tweeters
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2/21/19 8:21 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] WDFW Seeks Comments on Butterfly and Puffin
2/21/19 7:37 pm Patricia Quyle Grainger <paq...> Re: [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area
2/21/19 7:08 pm Jennifer Standish <magma1306...> Re: [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area
2/21/19 6:58 pm Candace C. Plant <plantcan...> Re: [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area
2/21/19 6:13 pm Nadine Drisseq <drisseq.n...> [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area
2/21/19 4:05 pm Dee Dee <deedeeknit...> [Tweeters] Edmond—Crows mobbing Raven
2/21/19 3:53 pm Josh Adams <xjoshx...> Re: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican
2/21/19 3:48 pm Martha Jordan <mj.cygnus...> [Tweeters] Pelican- Lake Tye
2/21/19 2:42 pm Diann MacRae <tvulture...> [Tweeters] Thrush invasion yesterday
2/20/19 8:00 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican
2/20/19 6:06 pm Cindy McCormack <nwbirder...> [Tweeters] Clark Co. Cape May Warbler
2/20/19 3:57 pm <birdmarymoor...> Re: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican
2/20/19 2:19 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 2/20/19
2/20/19 10:13 am Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican
2/19/19 9:33 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] RFI - Month Long Car Rental
2/19/19 4:11 pm Bob <rflores_2...> [Tweeters] Canvasback flock, Port of Vancouver Pool, Clark Co, WA
2/19/19 3:33 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] White Pelican at Lake Tye
2/19/19 1:37 pm Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau WOS Winter Trip Sat 2/16 - Mon 2/18
2/19/19 9:57 am B P Bell <bellasoc...> [Tweeters] Seattle Audubon trip to Whidbey 18 Feb 19
2/19/19 2:13 am Ann Nightingale <motmot...> [Tweeters] Introductory Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop
2/18/19 8:05 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] odd duck at Hayton Reserve (hybrid?)
2/18/19 6:05 pm Stephen Chase <schasecredo...> [Tweeters] Four Zono Day (sort of)
2/17/19 4:57 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] Snowy Egret and others in Vancouver Lowlands
2/17/19 3:14 pm Bob <rflores_2...> Re: [Tweeters] Clark Co. SAGEBRUSH SPARROW Report
2/17/19 10:09 am Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Ike Kinswa Red-throated Loon
2/17/19 9:29 am Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> Re: [Tweeters] Clark Co. SAGEBRUSH SPARROW Report
2/17/19 9:23 am Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> [Tweeters] Clark Co. SAGEBRUSH SPARROW Report
2/16/19 10:44 pm Dalton Spencer <offthehookflyshop...> [Tweeters] Lewis County Birding
2/16/19 9:37 pm Kelly McAllister <mcallisters4...> Re: [Tweeters] Killing Cormorants to Save Salmon
2/16/19 9:33 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Clarity returns to the Okanogan
2/16/19 8:49 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> Re: [Tweeters] Killing Cormorants to Save Salmon
2/16/19 7:45 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] Skagit Cassin's Finch and a Raven observation
2/16/19 5:38 pm Diane Weinstein <diane_weinstein...> [Tweeters] Killing Cormorants to Save Salmon
2/16/19 2:33 pm Dalton Spencer <offthehookflyshop...> [Tweeters] Red Throated Loon in Lewis County
2/16/19 1:32 pm tweeters-bounces+<0620d60880095144fdd569ca6eb84fedaf4aacd1...> Tweeters mailing list probe message
2/16/19 1:04 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Our All Weather Bird
2/16/19 12:14 pm Jean Trent <jean.trent...> [Tweeters] WOS March 4 Meeting Program, Burrowing Owls
2/16/19 12:06 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 17, 2019
2/15/19 9:57 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Okanogan Highlands today (also longish)
2/15/19 5:04 pm CHRISTINE <dotlarkin...> Re: [Tweeters] Varied Thrush - snow habitat in Snoqualmie
2/15/19 1:26 pm Ellen Cohen <cohenellenr...> [Tweeters] 1/2 male 1/2 female cardinal
2/14/19 9:45 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-02-14
2/14/19 9:37 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Snowy Plateau (long?)
2/14/19 3:25 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> Re: [Tweeters] Rare half-male, half-female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania
2/14/19 9:30 am LARRY BAXTER <natural.world.explorer...> [Tweeters] Rare half-male, half-female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania
2/14/19 6:49 am T.L. Stokes <tlstokespoetry...> [Tweeters] Be Careful Birding
2/13/19 9:13 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Okanogan beckons
2/13/19 6:23 pm Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk for 2.13.2019
2/13/19 10:29 am Robert Gray <robertgary02...> [Tweeters] Photographers
2/13/19 8:57 am pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] not quite Patagonia
2/12/19 6:20 pm Khanh Tran <khanhbatran...> [Tweeters] Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau- owls, grouse, and other fun goodies.
2/12/19 6:01 pm Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign15...> [Tweeters] The Robins Are Happy
2/12/19 3:57 pm JOHN TUBBS <johntubbs...> Re: [Tweeters] White-throated sparrow, Phinney Ridge
2/12/19 2:44 pm Dan Reiff, PhD <dan.owl.reiff...> [Tweeters] Bill protects birds: The Senate just passed the decade’s biggest public lands package. Here’s what’s in it. - The Washington Post
2/12/19 2:17 pm Meg Matthews <megmm...> [Tweeters] White-throated sparrow, Phinney Ridge
2/12/19 2:02 pm liron ziv <lironziv...> [Tweeters] variegated thrush in the snow
2/12/19 12:17 pm Maureen Ellis <mjeellisphd...> [Tweeters] hermit thrush in Burien
2/12/19 11:57 am Stephen <schasecredo...> [Tweeters] White-throated Sparrows galore!
2/12/19 11:25 am Mark Robinson <blobbybirdman...> [Tweeters] Harris's Sparrow - Phinney Ridge, Seattle
2/12/19 10:50 am Jerry Eisner <jerry...> [Tweeters] Western Tanager in the snow
2/11/19 8:05 pm Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [Tweeters] Rosario Beach, Whidbey Island Jan. 31st
2/11/19 5:54 pm Mason Flint <masonflint...> [Tweeters] Frenetic bird activity, Cedar Waxwings on W. Lake Sammamish
2/11/19 12:17 pm Kerry Tremain <kerry.tremain...> [Tweeters] Bird pictures
2/11/19 11:17 am Diann MacRae <tvulture...> [Tweeters] varied thrushes
2/10/19 8:48 pm Ed Swan <Edswan2...> [Tweeters] RFI birdwatching in Guyana
2/10/19 6:05 pm ANDREA BENNETT <bennetts10...> [Tweeters] Iona Regional Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2/10/19 6:01 pm pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] kinglet (Seattle)
2/10/19 5:36 pm Janet Ray <janetlaura...> Re: [Tweeters] Melanistic sparrow??
2/10/19 4:11 pm Janka and Michael Hobbs <MJCT_Hobbs...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-02-10
2/10/19 3:03 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> [Tweeters] Twin Lakes Snowbirds
2/10/19 2:24 pm AMK17 <amk17...> [Tweeters] gull id assistance
2/10/19 1:13 pm Stephen <schasecredo...> [Tweeters] Cooper Activity
2/10/19 12:45 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
2/10/19 12:41 pm Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> [Tweeters] Meadowark
2/10/19 11:49 am H Heiberg <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Be Careful Birding in this Weather
2/10/19 9:29 am crazydave65 <crazydave65...> [Tweeters] Melanistic sparrow??
2/9/19 11:47 pm Max Kingsbury <max.kingsbury...> Re: [Tweeters] Varied Thrush - snow habitat in Snoqualmie
2/9/19 11:09 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Birding in Hawaii Blog Post
2/9/19 7:37 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon and other birds
2/9/19 6:01 pm Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz...> Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
2/9/19 5:25 pm Gene Beall <gene.beall...> Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
2/9/19 4:51 pm RAY FOWLER <rayfowler...> [Tweeters] Varied Thrush - North Bend
2/9/19 4:23 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Precarious
2/9/19 3:33 pm brizy01 <brizy01...> Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
2/9/19 2:57 pm Scott Ramos <lsr...> [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 8 February 2019
2/9/19 2:16 pm <wallydavis3...> Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
2/9/19 1:29 pm Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz...> [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
2/9/19 1:04 pm CHRISTINE <dotlarkin...> [Tweeters] Varied Thrush - snow habitat in Snoqualmie
2/9/19 12:06 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 10, 2019
2/9/19 8:37 am AMK17 <amk17...> [Tweeters] snow yard birds
2/8/19 11:03 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> [Tweeters] Redondo Beach Eared Grebe(s)
2/8/19 10:21 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Shots from a stakeout (many photographers)
2/8/19 7:53 pm ANDREA <bennetts10...> [Tweeters] Owl
2/8/19 7:37 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Wood Ducks on Ice at Yellow Lake
2/8/19 7:09 pm Catherine <cma...> Re: [Tweeters] Singing in the snow
2/8/19 6:49 pm AMK17 <amk17...> [Tweeters] Singing in the snow
2/8/19 6:41 pm ANDREA <bennetts10...> Re: [Tweeters] winter birds
2/8/19 5:05 pm Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz...> [Tweeters] Bouncy messages
2/8/19 2:56 pm Dea <birdmandea...> [Tweeters] Snow goose at Western State Hospital
2/8/19 1:59 pm Diann MacRae <tvulture...> [Tweeters] winter birds
2/8/19 12:58 pm <rwlawson...> Re: [Tweeters] nyt article on hummingbirds
2/8/19 10:06 am ED DEAL <falcophile...> [Tweeters] Annual FRG Skagit Raptor Census 2/9 cancelled
2/8/19 7:33 am Rick Mraz <mraric06...> [Tweeters] Palm Warbler, East Bay Drive, Olympia
2/8/19 6:51 am Dave Templeton <crazydave65...> [Tweeters] nyt article on hummingbirds
2/7/19 7:59 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-02-07
2/7/19 7:41 pm Rick Mraz <mraric06...> [Tweeters] Palm Warbler
2/7/19 6:05 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] White-throated Sparrows @ Luther Burbank Park
2/7/19 5:49 pm Grace and Ollie Oliver <grace.ollie.oliver...> [Tweeters] Common Gallinule reported in Bellingham
2/7/19 12:30 pm Douglas Brown <modernwrld53...> [Tweeters] American Dipper Courtship Behavior
2/6/19 7:37 pm Anthony <birds...> Re: [Tweeters] Wilson's Snipe x 5, 1 injured (Anthony @ OCBirds.com)
2/6/19 7:33 pm Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk for 2/6/2019
2/6/19 6:17 pm Mason Flint <masonflint...> [Tweeters] Large rafts of ducks on Lake Sammamish
2/6/19 6:09 pm Helen Murphy <hmurf48...> [Tweeters] Wilson's Snipe x 5, 1 injured (Anthony @ OCBirds.com)
2/6/19 10:57 am Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> Re: [Tweeters] Anna’s hummingbird presumably in torpor
2/6/19 9:57 am AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...> [Tweeters] EBird Alerts are back!
2/6/19 9:29 am Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...> [Tweeters] Three warbler morning
2/5/19 9:03 pm Eric Bjorkman <BjorkmanTE...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI Thailand
2/5/19 8:33 pm Anthony @ OCBirds.com <birds...> [Tweeters] Wilson's Snipe x 5, 1 injured
2/5/19 12:28 pm Marcia Ian <gnudle...> [Tweeters] Anna’s hummingbird presumably in torpor
2/5/19 11:49 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Bizarre Half-Male, Half-Female Bird Discovered In Pennsylvania
2/5/19 10:04 am Diane Weinstein <diane_weinstein...> [Tweeters] Yellow-headed Blackbird
2/5/19 9:16 am Teresa Michelsen <teresa...> [Tweeters] Hummingbird bills
2/5/19 6:38 am Eric Bjorkman <BjorkmanTE...> [Tweeters] RFI Thailand
2/5/19 3:01 am Robert O'Brien <baro...> Re: [Tweeters] Arctic Loon at Neah Bay
2/4/19 8:13 pm Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> Re: [Tweeters] Barn Swallows with iced tails in Skagit
2/4/19 7:37 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] Barn Swallows with iced tails in Skagit
2/4/19 3:58 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Is tonight's Feb. WOS meeting on Sagebrush Songbirds Survey still scheduled?
2/4/19 3:36 pm Jean Trent <jean.trent...> [Tweeters] WOS meeting update for tonight, Feb. 4, 2019
2/4/19 3:19 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } A Snow Day
2/4/19 2:45 pm Marcia Ian <gnudle...> [Tweeters] Trumpeter Swans
2/4/19 7:23 am AMK17 <amk17...> Re: [Tweeters] Tundra vs Taiga ssp of Peregrine Falcon
2/3/19 10:45 pm Samuel Terry <samgterry...> [Tweeters] Auburn Swallows
2/3/19 12:49 pm Bud Anderson <falconresearch...> [Tweeters] Tundra peregrines and "eye stripes"
2/3/19 11:09 am AMK17 <amk17...> [Tweeters] Taiga vs Tundra ssp of Peregrine Falcon
2/2/19 10:16 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] TEWA stakeout reaches new level of misery
2/2/19 5:57 pm AMK17 <amk17...> Re: [Tweeters] Slag it prairie falcon
2/2/19 5:33 pm Al n Donna <alndonna...> [Tweeters] Beacon Hill Tennessee Warbler brief appearance Saturday
2/2/19 4:17 pm Rick Mraz <mraric06...> [Tweeters] E. Olympia TEWA update
2/2/19 3:41 pm Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Delayed Report for Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk on 1/30
2/2/19 2:01 pm Rick Mraz <mraric06...> [Tweeters] Tennessee Warbler in East Olympia
2/2/19 1:53 pm Anna <amk17...> [Tweeters] Slag it prairie falcon
2/2/19 1:23 pm <dlmoor2...> Re: [Tweeters] "Gardening for Birds" and the Tennessee Warbler
2/2/19 12:25 pm Andy Stepniewski <steppie...> [Tweeters] "Gardening for Birds" and the Tennessee Warbler
2/2/19 12:09 pm Faye McAdams Hands <zest4parus...> [Tweeters] Tennessee Warbler
2/2/19 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 3, 2019
2/2/19 11:46 am Bevbowe1 <bevbowe1...> Re: [Tweeters] Wylie not Wiley
2/2/19 11:01 am Diann MacRae <tvulture...> [Tweeters] Annas and fluff
2/2/19 9:53 am john comstock <johncomstock17...> Re: [Tweeters] Arctic Loon at Neah Bay
2/2/19 9:18 am Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...> [Tweeters] Anna's starting to nest! / Caryn / Wedgwood
2/2/19 7:21 am Mike Patterson <celata...> [Tweeters] Arctic Loon at Neah Bay
2/1/19 3:49 pm Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1...> [Tweeters] Big Day Question
2/1/19 8:09 am Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> Re: [Tweeters] missing birding email
2/1/19 7:29 am Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] Imbolc
2/1/19 5:59 am Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] Setting Comcast spam to "unblock"
2/1/19 5:41 am Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] missing birding email
1/31/19 9:53 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-01-31
1/31/19 9:20 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] TEWA sighting modification, new design for stakeout
1/31/19 5:13 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Warning: No TEWA today
1/31/19 4:57 pm Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> [Tweeters] Clark County Tufted Duck
1/31/19 1:41 pm Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Palm Warbler
1/31/19 1:20 pm Max Kingsbury <max.kingsbury...> [Tweeters] Western Tanager in Green Lake area backyard
1/30/19 9:34 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Birding Washington in January
1/30/19 8:41 pm Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Okanogan Highlands/Waterville Plateau Winter Trip 1/25-1/28
1/30/19 8:09 pm Anthony <birds...> Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts problem
1/30/19 6:29 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> [Tweeters] Redondo Eared Grebe
1/30/19 4:14 pm Wendy Walker <wendianajones...> [Tweeters] Buyer beware: Vortex binoculars stolen from Seattle Audubon education kit
1/30/19 3:45 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] TEWA's bathing schedule
1/30/19 2:01 pm Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts problem
1/30/19 12:40 pm Linda Talman <linda.talman...> [Tweeters] Wylie not Wiley
1/30/19 12:17 pm Bob <rflores_2...> [Tweeters] Palm warbler yes, Cowlitz Co, WA
1/30/19 10:04 am B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Sound Familiar?
1/30/19 9:50 am <merdave...> [Tweeters] Ok. and Doug. Co. Snowy Owls
1/29/19 10:13 pm Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> Re: [Tweeters] Juvenile Golden Eagle at Hayton Preserve
1/29/19 8:13 pm Sammy Catiis <hikersammy...> Re: [Tweeters] Juvenile Golden Eagle at Hayton Preserve
1/29/19 7:01 pm Anthony <birds...> Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts
1/29/19 6:45 pm Snell Margaret <masnell...> [Tweeters] Fwd: I am no longer receiving email alerts in my inbox.
1/29/19 6:15 pm Jo Ann Waldron <joaw9...> [Tweeters] Juvenile Golden Eagle at Hayton Preserve
1/29/19 6:03 pm Mark Ahlness <mahlness...> Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts
1/29/19 4:23 pm Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Fwd: Beacon Hill Tennessee Warbler
1/29/19 2:45 pm Bob <rflores_2...> [Tweeters] No Cowlitz Co palm warbler
1/29/19 2:33 pm Diane Yorgason-Quinn <avosetta...> Re: [Tweeters] Trying Again to Provide Link to Blog Post on New Mexico
1/29/19 2:17 pm Anthony G. <birds...> Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts
1/29/19 1:28 pm Lyn Topinka <pointers...> Re: [Tweeters] Woodland Bottoms Palm Warbler
1/29/19 1:27 pm Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts
1/29/19 11:57 am Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...> [Tweeters] Beacon Hill Tennessee Warbler
1/29/19 11:56 am Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Woodland Bottoms Palm Warbler
1/29/19 9:07 am Stefan Schlick <greenfant...> Re: [Tweeters] Winter trip to mostly Okanogan/Douglas Co
1/29/19 8:46 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Climate Change Transforms These Cute Little Birds Into Murderous Brain-Eating Zombies
1/29/19 8:06 am Stefan Schlick <greenfant...> [Tweeters] Winter trip to mostly Okanogan/Douglas Co
1/28/19 11:25 pm B B <birder4184...> Re: [Tweeters] Tennessee Warbler Continues
1/28/19 11:13 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Trying Again to Provide Link to Blog Post on New Mexico
1/28/19 8:49 pm pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] Seattle's Montlake Fill Monday
1/28/19 2:27 pm <andie777...> [Tweeters] Odd Blackbird?? How 'bout screwed up Grosbeak???
1/28/19 9:29 am Constance Sidles <constancesidles...> [Tweeters] Principles of flight
1/28/19 7:58 am Constance Sidles <constancesidles...> Re: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
1/28/19 7:01 am Jason Ferleman <jason.ferleman...> [Tweeters] Saturday 1/26 - Marymoor Park Redmond
1/27/19 10:09 pm ck park <travelgirl.fics...> Re: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
1/27/19 8:13 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> Re: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
1/27/19 7:53 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> Re: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
1/27/19 7:45 pm Dave Hayden <dtvhm...> [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
1/27/19 7:41 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] Harrier steals Red-winged Blackbird from Merlin
1/27/19 6:24 pm Steve Pink <pirangas...> [Tweeters] Tennessee Warbler Continues
1/27/19 5:33 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Magnolia Black-billed Magpie
1/27/19 2:19 pm H Heiberg <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Magnolia Magpie
1/27/19 11:15 am Jill Freidberg <jill.freidberg...> [Tweeters] San Francisco Mockingbirds?
1/27/19 10:38 am B Boekelheide <bboek...> [Tweeters] Yellow-billed Murre
1/27/19 7:48 am Susan McDougall <podicepswa...> [Tweeters] Blue morph juvenile snow goose
1/26/19 8:12 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Tennessee was running 2 hours late
1/26/19 5:49 pm Bill Mowat <billmowat...> [Tweeters] Oystercatchers in Skagit County
1/26/19 3:49 pm Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...> [Tweeters] Fwd: Graveyard Spit / Tokeland - Black Swan and • Long-billed Curlew *
1/26/19 3:26 pm Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...> [Tweeters] Graveyard Spit / Tokeland - Black Swan and Whimbrel
1/26/19 1:01 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] New Mexico Part 2 - Rosy Finches!!
1/26/19 12:06 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Jan. 27, 2019
1/26/19 11:53 am Ilene Samowitz <rockawaybirder...> [Tweeters] RFI: Birding near Anahaim, CA in mid March
1/25/19 11:25 pm Mary Anne Thorbeck <maryannethorbeck...> Re: [Tweeters] Magnolia Magpie continues
1/25/19 10:01 pm Scott Ramos <lsr...> [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 25 January 2019
1/25/19 10:01 pm Ryan Merrill <rjm284...> [Tweeters] Magnolia Magpie continues
1/25/19 9:56 pm Robert O'Brien <baro...> Re: [Tweeters] Hermit Warbler - University of Puget Sound campus
1/25/19 9:29 pm Robert O'Brien <baro...> Re: [Tweeters] Hermit Warbler - University of Puget Sound campus
1/25/19 8:21 pm William Brooks <willbrooks.0...> [Tweeters] Hermit Warbler - University of Puget Sound campus
1/25/19 6:01 pm littlebirder <littlebirder...> Re: [Tweeters] Avisys
1/25/19 2:33 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] We're dancing to the Tennessee Waltz
1/25/19 12:01 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Kittitas County p.s.
1/25/19 11:24 am Joel Haas <haas.joel...> [Tweeters] Avisys
1/24/19 10:09 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Kittitas County today
1/24/19 7:57 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-01-24
1/24/19 4:22 pm Susan McDougall <podicepswa...> [Tweeters] Four good species near Sequim
1/24/19 3:06 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Nanaimo Dusky Thrush - not today!
1/24/19 2:34 pm Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...> [Tweeters] Black-billed Magpie still present at Magnolia Blvd Park, Seattle
1/24/19 7:09 am Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Has anyone recently seen the Gyrfalcon previously reported on the Skagit/Sammish Flats?
1/23/19 7:53 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Stakeout possibilities on Tennessee Warbler don't look quite so bad
1/23/19 4:49 pm Marjie Dellinger <mardell4243...> [Tweeters] East 90
1/23/19 4:06 pm Vincent Lucas <vincentlucas5...> Re: [Tweeters] Update on Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau Scout Trip 1/21
1/23/19 3:57 pm Pamela Myers <pamelapiwo6813...> [Tweeters] White-throated Sparrow
1/23/19 12:17 pm Marjie Dellinger <mardell4243...> Re: [Tweeters] I know where west 90 is.
1/23/19 8:49 am Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> Re: [Tweeters] I know where west 90 is.
1/23/19 6:29 am todd Entrikin <shmodd_...> Re: [Tweeters] I know where west 90 is.
1/22/19 10:28 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Barn Owl fashion-shoot at Eide Rd and The Stakeout-bird-from-Hell: Tennessee Warbler
1/22/19 10:21 pm Marjie Dellinger <mardell4243...> [Tweeters] I know where west 90 is.
1/22/19 8:33 pm Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Update on Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau Scout Trip 1/21
1/22/19 4:41 pm Steve Noseworthy <stephenose...> [Tweeters] RFI Alaska Cruise
1/22/19 3:09 pm Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz...> [Tweeters] Spain only, but with a private guide
1/22/19 12:01 pm Steve Pink <pirangas...> [Tweeters] Dusky Thrush continues at Nanaimo
1/22/19 2:13 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> Re: [Tweeters] Rare Café-colored Crow pigment mutation near Seward Park 1.21.2019
 
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Date: 2/21/19 8:21 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WDFW Seeks Comments on Butterfly and Puffin
Tweeters,
If anyone is interested in commenting on either of these two species (see below), please do so. // Thanks, Denis


WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
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February 21, 2019
Contact: Hannah Anderson (360) 902-8403

WDFW seeks comment on recommendations for
endangered butterfly species, tufted puffin

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting public comments on draft status reviews of the Oregon silverspot butterfly and the tufted puffin, along with a new recovery plan for the distinctive seabird.

In those documents, WDFW recommends keeping both species on the state's endangered species list.

The draft status review and recovery plan for the tufted puffin is available on the department's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/02051/<https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwdfw.wa.gov%2Fpublications%2F02051%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C2f246ac79cfa4a8526f808d69860e8bc%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636863939315294120&sdata=7co9RttU7yH0UV2U2gDtqPS6bKMu%2FCZBsxpvvuR4Sm0%3D&reserved=0>. The draft status review for the Oregon silverspot butterfly is posted at https://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/02052/<https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwdfw.wa.gov%2Fpublications%2F02052%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C2f246ac79cfa4a8526f808d69860e8bc%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636863939315304131&sdata=acCH8SM09UaPjMRxMHF9hpWL8hVMtZQl8inG%2FodkMQg%3D&reserved=0>.

The department will accept public comments on those documents through May 17.

The tufted puffin, recognizable by its thick red bill and whitish tufts, spends the winter at sea, and nests during spring and summer in coastal colonies from California north to Alaska. Once common along the Washington coast, puffins have suffered a dramatic population decline in recent years.

As discussed in the draft status review, possible reasons for this rapid decline include a reduction in available prey, predation at nesting colonies, and factors related to climate change. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sets policy for WDFW, listed the tufted puffin as endangered in 2015.

The Oregon silverspot butterfly was historically found along the coast from Grays Harbor County to northern California, but disappeared from Washington in the 1980s.The species was listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1980, and as endangered under state law in 1993.

WDFW has been working with a variety of partners since 1990 to restore suitable habitat for Oregon silverspot butterflies with the goal of eventually reintroducing them to the state.

Written comments on documents for both species can be submitted via email to <TandEpubliccom...><mailto:<TandEpubliccom...> or by mail to Hannah Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, P.O. Box 43141, Olympia, WA 98504-3200.
May all your birds be identified,

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Date: 2/21/19 7:37 pm
From: Patricia Quyle Grainger <paq...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area
Nadine-

My husband & I just returned from Borrego Springs. Birding was slow, but we still saw plenty. The visitor center is very helpful. Salton Sea was wonderful! Try to get there.

Pat Grainger
Port Townsend

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> On Feb 21, 2019, at 6:56 PM, Candace C. Plant <plantcan...> wrote:
>
> Nadine,
> A good spot to bird and will be so beautiful with desert blooms is Anza Borrego State Park in Borrego Springs. Go to the visitor center. It is on the highway from San Diego. The Salton Sea spot is visitor center for Sony Bono Wildlife Refuge. They have resident Burrowing Owls at the entrance and wonderful spot for all kinds of birds. Ask were to go specifically at the Visitor Center. At both places birding early this month.
>
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> From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces...> on behalf of Nadine Drisseq <drisseq.n...>
> Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2019 6:15:12 PM
> To: <tweeters...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area
>
> Hi folks, I am going for a very impromptu visit to San Diego tomorrow and would LOVE some quick birding locations to visit. I'd like to see birds that I wouldn't normally see here like blue gray gnatcatchers.
> I am limited by how much I can hike/walk. I have a medical condition which means I can maybe do 3 miles on the flat easy, but uphill/downhill is harder. I cannot do Rattlesnake Lake to the top for example. I should be renting a car too.
> And If I drive to the Salton Sea, where should I go exactly?
> Fast suggestions please! Passerines, Pelagics, OWLS for sure (but I can't get on a boat - too bumpy).
> Thanks so much.
> An excited Nadine
> (I normally cannot fly or leave the PNW)
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Date: 2/21/19 7:08 pm
From: Jennifer Standish <magma1306...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area
For water birds (ducks, egrets, gulls, terns), the San Diego River estuary is nice. There is a park on one side, and on the Seaworld side there is an old road that can still be accessed by car. You can park and walk or bird by car. I was there this time last year and saw thousands of birds.
Balboa Park is also very birdy, as is the zoo. Check out the desert garden in Balboa Park. The zoo is big, but they do offer tram tours.
Another nice spot, further north (near Carlsbad) is Batiquitos Lagoon, with flat trails all along the estuary.
I also had some nice birds at San Elijos Lagoon south of Carlsbad, but check the construction schedule before stopping there.

Jennifer Standish
Bainbridge Island, WA
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> On Feb 21, 2019, at 6:15 PM, Nadine Drisseq <drisseq.n...> wrote:
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> Hi folks, I am going for a very impromptu visit to San Diego tomorrow and would LOVE some quick birding locations to visit. I'd like to see birds that I wouldn't normally see here like blue gray gnatcatchers.
> I am limited by how much I can hike/walk. I have a medical condition which means I can maybe do 3 miles on the flat easy, but uphill/downhill is harder. I cannot do Rattlesnake Lake to the top for example. I should be renting a car too.
> And If I drive to the Salton Sea, where should I go exactly?
> Fast suggestions please! Passerines, Pelagics, OWLS for sure (but I can't get on a boat - too bumpy).
> Thanks so much.
> An excited Nadine
> (I normally cannot fly or leave the PNW)
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Date: 2/21/19 6:58 pm
From: Candace C. Plant <plantcan...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area
Nadine,
A good spot to bird and will be so beautiful with desert blooms is Anza Borrego State Park in Borrego Springs. Go to the visitor center. It is on the highway from San Diego. The Salton Sea spot is visitor center for Sony Bono Wildlife Refuge. They have resident Burrowing Owls at the entrance and wonderful spot for all kinds of birds. Ask were to go specifically at the Visitor Center. At both places birding early this month.

Candy Plant
Wilsonville, Or

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Subject: [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area

Hi folks, I am going for a very impromptu visit to San Diego tomorrow and would LOVE some quick birding locations to visit. I'd like to see birds that I wouldn't normally see here like blue gray gnatcatchers.
I am limited by how much I can hike/walk. I have a medical condition which means I can maybe do 3 miles on the flat easy, but uphill/downhill is harder. I cannot do Rattlesnake Lake to the top for example. I should be renting a car too.
And If I drive to the Salton Sea, where should I go exactly?
Fast suggestions please! Passerines, Pelagics, OWLS for sure (but I can't get on a boat - too bumpy).
Thanks so much.
An excited Nadine
(I normally cannot fly or leave the PNW)
Nadine

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Date: 2/21/19 6:13 pm
From: Nadine Drisseq <drisseq.n...>
Subject: [Tweeters] San Diego or LA area
Hi folks, I am going for a very impromptu visit to San Diego tomorrow and
would LOVE some quick birding locations to visit. I'd like to see birds
that I wouldn't normally see here like blue gray gnatcatchers.
I am limited by how much I can hike/walk. I have a medical condition which
means I can maybe do 3 miles on the flat easy, but uphill/downhill is
harder. I cannot do Rattlesnake Lake to the top for example. I should be
renting a car too.
And If I drive to the Salton Sea, where should I go exactly?
Fast suggestions please! Passerines, Pelagics, OWLS for sure (but I can't
get on a boat - too bumpy).
Thanks so much.
An excited Nadine
(I normally cannot fly or leave the PNW)
Nadine

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Date: 2/21/19 4:05 pm
From: Dee Dee <deedeeknit...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Edmond—Crows mobbing Raven
On Monday, Feb 18th near the Edmonds ferry dock, and again today the 21st about a mile north of the dock, I witnessed a very large number of crows mobbing a single larger, all-black bird. Agile flight maneuvers, the deeper voice, and brief glimpse of the tail, led to my conclusion that it was a raven. Conclusion was reinforced during the 2nd, more prolonged viewing where I saw it perform flight maneuvers such as I have witnessed with ravens before (and outclassing the none-too-shabby moves of the crows), with calls identical to on the 18th.

I don’t recall hearing that call before and found it distinctive. Not having had the opportunity to hear a good variety of raven vocalizations, I have been trying to find if someone has posted a similar call online. Given the circumstances the bird was enduring, I’d expect it to be an annoyance or duress sort of call but must keep researching—many calls posted but so far only heard one somewhat similar.

Dee Warnock
Edmonds
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Date: 2/21/19 3:53 pm
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican
Hi all,
Great to hear that the Lake Tye American White Pelican is healthy enough to
continue its wanderings around the Snohomish valley. I suspect this same
bird has been present since at least mid-October when it was found at the
Everett STP by Jim Prager. Is was seen again on 12/02 by Greta Taber and
Lydia King upriver flying above the Snohomish STP.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA

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Date: 2/21/19 3:48 pm
From: Martha Jordan <mj.cygnus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Pelican- Lake Tye
I went out for swan surveys and made a trip by Lake Tye about 4:00 pm. The
pelican was not there. I also did not see it anywhere in my travels. Likely
it is on the wetlands of the various hunt clubs between Snohomish and
Monroe.

Martha Jordan
Everett, WA

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Date: 2/21/19 2:42 pm
From: Diann MacRae <tvulture...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Thrush invasion yesterday
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Date: 2/20/19 8:00 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican
This bird has been moving for weeks. First seen with swans on Snohomish Flats, but also in Everett and over Homeacres Rd. near the U.S. 2 trestle. It was still at Lake Tye around 11:30

Phil Dickinson

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> On Feb 20, 2019, at 3:53 PM, <birdmarymoor...> wrote:
>
> Early this afternoon, I walked completely around Lake Tye without finding the pelican. It appears to have flown, at least for now. This is actually a hopeful sign for the bird.
>
> == Michael Hobbs
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> -----Original Message----- From: Philip Dickinson
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> Subject: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican
>
> White Pelican seen this morning at Lake Tye by Maxine Reid and me. Behind Lake Tye Building at north end. Swimming and preening on fountain ring.
>
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Date: 2/20/19 6:06 pm
From: Cindy McCormack <nwbirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Clark Co. Cape May Warbler
Hi everybody,

So, when I left for a walk this afternoon, the sun was shining. Within the
first 1/2 mile, a dark cloud moved in and started hailing and raining on
me. I considered turning around, but figured a little cold water wouldn't
hurt me (much) and would likely pass. A few miles later, I was pretty wet
and cold, but it finally stopped and the sun started shining! A few
minutes later, I heard a call I didn't recognize and located it's source--a
Cape May Warbler was foraging on the ground! (SO glad I didn't turn around
and go home!).
After I got a good look at this wonderful bird, I texted our local group.
I got a few photos through my binoculars, then got on the phone to another
local birder. While on the phone, I was keeping an eye on the warbler. As
it foraged along the lawn of the Vancouver Police Administration Bldg, it
approached a line of tall shrubs. Suddenly, a California Scrub-jay dropped
on top of it and stabbed it violently several times. I think I yelled "Oh,
crap!" while on the phone (Les, I really hope I didn't swear!) and the jay
flew back up into the shrubs.
I headed down the lawn to the scene of the crime (really brazen of that jay
to commit such an crime right on police department property!) and was able
to find the warbler. It was, unfortunately, still alive, but passed within
minutes.

Sorry that others couldn't share in the sighting! But feel I'm really
lucky to get the chance I did--a few minutes either way, and I likely would
have missed it.

I will try not to call that scrub-jay too many nasty names next time I walk
by. 😉

Cindy



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Date: 2/20/19 3:57 pm
From: <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican
Early this afternoon, I walked completely around Lake Tye without finding
the pelican. It appears to have flown, at least for now. This is actually
a hopeful sign for the bird.

== Michael Hobbs
== www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
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Subject: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican

White Pelican seen this morning at Lake Tye by Maxine Reid and me. Behind
Lake Tye Building at north end. Swimming and preening on fountain ring.

Phil Dickinson

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Date: 2/20/19 2:19 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 2/20/19
Tweets,

Today 30 of us enjoyed a brisk walk at Nisqually. It was in the upper
30s when we started and soon it began to drizzle a bit. We had a 4.9
low tide at 12:24 so lots of mud in the estuary area.

It was quiet early with HOODED MERGANZERS being the best bird at the
visitor center. The orchard was pretty quiet but it did pick up after
that. We did find a VARIED THRUSH in the orchard and a HUTTON'S VIREO
in the firs at the start of the maintenance road. We also had a HAIRY
WOODPECKER in the cottonwoods there.

We had a good number of waterfowl including a EURASIAN WIGEON inside
the estuary dike, but no significant numbers of any one species,
except CACKLING GEESE, which numbered about 1000.

Out in the reclamation we had WESTERN MEADOWLARKS and an AMERICAN
KESTRAL. No shorebirds were noted from the estuary dike due to the low
tide. Some may be noted in the ebird report from the folks who walked
the estuary dike.

For the day I had 40 species and now have 60 for the year. The only
mammal I saw was a GRAY SQUIRREL.
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Date: 2/20/19 10:13 am
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Pelican
White Pelican seen this morning at Lake Tye by Maxine Reid and me. Behind Lake Tye Building at north end. Swimming and preening on fountain ring.

Phil Dickinson

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Date: 2/19/19 9:33 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI - Month Long Car Rental
I have done a number of car rentals at various places around the country for up to 10 days.  I will be doing a longer trip this Spring - 20 to 30 days and wonder if there is any way to get a price break for a longer rental period.  I would appreciate any money saving suggestions - either here or offline.  Thank you.
Blair Bernson
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Date: 2/19/19 4:11 pm
From: Bob <rflores_2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Canvasback flock, Port of Vancouver Pool, Clark Co, WA
I was surprised to find 43 canvasback rafting there about a half hour ago.

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA
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Date: 2/19/19 3:33 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Pelican at Lake Tye
Hello Tweeters,

Following up on Ebird reports, I visited Lake Tye in Monroe today to try to
find the White Pelican that showed up there yesterday. I drove to the park
at the south end of the lake. It wasn't hard to spot, as it was standing on
the shore with a lot of other ducks, etc. You can see the pelican and a few
other birds in the Ebird list link here.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52944596



There's still a lot of snow on the ground in Monroe, but the
roads are all clear.

Charlotte Byers, Edmonds


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Date: 2/19/19 1:37 pm
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau WOS Winter Trip Sat 2/16 - Mon 2/18
Hi Tweets!

another adventurous winter trip for the WOS OHWP Presidents Day weekend.
Highlights included very wintry weather with lots of snow and cold
temperatures (low of 9, high of 32 degrees Fahrenheit). Beautiful
sightings including SNOWY OWL, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, CHUKAR, GOLDEN EAGLE,
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN PYGMY OWL, SNOW BUNTING,
GRAY PARTRIDGE, CANYON WREN, RUFFED GROUSE, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, and many
CASSIN'S FINCH and VARIED THRUSH.

On our scout day Friday 2/15, most of the group caravaned from North Bend
due to the recent storms, increased snow, and concern for hazardous
conditions in the back country. We had a very productive stop at Walla
Walla Point, Confluence Park, Wenatchee, where we documented a RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER which is considered rare by eBird. Near Douglas, east of
Waterville, we observed a GREAT HORNED OWL being mobbed by COMMON RAVEN.
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD showed up to
investigate the ruckus. We were able to relocate a SNOWY OWL west of
Atkins Lake in the SE corner of the plateau just near 1 Road NE and L Road
NE/Woods Road NE/Heritage Road NE. I missed the bird completely as I
focused my search on the east side of the road running north south. Thank
goodness for my long caravan and the sharp eyes of Teri taking up the rear
to find the owl on the west side of the road on a berm. This Snowy Owl is
different bird than the one I observed 4 weeks earlier during the scout
trip, as it had many dark markings on head and back, perhaps a female? The
Snowy I observed with scouters was all white and possibly a male. Driving
north on Heritage Rd NE towards 172, there is an abandoned barn with active
grain containers on the west side of the road. This spot was excellent for
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW with over 10 individuals seen providing good looks.
Further north prior to reaching 172, we found a large flock of 200 HORNED
LARK with a LAPLAND LONGSPUR in the mix.

First Trip Day Saturday 2/16, we headed to the Okanogan Highlands with our
full group. With the added snow, Fancher Road delivered with over 100
CHUKAR down by the cattle feed station and fabulous looks at hungry GOLDEN
EAGLE hunting the butte. We had a fabulous morning on Siwash Creek Road,
which slowed my itinerary down, but the sightings were fabulous. Continued
close looks at SHARP-TAILED GROUSE. Very birdie with lots of PINE SISKIN,
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WHITE
BREASTED NUTHATCH, PYGMY NUTHATCH, RED-CROSSBILL and HOUSE FINCH. We had
quick looks at GREAT HORNED OWL and NORTHERN GOSHAWK as well, but fly byes
near the front or back of the caravan only. My winter splurge into
CASSIN'S FINCH continues with probably another 100 observed along the way.
Flocks of 5-30 were seen in multiple areas. We also had great looks at
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. The Highland Snow-Park was birdie, but with more of the
same Pine Siskin, Cassin's Finch, all three Nuthatch and Mountain
Chickadee. Many expected species at the Highland Meadows home feeder on
Nealy Road and Gary Eagle's place, the Knob Hill Forge, on Hungry-Hollow
Road, more of the same with DOWNY WOODPECKER and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. The
activity slowed down in the afternoon with not much to see around Chesaw
and Mary Ann Creek. We did have two Great Horned Owls on Mary Ann Creek.
The NORTHERN PYGMY OWL continues on Davies Road between Fields Rd and
Waterfield Lane and AGAIN we watched this feisty species catch another late
afternoon Vole for dinner. Descending down Davies Road, south of Teal
Lake, towards Chesaw Highway we observed 6 SNOW BUNTING to round out the
day.

Second Trip Day Sunday 2/17, we headed to Conconully in the morning and
Cameron Lake Road in the afternoon. Scotch Creek Wildlife Area overlook
just west of Happy Hill Road was good for 32 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE. This was
great to see! I did not observe grouse here 3 and 4 weeks previously, but
we had much less snow at that time. This is a good number of grouse to see
in this area and makes me feel the population may have grown. Conconully
was good for CASSIN'S FINCH, PINE SISKIN, and VARIED THRUSH. Not only did
we see lots of these species, but we also had good numbers of HOUSE FINCH,
DARK-EYED JUNCO and WILD TURKEY (65). We observed two PURPLE FINCH and a
SLATE-COLORED JUNCO in the mix. Many NORTHERN FLICKER and BALD EAGLE.
Good numbers of RED CROSSBILL on the hillside. We ventured on a spur trip
to Hess Lake in search of a Long-eared Owl roost, which we did not find,
but did have fabulous looks at GRAY PARTRIDGE and CHUKAR on the hillside
just northeast of the lake, beautiful spot. In Hess Lake we observed
COMMON MERGANSER, RING-NECKED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE and GADWALL. On our
way out of Hess Lake Road Anna spotted a gray backed falcon that we did not
relocate to identify, darn it! Riverside Cut-off was very good for GRAY
PARTRIDGE, NORTHERN HARRIER and RED-TAILED HAWK. We relocated a CANYON
WREN along the butte, but not the Rock Wren that we documented 3 weeks
earlier with Clearwater Audubon group. The north end of Cameron Lake Road
was great for RED CROSSBILL, CASSIN'S FINCH, PYGMY NUTHATCH, MOUNTAIN
CHICKADEE, CLARK'S NUTCRACKER, STELLER'S JAY, NORTHERN FLICKER and DOWNY
WOODPECKER. Thanks to Anna we had fabulous looks at three RUFFED GROUSE
near the American Flag spot, but we dipped on White-headed Woodpecker.
With the wintry weather, we had lots of drifting snow on the plateau and
Timentwa Flats. At the cattle farm we picked up GRAY PARTRIDGE and HORNED
LARK, but NO Snow Bunting. I was driven to go south, scouting for owl and
falcon, with plans to visit Bridgeport State Park and Washburn Island, but
my ambition got the best of me. West of Greenway, I lead my caravan of
eager birders down the road with progressively deeper snow drifts. We had
Porcupine, which was great. However, at one point the drifts were too deep
and I backed myself out of a deep drift and right off the road into a
ditch! Stuck in the snow, our day came to a screeching halt. After 10
minutes of a little of this and that, and getting stuck deeper into the
snowy ditch, my wiser intrepid bird watchers called a Tow Truck from
Tonasket as it was 3:30pm and daylight was limited. I've got a new 2019
Forrester and put into extreme mode deep snow and mud driving with Paula's
help of driving manual review. Ken pulled around his new 2019 Forrester,
we screwed in our special tow eye-ring bolts, and hooked up the tow line.
Teamwork, trial and error, thoughtful consideration and lots of NORTHERN
SHOVELERS, my car was heroically pulled form the ditch and back onto the
road!!! Thanks WOS member intrepid birders for saving me on another
adventurous winter trip. Several small flocks of HORNED LARK with SNOW
BUNTING teased me during the whole ordeal. We met the Tow Truck driver on
our way back north and checked in. We had already cancelled the request as
we no longer needed his help. He had a pleasant smile on his face as he
exclaimed that he was now out for a nice drive, his trusty dog wagging its
tail in the passenger seat of his rig.

Third Trip Day Monday 2/18, we headed to Bridgeport State Park, to pick up
where we left off from the previous afternoon calamity. We observed three
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS in the park, two in one tree which was new for me!
We also had nice sightings of CALIFORNIA QUAIL, DARK-EYED JUNCO,
RING-NECKED PHEASANT, MERLIN, and AMERICAN KESTREL. GADWALL, LESSER SCAUP,
COMMON GOLDENEYE, GREAT BLUE HERON and BELTED KINGFISHER were seen at the
hatchery. In the Columbia River by the bridge we observed COMMON
MERGANSER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, GREATER SCAUP, PIED-BILLED GREBE and
BUFFLEHEAD. Getting up onto the Waterville Plateau, we located a nice BPI
manure pile and field scraping, along B Road NE, that hosted several
hundred HORNED LARK, with some decent looks at SNOW BUNTING and LAPLAND
LONGSPUR. On H Road NE of Mansfield, we found a PRAIRIE FALCON and many
more Horned Lark with sprinkling of Snow Bunting, but could not relocate
the Snowy Owl previously reported. We met Gina and Julie from Spokane, who
were also looking for the Snowy, so we invited them to follow us to the
southeast corner of the plateau to help us spot this target species.
Approaching K Road heading east on 172, a mixed flock of GRAY PARTRIDGE and
GREATER SAGE GROUSE flew across the road and startled us. We were not able
to relocate the Sage Grouse, but this is an area that they have been
frequently seen in the past, as it is a nice north south stretch of Big
Sagebrush. Heading south on Heritage Road, we were able to relocate the
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW at an abandoned farm with active grain containers on
the west side of the road. NORTHERN SHRIKE was also seen. We finished up
the day with fabulous satisfying looks of the relocated SNOWY OWL just east
of the intersection between L Rd NE/1 Rd NE/Woods Rd NE-Heritage Rd NE west
of Atkins Lake. A Life Bird and Nemesis Bird for several on the trip! I
hope it continues to stick around for others to see and enjoy.

All in all, another great winter trip. Over 80 species seen with many
specialty targets accomplished. Misses included Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch,
Common Redpoll, Great Gray Owl, and woodpeckers (Black-backed,
White-headed, American Three-toed). But that is winter birding! We
dropped off seed at Nealy Road, Hungry Hollow, and North Fork Salmon Creek
Road feeders. As well, made a seed dump at the abandoned farm on Heritage
Road. Thanks to all my wonderful trip attendees for making this a super
fun time to remember!

Happy Birding,

Shep

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Date: 2/19/19 9:57 am
From: B P Bell <bellasoc...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Audubon trip to Whidbey 18 Feb 19
Hi Tweets



Yesterday, Seattle Audubon took a trip to Whidbey Island. The day started
out overcast and about 34F. While we were waiting at Mukilteo for the ferry
we saw AMERICAN CROW, ROCK PIGEON, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, HOUSE SPARROW, and
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. The ferry ride over was pretty slow with only
another cormorant and a RED-NECKED GREBE flying by. Over at Clinton at the
small beach park we saw DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE,
PIGEON GUILLEMOT, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BELTED KINGFISHER, SPOTTED TOWHEE and
HOUSE SPARROW.



Up the hill and we came into the fog that was at a slightly higher
elevation. We would normally have stopped at Deer Lake, but the lake was
completely fogged and we could see nothing. We stopped at Rolling Hill Rd
(out of the fog) and saw AMERICAN CROW, NORTHERN FLICKER, BLACK-CAPPED and
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, SONG SPARROW, HOUSE SPARROW, MOURNING DOVE.



As we came into Maxwellton there were BREWER'S BLACKBIRDs on the wires. At
Dave Mackie Park and scanning the south end of Useless Bay we saw HORNED
GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON LOON, SURF SCOTER, BRANT, PIGEON GUILLEMOT,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, COMMON GOLDENEYE, NORTHERN FLICKER, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, and immature BALD EAGLE, GLAUCOUS-WINGED
GULL, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Several HARBOR PORPOISE were surfacing on the
Bay.



The Ewing Rd. wetlands were completely frozen over (the temperature was
staying at 34), so we passed on to Sunlight Beach Rd. and Deer Lagoon. There
we was MALLARD, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
DUNLIN, BELTED KINGFISHER, MEW GULL, GLACOUS-WINGED GULL. Across the street
from the public access we saw BALD EAGLE, SURF SCOTER. On the road out at a
feeder we saw HOUSE FINCH, SPOTTED TOWHEE, HOUSE SPARROW, SONG SPARROW and a
single WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.



We drove around to the end of Deer Lagoon Rd and the western part of Deer
Lagoon. There were large numbers of NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON, and
GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, MALLARD, NORTHERN SHOVELER, a few GADWALL,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and a
single male HOODED MERGANSER. Along the trail we saw SONG SPARROW, SPOTTED
TOWHEE, FOX SPARROW and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Crockett Lake had a few
GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a female NORTHERN HARRIER. We drove over to the
parking lot across from the Coupeville/Keystone ferry terminal and on the
old pier structure had DOUBLE-CRESTED, BRANDT'S and PELAGIC CORMORANT.
PIGEON GUILLEMOT and HARLEQUIN DUCK were in the water along with
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and HORNED GREBE. We made this our lunch stop, and
by the time we started again the temperature had finally risen to 36F.



Up the hll in Fort Casey S.P. we had great looks at a BEWICK'S WREN and
heard GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. As we came into Coupeville we had a field full
of CANADA GOOSE.



At the western end of Penn Cove we saw COMMON GOLDENEYE, GREATER SCAUP, and
in Kennedy Lagoon a good number of AMERICAN WIGEON, some MALLARD. Out at
Partridge Point we saw COMMON LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, SURF SCOTER, HORNED
GREBE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and PIGEON GUILLEMOT.



Bos Lake was mostly devoid of birds with the exception of a small group of
RUDDY DUCKs waaay out in the lake (one of the worst views ever). The Oak
Harbor Marina was a bust, so we went around to Dugualla Bay and Lake. The
lake had several TRUMPETER SWANs, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK and a
single GREATER YELLOWLEGS flew in. The Bay had a single female COMMON
MERGANSER.



Deception Pass State Park had a nice cluster of BLACK OYSTERCATCHER and
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL. There was an ICELAND (THAYER'S) GULL.The channel had
many PIGEON GUILLEMOT, RED-NECKED MERGANSER, and several RED-THROATED LOON.



As we drove home and approached LaConner we had a field with SNOW GOOSE and
a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on a wire. Along Dodge Valley Rd. we had another field
with a large group of swans including TRUMPETER and TUNDRA.



At various times during the day and various locations we also saw KILLDEER,
WESTERN GULL, GREAT BLUE HERON, many RED-TAILED HAWKs, AMERICAN ROBIN,
EUROPEAN STARLING, DARK-EYED JUNCO, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.



We had a good, if chilly day and finished with 68 species (not too bad we
felt for a really cold day with the remains of the snow on the ground).



Good Birding!



Brian H. Bell

Woodinville WA

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Date: 2/19/19 2:13 am
From: Ann Nightingale <motmot...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Introductory Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop
Rocky Point Bird Observatory is offering an introductory bird monitoring and
banding workshop at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, on March 22-24,
2019. The 3-day workshop will focus on bird identification, monitoring
procedures and techniques, sexing and ageing. Components this year will
include an owl monitoring and banding demo. The program has been developed
for people with little or no bird handling and/or banding experience, but
those with intermediate skills will also find the workshop a good way to
build knowledge.

This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, bird
observatory volunteers and naturalists to explore aspects of the operation
of an avian monitoring project, including bird safety, mist netting, data
collection, bird banding, identification, sexing and ageing. This is an
introductory course and participants should not expect to emerge from this
short workshop as qualified banders. Much of the work will be with frozen
and dried bird specimens although there will be some opportunities to work
with live birds to learn safe bird handling and basic banding techniques.
Skills practiced in this workshop will be beneficial for a variety of
projects including productivity, survivorship and migration monitoring field
work.

North American Banding Council certified trainer, Eric Demers, PhD, RPBio,
will be the primary instructor, assisted by several other licensed banders
and instructors.

Workshop goes ahead rain or shine. In inclement weather, more time will be
spent working with specimens.

For more information and to register please visit:



http://rpbo.org/rpboworkshop19.php





Ann Nightingale

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Date: 2/18/19 8:05 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] odd duck at Hayton Reserve (hybrid?)
Dear Tweeters,
Today (18th inst.) there was an odd duck at Hayton Reserve in Skagit County. Mike Nelson, Jeff Osmundson and I observed it for a while. It stayed with a few American Wigeon for some of the time, but also paddled around by itself. I think I saw this bird here last fall. I remember joking with some European birders about it--they said, "Oh, look, a White-cheeked Pintail!"
This bird has white cheek patches. There are odd, arrow-shaped, dark markings on the brown sides. The bill is delicate, with a pinkish base. My eBird checklist for today has a few of the poor photos that I took at long range. Opinions as to what this bird might be would be most welcome.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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Date: 2/18/19 6:05 pm
From: Stephen Chase <schasecredo...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Four Zono Day (sort of)
Hi Tweeters,
My brother Nathan and I shared - sort of - an elusive four Zono day in his Sumas backyard. For reference, a four Zono day is all four North American species of Zonotrichia sparrows on the same day: White-crowned, Golden-crowned, White-throated, and Harris's.

Early this morning he found and photographed a first-winter Harris's near his feeder. I was there a couple hours later. I searched and waited for 45 minutes with no success. I did find the other three zonos, including a gorgeous tan-striped White-throated Sparrow. My checklist included eight of Whatcom's wintering sparrows: the aforementioned three Zonos, along with Song, Lincoln's, Fox, Spotted Towhee, and Dark-eyed Junco; the only (somewhat) regularly found wintering sparrow missing was Savannah.

The real kicker would be a five Zono day - but that would require finding a Rufous-collared Sparrow, a South American sparrow with a range that just barely extends into southern Mexico. It actually has been reported in the ABA area, although the record is disputed.

Back in Everson,
Stephen Chase
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Date: 2/17/19 4:57 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Egret and others in Vancouver Lowlands
Hello Tweeters,

Bill and I were in the Vancouver, WA, area this morning, so
we attempted to see a couple of rare-for-Washington birds that have been
spending the winter there. Out first target was the Tufted Duck that has
been seen many times from Wintler Park. Here we failed. I could see the
distant flock of scaup and other ducks in the Columbia River, but they kept
moving up stream and I could see the odds were not going to be in my favor.

Our second target was a Snowy Egret that has been in a
wetlands area at the End of Lower River Road in the Vancouver Lowlands.
There was some hunting going one, so I think some of the birds were being
wary. We walked way out on the levee past the lakes and wet areas.
Finally, while we were looking for a hawk that had flown out of some trees,
we saw the egrets coming to land in the trees. Here we were able to
distinguish between the larger Great Egret and Snowy Egret with its black
bill and legs and yellow feet. You can see the egrets and the other birds
we managed to get pictures of in my Ebird checklist.



https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52826693



Happy birding, Charlotte Byers, Seattle


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Date: 2/17/19 3:14 pm
From: Bob <rflores_2...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Clark Co. SAGEBRUSH SPARROW Report
I went out this afternoon and met the person who had photographed the sage sparrow. Her pic looked good and she should me where it was found. I looked for about an hour without luck.

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

> On Feb 17, 2019, at 09:19, Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> wrote:
>
> Good morning Tweets,
>
> A member of a Washington bird photography group that I moderate found a Sagebrush Sparrow at Vancouver Lake yesterday. The directions were imprecise, but described as “on dead end road Vancouver Lake is on, across the road from where the footbridge is”. To me, this would indicate Around the north end of slower River Rd., corresponding to the eBird hotspot “Bridge trail to Vancouver Lake”. Here’s hoping the bird lingered overnight and into today!
>
> Good birding, Joshua Glant
> Mercer Island, WA
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Date: 2/17/19 10:09 am
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Ike Kinswa Red-throated Loon
Hi Tweeters,

The Red-throated Loon found yesterday by Dalton Spencer et al was still
present at 9:30am today. Seen between the highway bridge and the swimming
beach at Ike Kinswa State Park in Lewis Co.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 2/17/19 9:29 am
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Clark Co. SAGEBRUSH SPARROW Report
*I meant to say Lower River Rd! On certain maps, this is also called NW Erwin O Reiger Memorial Hwy.

Joshua

> On Feb 17, 2019, at 9:19 AM, Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> wrote:
>
> Good morning Tweets,
>
> A member of a Washington bird photography group that I moderate found a Sagebrush Sparrow at Vancouver Lake yesterday. The directions were imprecise, but described as “on dead end road Vancouver Lake is on, across the road from where the footbridge is”. To me, this would indicate Around the north end of slower River Rd., corresponding to the eBird hotspot “Bridge trail to Vancouver Lake”. Here’s hoping the bird lingered overnight and into today!
>
> Good birding, Joshua Glant
> Mercer Island, WA
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Date: 2/17/19 9:23 am
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Clark Co. SAGEBRUSH SPARROW Report
Good morning Tweets,

A member of a Washington bird photography group that I moderate found a Sagebrush Sparrow at Vancouver Lake yesterday. The directions were imprecise, but described as “on dead end road Vancouver Lake is on, across the road from where the footbridge is”. To me, this would indicate Around the north end of slower River Rd., corresponding to the eBird hotspot “Bridge trail to Vancouver Lake”. Here’s hoping the bird lingered overnight and into today!

Good birding, Joshua Glant
Mercer Island, WA
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Date: 2/16/19 10:44 pm
From: Dalton Spencer <offthehookflyshop...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Lewis County Birding
Hi all,
Dave Hayden, Gary Wiles and I braved the weather and the landscape of eastern Lewis County. Over the course of the day it slushed, sleeted, rained, and poured but for most of the day it was actually sunny. 

After cancelling last weekend due to the snowmageddon we were able to get out to Riffe Lake and Mayfield Lake.
The east end of Riffe Lake started off good with a Northern Shrike but for the next hour or so not much stirred in the snow covered flats. We were able to scope out some Common Mergansers, a Common Loon, and both Horned Grebe and Western Grebe. 
Then things changed we started walking back to the car via a different route when I noticed  a small bird sitting on top of a bare aspen sapling. After a quick pursuit the bird turned into a Say's Phoebe. This little beauty put on quite a show for us. My first sign that spring is truely around the corner. Two pipits, two meadowlarks, and two Lincoln's Sparrows were also good birds in the flats.
After trudging through the snow we headed west to Mayfield Lake. En route the weather changed and decided to slush from the sky. Lucky for us when we got to the Ike Kinswa State Park it was only sprinkling. This allowed us to scope out 6 Ruddy Ducks which are a difficult bird in the county.
 The real suprise was when I noticed a loon near the swimming area. Randy immediately got on thr bird and we both agreed it was not a Common Loon. After some more discussion and the help of a field we were able to conclusively identify the bird as a Red Throated Loon. Digiscope photos of the bird were taken for more proof of identification. This is only the second county record of this species. Which oddly enough also occured in February.
I hope all of you who wish to see the Loon are able to do so.
Dalton Spencer Centralia, Washington 


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Date: 2/16/19 9:37 pm
From: Kelly McAllister <mcallisters4...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Killing Cormorants to Save Salmon
I’ve been doing some reading, digging up as much as I can find on the cormorants on the lower Columbia River highway bridges. A colony has formed on the Lewis and Clark bridge at Kelso as well. Best I remember, they’re all double-crested cormorants.



Pelagic cormorants nest at the Warren Ave bridge in Bremerton (also a state highway bridge) and on dolphins at the Anacortes ferry terminal. It’s my understanding that virtually all north Puget Sound Pelagic cormorants are now nesting on man-made structures, having abandoned the natural cliff/bank sites.



Kelly McAllister



From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces...> On Behalf Of Hans-Joachim Feddern
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:47 PM
To: Diane Weinstein <diane_weinstein...>
Cc: <tweeters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Killing Cormorants to Save Salmon



Interesting article! A couple of the photos actually look like Anhingas to me! The bridge nesting cormorants are likely Pelagic Cormorants.



Hans



On Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 5:36 PM Diane Weinstein <diane_weinstein...> <mailto:<diane_weinstein...> > wrote:

Interesting article about how killing cormorants near the mouth of the Columbia River only made the situation worse for salmon and of course the cormorants.



Diane Weinstein

Issaquah



https://www.animals24-7.org/2019/02/12/study-killing-cormorants-tripled-losses-of-salmon-steelhead/


<https://www.animals24-7.org/2019/02/12/study-killing-cormorants-tripled-losses-of-salmon-steelhead/>

<https://www.animals24-7.org/2019/02/12/study-killing-cormorants-tripled-losses-of-salmon-steelhead/> Study: killing cormorants tripled losses of salmon & steelhead – Animals 24-7

PORTLAND, Oregon––Cormorant massacres at East Sand Island, near the mouth of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, not only did not save any salmon and steelhead from predation in 2015 through 2017, but may have tripled predation losses, according to new research by Oregon ...

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Date: 2/16/19 9:33 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Clarity returns to the Okanogan
Hi Tweets - After two days with significant periods of poor visibility, today was a refreshing change! We got to the Scotch Creek Wildlife area about 0830 and were pleased (and relieved) to find the somewhat distant riparian water birch and cottonwood trees studded with about 31 Sharp-tailed Grouse. We needn't have worried about our late arrival, because when we drove back down from Conconully about 1115, they were all still there, although moved to the very tops of the tallest trees around the WDFW field lab buildings. We were pleasantly surprised to find the town and surroundings of Conconully amazingly birdy, since it had been anything but on our last visit at the end of December. Pine Siskins were everywhere, as were Dark-eyed Juncos and Varied Thrushes. Cassin's Finches were present in several areas along with a few House Finches. A huge flock of Red-winged Blackbirds was clamoring on the ridgeline NE of town. At the Salmon Creek crossing at the north end of town, the feeders off to the east behind some trees and sheds had a couple dozen Wild Turkeys along with some very active Juncos and Am. Goldfinch. Despite the birds everywhere, we couldn't find any Bohemian Waxwings or Crossbills that have been reported recently. Several Clark's Nutcrackers were seen flying over town and in the Ponderosas along the Conconully Lake shore. We found no unusual birds over Happy Hill Rd. and down Salmon Creek to Okanogan (the city). The warm 37 degrees in the valley quickly dropped into the twenties as we climbed up Cameron Lake road to the Timentwa Plateau. We ate lunch along the road in the pines on the way up and were surrounded by Pygmy Nuthatches, very busy with the tips of the Ponderosa branches. As soon as we topped out on the plateau, we encountered the first of several groups of Gray Partridge ranging in size from 2 to 25. It was beautiful with a high overcast on the Plateau and that made up for our failure to find any of the Am. Tree Sparrows that we can usually see at the one meager stream crossing just north of Timentwa Rd. Down that road, the first farm has (almost) always been a reliable winter site for Snow Buntings and raptors, but neither was present today; just Cal. Quail, Gray Partridge, Common Ravens, some pretty low key cattle, and one over-eager black and white dog. From there on south, not to much to report: some flocks of Horned Larks, a few Rough-legged Hawks, a Golden Eagle, and a Northern Shrike. Overall, the road was quite drivable although, interestingly, despite the 27 degree temperature, some sections of the road, perhaps those having been over salted(?), were a bit muddy on the surface. The Columbia River lake system between Brewster and Wenatchee had a large number of waterfowl, especially Am. Coot (1,000s) and a lot of raptors, mostly eagles and RT Hawks, keeping them nervous. Happy Birding! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 2/16/19 8:49 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Killing Cormorants to Save Salmon
Interesting article! A couple of the photos actually look like Anhingas to
me! The bridge nesting cormorants are likely Pelagic Cormorants.

Hans

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> Interesting article about how killing cormorants near the mouth of the
> Columbia River only made the situation worse for salmon and of course the
> cormorants.
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> Diane Weinstein
> Issaquah
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> https://www.animals24-7.org/2019/02/12/study-killing-cormorants-tripled-losses-of-salmon-steelhead/
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> <https://www.animals24-7.org/2019/02/12/study-killing-cormorants-tripled-losses-of-salmon-steelhead/>
> Study: killing cormorants tripled losses of salmon & steelhead – Animals
> 24-7
> <https://www.animals24-7.org/2019/02/12/study-killing-cormorants-tripled-losses-of-salmon-steelhead/>
> PORTLAND, Oregon––Cormorant massacres at East Sand Island, near the mouth
> of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, not only did not save
> any salmon and steelhead from predation in 2015 through 2017, but may have
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> www.animals24-7.org
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Date: 2/16/19 7:45 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Cassin's Finch and a Raven observation
Dear Tweeters,
This morning (16th inst.) a bright red male Cassin's Finch visited my place near Cockreham Island in Skagit County. This was only the fourth occurrence in my yard of this species. It spent five minutes looking at the feeders, then up and flew off to the east, not to be seen again.
Later in the day, I bumped into Marv Breece out on the Samish Flats. We discussed how there were so few birds out there, and I remarked how odd it was that I couldn't find a Meadowlark, when they'd been all over the place when the winter storm had been raging. 
 A few minutes later, we found a few feathers that we realized were Meadowlark feathers.
A few minutes after that, we watched a Common Raven fly in with a dead bird in its beak. Soon it became evident that the dead bird was a Meadowlark. An adult Bald Eagle flew after the Raven, but the Raven evaded the Eagle with ease. The Eagle then flew to a fencepost 200 yards away. The Raven dropped the carcass into a snowy row of corn, flew around a bit, then picked it up, making a wide circle around the Eagle. The Eagle then took off again, but then another Raven started croaking and flying in from the east, and the Eagle went back to perch. The Raven with the Meadowlark flew off into the cornfields with its booty intact.
Marv and I were wondering how the Meadowlark had died, whether it was a kill or a death from exposure. 
I kept on birding, but the dead Meadowlark was the only Meadowlark I saw all day.
There was a nice low tide at Rosario Head, and I was able to locate a small flock of SURFBIRDS and BLACK TURNSTONES out there. A Bald Eagle got an assist on this one, since its poor attempts at making a pass at the rocky shorebirds brought them into view for me.
Yours truly,
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Date: 2/16/19 5:38 pm
From: Diane Weinstein <diane_weinstein...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Killing Cormorants to Save Salmon
Interesting article about how killing cormorants near the mouth of the Columbia River only made the situation worse for salmon and of course the cormorants.

Diane Weinstein
Issaquah

https://www.animals24-7.org/2019/02/12/study-killing-cormorants-tripled-losses-of-salmon-steelhead/
[https://i1.wp.com/www.animals24-7.org/wp-content/uploads/PicsArt_02-11-11.49.11.jpg?fit=1158%2C1200&ssl=1]<https://www.animals24-7.org/2019/02/12/study-killing-cormorants-tripled-losses-of-salmon-steelhead/>

Study: killing cormorants tripled losses of salmon & steelhead Animals 24-7<https://www.animals24-7.org/2019/02/12/study-killing-cormorants-tripled-losses-of-salmon-steelhead/>
PORTLAND, OregonCormorant massacres at East Sand Island, near the mouth of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, not only did not save any salmon and steelhead from predation in 2015 through 2017, but may have tripled predation losses, according to new research by Oregon ...
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Date: 2/16/19 2:33 pm
From: Dalton Spencer <offthehookflyshop...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Red Throated Loon in Lewis County
Dave Hayden, Gary Wiles and I are all looking at a juvenile Red Throated Loon on Mayfield Lake. Visible from the bridge at Ike Kinswa Park. Also visible but distant views from Ike Kinswa Boat Launch and from swim area. The swim area is a walk-in only area.
Dalton SpencerCentralia,  Washington 

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Date: 2/16/19 1:04 pm
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Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Our All Weather Bird
Tweeters,

Which local species of birds would you select as being best adapted to all types of weather, especially extended cold weather? Make your guess and then read this week’s post to see if we agree. Have fun!

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Date: 2/16/19 12:14 pm
From: Jean Trent <jean.trent...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS March 4 Meeting Program, Burrowing Owls
WOS welcomes Jason Fidorra, wildlife biologist from WDFW, Pasco, to our
first Monday Seattle, March 4, 2019 meeting. Jason will share techniques,
stories and photos from his conservation efforts on behalf of our
threatened Burrowing Owl species.

Jason has partnered with others to build, maintain, and monitor artificial
nest burrows around the tri-cities area. He is an experienced young
conservationist, having birded and conducted conservation work in much of
the Western Hemisphere. He is another advocate (along with Christi Norman
from our last meeting) for efforts to save our fragile shrub-steppe
habitat. We will continue to explore and learn about all of this together
at our May, 2019 WOS conference in Moses Lake.

Meeting time March 4 -7 pm for coffee, announcements and speaker 7:30 pm.
Location is Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle.
Everyone is welcome.

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Date: 2/16/19 12:06 pm
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Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 17, 2019
Hello, Tweeters,

Check out the terrific photo blog that accompanies "Palm Cockatoo Gets the Girl."
https://www.birdnote.org/blog/2019/02/palm-cockatoos-different-drummers
Christina Zdenek of the Palm Cockatoo Project in Australia shared her photos with us.
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Last week on BirdNote:
* Mating for Life
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* Bird Tracks in the Snow Tell Stories
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* Winter Romance - Common Goldeneyes
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* The Cactus Wren's Signature Voice
http://bit.ly/2RLW0SP
* Palm Cockatoo Gets the Girl
http://bit.ly/2WRbzMP
The story is based on a column by GrrlScientist written for Forbes.com, June 2017.
Robert Heinsohn shared sounds with BirdNote for the show.
* Anna's Hummingbirds Winter in the North
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* Beak Meets Seed
http://bit.ly/2BtpD36
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Date: 2/15/19 9:57 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan Highlands today (also longish)
Hi Tweets - For day 2 of this fine winter venture, we headed for the Okanagan Highlands this morning. First stop, with overcast skies and about 26 degrees was Fancher Rd., just a few miles up from Tonasket. This has become a go to place for Golden Eagle with two quite prominent on the cliffs to the west, and Chukar (Hungarian Cowbirds?): A couple of dozen we're hanging out with and under the cattle and Quail where the road ends up in a farm yard. We then headed up Siwash Cr. Rd for a beautiful drive but missing many hoped for birds seen here recently by others. Hopefully, Shep's WOS group will find them all tomorrow! At the top of Siwash, we drove into a fog that persisted through Havillah and up Havillah Rd. and the beginning of Nealey Rd. The only birds to be found in the fog were a fine group of Rock Pigeons and a flock of House Sparrows (woo-hoo!!). By the Nealey Feeders, the air had cleared and a light snow was falling. The feeders hosted a crowd of Am. Goldfinch and a number of Wild Turkeys - not the favorites of the lady who fills the feeders (bring a seed or $$ contribution if you visit!). In a Willow near the road, we found a pair of Roughed Grouse, all bundled up against the weather. From there on, I'd have to say, we didn't see anything too special of an avian sort. We ended the afternoon with a couple miles of Ski-birding at the Havillah SnoPark, now snowing but no longer foggy! The skiing was much better than the birding I'm afraid with a couple of Clark's Nutcrackers the only notables. No great owls on the way back to Tonasket. We end the day swapping tales with Shep and the WOS group over too much (but good) Mexican food and wishing them better visibility and more birds than we saw, as they head up there tomorrow. So it goes... Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 2/15/19 5:04 pm
From: CHRISTINE <dotlarkin...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Varied Thrush - snow habitat in Snoqualmie
Max, hopefully Varied Thrushes came to your raked out spot under your feeder. We only learned they foraged this way during the last time it snowed when we shoveled our driveway and they appeared. The Thrushes are still here and are still probing the grass areas and coming up with something to eat!

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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Varied Thrush - snow habitat in Snoqualmie

I'm jealous of your thrushes, Christine! I usually get smaller ground feeders (juncos and sparrows mostly) but I have had the same finding, that they love exposed dirt in the snow, so I rake the snow under my seed feeders for them.

-Max

On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 1:02 PM CHRISTINE <dotlarkin...><mailto:<dotlarkin...>> wrote:
We have 6 Varied Thrushes (and counting) in our yard here in Snoqualmie. We shoveled the snow on our driveway and parts of our grass. Immediately birds came to the exposed areas for foraging. So far there are varied thrush, robin, junco, flicker, bewick's wren, song sparrow and they are all getting what they can in the exposed areas. The Field of Dreams movie is echoing in my head...if you shovel it, they will come!

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Date: 2/15/19 1:26 pm
From: Ellen Cohen <cohenellenr...>
Subject: [Tweeters] 1/2 male 1/2 female cardinal
A Rare Bird Indeed: A Cardinal That’s Half Male, Half Female


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Date: 2/14/19 9:45 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-02-14
Tweets – Marymoor was closed to the public on Tuesday, but by this morning they’d gotten the main roads clear, and a couple of the parking lots. We didn’t come close to filling Lot C this morning despite the lot being only half cleared. We were just 4, and then 3, and by 9:00am it was just me and Jordan. Snow everywhere, of course, and it froze last night, though it was 33 degrees when we started. Lots of branches and limbs down, and all the blackberries FLATTENED. The snow had a crust and a crunch to it, making walking difficult in places.

Highlights:
a.. Greater White-fronted Goose – in the slough below the weir; later near the concert stage on a bare patch of grass
b.. Cackling Goose – 50+, first since January
c.. Wood Duck – 2 males, female, in slough near lake
d.. Northern Shoveler – female below weir in slough
e.. American Wigeon – plentiful, scattered along slough
f.. Northern Pintail – pair below weir
g.. 12 species of duck total
h.. Horned Grebe – one very far out on the lake
i.. Wilson’s Snipe – maybe 10 below the weir
j.. Green Heron – on beaver lodge again
k.. Sharp-shinned Hawk – one along the slough
l.. 4 woodpecker species AGAIN – 9th straight week with ALL the regulars except sapsucker
m.. Northern Shrike – seen atop cottonwood near the lake, later at north end of East Meadow; vocalizing
n.. Varied Thrush – Brian had one near the Park Office; Jordan and I had two at the Rowing Club
o.. LONG-TAILED WEASEL – great looks on blackberry trail that runs between the dog area port-a-potties and the Pea Patch
Missing birds today included Virginia Rail, Mew Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Bushtit, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

For the day, 59 species. Nothing new for 2019, though repeats of birds from my walk last Sunday got several species on the Thursday Survey list.

William Fletcher got a photo of an AMERICAN PIPIT below the weir on Sunday afternoon however!

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Date: 2/14/19 9:37 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Plateau (long?)
Hi Tweets - So... today, thinking that the snow was leaving the Puget Sound lowlands, Kathleen and I headed east. We ran into snow before we got to Steven's Pass and it hasn't stopped yet (9 pm in Omak). We stopped for a walkabout at the Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth - it was lovely (as always) but seemed to be bird free. For lunch we went to Confluence State Park in Wenatchee but could find no White-fronted among the many waterfowl present. On the Waterville plateau it was snowing and blowing hard; several flocks along the highway seemed to be all HOLA. We went east through Waterville on 2 to Road L East or Heritage Rd near the alledged Atkins Lk. where Khanh reported a couple of Snowy Owls recently. Driving to the north and searching hard for a white bird in white fields through white air, we finally saw some wildlife in the form of a jack rabbit that jumped into the road and ran ahead of the car. We crept along behind it stopping to search the fields for anomalous whiteness. I mentioned that the bunny was a little vulnerable out there and K asked, well who would be after such a relatively large critter? I said, well of course RL or RT Hawks or certainly a SNOWY OWL. About a minute later, the latter came out of the whiteness in hot pursuit of the bunny who did an admirable job of desperate dodging and made it back up the road to our car. The owl landed in the road just behind the car and I got a decent picture in the rear view mirror! After a bit, I drove forward slowly, hoping not to squish the bunny, and the pursuit resumed. The bunny managed to get off the road and under some old farm equipment and we left the scene with the owl perched on a sign post (better pictures) waiting for Mr. Bunny to expose himself. We went north on 17, then east through Mansfield, and down Bridgeport Hill Rd. Regrettably, no Sharp-tailed Grouse, despite the perfect snowy late afternoon conditions. Ditto for Bridgeport SP: we couldn't find any No.Saw Whet or other owls in many trees searched. I'm betting (and hoping) that Shep and the WOS group do much better tomorrow!! - Happy Birding! Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 2/14/19 3:25 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Rare half-male, half-female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania
Is this for real -or- photo-shopped? Is there scientific evidence for this?

Hans

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Date: 2/14/19 9:30 am
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Subject: [Tweeters] Rare half-male, half-female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania
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Date: 2/14/19 6:49 am
From: T.L. Stokes <tlstokespoetry...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Be Careful Birding

Hank, very sorry to hear your news of falling. And yet, you take the time to warn other birders to be careful. Heal up quick and may you be out birding again soon!

T.L. Stokes
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Date: 2/13/19 9:13 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan beckons
Hi Tweets - Spurred on by a taste of (and for) cold weather, a fine report by Khanh Tran, and a venture to much warmer Colombia with SAS late next week, Kathleen and I are headed for the Waterville Plateau and Omak tomorrow (Thursday). We'll then head up to the Okanogan Highlands on Friday, with a plan to go through Conconnully and the Timentwa Plateau (Cameron Lake Rd.) on the way home Saturday. If anyone is headed that way and wishes to coordinate/share sightings and plans, feel free to email me or text at (206) 601-0773. Happy Birding! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 2/13/19 6:23 pm
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk for 2.13.2019
Hi Tweets,

8 of us enjoyed a snow covered walk at Nisqually this Wednesday. Partly
cloudy skies with temperatures in the 30's to 40's degrees Fahrenheit with
snow covered terrain. We had a High 13.10ft Tide at 10:56am. Highlights
included WILSON'S SNIPE, VARIED THRUSH, VIRGINIA RAIL and RED-THROATED LOON.

Starting out at the Visitor Center Pond Overlook at 8am, we had great looks
of two WILSON'S SNIPE on the right hand side of the Pond near the spring.
We also had very nice observation of NORTHERN SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCK,
BUFFLEHEAD, BELTED KINGFISHER, and Audubon's variety of YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER. There was a very nice mixed flock of BROWN CREEPER, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET, SPOTTED TOWHEE and SONG SPARROW in the conifers across the
entrance road from the east parking lot between the Visitor Center and
Education Center.

The Orchard was good for FOX SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW and ANNA'S
HUMMINGBIRD. With all the snow we had nice looks of VARIED THRUSH, which
are usually hard to find at the Refuge. KILLDEER were observed in the
frozen flooded fields south of the Access Road, and we had a quick look at
a HERMIT THRUSH where the Access Road turns north just southwest of the
west parking lot where the slough goes under the road.

The west side of the Twin Barns Look Trail was good for HOUSE FINCH,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, AMERICAN COOT, HAIRY WOODPECKER, MARSH WREN and our
first of two VIRGINIA RAILs walking on snow. There was a fly over of
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.

The tide was right for a very nice push of waterfowl and shorebirds towards
the new dike or Nisqually Estuary Trail. We had really nice looks of
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS and 500 or so DUNLINS. LINCOLN'S SPARROW and MARSH WREN were
much easier to see in the snow compressed reed canary grass of the surge
plain. We also had very good looks at raptors including NORTHERN HARRIER,
BALD EAGLE, RED-TAILED HAWK, and PEREGRINE FALCON. We had several
groupings of gulls including MEW GULL, RING-BILLED GULL and GLAUCOUS-WINGED
GULL. A young Coyote put on a great show hunting along the dike with leaps
and bounds, eventually catching a vole.

Out on the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail we enjoyed BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and SURF SCOTER. The
Puget Sound Observation platform had great visibility and was good for
scoping BRANT GEESE, BRANDT'S CORMORANT, COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, SCAUP
and PIGEON GUILLEMOT. A RED-THROATED LOON swam adjacent to the marsh for
nice close up views. Adjacent to the platform we had great looks of
EURASIAN WIGEON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and LEAST SANDPIPER. A male NORTHERN
HARRIER was observed out over the marsh.

On our return, we picked up a second VIRGINIA RAIL walking on snow covered
frozen water in the fresh water marsh. As per the usual, COMMON MERGANSER
were seen at the Nisqually River Overlook. We added RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER
and DOWNY WOODPECKER in a large mixed flock, which was very active, near
the beaver dam.

For the day, we had 69 species, with 86 species for the year. Mammals seen
include Coyote hunting and catching Vole, and Harbor Seal.

Until next week when we will meet again at 8am, happy birding!

Shep

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Browns Point
253-370-3742

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Date: 2/13/19 10:29 am
From: Robert Gray <robertgary02...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Photographers
How can I get Tweeters to allow my photograph's to be posted? One Townsends Warbler picture was rejected.
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Date: 2/13/19 8:57 am
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] not quite Patagonia
Maybe snowy picnic table effect? Snow-driven bird movements, combined with snow-driven increased local observation, have given me my own set of less common birds. A couple days ago, I had a passing Black-capped Chickadee with the most extra white I've seen, including all the back and most of the cap. (None of the regulars have extra white.) This morning, there was a robin with white back patches and at least one white tail feather. And now a slate-colored junco has appeared in the flock. Yesterday, I saw the/a Golden-crowned Kinglet, looking wet, foraging on the snow in the same spot as reported earlier, so perhaps it's doing okay, after all.

13 February, 2019,

Alan Grenon
Seattle's Capitol Hill
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Date: 2/12/19 6:20 pm
From: Khanh Tran <khanhbatran...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau- owls, grouse, and other fun goodies.
Hi Tweets!

The recent, cold and snowy conditions made driving and birding in the Waterville Plateau/Okanogan Highlands very difficult this weekend. In the 15 years that I birded here, I never seen so many drifts (up to 6 feet or more) and closed roads (even parts of Hwy 2). Several stranded cars in deep, deep snow. Nevertheless, the area produced some unexpectedly, good birding in the 1.5 days.

Finding three snowy owls was super fun! There are at least 7-8 snowy owls in the Waterville Plateau this winter; some have been elusive to find before the storm. It's not unusual to find several together from mid-Feb to early March before they head North. Lots of good areas out there, it's the fog and accessibility that adds to the challenge. The snowy owls are also masters at hiding, too! These birds here behave differently than the ones along the coastal areas; usually very skittish and flighty.

The snow brought in thousands of horned larks, but we didn't have time to look for Lapland Longspurs. Small numbers of Red crossbills, Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinches in the Okanogan Highlands but no still, no redpolls or pine grosbeaks.

Despite heavy snow, ice, fog and frigid temperatures, we found some fun birds. Here are some of the highlights!

Great Gray Owl-Okanogan Highlands near Pontiac Ridge Rd
Snowy Owl- one bird along H St (almost pure white) and two owls near Atkins Lake Rd. Very close encounter with two birds and both were within 200 yards of each other!
Northern Saw-Whet- five birds in the vicinity of Bridgeport State Park
Long eared Owl-a nice roost near Hess Lake
Short eared Owl-Havillah Rd
Northern Pygmy Owl-near Bolster Rd
Great Horned Owl-several at dusk Havillah Rd
Northern Goshawk-Immature near Conconully, WA
Greater Sage Grouse-Waterville Plateau near Division St
Sharp tailed Grouse-several birds along Bridgeport Hill Road
Ruffed Grouse-a dozen or more in Okanogan Highlands
Chukar-several along Fancher Rd
Gray-Partridge-many coveys near Okanogan Highlands, Conconully, and Waterville Plateau
Bohemian Waxwings-one small flock near Riverside, WA
Golden Eagle-Several along Riverside, and Tonasket area
Snow Buntings-pure flock of 400 birds along Havillah Rd and other small flocks on Waterville Plateau
Gray-crowned Rosy-finches-mixed in with Horned Larks near Mansfield area
American Tree Sparrows-several along Mary Ann Creek Rd

Be persistent and open minded, and the magical Okanogan Highland/ Waterville Plateau will reward you. Be careful out there and have FUN!

Peace, love and good birding,

Khanh



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Date: 2/12/19 6:01 pm
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign15...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Robins Are Happy
The Robins are happy in Port Townsend today - at least in my mothers yard,
which finally melted out enough to expose green grass and access to worms.
Also emerging from under the snow are Mom's Calendula's - a hardy annual
which had been blooming with it's bright orange flowers all through spring
to winter, until the snow. Still alive - will have to regrow the flowers
though.

There has been a dearth of Robin's around during the snow. Where'd they go?
Probably to the library, not to read but to eat hawthorn berries. Lawrence
St. (which leads uptown to the library) is lined with Washington Thorn
(Crataegus phaenopyrum) which is an attractive street tree loaded with
bright red berries which really stand out beautifully on the bare trees all
winter.

Well, almost all winter. The berries were all there a week ago, but maybe
all gone now? That's because in times like these Robins eat 'em all up. The
last stretch of extended cold here in PT I noted swarms of Robins horking
down those bright berries - in a week or so they ate about all of them.
Apparently the berries look better than they taste - maybe like Robin
hardtack , or the last food left in your backpack after an overextended
trip. Survival food.

Jeff Gibson
Port Townsend Wa

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Date: 2/12/19 3:57 pm
From: JOHN TUBBS <johntubbs...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] White-throated sparrow, Phinney Ridge
I think this species is one of the most handsome in the sparrow family. We've been fortunate to have one winter over each of the last four years. Since they are pretty uncommon in our area, I've assumed it is the same individual demonstrating wintering site fidelity. It is always interesting how it stands out even with a quick glance and no binoculars - it isn't one of the 'usual suspects'. As others have noted, the snow must be driving Varied Thrush down from higher elevations. We had a male show up yesterday and it is hanging around today - we don't usually see this species here.

John Tubbs
<johntubbs...>
Lacey, WA
(soon to be) Green Valley, AZ


> On February 12, 2019 at 2:12 PM Meg Matthews <megmm...> wrote:
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> I’m almost positive that we have a white-throated sparrow visiting our backyard of the “white-striped” variety identified on BirdWeb. He shows up every few hours in the company of a mixed flock (juncos and some towhees tagging along). So far he seems to like perching in the bare branches of the large, tangled mock quince in our backyard. I’ve seen him around 11 and 1:30 most consistently, sometimes also around 9 and later in the afternoon. He’s been here since Saturday.
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> If you want to come check him out, the roads are a slushy mess so be forewarned. We’re on 2nd Ave NW between 55th and 56th. Email me and I can give you the details.
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Date: 2/12/19 2:44 pm
From: Dan Reiff, PhD <dan.owl.reiff...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bill protects birds: The Senate just passed the decade’s biggest public lands package. Here’s what’s in it. - The Washington Post
Some good news:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/02/12/senate-just-passed-decades-biggest-public-lands-package-heres-whats-it/

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Date: 2/12/19 2:17 pm
From: Meg Matthews <megmm...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-throated sparrow, Phinney Ridge
I’m almost positive that we have a white-throated sparrow visiting our backyard of the “white-striped” variety identified on BirdWeb. He shows up every few hours in the company of a mixed flock (juncos and some towhees tagging along). So far he seems to like perching in the bare branches of the large, tangled mock quince in our backyard. I’ve seen him around 11 and 1:30 most consistently, sometimes also around 9 and later in the afternoon. He’s been here since Saturday.

If you want to come check him out, the roads are a slushy mess so be forewarned. We’re on 2nd Ave NW between 55th and 56th. Email me and I can give you the details.

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Associate Director, Strategic Communications
University of Washington
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Date: 2/12/19 2:02 pm
From: liron ziv <lironziv...>
Subject: [Tweeters] variegated thrush in the snow
video footage of variegated thrush in the snow

https://youtu.be/4FIist9XHZc

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Date: 2/12/19 12:17 pm
From: Maureen Ellis <mjeellisphd...>
Subject: [Tweeters] hermit thrush in Burien
Hopefully, this will post now-Thanks Dan Victor for advisory to post from
gmail account rather than UW mail.

From: Maureen Ellis <mjeellisphd...>
To: <tweeters...>
Cc:
Bcc:
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:34:11 -0800
Subject: Hermit thrush(es)

Today, at least one, possibly two hermit thrushes. I have seen them in
past years, even wintering, but, not in recent years. Saw characteristic
wing-flicking, tail raising, and obvious thrush bill. This bird is one of
the quite dark morphs with a subtle rufous tail. Did get some marginal
photos; not posted..

Location is NE edge of Seahurst Park, Burien, WA. I have a deck 4 stories
up with hummer sugar water, mixed seed/peanuts, dried meal worm, suet, and
water offerings. There are hoards of varied thrushes, a robin,
ruby-crowned kinglet, scads of juncos including OR, slatey, and various
degrees of white patches (leucistic pattern) on the hoods of one of more
juncos, A good sized (25 more or less) flock of American goldfinches dine
daily. A Bewick's wren is seen occasionally.

Mobs of bushtits, several mostly Audubon's YR warblers, occasional
Steller's jays, a family of flickers that include hybrids, RS X YS, fox
sparrow and song sparrows all visit my feeder deck. Appears to be a normal
RS male flicker with a 1st generation YS X RS female mate plus one male and
one female 2nd generation offspring. There is also a normal RS adult
female hanging around with them.

A pair of downy woodpeckers and a female 1st year pileated also pig out on
the suet. In addition, at least one pair of red-breasted nuthatches are
frequent. At least 3 Anna's hummers are around; 2 male and 1 female all
chasing and being chased. Enough snow, indeed!

*Comment added today, 02-12-2019: We are now at the slushmageddon stage of
our current epic winter weather events.*

Stay warm and safe,
Maureen E Ellis near Seahurst Park, Burien, WA


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Date: 2/12/19 11:57 am
From: Stephen <schasecredo...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-throated Sparrows galore!
Hi Tweeters,
Five White-throated Sparrows for my boys and I this morning in the raspberry fields at 1311 Mission Road in Everson. Four white-striped together in my binoculars, and one tan-striped also. Found among dozens of White-crowned Sparrows and allies. This flock has been here all winter, but this is the first time I've found White-throated among them. In my yard I also have a continuing distinctly white female Purple Finch that I consider a candidate for Eastern ssp. Pictures on eBird. Currently Mission Road is snow-covered, wind-swept, and virtually unplowed. Snow coming down but not has hard as earlier.
In Everson,
Stephen Chase

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Date: 2/12/19 11:25 am
From: Mark Robinson <blobbybirdman...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Harris's Sparrow - Phinney Ridge, Seattle
A Harris Sparrow was associating with a small group of Golden-crowned
Sparrow this morning on Phinney Ridge, Seattle (NW49th St, between 2nd NW
and 3rd NW).

The roads in the area are treacherous at the moment, and this is a steep
hill, so take care if you chase.

Mark Robinson

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Date: 2/12/19 10:50 am
From: Jerry Eisner <jerry...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Western Tanager in the snow
This little female (?) was noticed by my wife at the bird bath in our
backyard 5 days ago. It has continued to hang around eating from our
feeder. Several more experienced birders have IDd it as a pale, possibly
first year Western Tanager.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/116990503@N04/shares/69Z2Uw

Mount Vernon, WA

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Date: 2/11/19 8:05 pm
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rosario Beach, Whidbey Island Jan. 31st
My apologies for the delay.



A group from Clearwater
Audubon from Clearwater, FL
spent four days in E. WA with
amazing guide Shep Thorp. He
recommended I visit Rosario
Beach while visiting my
daughter on Whidbey and I did.
I was excited to see a
leucistic California Quail
while on my way to the parking
lot. Picture is attached
within the eBird report. I
also spent a morning on the
Olympic Peninsula attending
Bob Boekelheide's Wed. AM bird
walk in Sequim. It was
Wonderful!! You have a
Beautiful state!!! Thank you
for your hospitality.



https://ebird.org/view/checkli
st/S52615398



Dale

Clearwater Audubon Society

Field Trip Chair



Susan Dale Goebel

Dunedin, FL




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Date: 2/11/19 5:54 pm
From: Mason Flint <masonflint...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Frenetic bird activity, Cedar Waxwings on W. Lake Sammamish
There was a lot of somewhat unusual, almost frenetuc bird activity at my house on W. Lake Sammamish today including dozens of Robin passing through, heading north along the lakeshore and mixed flocks of Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatched, Juncos and a few Townsend's Warblers. Then a flock of 8-10 Cedar Waxwings stopped by for several minutes before moving on. It may be my imagination but I got a sense of desperation with the birds trying to find food as the snow came down. Now it is turning to a sleety rain.

Mason Flint
Bellevue

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Date: 2/11/19 12:17 pm
From: Kerry Tremain <kerry.tremain...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bird pictures
Hi,

Friday, I will be opening an exhibition of bird photographs, most of them from the Olympic Peninsula in the past year.

Talk and slideshow, Friday, February 15 at Sunrise Coffeehouse, 308 10th Street (in the port), Port Townsend.

Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/2030742787218532/ <https://www.facebook.com/events/2030742787218532/>

Thanks,
Kerry
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Date: 2/11/19 11:17 am
From: Diann MacRae <tvulture...>
Subject: [Tweeters] varied thrushes
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Date: 2/10/19 8:48 pm
From: Ed Swan <Edswan2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI birdwatching in Guyana
Hi all, does anyone have suggestions for the best field guide book to take
to Guyana or any recommendations for guides that would do one or two day
trips there?

Thanks,

Ed

Ed Swan

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Date: 2/10/19 6:05 pm
From: ANDREA BENNETT <bennetts10...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Iona Regional Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada
On Saturday morning 2/9 in with the 200 Dunlin at Iona Regional Park in BC (west of the parking spots) I saw several western sandpiper (definitely not least, perhaps semi-palmated?).


There was a white one, same size as western, not as big as a sanderling. Any thoughts about if there are leucistic western sandpipers?


here's the rest of the list:


150 Brant,

5 Mallard

1 Northern Pintail

200 Greater/Lesser Scaup

2 Ruddy Duck

2 Killdeer

180 Dunlin

4 Western Sandpiper

30 Mew Gull

2 Ring-billed Gull

2 Herring Gull

2 Glacous-winged Gull

15 Gull sp.

2 Great Blue Heron

1 Northern Harrier

3 Bald Eagles

3 Red-tailed Hawks

1 Northern Shrike

15 Northwestern Crows

1 Common Raven

2 Song Sparrow


Andrea Bennett
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Date: 2/10/19 6:01 pm
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] kinglet (Seattle)
Hi, Tweets,

I was walking in Seattle's Volunteer Park this afternoon (on my way to enjoying a break inside the tropics of the conservatory), and a couple birds were on the snowy road picking through fallen debris from a conifer above. The junco wasn't surprising, but the other was a Golden-crowned Kinglet. It was flitting weakly from cone to cone scale to squirrel-cleaned cone, pecking but seeming to find nothing. It wasn't paying much attention to passers-by, but still managing to stay clear. I would have thought their usual foraging surfaces are still mostly available, so was surprised to see one seeming to be struggling. Another a few blocks away seemed to be foraging normally.

Stay warm.

10 February, 2019,

Alan Grenon
Seattle
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Date: 2/10/19 5:36 pm
From: Janet Ray <janetlaura...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Melanistic sparrow??
We have a very shy Song Sparrow with broad white patches on its wings and very narrow white tail coverts. It has been sculking around once or twice since summer but showing up regularly since the snow hit. Never seen one like this before.
I’d be interested in knowing what species your sparrow turns out to be Dave.
Jan
Preston WA (1500’)

> On Feb 10, 2019, at 9:25 AM, crazydave65 <crazydave65...> wrote:
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> Have a dark grey sparrow shaped critter at the bird feeder amongst the juncoes. Has anyone ever seen a melanistic white-crowned sparrow? Light was crummy yesterday so no image yet. Might get one later today.
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Date: 2/10/19 4:11 pm
From: Janka and Michael Hobbs <MJCT_Hobbs...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-02-10
Tweets – It was bitterly cold, but sunny, when I arrived just after 8. Within an hour, clouds rolled in, and the temperature rose but stayed below freezing. Away from the slough, birding was very quiet. I quickly learned to look in any bare patches under trees, as that’s where the passerines were. In the first of those sunny bare patches was a SONG SPARROW puffed up spherically. It was asleep (which became apparent when it startled awake as I approached). In the second was an almost insensate BARRED OWL. It was almost certainly hypothermic and was very far gone. I didn’t really have anyway to help it, and I hoped that the bright sun would warm it. Unfortunately not; when I checked on it later, it had succumbed. I’m afraid many other birds have perished in the cold overnight.

Highlights:

* Greater White-fronted Goose – lone adult NE of the mansion next to a picnic table in a small patch of bare grass
* Northern Shoveler – male seen on lake – First of Year (FOY)
* 11 species of duck total
* Wilson’s Snipe – 5-7 below weir
* Ring-billed Gull – one at lake
* BARRED OWL – see note above – FOY
* Northern Shrike – singing/calling from NE of Fields 7-8-9
* Bushtit – flock of around 15 near stage
* Varied Thrush – one flyover
* American Goldfinch – 2 near start of boardwalk
* Western Meadowlark – one under a tree near concert ticket booth
* Yellow-rumped Warbler – at least 2 at Rowing Club, one of which appeared to be a Myrtle x Audubon’s intergrade

For the day, 61 species, including seven species not seen last Thursday. For the year, adding Northern Shoveler and Barred Owl, we’re at 81 species.

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Date: 2/10/19 3:03 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Twin Lakes Snowbirds
Took a walk around Twin Lakes (Federal Way) winter-wonderland earlier
today. There were a lot of American Robins and Varied Thrushes around. The
Varied Thrushes mainly at the hedge of the property bordering on Treasure
Island Park, scratching in the pine needles along the sidewalk on SW 325th
Street. With them was a very tame Hermit Thrush! On Lake Lorene the open
water held the usual Duck species: Mallard, American Wigeon, Bufflehead,
Ring-necked Duck and the continuing single male Canvasback. In addition, a
couple of American Coots and a Pied-billed Grebe were also present.
I had a nice view of three male diving ducks in my binocular view at the
same time: Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead and Canvasback!

Good Birding!

Hans

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Date: 2/10/19 2:24 pm
From: AMK17 <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] gull id assistance
During my late morning, early afternoon walk around Green Lake, a blue billed with dark tip, and blue legged smallish gull landed on one of of the swimming docks across from the commercial boathouse. I've been looking through all of my gull references and can't find a gull that fits this plumage for any gull in any year of plumage.

Any gull experts out there that might help? I think it is a 2nd or 3rd year gull...

Also a shorebird I have yet to id as well...

Thanks
AKopitov
Seattle




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Date: 2/10/19 1:13 pm
From: Stephen <schasecredo...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Cooper Activity
Hi Tweeters,
With all this cold and wind, I've been putting out extra seed and corn to appease the juncos and their allies. The local hawks pay attention and every once in a while there's a mad scramble of songbirds and then a few seconds later a blur of hawk. Usually it's a very small (presumed) male Sharp-shinned, hardly bigger than a robin. Today however it was a much larger accipter - a (presumed) female Cooper's Hawk. It tore across the yard and rested on a branch in the forest, without coming close to nabbing anything. Right before it came to rest, a second Cooper's - a noticeably smaller (presumed) male which must have been perched out of sight in the forest all along - flew toward it, then veered off and perched a dozen yards away up in a cottonwood. The two called to each other - the low husky whine that confirmed my ID of Cooper's Hawk. Then the female flew off, and a few seconds later, the male took off in the same direction. After the initial frenzy when the female flew in, t!
he songbirds quickly returned to a baseline behavior, even with both hawks perched in sight. The purple finches returned to the top of the bare Cherry tree where they like to perch, and juncos were back on the patio feeding in no time. I found that odd. When a Sharp-shinned attacks, it's a good five minutes before any junco dares to venture out again. Do songbirds not consider Cooper's Hawks a serious threat, or was there something about the behavior of these hawks that allowed the songbirds to let up their guard?

Stephen, in
wind-blown Everson
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Date: 2/10/19 12:45 pm
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's books are:

1) Field Guide to the Birds of Suriname (2nd edition)

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2019/01/new-title_25.html

2) Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia (7th edition)

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2019/02/new-title.html

sincerely
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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
Visit my BIRDBOOKER REPORT blog here:
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Date: 2/10/19 12:41 pm
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Meadowark
Meadowlark in the snow this morning. Was in the fenced off area west side of Sunset Beach, Lake Sammamish State Park.

Larry Schwitters
Issaquah
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Date: 2/10/19 11:49 am
From: H Heiberg <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Be Careful Birding in this Weather
Yesterday I slipped and fell while birding and ended up in the Harborview ER with a concussion and slight skull fracture. There were two other people in the ER with similar injuries, one much worse than mine. Luckily I did not require surgery. So take care.

Hank Heiberg
Issaquah, WA

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Date: 2/10/19 9:29 am
From: crazydave65 <crazydave65...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Melanistic sparrow??
Have a dark grey sparrow shaped critter at the bird feeder amongst the juncoes.  Has anyone ever seen a melanistic white-crowned sparrow?  Light was crummy yesterday so no image yet.  Might get one later today.Dave Templeton North bend, king countyCrazydave65. At  gmail. Daught com Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone_______________________________________________
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Date: 2/9/19 11:47 pm
From: Max Kingsbury <max.kingsbury...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Varied Thrush - snow habitat in Snoqualmie
I'm jealous of your thrushes, Christine! I usually get smaller ground
feeders (juncos and sparrows mostly) but I have had the same finding, that
they love exposed dirt in the snow, so I rake the snow under my seed
feeders for them.

-Max

On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 1:02 PM CHRISTINE <dotlarkin...> wrote:

> We have 6 Varied Thrushes (and counting) in our yard here in Snoqualmie.
> We shoveled the snow on our driveway and parts of our grass. Immediately
> birds came to the exposed areas for foraging. So far there are varied
> thrush, robin, junco, flicker, bewick's wren, song sparrow and they are all
> getting what they can in the exposed areas. The Field of Dreams movie is
> echoing in my head...if you shovel it, they will come!
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Date: 2/9/19 11:09 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Birding in Hawaii Blog Post
I just returned from a week in Hawaii - what a contrast to Snowmaggedon 2019!!  I spent a week there including 4+ days on Maui with very little birding and 2+ days on the Big Island with very intensive birding.  It was great fun.  There will be a second blog post about the full day that covers the Big Day where I tried to get my 50 species in a single day.  This one covers the day before and the day after.  Lots of photos.  Hopefully it will open for anyone interested.
blairbirding.com/2019/02/09/the-day-before-and-the-day-after-the-big-day-in-hawaii/  

Now if only this snow gets cleared and we can all go out birding again...
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Date: 2/9/19 7:37 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon and other birds
Dear Tweeters,
A friend of mine saw the Gyfalcon on Fir Island today (February 9th), between Rawlins and Maupin Roads, shortly after ten in the morning.
I saw what I think was the same bird, about two hours later, as I was scoping gulls from the north tip of March Point. This adult was doing pretty much the same thing that a Gyrfalcon was doing, the last time I saw one at March Point, which was in 1996: flying northwards, low over the waves, toward Hat Island. Today's bird had what looked like a Dunlin in its talons. 
Also at March Point was an adult Herring Gull and an adult Western Gull, both on the Fidalgo Bay side, which was much calmer than the Padilla Bay side.
Amongst the Short-eared Owls today at the Samish East Ninety was a Barn Owl.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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Date: 2/9/19 6:01 pm
From: Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
Two just showed up! I am so sorry about the spelling that is often sent to
tweeters. I usually use my cell phone, and I hit all the wrong letters,
and due to lighting I don't see the mistakes.
So, sorry you have to see it. And I often don't see it at all...
Vicki Biltz @ gmail . com
Buckley, WA 98321



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On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 5:23 PM Gene Beall <gene.beall...> wrote:

> We have at least a dozen, sometimes as many as 10 on the same feeder! We
> have four feeders that we keep warm with a little light underneath each one.
>
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> Gene Beall
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> *From:* Tweeters [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] *On
> Behalf Of *<wallydavis3...>
> *Sent:* Saturday, February 9, 2019 2:14 PM
> *To:* 'Vicki Biltz' <vickibiltz...>; 'Tweeters' <
> <tweeters...>
> *Subject:* Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
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>
> Mine are still there feisty as ever.
>
> Wally Davis,
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> Snohomish
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> *From:* Tweeters <tweeters-bounces...> *On Behalf
> Of *Vicki Biltz
> *Sent:* Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:25 PM
> *To:* Tweeters <tweeters...>
> *Subject:* [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
>
>
>
> Okay, three days ago I gad two makes and one female at my feeder. The
> past two days I’ve seen no one.🙁. Hoping they are fine. Anyone else
> missing their hummers?
>
> In trying to fix my banned emails I emailed several and their relpy was
> still marked as spam, and even tho I move them to primary or they reply
> with links, my gmail will not allow me to open them. So I still have some
> figuring out to do. I do know it’s definitely my server, thanks for all
> the information I received.
>
> Trying to get to the store now!
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> <Vickibiltz...>
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Date: 2/9/19 5:25 pm
From: Gene Beall <gene.beall...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
We have at least a dozen, sometimes as many as 10 on the same feeder! We have four feeders that we keep warm with a little light underneath each one.



Gene Beall

Sammamish

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To: 'Vicki Biltz' <vickibiltz...>; 'Tweeters' <tweeters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds



Mine are still there feisty as ever.

Wally Davis,

Snohomish



From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces...> <mailto:<tweeters-bounces...> > On Behalf Of Vicki Biltz
Sent: Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:25 PM
To: Tweeters <tweeters...> <mailto:<tweeters...> >
Subject: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds



Okay, three days ago I gad two makes and one female at my feeder. The past two days I’ve seen no one.🙁. Hoping they are fine. Anyone else missing their hummers?

In trying to fix my banned emails I emailed several and their relpy was still marked as spam, and even tho I move them to primary or they reply with links, my gmail will not allow me to open them. So I still have some figuring out to do. I do know it’s definitely my server, thanks for all the information I received.

Trying to get to the store now!

<Vickibiltz...> <mailto:<Vickibiltz...> .

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Date: 2/9/19 4:51 pm
From: RAY FOWLER <rayfowler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Varied Thrush - North Bend
Tweeters,


Usually in my yard in North Bend I will see two or three Varied Thrush at one time. This morning I had seventeen! I do have a bird bath with a heater in it that seems to be a big hit. I had eight of the thrushes sitting on the rim at one time. I've also placed cardboard on top of the snow and put the bird food on that which also draws a crowd. Happy Birding!


Ray Fowler

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Date: 2/9/19 4:23 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Precarious
Tweeters,

This week’s post covers Monty and Marsha’s, second effort at building an Eagle’s Nest. They have changed at least one of the critical design choices. Is it an improvement? Take a look at:

https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2019/02/precarious.html <https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2019/02/precarious.html>

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

Larry Hubbell
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Date: 2/9/19 3:33 pm
From: brizy01 <brizy01...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
I agree...feisty, tenacious, and resilient as ever. Our approximately 6-7 inches of the white stuff hasn't phased 'our' two hummers. 
Bruce Youngberg Poulsbo, WA
-------- Original message --------From: <wallydavis3...> Date: 2/9/19 14:13 (GMT-08:00) To: 'Vicki Biltz' <vickibiltz...>, 'Tweeters' <tweeters...> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
Mine are still there feisty as ever.Wally Davis,Snohomish From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces...> On Behalf Of Vicki Biltz
Sent: Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:25 PM
To: Tweeters <tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds Okay, three days ago I gad two makes and one female at my feeder.  The past two days I’ve seen no one.🙁. Hoping they are fine.  Anyone else missing their hummers?   In trying to fix my banned emails I emailed several and their relpy was still marked as spam, and even tho I move them to primary or they reply with links, my gmail will not allow me to open them.  So I still have some figuring out to do.  I do know it’s definitely my server, thanks for all the information I received.Trying to get to the store now!<Vickibiltz...> Buckley with newly studded tires, last set Friday am.  --    <vickibiltz...>://www.flickr.com/photos/saw-whets_new/ _______________________________________________
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Date: 2/9/19 2:57 pm
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 8 February 2019
Our monthly Neighborhood Bird Project walk at Magnuson was scheduled for Saturday morning, the same day a significant snow fall was forecast. In retrospect, Jan’s decision to move the count to Friday was fortuitous as there were certainly plenty of birds, and for the counters, no transportation issues following the snow that did fall later that night. It was cold—upper 20s, but just overcast and with little wind. All of the ponds are iced over, save the main Promontory Pond, so waterfowl are concentrated there and on the lake. Since there has been some thaw on the ground following the snow of the previous weekend, passerines are able to find food. And, perhaps due to the colder weather, a couple of surprises this day as well.

(Trumpeter Swan - though not really at the park, the clear air allowed scope views of a couple over at Juanita Bay park)
Hooded Merganser - unusual in the park, a pair were in Promontory Pond; FOY
Red-breasted Merganser - one still hanging out
Anna’s Hummingbird - this one looked like it was trying to fluff out its tiny feathers against the cold
https://flic.kr/p/244qKYv <https://flic.kr/p/244qKYv>
American Coot - hundreds; Jan and Acacia saw a Bald Eagle clutching a Coot, later finding a remnant coot foot (<—a lesson in English pronunciation)
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull - one on the swim platform; only it and a California Gull were there, other gulls were out in the lake; FOY
Cooper’s Hawk - a couple; one was banded - according to Ed Deal, an older male that breeds at Sand Point Country Club
Red-breasted Sapsucker - finally; we were worried the sapsuckers might be forever gone since the homeowner on the south fence line took down their roost/nest trees; FOY
Hutton’s Vireo - another rare visitor to the park; this one was right at eye level; FOY
https://flic.kr/p/2dh9uyB <https://flic.kr/p/2dh9uyB>
Hermit Thrush - often there is one thrush hanging out somewhere, you just have to get lucky to see it
American Pipit - a single bird was calling from the sidewalk by the marina at the north shore; unfortunately, it did not stick around very long; FOY

For the day, 56 species; with 5 new, 71 species on the year.
Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52499168 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52499168>
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Date: 2/9/19 2:16 pm
From: <wallydavis3...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
Mine are still there feisty as ever.

Wally Davis,

Snohomish



From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces...> On Behalf Of Vicki Biltz
Sent: Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:25 PM
To: Tweeters <tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds



Okay, three days ago I gad two makes and one female at my feeder. The past two days I’ve seen no one.🙁. Hoping they are fine. Anyone else missing their hummers?

In trying to fix my banned emails I emailed several and their relpy was still marked as spam, and even tho I move them to primary or they reply with links, my gmail will not allow me to open them. So I still have some figuring out to do. I do know it’s definitely my server, thanks for all the information I received.

Trying to get to the store now!

<Vickibiltz...> <mailto:<Vickibiltz...> .

Buckley with newly studded tires, last set Friday am.

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Date: 2/9/19 1:29 pm
From: Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Missing my hummingbirds
Okay, three days ago I gad two makes and one female at my feeder. The past
two days I’ve seen no one.🙁. Hoping they are fine. Anyone else missing
their hummers?
In trying to fix my banned emails I emailed several and their relpy was
still marked as spam, and even tho I move them to primary or they reply
with links, my gmail will not allow me to open them. So I still have some
figuring out to do. I do know it’s definitely my server, thanks for all
the information I received.
Trying to get to the store now!
<Vickibiltz...>
Buckley with newly studded tires, last set Friday am.
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Date: 2/9/19 1:04 pm
From: CHRISTINE <dotlarkin...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Varied Thrush - snow habitat in Snoqualmie
We have 6 Varied Thrushes (and counting) in our yard here in Snoqualmie. We shoveled the snow on our driveway and parts of our grass. Immediately birds came to the exposed areas for foraging. So far there are varied thrush, robin, junco, flicker, bewick's wren, song sparrow and they are all getting what they can in the exposed areas. The Field of Dreams movie is echoing in my head...if you shovel it, they will come!

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Date: 2/9/19 12:06 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 10, 2019
Hello, Tweeters!
Got *s*n*o*w* ?

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http://bit.ly/2nxtvvH
* Left Foot or Right? Handedness in Birds
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Date: 2/9/19 8:37 am
From: AMK17 <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] snow yard birds

This morning birds were actively foraging for seed and suet in the snow. Dark-eyed juncos, Anna's hummingbirds, yellow-dumped warblers, song sparrow, American goldfinches and a Bewick's wren. The hummingbirds are especially territorial this morning jockeying for feeder position. But all are managing even if just a second at the feeder.

Akopitov
Seattle

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Date: 2/8/19 11:03 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Redondo Beach Eared Grebe(s)
We took a cold walk on the Redondo Beach boardwalk yesterday afternoon,
Feb.7th. The Eared Grebe I previously reported, is still in the vicinity
of S.287th Street. An additional Eared Grebe was north of Salty's and
before the end of the walkway. Also at the northern end of the walk, is a
dark-mantled gull with black primaries, pink legs, It can be found on the
large beached rootball/stump. Somebody last winter posted it as a possible
Slaty-backed Gull, but to me it looks like an adult Western Gull or maybe a
hybrid? I would appreciate, if somebody could take a closer look at it and
post it.
Also seen at Redondo: Horned - and Red-necked Grebes, Pigeon Guillemot,
Barrows- and Common Goldeneye, Surf Scoter, Bufflehead, American Wigeon,
Common - and Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer,
Glaucous-winged - and Mew Gull, Killdeer, Pelagic Cormorant and a few (!)
Rock Pigeons!

Good Birding

Hans

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Date: 2/8/19 10:21 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Shots from a stakeout (many photographers)
Hi all,
Delia and I had a wonderful time hosting the Great Miserable 2019 Beacon Hill TEWA Stakeout.  We suffered when people drove long distances only to dip, we rejoiced when the little bird showed up in the nick of time.
Now we are shedding a tear for the little guy as we suspect the worst, but youall will be the first to know if he comes tootling in for another bath and we are certifiably not lost in a daydream.
I put together shots of various birds, one shot of the birders, many shot by folks who were at the stakeout.  There are also some by me and a few other odd shots like the Pike Market in snow, Juncos staging a silent vigil demanding seed, and a female Red-breasted Merganser chumming up to a female Barrow's Goldeneye at Alki.
(I guess I was thinking tweeters wouldn't be too busy)..

Here's the link:
https://ednewbold.com/shots-from-the-creek-many-not-by-me/

Thanks so much to everyone who was so kind, and here's hoping we see you all again out birding or maybe at a stakeout...

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Date: 2/8/19 7:53 pm
From: ANDREA <bennetts10...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Owl
I heard a low slow tooting owl in my NE Seattle back yard at 9:45pm in mid-December. Kind of sounded like a northern Pygmy. Is that possible?
- Andrea

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Date: 2/8/19 7:37 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wood Ducks on Ice at Yellow Lake

> Here is a video of Wood Ducks (aka Rainbow Ducks by some of the local children) on the ice at Yellow Lake in Klahanie (Sammamish)
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/33156796238/in/dateposted/
>
> We are not sure what they were eating off the ice.
>
> Here are some photos of the same ducks.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/33156796028/in/dateposted/
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/33156796058/in/dateposted/
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/33156796098/in/dateposted/
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> Hank & Karen Heiberg
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Date: 2/8/19 7:09 pm
From: Catherine <cma...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Singing in the snow
The birds were quite active in Seward Park just before the snow started today. Song Sparrows and Bewick’s Wrens singing their full spring songs. Towhees, Nuthatches, and Juncos calling. The smaller birds were present but silent as they worked the lower canopy. One Eagle did a fly by and the Crows responded in their usual manner.

Catherine Alexander
Lakewood Neighborhood
South Seattle

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> Arrived home from work to singing Bewick’s wren, dark-eyed junco and another song I did not recognize and couldn’t find the source.
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Date: 2/8/19 6:49 pm
From: AMK17 <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Singing in the snow


Arrived home from work to singing Bewick’s wren, dark-eyed junco and another song I did not recognize and couldn’t find the source.

Anyone else have birds singing in the snow? A first for me.

AKopitov
Seattle
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Date: 2/8/19 6:41 pm
From: ANDREA <bennetts10...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] winter birds
I had a varied thrush in my backyard in NE Seattle on Tuesday!

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Sent: February 8, 2019 at 1:59 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] winter birds

Hi, Tweets

I complained a month ago about not having varied thrushes and few others. We have a lot of feeders, suet, etc. and with the snow the birds have returned in huge numbers.

Varied thrushes are everywhere, front and back and in the trees. Twenty-plus would not be an over-estimate. Plus, the small birds have also returned and are gobbling seeds.

Yesterday, I had a Townsend's warbler on the suet outside my window. A barred owl was calling a night ago but haven't seen them as we usually do.

We are enjoying the snow - especially my Norwegian elkhound. Hope you all are, too.

Cheers, Diann
Diann MacRae
Olympic Vulture Study
22622 - 53rd Avenue S.E.
Bothell, WA 98021
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Date: 2/8/19 5:05 pm
From: Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bouncy messages
So, Tweeters sent a message giving a ton of bounce emails from all
different servers. Is this the issue other people have mentioned on here
lately? I wondered why I’ve not had as many messages lately. Seems it’s
not just because it’s so cold.

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Date: 2/8/19 2:56 pm
From: Dea <birdmandea...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snow goose at Western State Hospital
Greetings to all,
While riding my bike I came across a new goose for me. Juvenile Snow Goose? Yes/no?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/25348030@N07/40066250923/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 2/8/19 1:59 pm
From: Diann MacRae <tvulture...>
Subject: [Tweeters] winter birds
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Date: 2/8/19 12:58 pm
From: <rwlawson...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] nyt article on hummingbirds
Here is a wonderful poem about hummingbirds by D. H. Lawrence. He lived in New Mexico in the 1920s, and must have seen hummingbirds there. The last stanza is relevant to Dave’s comment.



Rachel Lawson

Seattle

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Humming-Bird

by D.H. Lawrence <https://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/lawrence.htm>


I can imagine, in some otherworld


Primeval-dumb, far back


In that most awful stillness, that only gasped and hummed,


Humming-birds raced down the avenues.



Before anything had a soul,


While life was a heave of Matter, half inanimate,


This little bit chipped off in brilliance


And went whizzing through the slow, vast, succulent stems.



I believe there were no flowers, then,


In the world where the humming-bird flashed ahead of creation.


I believe he pierced the slow vegetable veins with his long beak.



Probably he was big


As mosses, and little lizards, they say were once big.


Probably he was a jabbing, terrifying monster.


We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of Time,


Luckily for us.








From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces...> On Behalf Of Dave Templeton
Sent: Friday, February 8, 2019 6:46 AM
To: Tweeters <tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] nyt article on hummingbirds



new york times has article with film on hummingbird bills as weapons. darling little creatures. good thing they're not three feet tall or we'd all be in trouble.



regards,



t





https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/science/hummingbirds-science-take.html
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Date: 2/8/19 10:06 am
From: ED DEAL <falcophile...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Annual FRG Skagit Raptor Census 2/9 cancelled
Tweets,


Due to the snow & high wind forecast we have elected to cancel the annual Falcon Research Group Skagit Raptor Census scheduled for Saturday AM 2/9. Stay home and be safe.


Ed Deal

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Date: 2/8/19 7:33 am
From: Rick Mraz <mraric06...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Palm Warbler, East Bay Drive, Olympia
Just updating location info. Bird was on south end of East Bay Drive,
south of the last house on the water side.

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Date: 2/8/19 6:51 am
From: Dave Templeton <crazydave65...>
Subject: [Tweeters] nyt article on hummingbirds
new york times has article with film on hummingbird bills as weapons.
darling little creatures. good thing they're not three feet tall or we'd
all be in trouble.

regards,

t


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Date: 2/7/19 7:59 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-02-07
Tweets – What a difference a week makes. Last week was spring, this week was the deepest depths of winter. Temps were in the upper teens to start, but with the sun and lack of wind, it did warm up to about the freeze by the time we were done. It was a gorgeous day, and very birdy.

Highlights:
a.. DUCKS, DUCKS, DUCKS -
a.. Wood Duck – at least 7
b.. Gadwall ~40
c.. American Wigeon ~20 – First of Year (FOY)
d.. Mallard – 35?
e.. NORTHERN PINTAIL – 5 males below weir – great looks – FOY
f.. Green-winged Teal ~35
g.. Ring-necked Duck – male and 1-2 females – FOY
h.. Lesser Scaup – 2 females seen pre-dawn – FOY
i.. Bufflehead – maybe 20
j.. Common Goldeneye – 3-4
k.. Hooded Merganser ~14
l.. Common Merganser ~8
b.. Wilson’s Snipe – 3-4 below weir
c.. California Gull – FOY
d.. Sharp-shinned Hawk – adult at Rowing Club – FOY
e.. Cooper’s Hawk – adult at Pea Patch
f.. WOODPECKERS – the same 4 species (Downy, Hairy, Pileated, Northern Flicker) that we’ve had every week for the last 8 weeks, and 10 of the last 12 weeks
g.. HERMIT THRUSH – one near windmill – FOY
h.. Varied Thrush - 2+ near mansion – FOY
i.. SPARROWS, SPARROWS, SPARROWS (no unusual species, but high counts)
a.. Spotted Towhee - 30+
b.. Fox Sparrow – 40+ (easier to see than usual in the snow)
c.. Song Sparrow - 50+
d.. LINCOLN’S SPARROW – 1 below weir – FOY
e.. White-crowned Sparrow – only 6 or so
f.. Golden-crowned Sparrow – maybe 12-20
g.. Dark-eyed Junco – 50+
j.. Western Meadowlark – one on slough edge below weir, flew to Madrona tree
k.. Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1-2 at Rowing Club
It’s very clear that frozen water and fields in the Sammamish and Snohomish valleys have pushed ducks down to Lake Sammamish and the slough!

A late scan of the lake added HORNED GREBE, a very distant LOON, MEW GULL, and the RIVER OTTERS we’ve seen every week this year so far. Also, an most interesting, was a AMERICAN x EURASIAN HYBRID WIGEON, something never noted at Marymoor before, to my knowledge. The head was rufous with a buffy forehead like a Eurasian Wigeon, but the body was not gray, but rather brownish like that of an American Wigeon.

Some birds were singing, despite the cold. These included Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren, House Finch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco, and Red-winged Blackbird. Spring is still happening, an a frozen way.

Misses included Virginia Rail, Ring-billed Gull, Northern Shrike, Bushtit, and Marsh Wren.

For the day, 63 species + the wigeon hybrid. For the year, adding 9 species, we’re up to at least 79 species.


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Date: 2/7/19 7:41 pm
From: Rick Mraz <mraric06...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Palm Warbler
Immature, male(?)
Along East Bay Drive, south of the Lighthouse cottage near the public
bench. Foraging low on water side in blackberries.

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Date: 2/7/19 6:05 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-throated Sparrows @ Luther Burbank Park

> Today we birded Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island and found an abundance of sparrows on the path that runs northeast from the southern parking lot including 2 White-throated Sparrows, 2 Fox Sparrows, a White-crowned Sparrow, 2 Golden-crowned Sparrows, 5 Song Sparrows & 2 Spotted Towhees. The path was free of snow so the birds were out in the open feeding. Here is a collection of photos of one of the beautiful White-throated Sparrows.
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/albums/72157706610962354
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Date: 2/7/19 5:49 pm
From: Grace and Ollie Oliver <grace.ollie.oliver...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Common Gallinule reported in Bellingham
Tweeters,

Has anyone been able to obtain a photo of the ebird reported Common
Gallinule.
Comment in report "Feeding/wading by the water in front of the Chrysalis
Inn. Red bill, yellow legs, appropriate behavior, and only one."

Thanks,
Grace Oliver
Poulsbo, WA

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Date: 2/7/19 12:30 pm
From: Douglas Brown <modernwrld53...>
Subject: [Tweeters] American Dipper Courtship Behavior
Chirp,

On Tuesday I observed something I have not seen before.
In Whatcom Falls Park{Bellingham}, American Dippers were pair bonding.
The male stood tall, pranced, and offered the female a bug.
She crouched and begged, he posed and then jammed it in her beak, only to pull the bug back out.
The dance began again. Eventually he gave her the bug.
Also seen nearby was a Hutton’s Vireo.
Photos can be seen here ….

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

cheers, db
Bellingham
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Date: 2/6/19 7:37 pm
From: Anthony <birds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Wilson's Snipe x 5, 1 injured (Anthony @ OCBirds.com)
To Helen and others that have written, first and foremost, my wife and I are
grateful for the assistance.



We had called our friend who is a vet that agreed to see the Snipe at 12:30
today. A prior call to Sarvey Wildlife in Arlington generated a return call
this a.m. at 7:30. We eventually spoke with the director Suzanne who was
most helpful. She emphasized though the vet is a good idea for short term
medicinal fixes, the Sarvey habitat is better suited for all medicinal needs
and wild life rehabilitation afterwards. Convinced by this statement, we
drove out to Sarvey (about an hour with the icy roads here on Camano and
east of route 9) and they evaluated the Snipe whom we dubbed "Wesley".
Wesley had one broken toe which likely needs to be amputated, a raw bone
also protruding out of one foot and a cut between the left wing and its
torso. We were told 50/50 chance and they reported shortly thereafter it
was in "guarded" condition and this was an adult. (sex was indeterminate
even after inspection). They would know more info in 48 hours. We are
pleased to say Wesley didn't whimper the entire night. When we awoke no
movement could be heard but after 5 mins or so you could hear its bill
rubbing against the insides of the box, a good sign. Despite its serious
injuries, when we opened the box for the first time since taping it shut at
4:30 pm the day prior, it was upright and very much alive at the habitat
(video at the link below). Amazingly, when we returned home, we counted at
least 15 snipes nearby.



https://1drv.ms/f/s!AhIktni2WUg5khTt7JIyJTUqq2ku



Cheers,



Anthony G.

Camano Island



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Subject: [Tweeters] Wilson's Snipe x 5, 1 injured (Anthony @ OCBirds.com)



Hi Anthony,



Call West Sound Wildlife Shelter for help with your Snipe. image1.jpeg
http://www.westsoundwildlife.org/



They are great on assessing the condition of the injured and if viable
rehab.



Let us know the outcome.



Helen Murphy

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Date: 2/6/19 7:33 pm
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk for 2/6/2019
Hi Tweets,

about twelve of us enjoyed a chilly day at the Refuge with clear skies and
temperatures in the 20's to 30's degree Fahrenheit. Highlights included
WILSON SNIPE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, VARIED THRUSH, very light SONG
SPARROW, LINCOLN SPARROW, BRANT GEESE, SHORT-EARED OWL and WESTERN
SANDPIPER.

Starting out at the Visitor Center at 8am we had two WILSON'S SNIPE
foraging by the spring just to the right of the observation platform. We
also had good looks at RING-NECKED DUCK.

The row of conifers south of the east side parking lot adjacent to the
Education Center had a nice mixed flock with ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, VARIED
THRUSH, BUSHTIT, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET,
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE.

All the flooded fields were frozen over, so most of the waterfowl had flown
to the estuary, CACKLING GEESE were seen flying out prior to the walk.

The west side of the Twin Barns Loop Trail was good for GOLDEN-CROWNED
SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, NORTHERN HARRIER, and MARSH WREN. From the Twin
Barns we located a small area of open water bustling with AMERICAN COOT and
NORTHERN SHOVELER.

Out on the new dike or Nisqually Estuary Trail, we had great looks at more
sparrow including LINCOLN'S SPARROW and a very white SONG SPARROW that we
suspect is not our local species. Photos are attached to our eBird report,
and for now we are calling it a montana/merrilli type until we figure it
out. There was good numbers of shorebirds on the surge plain and the
Nisqually Estuary Trail and we observed over 1000 DUNLIN, 300 LEAST
SANDPIPER, and a WESTERN SANDPIPER in the mix. We had great looks at BALD
EAGLE, RED-TAILED HAWK, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN
PINTAIL, and GADWALL.

The Nisqually Estuary Trail was good for RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, HOODED
MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDEN-EYE, BUFFLEHEAD, MEW GULL, RING-BILLED GULL,
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and BELTED
KINGFISHER. From the Puget Sound Viewing Platform we could see BRANT GEESE
and a SHORT-EARED OWL flying around the mouth of the Nisqually River.

On our return we had COMMON MERGANSER at the Nisqually River Overlook, high
numbers of BROWN CREEPER, and good looks of RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.

For the day we had 64 species, with 82 species for the year. Mammals seen
included Columbia Black-tailed Deer, Coyote, Harbor Seal and Eastern Gray
Squirrel.

Until next week when we look forward to doing it all over again, happy
birding.

Shep
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Date: 2/6/19 6:17 pm
From: Mason Flint <masonflint...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Large rafts of ducks on Lake Sammamish
I live on the west side of Lake Sammamish, mid lake, a bit north of Northup Way. In winter there are usually some Western Grebe (10-20), American Wigeon (maybe 20ish), and a few Common Merganser, Bufflehead and some Mallards.

Every once in a while there's an big influx. When I got home late this afternoon there were 500-800 ducks within sight, maybe many more. It was already pretty dark but most appeared to be American Wigeon with a lesser numbers of Northern Pintail. I picked out one Eurasian Wigeon but I'm guessing with better light I would have found more species.

It was probably just funky lighting but I had an intriguing fleeting/distant look at a duck that appeared to have a black back, white sides and round head before it flew further out in the lake by itself...

I'm hoping they'll still be there in the morning for better looks.

Cheers,

Mason Flint
Bellevue

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Date: 2/6/19 6:09 pm
From: Helen Murphy <hmurf48...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wilson's Snipe x 5, 1 injured (Anthony @ OCBirds.com)
Hi Anthony,

Call West Sound Wildlife Shelter for help with your Snipe.
http://www.westsoundwildlife.org/

They are great on assessing the condition of the injured and if viable rehab.

Let us know the outcome.

Helen Murphy
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Date: 2/6/19 10:57 am
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Anna’s hummingbird presumably in torpor
During this cold snap a hummer has sitting at my feeder all day as well.   I don't believe it is in a torpor as it continually looks around and chases off other hummers.  You can see my photos and read further details by scrolling down this thread.

Birds of Edmonds, WA. 2019

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Date: 2/6/19 9:57 am
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...>
Subject: [Tweeters] EBird Alerts are back!
Hi Tweets:
Awhile back, when my ebird alerts were interrupted, I assumed it was a
problem with Comcast, my less then helpful service provider. While more
resourceful, and tech savvy tweeters, found ways to resolve the problem I
resigned myself to the frustrating turn of events. Then, a couple of days
ago, along with six inches of snow, the alerts started up again!! Now if
only the weather would warm up so I could get outside to chase them!
Ann Marie

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Date: 2/6/19 9:29 am
From: Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Three warbler morning
The usual Yellow-rumps and Orange-crowned were joined by a Townsend's
Warbler this morning. A nice bonus.

Carol Stoner
West Seattle

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Date: 2/5/19 9:03 pm
From: Eric Bjorkman <BjorkmanTE...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI Thailand
Once again our birding community came through! Thanks to all who responded
with tips for travelling in Thailand. They'll be quite helpful with our
planning.



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Date: 2/5/19 8:33 pm
From: Anthony @ OCBirds.com <birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wilson's Snipe x 5, 1 injured
Yesterday (2-4-19) while visiting Utsalady here on Camano Island, I noted an
unusual appearance of a Wilsons Snipe landing at the intersection of Shore
Drive and Baker at the top of Utsalady. My wife and I watched it for a few
moments foraging then it flew off into a nearby yard where continued for a
short while longer. I suspect with the freezing temps near the preserve by
the boat launch they were searching other nearby areas.



We opted to revisit and try to locate the Snipe today (2-5-19) and noted one
flying above historic Utsalady Park. It was directly above a male and
female Bald Eagle (taunting bravery ay?). After noticing this snipe fly by
on 3 separate occurrences, on the 3rd return we noted it clipped a telephone
line and spun around like a helicopter going down. We saw the injured bird
land just above a gully on a snow bank (luckily some cushioning). After ten
minutes of searching, the Snipe popped up out of the snow bank with a
noticeable injury (images in link below). There was bleeding where its wing
attaches to its torso.



I proceeded to carrying the bird to a safe place and ran into a neighbor
that supplied a box. Weve carted it home and its being kept safe, no food
or drink in dark room without noise. I did call Sarvy about 3:30 thanks to
the suggestion of a local bird pal but didnt hear back as of yet. We also
reached out to our friend who is a vet that will examine the bird tomorrow.



Ive reviewed its diet online and since its foraging technique and food type
is so specialized, we are going to return the Snipe after inspection
tomorrow to the drainage area where 3 other Snipes were foraging.



If anyone has experience with this species (doubtful I suspect) or wishes to
provide additional tips, please do so.



Heres a link with pix and video thanks to my fellow birders who aided us
with ideas.



https://1drv.ms/f/s!ABIktni2WUg5khQ



Good birding



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Date: 2/5/19 12:28 pm
From: Marcia Ian <gnudle...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Anna’s hummingbird presumably in torpor
A male Anna’s spent all day Monday puffed and immobile on one of our heated feeders... and stayed put until almost midnight.

Marcia Ian
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Date: 2/5/19 11:49 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bizarre Half-Male, Half-Female Bird Discovered In Pennsylvania
Hello everyone,

Thanks to the developmental fusion of male-female bird twins into one
individual, a strange northern cardinal has been discovered that is half
red and half tan -- split lengthwise down its middle -- indicating it is
half male and half female. More here:

Bizarre Half-Male, Half-Female Bird Discovered In Pennsylvania
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2019/02/05/bizarre-half-male-half-female-bird-discovered-in-pennsylvania/
tinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/y9or4ewj

Please feel free to share this piece widely amongst your friends and
colleagues, on social media (especially facebook) and also on twitter.

thank you.

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Date: 2/5/19 10:04 am
From: Diane Weinstein <diane_weinstein...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Yellow-headed Blackbird
I had a female Yellow-headed Blackbird at my feeder yesterday. She was with a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds and was aggressively defending her position at the feeder. Over the years I have on occasion had individual Yellow-headed Blackbirds show up for a quick visit.

Photo available on request or on eBird.

Diane Weinstein
Sammamish

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Date: 2/5/19 9:16 am
From: Teresa Michelsen <teresa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hummingbird bills
Thought you all might enjoy the NYT science article this morning on the evolution of hummingbird bills - for dueling...
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/science/hummingbirds-science-take.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_sc_20190205&nl=science-times&nlid=72344510edit_sc_20190205&ref=headline&te=1

Teresa Michelsen
Port Townsend, WA

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Date: 2/5/19 6:38 am
From: Eric Bjorkman <BjorkmanTE...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI Thailand
Hi all,

My wife and I are planning a trip next year to Thailand. We don't want to go
on a birding tour, we'd like to delve into the culture while slipping in
some serious birding here and there. We'd like to find some local guides
that we could hire to help us in these places. Does anyone out there know of
good, reliable guides that they'd be willing to recommend? Please contact
me privately with your reply. Thanks!

Eric Bjorkman

Vancouver, WA


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Date: 2/5/19 3:01 am
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Arctic Loon at Neah Bay
I was put off by the very streamlined forehead. The few I have seen had a
more angular forehead. but Googling Arctic loon this feature seems to be
quite variable with many birds showing a similar head shape to this bird.
the white flanks are really striking but I don't know what else it could
be then an Arctic loon.
Bob O'Brien Portland

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Mike Patterson <celata...> wrote:
> I note that there doesn't seem to be any discussion about this...
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52124024
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Date: 2/4/19 8:13 pm
From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Barn Swallows with iced tails in Skagit
Gary,

Last year, later in February, it was a Violet-green Swallow that I saw with
icicles on its tail, so they're not impervious either.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/58148027@N07/38584644970/in/datetaken/
I saw a Tree Swallow here Friday that was lucky enough to not suffer icing,
but today's snowy weather might change that.

Good Birding,
Kevin Lucas
Selah, Yakima County, WA
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> Dear Tweeters,
>
> Since it was a snow day off from school, I went birding around Skagit
> County today. Roads were pretty good. Samish Flats had hardly any birder or
> photographer activity. At Samish Island Public Beach, surf was up, but
> nobody except ducks took advantage of the waves, oddly enough. My scope
> almost blew over there--north wind was blowing a near gale.
>
> At both Hayton Reserve and the Fir Island Game Range, I observed Barn
> Swallows that were foraging by dipping onto the surface of near-gelid
> water. All three of the Barn Swallows that I observed were dangling icicles
> from their forked tails. The Tree Swallow that I saw at the Game Range did
> not have any icicles. Maybe the forked tail is not such a useful feature in
> this weather.
>
> The puddle at Ershig and Field Roads that had a Glaucous Gull yesterday
> had zero gulls today, only a huddle of Mallards.
>
> At the Game Range, just walking along the roadside slough by the
> boat-launch parking lot was the best way to observe passerines. There I saw
> a Hermit Thrush, a White-throated Sparrow, and lots of other birds.
>
> Yours truly,
>
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Date: 2/4/19 7:37 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Barn Swallows with iced tails in Skagit
Dear Tweeters,
Since it was a snow day off from school, I went birding around Skagit County today. Roads were pretty good. Samish Flats had hardly any birder or photographer activity. At Samish Island Public Beach, surf was up, but nobody except ducks took advantage of the waves, oddly enough. My scope almost blew over there--north wind was blowing a near gale.
At both Hayton Reserve and the Fir Island Game Range, I observed Barn Swallows that were foraging by dipping onto the surface of near-gelid water. All three of the Barn Swallows that I observed were dangling icicles from their forked tails. The Tree Swallow that I saw at the Game Range did not have any icicles. Maybe the forked tail is not such a useful feature in this weather.
The puddle at Ershig and Field Roads that had a Glaucous Gull yesterday had zero gulls today, only a huddle of Mallards.
At the Game Range, just walking along the roadside slough by the boat-launch parking lot was the best way to observe passerines. There I saw a Hermit Thrush, a White-throated Sparrow, and lots of other birds. 
Yours truly,
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Date: 2/4/19 3:58 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Is tonight's Feb. WOS meeting on Sagebrush Songbirds Survey still scheduled?
Given the weather, could someone let us know if the WOS February meeting is still on tonight?
Many thanks!Ed Newbold 
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Date: 2/4/19 3:36 pm
From: Jean Trent <jean.trent...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS meeting update for tonight, Feb. 4, 2019
Icy roads and snow have altered tonights program. Elaine C. will be at CUH
with screen broadcast but most of us will listen to Christi Norman from her
home, via Go To Meeting. Follow these directions:

7:00 PM (social), 7:30 PM PST (presentation)

On the night of meeting JOIN us from your computer, tablet or smartphone by
clicking this link.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/877305237

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
- One-touch: tel:+15713173112,,877305237 <+15713173112,,877305237>

Access Code: 877-305-237

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Date: 2/4/19 3:19 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } A Snow Day
Tweeters,

How are the local birds adapting to the snow? Here are a few photos which display their efforts.

https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-snow-day.html <https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-snow-day.html>

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

Larry Hubbell
ldhubbell at comcast dot net
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Date: 2/4/19 2:45 pm
From: Marcia Ian <gnudle...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Trumpeter Swans
An hour or two ago I saw six Trumpeter swans near the edge of Late Whatcom in Bellingham, on North Shore Drive, with a big group of mallards. Two of the six were grey, so, juveniles. Adults were very vocal.

Marcia Ian
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Date: 2/4/19 7:23 am
From: AMK17 <amk17...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Tundra vs Taiga ssp of Peregrine Falcon

Thanks Bud Anderson for the clarification on id'g peregrine morphs. At least it's not an impossibility. I didn't notice a band so either there was none or at least perhaps it wasn't blue.

In any event this was a spectacular falcon to view. Large flocks of shorebirds in the fields on Rawlins Road - best viewed when a during falcon aerial forays. In fact, I couldn't find the flock when they dropped back into to the mud.

Cheers,
AKopitov
Seattle




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Date: 2/3/19 10:45 pm
From: Samuel Terry <samgterry...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Auburn Swallows
Hi tweeters,

This afternoon at Emerald Downs in Auburn there were three swallows flying
around the pond in the snow: one barn, one tree, and one violet-green.

Good birding,

Sam Terry
Seattle

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Date: 2/3/19 12:49 pm
From: Bud Anderson <falconresearch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tundra peregrines and "eye stripes"
Tundra peregrines do sometimes winter in this area, although the vast
majority migrate much further south. The current record is just south of
Puerto Montt in Chile.

In contrast, an Alaskan banded adult is known to have wintered as far north
as Vancouver BC. Some birds even remain in Greenland all winter.

However, calling subspecies for any individual peregrine is notoriously
fraught with difficulty.

All three NA peregrine races can show eyestripes. Just because a falcon
exhibits this feature doesn't mean it is a tundra peregrine.

We have seen light eyestripes in several of our local Seattle and San Juan
nestlings over the years. This confuses many people.

Clayton White, a leading peregrine expert, also points out that about 25%
of Queen Charlotte Island, BC, (Haida Gwai) Peale's Falcons also have light
eyestripes.

I would advise that the best method for positively determining the natal
origin and presumably the subspecies of a peregrine is to read a band on a
birds leg. That would be pretty reliable.

But we all enjoy playing the peregrine subspecies game. I would suggest not
to take it too seriously.

And as far as general ID, don't foget that classic piece of advice from
Prof. Steve Herman, who states, "If the bird looks different than the
picture in the field guide, trust the bird."

Good luck.

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Date: 2/3/19 11:09 am
From: AMK17 <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Taiga vs Tundra ssp of Peregrine Falcon

Yesterday's prairie - no first year peregrine falcon appears to be the Tundra ssp. but could also be the Taiga ssp. The photos on ebird don't do the bird justice but the white supercilium was very distinct when observed through the scope. Would appreciate any comments on this bird as it is a ssp. with which I am not familiar. Photos show back of the head as well which looks like the front.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52337420

Cheers,
AKopitov
Seattle, WA

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Date: 2/2/19 10:16 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] TEWA stakeout reaches new level of misery
Hi all,
Just as we were giving up on the Tennessee Warbler as a gone-forever-bird, it was spotted today at 12:05 working the brush behind the creek by Laurel Parshall, Diane and Faye of the Willetttes  and also by Garrett and Al.
The bad news is it didn't take a bath, and it never came back to bathe today, either.  This implies that the foundational belief that this bird needs a bath every day in Butyl Creek may not be true and the premise of the stakeout is reduced to hoping that the bird will just happen by foraging.  While many have seen this bird, a great many have invested long hours and come away with no sighting at all, and in lieu of the bird needing to bathe, I don't see how it will get any better.
At least it has given rise to a new poster which will be on hand here by Monday and available on my website that will be titled "The Great Miserable 2019 Beacon Hill TEWA Stakeout." 


Anyone who has read all these warnings and still wants directions is welcome to email us at <ednewbold1...>



Best wishes,
Ed and Delia






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Date: 2/2/19 5:57 pm
From: AMK17 <amk17...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Slag it prairie falcon


Slag it? No prairie falcon on Rawlins Road. What looked like white behind the eye was just the angle at which I viewed the juvenile peregrine falcon.

AKopitov
seattle


-----Original Message-----
>From: Anna <amk17...>
>Sent: Feb 2, 2019 1:50 PM
>To: <tweeters...>
>Subject: [Tweeters] Slag it prairie falcon
>
>Prairie falcon found whilst searching for a gyr, on Rawlings Rd before Maupin. Along river. Flew north.
>
>AKopitov
>Seattle, WA
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Date: 2/2/19 5:33 pm
From: Al n Donna <alndonna...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Beacon Hill Tennessee Warbler brief appearance Saturday
Yes, for about 20 seconds back in the branches about 12:10, after about 75 minutes, freezing on Ed’s back porch. Photo at:

http://www.pbase.com/alndonna/image/168770060

Thanks for the great hospitality, Ed!

Al in Tacoma


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Date: 2/2/19 4:17 pm
From: Rick Mraz <mraric06...>
Subject: [Tweeters] E. Olympia TEWA update
The bird is now moving between Fir St. and McCormick (between Pine and Yew
Streets). It’s in a loosely mixed flock of juncos (including a leucistic
female).

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Date: 2/2/19 3:41 pm
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Delayed Report for Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk on 1/30
Hi Tweets,

we had a nice day at Nisqually NWR last Wednesday with nice looks at
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER and ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD in the Orchard and a very
light merrilli type SONG SPARROW out on the dike near the entrance of the
Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail (photo embedded). RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
males have moved back into the freshwater marsh to claim territory and were
fairly vocal despite the fog. We walked out to the very end of the
boardwalk for the first time since October with the reopening of this trail
and the end of hunting season. Unfortunately the fog made scoping of the
reach impossible, but we had nice looks of LEAST SANDPIPER and a EURASIAN
WIGEON at the terminus of the trail. 54 species for the day with 77
species for the year. See our eBird report pasted below.

Happy birding,
Shep

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Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston, Washington, US
Jan 30, 2019 7:47 AM - 2:24 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.501 mile(s)
Comments: Wednesday Walk. Clear skies with fog. Temperature in the 30’s
to 40’s. A High 13.42ft Tide at 12:55pm. Mammals seen Harbor Seal.
54 species (+5 other taxa)

Cackling Goose (minima) 500
Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 50
Northern Shoveler 100
Gadwall 50
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 500
Mallard 150
Northern Pintail 200
Green-winged Teal 500
Ring-necked Duck 8
Surf Scoter 1
Bufflehead 200
Common Goldeneye 20
Common Merganser 5
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Anna's Hummingbird 2
American Coot 10
Dunlin 75
Least Sandpiper 115 Counted, probably more.
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Mew Gull 30
Ring-billed Gull 60
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 2
Western/Glaucous-winged Gull 10
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 15
Northern Harrier 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 8
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 2
American Kestrel 1
American/Northwestern Crow 150
Black-capped Chickadee 20
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 8
Brown Creeper 5
Pacific Wren 3
Marsh Wren 3
Bewick's Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
American Robin 20
European Starling 35
American Goldfinch 15
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow (montana/merrilli) 1 White supercilium, much whiter with
no blurriness to sides, lighter bill and legs, finer streaking than typical
Song Sparrow of Nisqually.
Photos pending. Observed foraging for 1-2 minutes with binoculars.
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Spotted Towhee 6
Red-winged Blackbird 15

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Date: 2/2/19 2:01 pm
From: Rick Mraz <mraric06...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tennessee Warbler in East Olympia
Feeding peacefully at my suet feeder; McCormick Rd NE

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Date: 2/2/19 1:53 pm
From: Anna <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Slag it prairie falcon
Prairie falcon found whilst searching for a gyr, on Rawlings Rd before Maupin. Along river. Flew north.

AKopitov
Seattle, WA

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Date: 2/2/19 1:23 pm
From: <dlmoor2...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] "Gardening for Birds" and the Tennessee Warbler
So much more satisfying than a sterile green lawn full of starlings,
robins, and flickers. Nothing wrong with those birds....they need to eat
too. But native habitat works so much better for diversity.

Dianna Moore
Ocean Shores

On 2019-02-02 8:14 am, Andy Stepniewski wrote:

> Hi Tweeters,
>
> Ellen and I spent a happy hour at the home of Delia Shoales and Ed Newbold waiting for the Tennessee Warbler on 29 January. The bird, dubbed "El Chico" appeared at their garden creek and pool after about an hour. While awaiting the warbler, I marveled at the wonderful bit of habitat Delia and Ed have created in their yard, a perfect example of "gardening for birds." They have provided various species of trees, shrubs, and a ground layer of vegetation, and, importantly, a water feature, a tiny rivulet pouring over a mini ledge they have named "Butyl Creek." Seed, suet, and nectar feeders plus the habitat attracted a steady flow of birds not only for food but also for bathing.
>
> We congratulate Delia and Ed for their garden habitat, a haven for birds they prove requires only a few hundred square feet of space in a yard.
>
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Date: 2/2/19 12:25 pm
From: Andy Stepniewski <steppie...>
Subject: [Tweeters] "Gardening for Birds" and the Tennessee Warbler
Hi Tweeters,

Ellen and I spent a happy hour at the home of Delia Shoales and Ed Newbold waiting for the Tennessee Warbler on 29 January. The bird, dubbed "El Chico" appeared at their garden creek and pool after about an hour. While awaiting the warbler, I marveled at the wonderful bit of habitat Delia and Ed have created in their yard, a perfect example of "gardening for birds." They have provided various species of trees, shrubs, and a ground layer of vegetation, and, importantly, a water feature, a tiny rivulet pouring over a mini ledge they have named "Butyl Creek." Seed, suet, and nectar feeders plus the habitat attracted a steady flow of birds not only for food but also for bathing.

We congratulate Delia and Ed for their garden habitat, a haven for birds they prove requires only a few hundred square feet of space in a yard.

Andy and Ellen Stepniewski
Yakima WA
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Date: 2/2/19 12:09 pm
From: Faye McAdams Hands <zest4parus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tennessee Warbler
Being seen right now
Fay

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Date: 2/2/19 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 3, 2019
Hello, Tweeters,

Last week on BirdNote:
* Rhinoceros Hornbill
http://bit.ly/2Mttapa
* Why Do Chickadees Come and Go?
http://bit.ly/2oF1wx7
* Of Grouse and Gizzards
http://bit.ly/2FIYVtX
* American Redstart - The Tale Is in the Tail
http://bit.ly/2D84Mb6
* Yellow-rumped Warbler - The Winter Warbler
http://bit.ly/2BfeO4s
* Common Poorwills Can "Hibernate"
http://bit.ly/2UcBiwM
* Here Come the Barred Owls
http://bit.ly/2FXGBfV
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Date: 2/2/19 11:46 am
From: Bevbowe1 <bevbowe1...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Wylie not Wiley
I found this that explains the different names.  hope this helps - I can never remember which is which so I'm just glad I know how to get there!Bevhttp://birdsofwinter.org/wylie-slough-wiley-slough/




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Sent: Wed, Jan 30, 2019 12:37 pm
Subject: [Tweeters] Wylie not Wiley

This is a great idea of an institutionalized error.   
The name of the hotspot with 234 species is properly spelled Wylie.  It is on Wylie Road and the Wylie family farm is there.   Wylie is the name of all the Wylie kids from that road who attended the school there and who were my students.  Wylie. Not the other name. 
However, for some reason, it is misspelled on ebird. And - worse - if you search for the properly spelled name on the hotspot map, it doesn't show up.  Drives this former teacher nuts since my red pen doesn't work on the screen.  Cheery. Linda
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Date: 2/2/19 11:01 am
From: Diann MacRae <tvulture...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Annas and fluff
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Date: 2/2/19 9:53 am
From: john comstock <johncomstock17...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Arctic Loon at Neah Bay
On Sat, Feb 2, 2019, 7:20 AM Mike Patterson <celata...> wrote:

> I note that there doesn't seem to be any discussion about this...
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Date: 2/2/19 9:18 am
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Anna's starting to nest! / Caryn / Wedgwood
Hello Birders!

Just now seeing an Anna’s collecting fluff from those fluff-balls I leave up year round. (Noticed it for the first time a couple of days ago). One of the balls is now a half-moon! (Of course bushtits and chickadees love it too!)

I now have a new one out front and just saw one plucking and lifting straight up (I keep hoping to have one nest a little lower! Sigh). Now I have to see if I can locate the nest site. It seems they prefer the higher elevations of the pine and firs, since that’s where they’ve been nesting since 2014. (or was it 2013?) Time flies, eh?

When snowdrops and daphne bloom, Anna’s begin to nest.

Stay tuned!
Caryn / Wedgwood, neighborhood birder

Note: Check out my latest blog post: Birding My Neighborhood, a series for Seattle Audubon under the Get Involved tab or google Seattle Audubon Blog…









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Date: 2/2/19 7:21 am
From: Mike Patterson <celata...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Arctic Loon at Neah Bay
I note that there doesn't seem to be any discussion about this...

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52124024

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That question...
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3294
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Date: 2/1/19 3:49 pm
From: Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Big Day Question
I have a question concerning area restrictions of a big day. A buddy and I have discussed doing a big day that I haven't heard attempted before. I've looked at the ABA rules but this area requirements/restrictions is a little unclear. If someone can contact me off list I would apreciate it.

Roger Moyer
Chehalis, WA


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Date: 2/1/19 8:09 am
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] missing birding email
Comcast is my internet provider and Yahoo is my e-mail service.  I don't subscribe to e-Bird, but I am experiencing the same problem with Tweeters.  Some Tweeters e-mails are getting thrown into the spam box, some are not.  I have learned to check both the spam and the inbox  for e-mail.

Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

On Friday, February 1, 2019, 5:39:43 AM PST, Byers <byers345...> wrote:


Hello Tweeters,

                I read with interest Barb Deihl’s  and others email regarding missing Ebird alerts.  I have been missing them for several weeks and hadn’t really thought about it being related to Comcast.  We logged into our Comcast account and opened up our mail.  The mail is the same as the mail you get in your in box, but next to that is the Spam box.  We opened that and, lo, there was not only my missing Ebird mail, but other mail that people swore they had sent me and I hadn’t received!  Among all the wrongly deleted email, was, maybe, one email that was really spam.  With some difficulty (you have to find settings for the email and it’s in there somewhere), we turned off the spam filter and this morning I got my Ebird alerts.  Technology is wonderful except when it isn’t.

Charlotte Byers, Edmonds
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Date: 2/1/19 7:29 am
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Imbolc
Dear Michael,
Perhaps because I haven't had any coffee yet at this early hour, reading your Marymoor report had me trying and trying to figure out what "Imbolc" meant. I figured it must be one of those Internet acronyms. I knew that "imho" was "in my humble opinion," so I figured that "Imbolc" must be one of the acronyms that start off with "in my!"
"In my b_____ of looking c_____?" Hmm, what would the noun be, starting with B, and what on earth could the phrase end with, starting with C? "In my brashness of looking cross-eyed?" It can't possibly be THAT!
Finally I google it, and was so surprised to find a Gaelic holiday instead of an Internet abbreviation!
The Song Sparrow at my place just started singing a few days ago, so that certainly matches up with your observations.
Thanks for teaching me something new!
Yours truly,
Gary

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Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:50 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-01-31

Tweets – Our last survey before the cross quarter, Imbolc, halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, ~Feb. 2.  What I’ve found is that this correlates pretty well with the time of year when many of our resident birds really begin to sing.  On a very nice morning today, there was indeed a lot of singing.  Some of the songs were, perhaps, half-formed, but it was singing nonetheless.   Highlights:
- Wood Duck – Pair in slough near the lake
- Green Heron – Seen a couple of times along the edge of the slough
- Cooper’s Hawk – gorgeous and large adult, in tall tree near the lake
- Barn Owl – Matt heard one shriek and snap its bill, long before sunrise
- Western Screech-Owl – Matt heard one, also early morning, near the East Footbridge
- Woodpeckers – nice looks at Downy, Hairy, Flicker, and Pileated – the same 4 species we’ve had the last 7 weeks now
- Northern Shrike – seen in the Dog Meadow and again (presumed the same bird) near the lake, from the boardwalk!
- Western Meadowlark – 9 seen at the north end of the Dog Meadow
- Yellow-rumped Warbler – two at the Rowing Club area
- River Otters were seen at the end of the morning looking towards the lake from the Rowing Club dock
Singing birds included Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Bewick’s Wren, European Starling, House Finch, Purple Finch, Fox Sparrow (I think; very brief), Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (pugetensis song), Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird.  I’m probably forgetting one or two more.  Flickers were calling long and vigorously. Twice we had very close looks of DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS sharing trees next to us.  Great to have side-by-side comparison, followed by one-over-the-other comparison :) Matt and I were there quite early and had beautiful looks of VENUS and the MOON very close together, with JUPITER just a little further away above and to the right.  In other non-bird news, a couple of INDIAN PLUM (OSO BERRY) were blooming! Barn Owl, Western Meadowlark, and Yellow-rumped Warbler were new for us for 2019, bringing our year total to 69 species.  Our day’s tally was 57 species. == Michael Hobbs
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Date: 2/1/19 5:59 am
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Setting Comcast spam to "unblock"
Hello Tweeters,

Again, regarding those whose Ebird alerts have been blocked by Comcast, here
is a link to the directions to turning off the spam filter.


<https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/spam-filters-and-email-blocking-ne
w-experience>
https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/spam-filters-and-email-blocking-new
-experience

One can only marvel that the tech people at Comcast didn't at least know
where this information was written up, even if they didn't know how to do
this themselves. Hope this helps.

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Date: 2/1/19 5:41 am
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] missing birding email
Hello Tweeters,

I read with interest Barb Deihl's and others email
regarding missing Ebird alerts. I have been missing them for several weeks
and hadn't really thought about it being related to Comcast. We logged into
our Comcast account and opened up our mail. The mail is the same as the
mail you get in your in box, but next to that is the Spam box. We opened
that and, lo, there was not only my missing Ebird mail, but other mail that
people swore they had sent me and I hadn't received! Among all the wrongly
deleted email, was, maybe, one email that was really spam. With some
difficulty (you have to find settings for the email and it's in there
somewhere), we turned off the spam filter and this morning I got my Ebird
alerts. Technology is wonderful except when it isn't.

Charlotte Byers, Edmonds


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Date: 1/31/19 9:53 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-01-31
Tweets – Our last survey before the cross quarter, Imbolc, halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, ~Feb. 2. What I’ve found is that this correlates pretty well with the time of year when many of our resident birds really begin to sing. On a very nice morning today, there was indeed a lot of singing. Some of the songs were, perhaps, half-formed, but it was singing nonetheless.

Highlights:
a.. Wood Duck – Pair in slough near the lake
b.. Green Heron – Seen a couple of times along the edge of the slough
c.. Cooper’s Hawk – gorgeous and large adult, in tall tree near the lake
d.. Barn Owl – Matt heard one shriek and snap its bill, long before sunrise
e.. Western Screech-Owl – Matt heard one, also early morning, near the East Footbridge
f.. Woodpeckers – nice looks at Downy, Hairy, Flicker, and Pileated – the same 4 species we’ve had the last 7 weeks now
g.. Northern Shrike – seen in the Dog Meadow and again (presumed the same bird) near the lake, from the boardwalk!
h.. Western Meadowlark – 9 seen at the north end of the Dog Meadow
i.. Yellow-rumped Warbler – two at the Rowing Club area
j.. River Otters were seen at the end of the morning looking towards the lake from the Rowing Club dock
Singing birds included Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Bewick’s Wren, European Starling, House Finch, Purple Finch, Fox Sparrow (I think; very brief), Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (pugetensis song), Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird. I’m probably forgetting one or two more. Flickers were calling long and vigorously.

Twice we had very close looks of DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS sharing trees next to us. Great to have side-by-side comparison, followed by one-over-the-other comparison :)

Matt and I were there quite early and had beautiful looks of VENUS and the MOON very close together, with JUPITER just a little further away above and to the right. In other non-bird news, a couple of INDIAN PLUM (OSO BERRY) were blooming!

Barn Owl, Western Meadowlark, and Yellow-rumped Warbler were new for us for 2019, bringing our year total to 69 species. Our day’s tally was 57 species.

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Date: 1/31/19 9:20 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] TEWA sighting modification, new design for stakeout
Hi All,
One birder who was at the stakeout today thought they saw the bird poke it's head out of the fence and then flee back into the blackberries.
I have always been of the opinion that this bird is more aware of it's environment and way more skittish than the stakeout design allows for.  
Therefore we would like to move the stakeout, (to the extent that anyone still wants to come as this bird is now officially and most certainly a long-shot) into the Casita or outside but back on the raised part of the driveway.
The Casita is room temperature and has a good view of the creek, and will have hot water and coffee available.  The downside has always been for me that birds can see right into it, and can spook, but this is better than above the bird outside behind the house.  I believe that area is routinely scanned by any bird that is at all skittish.  The fact that the seed-eating, panhandling birds and foraging Bushtits and Chickadees aren't scared by people in the back does not mean that this bird isn't going to be. It's not foraging, it's bathing which is a very dangerous pastime for birds, and it's not used to the neighborhood, plus it's from the tropics where there are more dangers around every corner.
So anyone who is irrationally optimistic, head straight into the Casita tomorrow, or watch from the driveway!
email:  <ednewbold1...> Newbold

PS.  I know the TEWA came in twice with people all over the back of the house.  But I don't think that disproves my worry, just proves how still birders can be sometimes.  But stillness is simply not possible all the time.




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Date: 1/31/19 5:13 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Warning: No TEWA today
Hi all,
The cold south wind would already have been forgotten if the Tennessee Warbler had shown up, but despite good surveillance by many all day it was never seen.

Whether this is the end of an era at 4972 or just one missed bath is not known, of course, but anyone coming to a future stakeout should know that this could be a lot of waiting with a very excellent chance of no light-green at the end of the tunnel. 

Best wishes,
Ed Newbold 

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Date: 1/31/19 4:57 pm
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Clark County Tufted Duck
Tweeters,

There is an adult male Tufted Duck with the massive flock of scaup off
Wintler Park, Vancouver, WA. It was feeding about 40 yards off the west
end of the beach at Wintler Park.

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Date: 1/31/19 1:41 pm
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Palm Warbler
The Woodland Bottoms Palm Warbler was just seen at its usual location just
east of the pump house east of the railroad on the Lewis River dike.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 1/31/19 1:20 pm
From: Max Kingsbury <max.kingsbury...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Western Tanager in Green Lake area backyard
I was very surprised today to see an immature male Western Tanager in my
backyard (~55th and Meridian) at my sunflower seed feeder (no hulls). A
quick look at eBird shows that they are very uncommon in King County during
winter.

I put out some orange slices to try and keep him well fed, but we'll see if
he reappears.

If you're birding near Green Lake, keep an eye out for this boy!

-Max

Photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/L6wNVcKbQrDhRAYS7

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Date: 1/30/19 9:34 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Birding Washington in January
I am off to Hawaii tomorrow - four days in Maui and then an intense day on the Big Island trying for my 50 species on one day.  Will be tough but good fun and MUCH better than being anywhere in the Midwest in that unbelievable cold...
I did a Big Month birding in Washington last January (2018).  Not nearly as many birds this year but a good time and some better than usual photos.  (Good sunlight was the key).  The month is recaptured and lots of pictures included in my last Blog post for awhile.
https://wordpress.com/post/blairbirding.com/21523



Also I tried earlier to share what I thought was a funny post from Facebook.  I don't think it worked.  Here is the content of it - a birder describing the time he or she discusses certain aspects of his/her life in a week:  
Love life - 2 seconds; Social life 8 seconds;  talking about birds 123 hours, 54 minutes and 27 seconds.  Too true (but i am working on changing that).
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Date: 1/30/19 8:41 pm
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan Highlands/Waterville Plateau Winter Trip 1/25-1/28
Hi Tweets,

I led a trip for Clearwater Audubon over the weekend, and we had a super
fun time with great weather.

Thanks to everyone for tips on searching for the Gyrfalcon, but we
unfortunately did not relocate this species on the Skagit and south Sammish
flats. The detour worked out great though, as we picked up many west side
species that the wonderful folks from Florida had hoped to see.

On Saturday 1/26 we birded the Okanogan Highlands and had great looks at
GOLDEN EAGLE and CHUKAR on Fancher Rd and working the butte. Siwash Creek
Road was great for SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, PYGMY NUTHATCH, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE
and CLARK'S NUTCRACKER. Along Havillah Road we had ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and
CANADA JAY. We had great looks at NORTHERN PYGMY OWL and GREAT HORNED OWL
on Mary Ann Creek Road. Both feeders on Nealy and Hungry-Hollow had
expected species, no Gray-crowned Rosy-finch were observed.

On Sunday 1/27 we birded Conconully and had good looks of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on Happy Hill Road. The town itself was good for
PINE SISKIN, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and PURPLE FINCH.
On Cameron Lake Road we observed RED CROSSBILL, PYGMY NUTHATCH, CASSIN'S
FINCH and HORNED LARK. We found CEDAR WAXWING and MERLIN at the truck
scales at the intersection of SR 97 and SR 17. Bridgeport State Park was
good for GREAT HORNED OWL and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL.

On Monday 1/28 we observed TRUMPETER SWAN, CANVASBACK and other water fowl
where the bridge crosses the Okanogan River just north of Pateros Lake.
The base of Central Ferry Canyon was good for VARIED TRUSH and PURPLE
FINCH. We picked up three LONG-TAILED DUCK at the middle Lake Pateros
Overlook on the south side. The Waterville Plateau was slow, but we did
have good sightings of PRAIRIE FALCON, HORNED LARK and picked up three SNOW
BUNTING on F Road north of 8 and Waterville. The abandoned farm on
Heritage Road was good for AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and NORTHERN SHRIKE.

Lots of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and many white throated HORNED LARKS
(articola/alpina) and good numbers of yellow throated (merrilli).

If you head east to Waterville Plateau and the Okanogan Highlands, I hope
you have a wonderful time. Drive safe!

Happy birding,

Shep

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Date: 1/30/19 8:09 pm
From: Anthony <birds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts problem
Hello Barb



Sorry for the incorrect information provided by the support person at Comcast (possibly a newbie). When an email is delivered it relies on heuristics which then route the email to its destination hence why its going into spam/junk filter. There’s like a key word, or set of words or similar that are causing the emails to be delivered to spam/junk (delivery is based on Comcast intelligence set forth).



Still, I would call and claim you wish to “create an email filter” that states anything from the domain “u.washington.edu’ needs to be delivered to your Inbox, period. I find that support varies from one person to the next. If you don’t get satisfaction on your first call, do call them back and ask for Tier 2 support or look online on how to create email filters for Comcast. It’s essential you create a filter (call it whatever you want such as “Tweeterss Mail” and that all messages with “tweeters” in the Subject title OR emails that contain “@u.tweeters.edu” in the email address be delivered to your INBOX.



Persist on this and your goal will be accomplished. I’ve owned my own domain since 1997 and have been using email since 1989, these are the current rules that need to be setup and adhered to accomplish your task if an issue as this persists.



Best wishes.



Anthony Gliozzo

Camano Island



From: Tweeters [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Barbara Deihl
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:56 PM
To: <Tweeters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts problem



After reading the responses I got privately from Hank H, Lydia K, Penny K, Mark A and Anthony G, I called Comcast and told them of our ebird-alerts stoppage and that I and several others found bunches of them in our junk (spam) folders. I asked how to put them back in my inbox and was told that I’d need to move one at a time and transfer each into the inbox. Too ponderous a task, I thought and said as everyday I get scores of alerts. The Comcast agent seemed to think that was the only thing to do, so I went about going to my ebird alert site, resetting a password (the account name was still there, but I had no record of my password). So, using the new password, I signed up again for the alerts I wanted and the frequency of receiving them I desired and now I’ll see if any alerts come to me at my Comcast inbox - I can live without the dozens I missed in this past week or so. BUT, if I still don’t get any, I may have to try Anthony’s email filter/white list approach, which isn’t something I’m at all familiar with. I will also try the method that Margaret S received from Andrew Dreelin @ Cornell Lab (I just noticed this, but it may prove to be too taxing a method for my pea-brain !). As I never unsubscribed , re-subscribed nor did I re-check the settings of my spam filter, I expect I’ll not get any alerts yet today or until I can truly try the steps that Andrew suggested.



I’ll let the Tweeterage know if any of this works for me.



Thanks again for your help, all of you.



Barb Deihl

Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle

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On Jan 29, 2019, at 6:58 PM, Anthony <birds...> wrote:



Yes, create email filters, a white list and notify Comcast they can walk you through on how to make such changes to your arriving emails.



From: Tweeters [ <mailto:<tweeters-bounces...> mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Mark Ahlness
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 5:59 PM
To: Barbara Deihl
Cc: Tweeters
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts



Barb, I noticed you are a Comcast user, like me. The same thing happened recently with my e-bird alerts, they stopped. Found them in my Comcast spam folder online when I logged on via web browser. Not sure yet how to fix this, but it seems like it's an issue created by Comcast. If anybody has found a fix, please share. For the good of the order... Mark



On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 1:23 PM Barbara Deihl < <mailto:<barbdeihl...> <barbdeihl...> wrote:

Until 2 days ago, I had been a subscriber to several counties’ e-bird alerts. Then I had a computer problem, got that fixed, but then noticed I’m no longer filling my inbox with e-bird alerts. I don’t remember how to sign up for them now. If any of you know what I could do about this, I’d be ever so beholden. You could contact me off-site either through email or phone (I could send you my phone #). As I don’t get out birding like I used to, I’ve found that using e-bird to find out what the rest of you are seeing, is a real boon. It gives more info than just reading the Tweeters posts (but I still love Tweeters).

‘Preciate any responses.

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Date: 1/30/19 6:29 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Redondo Eared Grebe
At 3:40 PM this afternoon, I found a single Eared Grebe with several Horned
Grebes, from the middle of the boardwalk on Redondo Beach Drive/Des Moines.
They were actively diving at about 287th Street. Also present were several
Red-necked Grebes and Pigeon Guillemots, and a single Common Loon,
Rhinoceros Auklet and male Common Merganser.

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Date: 1/30/19 4:14 pm
From: Wendy Walker <wendianajones...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Buyer beware: Vortex binoculars stolen from Seattle Audubon education kit
On January 19, Seattle Audubon experienced a break-in where (in addition to
several laptops and a projector) 13 pairs of Vortex Crossfire 8x42
binoculars were stolen from one of our education kits. If you see any
binoculars of this type for sale from a private seller in the coming weeks,
you may want to inquire about when/where they purchased the binoculars and
be suspicious of anyone not giving a straight answer. They were all marked
“Seattle Audubon” with silver marker, but this could easily be washed off.
Quality binoculars are obviously important educational tools for our
programs and will need to be replaced. We are gratefully accepting
donations for this unexpected expense.


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Date: 1/30/19 3:45 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] TEWA's bathing schedule
Hi all,
Delia has compiled a spreadsheet of the appearances recorded so far by the Tennessee Warbler at Butyl Creek (our recirculating creek on Beacon Hill):

5 times out of 13 total visits are between 1-1:30 pm, 7 of 13 are between noon and 1:30.


| Dates and Times that Tennessee Warbler has been seen in Ed and Delia's Yard
|
| Date | Day | AM | PM |
| 1/16/2019 |  Wed | 10:10 | 1:05 |
| 1/18/2019  | Fri | | 12:28 |
| 1/22/2019 |  Tues | 8:45 | |
| 1/23/2019 |  Wed | | 1:10 |
| 1/25/2019  | Fri. | | 1:00 |
| 1/26/2019 |  Sat | | 3:02 |
| 1/27/2019 |  Sun | | 3:41 |
| 1/28/2019 |  Mon | 10:20 | 12:05 |
| 1/29/2019 |  Tues | 11:10 | 1:23 |
| 1/30/2019  | Wed | | 1:1 |
|
| | | |



It seems like a bird that prefers a bath at mid-day, in case this helps anyone who is planning to join the stakeout.
Feel free to email us at my email  
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Best wishes and thanks everyone for the kind words and the superb photos on e-bird,



Ed Newbold  (and Delia Scholes)


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Date: 1/30/19 2:01 pm
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts problem
After reading the responses I got privately from Hank H, Lydia K, Penny K, Mark A and Anthony G, I called Comcast and told them of our ebird-alerts stoppage and that I and several others found bunches of them in our junk (spam) folders. I asked how to put them back in my inbox and was told that I’d need to move one at a time and transfer each into the inbox. Too ponderous a task, I thought and said as everyday I get scores of alerts. The Comcast agent seemed to think that was the only thing to do, so I went about going to my ebird alert site, resetting a password (the account name was still there, but I had no record of my password). So, using the new password, I signed up again for the alerts I wanted and the frequency of receiving them I desired and now I’ll see if any alerts come to me at my Comcast inbox - I can live without the dozens I missed in this past week or so. BUT, if I still don’t get any, I may have to try Anthony’s email filter/white list approach, which isn’t something I’m at all familiar with. I will also try the method that Margaret S received from Andrew Dreelin @ Cornell Lab (I just noticed this, but it may prove to be too taxing a method for my pea-brain !). As I never unsubscribed , re-subscribed nor did I re-check the settings of my spam filter, I expect I’ll not get any alerts yet today or until I can truly try the steps that Andrew suggested.

I’ll let the Tweeterage know if any of this works for me.

Thanks again for your help, all of you.

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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> On Jan 29, 2019, at 6:58 PM, Anthony <birds...> wrote:
>
> Yes, create email filters, a white list and notify Comcast they can walk you through on how to make such changes to your arriving emails.
>   <>
> From: Tweeters [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...> <mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Mark Ahlness
> Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 5:59 PM
> To: Barbara Deihl
> Cc: Tweeters
> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts
>
> Barb, I noticed you are a Comcast user, like me. The same thing happened recently with my e-bird alerts, they stopped. Found them in my Comcast spam folder online when I logged on via web browser. Not sure yet how to fix this, but it seems like it's an issue created by Comcast. If anybody has found a fix, please share. For the good of the order... Mark
>
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 1:23 PM Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> <mailto:<barbdeihl...>> wrote:
>> Until 2 days ago, I had been a subscriber to several counties’ e-bird alerts. Then I had a computer problem, got that fixed, but then noticed I’m no longer filling my inbox with e-bird alerts. I don’t remember how to sign up for them now. If any of you know what I could do about this, I’d be ever so beholden. You could contact me off-site either through email or phone (I could send you my phone #). As I don’t get out birding like I used to, I’ve found that using e-bird to find out what the rest of you are seeing, is a real boon. It gives more info than just reading the Tweeters posts (but I still love Tweeters).
>>
>> ‘Preciate any responses.
>>
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>> Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Date: 1/30/19 12:40 pm
From: Linda Talman <linda.talman...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wylie not Wiley
This is a great idea of an institutionalized error.

The name of the hotspot with 234 species is properly spelled Wylie. It is
on Wylie Road and the Wylie family farm is there. Wylie is the name of
all the Wylie kids from that road who attended the school there and who
were my students. Wylie. Not the other name.

However, for some reason, it is misspelled on ebird. And - worse - if you
search for the properly spelled name on the hotspot map, it doesn't show
up.
Drives this former teacher nuts since my red pen doesn't work on the
screen.
Cheery.
Linda

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what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. *”*

*— Maya Angelou*
Linda Z. Talman
PO Box 392
La Conner, WA

360 840 1714

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Date: 1/30/19 12:17 pm
From: Bob <rflores_2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Palm warbler yes, Cowlitz Co, WA
The bird found several times at the pumphouse site in the Woodlands bottoms is here now. There is a large number of yrwa as well. Currently the pawa is on the wooden bridge to the pumphouse.

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA
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Date: 1/30/19 10:04 am
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sound Familiar?

It may be inappropriate to share things here from Facebook and if so I am sure the administrator will understandably not post it.  BUT this one was just TOO TRUE to pass up.
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1289787584506137&id=100004247237628


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Date: 1/30/19 9:50 am
From: <merdave...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Ok. and Doug. Co. Snowy Owls

Good Morning, fellow birders. Just wanted to give you an update on two
birds that have been seen this season. On Jan. 27th I saw the Snowy Owl
on the south end of Heritage, west of Atkins Lake. It was quite far out
on the west side of Heritage. Then yesterday, Jan. 29th I saw the Snowy
Owl on Cameron Lake Rd. It was west of the Abel Ranch, seen from the 90
degree corner, but way far north. Because the sun was shining it was
pretty easy to spot. I know some of you are headed this way, so hope they
stick around for you. Meredith Spencer, Bridgeport

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Date: 1/29/19 10:13 pm
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Juvenile Golden Eagle at Hayton Preserve
On 1-13-19 I photographed a juvenile eagle near the eagle nest tree at Hayton Preserve, but I am certain it was was a juvenile bald eagle.  My photos can be see by scrolling down this link. Fir Island and Samish Flats 1-13-2019

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Fir Island and Samish Flats 1-13-2019

After what has seemed like an eternity of dark and rainy days, my son and I took advantage of a clear Sunday (1-...
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Date: 1/29/19 8:13 pm
From: Sammy Catiis <hikersammy...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Juvenile Golden Eagle at Hayton Preserve
I find it interesting that in the past at least 8 years or so, there has been a Juvi Golden Eagle that shows up in this area.. every.single.year and we are not talking any adults.. just one singular Juvi. A few ideas have crossed my mind.. one, that maybe this is not a Juvi Golden but a mixed up Hybrid that comes back every year.. is an adult that looks like a Juvi.. the other is that there is a pair of Golden Eagles that lay an egg in a Bald Eagles nest every year.. Just thinking out loud here.. we do have Goldens around, but I never hear of them out there in the Winter.. on the Skagit. Just the Juvi.. same area? Anyone else with thoughts on this? Does it not seem a bit odd? I would leave it to chance if there was an irregular pattern. I should say, it always starts around Nov?ish with a spotting up river upper Skagit and ends up near Stanwood/Wylie hmmm

Sammy
now in Sequim

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Subject: [Tweeters] Juvenile Golden Eagle at Hayton Preserve

The GoEa was perched in the eagle-nest-tree near the parking area at the Hayton Preserve this afternoon. I got a good look with my binoculars and my scope before two adult Bald Eagles attacked the juvie golden eagle. It escaped but I lost sight of it when it dropped behind the evergreen tree next to the eagle-nest-tree. It was an exciting end to the day.

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Date: 1/29/19 7:01 pm
From: Anthony <birds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts
Yes, create email filters, a white list and notify Comcast they can walk you through on how to make such changes to your arriving emails.



From: Tweeters [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Mark Ahlness
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 5:59 PM
To: Barbara Deihl
Cc: Tweeters
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts



Barb, I noticed you are a Comcast user, like me. The same thing happened recently with my e-bird alerts, they stopped. Found them in my Comcast spam folder online when I logged on via web browser. Not sure yet how to fix this, but it seems like it's an issue created by Comcast. If anybody has found a fix, please share. For the good of the order... Mark



On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 1:23 PM Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> wrote:

Until 2 days ago, I had been a subscriber to several counties’ e-bird alerts. Then I had a computer problem, got that fixed, but then noticed I’m no longer filling my inbox with e-bird alerts. I don’t remember how to sign up for them now. If any of you know what I could do about this, I’d be ever so beholden. You could contact me off-site either through email or phone (I could send you my phone #). As I don’t get out birding like I used to, I’ve found that using e-bird to find out what the rest of you are seeing, is a real boon. It gives more info than just reading the Tweeters posts (but I still love Tweeters).

‘Preciate any responses.

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Date: 1/29/19 6:45 pm
From: Snell Margaret <masnell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: I am no longer receiving email alerts in my inbox.
For the good of the order: I had complained to ebird about the missing alerts. I just received this reply today. It worked for me. Margaret Snell


Begin forwarded message:
I
>
> JAN 29, 2019 | 03:51PM EST
> Andrew Dreelin replied:
> Hi,
>
> Thank you for writing in to us about eBird Alerts. We believe we have found the source of the issue with people not receiving eBird Alerts via email. Some Internet Service Providers such as Comcast changed their spam filter settings and this caused eBird Alerts to be marked as spam, but the messages would be caught before appearing in the spam folder. Thanks to the folks in the eBird Community Discussion Group on Facebook for sleuthing this out!
>
> Please check the settings of your spam filters in your email and try disabling spam filtering. You can find instructions on spam filter settings here: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/spam-filters-and-email-blocking-new-experience?fbclid=IwAR084XVHfpsQOvm7hRcPeBpKtdMCzCQaEJgvQ6bYQseRsI0GLG49wVACD_I
>
> Once you’ve done that, please unsubscribe and re-subscribe to your Alerts, and your eBird Alerts should return to your email. Please let us know whether this works, and thank you for your patience!
>
> Let me know if this helps, and thank you for using eBird!
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Andrew
> —
> Andrew Dreelin
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> JAN 24, 2019 | 02:30PM EST
> Andrew Dreelin replied:
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Date: 1/29/19 6:15 pm
From: Jo Ann Waldron <joaw9...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Juvenile Golden Eagle at Hayton Preserve
The GoEa was perched in the eagle-nest-tree near the parking area at the Hayton Preserve this afternoon. I got a good look with my binoculars and my scope before two adult Bald Eagles attacked the juvie golden eagle. It escaped but I lost sight of it when it dropped behind the evergreen tree next to the eagle-nest-tree. It was an exciting end to the day.

Jo Waldron
Edmonds
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Date: 1/29/19 6:03 pm
From: Mark Ahlness <mahlness...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts
Barb, I noticed you are a Comcast user, like me. The same thing happened
recently with my e-bird alerts, they stopped. Found them in my Comcast spam
folder online when I logged on via web browser. Not sure yet how to fix
this, but it seems like it's an issue created by Comcast. If anybody has
found a fix, please share. For the good of the order... Mark

On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 1:23 PM Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> wrote:

> Until 2 days ago, I had been a subscriber to several counties’ e-bird
> alerts. Then I had a computer problem, got that fixed, but then noticed
> I’m no longer filling my inbox with e-bird alerts. I don’t remember how to
> sign up for them now. If any of you know what I could do about this, I’d
> be ever so beholden. You could contact me off-site either through email or
> phone (I could send you my phone #). As I don’t get out birding like I
> used to, I’ve found that using e-bird to find out what the rest of you are
> seeing, is a real boon. It gives more info than just reading the Tweeters
> posts (but I still love Tweeters).
>
> ‘Preciate any responses.
>
> Barb Deihl
> Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
> <barbdeihl...>
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Date: 1/29/19 4:23 pm
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Beacon Hill Tennessee Warbler
The Tennessee Warbler showed again at 1:30 this afternoon. It had not shown up again when I left at 3:45.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA

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Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:52:52 AM
Subject: [Tweeters] Beacon Hill Tennessee Warbler

The Tennessee Warbler continues to bathe in Butyl Creek at the home of Ed and Delia Newbold this morning. It appeared about 11:10 am, to the delight of about ten birders. Many thanks to the Newbolds for their continuing generosity and hospitality.

Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA
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Date: 1/29/19 2:45 pm
From: Bob <rflores_2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] No Cowlitz Co palm warbler
I spent two hours looking for the palm warbler reported by Russ and Terry. I did see one of the black phoebe at the pumphouse after Terry had left.

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA
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Date: 1/29/19 2:33 pm
From: Diane Yorgason-Quinn <avosetta...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Trying Again to Provide Link to Blog Post on New Mexico
It worked for me, plus there's a link on the ABC report that Ed Pullen inserted:
http://abcbirding.com/abc-big-year-party-january-15-2019/

Actually your previous attempts all worked for me, too.

Diane Y-Q
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From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces...> on behalf of B B <birder4184...>
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2019 11:07 PM
To: <tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Trying Again to Provide Link to Blog Post on New Mexico

My last attempt at posting a link here to my blog post on Part 2 of my visit to New Mexico - featuring the Rosy Finches at Sandia Crest did not work. I am going to try again with the link below. It opens for me and I hope it works for others.

https://wp.me/p79yl0-5C1<https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwp.me%2Fp79yl0-5C1&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cf24a1947e1934921d0af08d685b8ce5d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636843426115456058&sdata=vM9tT7wWSkoPMUYJODAkSnjMer0NjyrHPh3zvwst028%3D&reserved=0>



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Date: 1/29/19 2:17 pm
From: Anthony G. <birds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts
Hi barbara,
The ebird alerts and needs reports are setup when you login to ebird.org. if you havent changed that setting then i suspect you would want to create a filter and/or a white list in whichever email software you are using and check with your domain provider. Beyond this it would be difficult for anyone to assist as there are a variety of different email programs and/or ways to access email. However if you identify in your reply how you access email i may be able to help further (such as a web browser, outlook, windows live mail, etc.). Be as specific as possible including a version such as Outlook 2010 or Firefox version 64.002 if possible. I would also require the domain such as gmail.com, yahoo.com, wavebroadband.com, frontier.com etc. I suspect it may be Comcast. If thats true, i would call their tech support first and explain your issue and the email software you are using.

Anthony Gliozzo
Camano Island

On January 29, 2019 1:21:53 PM PST, Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> wrote:
>Until 2 days ago, I had been a subscriber to several counties’ e-bird
>alerts. Then I had a computer problem, got that fixed, but then
>noticed I’m no longer filling my inbox with e-bird alerts. I don’t
>remember how to sign up for them now. If any of you know what I could
>do about this, I’d be ever so beholden. You could contact me off-site
>either through email or phone (I could send you my phone #). As I
>don’t get out birding like I used to, I’ve found that using e-bird to
>find out what the rest of you are seeing, is a real boon. It gives
>more info than just reading the Tweeters posts (but I still love
>Tweeters).
>
>‘Preciate any responses.
>
>Barb Deihl
>Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Date: 1/29/19 1:28 pm
From: Lyn Topinka <pointers...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Woodland Bottoms Palm Warbler
YEA !!!


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-------- Original message --------From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> Date: 1/29/19 11:53 AM (GMT-08:00) To: Tweeters <tweeters...> Subject: [Tweeters] Woodland Bottoms Palm Warbler
Hi Tweeters,
Terry Anderson and I just saw the Palm Warbler just east of the pump station at the Lewis River. This is east of the railroad. First found yesterday by Lyn Topinka. The bird is with a flock of Yellow-rumps working the fence line of the pasture.
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Date: 1/29/19 1:27 pm
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] E-Bird alerts
Until 2 days ago, I had been a subscriber to several counties’ e-bird alerts. Then I had a computer problem, got that fixed, but then noticed I’m no longer filling my inbox with e-bird alerts. I don’t remember how to sign up for them now. If any of you know what I could do about this, I’d be ever so beholden. You could contact me off-site either through email or phone (I could send you my phone #). As I don’t get out birding like I used to, I’ve found that using e-bird to find out what the rest of you are seeing, is a real boon. It gives more info than just reading the Tweeters posts (but I still love Tweeters).

‘Preciate any responses.

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Date: 1/29/19 11:57 am
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Beacon Hill Tennessee Warbler
The Tennessee Warbler continues to bathe in Butyl Creek at the home of Ed and Delia Newbold this morning. It appeared about 11:10 am, to the delight of about ten birders. Many thanks to the Newbolds for their continuing generosity and hospitality.

Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA
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Date: 1/29/19 11:56 am
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Woodland Bottoms Palm Warbler
Hi Tweeters,

Terry Anderson and I just saw the Palm Warbler just east of the pump
station at the Lewis River. This is east of the railroad. First found
yesterday by Lyn Topinka. The bird is with a flock of Yellow-rumps working
the fence line of the pasture.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 1/29/19 9:07 am
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Winter trip to mostly Okanogan/Douglas Co
Small addendum: A 4th Northern Goshawk was found in Leavenworth at the Sleeping Lady resort by our Seattle group. Simply amazing!

Cheers,

Stefan

From: Stefan Schlick
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 8:00 AM
To: <tweeters...>
Subject: Winter trip to mostly Okanogan/Douglas Co

12 of us birded around Douglas and Okanogan Co from Thursday to Monday. Some of us came from Portland, some from Seattle. Here the highlights (also included are a bunch of birds en route):

1/24: Drive from Portland to Omak

Ferruginous Hawk (1 continuing bird in Dallesport, Klickitat Co)
Lewis's Woodpecker (2 birds only seen by some along 97, one in Klickitat, the other in Yakima Co)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (1 near Blewett Pass)
Eurasian Wigeon (2 continuing birds in wigeon flock at Walla Walla Point Park)
Merlin (1 at Walla Walla Point Park)
Barrow's Goldeneye (6 scoped from Walla Walla Point Park, but in Douglas Co)
Snowy Owl (stakeout near 1 Rd SE & Heritage/Woods Rd on the Waterville Plateau)
Snow Bunting (40+ along 172 east of Mansfield)

1/25: Okanogan Highlands

Snow Bunting (2 flocks of between 50 and 75 birds along Havillah Rd
Gray Partridge (4 on Hungry Hollow, 10 along Mary Ann Creek Rd, 6 along Havillah Rd just above Fancher Flats)
Golden Eagle (Bolster Rd)
Northern Goshawk (1 immature in Chesaw, 1 adult along Havillah Rd near Teas Rd)
Townsend's Solitaire (2 in Chesaw)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (1 along Mary Ann Creek Rd)
Ruffed Grouse (2 along Mary Ann Creek Rd)
Bohemian Waxwing (40 near Fields Lake)
Chukar (many at Fancher Flats)

1/26: Conconully, around the Columbia River)

Sharp-tailed Grouse (5 at Happy Hill Rd at Scotch Creek WA)
Long-eared Owl (1 somewhere near Conconully)
Bohemian Waxwing (6 in Conconully)
Cassin's Finch (a few in Conconully)
8 Trumpeter & 1 Tundra Swan (off 17 looking down towards Washburn Island)
Northern Sawwhet Owl (Bridgeport State Park)
American Tree Sparrow (10 at last homestead at north end of Cameron Lake Rd)
Long-tailed Duck (3 off Douglas Co 173 pullouts)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (10 at Washburn Island)
Northern Goshawk (1 adult at Washburn Island)

1/27: Cameron Lake Rd, Waterville Plateau

Pygmy Nuthatch (Cameron Lake Rd)
Snow Bunting (pure flock of about 50)
Gray Partridge (2 separate flocks of 10 and 15 along Timentwa Rd)
American Tree Sparrow (a few at last homestead at north end of Cameron Lake Rd, 30+ along Dyer Hill Rd near where the pavement starts, 20 at Long-eared Owl spot along Heritage Ln)
Golden Eagle (2 at north end of Jamison Lake)
Red-breasted Merganser (1 at north end of Jamison Lake)

1/28: Drive from Omak to Portland

Snow Bunting (40 on Rd F on west of 172 on Waterville Plateau)
2 White-headed Woodpecker, several Varied Thrushes, 2 American Dipper (at Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth)
Yakima Arboretum (2 Snow Geese, several Cackling Geese, but no Harris's Sparrow)

Notes:

- We had several real nice sunny days and the Horned Lark flocks are breaking up. Many larks were territorial and singing from a rock. The downside of that is that looking for Lapland Longspurs becomes much more difficult.

- We saw Red-winged Blackbird and a Great Blue Heron in the Okanogan Highlands, Western Meadowlark on the Waterville Plateau. All are unusual in January as they typically are still lower down.

- Common Redpoll, Pine Grosbeak, Gray-crowned Rosy Finches were not around. Bohemian Waxwings were scarce and presumed to be still uphill and further to the north. Gyrfalcon is also unreported from the area this winter.

- 3 Northern Goshawks were an unusually high tally. 10 Yellow-rumped Warblers in January is also amazing.

- While Rough-legged Hawks were very much present in the Highlands, they were scarce on the Waterville Plateau.

Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR

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Date: 1/29/19 8:46 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Climate Change Transforms These Cute Little Birds Into Murderous Brain-Eating Zombies
Hello everyone,

A paper was recently published that studies how a resident bird species,
the great tit, is now coming into direct conflict with the migratory pied
flycatcher, thanks to climate change. The study finds that warming
temperatures are causing these birds’ breeding periods to increasingly
overlap, thereby leading to deadly conflicts over nest cavities, which are
a limited -- and thus, precious -- resource. But the effects underpinning
this conflict are varied and subtle, and this study is particularly elegant.

Climate Change Transforms These Cute Little Birds Into Murderous
Brain-Eating Zombies
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2019/01/29/climate-change-transforms-these-cute-little-birds-into-murderous-brain-eating-zombies/
tinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/ybvte3pg

I hope you find this study interesting, and that you share it widely
amongst your bird pals and other interested folks.

as always, thank you for reading.

--
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Date: 1/29/19 8:06 am
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Winter trip to mostly Okanogan/Douglas Co
12 of us birded around Douglas and Okanogan Co from Thursday to Monday. Some of us came from Portland, some from Seattle. Here the highlights (also included are a bunch of birds en route):

1/24: Drive from Portland to Omak

Ferruginous Hawk (1 continuing bird in Dallesport, Klickitat Co)
Lewis's Woodpecker (2 birds only seen by some along 97, one in Klickitat, the other in Yakima Co)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (1 near Blewett Pass)
Eurasian Wigeon (2 continuing birds in wigeon flock at Walla Walla Point Park)
Merlin (1 at Walla Walla Point Park)
Barrow's Goldeneye (6 scoped from Walla Walla Point Park, but in Douglas Co)
Snowy Owl (stakeout near 1 Rd SE & Heritage/Woods Rd on the Waterville Plateau)
Snow Bunting (40+ along 172 east of Mansfield)

1/25: Okanogan Highlands

Snow Bunting (2 flocks of between 50 and 75 birds along Havillah Rd
Gray Partridge (4 on Hungry Hollow, 10 along Mary Ann Creek Rd, 6 along Havillah Rd just above Fancher Flats)
Golden Eagle (Bolster Rd)
Northern Goshawk (1 immature in Chesaw, 1 adult along Havillah Rd near Teas Rd)
Townsend's Solitaire (2 in Chesaw)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (1 along Mary Ann Creek Rd)
Ruffed Grouse (2 along Mary Ann Creek Rd)
Bohemian Waxwing (40 near Fields Lake)
Chukar (many at Fancher Flats)

1/26: Conconully, around the Columbia River)

Sharp-tailed Grouse (5 at Happy Hill Rd at Scotch Creek WA)
Long-eared Owl (1 somewhere near Conconully)
Bohemian Waxwing (6 in Conconully)
Cassin's Finch (a few in Conconully)
8 Trumpeter & 1 Tundra Swan (off 17 looking down towards Washburn Island)
Northern Sawwhet Owl (Bridgeport State Park)
American Tree Sparrow (10 at last homestead at north end of Cameron Lake Rd)
Long-tailed Duck (3 off Douglas Co 173 pullouts)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (10 at Washburn Island)
Northern Goshawk (1 adult at Washburn Island)
1/27: Cameron Lake Rd, Waterville Plateau

Pygmy Nuthatch (Cameron Lake Rd)
Snow Bunting (pure flock of about 50)
Gray Partridge (2 separate flocks of 10 and 15 along Timentwa Rd)
American Tree Sparrow (a few at last homestead at north end of Cameron Lake Rd, 30+ along Dyer Hill Rd near where the pavement starts, 20 at Long-eared Owl spot along Heritage Ln)
Golden Eagle (2 at north end of Jamison Lake)
Red-breasted Merganser (1 at north end of Jamison Lake)

1/28: Drive from Omak to Portland

Snow Bunting (40 on Rd F on west of 172 on Waterville Plateau)
2 White-headed Woodpecker, several Varied Thrushes, 2 American Dipper (at Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth)
Yakima Arboretum (2 Snow Geese, several Cackling Geese, but no Harris's Sparrow)

Notes:

- We had several real nice sunny days and the Horned Lark flocks are breaking up. Many larks were territorial and singing from a rock. The downside of that is that looking for Lapland Longspurs becomes much more difficult.

- We saw Red-winged Blackbird and a Great Blue Heron in the Okanogan Highlands, Western Meadowlark on the Waterville Plateau. All are unusual in January as they typically are still lower down.

- Common Redpoll, Pine Grosbeak, Gray-crowned Rosy Finches were not around. Bohemian Waxwings were scarce and presumed to be still uphill and further to the north. Gyrfalcon is also unreported from the area this winter.

- 3 Northern Goshawks were an unusually high tally. 10 Yellow-rumped Warblers in January is also amazing.

- While Rough-legged Hawks were very much present in the Highlands, they were scarce on the Waterville Plateau.

Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR

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Date: 1/28/19 11:25 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Tennessee Warbler Continues
I did not have the opportunity on Sunday to chase the Tennessee Warbler that had been reported by Ed and Delia in their South Seattle backyard.  Encouraged by Steve Pink's post on Tweeters yesterday, I made the trek this morning.  The Warbler was present as I arrived around 10:15 but was in front of blinding sun making a photo impossible.  As I moved to a better vantage point, it flew off with a number of other birds - mostly Sparrows.  Knowing it was still around, I stayed the course.  Jon Houghton joined me more than an hour later but the Tennessee Warbler had not returned.  Just after noon, a small flock of Bushtits arrived - the first of the day and a minute or so later, Jon spied the Warbler in a tree.  I could not see it from my vantage spot, but it was a most cooperative visitor and first posed on the fence at the rear of the yard and then took a leisurely bath giving both of us great views and photo opportunities.  Thanks to Ed and Delia for their find and their hospitality. 
My Ebird checklist with photos can be seen at 
 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52142433


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Date: 1/28/19 11:13 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Trying Again to Provide Link to Blog Post on New Mexico
My last attempt at posting a link here to my blog post on Part 2 of my visit to New Mexico - featuring the Rosy Finches at Sandia Crest did not work.  I am going to try again with the link below.  It opens for me and I hope it works for others.
https://wp.me/p79yl0-5C1



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Date: 1/28/19 8:49 pm
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle's Montlake Fill Monday
Hi, Tweets,

I spent a few hours around the Fill this morning, seeing no chickadees with extra white on their heads nor elsewhere, but the immature male Red-winged Blackbird with extensive white outer tail and nearby feathers was among the tens visiting the feeders around 38th and Surber. A flock of around 60 was vying for access for awhile. I saw about six chickadees there, and more on my wandering. I also saw a pair of Trumpeter Swans in the lake, a female Ruddy Duck in the slough near the play fields, and a couple of Northern Pintail in the bay at the mouth of the slough.

28 January, 2019,

Alan Grenon
Seattle
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Date: 1/28/19 2:27 pm
From: <andie777...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Odd Blackbird?? How 'bout screwed up Grosbeak???
Getting in the mix while getting is good. Check page 525 of the latest Nat’l Geographic book. Picture matches somewhat. Just
thinking.. TT4N


Being eaten out of the house of home by 105 Juncos, same for both species of Chickadees, only a couple Downey's and a lone Flicker and a few others.

Cleo Andreasen
Anacortes
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Date: 1/28/19 9:29 am
From: Constance Sidles <constancesidles...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Principles of flight
Hey tweets, just a quick notice that I will be offering a 3-part class on Principles of Flight through Seattle Audubon this winter. If you ever wondered how birds fly, and how/when they started flying, check it out on SAS's website. - Connie
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Date: 1/28/19 7:58 am
From: Constance Sidles <constancesidles...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
Hey tweets, there was another example of this mutation at Montlake Fill yesterday. It was hanging out in a small tree along the Franklin Lane just past the yellow metal gate. It would perch in the tree there for awhile and then fly down to forage in the wet field just south of the Youth Farm. I had never seen anything like this before and wondered what the heck it was. I watched it very carefully for some time, seeing it open its bill and pour forth a typical Red-winged Blackbird song, which clarified its species but not its plumage. Thanks for the information about this plumage as a mutation. - Connie, Seattle

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> On Jan 27, 2019, at 7:38 PM, Dave Hayden <dtvhm...> wrote:
>
>
> Dalton Spencer found very unusual Blackbird today at a marsh near Lincoln Creek Rd. and Cooks Hill Rd. in Galvin. It's a blackbird with a very unusual plumage, so odd, you think it's a different species. We believe it to be a Red-winged, but if you have any comments please let us know your thoughts on this bird.
> To contact Dalton directly, use <offthehookflyshop...>
> A link to the picture of this bird is;
>
> http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j148/dtvhm
>
> Thanks
> Dave Hayden
> Centralia, WA
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Date: 1/28/19 7:01 am
From: Jason Ferleman <jason.ferleman...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Saturday 1/26 - Marymoor Park Redmond
Took a quick little birding walk in the Marymoor fog on 1/26 (starting near
the dog park). It was a quiet morning without much visible activity at
first, as the fog lifted birds started to appear. In the roughly hour long
walk we encountered the following birds:

-(2) pairs of Common Goldeneye
-Mallards
-Green Wing Teals
-(1) pair of Gadwall
-(1) belted kingfisher
-The lonely ring neck pheasant rooster RFI: does anyone know if he was
dropped off there, naturally occurring, or perhaps a long ways from one of
the WDFW pheasant release sites (Carnation or Duvall)?
-Herons were active in the rookery
-(2) female Buffleheads
-(1) pair of ring-necked ducks

And the best part: right as we were leaving near the North exit of the
park: a Ferruginous Hawk! We were driving out of the park and spotted it,
didn't think much of it, thought it was a Redtail at a distance. Decided
to stop and put the binocs on it, clearly identified as a Ferruginous!

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Date: 1/27/19 10:09 pm
From: ck park <travelgirl.fics...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
as michael hobbs said, this looks a lot like the leucistic red-winged
blackbird we had at juanita bay park for about 4 years... he used to live
in the cattail reeds about halfway to the middle boardwalk platform, and
was always around singing loudly on territory from early spring to late
autumn... he had just returned from wherever he wintered, then disappeared
within weeks early one spring about 2008-2009, and has never been seen
again...

i nicknamed him "whitewall", and photographed him for many years... photos
on request :)

00 caren
ParkGallery.org
george davis creek, north fork


On Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 8:09 PM Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> wrote:

> Dear Dave and Tweeters,
>
> This type of aberrant Red-winged Blackbird is what I like to call the
> "Giant American Restart" plumage. I have come across these birds four
> times, all in Skagit County.
>
> --4-18-04 at my house near Cockreham Island;
>
> --2-26-05 when I was asked to come look at what the homeowner thought was
> an exotic bird on Guemes Island;
>
> --10-30-05 on Farm-to-Market Road on the Samish Flats;
>
> --10-09-2010 on Gardner Road north of Burlington.
>
> They certainly are beautiful when they have this type of mutation!
>
> Yours truly,
>
> Gary Bletsch
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Dave Hayden <dtvhm...>
> *To:* Tweeters <tweeters...>
> *Sent:* Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:39 PM
> *Subject:* [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
>
>
> Dalton Spencer found very unusual Blackbird today at a marsh near Lincoln
> Creek Rd. and Cooks Hill Rd. in Galvin. It's a blackbird with a very
> unusual plumage, so odd, you think it's a different species. We believe it
> to be a Red-winged, but if you have any comments please let us know your
> thoughts on this bird.
> To contact Dalton directly, use <offthehookflyshop...>
> A link to the picture of this bird is;
>
> http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j148/dtvhm
>
> Thanks
> Dave Hayden
> Centralia, WA
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Date: 1/27/19 8:13 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
Dear Dave and Tweeters,
This type of aberrant Red-winged Blackbird is what I like to call the "Giant American Restart" plumage. I have come across these birds four times, all in Skagit County.
--4-18-04 at my house near Cockreham Island;
--2-26-05 when I was asked to come look at what the homeowner thought was an exotic bird on Guemes Island;
--10-30-05 on Farm-to-Market Road on the Samish Flats;
--10-09-2010 on Gardner Road north of Burlington.
They certainly are beautiful when they have this type of mutation!
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch

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To: Tweeters <tweeters...>
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:39 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird


Dalton Spencer found very unusual Blackbird today at a marsh near Lincoln Creek Rd. and Cooks Hill Rd. in Galvin. It's a blackbird with a very unusual plumage, so odd, you think it's a different species. We believe it to be a Red-winged, but if you have any comments please let us know your thoughts on this bird.To contact Dalton directly, use   <offthehookflyshop...> link to the picture of this bird is;
http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j148/dtvhm
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Date: 1/27/19 7:53 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird
There was a Red-winged Blackbird essentially identical at Juanita Bay
Wetlands about 15 years ago.

- Michael Hobbs

On Sun, Jan 27, 2019, 7:40 PM Dave Hayden <dtvhm...> wrote:

>
> Dalton Spencer found very unusual Blackbird today at a marsh near Lincoln
> Creek Rd. and Cooks Hill Rd. in Galvin. It's a blackbird with a very
> unusual plumage, so odd, you think it's a different species. We believe it
> to be a Red-winged, but if you have any comments please let us know your
> thoughts on this bird.
> To contact Dalton directly, use <offthehookflyshop...>
> A link to the picture of this bird is;
>
> http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j148/dtvhm
>
> Thanks
> Dave Hayden
> Centralia, WA
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Date: 1/27/19 7:45 pm
From: Dave Hayden <dtvhm...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Very odd Blackbird

Dalton Spencer found very unusual Blackbird today at a marsh near Lincoln Creek Rd. and Cooks Hill Rd. in Galvin. It's a blackbird with a very unusual plumage, so odd, you think it's a different species. We believe it to be a Red-winged, but if you have any comments please let us know your thoughts on this bird.
To contact Dalton directly, use   <offthehookflyshop...>
A link to the picture of this bird is;

http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j148/dtvhm

Thanks
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Centralia, WA
 
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Date: 1/27/19 7:41 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Harrier steals Red-winged Blackbird from Merlin
Dear Tweeters, 
Today, on the Samish Flats, an interesting dogfight took place amongst four species of raptors and an unfortunate Red-winged Blackbird. This was along Bay View-Edison Road. 
First, a female Northern Harrier started making passes at a small flock of about five Red-winged Blackbirds. Suddenly, a dark Merlin came in, and made pass after pass at the Harrier. Then the Harrier flew a hundred yards northeast and put up the little flock of blackbirds again. The Harrier
and the Merlin both missed during their respective dives at the flock, but then the Merlin made off for the southwest, doubled back, and headed for them again at high speed, just a meter off the weed-tops. One male Red-winged Blackbird flew up into the sky, where the Harrier once again missed it, but the Merlin accelerated upwards and caught it, right near the Harrier. Black
feathers scattered in the air.

Then the heavily loaded Merlin tried to fly west toward the dike, but the female Harrier went after it. The Merlin changed direction and headed for the northeast, but the Harrier kept up the pursuit. The Merlin dropped the bird and headed toward the dike; the Red-winged Blackbird actually survived being carried in the grip of the Merlin for a minute or more, and flew downwards at a gradual angle. 
The female Harrier came right down, however, and snatched him out of the air. Just then, a Rough-legged Hawk flew in from the north, and began to chase after the Harrier, but soon gave up. This Rough-leg had a full crop, so presumably it was not that hungry--or maybe it realized that the prey item was something other than a small mammal.
A moment later, an immature Harrier appeared to be heading toward the Harrier that was trying to carry the blackbird to the southwest. Before the new Harrier could engage the one with the prey item, a Red-tailed Hawk came in and chased the prey-laden female Harrier towards the southwest. 
I could not tell what happened next, but a moment or two later, the Red-tail was walking around on the ground, and the other raptors that had been involved in the struggle were all gone out of sight. I think that the Harrier retained her ill-gotten meal, but am not sure.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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Date: 1/27/19 6:24 pm
From: Steve Pink <pirangas...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tennessee Warbler Continues
Hi,

'Ten Years After' my 1st Tennessee Warbler in WA, more predictably in Washtucna, we eventually saw the Seattle version this afternoon. After a long wait, especially for those who had arrived early this morning, the bird finally gave itself up at about 3:40 p.m. and it showed for a few minutes. A smashing bird.

Much thanks to Ed and Delia who provided chairs and hospitality for a group of around 12 lucky birders.

Cheers, Steve


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Date: 1/27/19 5:33 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnolia Black-billed Magpie

> We observed the Black-billed Magpie today on the beach across from 1708 Magnolia Boulevard. Here is a photo of it with a crab that it was eating.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/31958503537/in/photostream/
>
> Here is a video of it moving along the beach eating smaller fare.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/31958503767/in/photostream/
>
> We had been looking for the Magpie for almost 3 hours and were in our car driving off when birder Marcus waved us down because he had found the bird. Thank you Marcus!
>
> Hank Heiberg
> Issaquah, WA

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Date: 1/27/19 2:19 pm
From: H Heiberg <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnolia Magpie
Black-billed Magpie is present on the beach directly across from 1708 Magnolia Boulevard West at 2:15. Thanks to birder Marcus for putting us on it.

Hank Heiberg
Issaquah, WA

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Date: 1/27/19 11:15 am
From: Jill Freidberg <jill.freidberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] San Francisco Mockingbirds?
I’ve been visiting the same friend in San Francisco for over 20 years. I remember her garden always being full of Northern Mockingbird song. Year round. And she remembers it too. I noticed this year that there are NO Mockingbirds (not seen or heard), and she said that she has noticed in the last few years a significant decrease in their presence. Does anyone know if there are studies into this or theories about the apparent drop in the local population?

Jill
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Date: 1/27/19 10:38 am
From: B Boekelheide <bboek...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Yellow-billed Murre
Hello, Tweeters,

Yesterday, 1/27/19, while on an Olympic Peninsula Audubon field trip, we spotted a Common Murre in Port Angeles harbor with a bright yellow bill. Otherwise its plumage was similar other murres, maybe a little paler than the others, but still an obvious Common Murre. Unfortunately it was too far offshore for a photo.

Looking online, there is another report of a yellow-billed murre at a nesting colony in Norway in 2008.

It sure got our attention.

Bob Boekelheide
Dungeness





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Date: 1/27/19 7:48 am
From: Susan McDougall <podicepswa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Blue morph juvenile snow goose
Yesterday, Jan 26, we saw a blue morph juvenile snow goose on the Hayton
Road pullout on Fir Island. It was foraging with several thousand snow
geese late in the day. I got one photo.

Susan McDougall

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Date: 1/26/19 8:12 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tennessee was running 2 hours late
Hi all,
The creek goes on forever and the party never ends, but today the guest of honor was 2 hours late.

It was too bad for a group of assembled birders, who timed their stakeout around the 1:05 pm appearance that I had confidently predicted.

The bird showed up at 3:02 and stayed for about 10 minutes scoping out bathing areas and such.  5 photos, all reasonably in focus are at my website at



https://ednewbold.com/11483-2/

Scroll way down the blog.
But if you want to see spectacular shots of this bird and other Tennessee Warblers from this and other states, go to Ryan Merrill's Flicker site.  Ryan, who hadn't been able to quite bring himself to leave yet, got over 100 shots from this visit.  



People are welcome to keep the stakeout going, email me and I'll send the address and tips.

Thanks Ed Newbold and Delia Scholes (who found the bird),
<ednewbold1...>

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Date: 1/26/19 5:49 pm
From: Bill Mowat <billmowat...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Oystercatchers in Skagit County
Hi - Went on a walk today at the Kukutali Preserve in Skagit County on the Swinomish Reservation. In addition to the golden crowned kinglets, American widgeons and buffleheads, we saw two Black Oystercatchers on the western shore of the north bay just before Flagstaff Point. Good views of them as they foraged at the rocky shoreline. Discovery Pass required to park here.

Enjoy - Bill Mowat
Bellevue, WA


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Date: 1/26/19 3:49 pm
From: Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Graveyard Spit / Tokeland - Black Swan and • Long-billed Curlew *
Not a Whimbrel.

Karen Wosilait
Seattle, WA
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> From: Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...>
> Date: January 26, 2019 at 3:23:57 PM PST
> To: Tweeters <tweeters...>
> Subject: Graveyard Spit / Tokeland - Black Swan and Whimbrel
>
> Currently looking at both. Did I miss reports of a wayward Black Swan?
>
> Karen Wosilait
> Seattle, WA
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Date: 1/26/19 3:26 pm
From: Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Graveyard Spit / Tokeland - Black Swan and Whimbrel
Currently looking at both. Did I miss reports of a wayward Black Swan?

Karen Wosilait
Seattle, WA
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Date: 1/26/19 1:01 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] New Mexico Part 2 - Rosy Finches!!
The second part of my New Mexico birding included some birding in the foothills and a visit to Sandia Crest - a beautiful spot and one of the best places in the country to see all three Rosy Finch species up close and personal.
https://wordpress.com/post/blairbirding.com/21577

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Date: 1/26/19 12:06 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Jan. 27, 2019
Hello, Tweeters,

Last week on BirdNote:
* Sleeping on the Wing
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* The Owl and the Pussy-cat Went to Sea
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http://bit.ly/2RRxXpv
* Some Tree Swallows Stay for the Winter
http://bit.ly/2MeyKLO
* Costa Rica Winter Sunrise
http://bit.ly/2HiBZmO
* A Crossbill's Beak Does the Job
http://bit.ly/2RVoxJI
* How Evolution Reshaped the Woodcock
http://bit.ly/2RCQAhx
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Date: 1/26/19 11:53 am
From: Ilene Samowitz <rockawaybirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI: Birding near Anahaim, CA in mid March
Hello All,
I have a business trip in March that will take me to Anaheim, CA around March 13th.  I am planning on doing some birding for 2-3 days prior to that with the only place that I plan to visit is Bolsa Chica.  Looking for other suggestions and any info.
Thanks,Ilene SamowitzN Matthews Lake, Seattle
Ilene Samowitz
www.ilenesamowitz.com

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Date: 1/25/19 11:25 pm
From: Mary Anne Thorbeck <maryannethorbeck...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Magnolia Magpie continues
Seen from the little beach. !!!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 25, 2019, at 9:57 PM, Ryan Merrill <rjm284...> wrote:
>
> Late this afternoon I saw the continuing Black-billed Magpie that David Ness found in Magnolia (Seattle) from the 32nd Ave W Boat Launch. There are signs indicating that the beach to the north is private so I stood on the rocks just below the park and watched the trees and hillside to the north. In less than ten minutes the magpie flew up from somewhere low and obscured and perched briefly in one of the trees. Views are somewhat distant from here to where the bird was when I saw it, but if it moves up and down the beach it may come closer? Either way it's a spot worth considering for people hoping to see this bird in addition to the viewing from the top of the bluff.
>
> Good birding,
> Ryan Merrill
> Seattle
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Date: 1/25/19 10:01 pm
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 25 January 2019
A glorious Seattle day, temps in the 40s, mostly sun, slight breezes—I could get used to days like this! And the birds were certainly enjoying the weather as well. Lots of activity, including singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, diving Anna’s Hummingbirds, and several berry-eating species stuffing their mouths full. Mostly the expected species, with a couple of nice visitors.
Cackling Goose - the single Taverner’s continues
Scaup - where are they? a single Lesser and a dozen or so Greater
Red-breasted Merganser - at least 4, one of the higher counts I have seen
Western Grebe - with good lighting in the afternoon sun, I could scope-count the flock way out in the lake: exactly 384 birds!
Bald Eagle - just a single immature
Bushtit - only 14 and that was two flocks—starting to disperse from the large groups?
Cedar Waxwing - many dozen, all eating hawthorn berries, joined by almost as many American Robin, European Starling and a few Spotted Towhee
https://youtu.be/490Rx0Qctew
White-throated Sparrow - tan-striped, south end
For the day, 52 species.
Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52038638
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Date: 1/25/19 10:01 pm
From: Ryan Merrill <rjm284...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnolia Magpie continues
Late this afternoon I saw the continuing Black-billed Magpie that David
Ness found in Magnolia (Seattle) from the 32nd Ave W Boat Launch. There are
signs indicating that the beach to the north is private so I stood on the
rocks just below the park and watched the trees and hillside to the north.
In less than ten minutes the magpie flew up from somewhere low and obscured
and perched briefly in one of the trees. Views are somewhat distant from
here to where the bird was when I saw it, but if it moves up and down the
beach it may come closer? Either way it's a spot worth considering for
people hoping to see this bird in addition to the viewing from the top of
the bluff.

Good birding,
Ryan Merrill
Seattle

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Date: 1/25/19 9:56 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Hermit Warbler - University of Puget Sound campus
Sorry the link to the map doesn't transfer correctly, but the sighting
citation is included

On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 9:39 PM Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:

> I don't think I have ever heard of a winter record of Hermit Warbler in
> Oregon, but eBird does show a few.
> However, as to Washington, there is but one eBird citation, carefully
> documented below, so this is quite an observation.
> (of course, eBird does not contain all records, as undoutedly some records
> have not been submitted to eBird.)
> https://ebird.org/map/herwar?
>
>
> neg=true&env.minX=-126.584181246875&env.minY=42.83937580690426&env.maxX=-114.609083590625&env.maxY=48.417949746647295&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2019
>
> Bob OBrien Portland
> 1
> Hermit Warbler <https://ebird.org/species/herwar> *(from eBird winter
> records*)
>
> This is the record cited on page 250 of NAB Vol. 57 No. 2 and page 314 of
> Wahl, T. R., Tweit, B., & Mlodinow, S. G. (Eds.). (2005). Birds of
> Washington. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press. --1st ed.
>
> <https://download.ams.birds.cornell.edu/api/v1/asset/120488781/large?__hstc=60209138.e6ee7169a99a9a2bca0fbfd4546a9b3e.1493998370160.1547258946787.1548480021690.74&__hssc=60209138.3.1548480021690&__hsfp=1279544989>
> ML120488781 Macaulay Library
> <https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/120488781?__hstc=60209138.e6ee7169a99a9a2bca0fbfd4546a9b3e.1493998370160.1547258946787.1548480021690.74&__hssc=60209138.3.1548480021690&__hsfp=1279544989>
>
> © Carl Haynie
>
> From notes taken in the field
>
> On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 8:18 PM William Brooks <willbrooks.0...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hey All,
>>
>> This afternoon afternoon on the weekly UPS campus bird walk (every Friday
>> at 2 pm, meeting at the Slater Museum of natural history), we had a HERMIT
>> WARBLER in a mixed flock in the presidents woods. The presidents woods is
>> the mixed coniferous grove north of Thompson hall on the northwest corner
>> of campus. The bird was on the west edge of the grove along Union ave.
>>
>> Good Birding,
>> Will Brooks
>> Tacoma, WA
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Date: 1/25/19 9:29 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Hermit Warbler - University of Puget Sound campus
I don't think I have ever heard of a winter record of Hermit Warbler in
Oregon, but eBird does show a few.
However, as to Washington, there is but one eBird citation, carefully
documented below, so this is quite an observation.
(of course, eBird does not contain all records, as undoutedly some records
have not been submitted to eBird.)
https://ebird.org/map/herwar?

neg=true&env.minX=-126.584181246875&env.minY=42.83937580690426&env.maxX=-114.609083590625&env.maxY=48.417949746647295&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2019

Bob OBrien Portland
1
Hermit Warbler <https://ebird.org/species/herwar> *(from eBird winter
records*)

This is the record cited on page 250 of NAB Vol. 57 No. 2 and page 314 of
Wahl, T. R., Tweit, B., & Mlodinow, S. G. (Eds.). (2005). Birds of
Washington. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press. --1st ed.
<https://download.ams.birds.cornell.edu/api/v1/asset/120488781/large?__hstc=60209138.e6ee7169a99a9a2bca0fbfd4546a9b3e.1493998370160.1547258946787.1548480021690.74&__hssc=60209138.3.1548480021690&__hsfp=1279544989>
ML120488781 Macaulay Library
<https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/120488781?__hstc=60209138.e6ee7169a99a9a2bca0fbfd4546a9b3e.1493998370160.1547258946787.1548480021690.74&__hssc=60209138.3.1548480021690&__hsfp=1279544989>

© Carl Haynie

From notes taken in the field

On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 8:18 PM William Brooks <willbrooks.0...>
wrote:

> Hey All,
>
> This afternoon afternoon on the weekly UPS campus bird walk (every Friday
> at 2 pm, meeting at the Slater Museum of natural history), we had a HERMIT
> WARBLER in a mixed flock in the presidents woods. The presidents woods is
> the mixed coniferous grove north of Thompson hall on the northwest corner
> of campus. The bird was on the west edge of the grove along Union ave.
>
> Good Birding,
> Will Brooks
> Tacoma, WA
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Date: 1/25/19 8:21 pm
From: William Brooks <willbrooks.0...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hermit Warbler - University of Puget Sound campus
Hey All,

This afternoon afternoon on the weekly UPS campus bird walk (every Friday at 2 pm, meeting at the Slater Museum of natural history), we had a HERMIT WARBLER in a mixed flock in the presidents woods. The presidents woods is the mixed coniferous grove north of Thompson hall on the northwest corner of campus. The bird was on the west edge of the grove along Union ave.

Good Birding,
Will Brooks
Tacoma, WA
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Date: 1/25/19 6:01 pm
From: littlebirder <littlebirder...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Avisys
Go to this site
http://avisys.info/


Sherry HagenVancouver, <WAlittlebirder...> Verizon, Samsung Galaxy S9+
-------- Original message --------From: Joel Haas <haas.joel...> Date: 1/25/19 11:20 AM (GMT-08:00) To: <Tweeters...> Subject: [Tweeters] Avisys
Can anyone give me a copy of their Avisys?  I lost mine in a PC crash. 
Since Jerry Blinn died a download is not available.  Any advice, or a copy?


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Date: 1/25/19 2:33 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] We're dancing to the Tennessee Waltz
Hi Cara, Sam, Ryan, Mary A and everyone,

We've got two versions of the Tennessee Waltz here, one by Sam Cooke and one by Emmy Lou Harris, that we are dancing to right now but what might be more relevant to the group is that we seem to have a bird that could be developing a routine.
We have six sightings, and today's came at a time Sam Terry was here on a planned 12:30-1:30 pm stakeout.  This time the bird seemed much more leisurely in its approach (although I wasn't able to get a single shot, but that's never unusual, and the bird again sped away when it was done bathing).  Sam was quite impressed, as we were again, by how bright the green on the back was and suggested it's likely a male. We were thrilled to have a happy stakeout customer!
We now have 3 sightings at about 1 pm, including 2 of the last three days, and another at 12:25 pm. If interested, it would seem like 12:00 to 1:30 might be about the best time to be on the driveway of our house or standing very very quietly and still (I blab too much, I won't be there) right behind the house against the back wall below the bedroom window, where Sam was (there's a chair there and chairs set up on the driveway, but standing might be better).  The light isn't too great from there but the field of view is excellent and being there doesn't seem to disturb the birds--including the guest of honor.

So rsvp, anyone, to this email address,  <ednewbold1...>
residential Beacon Hill,
Ed Newbold and Delia Scholes


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Date: 1/25/19 12:01 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kittitas County p.s.

>> Yesterday I posted about birds of interest that we saw in Kittitas County. With the help of birders Jim Cummins & Jason Vassallo we now know that we also saw a Cassin's Finch near the snag on Airport Road in Cle Elum. Here is a photo.
>>
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/45953413775/in/dateposted/
>>
>> Hank Heiberg
>> Issaquah, WA.

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Date: 1/25/19 11:24 am
From: Joel Haas <haas.joel...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Avisys
Can anyone give me a copy of their Avisys?  I lost mine in a PC crash. 
Since Jerry Blinn died a download is not available.  Any advice, or a copy?


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Date: 1/24/19 10:09 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kittitas County today

> After breakfast today, we spontaneously decided to go to Kittitas County for sunshine, blue skies and hopefully good birding. We were not disappointed.
>
> Heading east out of Cle Elum on Airport Road we found a very birdy snag where Airport Road takes a 90 degree right turn. On or near that snag we saw 11 species of birds including 2 Pygmy Nuthatches and 2 Red Crossbills. Turning left onto Masterson Road we immediately encountered 2 Black-billed Magpies, 3 Bald Eagles, 10 Common Ravens and 25 American Crows raising quite a ruckus so we stopped. Soon a Bobcat crossed the road in front of our car. We proceeded to Swauk Prairie where we found a Townsend's Solitaire on Ranch Road. Finally we saw 3 Rock Wrens at Huntzinger Boat Launch.
>
> Here are some photos.
> Pygmy Nuthatch https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/32992554268/in/dateposted/
> Red Crossbill https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/45953449725/in/dateposted/
> Townsend's Solitaire https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/31926710717/in/dateposted/
> Rock Wren https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/32992751088/in/dateposted/
> All photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/sets/72157706051442485
>
> Hank & Karen Heiberg
> Issaquah, WA
>
>
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Date: 1/24/19 7:57 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-01-24
Tweets – We had steady mizzle for a long period early, but it gradually cleared. Temps in the 40’s; this winter is notable for not needing Hottie hand warmers. Also, virtually no flood waters the whole “winter”, such as we’ve had one. I think there are species missing/reduced because there just isn’t the need for those birds to hide out in the lowlands. Varied Thrush is exhibit A, but by no means the only one. Where are the Snipe?

All that is to say that today wasn’t very birdy. A few common species were singing up storms, so it wasn’t a QUIET morning, but there just weren’t very many birds, nor very many species.

Highlights:
a.. Greater White-fronted Goose – Brian saw 2 with Cacklers. When we got there, we probably saw that same flock flying away
b.. Common Goldeneye – Pair COPULATING at weir! But only the two birds.
c.. Common Merganser – only seen on a late scan of the lake
d.. Ring-necked Pheasant – Seen flying near the heronry! The guy seems to have moved beyond the Pea Patch
e.. COMMON LOON – two on lake seen on a late scan of the lake, near east shore
f.. Green Heron – flew to Rowing Club ponds just as we were leaving – almost a miss
g.. Northern Saw-whet Owl – one responded with two quick calls around 6:00 a.m., and then silence. Near East Footbridge
h.. The same 4 woodpecker species we’ve had every week in 2019 so far. Still waiting on a sapsucker.
i.. 5 River Otters – family group, also seen every week in 2019 so far
Singing birds included Anna’s Hummingbird, Brown Creeper, Bewick’s Wren, American Robin, Purple Finch, Song Sparrow, and Red-winged Blackbird. Common Goldeneye copulating. Great Blue Herons bringing nest materials to heronry.

Misses included Ring-necked Duck(not seen since 1st week of December), Greater Scaup (no scaup AT ALL this winter), Hooded Merganser, Ring-billed Gull, Cooper’s Hawk, and Bushtit.

For the day, just 51 species. For the year, we’re up to 66.

== Michael Hobbs
== www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
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Date: 1/24/19 4:22 pm
From: Susan McDougall <podicepswa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Four good species near Sequim
Hi,

At Roberta’s Pond on 3-Crabs Rd we saw an Eurasian Wigeon. Not far away was a Northern Shrike and on the walk to the beach we saw a Palm Warbler. Also present nearby was a Merlin.

Susan McDougall

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Date: 1/24/19 3:06 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nanaimo Dusky Thrush - not today!
Today (Thursday), Frank Caruso, Ken Trease, and I made a kamikaze run to Nanaimo to look for the Dusky Thrush, catching the 0730 ferry from Tsawassen. The short story is: the bird was not seen today, up through 230 pm when we left for the return ferry. There was a nice group of birders there from as far away as Texas, Massachusetts, and Quebec. Highlight of the day was a flock (!) of 5 Palm Warblers. Happy Birding! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 1/24/19 2:34 pm
From: Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Black-billed Magpie still present at Magnolia Blvd Park, Seattle
Hi Tweeters,

Shortly after arriving at the park around 1:00, I ran into David Ness, who
had originally discovered the bird, and he showed me a very short path
opposite 36th Ave. W that ends with a view of the bluff and a section of
the beach. The magpie appeared within a couple of minutes, landing on the
deck of an abandoned house that looks a bit like a lighthouse. We saw it
for only a few seconds before it disappeared. We waited for perhaps a half
hour, but it didn't show itself again.

Good birding,

Lonnie Somer
Seattle

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Date: 1/24/19 7:09 am
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Has anyone recently seen the Gyrfalcon previously reported on the Skagit/Sammish Flats?
Dear Tweets,

my Clearwater Audubon group flies in tonight for our Okanogan
Highlands/Waterville Plateau trip this weekend. Unfortunately, we did not
observe any Gyr on the scout trip, so I'm considering a twitch to Skagit or
Sammish prior to heading east on Route 2 Stevens Pass. Yes I know it's a
lot of driving from Tacoma to Omak this route, but a Gyrfalcon sighting for
the Floridians might be worth it.

Has anyone reliable seen the Gyr in the last 3-5 days? If so, please let
me know, I would be most appreciative. I'm happy to take responses off
tweeters via text or email. In advance, thanks!

Happy birding!

Shep

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Date: 1/23/19 7:53 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Stakeout possibilities on Tennessee Warbler don't look quite so bad
Hi Marv, Sam, Ryan, Bobby and Curt and tweeters,
I know, in a tweeter post replete with broken links and punctuation littering the text I called our Tennessee Warbler the Stakeout Bird from Hell. 
But consider this: today it showed up at 1:05.  A very skittish bird, it seemed to become nervous and intimidated by the activity of some of the bigger birds and left for a minute or so, but then came back cautiously approaching a bath spot and making itself reasonably visible although I still couldn't get a quality photo.  Then it found a spot to bathe that was behind a rock again, and again left in a blink of the eye and I actually missed it's exit.

Now, we have a number of mid-day visits recorded.  I would put a 15% chance (This isn't science, mind you) that the bird will show up tomorrow say between 11:30 and 1:30.
There is immense danger of someone spooking this bird but that's only if people are in the house by a window or door or outside on the back deck, and they move or make a loud noise.  There could be 15 people on or just in from the driveway, and as long as they weren't moving or making a lot of noise, the bird would probably never notice.  Visibility  of the creek from the driveway area is fine.  The converted garage even has a bathroom and we could leave it open plus set up some chairs.
The thing I hate about stakeouts is you trade the normal joys of birding for a single win-lose scenario.  I have deeply feared Host's Remorse Syndrome as I have been almost certain that if I try to get people to show up here and then have to apologize for the abject failure of the effort and I'll feel bad for wasting everyone's time and even worse because they didn't see the bird.  
But this bird is seeming to show some possible regularity.  If anyone would like to, they are certainly welcome to give it a try. Let us know when in an email to me at <ednewbold1...> and I'll send some kind of map or something.

Also, I'm calling the series of photos Tennessee Warbler Bad shot #1, Bad Shot #2 and Bad Shot # 3 but I put those last two up on my website, and they do give more info about the bird.  Here's the link, which shouldn't be broken this time, thanks to Delia's technical assist (Scroll down past the New Mexico shots to the bottom of the page.)

https://ednewbold.com/11483-2/

Sorry to be so long-winded, but one thing about our experience with this bird seems odd to us.  Delia called it a diagnosis by exclusion. Even though she was waiting specifically for it, the bird's identity didn't scream out to her, but she eliminated one possibility, then another and then got to TEWA.  The same thing happened to me today.  I thought, that's an odd Junco, NO that must be a Kinglet, no, oh.... That's it!  Even though it was the bird I was waiting for.   My memory of this bird back in PA is all from spring, when they could be abundant at times, but I can't remember if I ever had fall birds that looked like this.


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Date: 1/23/19 4:49 pm
From: Marjie Dellinger <mardell4243...>
Subject: [Tweeters] East 90
Thank you all for your helpful directions. We live in such a great area for
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Date: 1/23/19 4:06 pm
From: Vincent Lucas <vincentlucas5...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Update on Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau Scout Trip 1/21
Shep:

By Clearwater Audubon, I assume you mean Clearwater, FL? Having lived in
South Florida for over fifteen years, I know some of those folks. My
question is, there is no mention of this field trip on their website. I
wonder why?

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Date: 1/23/19 3:57 pm
From: Pamela Myers <pamelapiwo6813...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-throated Sparrow
There has been a White-throated sparrow visiting my yard every day since Dec. 9. Does anyone know what the record is for this species staying in one area in the Pacific Northwest?
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Date: 1/23/19 12:17 pm
From: Marjie Dellinger <mardell4243...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] I know where west 90 is.
Thank you so much!

On Wed, Jan 23, 2019, 8:47 AM Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
wrote:

> Samish Island Road makes two 90* turns between Edison and Samish Island.
> The west 90 is south of Samish Island. It is easy to find as it is a
> Department of Fish & Wildlife site complete with parking, trails, and a
> Port-A-Pottie. You need a Discover Pass to legally park there.
>
> Going east from the west 90 towards Edison, Samish Island Road makes a
> 90* turn north just past Bayview-Edison Rd. That is the east 90. It is a
> bend in the road, nothing more. There are a few wide shoulders where you
> can park.
>
> As someone already said, be considerate about driving and parking so you
> don't interfere with others using the road.
>
> Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA
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> Where is east 90?
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Date: 1/23/19 8:49 am
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] I know where west 90 is.
Samish Island Road makes two 90* turns between Edison and Samish Island.  The west 90 is south of Samish Island.  It is easy to find as it is a Department of Fish & Wildlife site complete with parking, trails, and a Port-A-Pottie.  You need a Discover Pass to legally park there.
Going east from the west 90 towards Edison, Samish Island Road makes a  90* turn north just past Bayview-Edison Rd.  That  is the east 90.  It is a bend in the road, nothing more. There are a few wide shoulders where you can park. 

As someone already said, be considerate about driving and parking so you don't interfere with others using the road.   Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

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Date: 1/23/19 6:29 am
From: todd Entrikin <shmodd_...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] I know where west 90 is.
Well, it is directly East of West 90. The 90 refers to the 90 degree turns on the mostly straight roads. Do the locals a favor and avoid stopping or slowing down in the middle of the road, and pull off the road completely, and then visit Edison when you are done.

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Date: 1/22/19 10:28 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Barn Owl fashion-shoot at Eide Rd and The Stakeout-bird-from-Hell: Tennessee Warbler
Hi Sam, Ryan, Bobby and Curtis and everyone,
Yesterday when Delia and I and Brian Pendleton drove into the parking lot at dusk at Eide Rd it was like driving into an ambush with a bank of huge lenses pointed directly at us as if they might go off at any moment.  It was a Barn Owl stake out, admirably disciplined and well-organized without any anarchic elements breaking the rules or invading the bird's space.  They told us she would be heading out soon and we thought "Oh, I'm Sure!".
The photos of the gorgeous bird that flew out are at the link below, presumably it's her roost site and a daily show, but I don't know that.  Many photographers must have gotten very good shots of this bird.  The bird did not seem troubled by the attention, and at one point, every time she turned her head toward the group you could hear the shutters going off like at a fashion-shoot.

Speaking of stakeout birds, the Tennessee Warbler that I reported "gone" is, well, not entirely necessarily for sure gone.
Here is the schedule it has been observed keeping:  Jan 16   10:10 am  1:05 pm     Jan 18   12:28      Jan 22  8:45 am

The bird comes in to the yard in a business like way, scoping for danger but soon getting into the creek and bathing but always skillfully finding a bathing spot that is hidden behind a rock.  After about a 15 second bath it once stuck around for more seconds, once even preening in semi-visible positions on branches, but other times has shot from it's impossible-to-see bathing position completely out of the yard at high speed, leaving a trail of frustration. The whole visit is probably  well less than a minute duration.

We think any kind of a stakeout would probably be both boring (The creek didn't get any other warbler or notable bird all day today) (also, after a big rain tonight, how big of a draw is a bath?) and unsuccessful.  We are hard at work inside the house preparing for a family visit, one of us is fighting a cold,and conducting cottage-industry sweatshop labor.  Our biggest concern is that we don't want to appear to be holding back information on this bird, nor would we feel good if we were appearing to be unwelcome if anyone were calculating differently from us and thought it was worth it do a vigil. Also we have been on the receiving end of so many wonderful hosts of birds, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Blue Jay and many others come to mind, we don't want to be hypocritical.  Outside from the driveway or further in next to the back of the house would be unintrusive to the bird.  Just for the sake of not tossing a lot of info out on the internet, email us first if anyone wants to experience for themselves how frustrating this bird can be.

Pictures of the Tennessee and the Owl at the bottom of the blog--scroll all the way down past the New Mexico pics. 

Thanks all, Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>  ( and Delia)   Beacon Hill  Seattle
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Date: 1/22/19 10:21 pm
From: Marjie Dellinger <mardell4243...>
Subject: [Tweeters] I know where west 90 is.
Where is east 90?

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Date: 1/22/19 8:33 pm
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Update on Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau Scout Trip 1/21
Hi Tweets,

on Monday I finished up my scout trip for my upcoming trips with Clearwater
Audubon and WOS.

We had one SAW-WHET OWL in Bridgeport State Park. The bird was very wary
and we took extra care to keep our distance and avoid disturbing this
specialty for others to enjoy.

We criss-crossed G St through K St on 15, 16, 17 and 18 NE and were not
able to locate a Snowy Owl. We were able to relocate a previously reported
SNOWY OWL on Heritage Road/Woods Rd NE just north of highway 2 and west of
Atkins Lake, 1/4 mile north of 1st Rd NE on the east side of the road
opposite a small farm.

We had a nice large flock of HORNED LARK with SNOW BUNTING on F Rd NW north
of Sprauer or 8 Rd NW.

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW were observed on both the Waterville Plateau and
Cameron Lake Road.

Sadly, we observed no Sharp-tailed Grouse at any of my usual spots
(Bridgeport Hill, Scotch Creek Wildlife Preserve, or Siwash Creek Road).
Not sure why, but suspect the lack of snow and warm weather may have
effected this species winter distribution.

We had good numbers of GOLDEN EAGLE and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Our big
surprise was many sightings of CASSIN'S FINCH, sometimes in large flocks,
on Camas Meadows Road off Blewett's Pass, Siwash Creek Road and Conconully.

Meredith Spencer reports Long-tailed Duck on Lake Pateros look outs on the
south side - marked with ribbon.

I'll report on my trips next weekend and over President's Day weekend for
all you winter birding lovers!

Happy birding,
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Date: 1/22/19 4:41 pm
From: Steve Noseworthy <stephenose...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI Alaska Cruise
Hi Tweeters
Does anyone have a recommendation for a small ship bird friendly cruise
company for southern Alaska?
Thanks, Steve

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Date: 1/22/19 3:09 pm
From: Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Spain only, but with a private guide
Well, civil unrest has canceled both Zimbabwe and Kenya. But looking at my
e-book for Spain looks like we will keep very busy, not have to worry about
getting shots, or the abundance of poisonous snakes, and spiders. (If I’m
incorrect on the snakes and spiders please do NOT tell me so. I’ll just
live in the fantasy world until reality comes into play.
I’m flying into Barcelona, and head straight to the bird guides lodge,
booked there for 1/2 the time, then go somewhere else for the rest.
Leaving feb 19 return March 18.
So access to Internet might be doable part of the time. My only handicap
is, I’ve had no time to study Spain’s birds, as I was hyper focused on the
African countries.
I’ll try for identifying photos of course, but with our own private
guide, we will have time to really study the birds. Not going for numbers,
as I quit counting after 500 North American. Now focusing on behavior and
habitats.
All will be new to me!
So with tickets ordered super economy, I’m just praying I’m able to make
pack properly for my gear. My little children who sleep in drawers and
bags, until it’s time to get going, on an adventure. 🤓
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Date: 1/22/19 12:01 pm
From: Steve Pink <pirangas...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Dusky Thrush continues at Nanaimo

Blair, Connie and I went for the Dusky Thrush which is 10 minutes from the ferry terminal.

Despite cold and wet weather we managed to get good looks at the bird and photos.

Cheers Steve

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Date: 1/22/19 2:13 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Rare Café-colored Crow pigment mutation near Seward Park 1.21.2019
Those are absolutely gorgeous photos, Joshua.

To answer a few questions: the colour morph of that particular crow is
known as "cinnamon" in the avicultural world (which is mostly about
captive-breeding parrots, songbirds and waterfowl). although cinnamon
morphs look more-or-less the same, the genetics underlying this colour
mutation affect the colour, size or shape of melanin granules, which give
the birds their distinctive plumage colours. Thus, "cinnamon" is a generic
sort of term that describes the bird's visible colour rather than the
precise genetics that give rise to it.

Let me explain: there are two forms of melanin produced by birds:
pheomelanin, which is reddish to yellowish in colour; and eumelanin, which
is dark brown to black. Thus, the cinnamon colour morph can result from a
mutation in a number of genes within the melanin production pathway, and
these mutations can differ between individuals whose colouring appears "the
same". Further, some cinnamon morphs result from an autosomal dominant gene
mutation (so the bird needs only a single copy of the relevant gene
mutation to create this colour morph), whereas other cinnamon colour morphs
are produced by a recessive gene mutation (which means that the bird needs
two copies -- identical copies? perhaps, but perhaps not -- of the relevant
gene mutation to make the colour visible.) Nevertheless, regardless of the
genetics that underlie this particular crow's colour morph, which step(s)
in the melanin production pathway that are affected, and which type of
melanin molecule is affected, and how it is altered, the result in this
particular crow is that melanins are not properly produced, which gives the
affected bird its distinctive colour. As an aside, at least one mutation
that gives rise to a genetically dominant cinnamon colour morph is a
semi-dominant lethal mutation (meaning that the unfortunate bird who ends
up with two copies of this dominant gene will die, either in the egg or as
a nestling.) Based on this, one can conclude that such a colour morph
affects metabolic or developmental pathways that are essential to life.

To my eyes, Trileigh's "brown" crow looks different from Joshua's cinnamon
crow. It could be differences in lighting, but it appears to me that
Joshua's cinnamon crow has dark legs and a dark beak, whereas Trileigh's
"brown" crow is all brown -- even the legs and beak (which appears to have
a pale horn-coloured tip). Do they share a mutation or two? It's difficult
to say, but Trileigh's "brown" crow could also result from a fallow
mutation, which is recessive, and also affects eye colour (unlike any of
the "cinnamon" mutations), making the eye paler than normal, or even red in
colour. (Keeping in mind that there are other gene mutations that affect
ONLY eye colour, but not plumage colour, and therefore are not considered
to be fallow morph mutations.)

leucistic birds lack the ability to produce any melanin at all, either in
some or all of their feathers, so their feathers are white.

hope this helps.


On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 1:52 AM kelsberg <kelsberg...> wrote:

> Thanks! Glad you took nice photos.
> Gary
>
> On Jan 21, 2019, at 3:12 PM, Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> wrote:
>
> That blond crow at Seward Park has been there for at least a year! I took
> photos of it last winter:
>
> https://flickr.com/photos/132642556@N03/sets/72157666255642248
>
> Good birding, Joshua Glant
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> On Jan 21, 2019, at 1:15 PM, Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...> wrote:
>
> Hi Tweets,
>
> That’s a beautiful bird, Gary! It reminds me of a brown crow I’ve seen in
> Lincoln Park (West Seattle) - photos here
> <https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=37263485%40N03&view_all=1&text=brown%20crow>.
> Although my local one doesn’t have the dramatic coloring of Gary’s, I
> wonder if there might be some shared genetic modifications.
>
> Good birding to all,
> Trileigh
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> From: kelsberg <kelsberg...>
> Date: Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:52 AM
> To: "<tweeters...>" <tweeters...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Rare Café-colored Crow pigment mutation near Seward
> Park 1.21.2019
>
> I saw an unusually pigmented crow (I've never seen anything like it
> before) this morning from the pedestrian path along Lake Washington Blvd,
> about 1/2 mile north of Seward Park. Overall, it was café-au-lait, with a
> darker brown head and proximal tail, medium brown over the back and much of
> the wings, and white wing tips and distal tail and flight feathers.
>
>
> It was foraging on the lawn near where some picnic must have happened,
> since it took flight with what appeared to be a piece of watermelon.
>
>
> I took a quick burst of iPhone photos (low quality), which I've posted on
> the public Flickr account at:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/145727674@N05/?
>
>
> If they are not visible I can also email them to anyone who is interested.
>
>
> I sent some of the photos to Dennis Paulson, who said he'd never seen one
> like it either and suggested that it was a rare mutation. He hoped some
> photographers might track it down and get better images.
>
>
> Good hunting!
>
>
> Gary Kelsberg
>
> Seattle
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