. Best place to look seems to be the marina log booms near high tide.


The continuing adult light morph HARLAN'S RED-TAILED HAWK was along 7th off of Pioneer Hwy, just west of I5. It's not a tick, but it's a cool bird.


Hayton Preserve on Fir Island (Skagit County) is once again open to visitors. DUNLIN put on their murmuration show yesterday. Other birds at Hayton include a light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a SHORT-EARED-OWL. Also on Fir Island were an adult PEREGRINE FALCON and an adult male SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. Also loads of SNOW GEESE and SWANS. No Gyrfalcon.


Videos of the Ruddy Turnstone & Dunlin: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/
If you haven't been to Hayton to see the Dunlin murmurations, you're missing out! They're much better in person.


It was a good day.


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Tukwila, WA
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Date: 2/15/18 8:02 am
From: STEVEN ELLIS <sremse...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Redpolls Whidbey Island
We had a flock of 40+ Common Redpolls in our yard in Coupeville this morning eating seeds from the alder cones. This is a county, island and of course, yard 1st ever for us( redpolls often visited our yard when I was a kid in Alaska).

Last Saturday we saw a flock in some scraggly alders on March Point, Fidalgo Island.

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Date: 2/14/18 3:11 pm
From: <johntubbs...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Common Goldeneye Mating Competition
Hi folks,

I briefly stopped by Luhr Beach in Thurston County (basically across from Nisqually NWR - end of the boardwalk) late this morning. There were two large rafts (approx. 150 birds) of Common Goldeneyes on the water which I unsuccessfully searched through for a Barrow's Goldeneye which I need for my list at that location. What was striking was the makeup of the group - all but 4-5 of this gathering were males, many of whom were doing their courting display of throwing their heads back. Hmmmm...150 males and maybe 5 females. Not very good odds, fellas!

Not sure how common this situation is, or what the reason(s) for it might be, so hopefully some of the waterfowl experts on the list will chime in.

John Tubbs
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Lacey, WA

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Date: 2/13/18 3:57 pm
From: Dayna yalowicki <dlwicki...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nandina
I have had several Nandina “Gulf Stream” planted in my Bothell yard for 20 years and NEVER had berries on it. Furthermore, it has never suckered or seeded itself and has been perfectly behaved as well as slow growing.

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Date: 2/13/18 3:20 pm
From: Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Red Crossbills
I spotted a group of Red Crossbills foraging with Black-capped Chickadees
and Dark-eyed Juncos in our neighbor's pine trees. They were feeding for
at least an hour, and when they left I counted six birds in the air. We
are on Gatewood Hill above Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

A fine day!
Carol Stoner
West Seattle

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Date: 2/13/18 2:22 pm
From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Grebe's and swallows over Lake Sammamish
Sunday along Lateral C near Toppenish Creek (Yakima County) my wife Mary
Giovanini spotted Violet-green Swallows. I photographed them and Tree
Swallows, leaving a few swallows unidentified. Later in the afternoon, as I
was taking seed in to the Poppoff sparrow patch, I saw both Violet-green &
Tree, along with Barn Swallows. One of the Barn swallows had several white
spots on its back, rump and wings, as well as one on the right side of its
forehead. Seeing it head on, I first thought it was a Cliff Swallow, but my
photos proved me wrong. Another Barn Swallow, with the normal very forked
and spotted tail, had a chin/throat that appeared very light, along with a
breast band like a Bank Swallow. My photos of it were quite poor. I went
back yesterday afternoon and got one look at the breast band swallow, but
had even less luck with photos. I'd seen a swallow make a single pass over
the Union Gap Costco pond two weeks ago, but didn't identify it or get any
photos. I hope I get better at photographing them before I run out of film
;-) Still, it's been pretty neat seeing so many swallows this early in the
year. I guess Winter has sprung.

Also Sunday down at Lateral C x Toppenish Creek, Mary spotted the
Red-shouldered Hawk soaring. As I was photographing it, a Red-tailed Hawk
stooped on it. They both soon joined 3 Red-tails and a Prairie Falcon
soaring in a thermal just south of Pumphouse Road.

A while earlier we'd heard the Black Phoebe calling high in the willows on
the upstream/west side of Lateral C, just north of the bridge. Two birders
were there, and one of them described them seeing a Black Phoebe at that
same time, but low on the opposite side of the road and on the opposite
side of the creek. I've not heard, seen, nor heard of two Black Phoebes
there. I did recently learn of a Black Phoebe there in previous years.

listingaba.org/ethics/

Good Birding,
Kevin Lucas
Selah, Yakima County, WA

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> I was doing my daily scan of Lake Sammamish through my scope to count
> Western Grebe’s and whatever else I see and was somewhat surprised to see a
> flock of 5-6 swallows way out over the lake. They were too far out to
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Date: 2/13/18 9:07 am
From: Mason Flint <masonflint...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Grebe's and swallows over Lake Sammamish
I was doing my daily scan of Lake Sammamish through my scope to count Western Grebe's and whatever else I see and was somewhat surprised to see a flock of 5-6 swallows way out over the lake. They were too far out to identify but I'm guessing probably Tree Swallows based on what I saw and timing.

In terms of Grebe's, I counted ~30 Western, 1 Horned and 1 Pied-billed.

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Date: 2/13/18 8:03 am
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: Fwd: [Tweeters] Hummer tongue
I had one of these here a couple of years ago at a feeder. It wasn't
around very long so I don't think it survived. A few other people have
reported them down here. So it seems to be rare but now fairly widespread.
I don't know much else. Bob O'Brien Portland

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> For several weeks we have a female Anna's coming to our feeder which
appears to have its tongue permanently stuck out. It seems to do ok at the
feeder but sometimes struggles to feed, often having to hover to gain entry
rather than perch. When perched in a tree or bush it does a lot of bill
wiping. It's been around for at least a month so is hanging in there. Has
anyone seen this before?
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Date: 2/12/18 8:27 pm
From: <tomboulian...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re Nandina
Nandina is not invasive here in the Seattle area. As a landscaper, the berry toxicity was news to me, although it appears that the pulp may not be toxic but the seeds are. (Lots of seeds, even apple core seeds, have cyanide). Usually I don’t like this plant due to it’s gangly habit, but I plant the dwarf varieties Gulf Stream, Firepower, and Moon Bay, all of which have the colorful foliage without (at least that I’ve seen here) producing berries, as they are vegetative clones. But if you have some full-sized nandina, (Purple Passion is a common selection of the species as well, and not a dwarf clone), do the web research and decide for yourself. Those with small children, berry-eating pets, or livestock apparently should be advised. The berries are awfully pretty! I will keep this in mind!

Mark Tomboulian

Seattle, WA

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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re Nandina

"nandina is a non-domestic, noxious and highly invasive weed that displaces the non-toxic, native plants on which local birds would thrive. Nandina has been imported from China and Japan and has invaded many natural areas. ... “By working together, we can eliminate this toxic and noxious invasive plant."
Dear Washington State birders, PLEASE take a moment to research the dangers of Nandina online before you plant any! Too many people like the red color or the red berries, but this plant is HIGHLY invasive, and one established it is extremely difficult to extirpate, with tough runner-roots that go under fences and spread over time.

The commercial plant nurseries and retailers like Walmart, Lowe's and Home Depot push this plant because it is so easy to propagate and the profit margins are quite healthy. The sellers are part of the problem in the proliferation of non-native plants throughout our country and around the world.


How any thinking person could rationalize the purchase or planting of this noxious weed is beyond me. I've personally seen Waxwings and White-crowned Sparrows die from eating the cyanide-laced berries of Nandina. Please eradicate Nandina.
-Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama







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I learned about Nandina’s poisonous berries JUST after I planted mine. Rather than dispose of the plant, I just cut the flowers off. The bright red berries are one of the things that make Nandina so attractive but I like the bush itself too and now I know I’m not harming wildlife.
Linda Phillips
Kenmore

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Date: 2/12/18 8:24 pm
From: <merdave...>
Subject: [Tweeters] 4 Snowy Owls; Douglas County

Winter brings some great birds, if you just wait long enough. While I was
on vacation a friend found one Snowy Owl on H Rd. out of Mansfield.
Yesterday two of us found 2 Snowy Owls between 16th and 18th. Today we
found FOUR on the west side of H, between 17th and 18th. All could be
seen at the same time. One was quite close, but the other 3 were far out;
two on the ground; one on a rock. I know there is at least one field trip
headed this way, so sure hope they stay around. Lots of Snow Buntings
too. Meredith Spencer, Bridgeport

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Date: 2/12/18 7:05 pm
From: G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re Nandina
"nandina is a non-domestic, noxious and highly invasive weed that displaces the non-toxic, native plants on which local birds would thrive. Nandina has been imported from China and Japan and has invaded many natural areas. ... “By working together, we can eliminate this toxic and noxious invasive plant."Dear Washington State birders, PLEASE take a moment to research the dangers of Nandina online before you plant any!  Too many people like the red color or the red berries, but this plant is HIGHLY invasive, and one established it is extremely difficult to extirpate, with tough runner-roots that go under fences and spread over time. The commercial plant nurseries and retailers like Walmart, Lowe's and Home Depot push this plant because it is so easy to propagate and the profit margins are quite healthy.  The sellers are part of the problem in the proliferation of non-native plants throughout our country and around the world.
How any thinking person could rationalize the purchase or planting of this noxious weed is beyond me.  I've personally seen Waxwings and White-crowned Sparrows die from eating the cyanide-laced berries of Nandina.  Please eradicate Nandina.  -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama 



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Date: 2/12/18 6:37 pm
From: Tina Blade <tinablade5051...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Re Nandina
This seems a good solution.



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I learned about Nandina's poisonous berries JUST after I planted mine.
Rather than dispose of the plant, I just cut the flowers off. The bright red
berries are one of the things that make Nandina so attractive but I like the
bush itself too and now I know I'm not harming wildlife.

Linda Phillips

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Date: 2/12/18 5:40 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Arizona Report
I got back late Thursday from a concentrated 4.5 day trip to Arizona chasing some specific target birds.  Specifically I was looking for four ABA Life Birds and five more ABA Life photos.
The Life Birds were Sinaloa Wren, Streak Backed Oriole, Ruddy Ground Dove and Rosy Faced Lovebird.  The ABA Photo birds were Louisiana Waterthrush, LeConte's Thrasher, Black Chinned and Baird's Sparrows and Gilded Flicker.  I missed the Ruddy Ground Doves completely and had to try twice (and go a long way) for the Waterthrush, Streak Backed Oriole and Sinaloa Wren but eventually I was successful with all the others.
I had helpful input from Bill Boyington, Todd Sahl and Melissa Hafting and had excellent guide help for a half day from Richard Fray (arizonabirder.com) who I met on the De Anza Trail the first time (unsuccessful) I looked for the Sinaloa Wren.  Thank you to all of them.  I will be happy to share information gained on this trip with anyone interested.  I am not expecting to be back in Arizona for a while as I follow other "needs" but it sure is a fun place to bird.  Next stop Texas in April - hoping finally to see a Whooping Crane.

I have written up some of the details/stories from the trip and included lots of photos on three blog posts.  The last (mostly about the Oriole and the Wren) can be found at blairbirding.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/second-efforts-streak-backed-oriole-and-sinaloa-wren/  Other posts are at blairbirding.wordpress.com 
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Date: 2/12/18 5:16 pm
From: David Selk <David.Selk...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hummer tongue
For several weeks we have a female Anna's coming to our feeder which appears to have its tongue permanently stuck out. It seems to do ok at the feeder but sometimes struggles to feed, often having to hover to gain entry rather than perch. When perched in a tree or bush it does a lot of bill wiping. It's been around for at least a month so is hanging in there. Has anyone seen this before?

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Date: 2/12/18 3:57 pm
From: Linda Phillips <linda_phillips1252...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re Nandina
I learned about Nandinas poisonous berries JUST after I planted mine. Rather than dispose of the plant, I just cut the flowers off. The bright red berries are one of the things that make Nandina so attractive but I like the bush itself too and now I know Im not harming wildlife.
Linda Phillips
Kenmore

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Date: 2/12/18 2:21 pm
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] WDFW contact for Recovering America's Wildlife Act

> On Feb 12, 2018, at 2:10 PM, Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> wrote:
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Date: 2/12/18 2:13 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WDFW contact for Recovering America's Wildlife Act
Tweeters,


I failed to give you an email address for Meagan West, who is the Federal Coordinator in the WDFW Director's office. If you have any questions concerning the RAWA bill that's moving through the House of Representatives, please contact her directly at the following email address:

<meagan.west...><mailto:<Raquel.Crosier...>


May all your birds be identified,

Denis


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Date: 2/12/18 2:03 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Update on Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA)
Tweeters,

Here's an update from the Federal Coordinator at the WDFW. Note that RAWA is a Federal, not a Washington State bill. I don't know what the National Audubon Society is doing to support this bill, but I believe the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is the prime non-Governmental backer of this bill. Below is what I received today:



I wanted to send you a quick update. RAWA will be heard in the Federal Lands subcommittee of Natural Resources in the House [of Representatives] next Thursday the 15th. AFWA is in the process of drafting testimony and briefing the witness. See the hearing information here: https://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=403944. You may also use the link to direct you to the livestream of the hearing.



Here's a link to the fact sheet and presentation that were given to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission concerning RAWA last Thursday, Feb 8:

https://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2018/02/feb0818_02_rawa_factsheet.pdf

https://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2018/02/feb0818_02_rawa_presentation.pdf


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Date: 2/12/18 11:08 am
From: Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Golden Eagle on road to Wylie Slough
Just enjoyed an adult Golden Eagle on the road to Wylie Slough. Initially perched on the west side of the road where we got good looks. Then it flew, and was escorted off to the west by 2-3 ravens.

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Date: 2/12/18 10:08 am
From: Tina Blade <tinablade5051...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Question about toxic Nandina--Heavenly Bamboo
Hi Tweets,

This question isn't directly about birds, but certainly affects them.



I'm curious about the prevalence of Nandina-a.k.a. Heavenly Bamboo-in local
gardens. It's a lovely plant, but apparently contains cyanide and other
alkaloids that are highly toxic to dogs, cats, birds, and other animals.
See: http://ar.audubon.org/news/nandina-berries-kill-birds. It is widely
available at local nurseries. I've almost chosen it for my own garden
without realizing its hazards.



Has there been any effort to get nurseries to stop selling it?



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Duvall, WA






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Date: 2/11/18 9:20 pm
From: Gene Beall <gene.beall...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Barred Owl at Ocean Shores
>From several Tweeter messages today, it sounds like this was quite the
weekend for owl sightings. We spent the weekend at Ocean Shores and
yesterday evening about 7:30pm, we had a Barred Owl land in the yard outside
the sliding glass windows, pounce on a mouse or vole or something, and then
fly up and perch on an old unused bird feeder only 10-12 feet away from us
looking out the sliding doors. The deck/yard lights were on so it all
happened in plain view. Quite a treat for the whole family. Here's a link
to a photo that I took with my Samsung cell phone:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gene-s_photos/39505642934/in/album-72157641173
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I also took a walk out to the Oyhut Game Preserve on Saturday. There were
at least several thousand small shorebirds.mostly Western Sandpipers as far
as I could tell, with a few plovers and half a dozen Greater Yellowlegs. I
watched a Peregrine Falcon scatter the flocks several times.it came away
with breakfast on one occasion as I watched.



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Date: 2/11/18 9:02 pm
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snohomish Co. Pygmy-Owl
Back in 1988 we came home to our then apartment in College Place and
found an injured Saw-whet outside our front door - had injured its eye.
We picked it up and called the rehabber - she was full so told us to
take care of it. We put it on a pine bough on top of our bookcase and
fed it mice. When we would open the door and enter the room it would
suck up skinny and scared - until it realized we were feeding it - after
3 days it would just be fat and happy - and talk to us. After two weeks
it healed up and we released it -

ML

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Date: 2/11/18 8:30 pm
From: J Christian Kessler <1northraven...>
Subject: [Tweeters] good day at Skagit Flats
took my (non-birding) wife up to see the flocks of Snow Geese today & have
lunch in La Conner. Found what looked like two separate very large flocks
in the fields just opposite, of all places, Snow Goose Produce Market. In
looking thru the flock right beside the road, several "blue" geese were
right there, and so was a lone dark phase Ross' Goose, smaller with its
distinctive facial & wing markings.
Samish flats failed to produce more than a smattering of Snow Geese, but
one Gyr on Bay View - Edison Rd ~quarter mile south of Samish Island Rd.
Had what looked like a fly-over Merlin further south, but it was moving
fast & so (to a degree) was I. The West 90s were good for some Tundra
Swans close to the road. Otherwise what appeared to be the usual species,
but today was really a highlights day. Only thing that would have made it
better would have been for my wife to see a few thousand Snow Geese flush,
circle, and land nearby -- but the Bald Eagles we saw where not patrolling
the flocks when we were there.

Chris Kessler
Seattle

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Date: 2/11/18 6:12 pm
From: J. Acker <owler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Audubon "Owls by Night" Field Trip
This morning I met a group of nine owlers as they came across from Seattle
on the last ferry of the night to owl on Bainbridge. With calm winds and
cool temperatures, and despite a barometer in free fall, the group detected
nine owls of three species in less than five hours. While we dipped on Barn
and Great Horned Owls, we did get close encounters with Barred Owls at two
locations, and heard vocalizations from another. Maybe due to the falling
barometer, we did not get to hear barred owls caterwauling, something I
expected. We were treated to many vocalizations and flyovers of saw-whets
owls at several locations, and got a good look at one perched for a few
moments. The highlight of the morning (for me anyway) was a Northern Pygmy
Owl at our last stop that was spontaneously vocalizing when we arrived at a
staked out location. Its presumed mate made a flyby that many in the group
saw, and then a shrill vocalization that I was unfamiliar with.



Barred Owl -3

Northern Saw-whet Owl - 4

Northern Pygmy Owl - 2



It was an enjoyable morning out, and made even better with relatively
cooperative owls and a wonderful group.



Hoots & Toots,



-Jamie



J. Acker

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Date: 2/11/18 5:33 pm
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS Owls by Day report
Hello All,

Yesterday dawned  clear, cool, calm and spectacular. The wonderful group
of 14 folks met at Hood Park for the 15th Owls by Day WOS Field Trip. We
started off the day by driving out into the boon docks and looking at an
adult female Snowy Owl that I first located on 7 Dec.2017.This big owl
was a "lifer" for five of the birders along.The next owl species was a
saw-whet located by MerryLynn and so we were off spotting owl after owl.
We then proceeded to follow our route and located the following species.

Snowy Owl-1

Great Horned Owl-12

Northern Saw-whet Owl-8

Long-eared Owl-1

Barn Owl-4

Great Gray Owl-2 (heard only)

For a total of 28 owls of 5 species.

Great trip and amazing weather. Wonderful group of
birders/photographers. Come join us next February.

Have a great new week.

Later Mike Denny


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Date: 2/11/18 4:21 pm
From: Paul Bannick <paul.bannick...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snohomish Co. Pygmy-Owl
Hi Marv,

Its a lucky day whenever we get to witness owls and their behavior. That
was a "concealing" behavior. All Owls try to break up the "typical owl
shape" when the perceive threat. For nearly all species this involves just
what you describe. I have seen this with Elf Owls, Saw-whets, Boreals,
Long-eared, Short-eared, Screech Owls, Snowy Owls, and both Northern and
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls and even the Northern Hawk Owls. Owls with
"ear-tufts" also involve their tufts. Owls considered "earless/tuftless"
such as Pygmy-Owls and Snowy Owls sometimes even manage to show residual
tufts. I have seen this behavior in response to potential predators such
as Eagles, Hawks and larger owls.

Some examples:
Snowy Owl Concealment/Cryptic
https://paulbannick.photoshelter.com/image?&_bqG=279&_bqH=eJwzCHTTdczyja_MCwtKNq0syA12Co8wNDJ09PK0MjEyMbYyNDAAYSDpGe8S7GybkVierZ1fnqNq5KydXFRZUJKZrOYZHxrsGhTv6WIbClJZ4WvomeuX7pgS5akW7.gcYlucmliUnAEAp8EgWg--&GI_ID=

Northern Hawk Owl
https://paulbannick.photoshelter.com/image?&_bqG=275&_bqH=eJwzCHTTdczyja_MCwtKNq0syA12Co8wNDJ09PK0MjEyMbYyNDAAYSDpGe8S7GybkVierZ1fnqNq5KydXFRZUJKZrOYZHxrsGhTv6WIbClJZ4WvomeuX7pgS5akW7.gcYlucmliUnAEAp8EgWg--&GI_ID=

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
https://paulbannick.photoshelter.com/image?&_bqG=143&_bqH=eJxzcw4pDYtIKcyy9PfzLg5KS0rOTQ8I8gz39vS0MrUwsjI0MABhIOkZ7xLsbFtQmZ5bqWrkrJ1cVFlQkpms5hkfGuwaFO_pYhsKUlbha.iZ65fumBLlqRbv6BxiW5yaWJScAQB6UiAJ&GI_ID=

Short-eared Owl:
https://paulbannick.photoshelter.com/image?&_bqG=275&_bqH=eJwzCHTTdczyja_MCwtKNq0syA12Co8wNDJ09PK0MjEyMbYyNDAAYSDpGe8S7GybkVierZ1fnqNq5KydXFRZUJKZrOYZHxrsGhTv6WIbClJZ4WvomeuX7pgS5akW7.gcYlucmliUnAEAp8EgWg--&GI_ID=

Northern Pygmy-Owl
https://paulbannick.photoshelter.com/image?&_bqG=179&_bqH=eJxzcw4pDYtIKcyy9PfzLg5KS0rOTQ8I8gz39vS0MrUwsjI0MABhIOkZ7xLsbFtQmZ5bqWrkrJ1cVFlQkpms5hkfGuwaFO_pYhsKUlbha.iZ65fumBLlqRbv6BxiW5yaWJScAQB6UiAJ&GI_ID=



Paul

On Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 2:09 PM, Marv Breece <marvbreece...> wrote:

> Yesterday (2.10.18) there was a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL at the end of 220th St
> NE in Snohomish County. This is accessed off of 7th Ave NE off of
> Pioneer Hwy E, a short distance west of I5. (SE of Silvana)
>
>
> As I watched this bird it stood straight up and shrunk its body to *a
> diameter much smaller than its unshrunken head*. The size of the
> shrunken body was a fraction of normal. The bird looked very odd! The
> process took but a few seconds, after which the bird immediately returned
> to normal dimensions. The bird remained perched in the same place for
> several minutes after the “shrinking”. Unfortunately, I was not filming at
> the time. Whether this was concealing or revealing behavior, I cannot
> say. I was quite distant from the bird. There could easily have been
> another bird which posed a threat that I did not see.
>
>
> If anyone reading this has had a similar experience with a Pygmy-Owl I
> would appreciate hearing about it.
>
>
> Photos at: http://www.pbase.com/marvbreece/new_images
>
> Videos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/
>
>
> Marv Breece
> Tukwila, WA
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> Concepts are not hard wired.
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Date: 2/11/18 4:13 pm
From: David Parent <dpdvm...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rock Wren, Double Bluff Point, Whidbey Island
Rock Wren, seen clearly today, 2/11 at 1pm and observed bobbing and tail flicking characteristic of this species. The bird was working the sand cliffs and small sand caves at a point 100 yards east of Double Bluff Point. This is the point with the navigation beacon at the intersection of Useless Bay and Admiralty Inlet. It is a two mile beach walk from the parking lot at Double Bluff County Park and best accessed at a falling mid tide to low tide.
There was also a restless flock of 1000 Dunlin, Sanderlings and Black-bellied Plovers resting on the rocks at the point.

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Date: 2/11/18 2:13 pm
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snohomish Co. Pygmy-Owl





Yesterday (2.10.18) there was a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL at the end of 220 th St NE in Snohomish County. This is accessed off of 7 th Ave NE off of Pioneer Hwy E, a short distance west of I5. (SE of Silvana)




As I watched this bird it stood straight up and shrunk its body to a diameter much smaller than its unshrunken head . The size of the shrunken body was a fraction of normal. The bird looked very odd! The process took but a few seconds, after which the bird immediately returned to normal dimensions. The bird remained perched in the same place for several minutes after the “shrinking”. Unfortunately, I was not filming at the time. Whether this was concealing or revealing behavior, I cannot say. I was quite distant from the bird. There could easily have been another bird which posed a threat that I did not see.




If anyone reading this has had a similar experience with a Pygmy-Owl I would appreciate hearing about it.




Photos at: http://www.pbase.com/marvbreece/new_images

Videos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/


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Date: 2/11/18 9:17 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Join A Global Bird Census In Your Backyard To Celebrate The Year of the Bird
hello everyone,

are you planning to participate in this year's upcoming Global Backyard
Bird Census? well, It's almost here, and I know I am excited to participate!

Join A Global Bird Census In Your Backyard To Celebrate The Year of the Bird
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/02/11/join-a-global-bird-census-in-your-backyard-to-celebrate-the-year-of-the-bird/
TinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/y7ge7z8h

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Date: 2/10/18 10:25 pm
From: Louis Kreemer <lpkreemer...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit area Birding
Hi Tweeters,

Paul Baerny, Alexander Sowers, Sam Shultz and I had a great day birding the
flats and surrounding area. Here's a quick non-taxonomical overview of the
days highlights:


Redhead - Cranberry Lake
Many Iceland (Thayer's) Gulls (at least 18) at West Beach in Deception Pass
Black Turnstones, Surfbird, Black Oystercatcher at Rosario Head
24! Marbled Murrelets off Maple Grove on Camano Island, good looks
Townsend's Solitaire continues, also at Maple Grove
Wild Turkey going up to roost on Camano
A quite light Merlin near Eide Road that Alex IDed as Prairie subspecies,
looking at photos I'm inclined to agree. My first time seeing one that far
away from the forest
4 Peregrines throughout the day
7 Rough-legged Hawks around West 90
The continuing Black Phoebe was easy to find at Wiley Slough and provided
great looks.
Barn, Barred and Great-horned Owl were found in the evening.

A Snow Goose flock of about 10,000 strong was feeding right next to the
road, while we watched, they flushed and flew right by us, always wonderful
to observe. We couldn't find what flushed them, and they soon returned.

A great day, with 99 species, we couldn't find that last one for one
hundred. Next time!

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Date: 2/10/18 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 11, 2018
Hey, Tweeters,

Last week on BirdNote:
* American Coots
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* Winter Romance - Common Goldeneyes
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* Snowy Owls - Diurnal or Nocturnal?
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* The Elegant Black Tern
http://bit.ly/2rXTqkI
* Sandgrouse - Desert Water-carriers
http://bit.ly/2nxtvvH
* Black-capped Chickadee
http://bit.ly/2EBkitB
* The Vulture's Iron Stomach
http://bit.ly/2FFhKtG
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Date: 2/10/18 8:29 am
From: Laurel Parshall <knasnan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] For Melissa Sherwood - FOY Rufous Hummingbird
Melissa sirt of asked s I someone to post this for her. She had a male
Rufous Hummingbird at her home in Gig Harbor yesterday 2/9/2018. Very
early for her. Anyone else, yet? I know that I generally don't see them
until about 2 weeks after everyone else does.
Laurel Parshall for Melissa Sherwood in Gig Harbor kehlila nasnan at yahoo
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Date: 2/10/18 7:36 am
From: Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tree Swallows return
Tree Swallows showed up and began checking out nest boxes on February 6, about two week earlier than average. This is along upper Scatter Ck in Thurston County.

Good birding, Bob Sundstrom

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Date: 2/9/18 10:00 pm
From: Diane Yorgason-Quinn <avosetta...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Gig Harbor Rufous Hummer
Melissa Sherwood had a Rufous hummer today at her feeder near the Rosedale area of Gig Harbor. She is not one to mistake an Anna's for a Rufous. Most of the neighbors there feed nectar all year long. This is still the earliest I've heard of these.


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Date: 2/9/18 6:12 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] More stuff from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) meetings
Tweeters,

I'll stop after this note.


1. If you have a name to suggest as someone you think would make a good WDFW Director, please send that name to <commission...><mailto:<commission...>
2. Be on the lookout for a WDFW News Release (from WDFW Public Affairs) regarding this last FWC meeting. Included is approval to purchase 7,000+ acres for a total of over 20,000 acres in NE Douglas County. This is PRIME Sharp-tailed Grouse and other bird species habitat, and might well be worth your while to visit once it's open for recreation.

Thanks, and may all your birds be identified,
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Date: 2/9/18 5:49 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] File size of RAWA Presentation
Tweeters,

I just noticed I sent "...under 700MB" for the file size of the presentation given at yesterday's Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting. The REAL size is under 700kB -- much more manageable then what my fingers stated the first time!


Thanks,

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Date: 2/9/18 5:43 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Recovering America's Wildlife Act Bill - update
Tweeters,

Last month, I sent you some info regarding H.R. 4647, Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA) bill. At yesterday's (2/8) meeting of the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Olympia, the Commission members and those of us from the public were given an update from the Federal Coordinator in the WDFW Director's office. Here's some of that information. (Note: I have the complete presentation that I'll share with those who ask me. It's a PowerPoint presentation of under 700MB.)


The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) has spearheaded the campaign to support legislation: H.R. 4647 - Recovering America's Wildlife Act Bill - introduced by Congressman Fortenberry and Congresswoman Dingell in 2017. It's currently been referred to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans.


Under the funding formula, Washington would receive $26,469,411, and would be obligated to match $8,823,137 in state funds. Funding would function the same way as State Wildlife Grants. Funding would support the State Wildlife Action Plan work -- this is non-game funding! Funding is administered through the US Fish and Wildlife Service via the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Subaccount of the Pittman-Robertson Act.


The Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife has a website dedicated to the RAWA: http://ournatureusa.com/


In addition, as this legislation progresses (I hope), the WDFW and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will be providing more information as to how you may help.


Please, if you have time, check out the above website and contact your Congressional Representative.


Thanks, and may all your birds be identified,

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Date: 2/9/18 4:53 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Field marks for a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director
Tweeters,

At today's meeting of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), one of the Commissioners solicited input for criteria ("field marks") that the public would like to see used to help select a new Director of the WDFW. (Note: The previous Director, Jim Unsworth, resigned effective Feb 7. Deputy Director Joe Stohr is Acting Director, and Amy Windrope (Regional Director of Region 4) is Acting Deputy Director.)


What they'd like is a list of up to five bullets of information as to what YOU would like to see them look for in a new WDFW Director. (They're not looking for a bunch of information as to requirements -- more a succinct list that they can use as criteria.) The Commission is expecting the search to take several months, but they definitely would like your input.


If you're interested in sending in a list (bulleted), please send it to <commission...><mailto:<commission...> as soon as possible so the search committee can look it over and use them to help find a new WDFW Director.


Thanks, and may all your birds be identified,

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Date: 2/9/18 1:36 pm
From: Adrian Wolf <awolf...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bird banding training 2018
In late May and early June 2018, The Center for Natural Lands Management
will collaborate with The Evergreen State College and host the sixth annual
bird banding training camp, to be held at Glacial Heritage Preserve in
Thurston County, Washington. The training, to be proctored by Dan
Froehlich (OrnithoLogistcs), will include all the aspects of setting up and
running a MAPS (Monitoring Avian Survivorship and Productivity) station and
would provide as a goal, banders who could extract birds captured, record
data, and perform most aging and sexing of the common species. The focus of
the training course will be on aging by wing feather patterns, sexing, and
skulling with the goal of separating adults from juveniles. The intention
is for each student to band and process 12-16 small to medium sized birds
typically found in terrestrial habitats. This includes many species of
passerines such as sparrows, finches, thrushes, wrens, chickadees,
nuthatches, creepers, flycatchers, and warblers. Small to medium-sized
non-passerines may also be studied (e.g., woodpeckers, pigeons, and
possibly small owls).

The training will comprise six mornings of fieldwork, and six afternoons of
lectures over two weekends (25-28 May, and 2-4 June). The camp cost is
$450, which includes a copy of the Pyle Guide Part I. The class limit is 13
students (minimum age is 18). Graduates of the class will be able to
implement their newly acquired skills at two local MAPS stations (one
located at Glacial Heritage Preserve, Thurston County; and the other
located in Graham, Pierce County).

If you are interested in securing a spot in the training or need more
details, please contact Adrian Wolf at <awolf...>

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Date: 2/9/18 8:05 am
From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need raptor ID help
A SUMMARY FROM THE ORIGINAL POSTER:


My little ID help question about a raptor (from 2014) turned into a great
discussion, and as I always thought, hawk ID is hard!



The bird was seen and photographed by me in September 2014 in Magnuson
Park, Seattle. At the time, I identified it as a Cooper’s Hawk. Just this
past week, a birder commented that it might be a Broad-winged Hawk instead,
a definite rarity for this area. After getting more details from him which
left me confused, I put out the call to Tweeters for help. Turned out to
be quite challenging, even for the experts!



I do wish that I had more photos. Sadly, I believe the memory card is
still in the camera I had in 2014—and it, along with the laptop I had then,
were both stolen during a home burglary in 2015. Somewhere, perhaps, a
clueless thief has the definitive ID photo we need.



However, that being said, after reviewing comments sent to the listserv, to
me privately, and posted on the Flickr site (
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280), I’m going to leave the
ID as it is, a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk. It’s been fascinating to read all
the details of the field marks—the experts out there are truly amazing. Thanks
especially to Bud Anderson, always the go-to expert for raptors, for taking
the time to thoroughly study this bird.



The next time I see an accipiter, I sure will be looking a lot more
closely--thanks again, everyone!

Alex MacKenzie

On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 7:28 AM, Bud Anderson <falconresearch...>
wrote:

> Alexandra MacKenzie's raptor photo is misleading to many because the
> upward angle of the shot compresses the bird, suggesting that it is far
> more compact than it really is.
>
> Because of this, people are thinking Broad-wing, which are being seen more
> frequently these days. But it doesn't quite fit.
>
> If you look closely, this bird becomes what the original person said it
> was, a juvenile Cooper's Hawk.
>
> And I will confess that I shared this photo with my friend, Bill Clark,
> and we discussed it thoroughly.
>
> This opinion is based on the following characters.
>
> First, the toes are bird catching accipitrine toes, long and thin, not
> buteo toes.
>
> Second, the breast streaking is in the form of the classic extended tear
> drop, so typical of juvenile Cooper's Hawks.
>
> Sharp-shins have wider "paint-brush" breast markings, often overlaid in
> "chains" of feathers. The toes are also thinner in Sharpies and the eye is
> larger in proportion to the head.
>
> There is also an adventitious adult Cooper's Hawk feather located in the
> birds left flank.
>
> Finally, although the tail feathers look a bit like SSHA, I think the
> foreshortening is also compressing the outer tips, which are much shorter
> in COHAs than SSHAs.
>
> Are there any more photos available of this bird?
>
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Date: 2/9/18 7:32 am
From: Bud Anderson <falconresearch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Need raptor ID help
Alexandra MacKenzie's raptor photo is misleading to many because the upward
angle of the shot compresses the bird, suggesting that it is far more
compact than it really is.

Because of this, people are thinking Broad-wing, which are being seen more
frequently these days. But it doesn't quite fit.

If you look closely, this bird becomes what the original person said it
was, a juvenile Cooper's Hawk.

And I will confess that I shared this photo with my friend, Bill Clark, and
we discussed it thoroughly.

This opinion is based on the following characters.

First, the toes are bird catching accipitrine toes, long and thin, not
buteo toes.

Second, the breast streaking is in the form of the classic extended tear
drop, so typical of juvenile Cooper's Hawks.

Sharp-shins have wider "paint-brush" breast markings, often overlaid in
"chains" of feathers. The toes are also thinner in Sharpies and the eye is
larger in proportion to the head.

There is also an adventitious adult Cooper's Hawk feather located in the
birds left flank.

Finally, although the tail feathers look a bit like SSHA, I think the
foreshortening is also compressing the outer tips, which are much shorter
in COHAs than SSHAs.

Are there any more photos available of this bird?

Bud Anderson

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Date: 2/9/18 12:48 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Birds Living In Bigger Groups Are Brainier
hello everyone,

i just published a piece about a newly-published NATURE study, which finds
that Australian magpies who live in larger groups show increased cognitive
performance over those who live in smaller groups, and this, in turn, is
linked to increased reproductive success. This study’s findings suggest
that these birds’ social environment drives both the development and the
evolution of intelligence.

Magpies Living In Bigger Groups Are Brainier Birds
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/02/09/magpies-living-in-bigger-groups-are-brainier-birds/
TinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/yd356kog

i hope you find this piece enlightening and entertaining.

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Date: 2/8/18 10:15 pm
From: <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
To add to Jamie’s field mark summary, a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk has very low-contrast stripes on the underside of the tail (except for, as he points out, a dark terminal band). Additionally, the breast of a juvenile Broad-winged, in addition to having larger, less dense dark markings, tends to have markings more on the sides of the breast, with a mostly unmarked upper center.

An adult Broad-winged Hawk’s tail has only two black bands, with a partial third band at the base, broken by the undertail coverts; thus many fewer bands than this bird shows. (And, of course, an adult Broad-winged would have a much different head and breast pattern)

Amongst the accipiters, a juvenile Sharp-shinned would have a different breast pattern, with brown instead of blackish streaks, and the streaks would not be formed into lines like rivulets of water as they are on Cooper’s, as seen in this bird. Juvenile Goshawk would have an eye line and a breast pattern more like Sharp-shinned than like Cooper’s. And, as Jamie mentions, the underside of the tail would have irregular, wavy tail bands. All adult accipiters have a breast pattern vastly different than this bird.

Someone mentioned the tail looking wide; that appears to be an artifact of foreshortening, due to the angle of the shot.

I see nothing about this bird that would indicate it is not a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk.

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From: J. Acker
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 6:25 PM
To: 'Alexandra MacKenzie' ; 'tweeters'
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help

This is a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk for the following:



The rectrices get shorter the further out from centerline – hence the rounded tail appearance of a Cooper’s Hawk (Vs. Sharp-shinned).

The terminal band in the photo is the same width as other dark bands. In a juvie Broad-winged, the terminal dark band is noticeably wider and darker than other bands.

The tear-drop shaped markings on the breast are indicative of a Cooper’s hawk (vs. sharp-shinned). Those on a Broad-winged are larger and less dense.

A Goshawk would have irregular tail bands, while these are very regular.



J. Acker

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Bainbridge Island, WA



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Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2018 5:58 PM
To: 'Alexandra MacKenzie' <mizmak...>; 'tweeters' <tweeters...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help





This is one of the most interesting raptor ID challenges I’ve seen in a long time. BWHA seems far-fetched (I’ve never seen one perched up). Accipiter seems more likely. Goshawk? Whatever, it’s a juvenile. Hmmm….this is fun. Can’t wait to hear from Bud.



Joe Mackie

Bellingham

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Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:37 PM
To: tweeters <tweeters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help



UPDATE: Between Tweeter comments (some made privately) and Flickr comments, I have about half Broad-winged Hawk IDs and half Cooper's Hawk IDs, but a Flickr commenter just suggested immature Northern Goshawk, which looks good, too! Awaiting final determination from Bud Anderson. Thanks for all the input, everybody--hawks are hard!

Alex





On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM, Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...> wrote:

Alex,



I would agree with your first assessment, that it is indeed a Cooper's Hawk. Look at how narrow the final black band is on the tail, and compare it to photos on the internet of Broad-winged Hawks, with broader final black bands, and may be fewer black bands. That said, I am not certain it isn't a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It would be helpful to get an idea of the size, crow-sized for a Cooper's , big jay sized for a Sharp-shinned, but the tail on your photo shows the better rounding at the end, that is more a feature of the Cooper's Hawk, while the Sharp-shinned is a bit more squarred at the end, at times with a better defined notch in the center. Also, we don't get many Broad-winged Hawks in our area, which is partly why I always want to know where a photo was taken, ideally with some habitat information..



-Stewart Wechsler

www.stewardshipadventures.com



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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2018 08:09:22 -0800
From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
To: tweeters <tweeters...>
Message-ID:
<CAJfxVzeonira691GkK7rSqyNFPh57ecAP1ufyUOhXxn2k0mGaA...>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"

In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and posted
it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk. Recently a birder commented that he
thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk. I thought that unlikely but am now
confused by his field mark comments. The photo and comments may be found
here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280/

If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,
Alex MacKenzie
Seattle
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Date: 2/8/18 6:29 pm
From: J. Acker <owler...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
This is a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk for the following:



The rectrices get shorter the further out from centerline – hence the rounded tail appearance of a Cooper’s Hawk (Vs. Sharp-shinned).

The terminal band in the photo is the same width as other dark bands. In a juvie Broad-winged, the terminal dark band is noticeably wider and darker than other bands.

The tear-drop shaped markings on the breast are indicative of a Cooper’s hawk (vs. sharp-shinned). Those on a Broad-winged are larger and less dense.

A Goshawk would have irregular tail bands, while these are very regular.



J. Acker

<mailto:<owler...> <owler...>

Bainbridge Island, WA



From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Joe Mackie
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2018 5:58 PM
To: 'Alexandra MacKenzie' <mizmak...>; 'tweeters' <tweeters...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help





This is one of the most interesting raptor ID challenges I’ve seen in a long time. BWHA seems far-fetched (I’ve never seen one perched up). Accipiter seems more likely. Goshawk? Whatever, it’s a juvenile. Hmmm….this is fun. Can’t wait to hear from Bud.



Joe Mackie

Bellingham

From: <tweeters-bounces...> <mailto:<tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Alexandra MacKenzie
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:37 PM
To: tweeters <tweeters...> <mailto:<tweeters...> >
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help



UPDATE: Between Tweeter comments (some made privately) and Flickr comments, I have about half Broad-winged Hawk IDs and half Cooper's Hawk IDs, but a Flickr commenter just suggested immature Northern Goshawk, which looks good, too! Awaiting final determination from Bud Anderson. Thanks for all the input, everybody--hawks are hard!

Alex





On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM, Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...> <mailto:<ecostewart...> > wrote:

Alex,



I would agree with your first assessment, that it is indeed a Cooper's Hawk. Look at how narrow the final black band is on the tail, and compare it to photos on the internet of Broad-winged Hawks, with broader final black bands, and may be fewer black bands. That said, I am not certain it isn't a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It would be helpful to get an idea of the size, crow-sized for a Cooper's , big jay sized for a Sharp-shinned, but the tail on your photo shows the better rounding at the end, that is more a feature of the Cooper's Hawk, while the Sharp-shinned is a bit more squarred at the end, at times with a better defined notch in the center. Also, we don't get many Broad-winged Hawks in our area, which is partly why I always want to know where a photo was taken, ideally with some habitat information..



-Stewart Wechsler

www.stewardshipadventures.com <http://www.stewardshipadventures.com>



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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2018 08:09:22 -0800
From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...> <mailto:<mizmak...> >
Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
To: tweeters <tweeters...> <mailto:<tweeters...> >
Message-ID:
<CAJfxVzeonira691GkK7rSqyNFPh57ecAP1ufyUOhXxn2k0mGaA...> <mailto:<CAJfxVzeonira691GkK7rSqyNFPh57ecAP1ufyUOhXxn2k0mGaA...> >
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"

In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and posted
it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk. Recently a birder commented that he
thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk. I thought that unlikely but am now
confused by his field mark comments. The photo and comments may be found
here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280/

If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,
Alex MacKenzie
Seattle
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Date: 2/8/18 6:27 pm
From: J. Acker <owler...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
This is a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk for the following:



The rectrices get shorter the further out from centerline – hence the rounded tail appearance of a Cooper’s Hawk (Vs. Sharp-shinned).

The terminal band in the photo is the same width as other dark bands. In a juvie Broad-winged, the terminal dark band is noticeably wider and darker than other bands.

The tear-drop shaped markings on the breast are indicative of a Cooper’s hawk (vs. sharp-shinned). Those on a Broad-winged are larger and less dense.

A Goshawk would have irregular tail bands, while these are very regular.



J. Acker

<mailto:<owler...> <owler...>

Bainbridge Island, WA



From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Joe Mackie
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2018 5:58 PM
To: 'Alexandra MacKenzie' <mizmak...>; 'tweeters' <tweeters...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help





This is one of the most interesting raptor ID challenges I’ve seen in a long time. BWHA seems far-fetched (I’ve never seen one perched up). Accipiter seems more likely. Goshawk? Whatever, it’s a juvenile. Hmmm….this is fun. Can’t wait to hear from Bud.



Joe Mackie

Bellingham

From: <tweeters-bounces...> <mailto:<tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Alexandra MacKenzie
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:37 PM
To: tweeters <tweeters...> <mailto:<tweeters...> >
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help



UPDATE: Between Tweeter comments (some made privately) and Flickr comments, I have about half Broad-winged Hawk IDs and half Cooper's Hawk IDs, but a Flickr commenter just suggested immature Northern Goshawk, which looks good, too! Awaiting final determination from Bud Anderson. Thanks for all the input, everybody--hawks are hard!

Alex





On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM, Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...> <mailto:<ecostewart...> > wrote:

Alex,



I would agree with your first assessment, that it is indeed a Cooper's Hawk. Look at how narrow the final black band is on the tail, and compare it to photos on the internet of Broad-winged Hawks, with broader final black bands, and may be fewer black bands. That said, I am not certain it isn't a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It would be helpful to get an idea of the size, crow-sized for a Cooper's , big jay sized for a Sharp-shinned, but the tail on your photo shows the better rounding at the end, that is more a feature of the Cooper's Hawk, while the Sharp-shinned is a bit more squarred at the end, at times with a better defined notch in the center. Also, we don't get many Broad-winged Hawks in our area, which is partly why I always want to know where a photo was taken, ideally with some habitat information..



-Stewart Wechsler

www.stewardshipadventures.com <http://www.stewardshipadventures.com>



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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2018 08:09:22 -0800
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Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
To: tweeters <tweeters...> <mailto:<tweeters...> >
Message-ID:
<CAJfxVzeonira691GkK7rSqyNFPh57ecAP1ufyUOhXxn2k0mGaA...> <mailto:<CAJfxVzeonira691GkK7rSqyNFPh57ecAP1ufyUOhXxn2k0mGaA...> >
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"

In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and posted
it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk. Recently a birder commented that he
thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk. I thought that unlikely but am now
confused by his field mark comments. The photo and comments may be found
here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280/

If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,
Alex MacKenzie
Seattle
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Date: 2/8/18 6:01 pm
From: Joe Mackie <joemackie.14...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help


This is one of the most interesting raptor ID challenges I’ve seen in a long time. BWHA seems far-fetched (I’ve never seen one perched up). Accipiter seems more likely. Goshawk? Whatever, it’s a juvenile. Hmmm….this is fun. Can’t wait to hear from Bud.



Joe Mackie

Bellingham

From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Alexandra MacKenzie
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:37 PM
To: tweeters <tweeters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help



UPDATE: Between Tweeter comments (some made privately) and Flickr comments, I have about half Broad-winged Hawk IDs and half Cooper's Hawk IDs, but a Flickr commenter just suggested immature Northern Goshawk, which looks good, too! Awaiting final determination from Bud Anderson. Thanks for all the input, everybody--hawks are hard!

Alex





On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM, Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...> <mailto:<ecostewart...> > wrote:

Alex,



I would agree with your first assessment, that it is indeed a Cooper's Hawk. Look at how narrow the final black band is on the tail, and compare it to photos on the internet of Broad-winged Hawks, with broader final black bands, and may be fewer black bands. That said, I am not certain it isn't a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It would be helpful to get an idea of the size, crow-sized for a Cooper's , big jay sized for a Sharp-shinned, but the tail on your photo shows the better rounding at the end, that is more a feature of the Cooper's Hawk, while the Sharp-shinned is a bit more squarred at the end, at times with a better defined notch in the center. Also, we don't get many Broad-winged Hawks in our area, which is partly why I always want to know where a photo was taken, ideally with some habitat information..



-Stewart Wechsler

www.stewardshipadventures.com <http://www.stewardshipadventures.com>



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Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
To: tweeters <tweeters...> <mailto:<tweeters...> >
Message-ID:
<CAJfxVzeonira691GkK7rSqyNFPh57ecAP1ufyUOhXxn2k0mGaA...> <mailto:<CAJfxVzeonira691GkK7rSqyNFPh57ecAP1ufyUOhXxn2k0mGaA...> >
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"

In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and posted
it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk. Recently a birder commented that he
thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk. I thought that unlikely but am now
confused by his field mark comments. The photo and comments may be found
here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280/

If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,
Alex MacKenzie
Seattle
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Date: 2/8/18 5:53 pm
From: Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] AstorIa murmurations
Hello, tweets.

Netta and I had one of our biggest birding thrills in a long time at Astoria, Oregon, on the evenings of 6 and 7 February. I have seen flocks of starlings going to roost many times, but I’ve never before seen anything like this. We watched the fantastic murmurations of flocks at their best, wheeling around from high in the sky to just over the rooftops. At the end of Pier 2 we watched many thousands of birds in different flocks that split and coalesced and split again, doing their best to compete with the spectacles you’ve seen on YouTube, usually from somewhere in Europe.

On the second evening a Peregrine Falcon made stoop after stoop into the flocks, coming up empty-footed every time, but it was a wonderful thing to see. It drove one group of only, say, a couple of thousand birds higher and higher in the sky, splitting the flock, and we could see the flock breaking into smaller groups and heading away from the site rapidly to the west. We think it was the same birds that came in very low from downriver in flock after flock later, something we didn’t see at all on our first evening. I wondered if this was an anti-falcon tactic.

The whole show lasted from around 6:00-6:30 pm.The birds were very photographable until just about dark, when they came swooping in to land on the end of the next dock to the east, not that far away. Anyone who has any reason to be in Astoria at dusk over the next weeks (months?), you really should make the attempt to check this out. Oh yes, there’s a Steller’s Eider in Seaside, only eight miles away.

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Date: 2/8/18 3:40 pm
From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
UPDATE: Between Tweeter comments (some made privately) and Flickr
comments, I have about half Broad-winged Hawk IDs and half Cooper's Hawk
IDs, but a Flickr commenter just suggested immature Northern Goshawk, which
looks good, too! Awaiting final determination from Bud Anderson. Thanks
for all the input, everybody--hawks are hard!
Alex


On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM, Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...>
wrote:

> Alex,
>
> I would agree with your first assessment, that it is indeed a Cooper's
> Hawk. Look at how narrow the final black band is on the tail, and compare
> it to photos on the internet of Broad-winged Hawks, with broader final
> black bands, and may be fewer black bands. That said, I am not certain it
> isn't a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It would be helpful to get an idea of the
> size, crow-sized for a Cooper's , big jay sized for a Sharp-shinned, but
> the tail on your photo shows the better rounding at the end, that is more a
> feature of the Cooper's Hawk, while the Sharp-shinned is a bit more
> squarred at the end, at times with a better defined notch in the center.
> Also, we don't get many Broad-winged Hawks in our area, which is partly why
> I always want to know where a photo was taken, ideally with some habitat
> information..
>
> -Stewart Wechsler
> www.stewardshipadventures.com
>
>
>> Message: 7
>> Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2018 08:09:22 -0800
>> From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...>
>> Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
>> To: tweeters <tweeters...>
>> Message-ID:
>> <CAJfxVzeonira691GkK7rSqyNFPh57ecAP1ufyUOhXxn2k0mGaA...>
>> ail.com>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
>>
>> In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and
>> posted
>> it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk. Recently a birder commented that he
>> thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk. I thought that unlikely but am now
>> confused by his field mark comments. The photo and comments may be found
>> here:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280/
>>
>> If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.
>>
>> Thank you,
>> Alex MacKenzie
>> Seattle
>> <mizmak...>
>
>

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Date: 2/8/18 3:22 pm
From: Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] suggestions received about viewing Platte River Sandhill Crane migration
Hi Tweeters,

Thanks again to everyone who responded to my request for advice and
suggestions concerning viewing the Sandhill Crane migration along the
Platte River in Nebraska. Here are the links to the events/groups that
were mentioned:

http://ne.audubon.org/birds/crane-festival
https://cranetrust.org/explore/crane-migration-tours/
http://www.calamusoutfitters.com/

These give you various options for seeing the cranes, including viewing
from specific locations such as from blinds on the Rowe Sanctuary and other
venues that are specific to each group. There are also opportunities to
view other prairie species such as Greater Prairie Chicken and Sharp-tailed
Grouse at their leks. The Audubon festival runs only from March 23-25.
It's nexus is at the Holiday Inn in Kearney. The Crane Trust trips are
centered at Grand Island, about an hour form Kearney.

A few folks also mentioned that they did additional crane watching on
their own at various other public access locations. I'm sure that there
are other websites, but the Kearney Visitors Bureau provides information
for these:

https://visitkearney.org/

More information can be found on eBird, of course.

Now I am going to work on willing some Whooping Cranes to land in a field
that I'll be watching.

Lonnie Somer
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Date: 2/8/18 2:33 pm
From: Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
Alex,

I would agree with your first assessment, that it is indeed a Cooper's
Hawk. Look at how narrow the final black band is on the tail, and compare
it to photos on the internet of Broad-winged Hawks, with broader final
black bands, and may be fewer black bands. That said, I am not certain it
isn't a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It would be helpful to get an idea of the
size, crow-sized for a Cooper's , big jay sized for a Sharp-shinned, but
the tail on your photo shows the better rounding at the end, that is more a
feature of the Cooper's Hawk, while the Sharp-shinned is a bit more
squarred at the end, at times with a better defined notch in the center.
Also, we don't get many Broad-winged Hawks in our area, which is partly why
I always want to know where a photo was taken, ideally with some habitat
information..

-Stewart Wechsler
www.stewardshipadventures.com


> Message: 7
> Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2018 08:09:22 -0800
> From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
> To: tweeters <tweeters...>
> Message-ID:
> <CAJfxVzeonira691GkK7rSqyNFPh57ecAP1ufyUOhXxn2k0mGaA@mail.
> gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
>
> In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and posted
> it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk. Recently a birder commented that he
> thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk. I thought that unlikely but am now
> confused by his field mark comments. The photo and comments may be found
> here:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280/
>
> If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.
>
> Thank you,
> Alex MacKenzie
> Seattle
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Date: 2/8/18 1:21 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-02-08
Tweets – The good news was that it was warm (51+) and not raining; we got only a few minutes of breeze-blown mist, and the rest of the morning was dry. There was a bit of breeze when we were out in the open, especially atop the Viewing Mound, but the lake was pretty calm. It was darkly overcast, however. It was also VERY quiet, with low numbers of most species, and our lowest species count yet for 2018.

Highlights:
a.. Cackling Goose – many large flocks between 7:30 and 8:00, heading southeast – 1500 birds
b.. Horned Grebe – one far out from the Lake Platform
c.. Barn Owl – Matt had one at the windmill very early, and we had one from the Viewing Mound at 6:45am
d.. Belted Kingfisher – two males
e.. Hairy Woodpecker – one at Rowing Club, near and simultaneously with our only Downy
f.. PEREGRINE FALCON – juvenile flying southeast over East Meadow – new for 2018
g.. NO FINCHES AT ALL – I don’t think that’s ever happened before
h.. Golden-crowned Sparrow – especially numerous
i.. Dark-eyed Junco – probably 2nd most abundant species after Cackling Goose
j.. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER – 1 seen, at least 1 more heard – first for 2018. Couldn’t quite nail down Aud. vs. Myrt.
Anna’s Hummingbird, Brown Creeper, Bewick’s Wren, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and Red-winged Blackbird were heard singing today.

Misses today included Ring-necked Duck, Steller’s Jay, Bushtit, and House Finch – a short list considering how few species we had today. But the 2nd week in February has our second lowest cumulative number of species seen, beating out only the last week in January, 96 vs. 94, so a short list is to be expected now.

For the day, we did manage 48 species, with two new ones (PEFA and YRWA) to bring the 2018 list to 73.

Oh, and at the Rowing Club pond, we had our first turtle of the year, a Red-eared Slider.

== Michael Hobbs
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Date: 2/8/18 10:17 am
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk 2/7/2018
Hi Tweets,

25 of us enjoyed fair skies with some sun breaks on a dry day with
temperatures in the 50's degrees Fahrenheit. There was a High 13.6ft Tide
at 10:36am making for a nice falling tide in the early afternoon.
Highlights included our nesting GREAT HORNED OWL in the nest snag tree from
2016, and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL intergrade on the boardwalk.

Starting out at the Visitor Center at 8:00am, we had great looks at two
pair of HOODED MERGANSER's with the males displaying. A Columbia
Black-tailed Deer took a morning dip and flushed a WILSON'S SNIPE. Plenty
of SONG SPARROW were foraging in the foliage, some even beginning to sing.

We were not able to relocate the Northern Saw-whet Owl that has been
residing in the roost tree, hopefully it's still around in another roost.
The entrance to the Orchard had a nice mixed flock of BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and BROWN CREEPER. The Indian Plumb and
Salmon Berry is beginning to bloom, and we had great looks at an ANNA'S
HUMMINGBIRD. DOWNY WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER and FOX SPARROW were also
observed. Plenty of BEWICK'S WREN singing around the Refuge with a few
PACIFIC WREN chiming in as well.

There was another nice mixed flock of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BUSHTIT,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, additional Golden-crowned Kinglet, Black-capped
Chickadee and Brown Creeper where the Access Road cuts across the slough
south and west of the parking lots. The flooded fields along the Access
Road where great for observing NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL,
MALLARD, CACKLING GOOSE, CANADA GOOSE and RED-TAILED HAWK. The male
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have moved in and are singing and claiming territory.

The entrance area to the west side of the Twin Barns Loop Trail was good
for GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW and SPOTTED TOWHEE. The Visitor Center Pond had
RING-NECKED DUCK and BUFFLEHEAD. MARSH WREN and VIRGINIA RAIL were
reported heard near the cut off to the Twin Barns. Both BALD EAGLE and
PEREGRINE FALCON could be scoped along the Nisqually River. Along the
north side of the Twin Barns Loop Trail, in a large snag just inside the
loop, the GREAT HORNED OWL is easily seen in the nest tree form 2016,
suspected to be incubating a clutch. An old goose egg is pushed to the
side, probably from last year.

>From the Twin Barns Overlook, we had nice looks at additional waterfowl
with good numbers of AMERICAN COOT. A female AMERICAN KESTREL was observed
hunting along the Access Road, and we got to see her catch a Pacific Choral
Tree Frog which she ingested on the roof of one of the Twin Barns. We had
a terrific fly over of 14 GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

The tide was high out on the new dike or Nisqually Estuary Trail. We had
good looks of GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-BILLED
GULL, MEW GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL and NORTHERN HARRIER. A solid dark
brown RED-TAILED HAWK continues in the stand of trees between the Nisqually
River and the surge plain.

Along the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail we added COMMON GOLDENEYE,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GREAT BLUE HERON, LEAST SANDPIPER and SPOTTED
SANDPIPER to our list. Towards the end of the boardwalk we had two
EURASIAN WIGEON. The Puget Sound Viewing Platform was good for Black BRANT
GEESE, SURF SCOTER, COMMON LOON, RED-THROATED LOON, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,
HORNED GREBE, BRANDT'S CORMORANT, and PELAGIC CORMORANT. A gorgeous flock
of over 200 non-breeding plumage DUNLIN flew into the shoreline immediately
adjacent to the platform for terrific bin and scope looks. On our return,
Jon Anderson spotted a GREEN-WINGED TEAL intergrade just north of the
McAllister Creek Observation Platform. Photo's were taken and embedded
into our eBird report.

On our return, AMERICAN BITTERN was flushed from the fresh water marsh.
COMMON MERGANSER can be observed staging at the Nisqually River Overlook.
HAIRY WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, additional YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
both varieties, can be enjoyed along the east side of the Twin Barns Loop
Trail for now.

We had 65 species for the day, with 82 species for the year. Mammals seen
included Muskrat, Columbia Black-tailed Deer, Harbor Seal and Mink.

Until next week, when Phil should return from his super bowl celebratory
activities in Disneyland with the Philadelphia Eagles folk, happy birding,
and go BIRDS!

Shep
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Date: 2/8/18 10:15 am
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
What a pleasant surprise!

Relative to accipiters, Broad-winged might be called
Broad-tailed hawk. Note the proportionately much
shorter, broader tail in this pose compared to accipiters
on the web.

This comparison works for Steller's Eagle vs. Bald Eagle as well.
Older Steller's can have white heads, but have proportionately
very short tails.

Bob OBrien PDX


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> Broad-winged Hawk
>
>
>
> Sherry Hagen
> Vancouver, WA
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> From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...>
> Date: 2/8/18 8:09 AM (GMT-08:00)
> To: tweeters <tweeters...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
>
> In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and
> posted it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk. Recently a birder commented that
> he thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk. I thought that unlikely but am now
> confused by his field mark comments. The photo and comments may be found
> here:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280/
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> If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.
>
> Thank you,
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> Seattle
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Date: 2/8/18 8:33 am
From: littlebirder <littlebirder...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
Broad-winged Hawk


Sherry HagenVancouver, <WAlittlebirder...>
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-------- Original message --------From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...> Date: 2/8/18 8:09 AM (GMT-08:00) To: tweeters <tweeters...> Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and posted it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk.  Recently a birder commented that he thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk.  I thought that unlikely but am now confused by his field mark comments.  The photo and comments may be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280/

If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.
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Date: 2/8/18 8:13 am
From: Alexandra MacKenzie <mizmak...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Need Raptor ID Help
In Sep 2014 I took a photo of a hawk at Magnuson Park in Seattle and posted
it on Flickr as a Cooper's Hawk. Recently a birder commented that he
thought it was a Broad-winged Hawk. I thought that unlikely but am now
confused by his field mark comments. The photo and comments may be found
here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmak/15199769280/

If the experts can weigh in, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,
Alex MacKenzie
Seattle
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Date: 2/7/18 9:01 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Addendum to Sparrow's
Oops.  Forgot to include Black Throated and Lark Sparrows.  
Adding Sparrows seen in Washington this year, that makes 25 sparrow species so far.  

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Date: 2/7/18 8:58 pm
From: Ed Swan <edswan2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS Vashon Island field trip today
We had a good day going out to Vashon today with 69 species. We mostly seemed to pick up a lot of the usual suspects with a few uncommon to rare birds.

Highlights:

Brant: a couple of dozen on the ferry coming and going
Harlequin Duck: always a pretty show, some right by the Vashon dock and a nice long fly by look at mid channel which was unusual.
Red-breasted Merganser and Common Merganser: several nice flocks of 20-50 of each
Eared Grebe: a good bird for King County, hard to miss at the Tramp Harbor fishing pier, bright, beady, red eyes
Virginia Rail: calling at the Monument Road marsh
Wilson’s Snipe: rocketing upwards suddenly at Monument Road, probably more that didn’t flush
Three alcid species: Common Murre and Rhino Auklets mid channel and many Pigeon Guillemot chasing each other at both the Fauntleroy and Vashon docks
Three loon species: some good, if sometimes distant, looks at Red-throated and Pacific Loons in Tramp Harbor with some close in Common Loons
Three cormorant species: Brandt’s Cormorant in breeding plumage about 10-15 feet from the ferry windows at the Vashon dock
Common Raven: only about 20 at the Matsuda Preserve, often as many as 50 here in the last couple of years
Northern Harrier dive-bombed by American Kestrel at Wax Orchards
Marsh Wren at Monument Road: a species for some reason very rare for Vashon
White-throated Sparrow: only uncommon but still a fun bird to find, this one has been present since at least the CBC in Vashon town (picture the owner of the house in question coming outside to their car to run an errand, pinned by a wall of binoculars, unruffled, this happens every day on Vashon)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: again not that unusual but I still love to find warblers of any kind in winter

Ed

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Date: 2/7/18 8:41 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Little Brown Birds in Arizona - Sparrows and Wrens
I am wrapping up a quickie 4 day  trip  to Southeast Arizona chasing some ABA life birds and ABA life photos.
As I was going over checklists, I was surprised at the number of Sparrows and Wrens I have seen.  Including Towhees there have been 16 species of Sparrows and 7 species of Wrens.
Sparrows: Lincoln's, Song, White Crowned, Savannah, Baird's, Grasshopper, Vesper, Chipping, Black Chinned, Rufous Crowned, Rufous Winged and Brewer's Sparrows plus Green Tailed, Abert's and Canyon Towhees, and Dark Eyed Junco.
Wrens: Marsh, House, Bewick's, Canyon, Rock, Cactus and Sinaloa.  
Good way to pad a trip list.


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Date: 2/7/18 6:29 pm
From: Hal Michael <ucd880...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re: Audubon Membership Renewal Process /Woes
Don't know how widespread this is, but the Hawaii Audubon offers a local membership only. I belong, at least partly to receive their journal. Their newsletter is also a per-reviewed journal with lots of interesting articles on Hawaii. So, there may be different levels of membership, which may confuse things for National.

I would also add that NAS is not the only organization that seems to send out innumerable renewal notices, even when the membership may expire in three years.

Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-459-4005
360-791-7702 (C)
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> On February 7, 2018 at 5:36 PM beneteau <beneteau...> wrote:
>
>
> I more than sympathize; not only do I have the same problem (and, in
> addition, my actual renewal has not been acknowledge --though money
> taken-- for three months) but also, I am the Membership person for
> Pilchuck Audubon, representing Snohomish County and Camano Island. So,
> I get to see the membership roster and "changes" every month for our area.
>
> National Audubon has had difficulties with their membership tracking for
> quite a long time now. I don't know why they are having so many
> difficulties but I suspect there may be several "groups" responsible for
> different parts of the whole membership process and are, perhaps, using
> different pieces of information. This shouldn't happen but that kind of
> thing is often the case in non-profit organizations attempting to keep
> administration costs low.
>
> I'm not apologizing for NAS, because, believe me, I'm also very
> frustrated, but I can actually understand some of the problems. Local
> chapters have expressed some frustration with this issue and we are
> (just) starting an effort to see how we may be able to help make the
> process more effective.
>
> In the meantime, do contact Chapter Services at National. You may not
> get a satisfactory answer right away but it will help to draw attention
> to the problem. You can also contact me at
> <membership...>; please use the Subject line "NAS
> membership questions." It will help to gather information on the extent
> and kind of problems. I'll try to reply (probably not with a solution;
> I have few of those) as soon as I can but it may be a few days. Still
> and all, we are all trying to help the birds persevere and, we hope,
> prosper.
>
> --
> Jim Beneteau
> Arlington, Wa
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Date: 2/7/18 5:41 pm
From: beneteau <beneteau...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Audubon Membership Renewal Process /Woes
I more than sympathize; not only do I have the same problem (and, in
addition, my actual renewal has not been acknowledge --though money
taken-- for three months) but also, I am the Membership person for
Pilchuck Audubon, representing Snohomish County and Camano Island.  So,
I get to see the membership roster and "changes" every month for our area.

National Audubon has had difficulties with their membership tracking for
quite a long time now. I don't know why they are having so many
difficulties but I suspect there may be several "groups" responsible for
different parts of the whole membership process and are, perhaps, using
different pieces of information. This shouldn't happen but that kind of
thing is often the case in non-profit organizations attempting to keep
administration costs low.

I'm not apologizing for NAS, because, believe me, I'm also very
frustrated, but I can actually understand some of the problems. Local
chapters have expressed some frustration with this issue and we are
(just) starting an effort to see how we may be able to help make the
process more effective.

In the meantime, do contact Chapter Services at National.  You may not
get a satisfactory answer right away but it will help to draw attention
to the problem.  You can also contact me at
<membership...>; please use the Subject line "NAS
membership questions."  It will help to gather information on the extent
and kind of problems.  I'll try to reply (probably not with a solution;
I have few of those) as soon as I can but it may be a few days.  Still
and all, we are all trying to help the birds persevere and, we hope,
prosper.

--
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Arlington, Wa

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Date: 2/7/18 3:21 pm
From: Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Platte River Crane Viewing Advice
Hi Tweeters,

My wife and I are considering traveling to see the large numbers of
Sandhill Cranes that congregate along the Platte River during the last
weekend of March. Do any of you that have experienced this have any advice
concerning possible tours as well as independent exploration? Thanks.

Lonnie Somer
Seattle

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Date: 2/7/18 11:28 am
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Edmonds Roundup - Jan. 2018
Hi Tweeters,

We had reliable observations of 90 species in Edmonds during January. There were no sightings of code 5 birds. Code 4 sightings included Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Western Gull, Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, all along the waterfront, and Common Redpoll at the marsh. Code 3 sightings included Wood Duck (Pine Ridge Park), Ring-necked Duck (several ponds), Lesser Scaup (Edmonds portion of Lake Ballinger), Harlequin Duck (waterfront), Wilson’s Snipe (marsh), Red-throated Loon (waterfront), Common Loon (waterfront), Brandt’s Cormorant (waterfront), Peregrine Falcon (Haines Wharf Park), White-throated Sparrow (marsh), and Brewer’s Blackbird (Senior Center at Olympic Beach).

There is a back story of interest to the Brewer’s Blackbird. This is a species that one would expect to find in urban settings such as grocery store parking lots and around hamburger drive-ins, where food leavings occur. That has not been the case in Edmonds. For several years, there was what appeared to be one mated pair in the Edmonds Bowl, alternately seen at the marsh or around the Senior Center at Olympic Beach (between the ferry dock and the public pier). The male disappeared a couple of years ago. The female continues to be seen on the beach, in the parking lot, or on the grass at the Senior Center. Her site fidelity is striking. There are plans afoot to demolish and rebuild the Senior Center, an LEED building to be called the Waterfront Center. The last article I read estimated construction at about a year. I do not know when demolition is expected to begin. The proposal has been a long process. A year of demolition and construction will displace our lone holdout of the Brewer’s Blackbird species. She may or may not find another suitable location in Edmonds. On the other hand, she may die of natural causes before this project is shovel ready.

Waterfowl that are being seen regularly along the waterfront, in addition to those already mentioned, include Brant, Gadwall, Surf and Black Scoters, Bufflehead, Common and Barrow’s Goldeneyes, and Red-breasted Merganser. A couple of Pied-billed Grebes have been lingering inside the marina, while Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, and Western Grebe are also along the waterfront. Alcid sightings have included Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, and Rhinoceros Auklet. Mew Gull and Western x Glaucous-winged hybrids are the dominant winter gulls, with lesser numbers of Glaucous-winged Gull, and Bonaparte’s Gull. Pacific Loon numbers have varied from one or two birds to more than thirty. Band-tailed Pigeons can be seen from time to time flying over Pine Ridge and Yost Parks. So far it has been a good winter for Varied Thrush, but not so much for Hermit Thrush. The city cleared out a tangled patch of vegetation in Yost Park that included a lot of berries and where Hermit Thrush could be heard or seen in peek-a-boo views. With the loss of that cover, they are not there. Both minima and Taverner’s subspecies of Cackling Goose were seen at the Edmonds Woodway High School grounds in early January.

We have added three species to the Edmonds checklist: Swallow-tailed Gull, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. We have documented 273 species within the city. If you would like a copy of the revised 2018 checklist, in Adobe Acrobat format, please send your request to <checklistedmonds...> <mailto:<checklistedmonds...>. We also maintain a list of birds seen throughout the year in the bird information display box on the outer wall of the Olympic Beach Visitor Station, at the base of the public pier.

If you see a good bird in Edmonds that you think we might not have on our year list, please let me know.

Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA

Abundance codes: (1) Common, (2) Uncommon, (3) Harder to find, usually seen annually, (4) Rare, 5+ records, (5) Fewer than 5 records
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Date: 2/7/18 10:45 am
From: Ruby Newton <mojaveruby...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] merganser flock Lake Washington

I live in Jefferson County just across the Hood Canal Bridge and on Monday, 2/5, there were at least 3 dozen common mergansers .... male and female, that did the chasing and churning up the water .... incredible speed and such fun to watch. I did get some video, but poor quality.


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Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:30 PM
To: TWEETERS Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] merganser flock Lake Washington

Hi Tweeters,
I was taking a walk at lunch and birding today on the shore of Lake Washington (NOAA Sand Point, next to Magnuson Park). I was counting coots and ducks when this flock of birds came rushing in from the north. No fewer than 40 common mergansers (mostly males) swooped in and landed in front of me. I've never seen so many mergansers at one time before. Sadly, no camera.

Peggy Mundy
Bothell, WA
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Date: 2/7/18 9:17 am
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] white-throated sparrow question
This seems to be a White-throated Sparrow that is molting from immature
into adult plumage with white crown stripes, but I welcome other opinions.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 4:48 PM, <amk17...> wrote:

> Hi Tweeters,
>
> I was out this afternoon playing with my camera and trying to take pics of
> yard birds in these lovely wintery daylight conditions. Mostly of
> yellow-rumped warblers in trees against a grey sky. Out of the corner of my
> I spotted a white-throated sparrow (WTSP) on the patio but it just didn't
> seem quite right.
>
> If anyone has the inclination, I'd be interested in opinions on whether
> this is indeed a first winter WTSP or a hybrid. The undersides seemed much
> too crisp to me (white and dark brown). It seemed to resemble a juvenile
> much more than a first winter bird (?) Sorry about the photo quality, I was
> so focused on the warblers I didn't have time to adjust my camera settings
> (plus it totally caught me off guard and I did a double take once I noticed
> it). Photo on ebird.
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42550979
>
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Date: 2/7/18 8:47 am
From: Nancy Wagner <nancy...>
Subject: [Tweeters] 2nd attempt to req help about harriers
I posted this message yesterday, but didn’t realize Peter’s email address
was removed since it had an @ symbol in it. Sorry about that! Here’s the
message again, hopefully his email address comes through. Thanks to those
who responded yesterday – some great suggestions to help Peter, and I
forwarded all of them to him.

My friend, Peter Appleton, will be visiting the area for a couple of weeks
during spring next year - probably March - May 2019, and is aiming to watch
northern harrier aerial displays. Peter, who is from England, is used to
watching western marsh harriers (in England) and Montagu's harriers (in
southern France) and has a special interest in high-circling, sky-diving,
and breeding vocalizations. He’s not a photographer and is not a 'proper
scientist' (his words!), but he does have quite a lot of hours of
harrier-watching experience, and has read a lot about the wonderful harrier
family. He would love to receive advice on where and when might be good.
Peter’s email address is peterappleton279 AT gmail.com. Thanks to anyone who
can help!
>>>  
Nancy
Nancy AT nancywagnerphotography.com
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Date: 2/7/18 4:29 am
From: Chris McNally <mcpoodle2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI - Sandy Pointe Snowy Owl and Birch Bay
A group of us will be up in Birch Bay next weekend and I am wondering if anyone has seen the Snowy Owl that was hanging out at Sandy Point in December?

Chris McNally
Lake Stevens, WA

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Date: 2/6/18 9:05 pm
From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Intergrade American x Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Red-shouldered Hawk, Black Phoebe -- Toppenish, Yakima County
Today at Toppenish Creek I again saw and heard the Red-shouldered Hawk at
Lateral C x Toppenish Creek. I'd gone down this morning to see if I could
get audio recordings and better photos of the Red-shouldered Hawk that
loudly and persistently let me know if its presence yesterday early
afternoon -- giving me ample time to realize, finally, what I was hearing.
I also found an Intergrade American x Eurasian Green-winged Teal drake,
then a Black Phoebe.

The Intergrade Green-winged Teal was a bonus of peering through thick
willows searching for the hawk. The Black Phoebe was a bonus of coming back
a bit after 4 p.m. to listen again for the hawk. I'd been hearing the
phoebe's call earlier in the day, and pointed it out to some others, but it
didn't dawn on me then what it was. I never got good hawk audio, only
hearing it call three times today, and got only marginally less Loch Ness
photos of it. My Green-winged Teal photos are frames taken from digiscoped
video, so pretty rough. I fared a little better with the Black Phoebe. I
presume this is the same Red-shouldered Hawk that Debie Brown found here on
September 16, 2017 -- when she was looking for a continuing Black Phoebe.
And I'd guess this is that same Black Phoebe. I'll post some photos on my
Flickr stream once I download and select them.

I didn't use any playback, as per the ABA Code of Birding Ethics. The
property on either side of Lateral C road is all signed No Trespassing, and
is private or leased from the Yakama Nation. Most drivers were at least
reasonably considerate, with the exception of the Wapato school bus driver
who drove by very fast each time (normal for him), and a pair of women in a
new white pickup truck who drove even faster half a dozen times, throwing
gravel and clouds of dust. If you visit, consider parking on the upwind
side of the road, keeping your windows rolled up, and being ready to duck
into your vehicle.

It was a pretty good day.
listing.aba.org/ethics/

Good Birding,
Kevin Lucas
Selah, WA
(Yakima County)

p.s. Sorry for the likely typos.

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Date: 2/6/18 5:34 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: [Tweeters] merganser flock Lake Washington
Hi Tweeters,I was taking a walk at lunch and birding today on the shore of Lake Washington (NOAA Sand Point, next to Magnuson Park).  I was counting coots and ducks when this flock of birds came rushing in from the north.  No fewer than 40 common mergansers (mostly males) swooped in and landed in front of me.  I've never seen so many mergansers at one time before.  Sadly, no camera.
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Date: 2/6/18 4:52 pm
From: <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] white-throated sparrow question
Hi Tweeters,

I was out this afternoon playing with my camera and trying to take pics of yard birds in these lovely wintery daylight conditions. Mostly of yellow-rumped warblers in trees against a grey sky. Out of the corner of my I spotted a white-throated sparrow (WTSP) on the patio but it just didn't seem quite right.

If anyone has the inclination, I'd be interested in opinions on whether this is indeed a first winter WTSP or a hybrid. The undersides seemed much too crisp to me (white and dark brown). It seemed to resemble a juvenile much more than a first winter bird (?) Sorry about the photo quality, I was so focused on the warblers I didn't have time to adjust my camera settings (plus it totally caught me off guard and I did a double take once I noticed it). Photo on ebird.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42550979

Thanks
AKopitov
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Date: 2/6/18 3:33 pm
From: Marcia <birdingtour.review...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Request: information and guidance regarding birds of Maui
Hawaii Audubon Society has a small pocket guide called Hawaii's Birds with
indication of popular birding spots on each of the islands.

Marcia

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> I would be very appreciative of any information and guidance you may have
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> Of particular interest:
> 1. Guides you would recommend
> 2. Interesting Birds and locations on Maui in March and April.
> Thank you all,
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Date: 2/6/18 1:40 pm
From: Ron Post <ronpost4...>
Subject: [Tweeters] query for photos
Hi, If you look at the current edition of WOSNews (#171) you will see a
list of many species (on page 17, I believe) that are targeted at the June
WOS Annual Conference in Hood River. Anyone who has a good photo of one of
those species, I'd appreciate a JPG of about a half megabyte (less is OK),
for possible use in the upcoming edition (#172, a special edition) of the
newsletter. I will acknowledge receipt as long as it is just one photo at a
time. Subject line should say "Hood River" Deadline is Feb. 25.
Ron Post
Editor, WOSNews
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Date: 2/6/18 12:35 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Baby Ducks (Not)
Tweeters,

Among new students of avian delights it is not uncommon to assume that certain smaller species of ducks might be baby Mallards. This week’s post focuses on the three smallest species of winter waterfowl normally found on Union Bay. If you like, you may challenge yourself to think of all three species before you read the post. I hope you enjoy it!

https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2018/02/baby-ducks-not.html <https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2018/02/baby-ducks-not.html>

Have a great day on Union Bay, where being a small winter waterfowl does not make you a baby.

Larry Hubbell
ldhubbell at comcast dot net
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Date: 2/6/18 12:18 pm
From: Erica Clark <clark.erica2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Recommendation Bird Tour in Bulgaria
On February 1 Gary Bletsch was asking for recommendations for an
international birding trip company. I was in Bulgaria last April and went
on a 2 day trip with Neophron Tours ( http://neophron.com/ ) and had an
absolutly fantastic time! Our guide spoke great English and was extremely
knowledgeable about all of the birds in the area and where exactly to go
for them. He also had a great sense of humor and just truly loved birds and
wilderness, a joy to be around! I couldn't recommend them any higher!
Bulgaria has hundreds of fantastic birds and also great food, people and
history, it was one of my favorite places!
Erica Clark

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Date: 2/6/18 11:01 am
From: Nancy Wagner <nancy...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Friend looking for northern harriers in the spring
My friend, Peter Appleton, will be visiting the area for a couple of weeks
during spring next year - probably March - May 2019, and is aiming to watch
northern harrier aerial displays. Peter, who is from England, is used to
watching western marsh harriers (in England) and Montagu's harriers (in
southern France) and has a special interest in high-circling, sky-diving,
and breeding vocalizations. Hes not a photographer and is not a 'proper
scientist' (his words!), but he does have quite a lot of hours of
harrier-watching experience, and has read a lot about the wonderful harrier
family. He would love to receive advice on where and when might be good.
Peters email address is <peterappleton279...>. Thanks to anyone who
can help!

Nancy
Nancy AT nancywagnerphotography.com
Bothell, WA

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Date: 2/6/18 9:49 am
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fox Sparrow, hummer activity / Caryn / Wedgwood
9:20 am.

Just had a fox sparrow outside the kitchen window. Tried to get a photo, but too many twigs in the way. The chevron markings, large feet and bi-colored bill were all clearly visible. We’ve had them here before, but luckily just happened to catch the siting while waiting for my tea. I wonder if it heard the microwave—it tilted its head just as it beeped. Then promptly took its morning constitutional and left.

Still no siting of Anna’s nesting in our garden yet. One (of three females) has been collecting fluff and leaving the premises. Can’t get a spot where its taking it—yet. On a collection run the other day, it dropped a tiny tuft of fluff and dropped down in front of me and picked it right up. So funny to see this, rather than go back to the “giant ball” and get another bit.

Have a great bird day!

Caryn / Wedgwood


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Date: 2/6/18 8:52 am
From: Doug Brown <BirdBrain53...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Black-legged Kittiwake
Chirp,

A Black-legged Kittiwake was seen yesterday on the beach at Birch Bay State Park.
It was near the South entrance to the park. A photo can be seen here ….

https://www.flickr.com/photos/146696747@N03/page1

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Date: 2/6/18 6:59 am
From: Jeff Kozma <jcr_5105...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Audubon Membership Renewal Process
I try to renew online, so according to them to save paper and cost, and then
when I do, I still get renewal notices for 1-2 months after! And, it's not
just Audubon that does it.



Jeff Kozma



Yakima



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To: <tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Audubon Membership Renewal Process



Hi Tweeters,



In the 5 months since I renewed my membership in the National Audubon
Society I have received well over a dozen renewal notices and 4 membership
cards. After the first few incorrect renewal notices I called Audubon to
make sure there wasn't some mix-up in crediting my account. Customer
Service verified their database and assured me all was well and that I had
paid. Since then I have e-mailed them twice and, by return e-mail, been
assured that I had been renewed. The 4th membership card and about the 15th
or so incorrect renewal notice came today. Audubon has now probably spent a
significant part of my dues sending me renewal notices in error. I'm
wondering if anyone else is having this problem? Money spent on incorrect
dues notices doesn't go to helping birds.



Wally Davis

Snohomish


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Date: 2/5/18 9:49 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Audubon Membership Renewal Process
Yes, my wife renewed last August for one year, and has received two renewal
cards in just the last month plus a couple of earlier notices.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 6:51 PM, Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> wrote:

> Hi Tweeters,
>
>
>
> In the 5 months since I renewed my membership in the National Audubon
> Society I have received well over a dozen renewal notices and 4 membership
> cards. After the first few incorrect renewal notices I called Audubon to
> make sure there wasn’t some mix-up in crediting my account. Customer
> Service verified their database and assured me all was well and that I had
> paid. Since then I have e-mailed them twice and, by return e-mail, been
> assured that I had been renewed. The 4th membership card and about the
> 15th or so incorrect renewal notice came today. Audubon has now probably
> spent a significant part of my dues sending me renewal notices in error.
> I’m wondering if anyone else is having this problem? Money spent on
> incorrect dues notices doesn’t go to helping birds.
>
>
>
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Date: 2/5/18 6:54 pm
From: Wally Davis <wallydavis3...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Audubon Membership Renewal Process
Hi Tweeters,



In the 5 months since I renewed my membership in the National Audubon
Society I have received well over a dozen renewal notices and 4 membership
cards. After the first few incorrect renewal notices I called Audubon to
make sure there wasn't some mix-up in crediting my account. Customer
Service verified their database and assured me all was well and that I had
paid. Since then I have e-mailed them twice and, by return e-mail, been
assured that I had been renewed. The 4th membership card and about the 15th
or so incorrect renewal notice came today. Audubon has now probably spent a
significant part of my dues sending me renewal notices in error. I'm
wondering if anyone else is having this problem? Money spent on incorrect
dues notices doesn't go to helping birds.



Wally Davis

Snohomish


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Date: 2/5/18 11:37 am
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] North Snohomish flooding
I tried to head toward Norman and Thomle Roads this morning through
Silvana, but E. Pioneer Hwy. into Silvana was closed due to high water.
There are alternate routes to those locations, but some areas of Norman and
Thomle also could be under water.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

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Date: 2/5/18 10:46 am
From: Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Lewis County Field Trip
Eight of us braved the partly cloudy to cloudy day to bird Lewis County. We spent the morning around the Centrlia and Chehalis area. In the afternoon we headed up towards Mossyrock and Mayfield Dams. We had 67 species seen and 6 hears for the day. Here is a list of some of the better birds we saw; Greater Scaup, Merlin, Iceland/Thayers Gull,California Quail, and Purple Finch. We hit the target birds we were after. It was great to finally put a face to some of the names I see on tweeters.


Cheers and good birding.


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Date: 2/5/18 10:36 am
From: Ed Swan <Edswan2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS Vashon Island Wednesday February 7 trip still has a few openings
Hi all, I don't have a full trip yet and like to go with a full group of
12, so I thought I'd put a wider note out. If you're not a WOS member
that's fine since there's several openings. Wednesday's weather is looking
cloudy but not necessarily rain. If we get some sun breaks, we should get
some good singing. I think some of the birds are as ready for spring as we
are. I've been hearing Hutton's Vireos and Brown Creepers starting to ramp
up and some funny early songs from a couple of Pacific Wrens.



Join Ed Swan, author of the newly revised "The Birds of Vashon Island," on a
half-day trip around Vashon. We'll bird going across the water on the 8:25am
Fauntleroy-Vashon ferry (contact Ed for carpool arrangements), hopefully
seeing Brant and Rhino Auklets on the way over. All three cormorants,
grebes, sea ducks and Harlequin Duck await us at the Vashon dock. We'll
check out Tramp Harbor for four loon species and Eared Grebe with nearby
Virginia Rail. A stop at Fisher Pond will provide Wood Ducks and other
freshwater species. We'll opportunistically look for other birds from there.
To sign up, contact Ed Swan at <mailto:<edswan2...>
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Date: 2/5/18 8:03 am
From: <meyer2j...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Western Field Ornithologists Youth Scholarships
Hi Tweets:

 
Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of youth scholarships for their 43rd Annual Conference to be held in Ventura, CA, Sept. 26-30, 2018.  Applications deadline is April 22.  See the westernfieldornithologists.org website for complete details. The scholarships are open to youths between the ages of 12 and 22 as well as scholarships for college students working toward a Bachelor's degree.
 
Joyce Meyer
Redmond, WA
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Date: 2/5/18 4:39 am
From: Dan Reiff, PhD <dan.owl.reiff...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Request: information and guidance regarding birds of Maui
Hello Tweeters,
I would be very appreciative of any information and guidance you may have regarding the birds of Maui.
Of particular interest:
1. Guides you would recommend
2. Interesting Birds and locations on Maui in March and April.
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Date: 2/4/18 4:50 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Common Goldeneye with problem
I would recommend contacting PAWS in Lynnwood, they cover King County.  Even if they can't help, they may be able to suggest where to go next.  I don't know if Seattle City Parks is prepared to deal with issues like this.
PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.412.4040


Peggy MundyBothell, WA
On Sunday, February 4, 2018, 4:42:33 PM PST, Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...> wrote:

Hi all,

This afternoon, Kendrick and I spotted a female Common Goldeneye at Green Lake who appears to have some fishing line (or some such) wrapped around her body. She is able to swim, but we are concerned for her wellbeing. Does anyone out there have any suggestions about getting her some help?
She was swimming around and underneath one of the concrete platforms just behind the Bathhouse Theater. Facing east, it’s the platform on the right.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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seattle, wa
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Date: 2/4/18 4:45 pm
From: Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Common Goldeneye with problem
Hi all,

This afternoon, Kendrick and I spotted a female Common Goldeneye at Green Lake who appears to have some fishing line (or some such) wrapped around her body. She is able to swim, but we are concerned for her wellbeing. Does anyone out there have any suggestions about getting her some help?
She was swimming around and underneath one of the concrete platforms just behind the Bathhouse Theater. Facing east, it’s the platform on the right.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Date: 2/4/18 3:29 pm
From: Christopher Clark <cjbirdmanclark...>
Subject: [Tweeters] First of year Pierce County birding
Hey fellow birders, so this morning I was able to get out and enjoy some
local birding. Believe it or not, this was my first time birding in Pierce
County this year! Yikes! But boy, there were some pretty cool highlights.

Starting off at Gog-le-hi-te wetlands, I was disappointed to see NO gulls
on either the rendering plant or on the shipping containers. None. Zip! So
I figured I'd walk toward the south pond and see if any gulls were hanging
out there. As I walked, around 300 or so gulls were flushed from some
location southeast of the plant, probably flushed by one of the eagles
hanging around. Immediately I picked out the continuing GLAUCOUS GULL, it
was easily seen even with just the naked eye. Within a minute all the
gulls, save for a few flyovers, returned to their roost, where they
couldn't be seen from the wetlands. Nice life bird to start off the day!

Next I went to Ruston Way to get some easy FOY seabirds. Near the Lobster
Shop restaurant, a male HOODED MERGANSER was hanging out close to shore.
This is my first time seeing one anywhere along Ruston Way. Next I drove to
the gravel parking area at the start of the Point Ruston walking path. Just
off shore a nice male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER allowed for nice views. Also
seen was a crisp male EURASIAN WIGEON hanging out with his American
cousins. This was another location first for me. Then flew in a female
COMMON MERGANSER, a hard to find species in this part of the sound it seems.

My last stop was at DeCoursey Park in Puyallup. Ducks can be seen with ease
on the pond and creek. Nothing too unusual but I did get some great looks
at some GADWALLS. The trees around the pond have had good sized flocks of
goldfinches and siskins in the past, so I kicked myself for not checking
earlier in the winter for the possibility of redpolls. Oh well, next time
we get an incursion of them I'll be sure to check here. All in all it was a
great day with several good birds seen! I posted a couple photos on Flickr,
here's the link if anyone's interested:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/155731005@N03/

Christopher Clark
Sumner, WA

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Date: 2/4/18 2:17 pm
From: Alan Roedell <alanroedell...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] birding tour company RFI
Dear Gary,
My wife and I have birded intensively for the last 20 years and we have
hacked together trips on our own, with local guides, and used VENT and
Rockjumper. We've seen more birds with tour companies. For Africa, we've
had good luck with Rockjumper. For Central and South America we prefer
Vent. These are generalizations, of course. Read the descriptions
carefully. As to Asia, I would suggest Wings with Susan Myers. She is
Australian sometimes based in Seattle. We went to Borneo with her a few
years ago and ran into her in Japan a few weeks ago. She is great!
Good luck, Alan Roedell, Seattle

On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 7:59 PM, Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> wrote:

> Dear Tweeters,
> This summer, I may well throw in the towel and go on my first organized
> birding tour, instead of cobbling together a trip on my own.
> The excellent "Fatbirder" website led me to a short list of major
> companies, several of which have tours on dates when I could go.
> I am a pretty gung-ho international birder, willing to go on fairly short
> sleep, willing to sleep in fairly simple accommodations--while not sinking
> to the wretched level of hovels unless absolutely necessary for a night or
> two. I typically pick a country to bird in, based on whether I have a
> goodly list of possible lifers there--so I might conceivably pick a tour on
> any of several continents.
> So, here's a list of companies I saw on Fatbirder: Field Guides; VENT;
> Birdquest; Rockjumper; Wings; Tropical Birding.
> Any feedback is welcome. For example--are any of these too laid-back for a
> serious lister? Do any have "red flags" I should know about? Are any of
> them overpriced, or poorly managed?
> There were a few other companies about which I had heard good things, but
> I have left them out, either because their websites let me down, or they
> had no tours during my time window. Perhaps I am neglecting a company that
> I should consider?
> Thanks for your consideration.
> Yours truly,
> Gary Bletsch
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Date: 2/4/18 2:14 pm
From: Cara Borre <cmborre1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Video link to yesterday's Westport Seabirds pelagic trip
Here's a link to a video from yesterday's pelagic trip. What an awesome
winter outing!

https://youtu.be/F_eRKWt8Lko

This is best viewed if you change the setting to 1080HD.

Cheers!

Cara Borre
Gig Harbor

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Date: 2/4/18 12:38 pm
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's books are:

1) Waders of Europe

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2018/01/new-title_23.html

2) American Snakes

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2018/01/new-title_30.html

3) Beetles

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2018/01/new-title_31.html

sincerely
--

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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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Date: 2/4/18 12:11 pm
From: Bruce LaBar <blabar...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Westport Pelagic Trip, Saturday Feb. 3, 2018, 2 LAYSAN ALBATROSS, BROWN BOOBY
Westport Seabirds’ first pelagic trip of the year, was a great success! Fifteen seabird enthusiasts got a window between rough sea conditions during the previous days and with some to follow. Light rain and some bumpy conditions in the morning were not a deterrent for us to get 30-35 miles out to deep water. The trip back was smooth and with no rain, made viewing great.

Leaving at 0700, we started counting at daybreak, around 0730. For the next 3 hours traveling roughly 30 miles, we encountered a limited amount of bird activity because of the time of year and the sea conditions.

Highlights included: 1 Long-tailed Duck at least 3 miles off shore, 6 Black-footed Albatross and 22 Northern Fulmars as we neared Grays Canyon, lots of Common Murres numbering over 300 ( many that looked well fed, good news for the up-coming breeding season), 38 Cassin’s Auklet, 34 Black-legged Kittiwakes and 2 Ancient Murrelets (that were seen by a few).
As we neared our normal chum spot in Grays Canyon, Phil Anderson had been following the F/V Maverick (a long-liner fish vessel operated by the Quinault Indian Nation) by radar. Long-liners usually attract hundreds of seabirds and indeed that was the scene.

Highlights were: 2 LAYSAN ALBATROSS, 40 Black-footed Albatross, 310 Northern Fulmars, 30 Black-legged Kittiwakes and an assortment of gulls, mostly Herring.

Our journey back to inshore had the similar regular species with the highlight being 2 POMARINE JAEGERS on the water together, then taking flight for all to see.
Coming into the harbor, close to the Westport jetty, we immediately noted a large brown and white bird with several cormorants around it. It was a BROWN BOOBY, sleeping. Then it lifted its head several times for all to see and photograph. This was our first sighting of this species during the winter with maybe 6-7 other records for Westport Seabirds trips. This bird was also number 550 life birds for Sierra Downs, one of our youngest pelagic regulars! Oh, by the way, number 449 was the Laysan Albatross!

Other highlights coming into the boat basin included 6 Black Turnstones and 1 Surfbird on the jetty and a CLARK’S GREBE in the basin.
Mammal sightings were, 1 Gray Whale, 4 Northern Fur Seals, Harbor Porpoise, Harbor Seals, California Sea Lions and Steller’s Sea Lions.

Spotters for this trip were Bill Tweit, Gene Revelas, Cara Borre and myself. Boat personnel and spotters were Phil and Chris Anderson.

Our next scheduled trip is on March 17, with spaces still available. For reservations and all information for these trips, please visit our website at www.westportseabirds.com
Thanks to all for making this first trip of the year such a great success!
On behalf of Westport Seabirds,
Bruce LaBar
Tacoma, WA

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Date: 2/4/18 10:33 am
From: Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>
Subject: [Tweeters] bald eagle
Yesterday, Saturday the 3rd, a friend and I were on the Edmonds ferry
dock in my car about 10:20ish waiting for the ferry when we noticed a
bald eagle sitting on the high pole at the north end of the marina. Was
able to get out my binocs to get a good look as he/she sat for some
time. When the ferry arrived and sometime as the cars were unloading
the eagle flew off but we did not notice. Then I noticed on the tallest
pole at the south end of the marina was another or the same eagle. Not
rare but I am always excited by seeing our national bird.
Margaret Sandelin
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Date: 2/4/18 2:01 am
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Sanderlings, maybe, on Edmonds logboom
A flock of dunlin has been roosting at the south end of the Edmonds marina next to Marina Beach Park.  My photos can be seen by scrolling down page 3 of this thread. 

http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?16307-Wildlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2018/page3
Dunlin have also roosted on the log boom in past years.

Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

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Sent: Saturday, February 3, 2018 2:40 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Sanderlings, maybe, on Edmonds logboom

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Date: 2/3/18 8:41 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Weyerhaeuser Pond continues to host nice ducks
Hi all,
After dipping on the Saw-whet Owl at Nisqually, Delia and I were able to console ourselves by picking up some ducks at Weyerhaeuser pond in Federal Way.
The female Canvasback continues, the Redheads are in force at least 25, about 6 Ruddy Ducks,  Ring-necked Duck, Lesser and a Greater Scaup, plus Am Wigeons, Gadwall and Mallard.

We were there in the late afternoon murky dusk under lightly pouring rain, but there are some really beautiful scenes awaiting somebody who has a more light-gathering camera or more help from the sun.  Wigeon and the Redheads at close quarters in a really nice setting can be a sight to behold.

Best wishes everybody,
Ed Newbold

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Date: 2/3/18 7:45 pm
From: Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Lewis County field trip
The Lewis County birding field trip is happening tomorrow. We have a number of vacancies. If anyone would like to come please do. We are meeting at the Safeway in Centralia off I-5 Exit 82. It is west of I-5 a couple blocks. We are meeting at 8 am in the parking lot near the Starbucks. I will be in a Silver Jeep. The local weather forecast is for 65% chance of rain so it may be hit and miss. We are primarily going to be looking for water birds so bring a scope if you have it.


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Date: 2/3/18 4:17 pm
From: Matt Dufort <matt.dufort...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Westport Brown Booby
Hi Tweets,

Today’s Westport Seabirds pelagic trip found a Brown Booby roosting on the
end of the Westport jetty. The bird is now visible, though quite distant,
from the beach near the base of the jetty at Westhaven State Park.

Good birding!
Matt Dufort

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Date: 2/3/18 4:10 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Sanderlings, maybe, on Edmonds logboom
Look like Sanderings. They were not there when I looked late this morning -
just cormorants.

Phil Dickinson

On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 2:39 PM, Byers <byers345...> wrote:

> Hello Tweeters,
>
> So far every time Bill and I have gone down to the Edmonds
> marina, we see something interesting. This time we couldn’t quite make out
> what was on the logboom at Brackett’s Landing: little white birds dwarfed
> by the cormorants sitting nearby. Bill took at picture and we enlarged it
> to the point of blurriness, but these birds are still hard to make out.
> I’m guessing that they are Sanderlings. But then, interestingly, there are
> several chestnut-headed birds at the left end of the logboom. So I guess
> they would be birds going into breeding plumage.
>
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/26193615878/in/
> dateposted-public/
>
>
>
> If any of you think these are bogus assertions, please let
> me know.
>
>
>
> Cheers and happy birding, Charlotte Byers, Edmonds
>
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Date: 2/3/18 2:41 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sanderlings, maybe, on Edmonds logboom
Hello Tweeters,

So far every time Bill and I have gone down to the Edmonds
marina, we see something interesting. This time we couldn't quite make out
what was on the logboom at Brackett's Landing: little white birds dwarfed
by the cormorants sitting nearby. Bill took at picture and we enlarged it
to the point of blurriness, but these birds are still hard to make out. I'm
guessing that they are Sanderlings. But then, interestingly, there are
several chestnut-headed birds at the left end of the logboom. So I guess
they would be birds going into breeding plumage.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/26193615878/in/dateposted-public/




If any of you think these are bogus assertions, please let
me know.



Cheers and happy birding, Charlotte Byers, Edmonds


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Date: 2/3/18 12:49 pm
From: Rick Hibpshman <hibpshman...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eide Road Snow Buntings
The small flock of snow buntings was foraging at the end of Eide Road this morning.

A distant photograph can be viewed here:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/crappywildlifephotography/26191978578/


R. Hibpshman

Issaquah, WA



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Date: 2/3/18 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 4, 2018
Hello, Tweeters,

Here are last week's stories:
* Photographing the Great Gray Owl, With Paul Bannick
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* The Secret Stash of Eggshell ... Where?
https://bit.ly/2DzPCYw
* How Feathers Insulate
https://bit.ly/2Fib0SB
* Great Horned Owls Nest in Winter
https://bit.ly/2DD8wBC
* Beak Meets Seed - And Then What?
https://bit.ly/2BtpD36
* Altamira Oriole
https://bit.ly/2DB7Etr
* Riding with Red-tails - Shuttling Raptors to Safety
-- With Bud Anderson
https://bit.ly/2Gjvb3M
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Date: 2/3/18 10:50 am
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kitsap Blue Jay
Hi Tweeters,

I'm hearing a Blue Jay at the Long Lake boat launch. First to the north and
now to the south. No visual yet, but still trying.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 2/3/18 10:21 am
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Caught Trespassing
On Tuesday, the bird was on a No Trespassing sign along Boe Rd. No shame!

Phil Dickinson

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 8:17 PM, B B <birder4184...> wrote:

> In your face Gun Club!!!
>
> Trespassing Owl
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/127293169@N07/39153251965/in/datetaken-public/>
>
> Trespassing Owl
>
> Explore birder4184's photos on Flickr. birder4184 has uploaded 2140 photos
> to Flickr.
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Date: 2/2/18 8:19 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Caught Trespassing
In your face Gun Club!!!
Trespassing Owl


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Date: 2/2/18 7:51 pm
From: Dan Reiff, PhD <dan.owl.reiff...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nigel the lonely gannet dies as he lived, surrounded by concrete birds | World news | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/02/nigel-lonely-new-zealand-gannet-dies-concrete-replica-birds
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Date: 2/2/18 3:51 pm
From: Barry Brugman <bbrug15...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe in north Carnation
This morning I was surprised to find an early Say's Phoebe in north
Carnation. The bird was on the south side of NE 60th St. It was on the
second fence from the road, flycatching. The field it was next to is the
large open field that has a Proposed Development sign on it. The
approximate Google Maps coordinates are 47.65872, -121.920826 .

It was raining, the light level was low, and the bird wasn't real close,
but I took some pictures and the best two (front and back) are on my
website at

http://www.barry15.com/2018_Birding_Reports/Special.html

I couldn't find it again when I went by there again an hour or two later,
but it might be around the neighborhood somewhere. Sorry for the late
report. I don't send email from my phone.

Barry Brugman
Kirkland

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Date: 2/2/18 10:13 am
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Diversion for whom?
Of course, this is just one, non-ornithologist's personal Tweet
(I mean opinion).

Bob OBrien Portland

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 9:47 AM, Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:

> Well, since Mitch posed his post as a question, I'll answer it, although
> it took me a few
> days to realize it _may_ have been directed to my post about Thayer's Gull
> vs. the AOU
> (American Ornithologists Union). It was a snide remark, but it wasn't
> directed towards
> or about the president. It was directed against the AOU. Now whether one
> admires
> the president or the opposite, I think most would agree that his Tweets
> (remember,
> this is 'Twitter') use colorful language, which is very much personal to
> him and very
> effective in getting his opinions across. Being a sarcastic s.o.b myself,
> I am often
> in awe of his vocabulary and manner of speaking. So, in this case I did
> borrow
> (plagiarize) from his frequent Tweets. But, it was in admiration for his
> style
> and was directed solely at the AOU, whom I have long believed to make
> inconsistent (capricious? well, maybe not quite) judgement on speciation
> of 'our'
> North American Birds. I strongly disagree with the current lumped status
> of
> Iceland/Thayer's Gull and Audubon/Myrtle Warblers, not based upon a desire
> to tic
> two more species, (I still 'count' the 4 individually) but because it is
> inconsistent
> with other splits, for instance Pacific Slope vs. Cordilleran Flycatcher
> and
> Dusky vs. Sooty Grouse both of which splits are justified (to my
> interpretation)
> currently (and even originally) based on insufficient evidence. Or, if
> splits/lumps are to be made on the basis of one closely related pair then
> they
> should apply to the other pair.
>
> Bob OBrien Portland
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 9:33 AM, Mitch <biglou22...> wrote:
>
>> Could anyone explain how a birding forum has anything to do with personal
>> views of politics? Tangential topics about new laws or proposals that
>> impact birds and wildlife make sense, but how are unsolicited snide
>> comments and backhanded remarks about the President of the United States of
>> any value or relation to a site about bird sightings? And also I wonder how
>> this is a diversion if you actively bring up what you are supposedly
>> diverting from (many hours before the event would even take place mind
>> you)? It certainly isn't a diversion for me to hear anyone's political
>> views, once again, on a forum about birds.
>>
>>
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Date: 2/2/18 9:49 am
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Diversion for whom?
Well, since Mitch posed his post as a question, I'll answer it, although it
took me a few
days to realize it _may_ have been directed to my post about Thayer's Gull
vs. the AOU
(American Ornithologists Union). It was a snide remark, but it wasn't
directed towards
or about the president. It was directed against the AOU. Now whether one
admires
the president or the opposite, I think most would agree that his Tweets
(remember,
this is 'Twitter') use colorful language, which is very much personal to
him and very
effective in getting his opinions across. Being a sarcastic s.o.b myself,
I am often
in awe of his vocabulary and manner of speaking. So, in this case I did
borrow
(plagiarize) from his frequent Tweets. But, it was in admiration for his
style
and was directed solely at the AOU, whom I have long believed to make
inconsistent (capricious? well, maybe not quite) judgement on speciation of
'our'
North American Birds. I strongly disagree with the current lumped status of
Iceland/Thayer's Gull and Audubon/Myrtle Warblers, not based upon a desire
to tic
two more species, (I still 'count' the 4 individually) but because it is
inconsistent
with other splits, for instance Pacific Slope vs. Cordilleran Flycatcher
and
Dusky vs. Sooty Grouse both of which splits are justified (to my
interpretation)
currently (and even originally) based on insufficient evidence. Or, if
splits/lumps are to be made on the basis of one closely related pair then
they
should apply to the other pair.

Bob OBrien Portland


On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 9:33 AM, Mitch <biglou22...> wrote:

> Could anyone explain how a birding forum has anything to do with personal
> views of politics? Tangential topics about new laws or proposals that
> impact birds and wildlife make sense, but how are unsolicited snide
> comments and backhanded remarks about the President of the United States of
> any value or relation to a site about bird sightings? And also I wonder how
> this is a diversion if you actively bring up what you are supposedly
> diverting from (many hours before the event would even take place mind
> you)? It certainly isn't a diversion for me to hear anyone's political
> views, once again, on a forum about birds.
>
>
> Mitchell
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Date: 2/1/18 8:53 pm
From: Tom Leschine <tml...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Great Egret on L Washington Ship Canal
Today at about noon I was very surprised to find a Great Egret on one of the floating log booms just behind Agua Verde Restaurant, inboard of the floats where they rent kayaks and paddle boards in summer. I disturbed the bird while trying to photograph it with my phone and it flew off across the ship canal. It was not present when I checked again in mid-afternoon. I will try to post on eBird along with my not very good but hopefully helpful for ID purposes photos. A hard bird to misidentify at such close range.

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Date: 2/1/18 8:25 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-02-01
Tweets – our last walk before Imbolc was as drab and uneventful as one would expect. The weather wasn’t bad, with periodic mizzle and drizzle, only a few breezy moments, and warm temps., but it wasn’t very birdy.

Highlights:
a.. Cackling Goose – about 500 overhead, with a good number landing on grass fields
b.. Horned Grebe – one WELL out from Lake Platform
c.. Green Heron – atop beaver lodge across from Dog Central yet again
d.. Barn Owl – only owl, and not seen after around 6:30
e.. Lincoln’s Sparrow – one from Viewing Mound – first of 2018
f.. “Slate-colored” Junco – with good-sized flock of juncos in the middle of the Dog Meadow
We were a bit discombobulated all morning, since Lots C and D were closed, and we had to start the walk from the Viewing Mound. This meant we did the mansion loop first. Change – very hard. :)

That’s it for highlights, really. We were excited to finally get a NORTHERN FLICKER at the Rowing Club, raising our woodpecker count to one bird each of two species (the other was a female DOWNY WOODPECKER). Our only finches were somewhere around six HOUSE FINCHES.

We did have the first (barely) blooming Indian Plum.

Misses included American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Cooper’s Hawk, and Bushtit. Everything else we missed has been seen on less than 50% of previous years.

For the day, an even 50 species. For 2018, we’re at 71 species.

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Date: 2/1/18 1:41 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird Snohomish County
Around noon today, I saw a female Rusty Blackbird in a mixed flock of
starlings and blackbirds along Thomle Rd. near Stanwood. I had two brief
looks at the bird on the ground at 8430 Thomle before the flock flew into
the trees - Much brighter than other birds with rufous and buffy coloring
on wings, chest and head. Poor lighting made it impossible to pick out the
bird again once the flock went to the trees. The bird was next to the
chicken coop on the east side of the house. Many birds around the house and
further down the road in the area of the barn.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

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Date: 2/1/18 12:53 pm
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk 1/31/2013
Hello Tweets,

twenty of us had a damp but reasonably nice walk at the Refuge with
temperatures in the low 40's degrees Fahrenheit and breezy conditions.
There was a Low 6.75ft Tide at 11:39am. Highlights included NORTHERN
SAW-WHET OWL, GREAT HORNED OWL, DUNLIN and FOY YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and WESTERN GREBE. Hunting season is over and the
boardwalk is now completely open to the Puget Sound Viewing Platform.

Starting out at the Visitor Center Pond Overlook at 8am, an immature BALD
EAGLE was perched in the single tall Douglas Fir Tree making waterfowl
scarce at the pond. We did see SONG SPARROW and BEWICK'S WREN. The
Northern Saw-whet Owl continues it's winter roost in a small Cedar across
the entrance road from the east parking lot. The tree is easy to find as
it is taped off, but with some careful effort there are several small
windows between the scaly leaves where you can catch a glimpse of a talon,
or belly feathers, or eyebrow from different vantage points. Please
remember to stick to the trails and help preserve the Refuge sanctuary.
While enjoying our difficult to see winter resident, a PACIFIC WREN was
busy singing in the stand.

The Orchard was quiet with sightings of BROWN CREEPER, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, FOX SPARROW and the reliable seen RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
Across from the Orchard at the entrance to the Access Road with the green
gate we ran into a very nice mixed flock that included GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and DOWNY WOODPECKER.

The flooded fields along the Access Road were good for nice observations of
NORTHERN SHOVELER, MALLARD, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and CANADA GEESE. A nice
sized flock, approximately 1,000 CACKLING GEESE, was observed leaving the
Refuge earlier in the morning to fly up the valley for foraging. We also
saw RED-TAILED HAWK and an Accipiter.

The west entrance to the Twin Barns Loop Trail was good for GOLDEN-CROWNED
SPARROW, SPOTTED TOWHEE, NORTHERN FLICKER and FOY YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
myrtle variety. A group of male RING-NECKED DUCK were in the pond and
MARSH WREN and VIRGINIA RAIL was heard in the fresh water marsh. Along the
north side of the loop trail, were the GREAT HORNED OWL nested in a snag
previously, an adult bird now roosts in a horizontal position as if
incubating eggs. Adjacent to the adult owl, a single goose egg has been
pushed to the side, probably from last season. It's great to see our
breeding pair of Great Horned Owls attempting to reproduce again this year.

>From the Twin Barns Overlook, we added NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN COOT and
AMERICAN KESTREL to our list. Again this is a terrific spot to view
waterfowl.

Out on the new dike or Nisqually Estuary Trail we observed GADWALL and
RING-BILLED GULL on the surge plain. The flat grassy area around Leschi
Slough has been good for WESTERN MEADOWLARK. NORTHERN HARRIER was seen in
the fresh water marsh. Shannon Slough at the entrance to the board walk
was great for very nice looks of GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a small flock of
DUNLIN.

On the Nisqually Boardwalk Estuary Trail we had good observations of
AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN X EURASIAN WIGEON hybrid, HOODED MERGANSER,
BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, GLOUCOUS-WINGED GULL, and WESTERN X
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL hybrid. The west bank of McAllister Creek is good for
SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and we had flock of 30 LEAST SANDPIPER's with a few
Dunlin working the east side of the creek along the boardwalk. The entire
board walk is now open with the end of hunting season and from the Puget
Sound Viewing Platform we picked up our FOY WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and WESTERN
GREBE. There were approximately 300 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER's off Luhr
Beach. We had good looks of COMMON LOON, RED-THROATED LOON, HORNED GREBE,
BLACK BRANT, GREATER SCAUP, SURF SCOTER, and BRANDT'S CORMORANT. In
Madrone Slough we watched DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, Red-breasted Merganser,
COMMON MERGANSER and MEW GULL collectively feed on bait fish.

On our return, we added HAIRY WOODPECKER, from the east side of the Twin
Barns Loop Trail.

We had 63 species for the day with two different species of owl. So far we
have seen 81 species for the year. Mammals seen included Muskrat, Douglas
Fir Squirrel, Harbor Seal and Eastern Gray Squirrel.

Until next week when I'll lead the walk again while Phil is away,

good birding!

Shep



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Date: 2/1/18 10:30 am
From: Eric Kowalczyk <cassidix2005...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Common redpolls
Watching a flock of about 80
Common redpolls now. At montlake playfield, just north of the gymnasium.

Eric kowalczyk
Seattle

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Date: 2/1/18 9:37 am
From: <jeffjendro...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail - no
Spent a couple of hours each on 19th Way and Neal Road without any luck on 1/31 starting at noon.

Jeff Jendro
Longview, WA
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Date: 1/31/18 8:01 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] birding tour company RFI
Dear Tweeters,This summer, I may well throw in the towel and go on my first organized birding tour, instead of cobbling together a trip on my own. The excellent "Fatbirder" website led me to a short list of major companies, several of which have tours on dates when I could go.I am a pretty gung-ho international birder, willing to go on fairly short sleep, willing to sleep in fairly simple accommodations--while not sinking to the wretched level of hovels unless absolutely necessary for a night or two. I typically pick a country to bird in, based on whether I have a goodly list of possible lifers there--so I might conceivably pick a tour on any of several continents.So, here's a list of companies I saw on Fatbirder: Field Guides; VENT; Birdquest; Rockjumper; Wings; Tropical Birding.Any feedback is welcome. For example--are any of these too laid-back for a serious lister? Do any have "red flags" I should know about? Are any of them overpriced, or poorly managed?There were a few other companies about which I had heard good things, but I have left them out, either because their websites let me down, or they had no tours during my time window. Perhaps I am neglecting a company that I should consider? Thanks for your consideration.Yours truly,Gary Bletsch
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Date: 1/31/18 3:00 pm
From: Tina Klein-Lebbink <t.kleinlebbink...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI White Wagtail
I looked for it late yesterday afternoon with no luck.
Tina Klein
Bellevue, wa

> On Jan 30, 2018, at 16:58, Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> wrote:
>
> Has anybody seen the Falls City White Wagtail today? Thought I may try for it tomorrow.
>
> Thanks,
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> Hans
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Date: 1/31/18 11:52 am
From: Alice Nevue <anevue...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Redheads


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Date: 1/31/18 10:45 am
From: Hal Opperman <hal...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] A January pick-me-up
Daylight hours will be longer by then and you may be less in need of cheering up, but for those living in the Seattle area here’s a related opportunity coming up on March 1st :

“Sing Along: Poets and Birds,” a lecture by Brian Reed of the UW Department of English, in the Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities series.

Kane Hall room 210, University of Washington, Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Open to the public; free registration at simpsoncenter.org/reed

Hal Opperman
Seattle



> On Jan 30, 2018, at 4:54 PM, Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> wrote:
>
> If you need cheering up in the face of the weather we've been having, I suggest this combination of bird song and Mozart's The Magic Flute:
>
> https://vimeo.com/243312820
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>
> Jane Hadley
> Seattle, WA
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Date: 1/31/18 9:37 am
From: Mitch <biglou22...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Diversion for whom?
Could anyone explain how a birding forum has anything to do with personal
views of politics? Tangential topics about new laws or proposals that
impact birds and wildlife make sense, but how are unsolicited snide
comments and backhanded remarks about the President of the United States of
any value or relation to a site about bird sightings? And also I wonder how
this is a diversion if you actively bring up what you are supposedly
diverting from (many hours before the event would even take place mind
you)? It certainly isn't a diversion for me to hear anyone's political
views, once again, on a forum about birds.


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Date: 1/31/18 9:29 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] 'Talking' Orca Learns To Mimic Human Speech (non-avian, but it's sorta appropriate)
hello everyone,

since most of you live next to the Puget Sound, home of the J and K orca
pods, i thought you might be interested in this piece about a captive orca
learning how to mimic human speech. (yes, i know this is not a bird story,
but as an ornithologist, i do make some comparisons to birds in it):


'Talking' Orca Learns To Mimic Human Speech
https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/01/31/talking-orca-learns-to-mimic-human-speech/
TinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/y9fl5wqb


i hope you find this piece illuminating and entertaining.

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Date: 1/30/18 9:09 pm
From: Steve Krival <stevekrival...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eide Rd SEOWs
Until this year the Eide Rd. wetlands had been managed for duck and pheasant hunting. That included planting corn in the field which was food for released pheasants, and also attracted voles and mice, which in turn was food for the SEOWS. In winter of 2016/2017 the rodents were abundant enough that I saw them on several occasions skittering around in the brush in the middle of the day. With the change in management practices the corn planting no longer exists. So, this has likely contributed to the precipitous decline in SEOWS this year at this location. Without a tracking study it would be difficult to know where the birds have gone that were there in recent years, and I am unware of any SEOW study at Eide Rd. . A few weeks ago someone did post something on Tweeters about a SEOW study in Washington, asking for volunteers to sign-up for conducting SEOW counts on assigned transects. Apparently, this in an ongoing study. I did not see any transects west of the Cascades, but I didn't examine all of them closely. It would seem that would be a great way to see some SEOWs and make a small scientific contribution at the same time.

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Date: 1/30/18 8:05 pm
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Nice diversion from politics - Trip to Stilly, Skagit, Samish today
Sounds like a great day, Jon!

Instead of watching the temporary occupant of the WH this evening I went
owling. As usual, I didn’t find any owls but, frankly, that was less
stressful than listening to that guy’s nonsense.

Cheers,
Ann Marie

On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 7:55 PM Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
wrote:

> Hi Tweets –After trying in vain with Blair to find a Violet-green Swallow
> in the rain in Kent yesterday, I decided to take advantage of the break in
> the weather today and head north for a recon of the route of an SAS trip
> Sarah Peden and I are leading in a couple of weeks. North of Sylvana, I
> was pretty excited to find a White-throated Sparrow among the many
> Golden-crowned, Song, and White-crowned Sparrows at feeders near the east
> end of Norman Rd. Nothing too exciting at the Nature Conservancy Port
> Susan site but the reliable Lincoln’s Sparrows were present there in the
> blackberries. Thomlie Road also had no surprises but a juv. Cooper’s Hawk
> was watching over a large flock of starlings and misc. blackbirds and here,
> as elsewhere, Bald Eagles were hanging around their nests and some were
> bringing in materials to finish the trim. On to Eide Road, if only to see
> the Snow Buntings that have been very visible near the main parking area.
> Quite frankly, this ain’t the birding place it used to be before
> restoration, but worth the stop for the buntings and a gang of 9 Greater
> Yellowlegs along the approach road. From there, I went north from Stanwood
> to Conway, passing the Fisher Slough restoration site – a reliable location
> for close views of Ring-necked Ducks in the slough/canal along the road.
> At Wylie Slough, the Black Phoebe is (remarkably) still fly-catching from
> the same logs in the slough between the Wylie Sl. approach road and the
> west parking lot, where it was last year! On Fir Island, Trumpeter Swans
> were everywhere, and with close looks there were a few Tundras mixed in. I
> took a quick look through Dodge Valley but didn’t see any sign of the Great
> Egret that had been there a few weeks ago. On to the Samish Flats, there
> was nothing exceptional at the West 90: the usual Northern Harriers,
> Rough-legged Hawks, and a plethora of gulls. I stopped briefly at the East
> 90, where I found one of my real targets: a Short-eared Owl, hunting low
> over the fallow fields, but getting harassed briefly by a Harrier. Heading
> through Edison, I found my last target of the day – the town Merlin,
> sitting atop one of the tall evergreens in the center of town. I did a
> quick drive down Sunset Road and stopped at the “Blue Jay” place but did
> not see either of those standbys from that last 2 months. All in all - a
> great day with minimal rain and moderate sun! Happy birding!! [I hope you
> can be reading this to calm your soul, instead of thinking about the SOU
> diatribe (and Prez Tweet clapping for himself).] – Jon Houghton, Edmonds
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Date: 1/30/18 7:57 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nice diversion from politics - Trip to Stilly, Skagit, Samish today
Hi Tweets -After trying in vain with Blair to find a Violet-green Swallow in the rain in Kent yesterday, I decided to take advantage of the break in the weather today and head north for a recon of the route of an SAS trip Sarah Peden and I are leading in a couple of weeks. North of Sylvana, I was pretty excited to find a White-throated Sparrow among the many Golden-crowned, Song, and White-crowned Sparrows at feeders near the east end of Norman Rd. Nothing too exciting at the Nature Conservancy Port Susan site but the reliable Lincoln's Sparrows were present there in the blackberries. Thomlie Road also had no surprises but a juv. Cooper's Hawk was watching over a large flock of starlings and misc. blackbirds and here, as elsewhere, Bald Eagles were hanging around their nests and some were bringing in materials to finish the trim. On to Eide Road, if only to see the Snow Buntings that have been very visible near the main parking area. Quite frankly, this ain't the birding place it used to be before restoration, but worth the stop for the buntings and a gang of 9 Greater Yellowlegs along the approach road. From there, I went north from Stanwood to Conway, passing the Fisher Slough restoration site - a reliable location for close views of Ring-necked Ducks in the slough/canal along the road. At Wylie Slough, the Black Phoebe is (remarkably) still fly-catching from the same logs in the slough between the Wylie Sl. approach road and the west parking lot, where it was last year! On Fir Island, Trumpeter Swans were everywhere, and with close looks there were a few Tundras mixed in. I took a quick look through Dodge Valley but didn't see any sign of the Great Egret that had been there a few weeks ago. On to the Samish Flats, there was nothing exceptional at the West 90: the usual Northern Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks, and a plethora of gulls. I stopped briefly at the East 90, where I found one of my real targets: a Short-eared Owl, hunting low over the fallow fields, but getting harassed briefly by a Harrier. Heading through Edison, I found my last target of the day - the town Merlin, sitting atop one of the tall evergreens in the center of town. I did a quick drive down Sunset Road and stopped at the "Blue Jay" place but did not see either of those standbys from that last 2 months. All in all - a great day with minimal rain and moderate sun! Happy birding!! [I hope you can be reading this to calm your soul, instead of thinking about the SOU diatribe (and Prez Tweet clapping for himself).] - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 1/30/18 7:12 pm
From: Steve Pink <pirangas...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: End of A Big Month of January
Wimp!!! Your giving up already. There are more birds out there.


I suppose congratulations are in order. What was the prize?


Cheers, Steve


Steve Pink Edmonds, WA mailto: <pirangas...>


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From: B B <birder4184...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 6:26 PM
To: <tweeters...>
Subject: End of A Big Month of January

As many of you know (and many of you have helped), anticipating that I would be traveling out of Washington a lot this year, I set a goal of a Big Month of January - seeing how many species I could see in the State during the month. Running out of time, energy and weather, I brought the project to a close yesterday after failing to find Violet Green Swallows at the Green River Natural Wildlife Area.

Previously my best, or at least my most prolific, January had been in 2015 when I tallied 154 species. Initially I set out to find 175 species. Lots of travel, birding everyday with lots of luck and lots of help, I passed that on January 15 and set sights on 200 species. Again with lots of travel, work, luck and help I passed that mark on January 24th and with the appearance of some unexpected birds - yes like the White Wagtail - and with a good visit to the coast on the 28th after finally seeing the Steller's Eider in Seaside, Oregon earlier that morning, I ended my quest with 208 species seen.

It was both exhausting and exhilarating - lots of fun - definitely some disappointments and misses - but many more successes - including some surprises. Lots of great birds, great places and great people.

I have chronicled this crazy pursuit with 10 posts to my blog - blairbirding.wordpress.com - with a review of sorts posted today at wordpress.com/post/blairbirding.wordpress.com/20159. Lots of pictures and lots of stories.

I thank the following great folks in my last post but want to do so again here - in addition to everyone who shares information and stories on Tweeters, Ebird and elsewhere. So thank you Tweets and especially thank you to:

Ann Marie Wood, Blue Jay Barry, Bob Boekelheide, Brian Pendleton, Bruce Labar, Carol Riddell, David Poortinga, Deb Essman, Frank Caruso, John Puschock, Jon Houghton, Mark Tamboulian, Max and Melissa Kingsbury, Melissa Hafting, Mike and MerryLynn Denny, Stefan Schlick, Steve Pink and Todd Sahl. Apologies to the folks I have forgotten.

This quest gave me a far greater respect and admiration for folks who do an ABA Big Year. Hard to imagine the energy required to keep it going for even a second month let alone 12 months criss-crossing the continent. Wow!!

As I write in my blog - as much as it was great to see some wonderful birds, it really was about visiting the amazing places in our fabulous state - being with great people - birders and non-birders - and gathering stories. Lots of memories from a Great Big Month!!

Good birding to all

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Date: 1/30/18 6:28 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] End of A Big Month of January
As many of you know (and many of you have helped), anticipating that I would be traveling out of Washington a lot this year, I set a goal of a Big Month of January - seeing how many species I could see in the State during the month.  Running out of time, energy and weather, I brought the project to a close yesterday after failing to find Violet Green Swallows at the Green River Natural Wildlife Area.  
Previously my best, or at least my most prolific, January had been in 2015 when I tallied 154 species.  Initially I set out to find 175 species.  Lots of travel, birding everyday with lots of luck and lots of help, I passed that on January 15 and set sights on 200 species.  Again with lots of travel, work, luck and help I passed that mark on January 24th and with the appearance of some unexpected birds - yes like the White Wagtail - and with a good visit to the coast on the 28th after finally seeing the Steller's Eider in Seaside, Oregon earlier that morning, I ended my quest with 208 species seen.  
It was both exhausting and exhilarating - lots of fun - definitely some disappointments and misses - but many more successes - including some surprises.  Lots of great birds, great places and great people.
I have chronicled this crazy pursuit with 10 posts to my blog - blairbirding.wordpress.com - with a review of sorts posted today at wordpress.com/post/blairbirding.wordpress.com/20159.  Lots of pictures and lots of stories.
I thank the following great folks in my last post but want to do so again here - in addition to everyone who shares information and stories on Tweeters, Ebird and elsewhere.  So thank you Tweets and especially thank you to:
Ann Marie Wood, Blue JayBarry, Bob Boekelheide, Brian Pendleton, Bruce Labar, CarolRiddell, David Poortinga, Deb Essman, Frank Caruso, JohnPuschock, Jon Houghton, Mark Tamboulian, Max and Melissa Kingsbury, MelissaHafting, Mike and MerryLynn Denny, Stefan Schlick, Steve Pinkand Todd Sahl.  Apologies to the folksI have forgotten.  

This quest gave me a far greater respect and admiration for folks who do an ABA Big Year.  Hard to imagine the energy required to keep it going for even a second month let alone 12 months criss-crossing the continent.  Wow!!
As I write in my blog - as much as it was great to see some wonderful birds, it really was about visiting the amazing places in our fabulous state - being with great people - birders and non-birders - and gathering stories.  Lots of memories from a Great Big Month!!
Good birding to all
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Date: 1/30/18 6:01 pm
From: Michelle Maani <lamoustique...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Hybrid goose Canada x ?
When I saw a hybrid goose x ? a few years ago at Ridgefield NWR, most of the local birders suggest Canada x Greater White-fronted Goose, whereas those on the East Coast and Europe suggested a Canada x Greylag goose or domestic goose mix. I am of the opinion that proximity makes the Greater White-fronted Goose a far more likely candidate than the Greylag. Think of where the geese are when they are migrating, pairing off and mating. In Europe there are far more Greylags around.  The geese here are far more likely to run into a Greater White-fronted Goose than a Greylag.

Michelle MaaniSalmon Creek (Vancouver, WA)
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Date: 1/30/18 5:02 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI White Wagtail
Has anybody seen the Falls City White Wagtail today? Thought I may try for
it tomorrow.

Thanks,

Hans

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Date: 1/30/18 4:57 pm
From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...>
Subject: [Tweeters] A January pick-me-up
If you need cheering up in the face of the weather we've been having, I
suggest this combination of bird song and Mozart's The Magic Flute:

https://vimeo.com/243312820

Jane Hadley
Seattle, WA


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Date: 1/30/18 4:49 pm
From: Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Watching the yard.
Our yard in Seattle continues to be popular with the Pine Siskins, as we see flocks of ~10-12 daily at the feeders.

It’s been fun to note the seasonal changes in the birds. For the first time today, I saw an Am. Goldfinch showing much more of his breeding colors, with more yellow than olive. Also, I have been hearing the full House Finch song more often lately.

Golden-crowned, White-crowned and Song Sparrows visit the yard often, and the Dark-eyed Juncos continue in large numbers.

Looking forward to more signs of Spring!

izzy wong
seattle, wa
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Date: 1/30/18 1:39 pm
From: Dee Dee <deedeeknit...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: (?) Hybrid goose
Certainly could be; alternatively, could possibly be between Canadian x domestic brown-version Chinese Goose.

Link to article from Cornell on such crosses: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/domgeese.htm

Looking forward to what others think.

Dee
Edmonds


“A friend saw this goose last week at Green Lake and wondered what it could
be. I think it looks like a cross between a Greater White Fronted Goose
and a Canadian Goose, but I'm really not sure.”
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Date: 1/30/18 12:13 pm
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kent Black Phoebe redound
Presumably same bird I reported at 204th and Frager early January seems to have found better spot at 212th street ponds. Actively flycatching and very vocal in snags over large pond right on 212th. Look up 212th street ponds in eBird hotspots for directions. Not visible or audible from small parking area—you must walk along sidewalk to edge of main pond

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Date: 1/29/18 9:49 pm
From: Al n Donna <alndonna...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Monday Snow Buntings-YES
Seen about 1pm in the green grassy area west of the Eide Rd parking lot. About 8 birders in the driving rain. My picture of the distant birds is at:
http://www.pbase.com/alndonna/image/166934804

No trace of the Rusty BB or the White Wagtail on 19th Way near Fall City, between 9am and 10:30am, in the driving rain.

Did I mention that it was rainy?

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Date: 1/29/18 8:36 pm
From: cynthia burrell <cinnyb...>
Subject: [Tweeters] reminder: WOS meeting feb 5
Reminder: WOS Meeting Feb 5, 2018 “Birding the Border Country: Lake, Harney, Washoe, and Humboldt Counties” with John Shewey.

Learn where, when and how to explore the Northern Great Basin region including Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. John Shewey is a freelance writer and photographer, co-author of Birds Of The Pacific Northwest, and has spent decades exploring the area around SE Oregon and NW Nevada—the Border Country.
WOS Meetings are held at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, and are open to all. Social at 7pm, meeting begins at 7:30pm. Hope to see you there!
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Date: 1/29/18 2:02 pm
From: Jennifer Jarstad <jennjarstad...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hybrid goose?
A friend saw this goose last week at Green Lake and wondered what it could
be. I think it looks like a cross between a Greater White Fronted Goose
and a Canadian Goose, but I'm really not sure.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/150138747@N08/shares/2G33Zg
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Seattle, WA

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Date: 1/29/18 12:41 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Eide Road and SEOWs
The work at Eide seems to have devastated the habitat for Short-eared Owls,
eliminating most of the grassy cover good for finding small rodents. There
are occasional reports of a single bird, and I had a distant view of one
prowling around the shrubs at the far west side. However, you have a better
chance of finding one this year up in Skagit in the Fir Island area or
north of Hwy. 20 on the Samish Flats between the East 90 and West 90.

Phil Dickinson

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> Hello Everyone,
>
> How has the reconfiguration of the Eide Road unit impacted short-eared owl
> presence and activity? If they no longer hunt that area, where else are
> people going to view them?
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Date: 1/29/18 12:17 pm
From: Glenn Nelson <gnbuzz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eide Road and SEOWs
Hello Everyone,

How has the reconfiguration of the Eide Road unit impacted short-eared
owl presence and activity? If they no longer hunt that area, where else
are people going to view them?

Thanks,
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Date: 1/28/18 11:28 pm
From: <blobbybirdman...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Books
Hi Joel,

Not sure my wife will appreciate me asking but how much are you looking for for the set?

Regards
Mark

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> On Jan 28, 2018, at 3:39 PM, Joel Haas <haas.joel...> wrote:
>
> I have a complete set, 20 volumes, of Handbook of Birds of the World. I don't want to make a profit. But I need someone to come and "pick them up".
>
> Please contact me off line.
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Date: 1/28/18 7:12 pm
From: Paul Baerny <pbaerny...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Extra nudge on reporting year totals to WA Birder
Nice nudge Matt. I completely agree. It's always great to look at the Wa
Birder totals every year. There's always a few birders that don't use
ebird. Myself included.

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> Hi all -
> Just wanted to add my plug to send in your 2017 year totals to WA Birder
> for the annual summary —
> I know a lot of folks are happy enough with eBird list totals, and it does
> a pretty excellent job of generating listing totals and the like — but it
> doesn’t capture the full range of birders in our community, and the annual
> summary put together by the Knittles really is a great place to see all the
> state’s numbers in one place —
>
> You can fill out only the portions you know the answer to, no need to fill
> in every box — but I’d encourage you to send in what you’ve got and help
> build a picture of just what we’ve been up to in the state this past year
>
> Matt
>
> Matt Bartels
> Seattle, WA
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> *From: *Washington Birder <info...>
> *Subject: **[inland-NW-birders] Washington Birder List Reporting*
> *Date: *January 25, 2018 at 10:48:15 AM PST
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> *Reply-To: *<info...>
>
> A reminder that to participate in List or Big Day Reporting for 2017, you
> have one week left to send Washington Birder your report: info@wabirder
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>
> If you emailed us your List Report and did not receive a confirmation
> reply, PLEASE SEND US YOUR LIST AGAIN.
>
>
> Forms are available at: http://www.wabirder.com/forms.html
>
>
> 2017 Reports will be available on the Washington Birder website after
> February 15: http://www.wabirder.com/online.html
>
>
> Updated Washington State and County Checklists and Birds in Washington
> State: a county comparison spreadsheet are now available on the Washington
> Birder website. Thank you Michael Hobbs, for maintaining the website. We
> are extremely thankful for and appreciative of his generous help, along
> with that of Matt Bartels. Without these two individuals, continuing the
> website would be very difficult!
>
>
> A sincere thank you o those who send “County First” sighting information
> to Washington Birder (info@wabirder) BTW, if you sent us information
> after the middle of December, we were already proofreading the updated
> checklists, so those additional “County Firsts” will be added during 2018.
>
>
>
> Good Birding,
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Date: 1/28/18 7:09 pm
From: BRAD <bradliljequist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Photos of Green Lake Redheads
Hi,


Sorry about the poor photos, they are from smart phone, getting dark, zoomed - but enough to document. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeoBjyc. It was a plucky little group! May be there in the morning, it was getting dark when we left.

[https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4747/39957872041_6f64739f44_h.jpg]<https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeoBjyc>

Redheads at Green Lake<https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeoBjyc>
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Explore this photo album by b-lilja on Flickr!




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Seattle, WA

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Date: 1/28/18 4:31 pm
From: BRAD <bradliljequist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Redhead flick now right off shore
At ashworth and e green lake way not far from redpoll hang out. Must be a red head deal.

Brad liljequist
Phinney ridge



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Date: 1/28/18 4:28 pm
From: BRAD <bradliljequist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Flock of 16 redheads at greenlake
About 750 feet northest of crew house

Brad liljequist
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Date: 1/28/18 3:45 pm
From: Joel Haas <haas.joel...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Books
I have a  complete set, 20 volumes, of Handbook of Birds of the World. 
I don't want to make a profit.  But I need someone to come and "pick
them up".

Please contact me off line.

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Date: 1/28/18 2:24 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tokeland
If you need a break from Wagtails and Rusty Blackbirds, consider a visit to the Tokeland Marina.  I stopped there on my circuitous way back from the Steller's Eider in Seaside Oregon.  In addition to 14 Least Sandpipers and 19 Willets, there was a long necked Grebe with a bright orange bill and white surrounding its eye, my first Clark's Grebe this year.

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Date: 1/28/18 1:58 pm
From: louiserutter1000 <louiserutter1000...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] White Wagtail present at 1pm in the cottonwoods
Showed again briefly on mud piles 1.50 then dropped behind.

Louise Rutter


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Date: 1/28/18 1:05 pm
From: Nathaniel Peters <ncpeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail present at 1pm in the cottonwoods
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Date: 1/28/18 12:30 pm
From: <festuca...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail Ettiquette
Hi folks,

There were a great bunch of birders at the 19th Way wagtail and Rusty yesterday afternoon. We had wonderful views of both the wagtail and the Rusty Blackbird, and people were sharing scope views, pointing the bird out to others, and comporting themselves pretty well. Many thanks to all who made the effort to get everyone good views of these rarities.

I did note that we birders might do a better job of keeping our vehicles out of the way of the farm equipment, as there were a couple times that tractors and farms trucks had to jockey around the birders’ cars, and once some of us birders had to scramble to move our cars to allow a farm truck to use the roadway. I apologized to one of the drivers, and he just laughed it off, but it is always well to 'share the road', keep on the 'good side' of the locals working where we wish to watch birds, and to maintain our 'good standing' in the greater community.

Cheers,
Jon. Anderson
OlyWA

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Date: 1/28/18 10:05 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Armchair Birding In Panama
Hello everyone,

About one month ago, I discovered a lovely video streaming bird feeder
camera that is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano -- one of the
largest inhabited calderas in the world -- based in El Valle de Antón,
Panama. As a veteran birdcam watcher, I can say, with some expertise, that
this is the BEST live streaming birdcam I've ever seen, so of course, I had
to share this amazing find with everyone!

Armchair Birding In Panama
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/01/28/armchair-birding-in-panama/
TinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/ych22b74

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Date: 1/28/18 8:41 am
From: mombiwheeler <mombiwheeler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail yes
Just made an appearance 


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Date: 1/27/18 11:41 pm
From: Rick Hibpshman <hibpshman...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail photos
Seen around 1330 hrs on Saturday.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/crappywildlifephotography/<https://www.flickr.com/photos/crappywildlifephotography>


Rick Hibpshman

Issaquah












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Date: 1/27/18 9:08 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail Video

> This video was taken at a great distance in less than ideal conditions and it shows. However the White Wagtail steals the show. Be sure to watch the whole video because there is a grand finale.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/39938539841/in/dateposted/
>
> The video was taken from SE 19th Way, Fall City.
>
> Hank & Karen Heiberg
> Lake Joy
> NE of Carnation, WA
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Date: 1/27/18 7:53 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Iceland (Thayer's) Gull
Hello again,

A number of people responded to my query about the gull and
all agreed that it was the Thayer's version of Iceland Gull. New bird for
me! Thanks to all of you who helped me out.

Charlotte Byers, Edmonds


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Date: 1/27/18 6:29 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] gull I can't identify
Hi Charlotte-
Well up til this year it would have been a Thayer's Gull, a nice adult.
But the &*()&%^&&*(&*()AmericanOrnithologistsUnion lumped it back in with
Iceland Gull.
So sad. So wrong.
So, it's an Iceland (Thayer's) Gull
Bob OBrien Portland

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> Hello Tweeters,
>
> I was down at Edmonds marina today and took this photo of
> a gull with pink legs, black wing tips, red mark on bill, medium gray
> mantle. Is this a Glaucous-winged-Western hybrid?
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/26064130178/in/
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Date: 1/27/18 6:29 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Possible Thayer's Gull?
Hello Tweeters,

I am putting this bird up here a second time because a
fellow Tweeter suggested it could be a Thayer's Gull. I'd like that a lot
better than a Glaucous-winged/Western Gull hybrid. Do any of you gull
aficionados think this bird might be a Thayer's Gull?





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Date: 1/27/18 6:01 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] gull I can't identify
Hello Tweeters,

I was down at Edmonds marina today and took this photo of a
gull with pink legs, black wing tips, red mark on bill, medium gray mantle.
Is this a Glaucous-winged-Western hybrid?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/26064130178/in/dateposted-public/


Thanks, Charlotte Byers, Edmonds


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Date: 1/27/18 3:35 pm
From: <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Frozen
I've started my taxes or the paperwork at least while sitting at the window seat in full view of the usual feeders in the yard and a stress release for me.

I glanced into the yard and to my surprise a single VARIED THRUSH was busily collecting seed just a few feet away and I sat frozen lest I disturb it (with it, an unusual sparrow that I keep losing and haven't been able to id). A bit of excitement during number crunching.

A new yard bird. And a new mystery bird but more on that in a bit.

AKopitov
Seattle
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Date: 1/27/18 2:56 pm
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail and Rusty update:
Both seen from SE 19th Way about 10 minutes ago.
Wagtail moved from dirt pile across road to tall cottonwood then dropped
down behind levee bordering river.

Ann Marie Wood

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Date: 1/27/18 2:05 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Gyrfalcon on Fir Island
Around 11:00 this morning I was watching a mixed flock of Dunlin and Black Bellied Plovers at the corner of Maupin and Fir Island Roads when all hell broke loose as a Gyrfalcon strafed the group and picked off a Dunlin.  Flew off to the Northeast.  The shorebirds returned 5 minutes later.  Very cool!

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Date: 1/27/18 1:09 pm
From: Rick Tyler <rhtyler...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Wagtail present since about 10 45
Just saw a rusty blackbird female at Neal Road (near Fall City), across the
river.

Rick Tyler

On Jan 27, 2018 11:18 AM, "Matt Bartels" <mattxyz...> wrote:

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> Many birders enjoying views of the wagtail and the rusty— from end of 19th
> in fall city as before— presently on manure piles
>
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Date: 1/27/18 12:25 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Living Sunshine
Tweeters,

Which local winter bird makes you think of sunshine come to life? See my choice in this week’s post at:

http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2018/01/living-sunshine.html <http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2018/01/living-sunshine.html>

Have a great day on Union Bay, where nature lives in the city!

Larry Hubbell
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Date: 1/27/18 12:06 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Jan. 28, 2018
Hey, Tweets,

Here are last week's stories:
* John Burroughs - Celebrating the Small Pleasures of Nature
http://bit.ly/2FXKJtQ
* What Happens When Birds Get Wet?
http://bit.ly/2EWSZsD
* Yellow-rumped Warbler - The Winter Warbler
http://bit.ly/2BfeO4s
* Bohemian Waxwings Wander South
http://bit.ly/2DrPrCt
* Hanging-Parrots
http://bit.ly/2mRBXoA
* Nictitating Membranes - Nature's Goggles
http://bit.ly/2BhahOU
-- Be sure to see the blog post with many more photos
http://bit.ly/2DEKsKV
* The Flicker's White Rump
http://bit.ly/2mWfKqd
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Date: 1/27/18 11:20 am
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail present since about 10 45

Many birders enjoying views of the wagtail and the rusty— from end of 19th in fall city as before— presently on manure piles

Matt Bartels Seattle wa
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Date: 1/27/18 10:37 am
From: Eric Kowalczyk <cassidix2005...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snow goose
I know, not as exciting as seeing thousands of Snow geese up on the
Skagit.....but there is a single bird grazing with Canada geese at Montlake
Playfield. (seen twice in past 4 days).



Eric Kowalczyk

Seattle




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Date: 1/27/18 6:38 am
From: Joyce <meyer2j...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail street error
Tweets:

I apologize for the street error in my post from 4:25 pm Friday. We were on the entrance road to the farm, SE 19th Way.

Joyce Meyer
Redmond, WA
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Date: 1/27/18 4:38 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdLife published a birdy piece about Kea that I wrote for them
hello everyone,

thanks to dodgy communication, i jumped the gun, so to speak, and published
my piece about Kea being up-listed to Endangered before Birdlife did. oops!
the piece has finally been published online by BirdLife, so i wanted to
share that link with you all:

https://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/curiosity-shouldn%E2%80%99t-kill-kea-we-need-stop-giving-parrot-junk-food
TinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/yb9aef8k

I also have been asked to share links to other birdy pieces when i
republish them on Medium, where they are not anti-ad-blocked, nor
paywalled, and where they are free of all advertising. i hope i've shared
everything that i've been asked to share -- let me know if i've missed
something and i'll send that along:

Fifty Shades of Black: These Bird Feathers Are The Darkest Never Seen
https://medium.com/@GrrlScientist/fifty-shades-of-black-these-bird-feathers-are-the-darkest-never-seen-grrlscientist-1476e515cb75
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i hope these pieces are informative and enjoyable.

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Date: 1/26/18 9:01 pm
From: Joyce <meyer2j...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail
Hi Tweets:

At 4:25 pm on Friday a half dozen of us heard and saw the wagtail fly from across the grass field, over the close trees and down the river. We found a path from SE 95th Way to the river where we were delighted to find the bird standing on a partially submerged log. After a couple of minutes it flew back up stream but wasn’t re-found by 5 pm.

Joyce Meyer
Mike West
Redmond, WA
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Date: 1/26/18 7:49 pm
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] White Wagtail RFI
Gary,
The bird was seen several times in close proximity to 19th so that's where
I would plan on going. My view this afternoon was pretty poor, but the bird
was on the 19th St side of the river, so it would've still been much
preferred over the other side of the river.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA (A brief 30 miles downstream from the Wagtail)

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Date: 1/26/18 7:09 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eide Rd. - Snow Buntings
Tweeters,

Five of them were there this evening (1/26/18) at 4:30 p.m. Last seen flying south over the dike.

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Date: 1/26/18 6:25 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail RFI
Dear Tweeters,
A friend and I are planning to brave the trip from Skagit County to King County tomorrow, to try for the White Wagtail. What would be a good route to take on a Saturday morning? Is there a consensus on 19th versus Neal, as far as a vantage point?
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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Date: 1/26/18 4:09 pm
From: <jperry59...> <jperry59...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail Fall City AM
My wife and I arrived at about 7:00 this morning at Neal Rd.  After surveying the situation and early morning bird activity decided it would be best to go over to 19th Way by the dairy farm.  Upon arrival at the entrance to the dairy farm (around 7:50 am), we spotted (with binoculars) the White Wagtail in the large deciduous tree in front of the power pole with the Rusty Blackbird.  After about 2-3 minutes both birds flew back towards the dairy farm buildings.  After a 2 hour wait, the White Wagtail flew back into the tall Deciduous tree by the power pole for only about 2 minutes.  Even though it was brief, we were able to get good looks with a scope and Russ Morgan got great photos (see eBird).
Bill & Jane Perry

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Date: 1/26/18 2:31 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail photo

> Here is a photo of the White Wagtail taken this morning at 9:45 a.m. from SE 19th Way.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/39883333232/in/dateposted/
>
> Here is a cropped version of the same photo
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/39883333272/in/photostream/
>
> Hank Heiberg
> Lake Joy
> NE of Carnation, WA
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> Sent from my iPad

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Date: 1/26/18 2:28 pm
From: B&PBell <bellasoc...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail, King Co SE19th way
Hi Tweets



I arrived at the farm end of SE 19th Way at about 1:15 (having been told by
Anne Marie) that they had seen the White Wagtail there. About 2 minutes or
so later the wagtail flew in, by itself from the NW. It landed in one of the
tall bare deciduous trees to the right of the driveway. It perched on a
couple of limbs for a bit, moved to the right into another tree and to a
couple of limbs, and then further to the right to another tree. At this
final perch is was more in the open, but after about 10 seconds all the
other birds in the tree including the wagtail took off. They flew to the NW
across the open field and eventually landed in a large stand of trees and
disappeared.



The group of folks at the location were happy to have seen the bird, even if
only briefly.



Good Birding!



Brian H. Bell

Woodinville WA

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Date: 1/26/18 1:33 pm
From: mombiwheeler <mombiwheeler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail yes
The wagtail just made a showing.  The rusty blackbird too.  Seen from the end of 19th.
Lonnie Somer


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Date: 1/26/18 11:32 am
From: J. Christian Kessler <1northraven...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Eide Rd Snow Buntings - yes
Snow buntings same location again this morning.
Chris Kessler
Seattle

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> On Jan 25, 2018, at 3:23 PM, birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> wrote:
>
> Just now, easily called in 5 Snow Buntings at Eide Ed., Stanwood, 50 yards out from the parkinglot.
>
> Also, a day-hunting Barn Owl.
>
> - Michael Hobbs
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Date: 1/26/18 10:21 am
From: H Heiberg <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail-yes
At 9:45 I photographed the White Wagtail from SE 19th Way which is a dead end road off W. Snoqualmie River Road SE which is west of the river & northwest of Fall City. I drove up and was deciding where to park when two birders from Tumwater spotted the bird in the cottonwood near the transformer. I didn’t have time to park, take my car keys or turn off the headlights. I hopped out of my truck, took the photo and the bird flew. Total elapsed time = 1 minute max. I’ll post the photo when I get home.

Hank Heiberg
Lake Joy
NE of Carnation, WA

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Date: 1/25/18 10:08 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-01-25
Tweets – the weather wasn’t too bad, without a drop for the first couple of hours and nothing worse than drizzle the rest of the morning. Not too cold either, though sometimes a bit dark with the overcast.

Highlights:
a.. Cackling Goose – nice flock of 1000+ on grass soccer fields
b.. Trumpeter Swan – two flew east over slough near lake, calling. First of 2018
c.. American Wigeon – heard pre-dawn from Dog Meadow area
d.. Northern Pintail – flyover flock, 5 birds with 2 other ducks – First of 2018
e.. Green-winged Teal – heard pre-dawn from east of East Meadow, 6+ at Rowing Club
f.. Western Grebe – two well out on lake
g.. Great Blue Heron – at least 18 on/near nests in heronry
h.. Green Heron – one at Rowing Club
i.. Northern Harrier – one flew north over Dog Meadow
j.. Sharp-shinned Hawk – one near slough below weir – tiny
k.. BARN OWL – stood on Viewing Mound and watched it flying from ~7:00 til we left at 7:50. Later, saw roosting in willows east of East Meadow. One more seen
l.. DOWNY WOODPECKER – two near Dog Central – FIRST for 2018 finally!
m.. Hairy Woodpecker – Near Downy
n.. Pileated Woodpecker – across the slough from Big Cottonwood Forest
o.. Merlin – nice looks, perched and flying, mansion area around 8:00 a.m.
p.. Cedar Waxwing – again, 30+ birds near Dog Central
Misses included Hooded Merganser, Cooper’s Hawk, Steller’s Jay, Bushtit, and Pacific Wren, but we added 3 species to the 2018 list.

For the day, 56 species. For 2018, we’re up to 70 species.

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Date: 1/25/18 8:48 pm
From: Steve Loitz <steveloitz...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI Lens Cleaning
If it's really dirty, first blow off any dust or grit. Then I smear a drop
of Dawn dish detergent with a very clean finger, rinse with water, allow to
air dry, then gently polish with a clean lens cloth. This may make some
shudder, but it works. I've done it a couple times a year for a few years.
I learned about it from a hunter who uses the technique for his binoculars
and rifle scopes.

Steve Loitz
Ellensburg WA

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> Hi All
>
>
> The lenses on my binoculars have gotten quite dirty. I am wondering what
> people use to clean theirs. I have tried several different methods and it
> hasn't helped much. If anyone has some suggestions I would love to hear
> them.
>
>
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>
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Date: 1/25/18 8:05 pm
From: <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Wagtail id question
Nevermind. G. Neavoll just explained that they are no longer separate species. Thanks!


-----Original Message-----
>From: <amk17...>
>Sent: Jan 25, 2018 7:12 PM
>To: "<Tweeters...>" <Tweeters...>
>Subject: Wagtail id question
>
>I was fortunate to observe and listen to flight calls of the wagtail today. Thank you Logan Searl!!
>
>And I took a few really bad photos; however I am having a little trouble convincing myself that this is a white wagtail and not a black-backed. But this is my first wagtail sp and the pics and the descriptions just don't seem to match, fully, a white wagtail.
>
>It appears to be a first winter (or non-breeding if white wagtail) adult female. In my photos I do not see dark bases below the white median coverts but the bars appear thin. Of interest, Logan pointed out yellow at the base of the bill when viewed through the scope (just visible in some photos). The flight call was clearly a chiswick or a jijik.
>
>Just wondering if everyone is confident on the id. I'll try to post photos on flicker later and share the link but they are not great. Hopefully others have better photos and videos.
>
>AKopitov
>Seattle, WA
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Date: 1/25/18 7:53 pm
From: <festuca...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Redpolls at Tumwater Falls Park
Hi folks,

Just wanted to let the Tweeters community know that Thurston County is also experiencing the "irruption" of Common Redpolls into western Washington.

Many thanks for Kyle Leader - young birder extraordinaire - for finding and eBirding a flock of Redpolls at Tumwater Falls Park. You Rock! I went down to the Fish Hatchery this afternoon to see if I could find the flock. I walked the loop trail to the lower falls, and birding was pretty slow; even the resident American Dippers were not to be found along the roaring, muddy waters of the Deschutes River.

I had just returned to the parking lot, resigned to the prospect of birding at this historic site yet another day, when a flock of Redpolls dropped into a Red Alder tree right at the parking lot! After chirping there for a few minutes, the flock of 16 birds dropped to the lawn, apparently feeding on alder seeds that had fallen to the ground.

I texted a few other locals, and Chris Strode & Doug Martin arrived within minutes (!) and we got on them as they returned to the alders along the river above the Upper Falls. There were a few Pine Siskins mixed in with the Redpolls at this point.

If these birds behave like the Seattle area Redpolls, local birders may have the opportunity to add them to your County list! I tried for some photos, but didn't get much in the way of decent shots. The one recognizable shot I had is on my eBird checklist at
http://ebird.org/ebird/pnw/view/checklist/S42234242

Best,
Jon. Anderson
OlyWA

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Date: 1/25/18 7:46 pm
From: <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Wagtail id question
I believe current taxonomy tends to consider Black-backed Wagtail as a
subspecies of White Wagtail, so the species (barring arguments about that
taxonomic decision) is not in question.

As to the subspecies of White Wagtail, this bird has a clear black line from
the beak through the eye and back to the gray nape. As such, I think that
gives us a choice of Motacilla alba ocularis ("Swinhoe's Wagtail" or "East
Siberian Wagtail") or M. a. lugens ("Black-backed Wagtail")

The bird in Fall City has pretty clear and obvious wing bars, which tends to
point to ocularis. It is also appears completely gray on the back, nape,
and crown, which also would point to ocularis. The breast has quite an
extensive black bib, which may point more towards lugens.

I'd love to see some photos from closer up - scope views are way better than
no photos at all, but plumage details are not terribly easy to make out.

But I'm leaning towards M. a. ocularis.

We'll see what the WBRC decides. Anyone with photos should submit them to
the WBRC, or post them to eBird with notes and forward the checklist to the
WBRC.

Very nice bird!!!


== Michael Hobbs
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From: <amk17...>
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:12 PM
To: <Tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail id question

I was fortunate to observe and listen to flight calls of the wagtail today.
Thank you Logan Searl!!

And I took a few really bad photos; however I am having a little trouble
convincing myself that this is a white wagtail and not a black-backed. But
this is my first wagtail sp and the pics and the descriptions just don't
seem to match, fully, a white wagtail.

It appears to be a first winter (or non-breeding if white wagtail) adult
female. In my photos I do not see dark bases below the white median coverts
but the bars appear thin. Of interest, Logan pointed out yellow at the base
of the bill when viewed through the scope (just visible in some photos). The
flight call was clearly a chiswick or a jijik.

Just wondering if everyone is confident on the id. I'll try to post photos
on flicker later and share the link but they are not great. Hopefully
others have better photos and videos.

AKopitov
Seattle, WA
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Date: 1/25/18 7:15 pm
From: <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail id question
I was fortunate to observe and listen to flight calls of the wagtail today. Thank you Logan Searl!!

And I took a few really bad photos; however I am having a little trouble convincing myself that this is a white wagtail and not a black-backed. But this is my first wagtail sp and the pics and the descriptions just don't seem to match, fully, a white wagtail.

It appears to be a first winter (or non-breeding if white wagtail) adult female. In my photos I do not see dark bases below the white median coverts but the bars appear thin. Of interest, Logan pointed out yellow at the base of the bill when viewed through the scope (just visible in some photos). The flight call was clearly a chiswick or a jijik.

Just wondering if everyone is confident on the id. I'll try to post photos on flicker later and share the link but they are not great. Hopefully others have better photos and videos.

AKopitov
Seattle, WA
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Date: 1/25/18 7:03 pm
From: Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI Lens Cleaning
Hi All


The lenses on my binoculars have gotten quite dirty. I am wondering what people use to clean theirs. I have tried several different methods and it hasn't helped much. If anyone has some suggestions I would love to hear them.


Roger Moyer

Chehalis, WA

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Date: 1/25/18 4:06 pm
From: H Heiberg <h.heiberg...>
Subject: Fwd: [Tweeters] Wagtail - yes
Following Sherry ‘s directions 2 other birders and I saw the Wagtail exactly as Sherry described. Thank you Sherry! (3:55)

Hank Heiberg
Lake Joy
NE of Carnation

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> Date: January 25, 2018 at 2:53:22 PM PST
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> Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail
>
> More on our sighting
> We parked at the end of Neal Rd but walked back to the tree with the sign. Not far. Look for the transformer in the distance. He was using the tree just in front of it. Long distance.
>
>
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> Sherry Hagen
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Date: 1/25/18 3:25 pm
From: birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eide Rd Snow Buntings - yes
Just now, easily called in 5 Snow Buntings at Eide Ed., Stanwood, 50 yards out from the parkinglot. 
Also, a day-hunting Barn Owl.
- Michael Hobbs 

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Date: 1/25/18 3:21 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snow Buntings at Eide Rd.
Five Snow Buntings first reported yesterday at Eide Rd. near Stanwood were
still moving around the mudflats near the main parking lot this morning.
Seen by several birders. There were also about three dozen American Pipits.

Phil Dickinson

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Date: 1/25/18 2:56 pm
From: littlebirder <littlebirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail
More on our sighting We parked at the end of Neal Rd but walked back to the tree with the sign. Not far. Look for the transformer in the distance. He was using the tree just in front of it. Long distance.


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Date: 1/25/18 2:29 pm
From: littlebirder <littlebirder...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Wagtail - yes
He is mainly flycatching from a distance tree. We were standing to the left of the tree with the Danger Shooting Range sign. When the sun came out he was very active.


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Date: 1/25/18 1:36 pm
From: birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail - yes
Just had the White Wagtail near Fall City, seen from near the end of  Neal Rd., but the bird was closer to the end of 19th Way.  It was pretty far up a deciduous tree, and appeared to be flycatching.
- Michael Hobbs


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Date: 1/25/18 11:40 am
From: Mason Flint <masonflint...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Wagtail access
Im on SE 19th Way by the entrance to the farm now (11:30) but no sign of the Wagtail so far. There was a pretty good crowd over on Neal Rd looking from there.

Mason Flint
BELLEVUE



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Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 10:10:07 AM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail access

I talked to the farmer that owns the dairy farm where the wagtail was spotted this morning. He emphasized that he does not want birders in the farmyard. But he did say it was ok for people to park along the road the leads to the farm and use binoculars from the road. I would suggest not parking further along the road than the farm bureau sign that says authorized access only. Please be respectful of course, as the farmer was very sweet but a little nervous about people disrupting the farm. I have not yet spotted the bird from this location, but it does add some views that couldnt be seen from across the river.

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Date: 1/25/18 11:13 am
From: Charles Desilets <csdesilets...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Wagtail relocated this AM at 9:50
Oops, bird sited at 8:50, not 9:50, and observed for 7-8 minutes. It had not been seen again when I left at 9:50.



Charles Desilets



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Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail relocated this AM at 9:50



Bird seen upriver from cottonwoods. With Blackbirds on top of small tree. Flock flew off, not relocated yet. Observers: Ted Kenefick, Catherine Rokitka.







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Date: 1/25/18 11:03 am
From: Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Yellow-rumped warbler
Just looking at my suet feeder in the back yard and saw an unfamiliar
bird that at first thought was a Golden-crowned Sparrow as it has a
bright yellow head patch, but then it also had a yellow throat, yellow
under the wings and when it flew I could see yellow on its rump.
My first book to check for back yard birds is Birds of the Puget Sound
Region by Morse, Aversa & Opperman but the only 2 birds with yellow
crowns were the Sparrow and the Golden-crowned Kinglet and it obviously
was neither so went to my Stokes Western Region Field Guide to Birds and
discovered I had a Yellow-rumped Warbler - first in my yard.
Margaret Sandelin
Queen Anne
Seattle
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Date: 1/25/18 10:46 am
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Subject: [Tweeters] Washington Birder List Reporting
A reminder that toparticipate in List or Big Day Reporting for 2017, you have one week left tosend Washington Birder your report: info@wabirder

If you emailed us yourList Report and did not receive a confirmation reply, PLEASE SEND US YOUR LISTAGAIN.

Forms are available at: http://www.wabirder.com/forms.html

2017 Reports will beavailable on the Washington Birder website after February 15: http://www.wabirder.com/online.html

Updated Washington Stateand County Checklists and Birds in Washington State:a county comparison spreadsheet are now availableon the Washington Birder website. Thank you Michael Hobbs, for maintaining thewebsite. We are extremely thankful for and appreciative of his generous help,along with that of Matt Bartels. Without these two individuals, continuing thewebsite would be very difficult!

A sincere thank you to those who send “County First” sightinginformation to Washington Birder (info@wabirder)BTW, if you sent us information after themiddle of December, we were already proofreading the updated checklists, sothose additional “County Firsts” will be added during 2018.

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Date: 1/25/18 10:14 am
From: Catherine Joy <catherinejoymusic...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail access
I talked to the farmer that owns the dairy farm where the wagtail was spotted this morning. He emphasized that he does not want birders in the farmyard. But he did say it was ok for people to park along the road the leads to the farm and use binoculars from the road. I would suggest not parking further along the road than the farm bureau sign that says “authorized access only”. Please be respectful of course, as the farmer was very sweet but a little nervous about people disrupting the farm. I have not yet spotted the bird from this location, but it does add some views that couldn’t be seen from across the river.

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Date: 1/25/18 9:07 am
From: csdesilets <csdesilets...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wagtail relocated this AM at 9:50


Bird seen upriver from cottonwoods.   With Blackbirds on top of small tree. Flock flew off, not relocated yet. Observers: Ted Kenefick,  Catherine Rokitka.


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Date: 1/24/18 8:16 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Missed the Wagtail - but A Great Morning
I set out this morning to hopefully find my 200th species in Washington this month - my goal for a Big Month.  The original plan was to try Carnation for an American Pipit and then to Everett to look for a Semipalmated Plover.  Terrible traffic caused a change of plans and I took the ferry to Kingston and then went to the Port Orchard Airport and at the same area that Brian Pendleton and I have had Mountain Quail in the past, and he had some last week, I was able to flush two - qwerking as they flew off - that hoped for #200.  I then went to the Sanderson Airfield in Shelton - a new place for me - looking for the Western Bluebirds that were reported by Whittier Johnson and Bill Tweit yesterday.  It took a lot of searching checking every road that was accessible but I finally found a group of five towards the north end of the airfield - just south of the industrial area.  The plan was to go to Hoquiam to the STP and look for the Palm Warbler that Alex Patia had reported there.  Just as I was getting to Hoquiam, I got a call from Ann Marie Wood telling me about the White Wagtail sighting.  What to do?  After Hoquiam the original plan was to continue to Westport and the ocean beaches looking for Semipalmated and Snowy Plovers.  I decided to try for the Palm Warbler and then decide "what next".
The Palm Warbler was very cooperative and responded immediately to its call - but not out between the two ponds but in the trees just west of Paulson Road at the corner.  It was very active - and was continuously pumping its tail.  Now what? - 2.5 hours to try for the Wagtail or on to the beaches.  I had seen a White Wagtail in Washington many years ago but had no photo.  I made the quick calculation that the possibility of a White Wagtail was of higher value than the admittedly much higher possibility of the Snowy Plover and that the Semipalmated Plover was just as likely in Everett.
I raced to Neal Road - where I had seen and photographed the Rusty Blackbird two days ago.  A number of birders were there - no Wagtail.  Others also arrived - no Wagtail.  I had already had a fabulous day.  Sure the Wagtail would have been an incredible "topper' but missing it just did not feel like a downer.  Sure that was in large part because of the morning sightings and meeting and surpassing my goal of 200 for the Month.  But equally so it was because it was so much fun to be with so many great birders looking together - sharing the experience.  There were lots of laughs - and I did not see any tears.
Good birding to all...
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Date: 1/24/18 8:08 pm
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] White Wagtail Accessibility
Carol:

Congratulations! Isn’t it great to be in the right place at exactly the
right time?

When I approached the dairy farm, also with the intention of getting
permission to enter, I encountered a man leaving in a pickup truck. When I
tried to make my request I discovered that he didn’t speak English.

Given the layout, the multiple no trespassing signs, no one else in sight,
and no obvious office, I turned around and left.

Hoping for another opportunity,
Ann Marie


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> I have added three very poor photos to this eBird checklist. The distance
> between the public viewing area on Neal Road, and the tree on the dairy
> farm across the Snoqualmie River really strained the limits of my 400 mm
> lens. Jordan Roderick’s photos should be much better since he has a longer
> lens.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42209787
>
> I elected not to approach the farm house on the property where the wagtail
> was seen. I agree with Jeff Bryant that the bird is most likely on the
> ground or a low perch, where it cannot be seen from Neal Road on the east
> side of the river. My success with getting access to a bird on farm
> properties has been mixed but I have always been treated politely by the
> landowner, even when access was denied. That could change if many birders
> were to seek access as it could annoy the farm family. That said, perhaps
> someone from the BRC with a camera (RM!) might approach the landowners and
> try to see if better photos can be obtained for further documentation.
> There is a “No Trespassing” sign just before reaching the house. We were
> not sure whether the owners would mean that to apply to a birder seeking
> permission to look for the wagtail. For all we know, they might get a kick
> out of hosting a rare bird as long as access does not interfere with their
> operation.
>
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Date: 1/24/18 7:52 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] White Wagtail Accessibility
A number of us were at the site this afternoon for many hours and did not see the Wagtail.  One person tried to gain access to the property but the owners were not receptive.  We felt the most likely perch would be on one of the buildings and all were monitored consistently - no go.  
Other good birds there however were the continuing Rusty Blackbird, plus Sharp Shinned Hawk, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel and Spotted Sandpiper.
Thanks for the early post notice and congrats to the fortunate 4 who saw it.
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:40:01 PM PST, Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...> wrote:

I have added three very poor photos to this eBird checklist. The distance between the public viewing area on Neal Road, and the tree on the dairy farm across the Snoqualmie River really strained the limits of my 400 mm lens. Jordan Roderick’s photos should be much better since he has a longer lens.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42209787
I elected not to approach the farm house on the property where the wagtail was seen. I agree with Jeff Bryant that the bird is most likely on the ground or a  low perch, where it cannot be seen from Neal Road on the east side of the river. My success with getting access to a bird on farm properties has been mixed but I have always been treated politely by the landowner, even when access was denied. That could change if many birders were to seek access as it could annoy the farm family. That said, perhaps someone from the BRC with a camera (RM!) might approach the landowners and try to see if better photos can be obtained for further documentation. There is a “No Trespassing” sign just before reaching the house. We were not sure whether the owners would mean that to apply to a birder seeking permission to look for the wagtail. For all we know, they might get a kick out of hosting a rare bird as long as access does not interfere with their operation.
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Date: 1/24/18 7:45 pm
From: littlebirder <littlebirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] American Tree Sparrow
I saw an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW today in Chesaw, Okanogan county. 
It was around the corner from the well known  house with the bird feeders. We never saw a single bird at those feeders the several times we checked them.
PINE GROSBEAKS were feeding in the fruit trees at the red and white house. The COMMON REDOLLS and the SPARROW were feeding in the tree with the long thin hanging limbs. I don't know for sure what it is called.
Two GRAY JAYs were along Nealey Rd between the Nealey Rd feeders and Grange Rd.
It was a rather miserable day. It snowed yesterday making some of the roads, not plowed, impassable. It rained today and the birds seemed to be laying low.
Sherry HagenVancouver, <WAlittlebirder...>
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Date: 1/24/18 7:41 pm
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail Accessibility
I have added three very poor photos to this eBird checklist. The distance between the public viewing area on Neal Road, and the tree on the dairy farm across the Snoqualmie River really strained the limits of my 400 mm lens. Jordan Roderick’s photos should be much better since he has a longer lens.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42209787 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42209787>

I elected not to approach the farm house on the property where the wagtail was seen. I agree with Jeff Bryant that the bird is most likely on the ground or a low perch, where it cannot be seen from Neal Road on the east side of the river. My success with getting access to a bird on farm properties has been mixed but I have always been treated politely by the landowner, even when access was denied. That could change if many birders were to seek access as it could annoy the farm family. That said, perhaps someone from the BRC with a camera (RM!) might approach the landowners and try to see if better photos can be obtained for further documentation. There is a “No Trespassing” sign just before reaching the house. We were not sure whether the owners would mean that to apply to a birder seeking permission to look for the wagtail. For all we know, they might get a kick out of hosting a rare bird as long as access does not interfere with their operation.

Carol Riddell
Edmonds
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Date: 1/24/18 7:28 pm
From: Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Another test
Tweets,

I'm a gmail user, not yahoo, but my my msgs. have not appeared for months
since I changed my user preferences from digest so I could keep track of
the Swallow-tailed Gull sightings.

I just took the Mark Ahlness/Kevin Lucas advice. We shall see.

Carol Stoner
West Seattle

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Date: 1/24/18 6:42 pm
From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Email problems with Gmail/Yahoo - a fix
Applying that fix has worked for me for quite some time. Doing that, using
the "desktop" interface, makes it work for all my devices. No additional
filters or settings were necessary.

Good Birding
Kevin Lucas
Selah, WA

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On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 6:36 PM, Mark Ahlness <mahlness...> wrote:

> Nothing birdy here - this is just for those Gmail users like me, who have
> found all Tweeters posts from Yahoo email users in their Spam account.
>
> I had tried unsuccessfully to fix this before, but after Blair B wrote
> about it, I decided to take another whack at the problem.
>
> Here's how to fix it, at least from a desktop - phone interface/options
> are different...
>
> In Gmail...
> 1. In your Spam folder, find a Tweeters post and select/highlight it
> 2. Click on the down arrow by "More"
> 3. Choose "Filter messages like these"
> 4. In the field marked "Has the words", erase what's in there, and write
> *Tweeters* - do not fill in any other fields
> 5. In bottom rt. corner, click on "Create filter with this search"
> 6. In the next pop-up, check only the box that says "Never send it to Spam"
> 7. Click on "Create filter"
>
> When Tweeters posts from Yahoo email users finally start arriving in your
> Inbox (yay!), they will come with a warning about Yahoo failing "required
> tests for authentication" - whatever...
>
> Good luck - Mark
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Date: 1/24/18 6:38 pm
From: Mark Ahlness <mahlness...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Email problems with Gmail/Yahoo - a fix
Nothing birdy here - this is just for those Gmail users like me, who have
found all Tweeters posts from Yahoo email users in their Spam account.

I had tried unsuccessfully to fix this before, but after Blair B wrote
about it, I decided to take another whack at the problem.

Here's how to fix it, at least from a desktop - phone interface/options are
different...

In Gmail...
1. In your Spam folder, find a Tweeters post and select/highlight it
2. Click on the down arrow by "More"
3. Choose "Filter messages like these"
4. In the field marked "Has the words", erase what's in there, and write
*Tweeters* - do not fill in any other fields
5. In bottom rt. corner, click on "Create filter with this search"
6. In the next pop-up, check only the box that says "Never send it to Spam"
7. Click on "Create filter"

When Tweeters posts from Yahoo email users finally start arriving in your
Inbox (yay!), they will come with a warning about Yahoo failing "required
tests for authentication" - whatever...

Good luck - Mark

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Date: 1/24/18 4:55 pm
From: Betty <bettinab39...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
Thank you for the additional info about where Neale Rd is!

Some of us are not as well traveled to birding spots as a lot of you are. So the added info is much appreciated.

Betty Boyd

Chimacum – on the Olympic Peninsula.



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Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 3:07 PM
To: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>; Tweeters Tweeters <Tweeters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd



Neale Road runs along the Snoqualmie River parallel to Hwy 203. You can get on it just north of Fall City and it dead ends just before it reconnects with 203. https://www.google.com/search?q=Neale+Road+fall+city <https://www.google.com/search?q=Neale+Road+fall+city&oq=neale+road&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i57j0l3.9102j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8> &oq=neale+road&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i57j0l3.9102j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8



Larry Schwitters

Issaquah

On Jan 24, 2018, at 2:57 PM, Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> <mailto:<thefedderns...> > wrote:



This may be a silly question, but where is Neale Road? Could somebody please post some directions? Just the town to go with it, so one could google it?



Thanks!



Hans



On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 2:36 PM, Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> <mailto:<leschwitters...> > wrote:

We gave it a half-hearted effort. It will probably not come easy. If you go, .5 mile after you first turn onto Neale Road check out the small dried up berry bush beside the road on the right to see if a White-throated Sparrow has returned.



Larry Schwitters



Issaquah

On Jan 24, 2018, at 1:18 PM, birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> <mailto:<birdmarymoor...> > wrote:





Anyone having success or updates on the wagtail?





Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



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Date: 1/24/18 11:29 AM (GMT-08:00)

To: <tweeters...> <mailto:<tweeters...>

Subject: [Tweeters] White wagtail on Neale Rd



While scanning for the rusty blackbird in IRS usual tree on Neale Road (it’s still here). A white wagtail flew in to the same tree! Observed at 10;30 in scope by four birders. Amazing!

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Date: 1/24/18 3:29 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: NIsqually NWR 1/24/18
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Date: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 3:17 PM
Subject: NIsqually NWR 1/24/18
To: Dennis & Bonnie <dennisweeks1...>, Glynnis Nakai
<glynnis_nakai...>, Marian Bailey <Marian_Bailey...>, Teresa
Hertzel <Nancy.hertzel...>, Tweeters
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Tweets,

Today 20 of us braved a threatening day to bird Nisqually NWR. The day
turned out better than expected with the rain holding off until about
12:30. We had a 14.4 high tide at 10:31 AM so we had lots of water in
the reclamation area.

Highlights included the continuing SAW-WHET OWL and a EURASIAN WIGEON,

With the recent rains there was water everywhere on the refuge and
waterfowl were scattered throughout. The EURASIAN WIGEON was out in
the reclamation area with a flock of AMERICAN WIGEON. Also in that
area was a HOODED MERGANSER, GADWALL, PINTAIL, MALLARDS, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

There were several RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS on McAllister Creek and a
couple of COMMON MERGANSERS on the Nisqually River.

There was only 1 GREAT HORNED OWL visible over the beaver dam today so
perhaps nesting has started. Here's hoping.

For the day I saw 47 species and now have 51 for the year. Mammals
seen included BLACK-TAILED DEER, GRAY SQUIRREL, and MUSKRAT. Some of
the early arrivals saw a BEAVER at the visitor center.

Until next week when Shep and Eric will lead in my absence....

Phil Kelley
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Lacey, WA
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Date: 1/24/18 3:19 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 1/24/18
Tweets,

Today 20 of us braved a threatening day to bird Nisqually NWR. The day
turned out better than expected with the rain holding off until about
12:30. We had a 14.4 high tide at 10:31 AM so we had lots of water in
the reclamation area.

Highlights included the continuing SAW-WHET OWL and a EURASIAN WIGEON,

With the recent rains there was water everywhere on the refuge and
waterfowl were scattered throughout. The EURASIAN WIGEON was out in
the reclamation area with a flock of AMERICAN WIGEON. Also in that
area was a HOODED MERGANSER
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Date: 1/24/18 3:10 pm
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
Neale Road runs along the Snoqualmie River parallel to Hwy 203. You can get on it just north of Fall City and it dead ends just before it reconnects with 203. https://www.google.com/search?q=Neale+Road+fall+city&oq=neale+road&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i57j0l3.9102j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 <https://www.google.com/search?q=Neale+Road+fall+city&oq=neale+road&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i57j0l3.9102j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8>

Larry Schwitters
Issaquah
> On Jan 24, 2018, at 2:57 PM, Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> wrote:
>
> This may be a silly question, but where is Neale Road? Could somebody please post some directions? Just the town to go with it, so one could google it?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Hans
>
> On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 2:36 PM, Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> <mailto:<leschwitters...>> wrote:
> We gave it a half-hearted effort. It will probably not come easy. If you go, .5 mile after you first turn onto Neale Road check out the small dried up berry bush beside the road on the right to see if a White-throated Sparrow has returned.
>
> Larry Schwitters
>
> Issaquah
>> On Jan 24, 2018, at 1:18 PM, birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> <mailto:<birdmarymoor...>> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Anyone having success or updates on the wagtail?
>>
>>
>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>>
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: Jordan Roderick <jordan...> <mailto:<jordan...>>
>> Date: 1/24/18 11:29 AM (GMT-08:00)
>> To: <tweeters...> <mailto:<tweeters...>
>> Subject: [Tweeters] White wagtail on Neale Rd
>>
>> While scanning for the rusty blackbird in IRS usual tree on Neale Road (it’s still here). A white wagtail flew in to the same tree! Observed at 10;30 in scope by four birders. Amazing!
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 1/24/18 3:01 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
This may be a silly question, but where is Neale Road? Could somebody
please post some directions? Just the town to go with it, so one could
google it?

Thanks!

Hans

On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 2:36 PM, Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
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> We gave it a half-hearted effort. It will probably not come easy. If you
> go, .5 mile after you first turn onto Neale Road check out the small dried
> up berry bush beside the road on the right to see if a White-throated
> Sparrow has returned.
>
> Larry Schwitters
>
> Issaquah
>
> On Jan 24, 2018, at 1:18 PM, birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> wrote:
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>
> Anyone having success or updates on the wagtail?
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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> -------- Original message --------
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> Date: 1/24/18 11:29 AM (GMT-08:00)
> To: <tweeters...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] White wagtail on Neale Rd
>
> While scanning for the rusty blackbird in IRS usual tree on Neale Road
> (it’s still here). A white wagtail flew in to the same tree! Observed at
> 10;30 in scope by four birders. Amazing!
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Date: 1/24/18 2:40 pm
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
We gave it a half-hearted effort. It will probably not come easy. If you go, .5 mile after you first turn onto Neale Road check out the small dried up berry bush beside the road on the right to see if a White-throated Sparrow has returned.

Larry Schwitters

Issaquah
> On Jan 24, 2018, at 1:18 PM, birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> wrote:
>
>
> Anyone having success or updates on the wagtail?
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Jordan Roderick <jordan...>
> Date: 1/24/18 11:29 AM (GMT-08:00)
> To: <tweeters...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] White wagtail on Neale Rd
>
> While scanning for the rusty blackbird in IRS usual tree on Neale Road (it’s still here). A white wagtail flew in to the same tree! Observed at 10;30 in scope by four birders. Amazing!
>
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Date: 1/24/18 2:21 pm
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Wagtail chase-ability
Wagtail, like the stackbird flock, presumably spends most of its time on ground in the farm across the river from the dead end of Neal Rd. It was sheer luck that I saw it fly up to the tall trees long enough to get scopes on it before it disappeared. When I left, Carol Riddell was going into the farm at the dead end of 19th Place to see about access. Maybe she’ll have good news.

Jeff Bryant
Seattle
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Date: 1/24/18 2:20 pm
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
Rusty Blackbird in the cottonwood! Wagtail still absent

Joshua

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> On Jan 24, 2018, at 1:22 PM, Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> wrote:
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> Lack of. Even the blackbirds are a mile away
>
> Joshua Glant
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> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Jan 24, 2018, at 1:18 PM, birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Anyone having success or updates on the wagtail?
>>
>>
>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>>
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: Jordan Roderick <jordan...>
>> Date: 1/24/18 11:29 AM (GMT-08:00)
>> To: <tweeters...>
>> Subject: [Tweeters] White wagtail on Neale Rd
>>
>> While scanning for the rusty blackbird in IRS usual tree on Neale Road (it’s still here). A white wagtail flew in to the same tree! Observed at 10;30 in scope by four birders. Amazing!
>>
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Date: 1/24/18 1:25 pm
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd
Lack of. Even the blackbirds are a mile away

Joshua Glant

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> On Jan 24, 2018, at 1:18 PM, birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> wrote:
>
>
> Anyone having success or updates on the wagtail?
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Jordan Roderick <jordan...>
> Date: 1/24/18 11:29 AM (GMT-08:00)
> To: <tweeters...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] White wagtail on Neale Rd
>
> While scanning for the rusty blackbird in IRS usual tree on Neale Road (it’s still here). A white wagtail flew in to the same tree! Observed at 10;30 in scope by four birders. Amazing!
>
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Date: 1/24/18 1:20 pm
From: birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI White wagtail on Neale Rd

Anyone having success or updates on the wagtail?

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-------- Original message --------From: Jordan Roderick <jordan...> Date: 1/24/18 11:29 AM (GMT-08:00) To: <tweeters...> Subject: [Tweeters] White wagtail on Neale Rd
While scanning for the rusty blackbird in IRS usual tree on Neale Road (it’s still here). A white wagtail flew in to the same tree!  Observed at 10;30 in scope by four birders.  Amazing!

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Date: 1/24/18 12:01 pm
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Fall city wagtail
HI Jeffrey et al.:
I have found this article of use for IDing White Wagtail subspecies:

https://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/archive/V29/29(3)%20p0180-p0198.pdf

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Date: 1/24/18 11:34 am
From: Jordan Roderick <jordan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White wagtail on Neale Rd
While scanning for the rusty blackbird in IRS usual tree on Neale Road (it’s still here). A white wagtail flew in to the same tree! Observed at 10;30 in scope by four birders. Amazing!

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Date: 1/24/18 11:29 am
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fall city wagtail
In tree with rusty blackbird. So far presumed WHITE WAGTAIL

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Date: 1/24/18 6:41 am
From: <festuca...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RE: Nisqually Question
Hi Blair - To answer your questions, the Refuge should now be staffed and open during regular daylight hours. My wife (a USDA employee) had to go to work at the regular time today, after a broken schedule Monday & Tuesday...

As far as the birds, the Least Sandpipers are most regularly seen out on the estuary boardwalk, which leads out toward the Observation deck at the mouth of McAllister Creek. Note that the last 400 feet of the boardwalk is still gated-off until the end of waterfowl hunting season on the 28th inst.

The Spotted Sandpipers are also seen along this stretch of boardwalk, but are harder to spot. The weekly Wednesday bird walk folks usually have to do some serious scoping to find them on the west bank of McAllister Creek; they are rarely seen on the east (boardwalk) side.

Hope this helps,
Jon. Anderson
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Date: 1/24/18 4:05 am
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Update to Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse info plus other wildlife news
Tweeters,

Thanks to all that responded to me personally on the info I provided about the Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (CSTG) listing. Here's an update and some other news.

The process to uplist the CSTG is lengthy, and has to do with the packed agendas for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), the required public comment periods for rule changes, and the duration needed to "open and shut" the required elements of the Washington Administrative Code.

1. WDFW files forms in the Washington register that announce the potential rule change needed and opens a public comment period.
2. There's an overlapping public comment period for SEPA.
3. There'll be a briefing and public hearing on the potential reclassification to the FWC (likely June) with a briefing and public hearing.
4. The decision will occur at the August FWC meeting.
5. After the decision, the WDFW will file the paperwork to change the rule, which would go into effect 30 days later (September).


Soon, the WDFW will issue Periodic Status Reviews for the pygmy rabbit and sea otter. Those of you that get WDFW news will see it first. Once that news is released, you'll have an opportunity to weigh in on whatever the listing for those species is.

There has been much news lately relevant to Washington wildlife: Recent news examples, include: 1) The Trump Administration's Reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.audubon.org%2Fnews%2F17-former-federal-officials-zinke-dont-change-migratory-bird-treaty-act-0&data=02%7C01%7C%7C32dc5104cd1841345cad08d562aa3a9d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636523405623243198&sdata=1n3UIVNp%2FXbCog3E%2BvM6iYN%2F643FKocODPk6blzotcE%3D&reserved=0>; 2) controversy over federal governments<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fws.gov%2Fmountain-prairie%2Fpressrel%2F2018%2F01112018_Status_Review_Indicates_Canada_lynx_Recovery_inLower48.php&data=02%7C01%7C%7C32dc5104cd1841345cad08d562aa3a9d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636523405623243198&sdata=g4J8s6Oh3nOPd62nYcZBwsEOsziv4ArZYTPc5M3UB7k%3D&reserved=0> possible step toward delisting Canada lynx<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spokesman.com%2Fstories%2F2018%2Fjan%2F11%2Ffederal-governments-step-toward-delisting-canada-l%2F%23%2F0&data=02%7C01%7C%7C32dc5104cd1841345cad08d562aa3a9d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636523405623243198&sdata=UTk4GNk1rWTmz66uGdlbEutjTxAzmp9SpFWYNPhJGRs%3D&reserved=0>; and 3) the re-introduction in Congress of Recovering Americas Wildlife Act, HR 4647.<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.congress.gov%2Fbill%2F115th-congress%2Fhouse-bill%2F4647%2Ftitles%3Fq%3D%257B%2522search%2522%253A%255B%2522jeff%2Bfortenberry%2522%255D%257D&data=02%7C01%7C%7C32dc5104cd1841345cad08d562aa3a9d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636523405623243198&sdata=JjyQdaMSrpKFh%2B11M%2BbgoaMe8kro7OOmxg29O9j9q6Q%3D&reserved=0>

Thats it for now, and may all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis
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