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12/11/17 6:38 am Gene Beall <gene.beall...> [Tweeters] Fox Sparrows at Ocean Shores
12/11/17 4:40 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Counting Birds: Christmas Means Citizen Science For The Birds
12/11/17 2:33 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] most unusual / rare birds spotted in the most recent CBCs
12/10/17 11:17 pm Dan Reiff <dan.owl.reiff...> [Tweeters] “Putting the lives of birds above the lives of people” Emails show Ryan Zinke push for controversial road - CNN
12/10/17 11:08 pm Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> Re: [Tweeters] RFI: San Juan Island birding
12/10/17 9:22 pm Rhett Wilkins <rhettwilkins...> [Tweeters] Snowy At Sandy Point????? YES
12/10/17 8:11 pm pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] Seattle Mountain Chickadees
12/10/17 7:39 pm Pamela Myers <pamelapiwo6813...> [Tweeters] All I want for Christmas is a White-throated Sparrow!
12/10/17 4:05 pm Tiffany Linbo <tiffany.linbo...> [Tweeters] Window collision prevention
12/10/17 2:13 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> [Tweeters] Snowy at Sandy Point today?????
12/10/17 1:45 pm Scott Ramos <lsr...> Re: [Tweeters] Whidbey Island Traverse
12/10/17 1:44 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } A Pirate's Bounty
12/10/17 1:05 pm Cathy Scott <catsatbow...> [Tweeters] Re: Tweeters Digest, Vol 160, Issue 9
12/10/17 1:05 pm Dan Reiff <dan.owl.reiff...> [Tweeters] Fwd: Project SNOWstorm: Latest updates 
12/10/17 12:21 pm Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...> Re: [Tweeters] Whidbey Island Traverse
12/10/17 11:17 am Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
12/10/17 11:07 am Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...> [Tweeters] FW: Project SNOWstorm: Latest updates 
12/10/17 10:57 am Scott Ramos <lsr...> [Tweeters] Whidbey Island Traverse
12/10/17 10:45 am Kevin T. Moore <onewhitecandle...> [Tweeters] Snow goose (?), Green Lake, Seattle
12/10/17 9:37 am Richard Anderson <richardanderson59...> [Tweeters] RFI: San Juan Island birding
12/10/17 8:53 am Jack Nolan <jacknolan62...> [Tweeters] Raptor ID Help
12/10/17 5:43 am <sremse...> [Tweeters] O.T. RFI Amphibians
12/9/17 10:05 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Cooper's Hawk eating a rabbit at Marymoor
12/9/17 9:37 pm Duncan, Scot <sduncan...> [Tweeters] Yellow-billed Loon at Point Hudson in Port Townsend
12/9/17 8:59 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] First Blog Post on California Trip
12/9/17 4:18 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] Intergrade Northern Flicker?
12/9/17 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellen...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Dec. 10, 2017
12/9/17 11:41 am Tom Mansfield <birds...> [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon
12/9/17 11:13 am Tom Mansfield <birds...> [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon (GYRF)
12/9/17 6:13 am Roland van der Vliet <rollie_nl...> [Tweeters] RFI from the Netherlands: winter birds in WA
12/8/17 9:49 pm Scott Ramos <lsr...> [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 8 December 2017
12/8/17 8:37 pm Kenneth Trease <krtrease...> [Tweeters] Rockpipers at Ocean Shores
12/8/17 4:47 pm Charles Desilets <csdesilets...> [Tweeters] Skagit Blue Jay
12/8/17 3:13 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Samish Flats Falco
12/8/17 2:13 pm Eric Carlson <ericallencarlson...> [Tweeters] RFI Western Screech Owl Nest Boxes
12/8/17 12:06 pm Eric Ellingson <abriteway...> [Tweeters] Red Crossbills around Blaine WA
12/8/17 5:29 am Dan Reiff <dan.owl.reiff...> [Tweeters] Re: Your message to Tweeters awaits moderator approval
12/7/17 9:13 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-12-07
12/7/17 3:02 pm B&PBell <bellasoc...> [Tweeters] Eastside Audubon Samish-Skagit trip 12/6
12/7/17 2:25 pm Wayne Weber <contopus...> [Tweeters] Tufted Duck hybrid at Chambers Bay, Pierce Co.
12/7/17 10:29 am Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Samish Gyr & Dunlin Murmuration
12/7/17 9:25 am STEVE KOHL M.D. <stkohl...> [Tweeters] Gyrfalcon in the Skagit?
12/7/17 8:22 am Steve Krival <stevekrival...> [Tweeters] RE: Tweeters Digest, Vol 160, Issue 4 Two Short-eared Owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually
12/6/17 12:48 pm Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> [Tweeters] Thanks to Marv and Mark
12/6/17 11:41 am Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Swamp Sparrow in Longview
12/6/17 10:33 am Duncan, Scot <sduncan...> [Tweeters] Trumpeter swans at Union Bay/Montlake Fill
12/6/17 8:30 am Mark Ahlness <mahlness...> [Tweeters] Gyrfalcon in Skagit County
12/5/17 7:10 pm <notcalm...> Re: [Tweeters] Off topic: Birds of Chile, south to north
12/5/17 4:59 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] Off topic: Birds of Chile, south to north
12/5/17 2:30 pm Karl Neice <krneice...> [Tweeters] Common Redpoll
12/5/17 1:13 pm Andrew McCormick <andy_mcc...> Re: [Tweeters] King County Slaty-backed Gull
12/5/17 10:17 am Dan McDougall-Treacy <danmcdt...> [Tweeters] Common Redpoll
12/4/17 5:00 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] King County Slaty-backed Gull
12/4/17 1:21 pm Tim Billo <timbillo...> [Tweeters] American redstart?, Yesler Swamp
12/4/17 11:35 am Dan McDougall-Treacy <danmcdt...> [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull
12/4/17 2:41 am mark girling <markgirling...> [Tweeters] Salmonella
12/3/17 7:05 pm pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] Seattle Harris's Sparrow
12/3/17 6:45 pm Megan Lyden <meganlyden...> [Tweeters] XMAS bird count for Eastside Audubon
12/3/17 6:41 pm T Varela <tvarela...> [Tweeters] Two Short-eared Owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually NWR Sunday morning
12/3/17 3:20 pm Ethan Whitney Smith <ethanwhitneysmith...> [Tweeters] Coopers Hawk with blue disc on back or shoulder
12/3/17 2:22 pm ray holden <rayleeholden...> [Tweeters] Snowy Owls In Michigan
12/3/17 12:13 pm Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...> [Tweeters] Green morph Pine Siskin at Seattle’s Martha Washington Park
12/3/17 11:41 am Jean Trent <jean.trent...> [Tweeters] WOS Dec. 4 Meeting Reminder
12/3/17 11:34 am Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
12/3/17 8:44 am pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] Seattle Harris's Sparrow
12/3/17 5:18 am Charles Desilets <csdesilets...> [Tweeters] Snowy Owl irruptiion in Michigan article
12/2/17 6:17 pm Theresa Simendinger <cowgirltns...> Re: [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
12/2/17 6:09 pm James Karr <jrkarr...> Re: [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
12/2/17 6:05 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] California Dreaming
12/2/17 5:21 pm Larry Marsh <larrydmarsh...> Re: [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
12/2/17 4:33 pm Hal Michael <ucd880...> Re: [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
12/2/17 4:29 pm mark girling <markgirling...> [Tweeters] Bird Locations
12/2/17 3:02 pm Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...> [Tweeters] Carkeek Park Glaucous Gull
12/2/17 12:40 pm Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull at Carkeek Park
12/2/17 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Dec. 3, 2017
12/2/17 10:13 am Theresa Simendinger <cowgirltns...> [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
12/2/17 9:21 am Roland Kilcher <roland_kilcher...> [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull at Carkeek Park
12/1/17 10:16 pm <gokatz...> [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull at Carkeek Park
12/1/17 6:13 pm <festuca...> [Tweeters] Budd Inlet Black Scoter
12/1/17 5:41 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse State listing
12/1/17 4:49 pm Scott Ramos <lsr...> [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 1 December 2017
12/1/17 3:57 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Angel's Wings
12/1/17 10:56 am Debbie Mcleod <skepsou...> [Tweeters] Project FeederWatch
12/1/17 2:17 am <notcalm...> [Tweeters] Highly recommended reports and updates regarding Snowy Owls------Fwd: Project SNOWstorm
11/30/17 6:13 pm Diann MacRae <tvulture...> Fw: [Tweeters] Dr. Bob Norton passed away
11/30/17 4:45 pm John Whitehead <jirvingw...> [Tweeters] Nisqually Saw-Whet
11/30/17 2:30 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-11-30
11/30/17 12:38 pm j baker <hikenbird...> [Tweeters] Costa Rica recommendations?
11/30/17 9:53 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Bird Feeders Drive Evolution Of Longer Beaks In British Tits
11/30/17 7:57 am B Boekelheide <bboek...> [Tweeters] Dr. Bob Norton passed away
11/29/17 5:00 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 11/29/17
11/29/17 12:18 pm Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Cape Disappointment SP White-winged Crossbills
11/29/17 10:58 am <amk17...> [Tweeters] tan morph white throated sparrow continues in Seattle
11/29/17 9:02 am Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Northern Saw-whet Owl, Nisqually NWR
11/28/17 9:25 pm Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...> Re: [Tweeters] Targeting county birds
11/28/17 8:36 pm Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...> [Tweeters] Targeting county birds
11/28/17 4:50 pm Rick Taylor <taylorrl...> [Tweeters] Edmonds Christmas Bird Count - Dec 16
11/28/17 4:25 pm Bruce McCammon <bruce.mccammon...> [Tweeters] Snowy Owl irruption - early signs are encouraging
11/28/17 3:05 pm Mike McAuliffe <mcmike0605...> [Tweeters] Edmonds Waterfront & Marsh November Bird Photos
11/28/17 1:54 pm Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...> [Tweeters] Seattle Harris’ Sparrow returns/continues
11/28/17 1:53 pm <ianyoung...> [Tweeters] Snow Geese on UW campus
11/28/17 8:18 am Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> [Tweeters] Responses to question about best ultrazoom camera
11/28/17 5:10 am Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> [Tweeters] upcoming Washington State CBCs
11/28/17 1:03 am Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign...> [Tweeters] Old Lady at the Pier
11/27/17 11:22 pm Kyle Leader <kchuckles11...> [Tweeters] Snowy Egret Access
11/27/17 6:05 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Gorgeous Male King Eider in B.C.
11/27/17 5:00 pm littlebirder <littlebirder...> Re: [Tweeters] Re: Clark Co. Black-legged Kittiwake, 27 Nov 2017
11/27/17 4:46 pm John Whitehead <jirvingw...> [Tweeters] Titlow, Eurasian and Storm widgeons
11/27/17 4:37 pm John Whitehead <jirvingw...> [Tweeters] Titlow, Eurasian and Storm widgeons
11/27/17 4:36 pm Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson...> Re: [Tweeters] O.T. RFI: Fish
11/27/17 4:33 pm Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...> Re: [Tweeters] Re: Clark Co. Black-legged Kittiwake, 27 Nov 2017
11/27/17 2:20 pm washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder...> [Tweeters] Targeting county birding another way
11/27/17 1:48 pm Theresa Simendinger <cowgirltns...> [Tweeters] Pilated Woodpecker Knocking on my House...THX!
11/27/17 12:52 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> [Tweeters] Black Phoebe still at Fobes Rd.
11/27/17 10:19 am Christine Southwick <clsouth...> Re: [Tweeters] Piliated Woodpecker ponding on my house.....help
11/27/17 10:17 am Jay Adams <protectionisland8.9...> [Tweeters] CBC Help
11/27/17 10:14 am Ryan Abe <ryanabe79...> [Tweeters] Re: Clark Co. Black-legged Kittiwake, 27 Nov 2017
11/27/17 7:25 am Hal Michael <ucd880...> Re: [Tweeters] O.T. RFI: Fish
11/27/17 6:49 am <sremse...> [Tweeters] O.T. RFI: Fish
11/27/17 1:12 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Tweeting Bird Science On Twitter
11/26/17 9:05 pm stan willey <steamboatwilleys...> [Tweeters] Kingston mystery bird
11/26/17 1:44 pm Anna <amk17...> Re: [Tweeters] re: Pileated Woodpecker pounding.....
11/26/17 12:32 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
11/26/17 12:24 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] re: Pileated Woodpecker pounding.....
11/25/17 10:14 pm Ron McCluskey <rmcclsky...> [Tweeters] Eastern Washington Snow Buntings
11/25/17 5:21 pm Scott Ramos <lsr...> [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 25 November 2017
11/25/17 4:51 pm Duncan, Scot <sduncan...> [Tweeters] American Tree Sparrow at Discovery Park (Nov 25)
11/25/17 4:43 pm Jen Sanford <jjsanford...> [Tweeters] Cape Disappointment White-winged Crossbills
11/25/17 4:01 pm Anna <amk17...> [Tweeters] White-throated sparrow in Seattle
11/25/17 12:46 pm Larry Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } A Complex Corvus
11/25/17 12:41 pm Theresa Simendinger <cowgirltns...> [Tweeters] Piliated Woodpecker ponding on my house.....help
11/25/17 12:17 pm Gary Bullock <gbullockak...> [Tweeters] Re: Kingston mystery Birds
11/25/17 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 26, 2017
11/24/17 8:50 pm Adam Crutcher <acrut44...> [Tweeters] Lewis Co. Birding 11/24
11/24/17 5:56 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> [Tweeters] Re: Sandy Point owl?
11/24/17 5:05 pm Joan Miller <jemskink...> [Tweeters] Painted Bunting NO this afternoon
11/24/17 4:42 pm stan willey <steamboatwilleys...> [Tweeters] Kingston mystery and other birds
11/24/17 4:23 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Pine Grosbeaks near Issaquah
11/24/17 4:14 pm pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] Seattle redpoll, White-throated Sparrow
11/24/17 3:45 pm Duncan, Scot <sduncan...> [Tweeters] Common Redpoll, Green Lake, Seattle (Nov 24); tips on finding
11/24/17 2:20 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> [Tweeters] Re: Sandy Point owl?
11/24/17 2:04 pm ray holden <rayleeholden...> Re: RE: RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
11/24/17 2:01 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> [Tweeters] Sandy Point owl?
11/24/17 11:49 am Julia H <azureye...> [Tweeters] Painted bunting: NO
11/24/17 11:45 am Marcus Roening <marcus...> [Tweeters] No Painted Bunting Fri 8:30-11:30am
11/24/17 11:18 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct?
11/23/17 5:32 pm Louis Kreemer <lpkreemer...> [Tweeters] Redpolls at Green Lake
11/23/17 1:25 pm Jim Forrester <jimf...> [Tweeters] Recent rarity photos
11/23/17 1:13 pm Diann MacRae <tvulture...> [Tweeters] Happy Thanksgiving!
11/23/17 12:40 pm Khanh Tran <khanhbatran...> [Tweeters] Happy Thanksgiving! Updated owls, grouse, and other fun, critter photos.
11/23/17 10:53 am Jim Forrester <jimf...> RE: RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
11/23/17 10:05 am Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> Re: RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
11/23/17 9:39 am Rick Taylor <taylorrl...> RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
11/23/17 9:29 am Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> Re: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
11/23/17 8:45 am Roland Kilcher <roland_kilcher...> [Tweeters] PABU continues
11/23/17 7:21 am Jim Forrester <jimf...> [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
11/22/17 10:49 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl Info Apologies
11/22/17 7:37 pm Duncan, Scot <sduncan...> [Tweeters] Pine Grosbeak (11/22) and Common Redpoll (11/12), Hawthorne Hills, Seattle
11/22/17 5:39 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl Info Apologies
11/22/17 5:35 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-11-22
11/22/17 3:47 pm Patrick <patforster...> [Tweeters] Bunting at La Conner-Snowy Owl at Sandy Point
11/22/17 3:45 pm Charles Easterberg <easterbg...> [Tweeters] White-Throated Sparrow
11/22/17 1:20 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 11/22/17
11/22/17 12:25 pm Jeremy Schwartz <jschwartz1124...> [Tweeters] Oh the Birds You'll See
11/22/17 11:56 am Penny L Koyama <plkoyama...> Re: [Tweeters] Painted Bunting
11/22/17 10:57 am louiserutter1000 <louiserutter1000...> [Tweeters] Painted bunting
11/22/17 9:57 am Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Northern Saw-Whet Owl at Nisqually.
11/22/17 9:48 am Jeremy Schwartz <jschwartz1124...> [Tweeters] Casual Birder Podcast
11/22/17 9:40 am Jason Vassallo <Jason.Vassallo...> [Tweeters] American Tree Sparrow Discovery Park
11/22/17 9:33 am Bruce <blabar...> [Tweeters] Painted Bunting
11/22/17 9:26 am <mcharest...> [Tweeters] Snowy Owl Info Apologies
11/22/17 7:25 am Jean Trent <jean.trent...> [Tweeters] WOS December Monthly Meeting
11/21/17 4:24 pm Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> [Tweeters] What is the best ultrazoom point-and-shoot these days?
11/21/17 3:57 pm Mike Charest <mcharest...> Re: [Tweeters] Any info on a rumored snowy owl in Puyallup?
11/21/17 3:55 pm Jean Trent <jean.trent...> [Tweeters] New post
11/21/17 3:39 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> [Tweeters] Any info on a rumored snowy owl in Puyallup?
11/21/17 1:03 pm Linda Talman <linda.talman...> [Tweeters] PABU La Conner.
11/21/17 12:42 pm <amk17...> [Tweeters] Pine siskin hybrids?
11/21/17 10:05 am Wayne Palsson <wpalsson...> [Tweeters] Painted Bunting-Yes!
11/21/17 9:01 am Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Skagit birds
11/21/17 8:04 am Edward Pullen <edwardpullen...> [Tweeters] PABU
11/20/17 10:52 am Will RIsser <wlrisser...> [Tweeters] Harlan's hawk still in Neah Bay
11/20/17 10:17 am Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> [Tweeters] Painted Bunting in La Conner - Yes!
11/20/17 9:06 am john dantoni <dantonijohn...> [Tweeters] Duck i.d. help please. Mallard hybrid?
11/20/17 9:02 am Vaughn Rhoden <vrhoden...> [Tweeters] Harris' Sparrow @ Ridgefield
11/20/17 8:58 am mark girling <markgirling...> [Tweeters] Painted Bunting.
11/20/17 5:34 am Matt Bartels <mattxyz...> [Tweeters] SAS Field Trip South "King" County [and Pierce Co] Puget Sound 18 Nov 2017
11/19/17 3:59 pm Tom Mansfield <birds...> [Tweeters] La Conner Painted Bunting ("PABU")
11/19/17 3:29 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] La Conner, WA Painted Bunting
11/19/17 2:11 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> [Tweeters] Correction and Apology
11/19/17 11:25 am John Puschock <g_g_allin...> [Tweeters] No sightings: Possible sighting of "our" Swallow-tailed Gull in California last month.
11/19/17 10:42 am Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> [Tweeters] Snowy owl and other lifers
11/18/17 10:30 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> [Tweeters] Twin Lakes Dipper and Gog-le-hi-te Barack Phoebe
11/18/17 9:03 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Birdy but not Rosy - Discovery Park this afternoon
11/18/17 7:01 pm pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] Seattle Pine Grosbeak, Townsend's Solitaire
11/18/17 5:29 pm Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Tacoma Common Redpoll
11/18/17 3:49 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Neighbors
11/18/17 1:50 pm Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...> [Tweeters] Finches and stuff
11/18/17 1:21 pm Walter Szeliga <walter.szeliga...> [Tweeters] Gray Crowned Rosy-finches, Yakima River Canyon, Kittitas County
11/18/17 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 19, 2017
11/18/17 11:13 am Tom Mansfield <birds...> [Tweeters] Winter Finches
11/18/17 9:33 am B B <birder4184...> Re: [Tweeters] 2 Snowy Egrets in Vancouver Lowlands, Clark County
11/18/17 8:35 am Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign...> [Tweeters] Fall in Port Townsend
11/18/17 8:24 am Will Risser <wlrisser...> [Tweeters] Red fox sparrow in Neah Bay
11/18/17 6:41 am Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Skagit birding
11/17/17 10:13 pm Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Trumpeter Swans eating corn in the Snoqualmie Valley
11/17/17 9:37 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy still at Sandy Point??
11/17/17 9:28 pm AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...> [Tweeters] New Ebird policy re: "Sensitive Species"
11/17/17 9:04 pm Josh Adams <xjoshx...> RE: [Tweeters] Sensitive species in eBird
11/17/17 8:07 pm Tom Mansfield <birds...> RE: [Tweeters] re: Sensitive Species in eBird
11/17/17 7:25 pm STEVE KOHL M.D. <stkohl...> [Tweeters] Skagit birding today
11/17/17 7:12 pm Randy Hill <re_hill...> RE: [Tweeters] re: Sensitive Species in eBird
11/17/17 5:37 pm Scott Downes <downess...> [Tweeters] re: Sensitive Species in eBird
11/17/17 3:05 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> [Tweeters] Snowy still at Sandy Point??
11/17/17 2:39 pm J Christian Kessler <1northraven...> Re: [Tweeters] Sensitive species in eBird
11/17/17 2:29 pm Kyle Leader <kchuckles11...> [Tweeters] Tacoma Glaucous Gull
11/17/17 11:57 am Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> [Tweeters] Sensitive species in eBird
11/17/17 5:43 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Parrots And Politics Collide In Tasmania's Trashed Forests
11/16/17 5:15 pm birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-11-16
11/16/17 4:32 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 11-16-2017
11/16/17 2:32 pm Houston Flores <houstonflores...> [Tweeters] Great Egret - Ballard Locks - King County - November 16, 2017
11/16/17 1:55 pm B&PBell <bellasoc...> [Tweeters] Washington Ornithological Society 11-15-17 trip to Samish/Skagit
11/16/17 12:25 pm Dennis Paulson-IMAP <dennispaulson...> [Tweeters] oops
11/16/17 12:24 pm Dennis Paulson-IMAP <dennispaulson...> [Tweeters] Snowy Owl activity cycle
11/15/17 11:21 pm Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> Re: [Tweeters] Thanks for (most of)Sandy Point Snowy Owl corrections
11/15/17 11:21 pm Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> Re: [Tweeters] Thanks for (most of)Sandy Point Snowy Owl corrections
11/15/17 9:45 pm <tomboulian...> [Tweeters] Thanks for (most of)Sandy Point Snowy Owl corrections
11/15/17 7:08 pm Paul Bannick <paul.bannick...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowing Owls Point of Information
11/15/17 6:38 pm Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowing Owls Point of Information
11/15/17 6:02 pm ray holden <rayleeholden...> [Tweeters] Snowing Owls Point of Information
11/15/17 4:56 pm Betty <bettinab39...> RE: [Tweeters] Eurasian wigeon
11/15/17 3:58 pm Michael Freund <mikefreund...> [Tweeters] Gray-crowned Rosy-finch at Discovery Park
11/15/17 3:47 pm Anna <amk17...> [Tweeters] Eurasian wigeon
11/15/17 2:37 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 11/15/147
11/15/17 2:26 pm Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...> [Tweeters] Not all owls and eagles / Caryn / Wedgwood
11/15/17 1:49 pm DONNA POOLE <poole9561...> Re: [Tweeters] Re: Snowy Owl
11/15/17 1:16 pm Doug Brown <BirdBrain53...> [Tweeters] Re: Snowy Owl
11/15/17 12:53 pm Wayne Weber <contopus...> [Tweeters] Sandy Point access
11/15/17 11:49 am Hal Michael <ucd880...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
11/15/17 11:36 am Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
11/15/17 11:29 am Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> [Tweeters] Possible Mercer Island Mountain Chickadee
11/15/17 11:07 am Twink Coffman <wilber4818...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
11/15/17 10:25 am Sammy Catiis <Hikersammy...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
11/15/17 7:14 am <sremse...> [Tweeters] O.T. Big Year
11/14/17 10:53 pm <tomboulian...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
11/14/17 9:01 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
11/14/17 8:49 pm B B <birder4184...> RE: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
11/14/17 8:43 pm Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> RE: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
11/14/17 7:25 pm Josh Adams <xjoshx...> RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
11/14/17 6:48 pm Steve Loitz <steveloitz...> Re: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
11/14/17 6:33 pm Rick Taylor <taylorrl...> RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
11/14/17 5:17 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
11/14/17 3:33 pm Rick Tyler <rhtyler...> [Tweeters] Lighthouse parking at Discovery Park in Seattle
11/14/17 3:16 pm Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...> [Tweeters] Auburn online guide in Spanish
11/14/17 3:13 pm James Karr <jrkarr...> Re: [Tweeters] Phone app for Costa Rica
11/14/17 2:09 pm Hal Michael <ucd880...> Re: [Tweeters] Phone app for Costa Rica
11/14/17 1:56 pm Rose O'Donnell <odonnellra...> [Tweeters] Phone app for Costa Rica
11/14/17 1:46 pm Greg Snyder <snyder.greg...> RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
11/14/17 1:31 pm littlebirder <littlebirder...> RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
11/14/17 12:56 pm Scuderi, Michael R CIV USARMY CENWS (US) <Michael.R.Scuderi...> RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
11/14/17 11:01 am Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> [Tweeters] Geese and Swans in Snohomish
11/14/17 10:04 am Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] "Red" Fox Sparrow +
11/14/17 9:05 am Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> [Tweeters] River "S" Ridgefield (Clark County) Harris's Sparrow continues
11/14/17 6:31 am Gene Bullock <genebullock...> [Tweeters] Christmas Bird Count
11/13/17 5:53 pm Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign...> [Tweeters] Honk if You're Horny
11/13/17 3:45 pm Joyce Meyer <meyer2j...> [Tweeters] National Geo APP
11/13/17 2:49 pm Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...> [Tweeters] Seattle Harris’ Sparrow
11/13/17 2:41 pm Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...> [Tweeters] HASP
11/13/17 2:37 pm Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...> [Tweeters] Seattle Harris’ Sparrow
11/13/17 1:37 pm Pat <pcoddin...> [Tweeters] Rough Legged Hawk at Gog-Le-Hi-Te
11/13/17 9:33 am Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Hummingbird Riding Out a Storm at Lake Joy
11/13/17 9:29 am <quetsal48...> [Tweeters] RE: Tweeters Digest, Vol 159, Issue 8
11/13/17 7:22 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Scientists' Colorful Quest To Discover How Parrots Became Green
11/12/17 11:17 pm Sam G Terry <sgt3...> [Tweeters] Alki Point Mountain Chickadee, alcids
11/12/17 9:37 pm Nadine Drisseq <bearsmartwa...> [Tweeters] Swarovski 1.7x extender for the ATX
11/12/17 7:40 pm Scott <scottratkinson...> [Tweeters] red-hot CLALLAM birding Sat Nov. 11 (Neah Bay)
11/12/17 6:21 pm Amy Powell <schillingera...> [Tweeters] RE: call for CBC info on the WOS website
11/12/17 4:45 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> Re: [Tweeters] rain year -- off topic
11/12/17 4:08 pm Jane Stewart <jstewart...> [Tweeters] rain year -- off topic
11/12/17 12:54 pm Martin Muller <martinmuller...> [Tweeters] Re: Tweeters Green Lake Red-breasted Merganser
11/12/17 12:31 pm Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Cowlitz Co - Northern Shrike
11/12/17 12:09 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Elegant Assassins
11/12/17 11:25 am Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
11/12/17 11:09 am Brad Waggoner <wagtail24...> [Tweeters] Friday and Saturday Neah Bay Highlights
11/11/17 10:27 pm Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl still present at Sandy Point
11/11/17 8:04 pm Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus...> Re: [Tweeters] Messy gardens attract birds
11/11/17 6:25 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] Snohomish County Grey Jays
11/11/17 5:21 pm Ed Swan <edswan2...> [Tweeters] Snowy Owl still present at Sandy Point
11/11/17 5:05 pm Louis Kreemer <lpkreemer...> [Tweeters] Green Lake Red-breasted Merganser, Carnation Osprey
11/11/17 4:49 pm pan <panmail...> [Tweeters] Seattle Wilson's Warbler
11/11/17 4:28 pm Matt Dufort <matt.dufort...> [Tweeters] Leach's Storm-Petrel off Discovery Park
11/11/17 2:10 pm Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> [Tweeters] With no falcons sighted, short trip to the Samish Flats still special
11/11/17 12:20 pm Jim Forrester <jimf...> [Tweeters] Snow Buntings at Eide Road
11/11/17 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellen...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 12, 2017
11/11/17 11:59 am Hank H <h.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Messy gardens attract birds
11/11/17 10:50 am Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Woodland Surf Scorers
11/11/17 8:09 am Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Fwd: Skagit County Fir Island Prairie Falcon
11/11/17 7:33 am Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Skagit County Fir Island Prairie Falcon
 
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Date: 12/11/17 6:38 am
From: Gene Beall <gene.beall...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fox Sparrows at Ocean Shores
On Saturday I watched three Fox Sparrows feeding in the duff beneath some
spruce trees. They were very tolerant of my presence, approaching within
4-5 feet even though I was moving around a bit fiddling with my camera.I had
to keep moving back away from them to take pictures with my long lens. I
posted a few photos and a very brief video here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gene-s_photos/



Enjoy,



Gene Beall

Sammamish, WA






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Date: 12/11/17 4:40 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Counting Birds: Christmas Means Citizen Science For The Birds
hello everyone,

I just published this piece about the upcoming Christmas Bird Count:

Counting Birds: Christmas Means Citizen Science For The Birds
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/12/11/counting-birds-christmas-means-citizen-science-for-the-birds/
Tiny: https://tinyurl.com/y9pmbef7

I noticed that it appears there is not a twitter hashmark for this event.
Does anyone know if a hashmark has been registered with twitter so it can
be used this year?

thanks for reading and as usual, please do share widely!

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Date: 12/11/17 2:33 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] most unusual / rare birds spotted in the most recent CBCs
hello everyone,

i'm researching a story for forbes about the christmas bird count and i am
trying to find the rarest, most unusual or unexpected birds spotted in the
past 3-4 years on CBCs. the only unusual bird i've been able to find any
reports for is the fieldfare in missoula's CBC last year. any other
examples?

thank you.

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Date: 12/10/17 11:17 pm
From: Dan Reiff <dan.owl.reiff...>
Subject: [Tweeters] “Putting the lives of birds above the lives of people” Emails show Ryan Zinke push for controversial road - CNN
Tweeters,

I have not heard of Cold Bay. Has any Tweeters person been there and does it have “once a year, the entire world population of black brant geese.”?

Cold Bay, Alaska (CNN)Far down the Alaskan peninsula, where it curves into the Bering Sea, lies the remote Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The federally protected, 492-square-mile wilderness area is home to brown bears, caribou, wolves, and, once a year, the entire world population of black brant geese.

The article link:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/10/politics/alaska-izembek-road-zinke-invs/index.html
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Date: 12/10/17 11:08 pm
From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI: San Juan Island birding
Hello Richard and Tweeters -

Richard Anderson asked for recommendations for birding the San Juan
Islands next week. A Birder's Guide to Washington, Second Edition
contains just this kind of information. And the guide has now been
placed online, so it is easy to get the information. The guide is at:
http://wabirdguide.org. The San Juan Islands info is at:
http://wabirdguide.org/san-juan-islands/

Also, you can check out recent sightings in the San Juan Islands at:
http://birdingwashington.info/dashboard/wa/

Select San Juan County and then search for sightings by hot spot, by
choosing any location yourself or by species.

Good luck with your birding.

Jane Hadley

Seattle, WA

P.S. Birders who are out around the state birding: please go to
http://wabirdguide.org and post your comments if you find any
information of interest to birders about birding locations included in
the book. This can include access either now closed or now open or
otherwise altered, changes to habitat as a result of development or
fires, etc., new species that haven't been previously seen at a
location, parking issues, good viewing spots, etc. Let's keep the
content of the book updated!

P.P.S. You can buy the book at Seattle Audubon's Nature Shop, Powell's
Books, Buteo Books, Amazon.com or other booksellers.



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Date: 12/10/17 9:22 pm
From: Rhett Wilkins <rhettwilkins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy At Sandy Point????? YES
For Peggy and her out of town guests. Still there this morning, on the
north side of the water.

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Date: 12/10/17 8:11 pm
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Mountain Chickadees
Hi, Tweets,

The two Mountain Chickadees continue on the south side of Alki Point. I saw them, being fairly quiet but confiding, around 10:30 this morning in the pines at the southwestern corner of the water treatment building. I saw only one Black-capped with them, plus at least a couple Red-breasted Nuthatches in the area.

Testing luck, I then checked Martha Washington Park: Golden-crowned Sparrows, check, but no Harris's. I did see one slate-colored junco among the Oregons, and one brown Purple Finch eating native hawthorn fruits (or maybe seeds).

10 December, 2017,

Alan Grenon
Seattle
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Date: 12/10/17 7:39 pm
From: Pamela Myers <pamelapiwo6813...>
Subject: [Tweeters] All I want for Christmas is a White-throated Sparrow!
Hi, Tweeters!

I've been looking in vain for a White-throated Sparrow on Norman Road. Several people have posted seeing WTSP recently along this road and I'm wondering if you would share with me where some of the good spots for seeing one?

Thank you!

Pam Myers

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Date: 12/10/17 4:05 pm
From: Tiffany Linbo <tiffany.linbo...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Window collision prevention
Im hoping someone out there has experience with this product to prevent birds from striking windows:

http://stores.santarosanational.com/

A friend uses 1/8 cord spaced 3 apart hung vertically in front of windows to prevent strikes, but was wondering about this company's use of monofilament instead. If you have any experience with this product or have strung monofilament in front of your windows as a deterrent, please let me know. Thanks.

Tiffany Linbo
Mountlake Terrace, WA
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Date: 12/10/17 2:13 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy at Sandy Point today?????
Friend visiting from Florida.  We are wondring if the snowy owl is still at Sandy Point???
Peggy Mundy

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Date: 12/10/17 1:45 pm
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Whidbey Island Traverse
Thanks, Wilson. But, with one caveat: Rosario Beach is in Skagit County. Discounting that site, we did have 91 species for all the Island County stops.

Scott Ramos
Seattle


> On Dec 10, 2017, at 12:17 PM, Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...> wrote:
>
> I checked the Big Day records at wabirder.com/ and this would break the Island County record for the month of December by 20 species! Sounds like a great trip, I hope someone turns in a report to Washington Birder.
>
>
> Wilson Cady
> Columbia River Gorge, WA
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Date: 12/10/17 1:44 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } A Pirate's Bounty
Tweeters,

A few years ago, I wrote about a red-tailed hawk which I called, The Pirate of Kingfisher Cove. After reconsidering the evidence I have come to the conclusion that red-tailed hawks are a best second-rate pirates. Can you guess who I think are the first-class pirates on Union Bay? See the answer in this week’s post:

http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/12/a-pirates-bounty.html <http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/12/a-pirates-bounty.html>

Have a great day of Union Bay, where the pirates live in the city!

Larry Hubbell
ldhubbell at comcast dot net



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Date: 12/10/17 1:05 pm
From: Cathy Scott <catsatbow...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Tweeters Digest, Vol 160, Issue 9
Looking for who to send dead birds to be tested to. More than 3 die-off
(probably 30-40 Anna's). Not window strikes or dirty feeders (I'm
educated). Skagit County Health Dept. website refers to Fish & Wildlife
phone number that is no longer monitored. I called county and they refuse
to help - says isn't their responsibility and they didn't seem to care that
their phone number wasn't good. I have 2 in the freezer. I've looked on US
Fish & Wildlife and sent them an email; sent local audobon an email, etc.
Just looking for a definite contact.


On Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM, <tweeters-request...>
> wrote:

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> 1. Red Crossbills around Blaine WA (Eric Ellingson)
> 2. RFI Western Screech Owl Nest Boxes (Eric Carlson)
> 3. Samish Flats Falco (B B)
> 4. Skagit Blue Jay (Charles Desilets)
> 5. Rockpipers at Ocean Shores (Kenneth Trease)
> 6. Magnuson Park, 8 December 2017 (Scott Ramos)
> 7. RFI from the Netherlands: winter birds in WA
> (Roland van der Vliet)
> 8. Skagit Gyrfalcon (GYRF) (Tom Mansfield)
> 9. Skagit Gyrfalcon (Tom Mansfield)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 20:03:07 +0000
> From: Eric Ellingson <abriteway...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Red Crossbills around Blaine WA
> To: Whatcom Bird List <whatcombirds...>, tweeters
> <tweeters...>
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> It seems to be a good year for crossbills.
>
>
> A bird I seldom get to see I've found in three different locations in the
> last month (Semiahmoo Spit, Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve and now five at
> my home in Blaine.
>
>
> I was under the impression the feed mostly on Spruce cones. I've been
> checking some of the heavily coned Spruce nearby the past few weeks with no
> sightings of them. Where I have found them is in Pine, Alder, and Western
> Cedar foraging.
>
>
> https://flic.kr/p/EanXqs
>
> [cid:2f52cba2-94ca-4444-a9fe-9fb764ffc1c9]Red Crossbill<https://flic.kr/p/
> EanXqs>
> Morning light. A flock of five, three male, two female feeding high in a
> cedar tree, briefly came down lower to pose.
>
> [https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4556/25047689438_d6be4d7ac8_b.jpg] <
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericellingson/25047689438/>
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> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 22:09:24 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Eric Carlson <ericallencarlson...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] RFI Western Screech Owl Nest Boxes
> To: <tweeters...>
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> Hello Fellow Birders-
>
> I am interested in hearing from anyone who has had success with nest
> boxes for W. Screech Owls. I have had good success attracting Eastern
> Screech Owls (using nest boxes back East), but only for roosting during the
> day. According to Birdweb, W. Screech Owls are listed as a species of
> concern ( Red List) by Audubon and American Bird Conservancy and I'm also
> curious to what factors might be involved in their decline. I suspect loss
> of appropriate nest sites (especially in urban and suburban areas) i.e.
> lack of snags. Additionally, I have heard mention that Barred Owls are
> preying on them...
>
> In my personal experience, nest boxes should be pole mounted with a
> squirrel guard, otherwise you will attract squirrels. Also, nest boxes
> should have about 4" of wood shavings in the bottom. In the meantime, my W.
> Seattle Screech Owl box is being used as a nighttime roost for a Flicker,
> so I put up another box.
>
> Thanks for any information you have to share.
>
> Cheers,
> Eric Carlson
>
>
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> Message: 3
> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 23:08:32 +0000 (UTC)
> From: B B <birder4184...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Samish Flats Falco
> To: "<tweeters...>" <tweeters...>
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> Steve and Connie Pink and I birded the Samish flats this afternoon quite
> thoroughly after the fog lifted. We had dozens of Bald Eagles, 20+ Red
> Tails, 6+ Rough Legged Hawks, 10+ Northern Harriers, 6 Short Eared Owls and
> more than a dozen falcons. Sadly no Gyrfalcon in spite of diligent
> searching but we had a Merlin in Edison, at least 4 Peregrines, maybe as
> many as 8 Kestrels and a Prairie Falcon perhaps 3/8 of a mile south of
> Sullivan Road viewed from Bayview Edison Road. Also some mighty fine
> pastries at the Breadfarm.
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> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:45:11 -0800
> From: "Charles Desilets" <csdesilets...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Blue Jay
> To: "'Tweeters'" <tweeters...>
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> Previously reported Blue Jay relocated 12/8 at 11:30 under feeder on
> private property in vicinity of towns of Bow & Edison. Exact location not
> detailed at behest of property owner.
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> Charles Desilets
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> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 20:34:17 -0800
> From: Kenneth Trease <krtrease...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Rockpipers at Ocean Shores
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> Today at about 11:00 AM there were good numbers of Rock Sandpipers,
> Surfbirds, and Black Turnstones feeding in the rocks at the Point Brown
> jetty in Ocean Shores. It was a very nice day with sun and a stiff breeze
> blowing out to sea. Photos on my eBird checklist or at
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> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 21:43:50 -0800
> From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 8 December 2017
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> Now that most wetlands ponds are full of water, there should be wintering
> duck action. Not. Particularly now that all but Promontory Pond are frozen,
> hardly any water birds were in the mitigation habitat. But, there were
> plenty on the lake. Scaup are back in increasing numbers, but grebes are
> hard to come by. Except for Western.
>
> It was an interesting day because of the frozen ground: less than 30 F to
> start, clear and just a slight breeze, then warming up to 40. The warm-up
> took its time though and the passerine activity seemed quite delayed. Some
> notables:
>
> Eurasian Wigeon - back for the winter, presumably, with the 100+ American
> Wigeon flock
> Canvasback - one male hanging out with the scaup (most of them are at the
> north end of the lake)
> Western Grebe - “exact” count of 485 birds, all but 20 or so in the
> typical large raft in the middle of the lake
> Sharp-shinned Hawk - adult male on Kite hill
> Cooper’s Hawk - immature female in the wetlands
> Herring Gull - one on the swim platform with the other 4 species
> Belted Kingfisher - as it has been doing all fall, flew out of its night
> roost in the meadows before dawn
> Northern Shrike - south fence line, eventually chased off by a pair of
> Anna’s; first of year—its been 4 years since I have seen one in the park!
> American Robin - tons! today’s feasting was mostly on pyracantha berries
> plus some ground feeding:
> https://youtu.be/8W-K2_ze6iw
>
> For the day, 57 species.
> Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40977255 <
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40977255>
> Scott Ramos
> Seattle
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> Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2017 14:09:06 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Roland van der Vliet <rollie_nl...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] RFI from the Netherlands: winter birds in WA
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> Tweeters,I will be visiting my family in Washington state again (after a
> previous visit in July-August 2016). They now live in Spanaway, south of
> Tacoma, and we will be visiting for X-mas (between 20 and 27 December).
> As a birder there are still several species that I would very much like to
> see. Last time, I received a lot of info on how and where I could find info
> on the web and also info on the 'Where to watch' book (that is now also on
> the web). So, I am now only soliciting for very recent info on the
> wintering specialities of WA state in the Tacoma area east to the Cascades
> (east of the Cascades is not doable this time unfortunately). So does
> anyone have recent info where, between Seattle, Olympia and the Cascades,
> it is possible to find:- Rusty Blackbird. I am aware of the Nisqually
> record earlier this autumn but it seems to have gone. I also read about a
> record east of the Cascades but that is really too far away. Any other
> birds around?- Ancient Murrelet. Until mid November regularly reported off
> Dash Point, but there are no recent reports on ebird or tweeters. Are they
> still around?- Northern Shrike. The bird at Nisqually seems to be
> infrequently seen (or reported?). What are its!
> regular spots? I read the North Dike but I cannot find this location on
> the Nisqually map: is this the Estuary Trail? Are there perhaps other
> reliable sites where it perhaps has not been reported as it has not been
> looked for (yet)? Like the restricted areas of Joint Base Lewis-McChord?
> Would the authorities allow me access to this site as a foreigner?-
> Northern Saw-whet Owl: the bird(s) in Nisqually have not been reported this
> month. Are they still being seen?- grouse (Sooty), other owls (Northern
> Pygmy, Western Screech), woodpeckers (Am. Three-toed) and rosy-finch: which
> trails at Paradise (Mt. rainier) would be best during winter to try for
> these? Or indeed elsewhere around Tacoma?
>
> A lot of questions (again, like last time). If you do not want to share
> info publicly, please respond in private.I hope you will be as helpful as
> last time!All the best, Roland van der Vliet, the Netherlands
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> Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:07:43 +0000
> From: Tom Mansfield <birds...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon (GYRF)
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> As of the time of this post (11:05 on Sat) the juvenile GYRF is sitting on
> a pole watching ducks in the first slough on Bayview Edison Rd just north
> of the highway to Anacortes. Tom Mansfield watching
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> Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:38:41 +0000
> From: Tom Mansfield <birds...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon
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> Just flew west over dike toward Padilla Bay.
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> Tom Mansfield moving on
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Date: 12/10/17 1:05 pm
From: Dan Reiff <dan.owl.reiff...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Project SNOWstorm: Latest updates 
Tweeters,
“Wells Excellent Summer Adventure”
Very interesting and detained data maps of the movement of a Snowy owl.
Dan Reiff

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> Read today's blog entry about cutting edge Snowy Owl research
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> Wells’ Excellent Summer Adventure
>
> Wells’ spring and summer movements, from late April to the end of October, including her nest site in northern Quebec. (©Project SNOWstorm and Google Earth)
>
> As we mentioned last week, two of our 2016-17 owls have come back south and checked in. Chickatawbut has been quiet since her initial check, likely because her battery is still recharging. But Wells checked in a few days ago and uploaded her entire previous eight months’ worth of data, all in one enormous batch — the first time we’ve gotten an owl’s whole summer backlog in one big rush.
>
> In all, the data trove totaled more than 10,500 GPS locations, tracking her movements in superb detail from southern Quebec last April, up through the middle of Quebec in May and into the Ungava Peninsula. Once there, she quickly settled down, and the data make very clear that she nested — part of the huge concentration of snowy owls that were breeding in the Ungava this past summer, and whose offspring make up the bulk of this winter’s heavy irruption.
>
> We’re still looking carefully at Wells’ data, but here’s a synopsis of a very eventful year for this adult female.
>
> She’d last connected the end of April, when Wells was near Lac Saint-Jean, about 200 km (125 miles) north of Quebec City. April 22 she began moving steadily north through the boreal forest and muskeg of central Quebec. Even though her flight bouts were typically brief — an hour or two, then a rest, which is normal for migrating snowies — over the next week she made good time, only stopping for extended periods a couple of times, usually on islands in the immense hydroelectric impoundments that have reshaped the eastern drainage of James Bay.
>
> By May 1 Wells had moved roughly 1,000 km (600 miles) almost due north, and a few days later she had moved across the Mélezes and Feuilles rivers and into the heart of the Ungava. This vast area of subarctic tundra and rushing rivers is framed by Hudson Bay to the west, Hudson Strait to the north, and Ungava Bay to the east.
>
>
> The general area of Wells’ nest, covering about 1,000 hectares (2,700 acres). Most of her movements in this area are later in the summer, after the chicks have achieved some independence. (©Project SNOWstorm and Google Earth)
>
> Wells made a final push, then settled down May 17 on the headwaters of the Vachon River — and here is where she apparently nested. For the next four months, she rarely moved outside an area of roughly 1,000 hectares (2,700 acres), at the core of which was as 5 hectare (12 acre) nest site, where she spent the vast majority of her time. We have thousands of data points in this tiny area, showing how rarely she strayed from her nest, eggs and later her chicks.
>
>
> Home base — the few acres around the nest site. (©Project SNOWstorm and Google Earth)
>
> Along with similar nesting data we collected last summer from Dakota, up in Arctic Nunavut, this is the most detailed movement record of nesting female snowy owls that we know of, and something we’ll be taking as much closer look at in the months ahead. We can’t know how many chicks she raised, but the fact that she remained in the area all summer suggests she was guarding and helping to provision a successful clutch of babies.
>
> Four months to the day after settling down in her breeding territory, Wells began moving again on Sept. 17, and over the next month and a half she wandered in a big, flattened figure-eight some 400 km (250 miles) across northern Ungava, arriving back just south of her nesting site on Oct. 30. At this point she turned south — right on time, based in tracks from other owls we’ve followed, which often commence their southbound migration around the end of October or early November.
>
> By that time, in that region, daylight is a scarce commodity, with the sun barely clearing the horizon. Wells’ solar-powered transmitter worked well but eventually the juice ran out, and it went into hibernation Nov. 5, when she was still fairly high up in the Ungava. It kicked to life enough to grab a few points as she headed south — on Nov. 20 near the Quebec/Labrador border, and Nov. 22 in western Labrador. Then it woke up enough to send us an initial transmission on Nov. 26, when she was somewhere near the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
>
> The huge data transmission again depleted Wells’ battery, but it should be recharging, and when it reconnects next time we’ll start to get current data for her this winter. But in the meantime we’ve put the huge treasure-trove of her spring, summer and autumn movements on her map page — have fun exploring the subarctic landscape in her company!
>
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Date: 12/10/17 12:21 pm
From: Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Whidbey Island Traverse
I checked the Big Day records at wabirder.com/ and this would break the Island County record for the month of December by 20 species! Sounds like a great trip, I hope someone turns in a report to Washington Birder. Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] Whidbey Island Traverse
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:52:49 -0800

On a day full of superlatives, Andy Jacobson and I led an enthusiastic group of birders all over Whidbey Island for a Seattle Audubon field trip this Saturday. We visited several hotspots including Rosario Beach, Deception Pass SP including stops at Craberry Lake and the West Beach, Dugualla Bay, Oak Harbor Marina, Swantown/Bos Lake, Hastie Lake Rd beach access, Ebey&rsquo;s Landing, Keystone Ferry and Crockett Lake, Deer Lagoon and Useless Bay, with a final scan of the Clinton ferry dock after dark.

The morning started out cold and quite foggy, giving us qualms about the day to come. In fact, leaving Mt. Vernon toward the flats, the fog was so dense, we had to slow to 30 mph or less for safety. Fortunately, when we reached Rosario, we emerged from the fog and had glorious, if cold, weather for the rest of the day.

At Rosario Beach, we found the expected Harlequin Duck and Black Oystercatcher, but had a treat to see dozens of Red-throated Loon in the bay. From the rocky overlook, we could see that the loon presence extended quite far out into the sound. There was a single Eurasian Starling that gave us false alarms, imitating California Quail and Pine Grosbeak. On the rocks across the bay was a small group of Mourning Dove hunkered down. Heading back to the cars, we picked up a calling Hutton&rsquo;s Vireo, then the hoped for Red Crossbill&rsquo;s, a flock of 9 type 3 birds.

We made a couple of stops along Cranberry Lake, and, while looking for the sapsucker frequently present, found instead a Merlin perched right above the pullout. Closer to the swim area was a pair of Redhead that has been reported recently. At the West Beach, the flow of Red-throated Loon was quite a spectacle; rough estimates were close to 500 birds playing the fast moving currents. On the rock just off the parking area, a small group of perched Black Oystercatcher fulfilled an earlier promise. There were a a few Herring Gull mixed in with others and a small group of Sanderling flew in to perch there as well.

At the lake adjacent Dugualla Bay, a flock of at least 100 Trumpeter Swans were present as were several dozen Canvasback and the usual assortment of wintering ducks. At the shallow end, a group of Greater Yellowlegs were foraging and a Wilson&rsquo;s Snipe made a quick flight along the shore.

As usual, the Black Turnstones at the Oak Harbor marina did not disappoint. At least 200 birds lined the docks and boats, plus a small group of Dunlin and Least Sandpiper rested on the log boom.

Our first of several encounters of Long-tailed Duck was at the north beach access at Swantown. From the south access overlook we could see a few more, one still in alternate plumage. Across the road from the pullout was a pair of Red-tailed Hawks. One was consuming a dead Glaucous-winged Gull, unknown if this was its kill or a car/road kill. The other hawk gave up waiting its turn and flew off. Following its path, I noticed another perched raptor high above, a Peregrine Falcon. On the beach, another group of Sanderling grouped together, running and foraging southward and a few White-winged Scoter were seen. A little further south at the Hastie Lake Rd beach access were several more Long-tailed Duck.

As we turned off the highway toward Ebey&rsquo;s Landing, we had a quick fly-by of first a Sharp-shinned Hawk then an American Kestrel. Further down the road was another perched Kestrel. We then made a couple of stops at different points along Crockett Lake to peruse the large flocks of American Wigeon, finding just one Eurasian, and several other wintering ducks. Our first Northern Harrier appeared here and a Western Meadowlark was perched up on the opposite bank for a brief look. We also made the obligatory stop at the Keystone ferry terminal to study the old dock with all 3 cormorants present side by side. While watching the cormorants, a high and distant flock of birds flew over southbound that we were shocked to see were Sandhill Cranes!

By now, we were running out of time so made a quick run down to Deer Lagoon, always a good place for species diversity. Among our targets here were Short-eared Owl and Black-bellied Plover. Check! The owl was flying on the far shore from our vantage point but eventually perched in a decent location for shared scope views. While watching the Plovers, Dunlin and peeps, a Bald Eagle made a successful foray, bringing down one of the ducks (didn&rsquo;t see the kill so we were not sure which), scattering almost everyone in the process. Several Virginia Rail squeaked from the marshy edge, then, as were turning to leave, another high fly-by: a flock of 8 Sandhill Crane! Almost certainly the same 8 birds we saw near Crockett Lake earlier in the day.

We still had a little daylight, so made the quick swing to the Useless Bay access point&mdash;one the way there a Pileated Woodpecker flew right over our little caravan&mdash;and found first a huge flock of dozens of White-winged Scoter, then in the diminishing light, a large raft of Brant.

We missed the first boat at the Clinton ferry dock so had a few minutes to do one last bird check at the dock, now well after sunset. And were rewarded with a good group of Barrow&rsquo;s Goldeneye, barely visible in the vanishing light, the 100th species of the day!

A fitting end to a satisfying day of great company and excellent birding. Trip list available upon request.
Scott Ramos
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Date: 12/10/17 11:17 am
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's titles are:

1) 50 Top Birding Sites in Kenya

2) Stuarts' Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa.

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/12/new-titles.html

sincerely
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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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Date: 12/10/17 11:07 am
From: Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FW: Project SNOWstorm: Latest updates 
HI Tweets,

Im posting on behalf of Dan Reiff, who was unable to share on Tweeters
the link for this interesting article on Snowy Owl research. Heres the
link for Project Snowstorms current blog post, and you can reach the
projects homepage from there:

https://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/wells-excellent-summer-adventure/

Good birding to all,

Trileigh
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Trileigh Tucker, PhD
Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies
Seattle University

Pelly Valley, West Seattle
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Date: 12/10/17 10:57 am
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Whidbey Island Traverse
On a day full of superlatives, Andy Jacobson and I led an enthusiastic group of birders all over Whidbey Island for a Seattle Audubon field trip this Saturday. We visited several hotspots including Rosario Beach, Deception Pass SP including stops at Craberry Lake and the West Beach, Dugualla Bay, Oak Harbor Marina, Swantown/Bos Lake, Hastie Lake Rd beach access, Ebey’s Landing, Keystone Ferry and Crockett Lake, Deer Lagoon and Useless Bay, with a final scan of the Clinton ferry dock after dark.

The morning started out cold and quite foggy, giving us qualms about the day to come. In fact, leaving Mt. Vernon toward the flats, the fog was so dense, we had to slow to 30 mph or less for safety. Fortunately, when we reached Rosario, we emerged from the fog and had glorious, if cold, weather for the rest of the day.

At Rosario Beach, we found the expected Harlequin Duck and Black Oystercatcher, but had a treat to see dozens of Red-throated Loon in the bay. From the rocky overlook, we could see that the loon presence extended quite far out into the sound. There was a single Eurasian Starling that gave us false alarms, imitating California Quail and Pine Grosbeak. On the rocks across the bay was a small group of Mourning Dove hunkered down. Heading back to the cars, we picked up a calling Hutton’s Vireo, then the hoped for Red Crossbill’s, a flock of 9 type 3 birds.

We made a couple of stops along Cranberry Lake, and, while looking for the sapsucker frequently present, found instead a Merlin perched right above the pullout. Closer to the swim area was a pair of Redhead that has been reported recently. At the West Beach, the flow of Red-throated Loon was quite a spectacle; rough estimates were close to 500 birds playing the fast moving currents. On the rock just off the parking area, a small group of perched Black Oystercatcher fulfilled an earlier promise. There were a a few Herring Gull mixed in with others and a small group of Sanderling flew in to perch there as well.

At the lake adjacent Dugualla Bay, a flock of at least 100 Trumpeter Swans were present as were several dozen Canvasback and the usual assortment of wintering ducks. At the shallow end, a group of Greater Yellowlegs were foraging and a Wilson’s Snipe made a quick flight along the shore.

As usual, the Black Turnstones at the Oak Harbor marina did not disappoint. At least 200 birds lined the docks and boats, plus a small group of Dunlin and Least Sandpiper rested on the log boom.

Our first of several encounters of Long-tailed Duck was at the north beach access at Swantown. From the south access overlook we could see a few more, one still in alternate plumage. Across the road from the pullout was a pair of Red-tailed Hawks. One was consuming a dead Glaucous-winged Gull, unknown if this was its kill or a car/road kill. The other hawk gave up waiting its turn and flew off. Following its path, I noticed another perched raptor high above, a Peregrine Falcon. On the beach, another group of Sanderling grouped together, running and foraging southward and a few White-winged Scoter were seen. A little further south at the Hastie Lake Rd beach access were several more Long-tailed Duck.

As we turned off the highway toward Ebey’s Landing, we had a quick fly-by of first a Sharp-shinned Hawk then an American Kestrel. Further down the road was another perched Kestrel. We then made a couple of stops at different points along Crockett Lake to peruse the large flocks of American Wigeon, finding just one Eurasian, and several other wintering ducks. Our first Northern Harrier appeared here and a Western Meadowlark was perched up on the opposite bank for a brief look. We also made the obligatory stop at the Keystone ferry terminal to study the old dock with all 3 cormorants present side by side. While watching the cormorants, a high and distant flock of birds flew over southbound that we were shocked to see were Sandhill Cranes!

By now, we were running out of time so made a quick run down to Deer Lagoon, always a good place for species diversity. Among our targets here were Short-eared Owl and Black-bellied Plover. Check! The owl was flying on the far shore from our vantage point but eventually perched in a decent location for shared scope views. While watching the Plovers, Dunlin and peeps, a Bald Eagle made a successful foray, bringing down one of the ducks (didn’t see the kill so we were not sure which), scattering almost everyone in the process. Several Virginia Rail squeaked from the marshy edge, then, as were turning to leave, another high fly-by: a flock of 8 Sandhill Crane! Almost certainly the same 8 birds we saw near Crockett Lake earlier in the day.

We still had a little daylight, so made the quick swing to the Useless Bay access point—one the way there a Pileated Woodpecker flew right over our little caravan—and found first a huge flock of dozens of White-winged Scoter, then in the diminishing light, a large raft of Brant.

We missed the first boat at the Clinton ferry dock so had a few minutes to do one last bird check at the dock, now well after sunset. And were rewarded with a good group of Barrow’s Goldeneye, barely visible in the vanishing light, the 100th species of the day!

A fitting end to a satisfying day of great company and excellent birding. Trip list available upon request.
Scott Ramos
Seattle



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Date: 12/10/17 10:45 am
From: Kevin T. Moore <onewhitecandle...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snow goose (?), Green Lake, Seattle
It's 10:30 am, Sunday, Dec 10th and there is, I think, an immature snow goose feeding in a flock of about 50 Canada geese and many Am. Wigeons on the playfield at Green Lake, Seattle. I took photos with my phone and can send if requested.

Kevin Moore
Seattle, WA
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Date: 12/10/17 9:37 am
From: Richard Anderson <richardanderson59...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI: San Juan Island birding
Hello,
I'm spending a couple days birding on the San Juan Islands next week. I'm not very familiar with the area. Any recommendations for productive locations (apart from - or to reaffirm eBird hotspots), effective scoping spots, owl habitat, etc. would be very much appreciated!
Thank you in advance!

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Date: 12/10/17 8:53 am
From: Jack Nolan <jacknolan62...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Raptor ID Help
Greetings,

A friend of mine had this bird take out a duck near her place in
Redmond. I'm thinking Cooper's Hawk.

Thoughts?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/135FFn6Jk7eB30PFMyBso7O_tu6_f8Kug/view?usp=sharing


Thanks in advance.

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Date: 12/10/17 5:43 am
From: <sremse...>
Subject: [Tweeters] O.T. RFI Amphibians
Amphibians are part of my Big Year goal in 2018. I should be able to find Pacific Chorus Frog (aka Tree), Red-legged Frog, Western Toad, Long-toed Salamander and possibly Ensatina here on Whidbey Island.I know a trail in the North Cascades that crosses a creek that has Tailed Frogs.

I'm hoping some of you can point me to specific locations for ANY species not listed above. Pacific Giant , Olympic Torrent and Western Red-backed Salamanders would all be lifers for me. Rough-skinned Newts are no longer present where we used to find them. Does anyone know what large frog species inhabits Lake Terrell near Ferndale? I'm guessing Green because I've never heard Bullfrogs there.

I'm still taking fish spotting suggestions. If you have a locale for some unusual species, please send it my way ( Bridgelip Suckers is totally going to be the name of my next garage band- unless it's The Flammulated Owls). Thank you very much!
Regards,
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Date: 12/9/17 10:05 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Cooper's Hawk eating a rabbit at Marymoor

>
> While we were birding in Marymoor Park (King County, WA) Karen spotted a Cooper's Hawk subduing a rabbit. By the time I was in a position to take a video the rabbit was dead. Here is a video of the hawk eating the rabbit
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/38234742624/in/dateposted/
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> & two photos
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/38234742204/in/photostream/
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/38234742194/in/photostream/
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> Hank Heiberg
> Lake Joy
> NE of Carnation, WA
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Date: 12/9/17 9:37 pm
From: Duncan, Scot <sduncan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Yellow-billed Loon at Point Hudson in Port Townsend
Hi Tweeters,

Lonnie Somer and I did a marathon tour of coastal sites between Kingston and Port Townsend today. Best bird was a YELLOW-BILLED LOON seen at Point Hudson (which is within Port Townsend). Other highlights included an EARED GREBE at Fort Flagler State Park - Campground/Beach, and an estimated 50 ANCIENT MURRELETS (and Orcas!!) at Point Wilson Lighthouse. We ended the day with an EURASIAN WIGEON at Kah Tai Lagoon in Port Townsend. Ill try to post more details soon, but wanted to get the word out about the loon.

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Date: 12/9/17 8:59 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] First Blog Post on California Trip
I reported last week that I was very fortunate to be having a great birding trip in California.  I got back late Tuesday and have had fun chasing some birds in Skagit County,  but I have also found time to finish my first blog post about the trip.  It covers some of the birds but more importantly talks about some of the wonderful people I met along the way.  We are fortunate in Washington to be part of a great sharing birding community.  The people I met in California added immeasurably to my trip and would be welcome as part of our community just as they made me feel a part of theirs.
There will be more blog posts to come - more about the birds and places.  First the people.
blairbirding.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/people-places-and-birds-emphasis-on-people/

In general blairbirding.wordpress.com
Good to be back
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Date: 12/9/17 4:18 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Intergrade Northern Flicker?
Hi Tweeters,

For the past several days I have had what I though was a
Yellow-shafted Flicker visiting my feeders. I had not got a reasonably good
picture until today. The bird does have beautiful yellow shafts on its
feathers, but, although it has a red crescent on the back of its head, it
has a red malar stripe. So is this an "intergrade" flicker?



https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/38909741852/in/dateposted-public/




https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/38229925544/in/dateposted-public/




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Date: 12/9/17 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Dec. 10, 2017
Hey, Tweets,

Here are the BirdNote stories from last week:
* Spruce Grouse - Designed for the Boreal Forest
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* Sandhill Cranes and the Gustavus Forelands Preserve
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* Snake-Eagles Are Awesome
(and so is the accompanying photo--)
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* Anniversary of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
https://bit.ly/2zD6YBN
* Winter on the Columbia
https://bit.ly/2zTn2DB
* Male vs. Female Plumage
Who's Who and How Do They Know?
https://bit.ly/2ivxIRa
* Montana Grassland Birds - Where They Go in Winter
https://bit.ly/2zEiL2E
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Date: 12/9/17 11:41 am
From: Tom Mansfield <birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon
Just flew west over dike toward Padilla Bay.

Tom Mansfield moving on

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Date: 12/9/17 11:13 am
From: Tom Mansfield <birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon (GYRF)
As of the time of this post (11:05 on Sat) the juvenile GYRF is sitting on a pole watching ducks in the first slough on Bayview Edison Rd just north of the highway to Anacortes. Tom Mansfield watching

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Date: 12/9/17 6:13 am
From: Roland van der Vliet <rollie_nl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI from the Netherlands: winter birds in WA
Tweeters,I will be visiting my family in Washington state again (after a previous visit in July-August 2016). They now live in Spanaway, south of Tacoma, and we will be visiting for X-mas (between 20 and 27 December).
As a birder there are still several species that I would very much like to see. Last time, I received a lot of info on how and where I could find info on the web and also info on the 'Where to watch' book (that is now also on the web). So, I am now only soliciting for very recent info on the wintering specialities of WA state in the Tacoma area east to the Cascades (east of the Cascades is not doable this time unfortunately). So does anyone have recent info where, between Seattle, Olympia and the Cascades, it is possible to find:- Rusty Blackbird. I am aware of the Nisqually record earlier this autumn but it seems to have gone. I also read about a record east of the Cascades but that is really too far away. Any other birds around?- Ancient Murrelet. Until mid November regularly reported off Dash Point, but there are no recent reports on ebird or tweeters. Are they still around?- Northern Shrike. The bird at Nisqually seems to be infrequently seen (or reported?). What are its regular spots? I read the North Dike but I cannot find this location on the Nisqually map: is this the Estuary Trail? Are there perhaps other reliable sites where it perhaps has not been reported as it has not been looked for (yet)? Like the restricted areas of Joint Base Lewis-McChord? Would the authorities allow me access to this site as a foreigner?- Northern Saw-whet Owl: the bird(s) in Nisqually have not been reported this month. Are they still being seen?- grouse (Sooty), other owls (Northern Pygmy, Western Screech), woodpeckers (Am. Three-toed) and rosy-finch: which trails at Paradise (Mt. rainier) would be best during winter to try for these? Or indeed elsewhere around Tacoma?

A lot of questions (again, like last time). If you do not want to share info publicly, please respond in private.I hope you will be as helpful as last time!All the best, Roland van der Vliet, the Netherlands
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Date: 12/8/17 9:49 pm
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 8 December 2017
Now that most wetlands ponds are full of water, there should be wintering duck action. Not. Particularly now that all but Promontory Pond are frozen, hardly any water birds were in the mitigation habitat. But, there were plenty on the lake. Scaup are back in increasing numbers, but grebes are hard to come by. Except for Western.

It was an interesting day because of the frozen ground: less than 30 F to start, clear and just a slight breeze, then warming up to 40. The warm-up took its time though and the passerine activity seemed quite delayed. Some notables:

Eurasian Wigeon - back for the winter, presumably, with the 100+ American Wigeon flock
Canvasback - one male hanging out with the scaup (most of them are at the north end of the lake)
Western Grebe - “exact” count of 485 birds, all but 20 or so in the typical large raft in the middle of the lake
Sharp-shinned Hawk - adult male on Kite hill
Cooper’s Hawk - immature female in the wetlands
Herring Gull - one on the swim platform with the other 4 species
Belted Kingfisher - as it has been doing all fall, flew out of its night roost in the meadows before dawn
Northern Shrike - south fence line, eventually chased off by a pair of Anna’s; first of year—its been 4 years since I have seen one in the park!
American Robin - tons! today’s feasting was mostly on pyracantha berries plus some ground feeding:
https://youtu.be/8W-K2_ze6iw

For the day, 57 species.
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40977255 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40977255>
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Date: 12/8/17 8:37 pm
From: Kenneth Trease <krtrease...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rockpipers at Ocean Shores
Today at about 11:00 AM there were good numbers of Rock Sandpipers,
Surfbirds, and Black Turnstones feeding in the rocks at the Point Brown
jetty in Ocean Shores. It was a very nice day with sun and a stiff breeze
blowing out to sea. Photos on my eBird checklist or at

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Date: 12/8/17 4:47 pm
From: Charles Desilets <csdesilets...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Blue Jay
Previously reported Blue Jay relocated 12/8 at 11:30 under feeder on
private property in vicinity of towns of Bow & Edison. Exact location not
detailed at behest of property owner.



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Date: 12/8/17 3:13 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Samish Flats Falco
Steve and Connie Pink and I birded the Samish flats this afternoon quite thoroughly after the fog lifted.  We had dozens of Bald Eagles, 20+ Red Tails, 6+ Rough Legged Hawks, 10+ Northern Harriers, 6 Short Eared Owls and more than a dozen falcons.  Sadly no Gyrfalcon in spite of diligent searching but we had a Merlin in Edison, at least 4 Peregrines, maybe as many as 8 Kestrels and a Prairie Falcon perhaps 3/8 of a mile south of Sullivan Road viewed from Bayview Edison Road.  Also some mighty fine pastries at the Breadfarm.

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Date: 12/8/17 2:13 pm
From: Eric Carlson <ericallencarlson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI Western Screech Owl Nest Boxes
Hello Fellow Birders-

I am interested in hearing from anyone who has had success with nest boxes for W. Screech Owls. I have had good success attracting Eastern Screech Owls (using nest boxes back East), but only for roosting during the day. According to Birdweb, W. Screech Owls are listed as a species of concern ( Red List) by Audubon and American Bird Conservancy and I'm also curious to what factors might be involved in their decline. I suspect loss of appropriate nest sites (especially in urban and suburban areas) i.e. lack of snags. Additionally, I have heard mention that Barred Owls are preying on them...

In my personal experience, nest boxes should be pole mounted with a squirrel guard, otherwise you will attract squirrels. Also, nest boxes should have about 4" of wood shavings in the bottom. In the meantime, my W. Seattle Screech Owl box is being used as a nighttime roost for a Flicker, so I put up another box.

Thanks for any information you have to share.

Cheers,
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Date: 12/8/17 12:06 pm
From: Eric Ellingson <abriteway...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Red Crossbills around Blaine WA
It seems to be a good year for crossbills.


A bird I seldom get to see I've found in three different locations in the last month (Semiahmoo Spit, Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve and now five at my home in Blaine.


I was under the impression the feed mostly on Spruce cones. I've been checking some of the heavily coned Spruce nearby the past few weeks with no sightings of them. Where I have found them is in Pine, Alder, and Western Cedar foraging.


https://flic.kr/p/EanXqs

[cid:2f52cba2-94ca-4444-a9fe-9fb764ffc1c9]Red Crossbill<https://flic.kr/p/EanXqs>
Morning light. A flock of five, three male, two female feeding high in a cedar tree, briefly came down lower to pose.

[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4556/25047689438_d6be4d7ac8_b.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericellingson/25047689438/>
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Date: 12/7/17 9:13 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-12-07
Tweets – As I drove into the park, the temperature plummeted. At my house, it was 34. Even just a half mile away, and already down in the valley, my thermometer read 31. But by the time I got to the Viewing Mound, it read just 27 degrees. Brrr. Luckily, no wind. Unluckily, we were beset by bands of fog on and off all morning. From the Lake Platform we could only see to the close buoys. But it was a pretty good day nonetheless, and at times the scenery was gorgeous, with sun shining through fog causing fog-bows, etc.

Highlights:
a.. Greater White-fronted Goose – finally, First of Fall. One adult with Cacklers
b.. Cackling Goose – about 1500 landed early. On a late drive-through, the flock had moved to the cricket field, and looked to have grown to 2000-2500. Impressive.
c.. Rock Pigeon – a half-dozen near SR-520 were our first in weeks
d.. Green Heron – One at Rowing Club pond and one in slough from Rowing Club dock, at the same time
e.. Barn Owl – great views from the Viewing Mound after 7 a.m.; no other owls
f.. FIVE woodpecker day – with our first Red-breasted Sapsucker in two months (near the windmill), and the other four simultaneously in the old heronry
g.. American Goldfinch – amazingly, two at the Pea Patch were our first in a month
h.. Townsend’s Warbler – in cedars near windmill
i.. Lincoln’s Sparrow – one along SE edge of East Meadow
j.. Western Meadowlark – five in East Meadow
I drove over to the NE corner of the lake to look at what we missed from the Lake Platform in the fog, and found:
a.. Scaup sp. - Four, only our second scaup sighting of the fall
b.. Bufflehead – About 60, compared to ~10 from the Lake Platform
c.. Common Merganser – at least 7, compared with 1 from the Lake Platform
d.. Pied-billed Grebe - ~15, compared to 1
e.. Horned Grebe – one
f.. Western Grebe – one
g.. Ring-billed Gull – one
Misses included American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Mew Gull, and Northern Shrike.

For the day, 57 species, plus 4 more at the NE corner of the lake. Not bad for a cold day in December.

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Date: 12/7/17 3:02 pm
From: B&PBell <bellasoc...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eastside Audubon Samish-Skagit trip 12/6
Hi Tweets



Yesterday, Eastside Audubon took a trip to the Samish and Skagit Flats
areas. We started out under chilly (35F) but sunny conditions. Somewhat
surprisingly, we didn't see a lot of birds on the way up (a few AMERICAN
CROWs, a couple of gulls) and no Red-tail Hawks. But, as we came down into
the Skagit Valley there was a large group of swans in a field west of I-5
(but no way to get close to view). It was perfectly clear and chilly. We did
take the Conway exit (with its usual ROCK PIGEONs) and turned right on
Cederdale Rd and walked a ways down Conway Hill Rd. to look over a group of
swans. They were mostly TRUMPETER SWANs but there was at least one TUNDRA
SWAN in with them. It was nice to get a couple of calls from the Trumpeters.
As we walked back out there were BLACK-CAPPED, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEEs,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and a BROWN CREEPER in the trees.



Our next exit was to Chuckanut Drive and then to Pulver Rd. - we saw a
RED-TAILED HAWK in the top of a conifer and a bunch of EUROPEAN STARLINGs.
At the intersection of Pulver and Sam Bell Rd. there were some more swans
but they were extremely backlit so we passed them by. We went up Ershig Rd.
and saw EUROPEAN STARLINGs, BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDs,
distant swans and gulls. Along Worline Rd. we saw distant flying swans. From
Bow Cemetery we could see a BALD EAGLE in a treetop to the southwest. At the
house with feeders on Bow Cemetery Rd. we picked up BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEEs,
SPOTTED TOWHEE, DARK-EYED JUNCO and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW.



Back on Chuckanut Dr. north of Bow there were several BALD EAGLEs perched.
In the lagoon inlet along Blanchard Rd. there were a couple of BUFFLEHEAD.
Back down Blachard Rd. there were several NORTHERN FLICKERs perched in the
trees. It was quiet at the feeders at Blanchard Rd. and Colony Rd, but we
did see BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, HOUSE SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW,
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, SPOTTED TOWHEE, SONG SPARROW and FOX SPARROW.



We turned on Smith Rd, coming into Edison, and saw a PEREGRINE FALCON and a
NORTHERN SHRIKE (they were in separate trees about 50 feet apart) - guess
that was why we didn't see the usual teal in the slough. In the slough
behind the Bread Farm Bakery there were a load of GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a
couple of MALLARDs. As we turned onto Bayview-Edison Rd. we had a NORTHERN
HARRIER off to the right and some more MALLARDs to the left. Further along
there were a couple of BALD EAGLEs in their usual tree and a ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK was perched south of the road. A RED-TAILED HAWK was perched at the
north 90 and a BALD EAGLE off to the east. Around the corner from the East
90 there was a beautiful ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on a pole.



It was pretty quiet at the West 90, but we did see several NORTHERN HARRIERs
(male, female and probable imm.), a bunch of BALD EAGLEs, a couple of
RED-TAILED HAWKs, an very distant ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK some flyby WESTERN
MEADOWLARK and a KILLDEER was heard. A group of gulls was waaay to distant
to i.d. Going up Samish Island Rd. there was another RED-TAILED HAWK. At the
public access point on Wharf St. we scanned Samish Bay and could see
BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON LOON, PACIFIC LOON (distant flyby),
HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, BRANT, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, LONG-TAILED
DUCK, SURF SCOTER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. We cruised the Samish Flats
and saw some more eagles and Red-tails.



As we came up Bayview-Edison Rd. just west of D'Arcy Rd. we stopped and
scanned Padilla Bay - There was a large group of SNOW GEESE on the water and
a lot of ducks. At the access point at Bayview-Edison State Park we could
see BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, some very distant AMERICAN WIGEON (no
Eurasian) and a few GREATER SCAUP.



We stopped at the feeders on Valentine Rd. and saw BLACK-CAPPED and
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEEs, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, SPOTTED TOWHEE,
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, DOWNY WOODPECKER, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH,
PINE SISKIN. We drove to the end of Rawlins Rd. and picked up RED-TAILED
HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, a MERLIN attacking some DUNLIN, a dowitcher species
and the best bird of the day - a PRAIRIE FALCON!



Scanning from the access off of Jensen there were a ton of ducks and DUNLIN
in Skagit Bay. Back up Fir Island Rd and a flock of about 10,000 SNOW GEESE.
At the Hayton Preserve we had two huge groups of DUNLIN being harassed by
PEREGINE FALCONs - spectacular. Then the Dunlin on Fir Island Rd. all took
off, swirled around and began to make their way toward us in large groups.
What a way to end the day!



At various time during the day we saw GREAT BLUE HERONs, AMERICAN KESTREL,
KILLDEER, MEW GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, BUSHTIT,
PACIFIC and MARSH WRENs, AMERICAN ROBIN, VARIED THRUSH, PURPLE FINCH.



We couldn't have asked for a better day (much better than the forecast very
foggy conditions), and saw 65 species!



Good Birding!



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Date: 12/7/17 2:25 pm
From: Wayne Weber <contopus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tufted Duck hybrid at Chambers Bay, Pierce Co.
Tweeters,



Yesterday about 11:30 AM, while birding at Chambers Bay just north of
Steilacoom, I discovered a bird which I thought at first was a drake TUFTED
DUCK. It was in a group with 3 Lesser Scaup in the estuary, about 100 metres
east of the railway bridge. It had a very obvious tuft and a blackish back,
unlike the scaup which accompanied it. However, as I got closer looks at the
bird, it could be seen that the anterior (forward) part of the back was
gray, with darker cross-barring, not the jet-black that one expects to see
on a Tufted Duck. The tuft was also short for a Tufted Duck. For these
reasons, I believe that it was a hybrid TUFTED DUCK x SCAUP SP., not a pure
Tufted Duck. The scaup parent was more likely Greater Scaup than Lesser,
because Lesser Scaup are not found in the Old World where Tufted Ducks
breed.



I got several good photos of the bird with the scaup, which I hope to post
in the near photo when I solve some problems I am currently having with
uploading photos to eBird.



If other birders succeed in finding and photographing this bird, I would
appreciate other opinions on its parentage, but contrary to my initial
hopes, I don't think it is a pure Tufted Duck. Over the last 20 years or so,
we have recorded numerous Tufted Duck x scaup hybrids in the Vancouver, BC
area where I live. The hybrids have not been seen as often in the last few
years, but all purported Tufted Ducks in our area should be looked at
carefully for signs of hybrid origin.



Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

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Date: 12/7/17 10:29 am
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Samish Gyr & Dunlin Murmuration


Yesterday (12.06.17) at 7:30AM I spotted a juvenile GYRFALCON on the Samish Flats. The bird was perched on a pole along Bayview/Edison Rd between Sullivan and D’Arcy. It was still perched when I left at 8. I returned at 9 and the bird was perched on the ground deep in the field to the east. It was being harassed by a BALD EAGLE and also a PEREGRINE FALCON. After a few minutes the gyr flew out of sight to the southeast. I took some mediocre videos.



The other main highlight of the day for me was an amazing murmuration by a massive number of Dunlin at Hayton Preserve on Fir Island (west of Wylie Rd).



There were other notable sightings, but in the interest of getting a report out as well as some photos/videos, I’ll post this now.



3 Images:

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

3 Videos:

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



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Date: 12/7/17 9:25 am
From: STEVE KOHL M.D. <stkohl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Gyrfalcon in the Skagit?
Any updates on the gyr?
Thanks. Steve Kohl. Seattle

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Date: 12/7/17 8:22 am
From: Steve Krival <stevekrival...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RE: Tweeters Digest, Vol 160, Issue 4 Two Short-eared Owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually
I wonder if other locations in the area are seeing more SEOW (at least in the subjective sense) than in prior years, and might that be related to the recent changes in habitat along Eide Rd near Standwood, where there seems to be a drop off in SEOW numbers (again no objective measures; just subjective observations)? I have not been following tweeters on a daily basis, but there was a birder who posted photographs of a SEOW interacting with crows at the Montlake Fill on UW Campus in Seattle about a month ago. I can't remember ever having seen a SEOW there, but perhaps they are occasional visitors. Last week I met a photographer who said he has seen just one SEOW at Eide Rd, and speculated that the new management plan, which includes a lack of corn being planted in drier sections of the marsh, might have been a casual factor in the decline of SEOWs there so far this year - corn being an attractant and cover for rodent prey. It is an interesting issue made more complex by the fact that all three areas - Edie Rd., Montlake Fill and Nisqually, have undergone recent, major changes in habitat management, which are still to be completed, and it remains an open question as to what the effects might be on wintering SEOWs in each location. The situation seems to be beg for a well-designed study.

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Today's Topics:

1. Green morph Pine Siskin at Seattle?s Martha Washington Park
(Jeffrey Bryant)
2. Snowy Owls In Michigan (ray holden)
3. Coopers Hawk with blue disc on back or shoulder
(Ethan Whitney Smith)
4. Two Short-eared Owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually NWR Sunday
morning (T Varela)
5. XMAS bird count for Eastside Audubon (Megan Lyden)
6. Seattle Harris's Sparrow (pan)
7. Salmonella (mark girling)
8. Glaucous Gull (Dan McDougall-Treacy)


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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2017 12:10:24 -0800
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Green morph Pine Siskin at Seattle?s Martha
Washington Park
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After checking the status of the Harris??? Sparrow this morning (still there,) I saw a flock of siskins fly into a tall maple just up Holly St. one was quite obviously different. When flock obligingly flew down to roost in a (much shorter) cherry tree above the driveway of 5545, joining several goldfinches and House Finches, I got much better looks. Back, rump, breast and sides a greenish yellow under the brown streaks. Brown cap and dark eyeline, but brow and cheek yellow. Never got a look at undertail to absolutely rule out even more exciting Eurasian Siskin, so...
This area has been very finchy of late, with all the aforementioned plus Purple Finches and a roving gang of crossbills. Another treat was a slate-colored junco today in the vicinity of the siskins.

Jeff Bryant
Seattle
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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2017 21:59:58 +0000 (UTC)
From: ray holden <rayleeholden...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owls In Michigan
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Here's an interesting article filed from Detroit in the USA Today about a large flock of Snowys in upper Michigan. Lots of details about their habits and history of migratory outbreaks.?? Plus pictures.??
Snowy owl mass migration blanketing parts of Michigan in feathery white


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Date: Sun, 03 Dec 2017 23:17:06 +0000
From: Ethan Whitney Smith <ethanwhitneysmith...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Coopers Hawk with blue disc on back or shoulder
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Got a brief look at a Coopers Hawk in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle.
The hawk has what appears to be a blue disc maybe 1 and 1/2 inches across
with 911 printed on it attached to its shoulder, neck, or back. When I saw
it it was in its left shoulder. I could not tell how it is attached to the
bird. Anyone have any ideas?

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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:39:23 -0800
From: T Varela <tvarela...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Two Short-eared Owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually
NWR Sunday morning
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First time in the many years I???ve been visiting this refuge that I???ve seen two Short-Eared Owls at the same time. They were putting on a great show near the dike trail, interacting with up to four Northern Harriers. Also got a glimpse of an adult Great Horned Owl, there were two Peregrines perched on the same snag. And on a tree near the river I spotted three mixed age Bald Eagles and a Red-Tailed Hawk perched in the canopy. Great stuff.


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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 02:41:54 +0000
From: Megan Lyden <meganlyden...>
Subject: [Tweeters] XMAS bird count for Eastside Audubon
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Hi Tweeters,

We could use a few people for my team for the XMAS bird count for Eastside Audubon. We basically hit a lot of Bellevue's "pocket parks" many of which are along Lake Sammamish; there is some walking involved. We will stop at Crossroads Shopping Center for lunch. We will finish somewhere between 3 and 4 PM.

To look at the route and read the driving directions: https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Feastsideaudubon.org%2Fconservation%2Fcitizen-science%2Fchristmas-bird-count-1%2FCBC-teams&data=02%7C01%<7Cstevekrival...>%7C3e113f82c36b4bc6bdad08d53b525002%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636480147069692067&sdata=qiS%2F83sTkoHd1wRkoGciaMxg3DExAA8NLKJW8A95%2ByM%3D&reserved=0

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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 04:03:43 +0100 (CET)
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Harris's Sparrow
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While others reported seeing it again, another birder and I failed to find Harris's Sparrow at Seattle's Martha Washington Park between 1:30 and 3:30 this afternoon. I did study a flock of about 15 Golden-crowned Sparrows (and Fox, towhee).

3 December, 2017,

Alan Grenon
Seattle

recommended viewing: "Jane"


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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:36:13 +0000 (UTC)
From: mark girling <markgirling...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Salmonella
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I noticed I had a House Finch at my feeder the other day with one eye. A good friend Nadine Drisseq by trade is a biologist and alerted me to some diseases birds are picking up from feeders. So I found a small approx 5gal garbage can. Cleaned it out and filled with water and added bleach. Like a sanitizing solution beer brewers for their equipment. My feeders are now on a sanitizing schedule. Whilst one is feeding the other is having an overnight soak. Then I hose it off thoroughly and allow to dry. Then fill and hang. And then removing the loose seed from the next feeder and hosing it off before putting it in the sanitizer for the night. I hope this makes others see how quick and easy it is and perhaps keep the disease down to a minimum.Mark GirlingThe Birding BritWoodridge.

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Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 11:32:16 -0800
From: Dan McDougall-Treacy <danmcdt...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull
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The first winter Glaucous Gull continues to enjoy life (and the remains of
the salmon run) at the Carkeek Park beach, near the stream outlet.

Dan (bad hombre) MT
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Date: 12/6/17 12:48 pm
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Thanks to Marv and Mark
Along with the sun, this report is great to see.
Thanks to both of you.

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Message: 5
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2017 08:28:01 -0800
From: Mark Ahlness <mahlness...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Gyrfalcon in Skagit County

Marv Breece asked us to pass this on... This morning at 8:00, he was
observing a Gyrfalcon perched on a pole, on Bayview Edison Rd, between
Sullivan and D'Arcy.

Mark Ahlness
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Seattle, WA

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Date: 12/6/17 11:41 am
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Swamp Sparrow in Longview
Hi Tweeters,

I just heard then briefly saw a Swamp Sparrow along Ditch#6 in west
Longview. From 48th Ave just south of Pacific Way there is a gravel road
following the drainage ditch that can be walked past the gate. The sparrow
was about 0.5 mile down where there is a large mowed back yard with a pond.
It was in the weedy area between the yard and the gravel road.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 12/6/17 10:33 am
From: Duncan, Scot <sduncan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Trumpeter swans at Union Bay/Montlake Fill
Three Trumpeter Swan's are at Union Bay natural area right now feeding on the east side.

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Date: 12/6/17 8:30 am
From: Mark Ahlness <mahlness...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Gyrfalcon in Skagit County
Marv Breece asked us to pass this on... This morning at 8:00, he was
observing a Gyrfalcon perched on a pole, on Bayview Edison Rd, between
Sullivan and D'Arcy.

Mark Ahlness
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Date: 12/5/17 7:10 pm
From: <notcalm...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Off topic: Birds of Chile, south to north
Great set of photos and stories, Charlotte.
Thank you for sharing them.
Dan Reiff

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Hello Tweeters,

Bill and I returned from a 3-week birding trip to Chile at the end of November. We started in Punto Arenas and worked our way north birding on both and coast and in the mountains in each location. For me one of the highlights was visiting Torres del Paine. There was nothing between our little hotel, on an island in Lake Pehoe, and the mountains. Andean Condors sometimes swooped right over the island and then vanished over the show fields into the mountains.

Out of Valparaiso we did a pelagic cruise. This one did nothing to improve my opinion of these adventures. However, we had taken medicine and didn’t get sick. The sun was out and the waves were awesome. Our little boat bobbed like a little cork down one side of monumental waves (Bill says they weren’t that big) and then crept back up to the top only to crash down the other side. I quickly decided to stash my camera and hold on for dear life. Bill stood up and took pictures while the boat tossed and heaved and he got covered in salt spray. Probably only one out of about 20-25 of his pictures were any good at all, but he took lots of pictures, including 4 species of albatross. I was very impressed and I think some of his pictures are phenomenal (wife bias here).

We spent several days driving up into mountains outside of Santiago (8000-9500 ft) and then in northern Chile, the group visited Lauca National Park. This park is basically a flat plateau with running water ringed by amazing volcanoes. When we got to Putre, an Aymara village at 11,500 feet, I developed altitude sickness and couldn’t go higher. But Bill went and took pictures. By evening, after drinking coca leaf tea, I felt much better. But I was a day late and we returned to Arica on the coast the next day.

I am including two links: the first to just the birds we got reasonably good photos of. Most are Bill’s, but those taken with a 70-300 mm lens are mine. The second link is to some general photos of our trip and scenic (Chile is a really beautiful country!)



https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/albums/72157689569508744 bird pictures



https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/albums/72157662936902728 scenics for Chile



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Date: 12/5/17 4:59 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Off topic: Birds of Chile, south to north
Hello Tweeters,

Bill and I returned from a 3-week birding trip to Chile at
the end of November. We started in Punto Arenas and worked our way north
birding on both and coast and in the mountains in each location. For me one
of the highlights was visiting Torres del Paine. There was nothing between
our little hotel, on an island in Lake Pehoe, and the mountains. Andean
Condors sometimes swooped right over the island and then vanished over the
show fields into the mountains.

Out of Valparaiso we did a pelagic cruise. This one did
nothing to improve my opinion of these adventures. However, we had taken
medicine and didn't get sick. The sun was out and the waves were awesome.
Our little boat bobbed like a little cork down one side of monumental waves
(Bill says they weren't that big) and then crept back up to the top only to
crash down the other side. I quickly decided to stash my camera and hold on
for dear life. Bill stood up and took pictures while the boat tossed and
heaved and he got covered in salt spray. Probably only one out of about
20-25 of his pictures were any good at all, but he took lots of pictures,
including 4 species of albatross. I was very impressed and I think some of
his pictures are phenomenal (wife bias here).

We spent several days driving up into mountains outside of
Santiago (8000-9500 ft) and then in northern Chile, the group visited Lauca
National Park. This park is basically a flat plateau with running water
ringed by amazing volcanoes. When we got to Putre, an Aymara village at
11,500 feet, I developed altitude sickness and couldn't go higher. But Bill
went and took pictures. By evening, after drinking coca leaf tea, I felt
much better. But I was a day late and we returned to Arica on the coast the
next day.

I am including two links: the first to just the birds we
got reasonably good photos of. Most are Bill's, but those taken with a
70-300 mm lens are mine. The second link is to some general photos of our
trip and scenic (Chile is a really beautiful country!)



https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/albums/72157689569508744 bird
pictures



https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/albums/72157662936902728 scenics
for Chile



Charlotte Byers, Edmonds






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Date: 12/5/17 2:30 pm
From: Karl Neice <krneice...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Common Redpoll
Met a birding visitor from New York lucky enough to spot a flock of at
least 10 Common Redpoll mixed with American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin (one
each, that I could tell) at east Green Lake nearer the big sequoia than the
bathrooms, about noon (so light was terrible). Did anybody see redpolls
last year? I sure didn't.

Karl Neice

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Date: 12/5/17 1:13 pm
From: Andrew McCormick <andy_mcc...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] King County Slaty-backed Gull
Hello,

I apologize for not putting this on Tweeters sooner, but we've had some debate about this bird, and I was hoping for agreement from another person who saw it on Saturday. The essence of the debate is that it might be a Glaucous-winged x Western gull hybrid. However, the mantle and wings are very dark, the eye is pale yellow, the feet are pinkish red. The bill is mostly parallel with a small angle at the gonys. We could not see if there is an eye ring. The Slaty-backed is said to have a red eye ring. I still think it is a Slaty-backed Gull, but my experience with this species is limited to one observation of a flying gull identified by another person. I've read a lot about this species in the past two days. I posted photos, which I took on Sunday, on my eBird checklist and wanted to see if it would pass muster there before posting it on Tweeters. On Saturday and Sunday the bird was alone at the northern end of the seawall north of Salty's Restaurant. It moves from standing on logs to perching on a nearby building, to sitting on the water. It did not fly very much at all. It was separated from a large flock of gulls which congregate on buildings and along the boardwalk south of Salty's Restaurant. I have not returned to Redondo since Sunday. Any observations would be great.

Thanks,

Andy McCormick

Bellevue, WA



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HI ALL:
Saw this posted on eBird:

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus) (1)
- Reported Dec 03, 2017 13:00 by Andrew McCormick
- Redondo Pier, King, Washington
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=47.3484625,-122.3=
254466&ll=47.3484625,-122.3254466
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40902453
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Large gull uniformly slate gray color across mantle to wing
tips. Head white with gray streaking. Bill fairly straight with only a
shallow angle at the gongs. Feet reddish pink. First seen on Saturday,
Dec. 2 as part of Seattle Audubon Puget Sound Seabird Survey. Unable to
see eye or feet yesterday. Returned today and able to photograph the bird.
Confirmation of identification requested."

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Date: 12/5/17 10:17 am
From: Dan McDougall-Treacy <danmcdt...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Common Redpoll
Seen in a flock of Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch, two Common Redpoll.
East shore of Green Lake near restroom and fishing pier, in birch trees.
Dan Mc Dpugall-Treacy
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Date: 12/4/17 5:00 pm
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] King County Slaty-backed Gull
HI ALL:
Saw this posted on eBird:

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus) (1)
- Reported Dec 03, 2017 13:00 by Andrew McCormick
- Redondo Pier, King, Washington
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=47.3484625,-122.3=
254466&ll=47.3484625,-122.3254466
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40902453
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Large gull uniformly slate gray color across mantle to wing
tips. Head white with gray streaking. Bill fairly straight with only a
shallow angle at the gongs. Feet reddish pink. First seen on Saturday,
Dec. 2 as part of Seattle Audubon Puget Sound Seabird Survey. Unable to
see eye or feet yesterday. Returned today and able to photograph the bird.
Confirmation of identification requested."

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Date: 12/4/17 1:21 pm
From: Tim Billo <timbillo...>
Subject: [Tweeters] American redstart?, Yesler Swamp
Sunday Dec 3 I was walking with my kids in Yesler Swamp, and saw without
binoculars, what looked like a female American redstart. It was all alone in
flock of kinglets and other more typical species. The call clued me in (as
something different) and the plumage pattern (especially on tail) was right
on for a redstart. I know they're not likely in this area, but show up
occasionally.

My first thought was yellow-rumped warbler, but again the tail patterning
seemed pretty clearly to be a redstart. I wouldn't consider sightings
without binoculars (and with kids in tow) to be very trustworthy, but if
anyone happens to be birding that area, you might want to keep an eye out. I
saw the bird in cottonwoods and willows (at about midcanopy) just after
entering the woods on the board walk. I took the left fork and walked the
loop clockwise. It was around 1 PM.
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Date: 12/4/17 11:35 am
From: Dan McDougall-Treacy <danmcdt...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull
The first winter Glaucous Gull continues to enjoy life (and the remains of
the salmon run) at the Carkeek Park beach, near the stream outlet.

Dan (bad hombre) MT
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Date: 12/4/17 2:41 am
From: mark girling <markgirling...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Salmonella
I noticed I had a House Finch at my feeder the other day with one eye. A good friend Nadine Drisseq by trade is a biologist and alerted me to some diseases birds are picking up from feeders. So I found a small approx 5gal garbage can. Cleaned it out and filled with water and added bleach. Like a sanitizing solution beer brewers for their equipment. My feeders are now on a sanitizing schedule. Whilst one is feeding the other is having an overnight soak. Then I hose it off thoroughly and allow to dry. Then fill and hang. And then removing the loose seed from the next feeder and hosing it off before putting it in the sanitizer for the night. I hope this makes others see how quick and easy it is and perhaps keep the disease down to a minimum.Mark GirlingThe Birding BritWoodridge.

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Date: 12/3/17 7:05 pm
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Harris's Sparrow
While others reported seeing it again, another birder and I failed to find Harris's Sparrow at Seattle's Martha Washington Park between 1:30 and 3:30 this afternoon. I did study a flock of about 15 Golden-crowned Sparrows (and Fox, towhee).

3 December, 2017,

Alan Grenon
Seattle

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Date: 12/3/17 6:45 pm
From: Megan Lyden <meganlyden...>
Subject: [Tweeters] XMAS bird count for Eastside Audubon
Hi Tweeters,

We could use a few people for my team for the XMAS bird count for Eastside Audubon. We basically hit a lot of Bellevue's "pocket parks" many of which are along Lake Sammamish; there is some walking involved. We will stop at Crossroads Shopping Center for lunch. We will finish somewhere between 3 and 4 PM.

To look at the route and read the driving directions: https://eastsideaudubon.org/conservation/citizen-science/christmas-bird-count-1/CBC-teams

Let me know by email if you are interested.

Megan Lyden
Bellevue, WA

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Date: 12/3/17 6:41 pm
From: T Varela <tvarela...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Two Short-eared Owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually NWR Sunday morning
First time in the many years I’ve been visiting this refuge that I’ve seen two Short-Eared Owls at the same time. They were putting on a great show near the dike trail, interacting with up to four Northern Harriers. Also got a glimpse of an adult Great Horned Owl, there were two Peregrines perched on the same snag. And on a tree near the river I spotted three mixed age Bald Eagles and a Red-Tailed Hawk perched in the canopy. Great stuff.


https://flic.kr/p/2149hHf





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South Puget Sound, WA
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Date: 12/3/17 3:20 pm
From: Ethan Whitney Smith <ethanwhitneysmith...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Coopers Hawk with blue disc on back or shoulder
Got a brief look at a Coopers Hawk in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle.
The hawk has what appears to be a blue disc maybe 1 and 1/2 inches across
with 911 printed on it attached to its shoulder, neck, or back. When I saw
it it was in its left shoulder. I could not tell how it is attached to the
bird. Anyone have any ideas?

Ethan Smith
<Ethanwhitneysmith...>

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Date: 12/3/17 2:22 pm
From: ray holden <rayleeholden...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owls In Michigan
Here's an interesting article filed from Detroit in the USA Today about a large flock of Snowys in upper Michigan. Lots of details about their habits and history of migratory outbreaks.  Plus pictures. 
Snowy owl mass migration blanketing parts of Michigan in feathery white


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Date: 12/3/17 12:13 pm
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Green morph Pine Siskin at Seattle’s Martha Washington Park

After checking the status of the Harris’ Sparrow this morning (still there,) I saw a flock of siskins fly into a tall maple just up Holly St. one was quite obviously different. When flock obligingly flew down to roost in a (much shorter) cherry tree above the driveway of 5545, joining several goldfinches and House Finches, I got much better looks. Back, rump, breast and sides a greenish yellow under the brown streaks. Brown cap and dark eyeline, but brow and cheek yellow. Never got a look at undertail to absolutely rule out even more exciting Eurasian Siskin, so...
This area has been very finchy of late, with all the aforementioned plus Purple Finches and a roving gang of crossbills. Another treat was a slate-colored junco today in the vicinity of the siskins.

Jeff Bryant
Seattle
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Date: 12/3/17 11:41 am
From: Jean Trent <jean.trent...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS Dec. 4 Meeting Reminder
WOS Meeting, December 4, 2017 Larry Schwitters
Vaux’s Happening

Larry Schwitters has presented the Vaux’s Happening story over 60 times
locally and internationally, including at the Ornithological Conference of
the Americas in Argentina, the international Swift Conference in Great
Britain, and at the North American Swift Symposium in Raleigh North
Carolina. He has documented over 11 million roosting swifts over the past
20 migrations and was recently featured in Birdwatcher Magazine (“26
Minutes of Wow”).

The Vaux’s Happening project began as an effort to raise awareness about
the tens of thousands of Vaux’s Swifts that use the old Wagner School
chimney in Monroe. Thanks to the work of Larry and local Audubon chapters,
funds were raised and that chimney has been saved. The project continues to
identify roosting sites all along the west coast, and monitor the swifts
that use them. When not counting swifts, Larry and his wife Leora continue
to explore the edges of the continent in their quest for up close and
personal time with each bird species found in North America.

Washington Ornithological meetings are held the first Monday of each month
(except July, August, and September) at the Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle, and are open to all. Social begins at 7:00
pm, and the program starts at 7:30 pm.

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Date: 12/3/17 11:34 am
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's titles are:

1) Extinct Birds (2nd edition)
2) The Hen Harrier

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/11/new-titles.html

3) Garden Insects of North America (2nd edition)

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/12/new-title.html

sincerely
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Date: 12/3/17 8:44 am
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Harris's Sparrow
The Harris's Sparrow in Martha Washington Park was reported again yesterday afternoon (12/2), but know it's not a given. I spent a couple hours in the rain yesterday morning, watching a dozen Golden-crowned Sparrows in the same spot described, just north along the trail from that tiny parking lot (and towhees, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrow, House Finch, kinglets, creeper, two wren spp., ...) and didn't find it. I even had a low count of off-leash dogs (about ten, plus more leashed). I hadn't previously realized there's a stand of large native oaks there.

Good luck,

Alan Grenon
Seattle
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Date: 12/3/17 5:18 am
From: Charles Desilets <csdesilets...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl irruptiion in Michigan article
Tweeters,



See the link below to a USA Today article about the SNOW irruption now
starting in the Michigan upper peninsula. Hopefully we'll see it balloon
here in WA as well. We're off to a good start.



https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/12/02/snowy-owl-mass-mig
ration-blanketing-parts-michigan-feathery-white/916685001/



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Date: 12/2/17 6:17 pm
From: Theresa Simendinger <cowgirltns...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
Never meant to imply Monteverde wasn’t great…it is… and great birding……just a funny experience I had!
Theresa

> On Dec 2, 2017, at 6:03 PM, James Karr <jrkarr...> wrote:
>
> I agree that Savegre is a great place for quetzal and many other things. But I have been on trips to Monteverde once or twice a year for the past decade. I don’t think we have missed quetzal on any of those trips. Just to be sure that notions about Monteverde are left as not a great place.
>
>
> Jim Karr
>
>
> "The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it,
> and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly."
>
> Margaret Atwood, writer and poet
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>> On Dec 2, 2017, at 5:19 PM, Larry Marsh <larrydmarsh...> <mailto:<larrydmarsh...>> wrote:
>>
>> Beautiful Birds! We have seen them on three of our trips!
>>
>> Larry
>>
>> Spokane
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Dec 2, 2017, at 4:28 PM, Hal Michael <ucd880...> <mailto:<ucd880...>> wrote:
>>
>>> In CR we have found Quetzals daily in the upper Savegre River Valley, around San Gerardo de Dota. Generally found at a couple sites along the dirt road. Additionally, we've watched nests up in the forest. Saw two species of Quetzal in the area around Tandayapa in Ecuador in October. Love Quetzals and Trogons.
>>>
>>>
>>> Hal Michael
>>> Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
>>> Olympia WA
>>> 360-459-4005
>>> 360-791-7702 (C)
>>> <ucd880...> <mailto:<ucd880...>
>>>
>>> Birding Tale: Costa Rica
>>>
>>> I have a tale about birding in CR. I drug my non-birder friend to Monteverde as I had
>>> heard it was beautiful and a good spot to spot (!) Quetzals. At my insistence we hired
>>> a bird guide and off we set. At that time, and this was a while back, there were not many tourists
>>> there. As we left our little but really cute cabin in the forest, a lady stuck her head out of the
>>> tiny Tree Bar to see where we were off too. It was mid -morning. Our guide invited her to join up
>>> but she declined. Off we went, me thinking how silly she was to waste her time in a bar.
>>> Our poor guide looked high and low for the promised Quetzal sighting which I was so determined
>>> to see. We did see so many great tropical birds I love, but alas no Quetzal.
>>> Tired and sweaty at the end of the day we trudged back. The lady stuck her head out of the bar and laughingly
>>> asked if we saw any Quetzals. As we shook our heads no, she grinned and said one was in the tree outside
>>> the bar all afternoon. We confirmed this in camp. I’ve traveled several times since to CR , Panama and S. America
>>> but I have never seen a wild Quetzal.
>>>
>>> That said, try the Osa Penn, Pacific side, camps. A bit out of the way but always great birds and animals to see there.
>>> Theresa
>>> Friday Harbor
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Date: 12/2/17 6:09 pm
From: James Karr <jrkarr...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
I agree that Savegre is a great place for quetzal and many other things. But I have been on trips to Monteverde once or twice a year for the past decade. I don’t think we have missed quetzal on any of those trips. Just to be sure that notions about Monteverde are left as not a great place.


Jim Karr


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and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly."

Margaret Atwood, writer and poet









> On Dec 2, 2017, at 5:19 PM, Larry Marsh <larrydmarsh...> wrote:
>
> Beautiful Birds! We have seen them on three of our trips!
>
> Larry
>
> Spokane
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Dec 2, 2017, at 4:28 PM, Hal Michael <ucd880...> <mailto:<ucd880...>> wrote:
>
>> In CR we have found Quetzals daily in the upper Savegre River Valley, around San Gerardo de Dota. Generally found at a couple sites along the dirt road. Additionally, we've watched nests up in the forest. Saw two species of Quetzal in the area around Tandayapa in Ecuador in October. Love Quetzals and Trogons.
>>
>>
>> Hal Michael
>> Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
>> Olympia WA
>> 360-459-4005
>> 360-791-7702 (C)
>> <ucd880...> <mailto:<ucd880...>
>>
>> Birding Tale: Costa Rica
>>
>> I have a tale about birding in CR. I drug my non-birder friend to Monteverde as I had
>> heard it was beautiful and a good spot to spot (!) Quetzals. At my insistence we hired
>> a bird guide and off we set. At that time, and this was a while back, there were not many tourists
>> there. As we left our little but really cute cabin in the forest, a lady stuck her head out of the
>> tiny Tree Bar to see where we were off too. It was mid -morning. Our guide invited her to join up
>> but she declined. Off we went, me thinking how silly she was to waste her time in a bar.
>> Our poor guide looked high and low for the promised Quetzal sighting which I was so determined
>> to see. We did see so many great tropical birds I love, but alas no Quetzal.
>> Tired and sweaty at the end of the day we trudged back. The lady stuck her head out of the bar and laughingly
>> asked if we saw any Quetzals. As we shook our heads no, she grinned and said one was in the tree outside
>> the bar all afternoon. We confirmed this in camp. I’ve traveled several times since to CR , Panama and S. America
>> but I have never seen a wild Quetzal.
>>
>> That said, try the Osa Penn, Pacific side, camps. A bit out of the way but always great birds and animals to see there.
>> Theresa
>> Friday Harbor
>>
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Date: 12/2/17 6:05 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] California Dreaming
It hit 85 today at the Salton Sea.  I am on a whirlwind dash in California in a quest to add some ABA life birds and hit a milestone.  The combination of birds seen, places visited and people met has made this one of my best trips ever.  Spending tonight in Borrego Springs and plan to do dessert birding tomorrow before heading to San Diego.
This has been day 4 and I have been so very fortunate to add two life birds each day.  Wednesday was RED FOOTED BOOBY in San Mateo (Pillar Point) and BELL'S SPARROW on Gloria Road in San Benito County; Thursday added CALIFORNIA CONDOR in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Big Sur) and GARGANEY at Waller Park in Santa Barbara County: Friday added BLACK VENTED SHEARWATER (hundreds) and ISLAND SCRUBJAY on a wonderful trip to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Island NP (accessed from Ventura); and today brought RED CROWNED PARROT(500+) at an amazing roost site in Pasadena and a RUFOUS BACKED ROBIN at Barstow Community College.
I have seen 120 species, driven 1200 miles and pretty tired but the adrenaline hits with each new bird has made it great fun.  The stakeout birds seem to have staying power.  Happy to provide details if interested in a pursuit.

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Date: 12/2/17 5:21 pm
From: Larry Marsh <larrydmarsh...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
Beautiful Birds! We have seen them on three of our trips!

Larry

Spokane

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 2, 2017, at 4:28 PM, Hal Michael <ucd880...> wrote:
>
> In CR we have found Quetzals daily in the upper Savegre River Valley, around San Gerardo de Dota. Generally found at a couple sites along the dirt road. Additionally, we've watched nests up in the forest. Saw two species of Quetzal in the area around Tandayapa in Ecuador in October. Love Quetzals and Trogons.
>
>
> Hal Michael
> Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
> Olympia WA
> 360-459-4005
> 360-791-7702 (C)
> <ucd880...>
>
> Birding Tale: Costa Rica
>
> I have a tale about birding in CR. I drug my non-birder friend to Monteverde as I had
> heard it was beautiful and a good spot to spot (!) Quetzals. At my insistence we hired
> a bird guide and off we set. At that time, and this was a while back, there were not many tourists
> there. As we left our little but really cute cabin in the forest, a lady stuck her head out of the
> tiny Tree Bar to see where we were off too. It was mid -morning. Our guide invited her to join up
> but she declined. Off we went, me thinking how silly she was to waste her time in a bar.
> Our poor guide looked high and low for the promised Quetzal sighting which I was so determined
> to see. We did see so many great tropical birds I love, but alas no Quetzal.
> Tired and sweaty at the end of the day we trudged back. The lady stuck her head out of the bar and laughingly
> asked if we saw any Quetzals. As we shook our heads no, she grinned and said one was in the tree outside
> the bar all afternoon. We confirmed this in camp. I’ve traveled several times since to CR , Panama and S. America
> but I have never seen a wild Quetzal.
>
> That said, try the Osa Penn, Pacific side, camps. A bit out of the way but always great birds and animals to see there.
> Theresa
> Friday Harbor
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Date: 12/2/17 4:33 pm
From: Hal Michael <ucd880...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
In CR we have found Quetzals daily in the upper Savegre River Valley, around San Gerardo de Dota. Generally found at a couple sites along the dirt road. Additionally, we've watched nests up in the forest. Saw two species of Quetzal in the area around Tandayapa in Ecuador in October. Love Quetzals and Trogons.


Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
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Birding Tale: Costa Rica

I have a tale about birding in CR. I drug my non-birder friend to Monteverde as I had
heard it was beautiful and a good spot to spot (!) Quetzals. At my insistence we hired
a bird guide and off we set. At that time, and this was a while back, there were not many tourists
there. As we left our little but really cute cabin in the forest, a lady stuck her head out of the
tiny Tree Bar to see where we were off too. It was mid -morning. Our guide invited her to join up
but she declined. Off we went, me thinking how silly she was to waste her time in a bar.
Our poor guide looked high and low for the promised Quetzal sighting which I was so determined
to see. We did see so many great tropical birds I love, but alas no Quetzal.
Tired and sweaty at the end of the day we trudged back. The lady stuck her head out of the bar and laughingly
asked if we saw any Quetzals. As we shook our heads no, she grinned and said one was in the tree outside
the bar all afternoon. We confirmed this in camp. I’ve traveled several times since to CR , Panama and S. America
but I have never seen a wild Quetzal.

That said, try the Osa Penn , Pacific side, camps. A bit out of the way but always great birds and animals to see there.
Theresa
Friday Harbor

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Date: 12/2/17 4:29 pm
From: mark girling <markgirling...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bird Locations


As you all know, it's now considered wrong to publicly report on vanbcbirds,
or anywhere else, the location of any roosting or lingering owl, as that
makes it easier for them to be approached/disturbed/harassed by unethical
bird photographers. Fortunately most bird photographers are very ethical and
do act in the best interests of the birds. Unfortunately however in recent
years, there has been a small minority of unethical ones, who have proven
they simply do not care about what's in the best interests of the owls, but
rather only in getting the best photo possible, by any means possible. I've
personally witnessed a few who have actually gotten very mad if someone
reminded them why their behaviour is unethical. Sad but true.



So at first it might have seemed contradictory to the rules of vanbcbirds,
that I reported a Snowy Owl being seen in West Vancouver the other day.
However the only reason I felt comfortable reporting it, was because after
the person saw it briefly at their private residence, they said it
disappeared after dark, never to be seen again. Therefore I knew it was
impossible for it to be re-found and subjected to any type of disturbance.
So my posting was just meant to let birders know a Snowy Owl had been seen
in the region, with no hint whatsoever about where it was seen in West Van.
I realize I should have added this explanation to my posting, otherwise it
could appear that a moderator of vanbcbirds is ignoring the group's rules.



If we do get an irruption of Snowy Owls this year, I hope you all get to see
one of these beautiful birds. However, even though most local birders know
where the Snowies usually show up during an irruption year, please do not
publicly report the location where you saw them.This was a post in the recent Vancouver Birds version of tweeters. This is a subject that has been eating at me as of late. Friday morning at Nisqually I met one such photographer who fits this profile and was totally unapologetic about getting the photograph as he mentioned he was NOT a birder but a photographer. Frankly I think we should go back to the word of mouth when describing specific locations. Texting and emailing the source allows the source to vet who or who does not get the information. The Birding BritMark GirlingSent from Yahoo Mail on Android
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Date: 12/2/17 3:02 pm
From: Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Carkeek Park Glaucous Gull
Hi Tweeters,

The Glaucous Gull was still present at Carkeek Park (Seattle) at the
previously described spot with a couple of Glaucous-winged Gulls (almost
exactly where the Swallow-tailed Gull had been) when I arrived at about
1:30. Despite the steady downpour, several families were ignoring the rain
and enjoying themselves in typical Northwest fashion. A young boy with a
stick and an adult approached the gulls, causing them to move a bit further
away. The boy wasn't waving the stick or threatening the birds, but they
soon took wing, flying north along the beach, around 1:40. I managed to
get a few photos of the Glaucous Gull before it left, which I posted on
eBird.

Lonnie Somer
Seattle

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Date: 12/2/17 12:40 pm
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull at Carkeek Park
Hello Tweets,

The Glaucous Gull continues on the beach at Carkeek Park near the mouth of the creek. Fantastic views!

This is the second lifer gull I've gotten on the very same pebbles -- the first was the Swallow-tailed Gull in August!!

Good birding, Joshua Glant
Mercer Island, WA
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Date: 12/2/17 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Dec. 3, 2017
Hey, Tweets,

Here are the BirdNote stories from last week:
* Hunters' Names for Ducks
http://bit.ly/2hK0ugK
* Rough-legged Hawk
http://bit.ly/2Aw8rOp
* More Information Than from 100 Years of Bird Banding
http://bit.ly/2jYVEwT
* Habitat Defined
http://bit.ly/2Avc1Z8
* Pygmy-Owls' False Eyes
http://bit.ly/2AvPhrW
* Why Birds' Feet Don't Freeze
http://bit.ly/2zoPtVH
* Paul Bannick and the Polar Bears
http://bit.ly/2A6boEA
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View the photos and links for next week's shows:
http://bit.ly/2AObeSW
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Date: 12/2/17 10:13 am
From: Theresa Simendinger <cowgirltns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica
Birding Tale: Costa Rica

I have a tale about birding in CR. I drug my non-birder friend to Monteverde as I had
heard it was beautiful and a good spot to spot (!) Quetzals. At my insistence we hired
a bird guide and off we set. At that time, and this was a while back, there were not many tourists
there. As we left our little but really cute cabin in the forest, a lady stuck her head out of the
tiny Tree Bar to see where we were off too. It was mid -morning. Our guide invited her to join up
but she declined. Off we went, me thinking how silly she was to waste her time in a bar.
Our poor guide looked high and low for the promised Quetzal sighting which I was so determined
to see. We did see so many great tropical birds I love, but alas no Quetzal.
Tired and sweaty at the end of the day we trudged back. The lady stuck her head out of the bar and laughingly
asked if we saw any Quetzals. As we shook our heads no, she grinned and said one was in the tree outside
the bar all afternoon. We confirmed this in camp. I’ve traveled several times since to CR , Panama and S. America
but I have never seen a wild Quetzal.

That said, try the Osa Penn, Pacific side, camps. A bit out of the way but always great birds and animals to see there.
Theresa
Friday Harbor
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Date: 12/2/17 9:21 am
From: Roland Kilcher <roland_kilcher...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull at Carkeek Park
This morning, there is a Glaucous Gull feeding on salmon carcasses on the beach at Carkeek Park (at the stream). I’d seen a report that it has been seen there for at least a day or two.

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Date: 12/1/17 10:16 pm
From: <gokatz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull at Carkeek Park

My husband, Jack Gossett has seen a pale juvenile Glaucous Gull at Carkeek Park on the beach the last two days. I need to get up there tomorrow to check it out. We have several photos, and I couldn't remember if I'm allowed to attach one, so if anyone wants to see a photo, send me an email & I can send one.


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Date: 12/1/17 6:13 pm
From: <festuca...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Budd Inlet Black Scoter
Hi folks - just wanted to let people know that, this afternoon, there was a female Black Scoter at the "KGY Point" in Olympia. I found her foraging just south of the Hearthfire restaurant near the old pilings at about 2 p.m.

Best,
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Date: 12/1/17 5:41 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse State listing
Tweeters,
The Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (STGR) is currently listed as "threatened" in Washington State by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). It is my contention that this species should be listed as "endangered."

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will play host to the status review of this species at 2PM on Friday, December 8, at the regularly scheduled Commission meeting in Olympia (http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2017/12/agenda_dec0717.html). (See below.) At this meeting, the WDFW Diversity Division will present that the STGR should continued to be listed as "threatened" and not uplisted to "endangered."

An adjunct to the periodic status review (PSR) of this species indicates that just 608 of these birds remain in eastern Washington, scattered over eight areas, in 2017. This is the lowest the population has been since the year 2000, when an estimated population was 895. According to the state biologist working the PSR, a viable population for this species in a single area should be about 300 birds. The highest estimate currently is 132 birds in the Crab Creek area. The state threshold for uplisting is, I believe, 400 birds. The fact that the population has fallen by one-third in the past 17 years is indicative of a trend that may only be downward for this iconic species. A single wildfire may drive this total population below the threshold, and hearkens back to the status of the Heath Hen on Martha's Vineyard in the early part of the 20th century.

The Greater Sage Grouse has more visibility in this state, but the Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse is also worthy of consideration and of your support. Please send a message to the Fish and Wildlife Commission urging uplisting this species to "endangered." Better yet, attend the meeting and voice your concern to them. I'll definitely be there to do so.

//Denis

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Public can comment on proposed simplified fishing rules, protective status of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse

OLYMPIA ...

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also will take public comment on the department's recommendation to continue to classify the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse as threatened under state law.

...

The special meeting will be followed by a two-day meeting Dec. 8-9 in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 8. ...

An agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/<https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwdfw.wa.gov%2Fcommission%2F&data=02%7C01%<7Croyhome...>%7Cb635f0531f234037706408d53913e701%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636477679990027554&sdata=OnE6eYfjjeMEA09CW2rHjYzrsKcynneeb1Tz%2BMHniB0%3D&reserved=0>.

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In other business, the commission will hold a public hearing on state wildlife managers' recommendation to continue to classify the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse as threatened under state law.

The sharp-tailed grouse was listed as a threatened species in Washington in 1998. The remaining populations of sharp-tailed grouse in Washington are small, relatively isolated from one another, and may not persist unless they increase in number.

The draft review on the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse is available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/endangered/status_review/<https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwdfw.wa.gov%2Fconservation%2Fendangered%2Fstatus_review%2F&data=02%7C01%<7Croyhome...>%7Cb635f0531f234037706408d53913e701%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636477679990027554&sdata=YJaUFx9wJJePOBBxcUL8FqB%2Bgu%2FoPJZsMeMOaGdiZ10%3D&reserved=0>.

The commission also will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to rules for compensating commercial livestock owners for animals killed or injured by wolves. The changes, proposed by WDFW, are intended to increase clarity, streamline the process, and provide consistency with state law and the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.

In addition, commissioners will take public comment on salmon management in Willapa Bay, and receive briefings on:

* Target shooting ranges on WDFW-managed lands.
* A proposed translocation of mountain goats from the Olympic Peninsula to the North Cascades.
* WDFW's role in regulating private aquaculture net-pen operations that produce Atlantic salmon.
* The state's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and future planning efforts.
* An organizational and management assessment of WDFW.
* An overview of the department's budget.

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Date: 12/1/17 4:49 pm
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 1 December 2017
Cold, overcast and breezy. Rinse and repeat. But, there were birds, just not that many, unless you count Robins and Starlings. A few notables and a few fun encounters.

Early on, there was a large cacophony of mostly Robins feeding on the Hawthorn patch just north of the Fins sculpture. Among the flocks were a couple dozen Starlings as well, plus a few Cedar Waxwing, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee and a single Varied Thrush. Later, on Promontory Point, another large flock of Robins were devouring the remaining Madrona berries, again accompanied by a larger flock of Starling, plus a Northern Flicker and several Band-tailed Pigeon. This party was cut short, however, when an adult female Cooper’s Hawk flew in.

Also early, in the north end adjacent the dog run, was an immature Red-tailed Hawk. This bird was very light underneath—the first I have seen of this bird as other Red-tails in recent outings have been adults.

There was a Herring Gull mixed in with a large flock of Mew and a handful each of Ring-billed and California Gulls on the swim platform.

At the P-patch, while surveying for sparrows, an immature Cooper’s Hawk flew in to the amphitheater, not 10 feet away from my location. It seemed indifferent to my presence, allowing me to move around for a look with better lighting and to capture this video:
https://youtu.be/9GJIF-YHap0

For the day, 54 species.
Main checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40845864 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40845864>
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Date: 12/1/17 3:57 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Angel's Wings
Tweeters,

This week’s post covers five mostly snow white and exceptional birds. Four out of the five species have been seen near Union Bay. This week I ask the question how far south do they go in the summer and in the winter. Test your knowledge. You could be in for a surprise. Find out more at:

https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/12/angel-wings.html <https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/12/angel-wings.html>

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

Larry Hubbell
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Date: 12/1/17 10:56 am
From: Debbie Mcleod <skepsou...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Project FeederWatch
I know it’s not a contest. But I was so happy when this week’s FeederWatch count yielded the greatest diversity in the six seasons I have been counting.
All fifteen of my regulars appeared, plus one occasional visitor to tie my personal best. Then, as I was scanning the swirling flock of Goldfinches in an futile attempt to count them, I realized that one was different. I hadn’t seen any Pine Siskins in quite some time. I happily added this one to my count. (Of course, his - or her - twenty pals immediately appeared. Time to increase the seed budget.)
Not bad for a 10’x10’ townhouse patio area!

Debbie in Kirklandia

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Date: 12/1/17 2:17 am
From: <notcalm...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Highly recommended reports and updates regarding Snowy Owls------Fwd: Project SNOWstorm
Tweeters,
I spend much enjoyable time with owls. I would highly recommend the following links if you would like to better understand Snowy Owls.

The links below are for Project SNOWstorm. They provide excellent information regarding Snowy owls and their movements.
They have been using "cutting-edge tracking technology" that allows them and us to track the movements of Snowy owls. The maps with recorded data are outstanding and have resulted in a much more sophisticated understanding of the owls movements, including irruptions than we had even a few years ago.
They believe there may be an irruption on the East Coast this year. They also wrote that there could be one in the Pacific Northwest this year-but there appears to be less data for prediction of an irruption here this year.
I would recommend that you view the interactive Maps pages and you can also sigh up to receive update emails. See the one on November 16th as a useful starting point. Also see the photo of one study site that shows 78 voles and Lemmings rimming one nest in 2013. Wow!

Enjoy!
Dan Reiff


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Sent: Friday, December 1, 2017 1:41:34 AM
Subject: Project SNOWstorm

Project SNOWstorm: Snowy Owl research and conservation
www.projectsnowstorm.org/

Interactive Maps. We have been tracking snowy owls since 2013. Use these interactive maps to explore the movements of nearly 50 owls in astounding detail. Explore maps ...

Tracking Snowy Owls - Project SNOWstorm
www.projectsnowstorm.org/tracking-snowy-owls/

With cutting-edge tracking technology, we can follow the movements of snowy owls in astounding detail, and for years at a time. This research has been made possible by the generous contributions of the general public and a variety of ornithological and birding organizations. Collaborating scientists in Project SNOWstorm ...


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Date: 11/30/17 6:13 pm
From: Diann MacRae <tvulture...>
Subject: Fw: [Tweeters] Dr. Bob Norton passed away
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Date: 11/30/17 4:45 pm
From: John Whitehead <jirvingw...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually Saw-Whet
This afternoon the Saw-Whet was sitting in the same spot, on the same
branch as it was last week. This strikes me as being unusual.

John

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Date: 11/30/17 2:30 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-11-30
Tweets – it was decidedly wet today, with steady rain from before sunrise through the end of the main loop for us. Dark and wet, but not TOO cold, and not windy. Not birdy either. About half the group called it a day after the main loop, at which point the rain eased up and we picked up several more species. A few birds of interest, but not many good views.

Highlights:
a.. Cackling Goose – flock of ~800 on fields 7-8-9; 2+ subspecies, but no other geese mixed in
b.. Green-winged Teal – one male in slough below weir, first since August
c.. Common Goldeneye – 2 males, first confirmed for Fall
d.. Northern Harrier – one in East Meadow
e.. Sharp-shinned Hawk – one at Rowing Club
f.. Northern Saw-whet Owl – Matt heard one south of the East Meadow early
g.. Pileated Woodpecker – one at Rowing Club
h.. Merlin – One west of Rowing Club parking lot
i.. Four HOUSE FINCHES were our only finches.
Misses included Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Rock Pigeon, Downy Woodpecker, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Red-winged Blackbird, all of which we’ve had this week of the year in at least 12 of the last 23 years. Anna’s Hummingbirds didn’t show up at Marymoor until 2004, but we’ve had them 7 of the previous 13 years, also missing them today.

Yesterday, I had a RED CROSSBILL near the mansion, first for the year at Marymoor.

For the day, 45 species. My hands are still cold.

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Date: 11/30/17 12:38 pm
From: j baker <hikenbird...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Costa Rica recommendations?

We are looking at Costa Rica for birdwatching.
Has anyone gone with Wildside Nature Tours or the guide Glenn Crawford?
Or arranged for a custom tour from Wilderness Travel?

Please PM me if you have any experience with the tour groups or the guide.

Thanks,
Joan Baker
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Date: 11/30/17 9:53 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bird Feeders Drive Evolution Of Longer Beaks In British Tits
hello everyone,

i just HAD to share a remarkable study about the evolution of a seemingly
simple trait: beak length in a wild songbird. Yes, there's more to come as
follow-up, which i am eagerly awaiting!

How a simple pleasure, feeding birds, has been translated into a mechanism
for rapid evolutionary change in beak length in a British backyard bird
species

Bird Feeders Drive Evolution Of Longer Beaks In British Tits
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/11/30/bird-feeders-drive-evolution-of-longer-beaks-in-british-tits/
tiny: https://tinyurl.com/yd63vs3j

please do share widely amongst all your birdie peeps and others.

thank you!

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Date: 11/30/17 7:57 am
From: B Boekelheide <bboek...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Dr. Bob Norton passed away
With a sad heart, we pass along that Dr. Bob Norton, one of the greats of Clallam County birding, died yesterday, Nov 29. Bob and his wife Jo moved here from Arizona, where he was a public health surgeon specializing in reconstruction of birth defects and injuries, such as cleft palates and other deformities. They settled near their daughter Sharon’s family in “the frost pocket of Joyce,” as Bob called his home area. For years he fastidiously kept bird records for Clallam County, back when BirdBase was the hot new computer program. As recordkeeper, he faithfully submitted detailed seasonal reports of county bird sightings for ABA and American Birds. Lugging around his big Questar spotting scope, he led many birding trips for Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society and countless other groups, touching many lives sharing birds with others. With Sir Walter Raleigh pipe smoke curling around his head, he loved to pursue “good birds,” as he called any birds out of the ordinary that might appear on his lists. Starting birding as a young man, and living several places in the U.S., he participated in countless Christmas counts, breeding bird surveys, migratory bird counts, field trips, rare bird chases, and anything else that would get him outside birding. With a twinkle in his eye and deep curiosity about the birds he observed, he was the consummate birder, a role model for the rest of us.

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Date: 11/29/17 5:00 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 11/29/17
Tweets,

Today 38 of us enjoyed a great day at Nisqually. No rain, light breeze
for most of the day and the birds cooperated. We had a 14 ft high tide
at 1:39 so lots of water out in the reclamation area. In fact, lots of
water throughout the refuge.

We had a great start with a WILSON'S SNIPE at the visitor center and
it got better quickly. As we headed toward the Ed Center Jon Anderson
checked out the tree line along the access road and spotted some white
wash on a small cedar tree, A search turned up another NORTHERN
SAW-WHET OWL, our second in two weeks! That is 4 SAW-WHETS I've seen
on the refuge in 25 years.

In the orchard we found 2 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS, CHICKADES and
KINGLETS, as well as PINE SISKINS. We later had an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD
working on an apple. Gotta get those calories from somewhere.

Along the trail to the twin barns we had a flyby of 3 TRUMPETER SWANS.
We found a nice mixed flock along the boardwalk that included both
CHICKADEES, both KINGLETS, BUSHTITS, BROWN CREEPER, DOWNY WOODPECKER,
and BEWICK'S WREN. We also had more SISKINS there.

Raptors seen included BALD EAGLE, COOPER'S and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS,
RED-TAILED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, as well as PEREGRINE FALCON and
AMERICAN KESTREL. Just not a good day to be a prey species.

Out along the estuary boardwalk we picked up 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS,
BELTED KINGFISHER, MEW, RING-BILLED, and BONAPARTE'S GULLS, as well as
COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, and SURF SCOTER. Out on
the sound we had BRANDT'S CORMORANTS.

For the day I had 61 species and now have 139 for the year. Mammals
seen included BLACK-TAILED DEER, HARBOR SEALS, and STELLER'S SEALIONS.

Until next week...

Phil Kelley
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Lacey, WA
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Date: 11/29/17 12:18 pm
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Cape Disappointment SP White-winged Crossbills
Hi Tweeters,

The White-winged Crossbills continue today. I just saw at least twenty in
the cones about half way from camp to the dead end for the jetty. Alone at
first then joined by a huge flock of Red Crossbills.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 11/29/17 10:58 am
From: <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] tan morph white throated sparrow continues in Seattle
The lovely tan morph white-throated sparrow continues in Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle. It really is a stunning bird.

AKopitov
Seattle
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Date: 11/29/17 9:02 am
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Northern Saw-whet Owl, Nisqually NWR
Hi Tweets,

Another NSWO has been located at Nisqually with easy access. Seen roosting at 9am in a small cedar tree across from the west entrance of the parking lot between the Visitor Center and Education Center marked with pink ribbon.
Happy birding,
Wednesday Walk and Shep

Shep Thorp, VMD
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I BluePearl Veterinary Partners
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Date: 11/28/17 9:25 pm
From: Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Targeting county birds
Tim, That is great to hear since you are the one that got Les Carlson and me to do a Skamania County Big Day which led to us doing one each month for a Skamania Big Year. We added five new species to the county list that year, setting a record for each month and learned a lot more about birding my home county. I just checked Washington Birder at wabirder.com/ and was surprised to see that only three of the counties have a Big Day record for every month in the year and some counties don't have a single month with a record. TWEETS, take a look at your home county's list and think about submitting some records to fill in the blanks. Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] Targeting county birds
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:34:07 +0000

Awesome list, Ken!

Had just been looking at Long-tailed Duck and Black-crowned Night-Heron as Kevin Black and I have been tossing around the idea of a Lewis County Big Year.

Lewis has quite a few &ldquo;missing&rdquo; birds that would be fun to find. Brewer&rsquo;s Sparrow and Spruce Grouse (both with single eBird records but not on the county list apparently), Lapland Longspur, Black-necked Stilt, American Tree Sparrow, Palm Warbler... none of them super obvious ones to expect in Lewis, but I mean... hopefully we can get this thing together and add a bird or two to that county list!

Tim Brennan
Renton

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Date: 11/28/17 8:36 pm
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Targeting county birds
Awesome list, Ken!

Had just been looking at Long-tailed Duck and Black-crowned Night-Heron as Kevin Black and I have been tossing around the idea of a Lewis County Big Year.

Lewis has quite a few “missing” birds that would be fun to find. Brewer’s Sparrow and Spruce Grouse (both with single eBird records but not on the county list apparently), Lapland Longspur, Black-necked Stilt, American Tree Sparrow, Palm Warbler... none of them super obvious ones to expect in Lewis, but I mean... hopefully we can get this thing together and add a bird or two to that county list!

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Date: 11/28/17 4:50 pm
From: Rick Taylor <taylorrl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Edmonds Christmas Bird Count - Dec 16
Tweeters,

The Edmonds Christmas Bird Count will be conducted on December 16th. The circle in centered on the edge of Martha Lake in Lynnwood and covers the area from Shoreline to south Everett and over to Maltby. It also includes a portion of Possession Point on Whidbey Island. We need a couple of folks to bird Possession Point. We can also use a few more field teams in other areas, and welcome as many feeder counters as we can get. More information on the count can be found on the Pilchuck Audubon website<http://pilchuckaudubon.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&pageid=212&sectionid=140>.

If you can join us this year or count your feeders, please email me at <taylorrl...>

Thanks,

Rick

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Date: 11/28/17 4:25 pm
From: Bruce McCammon <bruce.mccammon...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl irruption - early signs are encouraging
I am hopeful that Snowy Owls will find their way to the Waterville Plateau
again this year. I took this article to be a good sign.

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spokesman.com%2Fblogs%2Foutdoors%2F2017%2Fnov%2F25%2Fsnowy-owl-brightens-lincoln-county-landscape%2F&h=ATNJSBwYEpD5wDG3Aj2TjqTmKscA7tMTSAgbXSwh95pbtTq69PRFXIgLEg0XgGdSfU_9zKA7VzksjMFE2XL2K2O7-Mjy9_Yz14GdQ-mUksfqh7uoJ_gliYlR1HjVEiFRqFLcYMnctQ20&s=1&enc=AZPBzbYVaVYQESCdZfsJso_tBORPozuYKhbU1b4mWToNIlUsJBJggOG7VT_SJsPX0Yl3vNaAZh4AFxvHxMawNVWERhNr-ein-koNE-Y_npfGpg


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Date: 11/28/17 3:05 pm
From: Mike McAuliffe <mcmike0605...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Edmonds Waterfront & Marsh November Bird Photos
I've posted some photos of birds on the waterfront and at the marsh in
Edmonds this month, as well as my favorite throwback photo of a Snowy Owl on
the waterfront from 2012. Hoping we get some Snowy Owls down here again this
year!

http://mcmikephoto.com/2017/11/edmonds-november-birds-2/

Good birding!

Mike McAuliffe
Edmonds
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Date: 11/28/17 1:54 pm
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Harris’ Sparrow returns/continues
First-year Bird first discovered at Martha Washington Park on 13 Nov, and easily refound on the next two days seemed to disappear, along with its entourage of GC & WC Sparrows, until today. Easily spotted along shrubby border atop the steep bank leading down to the lake in large (18!) flock of Golden-crowns. Lack of off-leash dogs on this miserable rainy morning may be a factor...
Jeff Bryant
Seattle
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Date: 11/28/17 1:53 pm
From: <ianyoung...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snow Geese on UW campus
I spotted two lovely Snow Geese on the Rainier Vista lawn this very rainy Tuesday afternoon. They are feeding with 40+ Canada Geese. Please enjoy from a respectful distance. They may even approach you if you are cool. So, stay dry and be cool!
Ian Young
UW, Seattle, WA

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Date: 11/28/17 8:18 am
From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Responses to question about best ultrazoom camera
Hello Tweetsters - On Nov 21, I asked for opinions or suggestions on
what is the best ultrazoom point-and-shoot camera these days. I have a
Canon PowerShot SX-40 camera and have been wondering if there is a newer
ultrazoom out there that would be a noticeable improvement over my SX-40.

The main challenges for ultrazooms in my experience are poor performance
in low light; difficulty focusing on the bird rather than on surrounding
wires or vegetation; and shutter lag. So I am always interested in new
cameras that improve in these critical areas, rather than just adding
new features to the hundreds of features the cameras already have.

I received a number of helpful responses to my question, though many
were people asking me to let them know what I heard.

Here are the suggestions and opinions I received and thanks much to
those who provided them!

1.

I suggest you go to Kenmore Camera and ask that same question.  I have
found the staff to be very knowledgeable and they won't try to over sell
you on something you don't need.

http://kenmorecamera.com/

2.


I used the SX-40 followed by the SX-50 followed by the Canon G3X.

They all have the problems that you mention.  If you do nothing else, I
would recommend getting the SX-50 because it is noticeably better than
the SX-40 and is relatively inexpensive since the SX-60 came out.

I like the G3X better than either of the other two because it has an
electronic viewfinder so I can find and photo the little birds that
eluded me with the other two.  It has less zoom, but that is for the
most part offset by the fact that the photos are more croppable.

A low light trick that has worked for me is to turn the exposure
compensation dial anywhere from +2/3 to +2.   Also, sometimes I focus on
a large object that is the same distance as the bird, hold the shutter
button partially down, shift to the bird and then take the photo.  Often
I can't get the bird in focus and mutter something as it flies off.

I wish someone would make an AARP camera and eliminate all of the fancy
buttons that I never use.  Maybe they could make them like autos.  You
order a camera with the features that you want.

3.


I'm on my 3rd Sony Superzoom, this one a DSC-HX400V.  I have many of the
same problems as you do with low light.  And every time I take it out of
my camera bag, the dial has turned and tricks me into taking pics in the
wrong mode.  It does 50x.  Sony also has one with a longer zoom, but
it's a lesser camera.  This one has wi-fi GPS and a hot shoe for
attaching a flash (good for taking pics in large gatherings where the
built-in flash won't reach far enough, esp not when zoomed).  This one
also has threads on the lens so I can attach a protective filter (my
last camera was abandoned because of a scratched lens and didn't have
threads).


Why I chose Sony:  Fastest shutter lag.  Not many reviewers even mention
shutter lag, but I got burned years ago with an Olympus, where you focus
& get ready, then press the shutter, then you wait while the camera gets
around to taking the picture.  So press the shutter when the bird flies
into view, then get a picture of nothing but blue sky.  Sony's shutter
lag specs are the best that I could find, but I couldn't find them for
all competitors.  Wish it was more widely reported.


One thing I've noticed with all 3 Sony's is that the plastic parts wear
out, and it's nearly all plastic.  I always have an electrician-tape
patch somewhere on the body, especially the battery compartment.  This
one came with a cord for charging the batteries inside the camera.  I've
never used it.  I bought 3 chargers and 6 extra batteries for it, and
I'm happy with that. I'm just mad that every brand has their own
proprietary battery, so you can't just go down to the drugstore for a
battery or share with others.


I also never use Best Of lists, since they're not written by birders. 
Any camera can do fine with a perched bird posing for the camera. 
That's not what we care about.


4.


I use Nikon Cool Pix P900  with 83x zoom, P700 is 60x zoom, Excellent
photos.16 Megapixel. But the quality is lost with zoom.
I am not a camera nerd. I keep the settings in auto. But in case of low
light, there is a cool knob to increase exposure in case of low light (
may be all cameras do ? ). I found it very helpful.

check out this Minnesotta birder who put a comparison table for all the
best cameras for birding.
http://theafternoonbirder.com/superzoom-camera-for-bird-photography/


5.

Look at the Nikon P900


6.

My current camera is only my second-ever digital camera, a Canon SX-50
HS, which is a miraculous improvement, as far as I am concerned.
Finally, a klutz can take identifiable bird photos.

That said, there is the exact problem you describe--needlessly
complicated menu nightmares that lead one into inextricable settings. A
friend of mine tried to "improve" my settings a few weeks ago, and I
took a week to get out of them and back to normal.

For me, the biggest problem with the camera is focusing on songbirds in
the bushes, where the camera wants to focus on the foreground herbage.


7.

Though I primarily use a dSLR these days for birds, I am a big fan of
superzooms. I own the Panasonic FZ200, FZ70, and FZ80. I also have the
Nikon P900. Each one has their strengths.

The Nikon P900

   Pros
    - 2000mm reach
    - Great focusing
    - Great image stabilization, amazing at 2000mm
    - Very good image quality throughout the zoom range
    - Articulating LCD

   Cons
    - Awful interface - a chore to change settings when speed matters
    - Slow processor, small buffer - means you get blacked out after
taking shots, have to wait, wait, wait before taking more pics and you
lose sight of the bird you are following. VERY FRUSTRATING!
    - Video is strictly automatic, no control, audio is not good
    - Kinda big with that lens
    - No raw, strictly JPEG

from what I've read from actual users, the B700 also suffers the same
interface, buffer/processor issues.

The Panasonic FZ80

   Pros
    - Excellent user interface
    - Excellent focusing
    - Very good image stabilization
    - Excellent buffer, processor, never have to wait, never blacks
out, never lose sight of the bird
    - Very good video, can control settings, better audio
    - Better feature set
    - Can customize buttons
    - Can customize controls on the LCD
    - Can attach a teleconverter to increase reach (I use one making
the reach 2000mm)
    - Can shoot raw

   Cons
    - Softer images
    - Fixed LCD

I am very partial to Panasonics. They make really great point and shoots
for enthusiasts. Most of have Leica branded lenses, but unfortunately,
the FZ70 and FZ80 do not and thus their image quality is not as good as
it could be.

If you want you can take a look at my pics and videos

Nikon P900 pics and videos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/myssvictoria/albums/72157651158420940

FZ80 videos all taken using a teleconverter - sorry no stills
https://www.flickr.com/photos/myssvictoria/albums/72157682356453586

FZ70 pics and videos all taken using a teleconverter
https://www.flickr.com/photos/myssvictoria/albums/72157638915834176



8.

Maybe this can help.

The best mirrorless camera you can buy (and five alternatives)
<https://www.yahoo.com/news/best-mirrorless-camera-buy-five-222801275.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma>
https://goo.gl/5P7n5t


9.

I bought my Nikon P520 just about two years ago when the B700 and B500 I
think just got on the market.

From the general handling perspective and photo quality I love my P520.
It is a little smaller and lighter than the P900 model, the bigger
brother with larger zoom at the time.  But I pay for it with a lesser
zoom and a little less light sensitivity.

It seems like the B500 and B700 have almost the same dimensions and
weight now.

From birding with experienced birders I feel that at high magnification
the image quality very much depends on your steady hands or the image
stabilizer function of the camera. And I've seen photos from friends w
lesser zoom that were still very sharp or sharper than mine. The Nikon
image stabilizer is supposedly great. But I've had cases where someone w
Canon camera (don't remember the model, sorry!) got sharper photos than
I did.

It depends on what your priority is regarding handling and/or image
quality.
If I would go shopping again, I would bring my own SD card and go
outside to try the cameras on some birds around the parking lot. Then at
home look at the real quality of the shots I took w different cameras.

Another thing to consider is capability to hold filters in front of the
lens. I have grown fond of polarization filters during bright daylight
and those weren't easy to find for the P520. But the daylight colors
come out super nice w filter.

I bought mine at Kenmore Camera and with my ID in the store they let me
try them out outside for quite a while. And that was really helpful for me!


10.

The new Sony RX10 IV is highly touted for shooting well in low light and
shooting moving targets like birds. Both Gary Luhm and Dan Streiffert
liked the camera when they tried it out. So, I bought one three weeks
ago.  It’s been fun to use and I’m getting some nice photos. There are
many buttons and I have to spend more time with the manual to learn more
of the functions. I had been using a very small point and shoot camera.
So it is a big step up for me.


11.

I rely on Dpreivew for camera info when I am shopping for something new.
They just came out with their new buying guides. Here is the link to the
‘enthusiast super zooms’.
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/2017-buying-guide-best-enthusiast-long-zoom-cameras


I have used the older Lumix that goes to 600 and have liked it but I see
the new one is much shorter.


12.

I have a Canon SX-50 that I really like, but at some point I would like
to replace it.  Like you I would want something that does good in low
light with a good auto-focus.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx   THE END OF SUGGESTIONS AND OPINIONS  
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


In my query to Tweeters, I included a link to Wirecutter, which has its
own recommendation of best superzoom:

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-superzoom-camera/

I haven't yet decided what, if anything, I'm going to do. I may stand
pat with my SX-40 or opt for one of these recommendations. A number of
people like the SX-50, but I kind of hate to pay $700 for a 2012 camera
that isn't the most recent model.


Jane Hadley
Seattle, WA








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Date: 11/28/17 5:10 am
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] upcoming Washington State CBCs
Hi tweeters!

Just a quick note to let you know that the WOS website has a (hopefully)
complete listing of all of the CBCs happening in the state this coming
December-January. Hopefully there will be one or several that fits into
your busy birding and holiday schedules. Visit http://wos.org/cbc/ for
information on dates and contact information for those organizing the
counts.

There are still two counts (Camas Prairie-Trout Lake and Columbia
Hills-Klickitat Valley) where we don't have updated information (at the end
of the list). If anybody knows the dates of those two counts, please let
me know and also copy <webmaster...>

Thanks Amy Powell for updating the website with this information!

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim
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Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
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Date: 11/28/17 1:03 am
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Old Lady at the Pier
I should start this post by noting I'm sending this by texting - one of the suckiest forms of communication ever invented - but l have insomnia, and my laptop is down. Whatever.

Sunday l took my ol' Ma down to the Marine Science Center here in Port Townsend on a field trip.

Walking down the pier

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Date: 11/27/17 11:22 pm
From: Kyle Leader <kchuckles11...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Egret Access
Hi Tweets, I'm planning on heading down to Vancouver to look for the two snowy egrets that have been seen there. I don't know the area super well and am wondering where the best places to park and access the ponds are. Thanks for the help.  
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Date: 11/27/17 6:05 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Gorgeous Male King Eider in B.C.


A King Eider has been in Tsawassen area since Oct 24 and as you can see in the blogspot he's in stunning plumage.  Viewable BUT costly/complicated as described.  If I wasn't heading for California I would go.

http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/2017/10/rba-king-eider-in-delta-oct-24th.html

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Date: 11/27/17 5:00 pm
From: littlebirder <littlebirder...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re: Clark Co. Black-legged Kittiwake, 27 Nov 2017
We checked at 4 pm on our way home. Not there.


Sherry HagenVancouver, <WAlittlebirder...>
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Hi,

There is a juv black-legged kittiwake at Washougal Waterfront Park, Clark Co, 27 Nov 2017.

Thanks!

Ryan Abe

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Date: 11/27/17 4:46 pm
From: John Whitehead <jirvingw...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Titlow, Eurasian and Storm widgeons
That is there were four male Eurasions. In looking at the photos there
looks like at least two females also.

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Date: 11/27/17 4:37 pm
From: John Whitehead <jirvingw...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Titlow, Eurasian and Storm widgeons
My wife and I stopped at Titlow park this afternoon. In the north part
of the pond we saw a large flock of Widgeons, We saw four Eurasian
Widegons and one Storm widgeon.  Estimated 35 or so total Widgeons.

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Date: 11/27/17 4:36 pm
From: Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] O.T. RFI: Fish
Steve,

Lampreys were at Bonneville in good numbers in August 2015, but they are highly seasonal, and you do have to check the fish counts, which should show current numbers throughout the season. If they are there, they often adhere to the viewing windows and provide great photo ops.

I have caught Olympic Mudminnows in ditches on Burrows Road off Hwy 109, west of Hoquiam. They were in the vegetation, and I think you would have to dipnet to see them. Is this only fish observing, or are you netting? If not, thats a real constraint in a fish big year!

The dock at the Kingston Ferry Landing is often a good place to see fish, but they are mostly common ones like Shiner Perch, Striped Perch, Pacific Herring and the like. Perhaps with the best viewing conditions you could see more. People catch a variety of fish at the Edmonds fishing pier, if you count species being brought up on a hook. I guess they are alive and in the wild.

If you have questions about herps, I might be able to help.

Dennis Paulson
Seattle


On Nov 27, 2017, at 12:00 PM, <tweeters-request...> wrote:

> Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:45:38 +0000 (UTC)
> From: <sremse...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] O.T. RFI: Fish
> To: TWEETERS <tweeters...>
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> My Amphibian/Reptile/Fish Big Year (ARF) is approaching and I'd like help with the following questions:
>
> * Where and when to see Olympic Mudminnow- that would be a lifer.
> * Bay Pipefish-haven't seen one in a long time.
> * Does anyone have experience at the Bonneville Dam fish viewing area? Their website shows up to date fish counts.It would be great to see a lamprey.
> * Which docks in the Puget Sound area are best for fish viewing ( pier peering?)? When and what species?
> * Pink Salmon- Is there a river that has an even year (2018 as opposed to 2017 being odd) run of Pinks? I heard a rumor the Snohomish River has a few.
>
> My listing ethics (ABA Big Year rules don't work for other big years)
> * Has to be alive and in the wild.
> * From a self sustained population or at least as far as I can ascertain. Hatchery ponds are out.
> * I won't trespass or harm habitat just to get a look at a species.
>
> Thanks for any help you can give me.
> -----Steve Ellis
> Coupeville, Wa
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Date: 11/27/17 4:33 pm
From: Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re: Clark Co. Black-legged Kittiwake, 27 Nov 2017
Congratulations on a Clark County first sighting record, I chased but missed it. Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Clark Co. Black-legged Kittiwake, 27 Nov 2017
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:11:08 -0800

Hi,

There is a juv black-legged kittiwake at Washougal Waterfront Park, Clark Co., 27 Nov 2017.

Thanks!

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Date: 11/27/17 2:20 pm
From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Targeting county birding another way
The other night I was thinking what birds were seen in 38 out of the 39 counties and what counties were missing. By adding some strategy and knowing what birds to be looking for by county and season that would put them over the fence and on the list to have been seen in all 39 counties. Below is a list of a species seen in 38 counties:


Adams -- Glaucous Gull, Barred Owl

Benton-- N. Pygmy-Owl

Columbia-- White-winged Scoter

Cowlitz-- White-winged Crossbill

Ferry-- Clark's Grebe, Barn Owl

Garfield--Harlequin Duck, Pacific Loon, Long-billed Curlew, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Wilson's Phalarope

Jefferson-- Vesper Sparrow

Kittitas-- Semipalmated Sandpiper

Lewis-- Long-tailed Duck, Black-crowned Night-Heron

Mason--Blue Jay

Pend Oreille-- Glaucous-winged Gull

San Juan-- Harris's Sparrow

Skamania-- Baird's Sandpiper

Wahkiakum-- Swainson's Hawk, Rock Wren, Pine Grosbeak


2 species went over the mark in 2017 so now have been seen in all 39 counties: Sandhill Crane in Garfield Co. and Say's Phoebe in Island County. Wonder if being a finch year might just help a birder dig one of them out.


Let me know if you find the lucky bird(s),




Ken Knittle
Vancouver WA 98665

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Date: 11/27/17 1:48 pm
From: Theresa Simendinger <cowgirltns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Pilated Woodpecker Knocking on my House...THX!
Tweeters; One and all….

As you can see I changed pounding to knocking on my log house because that is what it sounds like…
very loud knocking…I have gone downstairs with a broken foot many times to answer the door only to
remember.. the Woodpecker must be back.

That said, I do want to say I wish the Woodpecker no harm, just to stop him drilling or even just making little
holes before any pesty bugs decide its a good idea.

I keep remembering how thrilled I was when Pileated Woodpeckers and Flickers showed up at my feeder.I love
seeing all my feathered friends return, especially him/her. I have been putting out feed in between migrating times
for 12 years I've lived here. The "knocking” Woodpecker showed up two years ago and could be shooed away. But
last spring and now he wont be shooed…

I am ordering plastic snakes, owls and streamers as advised by all. I have birdhouses of all sizes all over my property
now for years.

I will let Tweeters know what works if any of the ideas sent to me….mostly..thank you all so much..if anyone hears of another
idea, please let me know and thank you all soooo much!

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Date: 11/27/17 12:52 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Black Phoebe still at Fobes Rd.
I saw a Black Phoebe this morning along the Fobes Rd. dike in Snohomish
County. This likely is the same bird first reported by Josh Adams, David
Portinga and me on October 25th. I was unable to get a photo before it
flew, but I had a good view from about 25-30 feet when it came in and
perched on a low branch along the shoreline. It was at the south end of the
dike trail shortly before the barrier. I was unable to relocated it after I
flew but think I heard it call briefly from the far shore.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

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Date: 11/27/17 10:19 am
From: Christine Southwick <clsouth...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Piliated Woodpecker ponding on my house.....help
Put up an appropriate nest box for Pileated Woodpecker(PIWO)--at the right heighth, and if you can, hang something dangling where the PIWO has been pecking.

The PIWO may be looking for a roosting and/or nesting hole.


Christine Southwick

N Seattle/Shoreline

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Date: 11/27/17 10:17 am
From: Jay Adams <protectionisland8.9...>
Subject: [Tweeters] CBC Help
Dear Tweets:

I am in need of a competent all-round birder to cover one of the
territories in the Oak Harbor (Whidbey Island) CBC circle on Saturday,
December 16. The territory includes much of Ebey's Landing National
Historical Reserve.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested.

Thanks,

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Count Compiler

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Date: 11/27/17 10:14 am
From: Ryan Abe <ryanabe79...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Clark Co. Black-legged Kittiwake, 27 Nov 2017
Hi,

There is a juv black-legged kittiwake at Washougal Waterfront Park, Clark Co., 27 Nov 2017.

Thanks!

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Date: 11/27/17 7:25 am
From: Hal Michael <ucd880...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] O.T. RFI: Fish
Steve

The Mudminnow takes some real effort as they are very hard to find/see. Need to be netted. There are some roadside drainage ditches (super wonderful habitat) in the Olympia area where they are accessible. It's where I got some.

Only Bay Pipefish I found was in one of those cast and retrieve crab-catchers. We were fishing off the dock in Tokeland.

Even year pinks are certainly in the Snohomish system. Run was, at least until the past few years, growing quite nicely and was in the multiple thousands. WDFW's Mill Creek Office should be able to tell you where the spawners would be concentrated, which will be the best opportunity to see them. There are (or were) a few in Green around Seattle but I don't know their current status.

Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
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My Amphibian/Reptile/Fish Big Year (ARF) is approaching and I'd like help with the following questions:

* Where and when to see Olympic Mudminnow- that would be a lifer.
* Bay Pipefish-haven't seen one in a long time.
* Does anyone have experience at the Bonneville Dam fish viewing area? Their website shows up to date fish counts.It would be great to see a lamprey.
* Which docks in the Puget Sound area are best for fish viewing ( pier peering?)? When and what species?
* Pink Salmon- Is there a river that has an even year (2018 as opposed to 2017 being odd) run of Pinks? I heard a rumor the Snohomish River has a few.

My listing ethics (ABA Big Year rules don't work for other big years)
* Has to be alive and in the wild.
* From a self sustained population or at least as far as I can ascertain. Hatchery ponds are out.
* I won't trespass or harm habitat just to get a look at a species.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
-----Steve Ellis
Coupeville, Wa
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Date: 11/27/17 6:49 am
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Subject: [Tweeters] O.T. RFI: Fish
My Amphibian/Reptile/Fish Big Year (ARF) is approaching and I'd like help with the following questions:

* Where and when to see Olympic Mudminnow- that would be a lifer.
* Bay Pipefish-haven't seen one in a long time.
* Does anyone have experience at the Bonneville Dam fish viewing area? Their website shows up to date fish counts.It would be great to see a lamprey.
* Which docks in the Puget Sound area are best for fish viewing ( pier peering?)? When and what species?
* Pink Salmon- Is there a river that has an even year (2018 as opposed to 2017 being odd) run of Pinks? I heard a rumor the Snohomish River has a few.

My listing ethics (ABA Big Year rules don't work for other big years)
* Has to be alive and in the wild.
* From a self sustained population or at least as far as I can ascertain. Hatchery ponds are out.
* I won't trespass or harm habitat just to get a look at a species.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
-----Steve Ellis
Coupeville, Wa
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Date: 11/27/17 1:12 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tweeting Bird Science On Twitter
Hey everypne,

I've been so excited about this, and hope you will be able to pop in to
learn about cutting-edge bird science ON TWITTER!

This is your chance to see Twitter’s collective IQ raised by a group of
dedicated scientists who will share their research into the lives of all
those brilliant, amazing birds (and it's also a great way to see how
twitter can be adapted to sharing science with the world!)


Tweeting Bird Science On Twitter

http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/11/27/tweeting-bird-science-on-twitter/
TinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/yczn7veu

so fly, my little birdies, and share this news widely! with everyone!
that's basically the entire purpose of this thing!


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Date: 11/26/17 9:05 pm
From: stan willey <steamboatwilleys...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kingston mystery bird
Thanks to Gary for suggesting P. Guillemot.  I considered that but the coloring didn't seem right, even for birds that might be part way between breeding and non-breeding.  But considering the conditions, I reckon that is the best guess.  Moral:  Don't leave the binos in the car.
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Date: 11/26/17 1:44 pm
From: Anna <amk17...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] re: Pileated Woodpecker pounding.....
Hi Theresa

I think Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Preserve uses motion sensor spiders that drop when woodpeckers come knocking. You can find these or something similar on amazon or maybe Audubon Seattle. Eg spider bird and woodpecker deterrent.

AKopitov
Seattle

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> On Nov 26, 2017, at 12:20 PM, Hubbell <ldhubbell...> wrote:
>
> Theresa,
>
> I have not dealt with this situation personally but if I did I would try a motion-detecting, plastic predator. Something like the owl mentioned in the link below. I believe some friends of mine were successful with something like this at their home. In any case, I truly hope you and the PIWO find a way to peacefully coexist.
>
> https://www.walmart.com/ip/Motion-Activated-Hooting-Owl-Decor-Shining-Eyes-Light-Up-Hoots/40008436?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=566&adid=22222222227028189223&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=60057770889&wl4=pla-94244844489&wl5=9033383&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=111840067&wl11=online&wl12=40008436&wl13=&veh=sem
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> All the best!
>
> Larry Hubbell
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>
>
> Tweeters
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>
> Does anyone know how to stop a woodpecker from hammering on my log house?
>
> I have had my home checked for bugs.I live in a meadow close by a bay.
>
> It is right outside my 3rd floor bedroom window and has forced me to stop feeding
>
> the birds at my feeder off my second floor. I was told it was just breeding behavior last spring
>
> but he/she keeps coming back, even now, if I put out seed. Besides the racket I dont want holes
>
> in my house to invite other pests
>
> I have been an avid birder all my life and feel he/she is being really unfair to a friend (me) HELP!
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Date: 11/26/17 12:32 pm
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's titles are:

1) Shorebirds in Action

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/11/new-title_14.html

2) Oklahoma Winter Bird Atlas

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/11/new-title_21.html

sincerely
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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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Date: 11/26/17 12:24 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] re: Pileated Woodpecker pounding.....
Theresa,

I have not dealt with this situation personally but if I did I would try a motion-detecting, plastic predator. Something like the owl mentioned in the link below. I believe some friends of mine were successful with something like this at their home. In any case, I truly hope you and the PIWO find a way to peacefully coexist.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Motion-Activated-Hooting-Owl-Decor-Shining-Eyes-Light-Up-Hoots/40008436?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=566&adid=22222222227028189223&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=60057770889&wl4=pla-94244844489&wl5=9033383&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=111840067&wl11=online&wl12=40008436&wl13=&veh=sem <https://www.walmart.com/ip/Motion-Activated-Hooting-Owl-Decor-Shining-Eyes-Light-Up-Hoots/40008436?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=566&adid=22222222227028189223&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=60057770889&wl4=pla-94244844489&wl5=9033383&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=111840067&wl11=online&wl12=40008436&wl13=&veh=sem>

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I have had my home checked for bugs.I live in a meadow close by a bay.

It is right outside my 3rd floor bedroom window and has forced me to stop feeding

the birds at my feeder off my second floor. I was told it was just breeding behavior last spring

but he/she keeps coming back, even now, if I put out seed. Besides the racket I dont want holes

in my house to invite other pests

I have been an avid birder all my life and feel he/she is being really unfair to a friend (me) HELP!

Theresa

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Date: 11/25/17 10:14 pm
From: Ron McCluskey <rmcclsky...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eastern Washington Snow Buntings
Today had a flock of about 100 Snow Buntings on Hwy. 2 about 5 miles east of Davenport, Lincoln Co., WA at 8:30 AM.

In Okanogan Co., Nov. 6, along with Gene Wick and Ron Thill had a single Snow bunting on Nealey Rd. about 11 AM and 3 hours later about 200 just north of Havillah.

Along with other reports of early winter birds, this could be a good year. Hope to see many of you in the Okanogan Highlands.

Ron McCluskey
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Date: 11/25/17 5:21 pm
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 25 November 2017
A respite between rain systems and lots of action, this time in the north end of the park. Partly because of the all the vacation time dog walkers (and many, amazingly, with leash!), partly because the Robins found the collection of berry producing plants to their liking. There were dozens, if not hundreds, in and around the hawthorns and madrones, accompanied by a few dozen Starlings, plus a Purple Finch and a Varied Thrush. At least one of the robins took time off from the feasting for a little bath time: https://youtu.be/bmXcylsGSj4

The best birds of the day happened early, well hidden, and later, high in the sky. First, I encountered both a Barred and a Barn Owl, both before dawn. Mid-morning, a flock of a few dozen Cackling Geese flew high over the park, southbound. While scoping the lake, a couple dozen Canvasback, flew southward, first approaching the park, then heading out to the middle of the lake, finally landing near the large Western Grebe congregation. Finally, a Pacific Loon flew southward, close enough for good looks—the whole time it was in view, it was flying with its mouth open!

For the day, 54 species.
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40724980 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40724980>
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Date: 11/25/17 4:51 pm
From: Duncan, Scot <sduncan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] American Tree Sparrow at Discovery Park (Nov 25)
Hi Tweeters,


Ben Roberts and I enjoyed a day of birding by bicycle at Discovery Park today.


Best bird of the day was the/a American Tree Sparrow in the South Meadow, which was a lifer for both of us. Many thanks to Jason Vassallo who found one Wed Nov 22. Jason's bird was with Juncos, whereas ours was with a mixed sparrow flock (Song, Lincoln's, Fox, and then later with House Finches). We found it in the meadow due south of the chapel. There's a chance we saw two birds, and will analyze our photos for evidence (2 sightings in different locations in quick succession).


Other highlights included:


At the visitor's center:

Hutton's Vireos (2)

Townsend's Warbler

Varied Thrush


At West Point Lighthouse

Red-throated, Pacific, and Common Loon

White-winged, Black, and Surf Scoter

Barrow's and Common Goldeneye

Long-tailed Duck (2)

Pigeon Guillemont

Marbled Murrelet

Common Murre

Western, Red-necked, and Horned Grebe (lots of each)


Bird well!

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Date: 11/25/17 4:43 pm
From: Jen Sanford <jjsanford...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Cape Disappointment White-winged Crossbills
Hi all,

This morning (11/25) Jacob Durrent and I birded all over Cape
Disappointment State Park in Pacific County. Our biggest highlight was
stumbling upon a flock of at least 11 White-winged Crossbills on the main
road, close to the tent camping area. Flocks of Red Crossbills were all
over the park, and the White-wingeds eventually took off with some of
them.

There was mention of a sighting of these birds by Ryan Merrill yesterday on
OBOL but since I had yet to see it on Tweeters I figured I would share.
Our eBird checklist for the morning (with crossbill photos) can be seen
here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40724637

Good birding,

Jen Sanford
Portland, OR
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Date: 11/25/17 4:01 pm
From: Anna <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-throated sparrow in Seattle
While this may not be as exciting as painted buntings and redpolls, a tan-stripe white-throated sparrow has been in my yard all day. Exciting as I’ve never seen a tan stripe of this species.

Alas. I have leaded glass windows and cannot photograph a bird not 3 feet away. So just enjoying it whilst it feeds.

AKopitov
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Date: 11/25/17 12:46 pm
From: Larry Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } A Complex Corvus
Tweeters,

Surprisingly, this week's post is not about crows. I hope you enjoy it!

https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/11/a-complex-corvid.html?m=1

Larry Hubbell
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Date: 11/25/17 12:41 pm
From: Theresa Simendinger <cowgirltns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Piliated Woodpecker ponding on my house.....help
Tweeters

Does anyone know how to stop a woodpecker from hammering on my log house?
I have had my home checked for bugs.I live in a meadow close by a bay.
It is right outside my 3rd floor bedroom window and has forced me to stop feeding
the birds at my feeder off my second floor. I was told it was just breeding behavior last spring
but he/she keeps coming back, even now, if I put out seed. Besides the racket I dont want holes
in my house to invite other pests…
I have been an avid birder all my life and feel he/she is being really unfair to a friend (me) HELP!
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Date: 11/25/17 12:17 pm
From: Gary Bullock <gbullockak...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Kingston mystery Birds
Possibly a pair of basic plumaged Pigeon Guillemots?

Gary Bullock
Sequim

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Date: 11/25/17 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 26, 2017
Hey, Tweets,

Here are the BirdNote stories from last week:
* Restoring Bird Colonies with Social Attraction
- With Stephen Kress, Atlantic Puffins, and More
http://bit.ly/2it3LOx
* Killdeer Play Leap Frog in Partial Migration
http://bit.ly/2zduYPO
* The Birds and Plants of Hawaii
http://bit.ly/2yWM9Rd
* Why Bird Poop Is White (And Which Cars Attract It)
http://bit.ly/2zObDE4
* Turkey in the Straw - A Song of Thanksgiving!
http://bit.ly/2AR88cU
* The Music of Black Scoters
http://bit.ly/2hJezuP
* Hunters' Names for Ducks
http://bit.ly/2hK0ugK
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View the photos and links for next week's shows:
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Date: 11/24/17 8:50 pm
From: Adam Crutcher <acrut44...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Lewis Co. Birding 11/24
Hey Tweets,

Today Jason Vassallo, Josh Glant, Dalton Spencer and I spent the day
birding Lewis County from Randle all the way down to Centralia and
Chehalis. The weather was fabulous all day, and the birding turned out to
be exceptional! Highlights include:

Lesser Goldfinch - Male feeding on ground with flock of 50 Juncos at Skaggs
Rd in Morton
Anna's Hummingbird - 1 heard in Morton, first time one has shown up in the
past 6 visits
Common Redpoll - 2 birds with flock of 8 Pine Siskin in alder trees off of
Priest Road in Morton
Northern Pygmy-Owl - Single bird came into Jason's tooting at Taidnapam Park
American Dipper - One bird very close at the river near Riffe Lake
Swamp Sparrow - Heard only bird along Pleasant Valley Road. Only called a
few times before going silent.
Northern Shrike - Adult at Centralia Steam Plant
Gulls - Western, Herring, and Iceland (Thayer’s) all in field off Airport
Rd. in Centralia
Canvasback - 16 at Hillburger Pond

It was a fantastic day exploring more of Lewis County in the winter as we
have mostly experienced it in Spring and Summer. We were able to see 77
species on the day with many county lifers to go around for all of us!

Happy Holidays,

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Date: 11/24/17 5:56 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Sandy Point owl?
Enjoyed a short-ish visit with the Sandy Point snowy owl today.  A couple of local residents, I assume, were walking their dachshund around the spit and flushed the owl, so we had quite a show.  She didn't go far, and was still on the spit when we left.  I have posted photos on the Western Washington Birders facebook group.  It was a bit of a reach for my lens, so the photos are not high quality.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2081553308528701&set=pcb.1859972840980412&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Peggy Mundy


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She is currently on the east side of the spit.  Hunkered down from the wind.
Peggy Mundy

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Date: 11/24/17 5:05 pm
From: Joan Miller <jemskink...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Painted Bunting NO this afternoon
Sadly, birders all day did not see the painted bunting in La Conner, as of
around 2:30 p.m. I tried this morning about 10-11:30 and again around
2-2:30, with no luck. Looks like it's gone.

Joan Miller
West Seattle
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Date: 11/24/17 4:42 pm
From: stan willey <steamboatwilleys...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kingston mystery and other birds
Yesterday (Thanksgiving) we walked on the ferrry at Kingston to visit family.  Without binos.  To the west of the ferry, I saw two seabirds, looked to be about the size of a bonaparte's gull or smaller.  The birds had a charcoal gray head and mantle, dark bill, unmarked white back and looked like black wingtips.  The birds dove from a floating position and swam down using their wings until they disappeared, stayed down 20-30 seconds, and then reappeared a ways off.  This observed from a distance of about 50-75 yards. I watched them for about five minutes until the ferry pulled out.  Since I live on the water, I'm pretty familiar with seabirds and these have me stumped.  They are not murres.  We went back today with equipment, but could not find the birds.  Aside from the possibility that I may have been hallucinating, any suggestions?Today at the Kingston ferry dock we saw the usual surf scoters, glaucous-winged and bonaparte's gulls, double-crested and pelagic cormorants and acouple of buffleheads and barrow's goldeneyes.  To the west at Arness Park at the head of Appletree Cove we saw a large flock of American wigeons and a few goldeneyes and buffleheads.  On the stream side of the causeway at Arness Park was another large flock of wigeons with one very bright European wigeon.  Irene thought she saw the female but I couldn't pick her out.  Also the odd goldeneye and 4 very attractive ducks with bright green heads that we call Mallards and take for granted.At the Liberty Bay Marina, we had our usual Barrow's goldeneyes, horned grebes, black turnstones, gw gulls, bonapartes, belted kingfisher and the gb heron will show up later.  Cheers.
StanPoulsbosteamboatwilleys at yahoo dot com
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Date: 11/24/17 4:23 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Pine Grosbeaks near Issaquah
Tweets – my wife and I took a post-Thanksgiving hike up the Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail off Issaquah-Hobart Rd. On our way down, I was shocked to hear, and then get some tree-top looks at two PINE GROSBEAKS. Their musical two-part calls alerted me. Quite a surprise.

We also have a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE coming to our feeders in the Bridle Trails part of Kirkland.

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Date: 11/24/17 4:14 pm
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle redpoll, White-throated Sparrow
Tweets,

Alerted by reports yesterday and this morning, I found a Common Redpoll among siskins and goldfinches in birches on the east side of Green Lake this morning, with a few other birders around to share. I moved east to feeders near 75th and 20th Northeast, where I saw a slate-colored junco.

At Magnuson Park in early afternoon, I watched the gull platform (as I think of it) for awhile. At one point, all the gulls flew, and the coots paid attention. Looking for the reason, I saw an eagle pair come in low with the wind. The coots moved right under the dock, and the eagles landed on it, one after the other. After a bit, the eagles flew low and faced the wind, but not seeing how to outswim the coots under the dock, moved off back south. Later, as a few gulls returned, an immature Glaucous-winged begged from a newly arrived adult. The adult then attacked one of the roosting Ring-billeds. A bit of fish was regurgitated during the scrum, and the immature Glaucous-winged snapped it up from the lake. I've seen grown immatures beg frequently, but I don't know that I'd previously seen such begging successful in getting food from adults outside breeding season, and certainly not in this fashion.

Along the road between the tennis buildings and the vegetable gardens, an immature White-throated Sparrow was feeding with many White-crowned and one Golden-crowned.

24 November, 2017,

Alan Grenon
Seattle
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Date: 11/24/17 3:45 pm
From: Duncan, Scot <sduncan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Common Redpoll, Green Lake, Seattle (Nov 24); tips on finding
My thanks to Louis Kreemer for posting about the Common Redpolls at Green Lake (Seattle) yesterday, and for off-list tips on where to look for it. I was able to see one of the Redpolls thanks also to Alan? (Sorry - I think that was your name!) who found the bird I saw, and Kendrick who let me see it through his scope. Thanks also to Chris Rurik with whom I teamed up to search for the bird.


It may be of interest that there were two Red-breasted Mergansers on the lake today, and a female Lesser Scaup. A Merlin flew over at one point.


For birders unfamiliar with finding Common Redpolls at Green Lake, here are a few tips based on my experience today...perhaps others with more experience might chime in if I'm in error, or if there are other tips to share...


The Redpolls were feeding with siskins in trees at the lake's edge on the southeastern shore. They were feeding in alders, which are easy trees to spot because they still have some leaves, and small seed-bearing cones attracting the finches. A good strategy would be to walk the path along the lake scouting for flocks of siskins, then sorting through the flock to look for the redpoll(s). The flocks are obvious when they fly, but can be remarkably difficult to notice in the trees if the wind is blowing, as it was today. Stopping to stare at each tree for a few moments helped us find a few flocks. The redpoll that was shown to me blended in well with the siskins; thus, sort through the flock carefully. Among the many field marks that differ between the species, I found that the relatively clear belly and distinctive face pattern helped me spot it among the siskins.


Again, thanks to all for the help guiding me to the redpoll!


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Date: 11/24/17 2:20 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Sandy Point owl?
She is currently on the east side of the spit.  Hunkered down from the wind.
Peggy Mundy

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On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 1:59 PM, Peggy Mundy<peggy_busby...> wrote: I just arrived at Sandy Point and np one is here.  Anyone see the snowy owl today?

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Date: 11/24/17 2:04 pm
From: ray holden <rayleeholden...>
Subject: Re: RE: RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
Once they find a place to their liking they often stay put for the entire winter.  
Ray Holden
Olympia, WA

Life is for the birds.  

On Thursday, November 23, 2017, 10:51:02 AM PST, Jim Forrester <jimf...> wrote:

Yes, my wife observed the Snowy Owl at Sandy Point yesterday afternoon; there were several other intrepid souls who braved the howling winds and saw the owl as well.  She (the owl) seems to have taken up residence there.

-------- Original message --------From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> Date: 11/23/17 10:02 (GMT-08:00) To: <tweeters...>, Jim Forrester <jimf...>, Rick Taylor <taylorrl...>Subject: Re: RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
Excellent, that works great, thanks Rick.
Peggy

On Thursday, November 23, 2017, 9:36:14 AM PST, Rick Taylor <taylorrl...> wrote:


Peggy,

 

It is actually Explore Data -> Species Maps. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Rick

 

Rick Taylor

Everett, WA

 

From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>]On Behalf Of Peggy Mundy
Sent: Thursday, November 23, 2017 9:25 AM
To: <tweeters...>; Jim Forrester <jimf...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies

 

I am appreciating the incoming tips!  Two people have said  Explore Data>Explore Species

When I go to Explore Data, there is no Explore Species option.  I was able to find the Puyallup sighting using Explore a region, as one person suggested.  I will keep poking around in eBird and continue learning.

 

Hoping the Sandy Point snowy persists.  After seeing my photos from last weekend, one of my sons said he is interested in seeing it, so Friday we may head north in quest of the owl, the PABU, and any other interesting birds.

 

Thankful to have found this community.  Happy Thanksgiving, all.

 

Peggy Mundy

Bothell WA

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Interestingly, eBird no longer gives precise location information for species deemed to be under threat, e.g. Great Gray Owl.  Here's a link to the page that explains this: http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird. Here's a link to the threatened species list: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2879207. 

 

 

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Date: 11/24/17 2:01 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sandy Point owl?
I just arrived at Sandy Point and np one is here.  Anyone see the snowy owl today?

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Date: 11/24/17 11:49 am
From: Julia H <azureye...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Painted bunting: NO
Was at the feeder in LaConner starting about 10am, left around 10:30am, no
painted bunting.
Someone else told us they had been there since 9am without seeing it.
Best, Julia Hansbrough

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Date: 11/24/17 11:45 am
From: Marcus Roening <marcus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] No Painted Bunting Fri 8:30-11:30am
Hi Tweets,

No Painted Bunting Friday morning.

Marcus Roening
Tacoma WA
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Date: 11/24/17 11:18 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct?
Hello everyone,

Here's a write-up of the recently-published SCIENCE study of the genetics
of passenger pigeons. Although passenger pigeons were the victims of human
hunters, we still don’t understand precisely how a species can decline from
billions to none within a period of fifty years. Can genetics give us any
useful clues?


Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/11/24/why-did-the-passenger-pigeon-go-extinct/
tinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/y7p92b2f


feel free to share widely on twitter and social media (facebook, Google+,
LinkedIn, etc), and with your family, friends and colleagues.

thank you.

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Date: 11/23/17 5:32 pm
From: Louis Kreemer <lpkreemer...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Redpolls at Green Lake
Hi Tweeters,

The lake was very enjoyable this morning despite the rain, and I was
excited to find at least five Common Redpolls among the many siskins and
goldfinches (160 PISI, 50 AMGO around the lake). They were feeding on the
birch catkins along the East side of the lake, in the same trees as last
year. Hopefully they'll return to the lake in numbers this winter like last
year.

Also a male Wood Duck


Happy Thanksgiving!

Louis Kreemer
Seattle

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Date: 11/23/17 1:25 pm
From: Jim Forrester <jimf...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Recent rarity photos
Here are links to a couple of pictures that my wife Maggie took this past week. We hope you get a little inspiration to get out and see them!


Painted Bunting - https://flic.kr/p/ZJ5YyQ

?Snowy Owl - https://flic.kr/p/DFCUru


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Date: 11/23/17 1:13 pm
From: Diann MacRae <tvulture...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Happy Thanksgiving!
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Date: 11/23/17 12:40 pm
From: Khanh Tran <khanhbatran...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Happy Thanksgiving! Updated owls, grouse, and other fun, critter photos.
Hi Tweeters:

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!! We should be grateful to have such a fun and interesting hobby.

Here are some updated owl and grouse photos including foxes, bears, porcupine, and others.


Yes, I have a fixation for ptarmigans and sorry, Norman Rockwell:)


Hope you will enjoy!


https://www.flickr.com/photos/23662496@N02/


Peace, love and good birding,


Khanh Tran
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/23662496@N02/>


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Date: 11/23/17 10:53 am
From: Jim Forrester <jimf...>
Subject: RE: RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
Yes, my wife observed the Snowy Owl at Sandy Point yesterday afternoon; there were several other intrepid souls who braved the howling winds and saw the owl as well. She (the owl) seems to have taken up residence there.


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Subject: Re: RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies

Excellent, that works great, thanks Rick.

Peggy


On Thursday, November 23, 2017, 9:36:14 AM PST, Rick Taylor <taylorrl...> wrote:



Peggy,



It is actually Explore Data -> Species Maps.



Happy Thanksgiving!



Rick



Rick Taylor

Everett, WA



From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Peggy Mundy
Sent: Thursday, November 23, 2017 9:25 AM
To: <tweeters...>; Jim Forrester <jimf...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies



I am appreciating the incoming tips! Two people have said Explore Data>Explore Species

When I go to Explore Data, there is no Explore Species option. I was able to find the Puyallup sighting using Explore a region, as one person suggested. I will keep poking around in eBird and continue learning.



Hoping the Sandy Point snowy persists. After seeing my photos from last weekend, one of my sons said he is interested in seeing it, so Friday we may head north in quest of the owl, the PABU, and any other interesting birds.



Thankful to have found this community. Happy Thanksgiving, all.



Peggy Mundy

Bothell WA

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Interestingly, eBird no longer gives precise location information for species deemed to be under threat, e.g. Great Gray Owl. Here's a link to the page that explains this: http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird.<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhelp.ebird.org%2Fcustomer%2Fen%2Fportal%2Farticles%2F2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird&data=02%7C01%<7Ctaylorrl...>%7C67d6d9fa7f804ebd176c08d53297919e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636470548914296046&sdata=xPvh3oZBpT4tAqGtzKnVadAB5%2FtA5OkRc%2BHpTJ2N%2Bp0%3D&reserved=0> Here's a link to the threatened species list: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2879207<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhelp.ebird.org%2Fcustomer%2Fportal%2Farticles%2F2879207&data=02%7C01%<7Ctaylorrl...>%7C67d6d9fa7f804ebd176c08d53297919e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636470548914296046&sdata=gOVRd4dNKMUTI8xdcbi9hfP1RtvEL0sCrNgagUTSOMY%3D&reserved=0>.





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Date: 11/23/17 10:05 am
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: Re: RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
Excellent, that works great, thanks Rick.
Peggy

On Thursday, November 23, 2017, 9:36:14 AM PST, Rick Taylor <taylorrl...> wrote:


Peggy,

 

It is actually Explore Data -> Species Maps. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Rick

 

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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies

 

I am appreciating the incoming tips!  Two people have said  Explore Data>Explore Species

When I go to Explore Data, there is no Explore Species option.  I was able to find the Puyallup sighting using Explore a region, as one person suggested.  I will keep poking around in eBird and continue learning.

 

Hoping the Sandy Point snowy persists.  After seeing my photos from last weekend, one of my sons said he is interested in seeing it, so Friday we may head north in quest of the owl, the PABU, and any other interesting birds.

 

Thankful to have found this community.  Happy Thanksgiving, all.

 

Peggy Mundy

Bothell WA

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Interestingly, eBird no longer gives precise location information for species deemed to be under threat, e.g. Great Gray Owl.  Here's a link to the page that explains this: http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird. Here's a link to the threatened species list: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2879207. 

 

 

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Date: 11/23/17 9:39 am
From: Rick Taylor <taylorrl...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
Peggy,

It is actually Explore Data -> Species Maps.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rick

Rick Taylor
Everett, WA

From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Peggy Mundy
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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies

I am appreciating the incoming tips! Two people have said Explore Data>Explore Species
When I go to Explore Data, there is no Explore Species option. I was able to find the Puyallup sighting using Explore a region, as one person suggested. I will keep poking around in eBird and continue learning.

Hoping the Sandy Point snowy persists. After seeing my photos from last weekend, one of my sons said he is interested in seeing it, so Friday we may head north in quest of the owl, the PABU, and any other interesting birds.

Thankful to have found this community. Happy Thanksgiving, all.

Peggy Mundy
Bothell WA
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Interestingly, eBird no longer gives precise location information for species deemed to be under threat, e.g. Great Gray Owl. Here's a link to the page that explains this: http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird.<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhelp.ebird.org%2Fcustomer%2Fen%2Fportal%2Farticles%2F2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird&data=02%7C01%<7Ctaylorrl...>%7C67d6d9fa7f804ebd176c08d53297919e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636470548914296046&sdata=xPvh3oZBpT4tAqGtzKnVadAB5%2FtA5OkRc%2BHpTJ2N%2Bp0%3D&reserved=0> Here's a link to the threatened species list: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2879207<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhelp.ebird.org%2Fcustomer%2Fportal%2Farticles%2F2879207&data=02%7C01%<7Ctaylorrl...>%7C67d6d9fa7f804ebd176c08d53297919e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636470548914296046&sdata=gOVRd4dNKMUTI8xdcbi9hfP1RtvEL0sCrNgagUTSOMY%3D&reserved=0>.




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Date: 11/23/17 9:29 am
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
I am appreciating the incoming tips!  Two people have said  Explore Data>Explore SpeciesWhen I go to Explore Data, there is no Explore Species option.  I was able to find the Puyallup sighting using Explore a region, as one person suggested.  I will keep poking around in eBird and continue learning.
Hoping the Sandy Point snowy persists.  After seeing my photos from last weekend, one of my sons said he is interested in seeing it, so Friday we may head north in quest of the owl, the PABU, and any other interesting birds.
Thankful to have found this community.  Happy Thanksgiving, all.
Peggy MundyBothell <WApeggy_busby...>

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Interestingly, eBird no longer gives precise location information for species deemed to be under threat, e.g. Great Gray Owl.  Here's a link to the page that explains this: http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird. Here's a link to the threatened species list: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2879207. 







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Date: 11/23/17 8:45 am
From: Roland Kilcher <roland_kilcher...>
Subject: [Tweeters] PABU continues
The Painted Bunting in La Conner continues. Seen several times this morning at 10-15 minute intervals. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Date: 11/23/17 7:21 am
From: Jim Forrester <jimf...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RE: Snowy Owl Info Apologies
Interestingly, eBird no longer gives precise location information for species deemed to be under threat, e.g. Great Gray Owl. Here's a link to the page that explains this: http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird.<http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/2885265-sensitive-species-in-ebird> Here's a link to the threatened species list: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2879207.



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Date: 11/22/17 10:49 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl Info Apologies
If you want to look for where a species has been seen, like Snowy Owl, you
can go to Explore Data>Explore Species. or >Bar Charts. I would opt for Bar
Charts because you can easily define the area and time you want to search,
then click on the map icon next to Snowy Owl on the species list. Explore
Species would work, but you have to zoom in numerous times to get a picture
for our area. Red balloons will show sightings within the past 30 days;
blue balloons earlier.

Phil Dickinson

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> Michael,
> I appreciate your post, but I was not put off by your original post. We
> are good. I understand about trying to send off a quick message and how
> brevity can be misunderstood. No worries here.
>
> I am very new to eBird, however, and I still haven't been able to find the
> sighting information. I would like to learn how to use this resource
> better, so I'll keep plugging away at it. If anyone has any tips, I am
> open to suggestions.
>
> Happy Thanksgiving to all of you tweeters!
>
> Peggy Mundy
> Bothell, WA
> <peggy_busby...>
>
>
> On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 9:22:35 AM PST, <mcharest...>
> wrote:
>
>
> Hello,
>
> While I was in the doctors office with my father yesterday, I typed off
> a quick note on my phone in response to Peggy's question about the
> Puyallup Snowy Owl that was seen a couple weeks ago. I probably should
> have studied my words thoroughly before hitting send. I would like to
> apologize to Peggy, as I was surprise to see that a couple of folks took
> offense to my perceived tone. My intent was not to belittle or be rude
> to Peggy, but to let her know that the bird she was seeking information
> on was indeed in ebird, and that a quick search may have answered her
> questions more quickly and thoroughly. I thought it would be helpful for
> her to know that the bird was indeed seen once, never seen again, and
> that information can be viewed on ebird. No ill intent whatsoever.
>
> I am not the most eloquent person in print or in person, so please
> excuse the perceived negative tone, it was certainly not my aim to
> offend. I was trying to be nice in fact. In my regular life as an
> aircraft mechanic, my communication is heavily peppered with grunts and
> F words, eloquent writing free of profanity does not come easily to me.
> Please excuse my poorly worded response. I have had one our office
> assistants read this before hitting send, she suggested a couple edits
> and it is now approved.
>
> Have a great day,
>
> Michael Charest
> Tacoma, Washington
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Date: 11/22/17 7:37 pm
From: Duncan, Scot <sduncan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Pine Grosbeak (11/22) and Common Redpoll (11/12), Hawthorne Hills, Seattle
Happy Thanksgiving Tweeters,


I had a Pine Grosbeak (PIGR) today in the Hawthorne Hills neighborhood (area code 98105). I was biking with my daughter when I heard a call I didn't recognize. I immediately forgot about parenting and traffic safety and went into birding mode. I spotted the calling bird in the top of a Douglas Fir calling excitedly. Visually all I saw was a bird slightly smaller than a robin calling from the tree top, and then flying away. But it called about 10 times with a loud and distinctive call that sounded like a finch with a cockatiel quality to it. I knew it wasn't any of the local finch or finch-like birds (House Finch, Pine Siskin, Am Goldfinch, House Sparrow), nor did it match the Red Crossbills I have heard locally. Because PIGR had been seen in the city recently, and there were few options left, this was at the top of my suspect list. I headed directly home, just several blocks away, to compare what I heard with recordings. The call matched perfectly with "calls #1" for Pine Grosbeak on the Sibley App. I also listened to Evening Grosbeak and quickly ruled that out. The bird seemed restless and flew away within about 30 seconds of my spotting/hearing it. A later walk through the neighborhood yielded no further encounters.


I'll also take this opportunity to report that I heard a Red Crossbill flyover the neighborhood on Nov 12. I was raking leaves in our tiny yard when I heard a flyover finch calling that I didn't recognize. As I did today, I dropped everything and headed to my Sibley App to compare. It matched perfectly the "chit-chit-chit" call on the "songs & calls_AK" recording on the Sibley App. I didn't report this on eBird because it would be a lifer for me, and I want to see the bird to count it. I spend a lot of time outdoors in this neighborhood and haven't heard another.


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Date: 11/22/17 5:39 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl Info Apologies
Michael,I appreciate your post, but I was not put off by your original post.  We are good.  I understand about trying to send off a quick message and how brevity can be misunderstood.  No worries here.  
I am very new to eBird, however, and I still haven't been able to find the sighting information.  I would like to learn how to use this resource better, so I'll keep plugging away at it.  If anyone has any tips, I am open to suggestions.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you tweeters!  
Peggy MundyBothell, <WApeggy_busby...>

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 9:22:35 AM PST, <mcharest...> wrote:

Hello,

While I was in the doctors office with my father yesterday, I typed off
a quick note on my phone in response to Peggy's question about the
Puyallup Snowy Owl that was seen a couple weeks ago. I probably should
have studied my words thoroughly before hitting send. I would like to
apologize to Peggy, as I was surprise to see that a couple of folks took
offense to my perceived tone. My intent was not to belittle or be rude
to Peggy, but to let her know that the bird she was seeking information
on was indeed in ebird, and that a quick search may have answered her
questions more quickly and thoroughly. I thought it would be helpful for
her to know that the bird was indeed seen once, never seen again, and
that information can be viewed on ebird. No ill intent whatsoever.

I am not the most eloquent person in print or in person, so please
excuse the perceived negative tone, it was certainly not my aim to
offend. I was trying to be nice in fact. In my regular life as an
aircraft mechanic, my communication is heavily peppered with grunts and
F words, eloquent writing free of profanity does not come easily to me.
Please excuse my poorly worded response. I have had one our office
assistants read this before hitting send, she suggested a couple edits
and it is now approved.

Have a great day,

Michael Charest
Tacoma, Washington
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Date: 11/22/17 5:35 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-11-22
Tweets – There was a nice break in the rain this morning, with only occasional showers before sunrise, and then nothing at all until 10:30. The birds seemed to be taking advantage of the break and were active and about. We didn’t find much that was unexpected, but we had a nice morning looking through LOTS of birds trying to find any of the rarities that are showing up elsewhere. Alas, no Mountain Chickadees, Common Redpolls, Harris’s Sparrows, Bohemian Waxwings, Snowy Owls, Painted Buntings, etc.

We did have a few TRUMPETER SWANS fly overhead, and then saw one on the water from the Lake Platform.

We had several sightings of SHARP-SHINNED HAWK comprising at least 2 individuals. One of the Sharpies was on a mowed bit of pathway making barely audible mewing noises, and looking into the taller grass as if it were trying to pish birds or critters out. This went on for at least a full minute, while I stood no more that 15 feet away! Sharon may also have seen a Cooper’s Hawk.

At about 7:01 a.m., Sharon and I watched a SHORT-EARED OWL and a BARN OWL simultaneously cruising the East Meadow, for a great comparison. The Short-eared re-emerged at 7:10 for a final cameo.

We had several DOWNY WOODPECKERS and one PILEATED WOODPECKER.

CEDAR WAXWING flocks were seen several times; maybe they like the paucity of sub-freezing weather, for there seem to be more November Cedars than usual.

We had 3 PURPLE FINCH, only our second sighting in the last 7 weeks. These were in a small Oregon Ash at the 2nd Dog Swim Beach, a favorite location for Purples.

Quite a few fairly uncooperative flocks of PINE SISKIN were seen.

We had our first RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in the last 4 weeks, but they comprised about 25 birds in many places, apparently all males.

Finally, we had two WESTERN MEADOWLARKS on light poles to the NE. Distant views and an unlikely habitat.

Misses for the day included Cackling Goose, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Rock Pigeon, Northern Shrike, Bushtit, Marsh Wren, American Goldfinch, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

Still, we managed and even 50 species for the day.

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Date: 11/22/17 3:47 pm
From: Patrick <patforster...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bunting at La Conner-Snowy Owl at Sandy Point
Arrive there at 9:50Am this morning and 10 min later the bunting was at feeder. Seems every ten minutes he cones back. But at 10am he came back at 10:25am..partky sunny and windy.
Took a drive up to Sandy Point, never have been there. No snowy owl at 11:45AM! Walked down to the 2 vertical pilings and glassed aroung..zilch. On way back I see him on the logs across the narrow water bay!!! Hooray! Kind of windy also. Not real close, probably 100 yards out.. Used my 500 F4 Canon and 1.4x…works well.
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Date: 11/22/17 3:45 pm
From: Charles Easterberg <easterbg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-Throated Sparrow
White-throated sparrow in my back yard today across from Meadowbrook Pond entrance on 39th Ave NE in Seattle. With juncos but not hanging around.


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Date: 11/22/17 1:20 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 11/22/17
Tweets,

Today 32 of us enjoyed a great day at Nisqually. It was in the 60s and
there was very little drizzle...and the birds cooperated.

We got off to a great start at the visitor center where there was a
BEAVER on the pond and a MERLIN in the tall doug fir tree across the
pond. We found a nice mixed flock of passerines in the orchard and
also along the boardwalk to the twin barns.

This second mixed flock was busy scolding something that turned out to
be a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, that was hunkered down in a blackberry
thicket. we all got good looks and several folks got great photos.

Out on the estuary dike we spotted a juvenile NORTHERN SHRIKE, and
watched an female AMERICAN KESTREL grab some prey and land on one of
the snags and enjoy breakfast. Just then I got a yell from Shep, who
was behind us that there was a SHORT-EARED OWL on another snag.

Water fowl were scattered throughout the refuge as all the ponds are
full and the tide was in.

I had to leave early to prepare for tomorrow's festivities so I am
sure Shep will have much to add to this report on ebird.

For the day I had 38 species and now have 136 for the year. Mammals
seen were AMERICAN BEAVER and GRAY SQUIRREL.

Until next week, Happy Thanksgiving!

Phil Kelley
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Date: 11/22/17 12:25 pm
From: Jeremy Schwartz <jschwartz1124...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Oh the Birds You'll See
Hello tweeters!

I had an interesting conversation with a coworker about birds this morning.

As the unofficial “bird guy” at my office, coworkers will often start
conversations with me along the lines of “See any cool birds lately,” or “I
saw this type of bird, it looked like…”

I have to say, I love when this happens. I enjoy few things more than
talking about birds, and getting to share my knowledge during the work day
serves as a well-appreciated break.

My coworker asked “What’s sort of a diamond in the rough bird for birders?”
I replied that such an answer really depends on the birder and even more so
on the location. What’s rare for the Pacific Northwest may be entirely
commonplace for the East Coast, and vice versa. Plus, some entirely common
birds can have particularly unique features or behavior that make them a
joy to see no matter how often.

Though I don’t quite remember how, the conversation then shifted to ducks.
He asked how many duck species typically hang around in the wetlands
surrounded by our office park. I counted on my hands the number to myself,
and came back with easily five or six. He was genuinely surprised at this.

“I thought there were, like, two kinds of ducks around here,” he said with
a chuckle. "But I guess I haven’t really been paying attention.”

This little exchange seemed oddly prescient as the morning progressed. I
stepped out for a brief break break at about 10 a.m., a few hours after the
conversation. It had been raining all morning but letting up by the time I
stepped outside. The trees were alive with small birds flitting about. This
tends to happen after a heavy rain stops, dozens of little birds coming out
to get some feeding in while the weather’s dry.

In my no more than 15 minutes outside, I saw six different species of
birds. Mostly small ones, including Black-capped and Chestnut-backed
Chickadees, juncos and sparrows. But I was also pleased to spot a
Red-Tailed Hawk perched in a leafless tree in the distance, drying its
wings.

I immediately thought of my coworker. Oh, the birds you can see, I mused,
if you just pay attention.

Keep watching the skies!

Jeremy Schwartz
Lake Forest Park
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Date: 11/22/17 11:56 am
From: Penny L Koyama <plkoyama...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Painted Bunting
David and I got there at 11 am, waited 45 min for bird to appear, but it hoped up to the feeder at 11:45. Lots of wind but doesn’t seem to bother the birds.
Penny Koyama, Bothell

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> Still coming regularly to feeder in LaConner.
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Date: 11/22/17 10:57 am
From: louiserutter1000 <louiserutter1000...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Painted bunting
Still at the La Conner feeder. Thank you to Tom Mansfield for the specific directions, and to the kind soul who attached the sign to the tennis court fence.

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Date: 11/22/17 9:57 am
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Northern Saw-Whet Owl at Nisqually.
West side of Twin Barns Loop Trail, left or west side of trail, 100 feet north of where access road crosses trail. Marked with pink ribbon.
Wednesday Walk with Phil and All
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Date: 11/22/17 9:48 am
From: Jeremy Schwartz <jschwartz1124...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Casual Birder Podcast
Hello tweeters!

Though not Pacific Northwest birding related, I'd like to share a new
birding podcast I found called "The Casual Birder." It's hosted by a
charming, soft-spoken British woman who uses each 30-minute episode to
focus on one bird or type of bird and answer questions from listeners. She
also sometimes has interviews with other people. Her focus is generally UK
birds, but she has discussed some birding experiences she's had in the
states

It's only in its third episode, but I've been quite enjoying it. The host's
soft manner is a great balm for particularly long commutes to and from
work. Check it out!:

http://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/website

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Date: 11/22/17 9:40 am
From: Jason Vassallo <Jason.Vassallo...>
Subject: [Tweeters] American Tree Sparrow Discovery Park
At 9:20am I found an American Tree Sparrow in South Meadow of Discovery Park. It is hanging around the base of the big lone leafless tree on the north side of the meadow, loosly associating with Juncos.

Jason Vassallo
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Date: 11/22/17 9:33 am
From: Bruce <blabar...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Painted Bunting
Still coming regularly to feeder in LaConner.
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Date: 11/22/17 9:26 am
From: <mcharest...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl Info Apologies
Hello,

While I was in the doctors office with my father yesterday, I typed off
a quick note on my phone in response to Peggy's question about the
Puyallup Snowy Owl that was seen a couple weeks ago. I probably should
have studied my words thoroughly before hitting send. I would like to
apologize to Peggy, as I was surprise to see that a couple of folks took
offense to my perceived tone. My intent was not to belittle or be rude
to Peggy, but to let her know that the bird she was seeking information
on was indeed in ebird, and that a quick search may have answered her
questions more quickly and thoroughly. I thought it would be helpful for
her to know that the bird was indeed seen once, never seen again, and
that information can be viewed on ebird. No ill intent whatsoever.

I am not the most eloquent person in print or in person, so please
excuse the perceived negative tone, it was certainly not my aim to
offend. I was trying to be nice in fact. In my regular life as an
aircraft mechanic, my communication is heavily peppered with grunts and
F words, eloquent writing free of profanity does not come easily to me.
Please excuse my poorly worded response. I have had one our office
assistants read this before hitting send, she suggested a couple edits
and it is now approved.

Have a great day,

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Tacoma, Washington
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Date: 11/22/17 7:25 am
From: Jean Trent <jean.trent...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS December Monthly Meeting
WOS Meeting, December 4, 2017 Larry Schwitters
Vaux’s Happening

Larry Schwitters has presented the Vaux’s Happening story over 60 times
locally and internationally, including at the Ornithological Conference of
the Americas in Argentina, the international Swift Conference in Great
Britain, and at the North American Swift Symposium in Raleigh North
Carolina. He has documented over 11 million roosting swifts over the past
20 migrations and was recently featured in Birdwatcher Magazine (“26
Minutes of Wow”).

The Vaux’s Happening project began as an effort to raise awareness about
the tens of thousands of Vaux’s Swifts that use the old Wagner School
chimney in Monroe. Thanks to the work of Larry and local Audubon chapters,
funds were raised and that chimney has been saved. The project continues to
identify roosting sites all along the west coast, and monitor the swifts
that use them. When not counting swifts, Larry and his wife Leora continue
to explore the edges of the continent in their quest for up close and
personal time with each bird species found in North America.

Cinny Burrell

Washington Ornithological meetings are held the first Monday of each month
(except July, August, and September) at the Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle, and are open to all. Social begins at 7:00
pm, and the program starts at 7:30 pm.

Please note: Schedule change for January 2018— WOS meeting will be on
TUESDAY Jan 2, at CUH. (Member Photo night)

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Date: 11/21/17 4:24 pm
From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...>
Subject: [Tweeters] What is the best ultrazoom point-and-shoot these days?
Hello Tweetsters -  I have a Canon PowerShot SX-40 camera and have been
wondering if a newer camera might provide a noticeable improvement.

In many ways, I've been happy with the SX-40. The pros are that it is
light, it zooms out to about the equivalent of 800mm, and provides good
quality shots in good light. The cons are that it has so many buttons
and options that it is easy to unintentionally hit some button and find
yourself in a bizarre place that you don't know how to escape from and,
more seriously, that the camera (like so many ultrazooms) does not
perform well in low light.

What do you think is the best ultrazoom these days? I would like it to
be reasonably light, to have good performance in low light, have great
zoom reach so I can get those far-away birds, and have a good user
interface. Would also like it to have rechargable lithium batteries. My
No. 1 priority is good performance in low light. Also want the
auto-focus to work well.

The consumer website Wirecutter opines that the Nikon Coolpix B700 is
today's best ultrazoom.
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-superzoom-camera/

Opinions? Suggestions?

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Date: 11/21/17 3:57 pm
From: Mike Charest <mcharest...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Any info on a rumored snowy owl in Puyallup?
A great tool that would answer you questioning easier and more quickly is ebird. The bird you speak of is on there. 1 snowy owl was seen once in puyallup a couple weeks ago. It was only seen that once

Go to ebird, explore data, explore species, type in snow owl. It is that easy and would save you asking questions like this and waiting for people to reply. It is super easy.

Have a great day,

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On November 21, 2017 3:36:00 PM PST, Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> wrote:
>I may have the opportunity to go to Puyallup over the Thanksgiving
>weekend.  Someone had mentioned to me a week or so ago that there was a
>snowy owl in Puyallup, but I haven't seen anything on Tweeters.  Anyone
>know anything about this?  Thanks.
>Peggy MundyBothell, <WApeggy_busby...>

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Date: 11/21/17 3:55 pm
From: Jean Trent <jean.trent...>
Subject: [Tweeters] New post
WOS Meeting, December 4, 2017 Larry Schwitters
Vaux’s Happening

Larry Schwitters has presented the Vaux’s Happening story over 60 times
locally and internationally, including at the Ornithological Conference of
the Americas in Argentina, the international Swift Conference in Great
Britain, and at the North American Swift Symposium in Raleigh North
Carolina. He has documented over 11 million roosting swifts over the past
20 migrations and was recently featured in Birdwatcher Magazine (“26
Minutes of Wow”).

The Vaux’s Happening project began as an effort to raise awareness about
the tens of thousands of Vaux’s Swifts that use the old Wagner School
chimney in Monroe. Thanks to the work of Larry and local Audubon chapters,
funds were raised and that chimney has been saved. The project continues to
identify roosting sites all along the west coast, and monitor the swifts
that use them. When not counting swifts, Larry and his wife Leora continue
to explore the edges of the continent in their quest for up close and
personal time with each bird species found in North America.

Washington Ornithological meetings are held the first Monday of each month
(except July, August, and September) at the Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle, and are open to all. Social begins at 7:00
pm, and the program starts at 7:30 pm.

Please note: Schedule change for January 2018— WOS meeting will be on
TUESDAY Jan 2, at CUH. (Member Photo night)

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Date: 11/21/17 3:39 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Any info on a rumored snowy owl in Puyallup?
I may have the opportunity to go to Puyallup over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Someone had mentioned to me a week or so ago that there was a snowy owl in Puyallup, but I haven't seen anything on Tweeters.  Anyone know anything about this?  Thanks.
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Date: 11/21/17 1:03 pm
From: Linda Talman <linda.talman...>
Subject: [Tweeters] PABU La Conner.
A little reminder for PABU hunters - please don’t part at the school. The site is closest to the After School Program (used to be Boys and Girls Club. The program goes from about 230 to 6:00. Parents arrive and depart and need places to park. There is lots of on street parking not far away. In fact, nothing in town is far away. Thanks!_______________________________________________
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Date: 11/21/17 12:42 pm
From: <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Pine siskin hybrids?
I have an unusual pine siskin that has more white on the body and head. It doesn't appear to be leucistic but perhaps it is. It could be a hybrid. Has anyone else observed hybrid siskins?

Photos are blurry in this rain but if anyone is interested I can send one over.

AKopitov
Seattle, WA
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Date: 11/21/17 10:05 am
From: Wayne Palsson <wpalsson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Painted Bunting-Yes!
PABU at Laconner between 9 and 10 am. Shows up every 10 min or so.

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Date: 11/21/17 9:01 am
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit birds

The male PAINTED BUNTING was seen by many yesterday in La Conner. And it IS painted. Worth the trip!


Hayton Preserve was chock full of DUNLIN putting on a show. There was an occasional WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS & GREATER YELLOWLEGS. There were at least 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS & a PRAIRIE FALCON. Other raptors included an adult and a juv COOPER'S HAWK, a few WESTERN RED-TAILED HAWKS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. The usual NORTHERN HARRIERS and BALD EAGLES also. There was a probable dark morph HARLAN'S RED-TAILED HAWK. The adult LIGHT MORPH HARLAN'S RED-TAILED HAWK was there as well. This is the 5th time I have seen this bird at this location since October 10. I have also seen it on Dry Slough Road.


Along Dry Slough Road (Fir Island) there was a large flock of SNOW GEESE that contained at least one adult BLUE GOOSE.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/


It was a good day.


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Date: 11/21/17 8:04 am
From: Edward Pullen <edwardpullen...>
Subject: [Tweeters] PABU
Yes it’s back at 8 AM today at the same feeder.

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Date: 11/20/17 10:52 am
From: Will RIsser <wlrisser...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Harlan's hawk still in Neah Bay
We saw the Harlan's hawk that was reported several days ago by the birders
who were at Neah Bay for the zone-tailed hawk.

It was hard to find: we drove up and down Makah Passage Road along the
grassland between that road and the Cape Flattery Road about 10-12 times at
various times of day before we found it. It was in the grass just south of
the Wa'Atch River bridge at 10 AM. It flew across the Cape Flattery Road
and hunted along the firs on the slope behind that road. We would not have
seen it if we had not seen it take off.



It does not have the tail pattern that is shown in the Sibley and the
National Geo guides. I remembered that Harlan's hawks have remarkable
variability in their tail patterns. William Clark the hawk expert wrote a
wonderful discussion of this in the ABA's magazine Birding, with photos. If
you have access to old issues of Birding, the reference is 2009, vol 41,
pages 30-36.



William Clark has another interesting article that I found by searching for
"Is HARLAN'S HAWK a subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk?" I used Google Scholar.



More info than you needed but it's here in case that you find this hawk as
interesting as I do.



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Date: 11/20/17 10:17 am
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Painted Bunting in La Conner - Yes!
Hello Tweets,

The male Painted Bunting continues in La Conner this morning, making periodic visits to the hanging seed feeder beside the fence. Parking and viewing is easy at the tennis courts -- just be ready to share some tight viewing space, the window between the trees is small!

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Date: 11/20/17 9:06 am
From: john dantoni <dantonijohn...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Duck i.d. help please. Mallard hybrid?
Hi Tweeters,Can you I.D these ducks for me?   Thank you!IMG_2342


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Date: 11/20/17 9:02 am
From: Vaughn Rhoden <vrhoden...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Harris' Sparrow @ Ridgefield
Saw the Harris's Sparrow yesterday at the edge of the parking lot at the
blind on the auto tour road at River S. He seemed to be buddies with a
Golden Crowned.



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Date: 11/20/17 8:58 am
From: mark girling <markgirling...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Painted Bunting.
The bird is an early riser. Somewhat of a gloomy day with rain but the colours are superb. Visablity is not great peering between 2 trees to view the feeder. Good manners will be most appreciated by all so everybody can get a glimpse of this amazing bird.

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Date: 11/20/17 5:34 am
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] SAS Field Trip South "King" County [and Pierce Co] Puget Sound 18 Nov 2017
Hi Tweets -
On Saturday, Dasha Gudalewicz and I led our annual trip to spots along the Puget Sound in the south part of King County and into Pierce County. It was a fun day, with sun and no rain - perhaps a first for this trip!

Nine of us began with a stop at Des Moines Marina [now w/ a parking fee of $1/hr] — We had nice looks at Surf Scoters, one White-winged Scoter, both goldeneyes, Horned, Red-necked and Western Grebes, a pair of Spotted Sandpipers working the jetty, and one Rhinoceros Auklet.

At Saltwater State Park, we had distant views of all three cormorant species, a big mixed flock of Common & Red-breasted Mergansers that allowed nice comparisons, and more of the species seen in Des Moines. In the trees, we enjoyed great looks at Red-breasted Sapsucker, Varied Thrush, a handful of Pine Siskins, and Cedar Waxwings.

At Redondo Beach fishing pier we saw more of the same water birds (after waiting for a wedding party to clear out of the way), and we enjoyed Yellow-rumped Warblers at the small plot of land by the nearby condos — a reliable wintering spot for a small flock of them.

At Dumas Bay Natural Area, a Red-throated Loon and Greater Scaup were new additions for the day, and at Dash Point State Park, over lunch, we picked up several more Red-throated Loons and Bonaparte’s Gull.

Moving into Pierce County, we stopped at the Dash Point fishing pier and got great, if distant, looks at 13 Ancient Murrelets and our only Pacific Loon of the day, in close.

We stopped at the Taylor St. Bridge and relocated the Harris’s Sparrow that has been sticking around — At Gog-Le-Hi-Te we missed the Common Redpoll, but stumbled on the Black Phoebe that Ken Brown found earlier — nice consolation find! Final stop was the 11th St. Bridge, where we were unable to pull out the Glaucous Gull in the fading light.

All in all, a very fun day with about 68 species seen over the course of the entire day.

Matt & Dasha

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA


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Date: 11/19/17 3:59 pm
From: Tom Mansfield <birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] La Conner Painted Bunting ("PABU")
Hi Tweets – Several of us today saw the PABU that has been coming to Linda Peterson’s feeder in La Conner. Skagit County First Record! While the feeder is in her backyard and not visible from the street she lives on, some of us did a little satellite sleuthing and discovered the fence/trees back-dropping the feeder pictured in her eBird report actually separate her property from La Conner’s municipal tennis courts! So, it is possible to go to the tennis courts (dead end of East State Street, just east of the Boys and Girls Club) and peer through the tree branches at Linda’s feeders. Herr Professor Gary Bletsch even attached a white placard marked “PABU” to the tennis court fence, opposite the trees you peer through. Linda is friendly and knows that people are coming to see her rarity so is not surprised by gawkers glassing her home or taking photos. Today (Sunday) the Boys and Girls Club appeared closed and most of us just drove down to the tennis courts and parked. However, on a week day you may have to park closer to the entrance corner (East State Street and North 6th) and walk the block or so to the tennis courts. Despite this morning’s horrific winds, the PABU kept hopping aboard the swinging feeder and chowing down. Great and photogenic bird! Thanks to Linda for reporting it and being so welcoming.

Tom Mansfield in Seattle.
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Date: 11/19/17 3:29 pm
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] La Conner, WA Painted Bunting
HI ALL:
According to eBird there's a male Painted Bunting coming to a backyard
feeder at La Conner, Skagit County WA. I do not know if the location is open to
the public.

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Date: 11/19/17 2:11 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Correction and Apology
It seems that spell check got the better of the subject line on my post to
Tweeters last night. It should read:

"Twin Lakes Dipper and Gog-le-hi-te *Black* Phoebe" .

I apologize to anybody who may have been offended by it. I just did not
catch it and certainly did not intend to insult our previous president or
inject politics on this website.

Hans

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Date: 11/19/17 11:25 am
From: John Puschock <g_g_allin...>
Subject: [Tweeters] No sightings: Possible sighting of "our" Swallow-tailed Gull in California last month.
I haven't seen the photos or the original report, but according to a post on the California Rare Birds group on Facebook, a Swallow-tailed Gull was photographed at Bodega Head, Sonoma County, California on October 5. Considering the last sighting of the Swallow-tailed Gull here in Washington was mid-September, it does suggest that, if true, it could be the same bird.


John Puschock

Matthews Beach, Seattle

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Date: 11/19/17 10:42 am
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy owl and other lifers
I spent a couple of hours Saturday morning with the snowy owl at Sandy Point, Whatcom County.  Also saw a red-throated loon and a flock of black turnstones.  So three lifers for me.
Saw so many swans as I was driving up from Bothell.  Both in the air and on the ground.  And a male northern-harrier off of Slater Road.
Thanks to those who helped with driving directions.
Peggy Mundy
Bothell, WA
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Date: 11/18/17 10:30 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Twin Lakes Dipper and Gog-le-hi-te Barack Phoebe
At about 4:30 pm this afternoon, we were walking around Treasure Island
Park, when a dark-grey bird plopped phalarope-like onto the water of Lake
Lorene right in front of us. In the waning light it appeared like a small
alcid, swimming close to shore. Even before it came on shore, I realized
that it was an American Dipper! A first at this location! It continued
be-bobbing down along the water. I have never seen one on a lake before.

Missed the Redpoll at Gog-le-hi-te earlier this afternoon, but did see a
Black Phoebe at the corner of the cross dike at the south pond.

Good Birding!

Hans

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Date: 11/18/17 9:03 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Birdy but not Rosy - Discovery Park this afternoon
Hi Tweets - Made a trip to Discovery Park this afternoon to get in shape for the Alakai Swamp trail next week - oh, and to try to find the Gray-crowned Rosy-finch that's been reported. (Thanks to Jordan Gunn for the location of those concrete steps!). On the Loop Trail to the North Beach Trail, and on the descent to the water, we ran into some nice mixed flocks of the usual forest birds, most of which were remarkably approachable. At the wooded pond along the North Beach Trail we were treated to a flock of about 50 Pine Siskins flitting back and forth until finally descending en masse to the pond shore right in front of us for a quick succession of drinks. We had excellent looks at a whole lot of siskins, but couldn't find any with rosy caps. Also, neither we nor others we talked to, could find the Rosy-finch. The balmy sunny weather may have been too much for this cold-loving bird! Happy birding!! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 11/18/17 7:01 pm
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Pine Grosbeak, Townsend's Solitaire
Hi, Tweets,

Among the rewards of birding almost all day in Discovery Park, mid-afternoon, Spencer H. and I saw (and heard) a Pine Grosbeak among the robins in the south meadow, though it made a couple of long flights to the northwest (and we made a couple of long hustles in pursuit almost north of the Capehart restoration area). It was a mostly gray bird, so seems a different bird than the one seen earlier in the week. Still later, we watched a Townsend's Solitaire fly in with robins and perch in a few places before also flying off. We couldn't find either bird again.

At the Ballard locks, we saw the Great Egret fly in from downstream around 4 p. m. to perch for a little while on railing near the water pipe outflow from the lock being maintained. We didn't see where it disappeared to, but we couldn't see all the nooks behind the partially open lock gates.

18 November, 2017,

Alan Grenon
Seattle
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Date: 11/18/17 5:29 pm
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tacoma Common Redpoll


The Common Redpoll that Mike Charest found at Gog Le Hi Te yesterday made a brief appearance today at about noon. It was in the same place: the far pond by the guard rail.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/37794384954/in/datetaken-public/


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Date: 11/18/17 3:49 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Neighbors
Tweeters,

This week’s post features some of our avian neighbors and some potential holiday gift ideas. I hope you enjoy the post!

https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-look-in-this-hooded-mergansers-eyes.html <https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-look-in-this-hooded-mergansers-eyes.html>

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

Larry Hubbell
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Date: 11/18/17 1:50 pm
From: Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Finches and stuff
Our yard has hosted quite the party for the past week. Two days ago, I counted no less than 22 Am. Goldfinches at the feeders and bath. This morning, several Pine Siskin joined in the frenzy. Good to see them back.

After one of the big storms earlier in the week, within a span of about 10 minutes, I noted in the front yard: Spotted Towhee, Am. Robin, Am. Goldfinch, House Finch, Bewick’s Wren, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, California Scrub-Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Anna’s Hummingbird, Am. Crow, and N. Flicker. One of the partially leucistic chickadees that was hanging around all last winter appears to have returned. (I assume it’s the same one, as the markings are exactly as I recall.) Also, Kendrick saw a partially leucistic Pine Siskin earlier today.

Considering how the weather can sometimes be discouraging for us winter wimps, it’s fun to get a show without having to venture far.

isadora wong
seattle, wa
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Date: 11/18/17 1:21 pm
From: Walter Szeliga <walter.szeliga...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Gray Crowned Rosy-finches, Yakima River Canyon, Kittitas County
Hi Tweeters,
The weather has been pleasant on the east side of the Cascades recently, and I thought I’d take a chance and hike up Baldy in the Yakima River Canyon (The TP Jim Trail, here http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/baldy-mountain-1 <http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/baldy-mountain-1>). Although the birding started out slow, and the effort is great (nearly 2000’ vertical in 2.5 miles) the summit did not disappoint. As I approached the summit, I could see a large flock of birds taking grit and restlessly flying about. When I reached the summit, they were gone; no where to be seen. I decided to inch over the precipitous north side of Baldy for a few feet and then sit and eat a snack. Within about 10 minutes, a very large flock arrived, assembling itself from multiple directions. The birds filled the two or so bare bushes and the drying grass on the north face and grazed for about 5 minutes. I would estimate that the flock contained at least 150 birds. I attempted to audio record this noisy bunch, as they feed and then took off eastwards towards I-82 (when I got home I found that the wind noise and road noise below proved to be too much). I jogged quickly back to the summit to see if I could relocate the flock, but they were gone.

There are lots of Rosy-finches out there right now. If the weather deteriorates this coming week, the birds could be down on the highway itself, either near Lmuma Creek or Big Pines. This has happened in previous years.

Cheers,
Walter Szeliga
Ellensburg, WA
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Date: 11/18/17 12:05 pm
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Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 19, 2017
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Date: 11/18/17 11:13 am
From: Tom Mansfield <birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Winter Finches
Hi Tweets - I chased a couple of fine winter finches this morning with mixed success. Dipped on the Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (“GCRF”) at Discovery Park in Seattle but just had the Common Redpole (“CORE”) with a Siskin flock in the catkins around the south pond at Gog Le Hi Te in Tacoma.

Tom Mansfield chasing winter wanderers

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Date: 11/18/17 9:33 am
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] 2 Snowy Egrets in Vancouver Lowlands, Clark County
As of 9:00 this morning in VERY heavy fog, I have located st least 1 Snowy Egret and 1 Great Egret at the pond described by Jim Danzenbaker at the end of Lower River Road in Clark County.  Lots of hunters around with gunfire every few minutes (although not at this pond).  I am wearing orange and hoping fog will clear soon.
Among dozens of sparrows I have also seen one White Throated.


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I visited the pond just east of the end of Lower River Road in Clark County and was surprised to see an adult and an immature SNOWY EGRET with one Great Egret.  I'm assuming these were the same two birds seen during the week of September 8.  The area is accessed from either 4th Plain or Mill Plain exits westward off of I-5.  Continue past Vancouver Lake and go to the end of the road (after veering left just after Vancouver Lake is seen on the right).  There's a trail to the right that leads to a pond on the left where the egrets were actively feeding.  First time I've ever had Snowy Egrets outnumbering Great Egrets!
Vancouver Lake had a continuing Red-necked Grebe, a Common Loon and a Bonaparte's Gull among other more expected species.  Yesterday evening, there was also an Eared Grebe and both goldeneyes on the lake.

Keep your eyes and ears....on the prize.....
Jim--
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Date: 11/18/17 8:35 am
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fall in Port Townsend

Had brie



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Date: 11/18/17 8:24 am
From: Will Risser <wlrisser...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Red fox sparrow in Neah Bay
A red fox sparrow is frequenting the feeders behind the cabin at Butler's Motel in Neah Bay.
Not a Washington birder and so I'm not sure if this is of interest, but just in case.

Will Risser, Portland

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Date: 11/18/17 6:41 am
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit birding
Yesterday (11.17.18) there was a GREAT EGRET at the Hayton Preserve on Fir Island. Also a SHORT-EARED OWL along Dry Slough Road.


On the Samish flats, I could find neither Prairie Falcon nor Gyrfalcon. I did see a flock of about 70 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS which included a few DUNLIN and 2 DOWITCHERS. I say dowitchers because I am still studying my photos. Short-billed is unlikely, but not impossible. These birds were working fields north and south of Samish Island Road between the Samish T and the West 90.


Although I didn't see gyr or prairie, falcons were in good numbers. Between Snohomish & Skagit Counties I saw 6 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS and 5 MERLINS. There was a very obliging Merlin in Edison; perhaps the same bird that spent the previous winter there. Other Merlins: one at Hayton Preserve, one on Pioneer Hwy barely south of the Skagit County line. One on Norman Rd. One on 7th Ave NE & 220th St NE, off of Pioneer, just west of I5.


It was a good day.


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Date: 11/17/17 10:13 pm
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Trumpeter Swans eating corn in the Snoqualmie Valley

> Stalks of corn were left unharvested along Tualco Road in the Snoqualmie Valley (Snohomish County, WA). In this video Trumpeter Swans are seen eating kernels of corn off the cobs still on the stalks.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/37607166845/in/dateposted/
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> Lake Joy
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Date: 11/17/17 9:37 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy still at Sandy Point??
At least two reports of the Snowy on eBird today.

Phil Dickinson

On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 3:02 PM, Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...> wrote:

> I haven't seen any reports today on the snowy owl. Trying to decide if I
> should drive up Saturday morning. Thanks.
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Date: 11/17/17 9:28 pm
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...>
Subject: [Tweeters] New Ebird policy re: "Sensitive Species"
I share the concerns of Cornell and have become increasingly protective of
vulnerable species. If, however, sightings of sensitive species are
completely suppressed, WA County compilers will have a very difficult time
gathering comprehensive data for the annual reports and County Checklists.

Compilers for our 39 counties submit regular reports to Matt Bartels
throughout the year based in large part on ebird reports. Ken and Lauri
Knittle, aka, WashingtonBirder.com, rely on this data when updating our
State and County lists.

Ann Marie Wood
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Date: 11/17/17 9:04 pm
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Sensitive species in eBird
Hello Tweets,
I have some pretty strong feelings about eBird's abrupt implementation
of their "sensitive species" policy. Obviously there are species
around the world which face immense pressure from poachers whose
precise locations need to be suppressed either temporarily or
permanently from consumption by the general public. On the other hand,
eBird also cast a rather arbitrary net with several North American
species that has caused a lot of backlash among some of their biggest
contributors.

Specifically Gyrfalcon, Great Gray Owl, and Northern Hawk-Owl are all
species that occur throughout northern Europe, Asia, and America and
are listed as "least concern" by the International Union for
Conservation of Nature. Why they ended up on a list along with some of
the imperiled species is a very perplexing question.

Unfortunately the inclusion of these species very much limits the
ability of people with an interest in their historical occurrence,
habitat preferences, arrival and departure dates, etc. It's really a
bit of a stab in the back to those of us who have worked countless
hours to enter data, expecting that they and their peers, as well as
the scientific community, would get to benefit from it for years to
come and we're now left wondering what will disappear next.


Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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Date: 11/17/17 8:07 pm
From: Tom Mansfield <birds...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] re: Sensitive Species in eBird
Bravo Scott – well said.

Tom Mansfield in Seattle.

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Good points Scott. We need to be disciplined in behavior. And that includes reporting on Tweeters whether or not it goes into eBird.

I believe the Gyrfalcon sensitivity is related to “harvest”; way back whenever (and maybe still current) was a WDFW “take” by 3 permits each year of sub-adults for falconry. I would appreciate an update from any WDFW knowledge on this.

Randy Hill
Ridgefield

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Subject: [Tweeters] re: Sensitive Species in eBird

Tweets,
Wanted to add that while it is a very good goal to protect these species, these are also species that a great many of our fellow birders have had immense joy from seeing. I would hope we could find a balance between obscuring the location for protection and not making these a situation where only the people who know the right person will get to see them. While these species may be at risk throughout their time in our state, I would also recommend that we remember the different life cycles at which they are seen. A wintering great gray owl in a field is not breeding or possibly even on its breeding territory. Yes, it is at risk from harassment, though much the same level as other species not on this list such as snowy owl. My point is that harassment of the owl during the winter may cause the owl to move and in an extreme case could cause that one individual to die, disturbance at a nest may cause nest abandonment and loss of productivity that year. It is also worth keeping in mind that species on or not on this list don’t necessarily reflect the true nature of sensitive species in WA. Washington has two state listed species found here in eastern WA that are doing very poorly in their populations, yet neither are on this list, greater sage-grouse and ferruginous hawk. Nesting or lek location of either is probably a more sensitive issue than a wintering gyrfalcon or great gray owl whose overall populations are healthier. So, while the list is a good measure it would help to continue to think about these other aspects to fully help to protect some of our sensitive species in Washington.

Scott Downes
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Date: 11/17/17 7:25 pm
From: STEVE KOHL M.D. <stkohl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit birding today

Lovely day to be out
Two short eared owls and a male northern harrier hunting on samish east 90 just before farm to market road at 3:30 pm today and a northern shrike on a power line pole just east of the owls
Huge numbers of dunlin and a swooping perigrine falcon at the hayton reserve of the Skagit wildlife area around noon
Sybil and Steve Kohl
Seattle
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Date: 11/17/17 7:12 pm
From: Randy Hill <re_hill...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] re: Sensitive Species in eBird
Good points Scott. We need to be disciplined in behavior. And that includes reporting on Tweeters whether or not it goes into eBird.



I believe the Gyrfalcon sensitivity is related to “harvest”; way back whenever (and maybe still current) was a WDFW “take” by 3 permits each year of sub-adults for falconry. I would appreciate an update from any WDFW knowledge on this.



Randy Hill

Ridgefield



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Tweets,

Wanted to add that while it is a very good goal to protect these species, these are also species that a great many of our fellow birders have had immense joy from seeing. I would hope we could find a balance between obscuring the location for protection and not making these a situation where only the people who know the right person will get to see them. While these species may be at risk throughout their time in our state, I would also recommend that we remember the different life cycles at which they are seen. A wintering great gray owl in a field is not breeding or possibly even on its breeding territory. Yes, it is at risk from harassment, though much the same level as other species not on this list such as snowy owl. My point is that harassment of the owl during the winter may cause the owl to move and in an extreme case could cause that one individual to die, disturbance at a nest may cause nest abandonment and loss of productivity that year. It is also worth keeping in mind that species on or not on this list don’t necessarily reflect the true nature of sensitive species in WA. Washington has two state listed species found here in eastern WA that are doing very poorly in their populations, yet neither are on this list, greater sage-grouse and ferruginous hawk. Nesting or lek location of either is probably a more sensitive issue than a wintering gyrfalcon or great gray owl whose overall populations are healthier. So, while the list is a good measure it would help to continue to think about these other aspects to fully help to protect some of our sensitive species in Washington.



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Date: 11/17/17 5:37 pm
From: Scott Downes <downess...>
Subject: [Tweeters] re: Sensitive Species in eBird
Tweets,
Wanted to add that while it is a very good goal to protect these species, these are also species that a great many of our fellow birders have had immense joy from seeing. I would hope we could find a balance between obscuring the location for protection and not making these a situation where only the people who know the right person will get to see them. While these species may be at risk throughout their time in our state, I would also recommend that we remember the different life cycles at which they are seen. A wintering great gray owl in a field is not breeding or possibly even on its breeding territory. Yes, it is at risk from harassment, though much the same level as other species not on this list such as snowy owl. My point is that harassment of the owl during the winter may cause the owl to move and in an extreme case could cause that one individual to die, disturbance at a nest may cause nest abandonment and loss of productivity that year. It is also worth keeping in mind that species on or not on this list don’t necessarily reflect the true nature of sensitive species in WA. Washington has two state listed species found here in eastern WA that are doing very poorly in their populations, yet neither are on this list, greater sage-grouse and ferruginous hawk. Nesting or lek location of either is probably a more sensitive issue than a wintering gyrfalcon or great gray owl whose overall populations are healthier. So, while the list is a good measure it would help to continue to think about these other aspects to fully help to protect some of our sensitive species in Washington.

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Date: 11/17/17 3:05 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy still at Sandy Point??
I haven't seen any reports today on the snowy owl.  Trying to decide if I should drive up Saturday morning.  Thanks.
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Date: 11/17/17 2:39 pm
From: J Christian Kessler <1northraven...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Sensitive species in eBird
Thanks for posting the link.

The listing of Gyrfalcon raises the question of whether there is evidence
Gyr in northwestern Washington are being pursued for the falcon trade.
This is not to cast doubt on the eBird listing, it is to ask about the
level of security appropriate on other media, including idle chat with
folks in other vehicles when birding Whatcom, Skagit, & Snohomish
counties. I'd appreciate informed judgments on this. I've never observed
such suspicious behavior myself, but poachers are likely to be more
circumspect than the occasional intrusive birder or photog.

Chris Kessler
Seattle

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> Here is a link to eBird's discussion of how they will treat "sensitive
> species," including how they will appear in data outputs. They will show in
> Region Explorer and area range maps but not for specific hotspots or
> personal locations, and they will be designated "sensitive." Also, if you
> saw and reported the bird, it will show in your personal data view with a
> "sensitive" icon.
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> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/sensitive-species-in-ebird/
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Date: 11/17/17 2:29 pm
From: Kyle Leader <kchuckles11...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tacoma Glaucous Gull
The Glaucous Gull that was reported a few days ago was still present as of noon today. It was resting on the roof of one of the warehouses just south of the 11th street bridge. Thanks to the Tacoma birders for finding the bird and posting updates. 
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Date: 11/17/17 11:57 am
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sensitive species in eBird
Here is a link to eBird's discussion of how they will treat "sensitive
species," including how they will appear in data outputs. They will show in
Region Explorer and area range maps but not for specific hotspots or
personal locations, and they will be designated "sensitive." Also, if you
saw and reported the bird, it will show in your personal data view with a
"sensitive" icon.

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/sensitive-species-in-ebird/

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Date: 11/17/17 5:43 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Parrots And Politics Collide In Tasmania's Trashed Forests
hello everyone,

I've been astonished by the sheer stupidity of the Tasmanian government,
which oversees logging as well as conservation -- which works out to be a
scam perpetuated upon the people of Tasmania, and Australia. Basically, the
government manages logging of Tasmania’s old growth forests, but ignores
its own scientists regarding management decisions, and is so incompetent
that it threatens to quickly push Australia’s critically endangered swift
parrot over the edge and into extinction

Parrots And Politics Collide In Tasmania's Trashed Forests
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/11/17/parrots-and-politics-collide-in-tasmanias-trashed-forests/
or TinyURL https://tinyurl.com/yb25g59n

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Date: 11/16/17 5:15 pm
From: birdmarymoor <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-11-16

Tweets - we weren't expecting much rain today, and until about 8:30, the rain was minimal and birds were everywhere.  Then suddenly iy became pretty birdless.  And we also had light rain pretty continuously for the rest of the morning.
Highlights:Trumpter Swan - 3 flocks flying south close overhead: 13, 10, and 8 birds respectivelyNorthern Pintail - several large flocks flying south - First of Fall I thinkSharp-shinned Hawk - oneCooper's Hawk - one adult, one juvieBarn Owl - one in East Meadow around 7amWestern Screech-Owl - Matt heard one, earlyNorthern Saw-whet Owl - Matt heard two together, earlyNotable number of Fox Sparrows, including 8 together onceLincoln's Sparrow - first in several weeksWe had many "misses", including having only flicker and no other woodpeckers. 
For the day, we managed 49 species
- Michael Hobbs 

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Date: 11/16/17 4:32 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 11-16-2017
Tweeters,

Based on the weather forecast, just three of us making the trek around the JBLM Eagles Pride Golf Course wasn't surprising, especially since the previous day's Billy Frank Nisqually NWR weekly walk a mile down the road had few folks attending, too. Nonetheless, the low 40's temp and showers (until the last mile or so of steady rain) weren't all that bad. (And the get-together at the Nisqually Bar & Grill for Thursday tacos and beer afterwards helped, too!)



Not a lot of highlights, but the reappearance (?) of a male AMERICAN KESTREL was noteworthy. For this, the third Fall/Winter season, a Kestrel has shown up at the rear fence line of the driving range. Quite possibly, this is the same bird; and the only Kestrel we've noted on the walk. A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was a nice addition for the season, also.



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

December 21

January 18

February 15

Anyone is welcome to join us!


24 species today



Canada Goose 13

Mallard 2 At pond next to the 9th green

Ring-necked Duck 7 Hodge Lake

Bufflehead 4 Hodge Lake

Pied-billed Grebe 1 Hodge Lake

Great Blue Heron 1 12th green pond, just like last month

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1

Northern Flicker 4

American Kestrel 1

Steller's Jay 4

American/Northwestern Crow 6

Common Raven 1

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 4

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

Pacific Wren 5

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3

American Robin 3

Varied Thrush 2

Fox Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 52 Two separate flocks of about 25 each in two separate areas, plus two other birds

Golden-crowned Sparrow 4

Song Sparrow 12

Spotted Towhee 4



View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40544850


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Date: 11/16/17 2:32 pm
From: Houston Flores <houstonflores...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Great Egret - Ballard Locks - King County - November 16, 2017
Hey Tweets,

There was a GREAT EGRET at the Ballard Locks in Seattle this afternoon. They have drained the large locks and it was feeding at the bottom of the locks when I first saw it. I later saw it perched on the salt water side of the locks between the large and small locks.

Cheers,

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Date: 11/16/17 1:55 pm
From: B&PBell <bellasoc...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Washington Ornithological Society 11-15-17 trip to Samish/Skagit
Hi Tweets



Yesterday, the Washington Ornithological Society took a trip to the Samish
and Skagit Flats. The day started out early under overcast and slightly
rainy skies. The rain stopped about the time we reached the Mt. Vernon area,
and we had just started to have enough light to really see some birds. On
the way up along I-5 we did see some AMERICAN CROWs. Near Mt. Vernon we
started to see swans flying overhead.



We pulled off on Chuckanut Drive and then on Pulver Rd where we had
TRUMPETER SWAN (heard them as well as saw) and SONG SPARROW. As we got back
to Chuckanut in Allan we saw a field loaded with swans. We stopped in the
small county park and scoped the swans from just across the road. The swans
were largely TRUMPETER, but we were quickly able to find a few TUNDRA mixed
in. SNOW GEESE started flying overhead, and a decent size group landed with
the swans. Also mixed in were MALLARD, CANADA GOOSE, NORTHERN PINTAIL,
RING-BILLED GULL, AMERICAN CROW, EUROPEAN STARLING GLACOUS-WINGED GULL,
AMERICAN WIGEON and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. ON the wire overhead there were
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE.



By this time the cloud cover was starting to break up, but we had consistent
10-15 mph winds with a temperature of about 45F (definitely chilly). We took
Ershig Road and saw more EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVEs, GLACOUS-WINGED GULL, and
RING-BILLED GULL, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, DARK-EYED JUNCO and distant RED-TAILED
HAWK. Along Worline Rd. we saw MOURNING DOVE, NORTHERN FLICKER, and ROCK
PIGEON. On Cemetery Rd. at a house with feeders we saw SPOTTED TOWHEE,
DARK-EYED JUNCO, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flew thru.
We turned onto Bow Hill Rd. toward Bow and saw NORTHERN FLICKER and
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE.



After a stop at the Farm-to-Market Bakery for some goodies, we drove
Chuckanut Drive where we saw more SNOW GEESE, BALD EAGLE, MALLARD,
BUFFLEHEAD, EUROPEAN STARLING, AMERICAN KESTREL (nice male), NORTHRN
HARRIER, COMMON RAVEN, and RED-TAILED HAWK. In the distance to the north
there was a huge flock of likely American Wigeon, but too distant for good
i.d.



In the Blanchard area at the Colony Creek lagoon we saw BUFFLEHEAD, GREAT
BLUE HERON, SONG SPARROW and FOX SPARROW. On Blanchard Rd. we saw DARK-EYED
JUNCO, FOX SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, STELLERS' JAY, HOUSE SPARROW,
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.



We proceeded toward Edison and turned on Smith Road where we had NORTHERN
HARRIER, EURASION COLLARED-DOVE, GREAT BLUE HERON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and
BALD EAGLE. In Edison we saw BELTED KINGFISHER, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE and
AMERICAN CROW. As we transitioned to Bayview-Edison Rd. we saw a single
AMERICAN COOT. We also saw BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, NOTHERN HARRIER, MALLARD,
AMERICAN WIGEON, HOUSE FINCH, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, BALD EAGLE, WESTERN
MEADOWLARK, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. On Samish Island Rd. we scanned a field
just before the W90 and saw BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN and a SHARP-TAILED
SANDPIPER.



The W90 was pretty quiet (and cold and windy) with BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN
HARRIER, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, WESTERN GULL, RING-BILLED GULLs. A ways north
along Samish Island Rd. we watched a PEREGINE FALCON preening in the field.



At Wharf Rd. on Samish Bay we could see BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BLACK
SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, HORNED GREBE, SURF SCOTER, PACIFIC LOON, and RED-NECKED GREBE.
After a stop for lunch (in the car because of the winds) we headed back down
to Bayview-Edison Rd. and turned onto Sullivan Rd. Here we found
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GREAT BLUED HERON, EUROPEAN STARLING, SPOTTED TOWHEE,
DARK-EYED JUNCO and ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD.



On Persons Road we saw NORTHERN FLICKER and RED-TAILED HAWK. On Padilla Bay
we saw some very distant AMERICAN WIGEON. Up in Bayview State Park we found
PACIFIC WREN, VARIED THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, DARK-EYED JUNCO,
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and
BROWN CREEPER.



On Dodge Valley Rd. we had more TRUMPETER and TUNDRA SWANs and EUROPEAN
STARLING. At the feeder's on Valentine Rd. there were RUBY CROWNED KINGLET,
DOWNY WOODPECKER (two males and a female), BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE,
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, SPOTTED TOWHEE, DARK-EYED JUNCO, RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN FLICKER and MOURNING DOVE.



At the end of Rawlins Rd. we saw GREAT BLUE HERON, RED-TAILED HAWK, MALLARD,
NORTHERN HARRIER, BUFFLEHEAD and heard MARSH WREN. At the Hayton Preserve
there were MALLARD, AMERICAN WIGEON, dowitcher (fly over), GREAT BLUE HERON
and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE.



We also saw GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, COOPER'S HAWK, PINE SISKIN.



Despite the chilly, windy day we had a good time and saw many interesting
birds (68 species).



Good Birding



Brian H. Bell

Woodinville Wa

Mail to bell asoc a t iso media dot com


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Date: 11/16/17 12:25 pm
From: Dennis Paulson-IMAP <dennispaulson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] oops
Sorry for chiming in on the Snowy Owl activity cycle after reading only the first message in the digest when others had done so perfectly adequately before me. From now on Ill read the entire digest before responding to anything!

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Date: 11/16/17 12:24 pm
From: Dennis Paulson-IMAP <dennispaulson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl activity cycle
Hello, all.

I finally decided that I needed to chime in on this.

Yes, Snowy Owls are diurnal, and of course they hunt during the day on their Arctic breeding grounds, but under what light conditions do you think they hunt when they are still in the Arctic in the winter? I think the technical term for the ability to be active throughout the 24-hour cycle is omnurnal. Quite a few mammals fit this description (can you think of any?) and at least a few birds, such as this one and any of the other owls that are resident at high latitudes.

In fact, when with us in the winter, they very commonly hunt at dusk and even into the night. As dusk falls, they become much more alert and active than when many of us see them during the day, and just as its getting dark they may set off to hunt, often over the water. How they get so many grebes and sandpipers, two of their common foods when they are with us, is by hunting when it is getting dark or is entirely dark. One or more birds on the South Levee of the Columbia River were taking Red Phalaropes at night. They do just as well under those conditions as a Great Horned Owl does, taking prey even as large as White-winged Scoters (Paul Bannick relayed that to me).

Another of their common prey items during the winter is rats, both Norway and Black Rats. The rats are nocturnal.

But I agree entirely with Ray that you are not keeping them up when you are visible to them during the day time. They are quite awake. Of course you shouldnt actively disturb them, but as he said, with the great number of visitors to the owls at Damon Point, if they were disturbed as much as has often been feared, they wouldnt have hung around there.

Speaking of omnurnal, a Barred Owl was hunting squirrels in my yard at 9 am on Tuesday! It was unsuccessful and didnt seem to faze the squirrels at all. I should add that I have never seen this before, but I know they do hunt during the daytime on occasion.

Dennis Paulson
Seattle, WA




On Nov 16, 2017, at 12:00 PM, <tweeters-request...> wrote:

> Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:58:59 +0000 (UTC)
> From: ray holden <rayleeholden...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Snowing Owls Point of Information
> To: Tweeters Tweeters <tweeters...>
> Message-ID: <171064973.1104259.1510797539379...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
>
> Like everyone else I'll excited to hear that we are having a visitation from the North other than Santa and hope some may find their way to the south sound or Gray's Harbor area.
> Snowy owls are not nocturnal they are diurnal otherwise they wouldn't be able to eat in the nightless arctic summer. When you see them they will be active and seem to take cat like naps but you aren't keeping them awake or keeping them from hunting. During the last big outbreak and the following year echo the owls at Damon Pt. Ocean Shores were visited by hundreds of people, dozens a day even, and yet the flock stayed steady for the whole winter. Dead gulls and ducks on the beach testified that they were getting plenty to eat despite our human curiosity.
> For the best views take a scope or ask another birder to use theirs. I've never had anyone say no. Most people who got too close were trying to take pictures with dinky cameras or cell phone cameras and I think that generally they weren't birders who would ever read this anyway. For good pics that don't get too close you need a superzoom or a long lens DSLR and tripod.
> I sincerely hope to see another owl or two this year. With a roughly 7 year breakout cycle you never know when will be your last time.
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Date: 11/15/17 11:21 pm
From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Thanks for (most of)Sandy Point Snowy Owl corrections
Thank you Mark, this time via tweeters as well as directly, for sharing
your knowledge and thoughts, and for your care behind those thoughts.
I think that if I were to go birding in your footsteps, I'd be unlikely to
find lots of ruffled feathers.

Respectfully,
Kevin Lucas
Selah, Yakima County, WA
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On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 9:40 PM, <tomboulian...> wrote:

> Sorry that I did not record my town of residence last night on my
> post—don’t post often, so apologies.
>
> Many people have responded; mostly not on tweeters, and mostly
> positively. Some—ah, not so much. So excuse the length of this post but I
> was offended.
>
> Of course I know that snowy owls hunt during the day during breeding
> season, but my experience, which is only based on my own 7 observations
> of irruptive birds in the winter in the US over the last 50 years, is that
> they pretty much stay put during the day except when disturbed by animals,
> including birders and photographers, and that they take off around sunset
> and are back in place at dawn until they take off for a new physical
> location. The only one one I have ever seen eating during the day was a
> bird at Big Ditch near Stanwood sitting on a dead snow goose. And the blood
> splatters of happiness on an Edmonds WA marina bird.
>
> My reasons for posting were not meant to belittle anyone or give out false
> info., just an attempt to give a light-hearted reminder to a growing crowd
> of owl-seekers, increasingly appearing to be from out of the area, that
> visits to these habitual owl roost sites have ended in problems in recent
> years, including on reservations. (Eide Rd long-ears, Boundary Bay snowies,
> Bridgeport hawk-owl
>
> I was there on Nov 3, looking for primarily the ROSA but also the owl,
> since we were snowed out from work here in Seattle and Bellingham was
> already clear.
>
> The e-bird and satellite maps showed a small park-like area at the point
> with a well-worn foot trail. When I arrived (finally, as there was
> construction on Slater Rd. and I had no smart phone with), I found the area
> to be labeled Private property. Another (local) birder assured me that
> access was OK, and obviously it was well used by local dog-walkers, so we
> proceeded around,, seeing not much terrestrial except meadowlarks, but tons
> of stuff off shore to the south—black and surf scoters, common loons, lots
> of mergansers and buffleheads. Super windy, so did not stay long
>
> Then I attempted to find a way to see the “back bay”, and had two
> encounters with residents—one rapped on the window and identified himself
> with the local block watch, asking what I was doing, saying there was a
> string of burglaries recently. Another ran out of her house and asked the
> same question a few minutes later. I was in the public street all the time
> so was legal. I have a big landscaping truck and not the usual birder’s
> Subaru, so I’m sure that’s a flag. Once she found I was a birder, she said
> it was OK to walk to the back bay from either the dead-end street right of
> way or the water line/fire hydrant right of way.
>
> Both residents told me there was NO public access to the ocean beach.
>
> Several thousand birds on the back bay, including 500+ dunlin, 10 great
> blue heron, some TRSW, wigeons (including one storm), mallards, pintails,
> Canada geese, ring-neck duck, etc.
>
> So, as I see more postings coming in..
>
> 1. Sandy Point is indeed private property (great if it could be a
> park)—you are indeed trespassing here as well as anywhere in the
> community that is not an extension of a public road or below mean tide
> line or without property owner’s/Lummi permission.
>
> 2. It appears I’m not so wrong about wintering Snowy Owl behavior
>
> 3. It’s always a good idea to talk to the natives—whether they are First
> Nations or relative newcomers, and drop a dime wherever you go.
>
> 4. Leave roosting owls in peace.
>
> 5. Mind your manners—be cognizant of where you are, whether it’s on terra
> firma or in cyberspace
>
>
> Mark Tomboulian
>
> Shoreline, WA
>
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Date: 11/15/17 11:21 pm
From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Thanks for (most of)Sandy Point Snowy Owl corrections
I apologize for my political tagline on Tweeters. I've been playing with
several computers and dinking with settings. It didn't display in my
composition window.
Kevin Lucas
Selah, Yakima County, WA


On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 11:15 PM, Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> wrote:

> Thank you Mark, this time via tweeters as well as directly, for sharing
> your knowledge and thoughts, and for your care behind those thoughts.
> I think that if I were to go birding in your footsteps, I'd be unlikely to
> find lots of ruffled feathers.
>
> Respectfully,
> Kevin Lucas
> Selah, Yakima County, WA
> *https://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
> <https://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html>*
>
> "This is a mental health problem at the highest level." -- T Rump.
> #fake_president
>
> On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 9:40 PM, <tomboulian...> wrote:
>
>> Sorry that I did not record my town of residence last night on my
>> post—don’t post often, so apologies.
>>
>> Many people have responded; mostly not on tweeters, and mostly
>> positively. Some—ah, not so much. So excuse the length of this post but I
>> was offended.
>>
>> Of course I know that snowy owls hunt during the day during breeding
>> season, but my experience, which is only based on my own 7 observations
>> of irruptive birds in the winter in the US over the last 50 years, is that
>> they pretty much stay put during the day except when disturbed by animals,
>> including birders and photographers, and that they take off around sunset
>> and are back in place at dawn until they take off for a new physical
>> location. The only one one I have ever seen eating during the day was a
>> bird at Big Ditch near Stanwood sitting on a dead snow goose. And the blood
>> splatters of happiness on an Edmonds WA marina bird.
>>
>> My reasons for posting were not meant to belittle anyone or give out
>> false info., just an attempt to give a light-hearted reminder to a growing
>> crowd of owl-seekers, increasingly appearing to be from out of the area,
>> that visits to these habitual owl roost sites have ended in problems in
>> recent years, including on reservations. (Eide Rd long-ears, Boundary Bay
>> snowies, Bridgeport hawk-owl
>>
>> I was there on Nov 3, looking for primarily the ROSA but also the owl,
>> since we were snowed out from work here in Seattle and Bellingham was
>> already clear.
>>
>> The e-bird and satellite maps showed a small park-like area at the point
>> with a well-worn foot trail. When I arrived (finally, as there was
>> construction on Slater Rd. and I had no smart phone with), I found the area
>> to be labeled Private property. Another (local) birder assured me that
>> access was OK, and obviously it was well used by local dog-walkers, so we
>> proceeded around,, seeing not much terrestrial except meadowlarks, but tons
>> of stuff off shore to the south—black and surf scoters, common loons, lots
>> of mergansers and buffleheads. Super windy, so did not stay long
>>
>> Then I attempted to find a way to see the “back bay”, and had two
>> encounters with residents—one rapped on the window and identified himself
>> with the local block watch, asking what I was doing, saying there was a
>> string of burglaries recently. Another ran out of her house and asked the
>> same question a few minutes later. I was in the public street all the time
>> so was legal. I have a big landscaping truck and not the usual birder’s
>> Subaru, so I’m sure that’s a flag. Once she found I was a birder, she said
>> it was OK to walk to the back bay from either the dead-end street right of
>> way or the water line/fire hydrant right of way.
>>
>> Both residents told me there was NO public access to the ocean beach.
>>
>> Several thousand birds on the back bay, including 500+ dunlin, 10 great
>> blue heron, some TRSW, wigeons (including one storm), mallards, pintails,
>> Canada geese, ring-neck duck, etc.
>>
>> So, as I see more postings coming in..
>>
>> 1. Sandy Point is indeed private property (great if it could be a
>> park)—you are indeed trespassing here as well as anywhere in the
>> community that is not an extension of a public road or below mean tide
>> line or without property owner’s/Lummi permission.
>>
>> 2. It appears I’m not so wrong about wintering Snowy Owl behavior
>>
>> 3. It’s always a good idea to talk to the natives—whether they are First
>> Nations or relative newcomers, and drop a dime wherever you go.
>>
>> 4. Leave roosting owls in peace.
>>
>> 5. Mind your manners—be cognizant of where you are, whether it’s on
>> terra firma or in cyberspace
>>
>>
>> Mark Tomboulian
>>
>> Shoreline, WA
>>
>> tomboulian at comcast dot net
>>
>>
>>
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>>
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Date: 11/15/17 9:45 pm
From: <tomboulian...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Thanks for (most of)Sandy Point Snowy Owl corrections
Sorry that I did not record my town of residence last night on my post—don’t post often, so apologies.

Many people have responded; mostly not on tweeters, and mostly positively. Some—ah, not so much. So excuse the length of this post but I was offended.

Of course I know that snowy owls hunt during the day during breeding season, but my experience, which is only based on my own 7 observations of irruptive birds in the winter in the US over the last 50 years, is that they pretty much stay put during the day except when disturbed by animals, including birders and photographers, and that they take off around sunset and are back in place at dawn until they take off for a new physical location. The only one one I have ever seen eating during the day was a bird at Big Ditch near Stanwood sitting on a dead snow goose. And the blood splatters of happiness on an Edmonds WA marina bird.

My reasons for posting were not meant to belittle anyone or give out false info., just an attempt to give a light-hearted reminder to a growing crowd of owl-seekers, increasingly appearing to be from out of the area, that visits to these habitual owl roost sites have ended in problems in recent years, including on reservations. (Eide Rd long-ears, Boundary Bay snowies, Bridgeport hawk-owl

I was there on Nov 3, looking for primarily the ROSA but also the owl, since we were snowed out from work here in Seattle and Bellingham was already clear.

The e-bird and satellite maps showed a small park-like area at the point with a well-worn foot trail. When I arrived (finally, as there was construction on Slater Rd. and I had no smart phone with), I found the area to be labeled Private property. Another (local) birder assured me that access was OK, and obviously it was well used by local dog-walkers, so we proceeded around,, seeing not much terrestrial except meadowlarks, but tons of stuff off shore to the south—black and surf scoters, common loons, lots of mergansers and buffleheads. Super windy, so did not stay long

Then I attempted to find a way to see the “back bay”, and had two encounters with residents—one rapped on the window and identified himself with the local block watch, asking what I was doing, saying there was a string of burglaries recently. Another ran out of her house and asked the same question a few minutes later. I was in the public street all the time so was legal. I have a big landscaping truck and not the usual birder’s Subaru, so I’m sure that’s a flag. Once she found I was a birder, she said it was OK to walk to the back bay from either the dead-end street right of way or the water line/fire hydrant right of way.

Both residents told me there was NO public access to the ocean beach.

Several thousand birds on the back bay, including 500+ dunlin, 10 great blue heron, some TRSW, wigeons (including one storm), mallards, pintails, Canada geese, ring-neck duck, etc.

So, as I see more postings coming in..

1. Sandy Point is indeed private property (great if it could be a park)—you are indeed trespassing here as well as anywhere in the community that is not an extension of a public road or below mean tide line or without property owner’s/Lummi permission.

2. It appears I’m not so wrong about wintering Snowy Owl behavior

3. It’s always a good idea to talk to the natives—whether they are First Nations or relative newcomers, and drop a dime wherever you go.

4. Leave roosting owls in peace.

5. Mind your manners—be cognizant of where you are, whether it’s on terra firma or in cyberspace


Mark Tomboulian

Shoreline, WA

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Date: 11/15/17 7:08 pm
From: Paul Bannick <paul.bannick...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowing Owls Point of Information
Bob,

Good post. From my experience and in conversations with some of the top
Snowy Owl researchers in the country, Snowy Owl are most active in the
normal nighttime hours, whether it is light or not (theoretical night),
although it can vary depending upon what they are feeding upon. Owls
feeding upon rats and other nocturnal prey are more strictly nocturnal
while those feeding upon seabirds are more flexible. No matter the prey
the are usually only active during the middle of the day when dislodged by
disturbance from other birds or people.

Paul Bannick

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 6:36 PM, Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus...>
wrote:

> I’m not sure we’re getting the full picture on when Snowy Owls actively
> hunt. This passage from the Birds of North America online account gives a
> more complete view:
>
> “Hunts any time of day, except in severe weather conditions. Foraging
> activity is dictated by individual hunger, season and, if breeding, by the
> nutritional demands of the incubating female and nestlings. When hunting
> individually, individuals appear to prefer evening into darkness and early
> mornings. During 24 h of Arctic light, appears to hunt more actively during
> theoretical night (DWH). Less is known about nocturnal hunting, but during
> the Arctic winter the birds must hunt in the dark and winter observations
> using night vision equipment clearly show an active nocturnal hunting
> period (N. Smith, pers. comm.). See also Manniche (1910) and Watson (1957).”
>
> In my own experience watching Snowy Owls in the NW over 30+ years, I’ve
> seen them most active after sunset, making short flights from day roosts.
> Have also seen one tearing apart a gull in mid-morning.
>
> Good birding, Bob Sundstrom
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 15, 2017, at 5:58 PM, ray holden <rayleeholden...> wrote:
>
> Like everyone else I'll excited to hear that we are having a visitation
> from the North other than Santa and hope some may find their way to the
> south sound or Gray's Harbor area.
>
> Snowy owls are not nocturnal they are diurnal otherwise they wouldn't be
> able to eat in the nightless arctic summer. When you see them they will be
> active and seem to take cat like naps but you aren't keeping them awake or
> keeping them from hunting. During the last big outbreak and the following
> year echo the owls at Damon Pt. Ocean Shores were visited by hundreds of
> people, dozens a day even, and yet the flock stayed steady for the whole
> winter. Dead gulls and ducks on the beach testified that they were
> getting plenty to eat despite our human curiosity.
>
> For the best views take a scope or ask another birder to use theirs. I've
> never had anyone say no. Most people who got too close were trying to take
> pictures with dinky cameras or cell phone cameras and I think that
> generally they weren't birders who would ever read this anyway. For good
> pics that don't get too close you need a superzoom or a long lens DSLR and
> tripod.
>
> I sincerely hope to see another owl or two this year. With a roughly 7
> year breakout cycle you never know when will be your last time.
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Date: 11/15/17 6:38 pm
From: Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowing Owls Point of Information
I’m not sure we’re getting the full picture on when Snowy Owls actively hunt. This passage from the Birds of North America online account gives a more complete view:

“Hunts any time of day, except in severe weather conditions. Foraging activity is dictated by individual hunger, season and, if breeding, by the nutritional demands of the incubating female and nestlings. When hunting individually, individuals appear to prefer evening into darkness and early mornings. During 24 h of Arctic light, appears to hunt more actively during theoretical night (DWH). Less is known about nocturnal hunting, but during the Arctic winter the birds must hunt in the dark and winter observations using night vision equipment clearly show an active nocturnal hunting period (N. Smith, pers. comm.). See also Manniche (1910) and Watson (1957).”

In my own experience watching Snowy Owls in the NW over 30+ years, I’ve seen them most active after sunset, making short flights from day roosts. Have also seen one tearing apart a gull in mid-morning.

Good birding, Bob Sundstrom

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> On Nov 15, 2017, at 5:58 PM, ray holden <rayleeholden...> wrote:
>
> Like everyone else I'll excited to hear that we are having a visitation from the North other than Santa and hope some may find their way to the south sound or Gray's Harbor area.
>
> Snowy owls are not nocturnal they are diurnal otherwise they wouldn't be able to eat in the nightless arctic summer. When you see them they will be active and seem to take cat like naps but you aren't keeping them awake or keeping them from hunting. During the last big outbreak and the following year echo the owls at Damon Pt. Ocean Shores were visited by hundreds of people, dozens a day even, and yet the flock stayed steady for the whole winter. Dead gulls and ducks on the beach testified that they were getting plenty to eat despite our human curiosity.
>
> For the best views take a scope or ask another birder to use theirs. I've never had anyone say no. Most people who got too close were trying to take pictures with dinky cameras or cell phone cameras and I think that generally they weren't birders who would ever read this anyway. For good pics that don't get too close you need a superzoom or a long lens DSLR and tripod.
>
> I sincerely hope to see another owl or two this year. With a roughly 7 year breakout cycle you never know when will be your last time.
>
>
>
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Date: 11/15/17 6:02 pm
From: ray holden <rayleeholden...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowing Owls Point of Information
Like everyone else I'll excited to hear that we are having a visitation from the North other than Santa and hope some may find their way to the south sound or Gray's Harbor area.  
Snowy owls are not nocturnal they are diurnal otherwise they wouldn't be able to eat in the nightless arctic summer.  When you see them they will be active and seem to take cat like naps but you aren't keeping them awake or keeping them from hunting.  During the last big outbreak and the following year echo the owls at Damon Pt. Ocean Shores were visited by hundreds of people, dozens a day even, and yet the flock stayed steady for the whole winter.  Dead gulls and ducks on the  beach testified that they were getting plenty to eat despite our human curiosity. 
For the best views take a scope or ask another birder to use theirs.  I've never had anyone say no.  Most people who got too close were trying to take pictures with dinky cameras or cell phone cameras and I think that generally they weren't birders who would ever read this anyway.  For good pics that don't get too close you need  a superzoom or a long lens DSLR and tripod.
I sincerely hope to see another owl or two this year.  With a roughly  7 year breakout cycle you never know when will be your last time. 
 

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Date: 11/15/17 4:56 pm
From: Betty <bettinab39...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Eurasian wigeon
The Lower Oak Bay county park near Pt Hadlock had an Eurasian wigeon every
winter, in the flock of other wigeons.
Saw it Monday. But it was too far away to get a good [picture.
Betty
Chimacum

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At Golden Gardens pond .

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Date: 11/15/17 3:58 pm
From: Michael Freund <mikefreund...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Gray-crowned Rosy-finch at Discovery Park
Found today at 3:05 pm foraging on the rocks and gravel path just north of the concrete steps that go down to the water.

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Date: 11/15/17 3:47 pm
From: Anna <amk17...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eurasian wigeon

At Golden Gardens pond .

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Date: 11/15/17 2:37 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 11/15/147
Tweets,

Today 15 of us enjoyed a rewarding day at Nisqually. It started out
rainy but soon stopped, giving the passerines a chance to get active
before another squall passed through. After that the weather cleared
and remained that way for the rest of the morning.

Highlights of the day included TRUMPETER SWANS, a SHORT-EARED OWL, and
a EURASIAN WIGEON. Needless to say, there is lots of water on the
refuge and waterfowl are scattered out through the refuge. Lots of
MALLARDS, SHOVELERS, PINTAIL, and WIGEON about.

Our first highlight, the 5 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen flying up
McAllister Creek from the twin barns trail. They circled and flew over
the wetlands south of the twin barns as if preparing to land but
continued on south, flying over I-5 until out of sight. The lone
EURASIAN WIGEON we say was out on Shannon Slough seen from the start
of the estuary boardwalk.

The SHORT-EARED OWL put on quite a show flying over the marsh near the
start of the estuary boardwalk. it landed in a small tree and sat
there for several minutes affording great looks for everyone. It
headed south hunting when it was jumped by a NORTHERN HARRIER which
promptly chased it back where it came from. Last seen it was flying
east with 2 HARRIERS harassing it.

For the day I had 47 species and now have 135 for the year. Shep will
have a further report after he walks the estuary boardwalk.

Mammals seen included GRAY SQUIRREL and VOLE (in the orchard).

Until next week.....

Phil Kelley
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Date: 11/15/17 2:26 pm
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Not all owls and eagles / Caryn / Wedgwood
Hi Birders,

Every once in a while I see a gull or two fly around the neighborhood. Today though it a first - have one young gull sitting atop the fireplace flue. It’s been there for a good twenty minutes now. Thinking Western but gulls are not easy!

It was just a bit funny after the amazing visitors we usually have to see this “common” bird come to visit. Definitely not the Snowy Owl from Ballard or the Barred that was here before Halloween or the Bald Eagle that stopped by, but nonetheless, an odd duck (and we have even had a mallard!) and first in our yard (that we know of anyway) to say the least! It seems if you’re here long enough, nearly everything flies through!

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Date: 11/15/17 1:49 pm
From: DONNA POOLE <poole9561...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re: Snowy Owl
Oh no!

Donna L. Poole
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On Nov 15, 2017, at 1:12 PM, Doug Brown <BirdBrain53...><mailto:<BirdBrain53...>> wrote:

Chirp,

The “cape” at Sandy Point is owned by a bank that is trying to sell it for development.

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Date: 11/15/17 1:16 pm
From: Doug Brown <BirdBrain53...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Snowy Owl
Chirp,

The “cape” at Sandy Point is owned by a bank that is trying to sell it for development.

cheers, Doug Brown
Bellingham

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Date: 11/15/17 12:53 pm
From: Wayne Weber <contopus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sandy Point access
Tweeters,



Yes, the tip of Sandy Point is private property-- owned by a bank at the moment. However, there are no “no trespassing” signs, and local birders (as well as local Sandy Point residents) have visited this area for many years with no restrictions. In more than 50 visits over the last 5 years, I have never been challenged or asked to leave. Several local birders visit much more often than I do.



By the way, Snowy Owls are not nocturnal; they do much more of their hunting in the daytime than at night. The owl may have been sleeping when you saw it, but it is active most of the time in daylight.



Mark, it sounds like you are not from Whatcom County. When you post again on Tweeters, please indicate where you are from, in accordance with normal Tweeters policy. Thank you.



Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC, Canada

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From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of <tomboulian...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:50 PM
To: Philip Dickinson; Wally Davis
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Of course you should all know that all of this area is private property—either bought/leased from the Lummi, or owned by the Lummi outright. You can purchase the point for a few million dollars for 12 acres. It appears like a local park, but is not and is posted



I was there 10 days ago—on the only day the owl wasn’t there—and was approached by residents concerned that I might be a burglar and emphasizing there is no public access per se.



The back bay is full of waterfowl—I asked residents and was welcomed to use end of street and water line access right of ways to view—still not public property



You couldn’t 10 days ago access via Slater Rd all the way to Beach Way—it was under construction. You had to detour on Halston (?) Way S to Red River Rd and then back up, before going down south again.



Try to spend a few bucks on the reservation—There is a Skippers at the casino gas station, and that certainly is an endangered species--



Mind your manners just like on the Makah property in Neah Bay. And mind how close you get—remember, this owl is sleeping all day until sunset



Mark Tomboulian







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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)



It has been publicized previously, but this Sandy Point is west of Ferndale in Whatcom County. Take I-5 Exit 260 west on Slater Rd. At end bear left onto Beach Way. Then left on Sucia, left on Thetis and right on Saltspring to parking lot at end.



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Date: 11/15/17 11:49 am
From: Hal Michael <ucd880...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
It may be a little more complex than that. If it is "owned" by the Lummi Tribe it could well be on reservation. That brings in a whole different set of law.



Hal Michael
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Olympia WA
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thank you for the private property reminder.... hope all use caution and good sense

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 10:50 PM, < <tomboulian...> > wrote:



Of course you should all know that all of this area is private property—either bought/leased from the Lummi, or owned by the Lummi outright. You can purchase the point for a few million dollars for 12 acres. It appears like a local park, but is not and is posted
I was there 10 days ago—on the only day the owl wasn’t there—and was approached by residents concerned that I might be a burglar and emphasizing there is no public access per se.
The back bay is full of waterfowl—I asked residents and was welcomed to use end of street and water line access right of ways to view—still not public property
You couldn’t 10 days ago access via Slater Rd all the way to Beach Way—it was under construction. You had to detour on Halston (?) Way S to Red River Rd and then back up, before going down south again.
Try to spend a few bucks on the reservation—There is a Skippers at the casino gas station, and that certainly is an endangered species--
Mind your manners just like on the Makah property in Neah Bay. And mind how close you get—remember, this owl is sleeping all day until sunset
Mark Tomboulian
From: Philip Dickinson
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:56 PM
To: Wally Davis
Cc: Tweeters
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
It has been publicized previously, but this Sandy Point is west of Ferndale in Whatcom County. Take I-5 Exit 260 west on Slater Rd. At end bear left onto Beach Way. Then left on Sucia, left on Thetis and right on Saltspring to parking lot at end.
Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

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I used Google Maps to try and locate Sandy Point and was surprised to find half a dozen of them in the US Salish Sea region. Would you please be more specific about where Sandy point is?



Wally Davis

Snohomish



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The Snowy Owl was still hunkered down at the same location at Sandy Point at 2:30 this afternoon. Seen by six of us from Pilchuck Audubon. Today, we also saw a Snowy Owl at the Boundary Bay dike in Delta, BC. Two in one day and in two countries is pretty cool.


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Date: 11/15/17 11:36 am
From: Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
When posting a sighting to TWEETERS please remember to include the county in your message. These reports are read by people not only from Washington but also by birders across the nation who have no idea where Sandy Point or any of our local parks are located. Thank you,Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

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Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:04:19 -0800


thank you for the private property reminder.... hope all use caution and good sense
On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 10:50 PM, <tomboulian...> wrote:
Of course you should all know that all of this area is private property&mdash;either bought/leased from the Lummi, or owned by the Lummi outright. You can purchase the point for a few million dollars for 12 acres. It appears like a local park, but is not and is posted I was there 10 days ago&mdash;on the only day the owl wasn&rsquo;t there&mdash;and was approached by residents concerned that I might be a burglar and emphasizing there is no public access per se. The back bay is full of waterfowl&mdash;I asked residents and was welcomed to use end of street and water line access right of ways to view&mdash;still not public property You couldn&rsquo;t 10 days ago access via Slater Rd all the way to Beach Way&mdash;it was under construction. You had to detour on Halston (?) Way S to Red River Rd and then back up, before going down south again. Try to spend a few bucks on the reservation&mdash;There is a Skippers at the casino gas station, and that certainly is an endangered species-- Mind your manners just like on the Makah property in Neah Bay. And mind how close you get&mdash;remember, this owl is sleeping all day until sunset Mark Tomboulian From: Philip DickinsonSent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:56 PMTo: Wally DavisCc: TweetersSubject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s) It has been publicized previously, but this Sandy Point is west of Ferndale in Whatcom County. Take I-5 Exit 260 west on Slater Rd. At end bear left onto Beach Way. Then left on Sucia, left on Thetis and right on Saltspring to parking lot at end. Phil DickinsonLake Stevens

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On Nov 14, 2017, at 8:39 PM, Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> wrote:

I used Google Maps to try and locate Sandy Point and was surprised to find half a dozen of them in the US Salish Sea region. Would you please be more specific about where Sandy point is?

Wally Davis
Snohomish

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Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:15 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)

The Snowy Owl was still hunkered down at the same location at Sandy Point at 2:30 this afternoon. Seen by six of us from Pilchuck Audubon. Today, we also saw a Snowy Owl at the Boundary Bay dike in Delta, BC. Two in one day and in two countries is pretty cool.
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Date: 11/15/17 11:29 am
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Possible Mercer Island Mountain Chickadee
Hello Tweets,

I’m sitting in calculus class right now and I swear I just heard the sweet call of a Mountain Chickadee outside the window just now. Might need a restroom break soon...

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Date: 11/15/17 11:07 am
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
thank you for the private property reminder.... hope all use caution and
good sense

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 10:50 PM, <tomboulian...> wrote:

> Of course you should all know that all of this area is private
> property—either bought/leased from the Lummi, or owned by the Lummi
> outright. You can purchase the point for a few million dollars for 12
> acres. It appears like a local park, but is not and is posted
>
> I was there 10 days ago—on the only day the owl wasn’t there—and was
> approached by residents concerned that I might be a burglar and emphasizing
> there is no public access per se.
>
> The back bay is full of waterfowl—I asked residents and was welcomed to
> use end of street and water line access right of ways to view—still not
> public property
>
> You couldn’t 10 days ago access via Slater Rd all the way to Beach Way—it
> was under construction. You had to detour on Halston (?) Way S to Red
> River Rd and then back up, before going down south again.
>
> Try to spend a few bucks on the reservation—There is a Skippers at the
> casino gas station, and that certainly is an endangered species--
>
> Mind your manners just like on the Makah property in Neah Bay. And mind
> how close you get—remember, this owl is sleeping all day until sunset
>
> Mark Tomboulian
>
>
>
> *From:* Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:56 PM
> *To:* Wally Davis <wallydavis3...>
> *Cc:* Tweeters <tweeters...>
> *Subject:* Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
>
> It has been publicized previously, but this Sandy Point is west of
> Ferndale in Whatcom County. Take I-5 Exit 260 west on Slater Rd. At end
> bear left onto Beach Way. Then left on Sucia, left on Thetis and right on
> Saltspring to parking lot at end.
>
> Phil Dickinson
> Lake Stevens
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 14, 2017, at 8:39 PM, Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> wrote:
>
> I used Google Maps to try and locate Sandy Point and was surprised to find
> half a dozen of them in the US Salish Sea region. Would you please be more
> specific about where Sandy point is?
>
>
>
> Wally Davis
>
> Snohomish
>
>
>
> *From:* <tweeters-bounces...> [
> mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>
> <tweeters-bounces...>] *On Behalf Of *Philip
> Dickinson
> *Sent:* Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:15 PM
> *To:* Tweeters
> *Subject:* [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
>
>
>
> The Snowy Owl was still hunkered down at the same location at Sandy Point
> at 2:30 this afternoon. Seen by six of us from Pilchuck Audubon. Today, we
> also saw a Snowy Owl at the Boundary Bay dike in Delta, BC. Two in one day
> and in two countries is pretty cool.
>
> Phil Dickinson
>
> Lake Stevens
>
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Date: 11/15/17 10:25 am
From: Sammy Catiis <Hikersammy...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
Just a bit of a correction.. this owl is a day time owl (diurnal), not nocturnal. It's feeding on Greebes and whatnot. They are not even crepuscular. It will sleep during part of the day if it's hungry to conserve energy. BUT it hunts during the day.. so we need to be reminded of that.


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Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:50 PM
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Of course you should all know that all of this area is private propertyeither bought/leased from the Lummi, or owned by the Lummi outright. You can purchase the point for a few million dollars for 12 acres. It appears like a local park, but is not and is posted

I was there 10 days agoon the only day the owl wasnt thereand was approached by residents concerned that I might be a burglar and emphasizing there is no public access per se.

The back bay is full of waterfowlI asked residents and was welcomed to use end of street and water line access right of ways to viewstill not public property

You couldnt 10 days ago access via Slater Rd all the way to Beach Wayit was under construction. You had to detour on Halston (?) Way S to Red River Rd and then back up, before going down south again.

Try to spend a few bucks on the reservationThere is a Skippers at the casino gas station, and that certainly is an endangered species--

Mind your manners just like on the Makah property in Neah Bay. And mind how close you getremember, this owl is sleeping all day until sunset

Mark Tomboulian



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Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:56 PM
To: Wally Davis<mailto:<wallydavis3...>
Cc: Tweeters<mailto:<tweeters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)

It has been publicized previously, but this Sandy Point is west of Ferndale in Whatcom County. Take I-5 Exit 260 west on Slater Rd. At end bear left onto Beach Way. Then left on Sucia, left on Thetis and right on Saltspring to parking lot at end.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

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On Nov 14, 2017, at 8:39 PM, Wally Davis <wallydavis3...><mailto:<wallydavis3...>> wrote:


I used Google Maps to try and locate Sandy Point and was surprised to find half a dozen of them in the US Salish Sea region. Would you please be more specific about where Sandy point is?



Wally Davis

Snohomish



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Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:15 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)



The Snowy Owl was still hunkered down at the same location at Sandy Point at 2:30 this afternoon. Seen by six of us from Pilchuck Audubon. Today, we also saw a Snowy Owl at the Boundary Bay dike in Delta, BC. Two in one day and in two countries is pretty cool.

Phil Dickinson

Lake Stevens

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Date: 11/15/17 7:14 am
From: <sremse...>
Subject: [Tweeters] O.T. Big Year
Some of you might recall I conducted a Mammal Big Year in 2016. My 2nd biggest mistake was not coming to Tweeters early on for advice (worst mistake: not being born wealthy).
Next year I'm trying for reptiles, amphibians and fish. This is to see what's possible when I do a full-on Vertebrate Big Year when (fingers crossed) I retire in a few years.
Please send any tips for where and when to find the less common species. You can contact me directly so as not to clutter this site with nonbird stuff. Thanks in advance for any help!

I'll have specific questions as I develop a strategic timeline. In the meanwhile, it would be great if one of you broke my totally unofficial Washington year record of 58 mammals. I'd be happy to assist if you're looking for an exciting challenge.
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Date: 11/14/17 10:53 pm
From: <tomboulian...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
Of course you should all know that all of this area is private property—either bought/leased from the Lummi, or owned by the Lummi outright. You can purchase the point for a few million dollars for 12 acres. It appears like a local park, but is not and is posted

I was there 10 days ago—on the only day the owl wasn’t there—and was approached by residents concerned that I might be a burglar and emphasizing there is no public access per se.

The back bay is full of waterfowl—I asked residents and was welcomed to use end of street and water line access right of ways to view—still not public property

You couldn’t 10 days ago access via Slater Rd all the way to Beach Way—it was under construction. You had to detour on Halston (?) Way S to Red River Rd and then back up, before going down south again.

Try to spend a few bucks on the reservation—There is a Skippers at the casino gas station, and that certainly is an endangered species--

Mind your manners just like on the Makah property in Neah Bay. And mind how close you get—remember, this owl is sleeping all day until sunset

Mark Tomboulian



From: Philip Dickinson
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:56 PM
To: Wally Davis
Cc: Tweeters
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)

It has been publicized previously, but this Sandy Point is west of Ferndale in Whatcom County. Take I-5 Exit 260 west on Slater Rd. At end bear left onto Beach Way. Then left on Sucia, left on Thetis and right on Saltspring to parking lot at end.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

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On Nov 14, 2017, at 8:39 PM, Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> wrote:


I used Google Maps to try and locate Sandy Point and was surprised to find half a dozen of them in the US Salish Sea region. Would you please be more specific about where Sandy point is?



Wally Davis

Snohomish



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Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:15 PM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)



The Snowy Owl was still hunkered down at the same location at Sandy Point at 2:30 this afternoon. Seen by six of us from Pilchuck Audubon. Today, we also saw a Snowy Owl at the Boundary Bay dike in Delta, BC. Two in one day and in two countries is pretty cool.

Phil Dickinson

Lake Stevens



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Date: 11/14/17 9:01 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
It has been publicized previously, but this Sandy Point is west of Ferndale in Whatcom County. Take I-5 Exit 260 west on Slater Rd. At end bear left onto Beach Way. Then left on Sucia, left on Thetis and right on Saltspring to parking lot at end.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 14, 2017, at 8:39 PM, Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> wrote:
>
> I used Google Maps to try and locate Sandy Point and was surprised to find half a dozen of them in the US Salish Sea region. Would you please be more specific about where Sandy point is?
>
> Wally Davis
> Snohomish
>
> From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Philip Dickinson
> Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:15 PM
> To: Tweeters
> Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
>
> The Snowy Owl was still hunkered down at the same location at Sandy Point at 2:30 this afternoon. Seen by six of us from Pilchuck Audubon. Today, we also saw a Snowy Owl at the Boundary Bay dike in Delta, BC. Two in one day and in two countries is pretty cool.
>
> Phil Dickinson
> Lake Stevens

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Date: 11/14/17 8:49 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
In Ferndale coordinates are 48.787187, -122.708187

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Date: 11/14/17 8:43 pm
From: Wally Davis <wallydavis3...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
I used Google Maps to try and locate Sandy Point and was surprised to find half a dozen of them in the US Salish Sea region. Would you please be more specific about where Sandy point is?



Wally Davis

Snohomish



From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Philip Dickinson
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:15 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)



The Snowy Owl was still hunkered down at the same location at Sandy Point at 2:30 this afternoon. Seen by six of us from Pilchuck Audubon. Today, we also saw a Snowy Owl at the Boundary Bay dike in Delta, BC. Two in one day and in two countries is pretty cool.

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Lake Stevens


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Date: 11/14/17 7:25 pm
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
I would generally agree with Rick's assessment that the Sibley app is
my first and last stop for field guide apps. With that said I will add
the caveat that there is supposed to be a new version of the app
incorporating the improved artwork, maps, and taxonomic changes of the
2nd edition of the Sibley books. It's unclear whether the second
edition app will be a free upgrade or if new users will have to pay
again, so many folks have been waiting to spend the money until that's
announced.

Unfortunately, the app is almost four years overdue (originally it was
supposed to coincide with the book release in early 2014) with no
known release date.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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Date: 11/14/17 6:48 pm
From: Steve Loitz <steveloitz...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
I too prefer the Sibley app. It had some bugs when I first loaded it a few
years ago but those seem to have been worked out.

Steve Loitz
Ellensburg

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 6:31 PM, Rick Taylor <taylorrl...> wrote:

> I have 5 North American bird field guide apps on my phone. But, I RARELY
> use any but the Sibley app. It has the best artwork, good coverage of
> subspecies, the calls/songs are labeled by location or subspecies. In
> addition to better artwork, I find it to be the easiest to use.
>
> Rick
>
> Rick Taylor
> Everett, WA
>
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> Does anyone have suggestions for APPs that would replace the National
> Geographic Guide?
>
> Mike Scuderi
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>
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> Hi Tweets:
> Many of us use the Jon Dunn National Geographic North America bird field
> guide on our smart devices. National Geo is no longer supporting the APP
> and has no plans to replace it. It "may" work until you update to Apple iOS
> 11. All 32-bit APPs will stop functioning with the update.
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Date: 11/14/17 6:33 pm
From: Rick Taylor <taylorrl...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
I have 5 North American bird field guide apps on my phone. But, I RARELY use any but the Sibley app. It has the best artwork, good coverage of subspecies, the calls/songs are labeled by location or subspecies. In addition to better artwork, I find it to be the easiest to use.

Rick

Rick Taylor
Everett, WA

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Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:52 PM
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Does anyone have suggestions for APPs that would replace the National Geographic Guide?

Mike Scuderi
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Subject: [Tweeters] National Geo APP

Hi Tweets:
Many of us use the Jon Dunn National Geographic North America bird field guide on our smart devices. National Geo is no longer supporting the APP and has no plans to replace it. It "may" work until you update to Apple iOS 11. All 32-bit APPs will stop functioning with the update.

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Date: 11/14/17 5:17 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl(s)
The Snowy Owl was still hunkered down at the same location at Sandy Point
at 2:30 this afternoon. Seen by six of us from Pilchuck Audubon. Today, we
also saw a Snowy Owl at the Boundary Bay dike in Delta, BC. Two in one day
and in two countries is pretty cool.

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Lake Stevens

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Date: 11/14/17 3:33 pm
From: Rick Tyler <rhtyler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Lighthouse parking at Discovery Park in Seattle
Hello Tweets,

Several people took time to respond to my question from last week. Thank
you!

The rule is that you have to have a pass to park at West Point (the
lighthouse). The only way to get a pass is to request one from the park
office which opens at 8:30. If you want to do dawn birding, you have to
walk in from a parking lot. If you show up at or after 8:30 you need to be
63 years old or older, or have a documented disability as to why you need
the pass. Or, you need to have a person with a disability in your car. If
there is no one in the office (as there was not last Saturday) you are out
of luck -- no passes.

Some summer weekends there is a shuttle bus to the beach.

The park is more than 500 acres -- couldn't they spare a couple of them for
more parking at the point?

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Date: 11/14/17 3:16 pm
From: Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Auburn online guide in Spanish
For those interested, Audubon now offers its online guide in Spanish.

http://www.audubon.org/es/guia-de-aves

Chévere!

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Date: 11/14/17 3:13 pm
From: James Karr <jrkarr...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Phone app for Costa Rica
I have used Birding Field Guides - Costa Rica for perhaps 10 year on trips that I lead to CR. I currently use the update version 4.23.32.

A brief description from the version says “Full-featered bird guide for Costa Rica with descriptions, field marks, habitat, range maps, and other information for 920 plus species . . .” It is based in photos, not in drawings.

Jim Karr

"The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it,
and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly."

Margaret Atwood, writer and poet









> On Nov 14, 2017, at 1:53 PM, Rose O'Donnell <odonnellra...> wrote:
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>> Can you post this on tweeters please? Thanks.
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> Can anyone recommend a bird ID app for iPhone for Costa Rica?
> Thanks, Rose
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Date: 11/14/17 2:09 pm
From: Hal Michael <ucd880...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Phone app for Costa Rica
I am not sure that there is enough connectivity in the best birding areas to make an app work. A good guide (human) and field guide (paper) serve us well, especially the former.



Hal Michael
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Date: 11/14/17 1:56 pm
From: Rose O'Donnell <odonnellra...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Phone app for Costa Rica
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> Can you post this on tweeters please? Thanks.




Can anyone recommend a bird ID app for iPhone for Costa Rica?
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Date: 11/14/17 1:46 pm
From: Greg Snyder <snyder.greg...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
The only app I installed on my IOS 11 devices is the Audobon Bird app.
Suits my needs.



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Does anyone have suggestions for APPs that would replace the National
Geographic Guide?

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Subject: [Tweeters] National Geo APP

Hi Tweets:
Many of us use the Jon Dunn National Geographic North America bird field
guide on our smart devices. National Geo is no longer supporting the APP and
has no plans to replace it. It "may" work until you update to Apple iOS 11.
All 32-bit APPs will stop functioning with the update.

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Redmond, WA
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Date: 11/14/17 1:31 pm
From: littlebirder <littlebirder...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
I like iBird Pro


Sherry HagenVancouver, <WAlittlebirder...>
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Does anyone have suggestions for APPs that would replace the National Geographic Guide?

Mike Scuderi
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Kent, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] National Geo APP

Hi Tweets:
Many of us use the Jon Dunn National Geographic North America bird field guide on our smart devices. National Geo is no longer supporting the APP and has no plans to replace it. It "may" work until you update to Apple iOS 11. All 32-bit APPs will stop functioning with the update.

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Date: 11/14/17 12:56 pm
From: Scuderi, Michael R CIV USARMY CENWS (US) <Michael.R.Scuderi...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
Does anyone have suggestions for APPs that would replace the National Geographic Guide?

Mike Scuderi
<cotinga777...>
Kent, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] National Geo APP

Hi Tweets:
Many of us use the Jon Dunn National Geographic North America bird field guide on our smart devices. National Geo is no longer supporting the APP and has no plans to replace it. It "may" work until you update to Apple iOS 11. All 32-bit APPs will stop functioning with the update.

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Date: 11/14/17 11:01 am
From: Wally Davis <wallydavis3...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Geese and Swans in Snohomish
Just drove on highway 9 through the Snohomish River valley. Thousands of
snow geese, a few hundred Canadian geese, and a half dozen swans. The snow
geese were really close to the highway on the southbound side of the valley
south of the Snohomish River.



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Date: 11/14/17 10:04 am
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] "Red" Fox Sparrow +
Tweeters,
While scanning the many ground-feeding birds for an elusive Lincoln's Sparrow, I spotted a Red Fox Sparrow feeding in front of our "south" blackberry patch. This bird absolutely popped out from the usual Sooty types we have during the winter: reddish streaks on a gray background on the back (or is it gray streaks on a red background?); reddish overall markings; red streaks on the sides; etc.

This subspecies joins the White-throated, White-crowned, Song, "Sooty" Fox, Golden-crowned, and other emberizids we currently have here on the property.

One other bird I've seen feeding here is a Spotted Towhee that's quite differently marked from our usual type. This bird has many more bright white spots on the back, brighter white coloration, and rufous coloration that doesn't extend down the sides nearly as far as the typical Spotted Towhees we have here. Could be a Great Plains subspecies?

May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis

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Date: 11/14/17 9:05 am
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] River "S" Ridgefield (Clark County) Harris's Sparrow continues
Tweeters,

After being out of state for the last two weeks, I was glad to see the
continuing Harris's Sparrow (new Clark County bird for me) at Ridgefield
NWR this morning. As previously posted by other observers, it is with a
flock of sparrows just north of the photo blind parking lot.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim
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Battle Ground, WA
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Date: 11/14/17 6:31 am
From: Gene Bullock <genebullock...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Christmas Bird Count
Kitsap Audubon will sponsor two Christmas Bird Count circles this December, and both are open to anyone who wishes to participate (see www.kitsapaudubon.org for contact lists). Our traditional Kitsap County CBC will be on Saturday, December 16. Then on Saturday, December 30 we are reactivating a North Kitsap-Port Gamble circle that has been dormant for 18 years, which includes Point No Point and Port Ludlow. 
Contact <genebullock...> or 360-394-5635.

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Date: 11/13/17 5:53 pm
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Honk if You're Horny
Sitting alone, at the Two Room Ranch, here in Port Townsend , I was serenaded by my doorman "Mister Froggy", a Pacific Chorus Frog .Is it the same frog day after day ?- l don't know, l'm like not a scientist. Could be anybody.
Whatever, he's really looking forward to spring.
The weather sure is spectacular - horrizonal rain. Amphibian weather!

This morning , around six am, the Moon showed up briefly in the wildly moving clouds. Heading for a crescent moon, the reflection of earth shine was clearly bouncing back our way.

Jeff Gibson
Just sayin'
From,
Port Townsend Wa



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Date: 11/13/17 3:45 pm
From: Joyce Meyer <meyer2j...>
Subject: [Tweeters] National Geo APP
Hi Tweets:
Many of us use the Jon Dunn National Geographic North America bird field guide on our smart devices. National Geo is no longer supporting the APP and has no plans to replace it. It "may" work until you update to Apple iOS 11. All 32-bit APPs will stop functioning with the update.

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Date: 11/13/17 2:49 pm
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Harris’ Sparrow
Message didn’t go thru first time
Currently watching juv Harris sparrow at Seattle’s Martha Washington Park
With GC Sparrows and juncos at north end of park on Warsaw st

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Date: 11/13/17 2:41 pm
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...>
Subject: [Tweeters] HASP
At dead end of Warsaw St near the port-a-potty

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Date: 11/13/17 2:37 pm
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Harris’ Sparrow

Currently at Martha Washington Park with GC Sparrows
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Date: 11/13/17 1:37 pm
From: Pat <pcoddin...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rough Legged Hawk at Gog-Le-Hi-Te
This morning I observed a single Rough Legged Hawk at the Gig-Le-Hi-Te
Mitigated Wetland in Tacoma.

It was perched on a guard rail on the road near the far pond. It flew up as
I walked along the road, and flew across the mowed field.

It came back around a couple of times, and with the wind blowing before the
real storm came in, it was hovering over the field and seemed to be
suspended at times.

As it floated overhead, the dark patches at the "elbow" of the wings were
clearly visible, and as it maneuvered in the wind, the top of the tail
appeared white, with a black band across the tip.

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Date: 11/13/17 9:33 am
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hummingbird Riding Out a Storm at Lake Joy

>> This video, which lasts 21 seconds, shows an Anna's Hummingbird feeding on a hummingbird feeder during rather windy conditions. I observed it on the feeder for about 3 minutes and don't know how long it was there by the time that I noticed it. To the hummingbird's credit it rode the most stable part of the feeder. However, there were two unoccupied, stable feeders nearby that it could have chosen.
>>
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/24521766058/in/dateposted/
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> Hank Heiberg
> Lake Joy
> NE of Carnation, WA

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Date: 11/13/17 9:29 am
From: <quetsal48...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RE: Tweeters Digest, Vol 159, Issue 8
Not all messages.
Some days I get all the messages and some days only a few. Out of 13 today
only 4 were viewable. How can I remedy that?

Craig
Olympia

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1. Re: Flycatcher captured on trail cam in Adams County
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2. Brown?s Point Snow Bunting (H Heiberg)
3. Re: Flycatcher captured on trail cam in Adams County (Bob)
4. Re: Browns Point Snow Bunting (<plkoyama...>)
5. Re: Merlin(n)ing (Hal Michael)
6. VARC Fall Blog! (Derek Matthews)
7. Odd duck (Scott Ramos)
8. Snow Bunting @ Browns Point Lighthouse Park (Hank H)
9. Harris Sparrow at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge (Margee Cooper)
10. Eurasian Skylark & Zone-tailed Hawk at Neah Bay 11/7/2017
(Ryan Merrill)
11. RFI (Roger Moyer)
12. Harris Sparrow Ridgefield NWR, Clark Co, WA (Bob)
13. Sandy Point Snowy Ow and Snow Buntings (B B)


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Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:12:46 -0800
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Flycatcher captured on trail cam in Adams
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Looks like a Western Wood-pewee in a side profile!

Good birding, Joshua Glant
Mercer Island, WA



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> I don't know what kinds of sounds this flycatcher makes. All I have are
the photos that I've uploaded to my Flickr account. Please, if anyone has a
better sense than I of the flycatchers that are typical of the Palouse of
Washington, during mid-summer, have a look at these pictures and see if you
can make a high probability guess at the species.
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/29002564@N08/38248431231/in/dateposted-p
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Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2017 13:34:29 -0800
From: H Heiberg <h.heiberg...>
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The Snow Bunting was in the grass near the lighthouse at 1:15 today.

Hank Heiberg
Lake Joy
NE of Carnation, WA

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Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2017 21:51:39 +0000
From: Bob <rflores_2...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Flycatcher captured on trail cam in Adams
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Agree with Joshua

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

On Nov 7, 2017, at 12:13, Joshua Glant
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Looks like a Western Wood-pewee in a side profile!

Good birding, Joshua Glant
Mercer Island, WA



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I don't know what kinds of sounds this flycatcher makes. All I have are the
photos that I've uploaded to my Flickr account. Please, if anyone has a
better sense than I of the flycatchers that are typical of the Palouse of
Washington, during mid-summer, have a look at these pictures and see if you
can make a high probability guess at the species.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/29002564@N08/38248431231/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2017 14:18:22 -0800
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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Browns Point Snow Bunting
To: "Hans-Joachim Feddern" <thefedderns...>, "Tweeters"
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Because they donb

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Date: 11/13/17 7:22 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Scientists' Colorful Quest To Discover How Parrots Became Green
hello everyone,

i'll bet a lot of people don't realize the enormous impact that a common
pet parrot can have for our understanding of genetics, molecular biology,
biochemistry and development -- and how that knowledge can help medical
research.

i just shared a gorgeous multi-disciplinary study where mapping out the
origin and evolution of green coloration in budgies is helping scientists
coordinate a multi-disciplinary strategy for huntting down and
characterizing the gene for one particular trait -- yellow pigment
production, in this case:

Scientists’ Colorful Quest To Discover How Parrots Became Green
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/11/13/scientists-colorful-quest-to-discover-how-parrots-became-green/
TinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/y7zfpary

i hope you enjoy reading about this fascinating piece of research, and that
you share it amongst interested others.

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Date: 11/12/17 11:17 pm
From: Sam G Terry <sgt3...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Alki Point Mountain Chickadee, alcids
Hi tweeters,

This morning (11/12/17) Houston Flores, Adrian Lee, and I birded the Alki
Point area in West Seattle. The highlight was a Mountain Chickadee with a
mixed flock moving through the pines on Benton Pl SW just off of Beach
Drive SW.

Scoping from the lighthouse was productive though we didn't see anything
unexpected. The alcid showing was solid with 1 Ancient Murrelet, 6 Marbled
Murrelets, 3 Common Murre, 11 Pigeon Guillemot, and 4 Rhinoceros Auklet. We
also had 1 Long-tailed Duck and 4 returning Brant.

Ebird checklists from Adrian are here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40475137
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40474983

Good birding,

Sam Terry
Seattle

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Date: 11/12/17 9:37 pm
From: Nadine Drisseq <bearsmartwa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Swarovski 1.7x extender for the ATX
Hi Tweets!
I understand from past posts that it's ok to ask questions about spotting
scopes or binoculars on here...and my friend would love some feedback.

"Any thoughts on the Swarovski 1.7x extender for the ATX scope? Santa is
pondering just how generous he wants to be this year."

Thank you for any guidance,
Nadine

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Date: 11/12/17 7:40 pm
From: Scott <scottratkinson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] red-hot CLALLAM birding Sat Nov. 11 (Neah Bay)
Tweeters:


I too made the sojourn out to see the EUR. SKYLARK at Hobuck Beach, and missed--and I also missed the DICKCISSEL there

found by Penny's team/WOS folk on the field trip Saturday. But I am not complaining--I also had one certain, and a possible second, PRAIRIE FALCON out there--but that's not the best of it from the Wa'atch River Valley (check EBird). CLALLAM records for Prairie Falcon are very few--I recall Russell Rogers' report from Sequim in about '95, and Anne Winskie and I had one on the Graysmarsh Pheasant Plot a few years later as memory serves (found day before the Sequim-Dungeness CBC).


Scott Atkinson

Lake Stevens

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Date: 11/12/17 6:21 pm
From: Amy Powell <schillingera...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RE: call for CBC info on the WOS website
If you have a count circle that you would like listed on the WOS website, please email me the date and count details, I'd be happy to add it. You may see if your count info is already listed at www.wos.org/cbc

Cheers,
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Date: 11/12/17 4:45 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] rain year -- off topic
Apparently "rain year" and "water year" are not necessarily the same thing.  USGS uses Oct-Sept for the water year, but I'm not finding anything immediately on NWS and the rain year.  Good question for Cliff Mass!
https://water.usgs.gov/nwc/explain_data.html

Peggy MundyBothell, WA



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Subject: [Tweeters] rain year -- off topic

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Date: 11/12/17 4:08 pm
From: Jane Stewart <jstewart...>
Subject: [Tweeters] rain year -- off topic
Please excuse the off topic.



I know there is a measured 'rain year' (October-March?); but, cannot find
the authoritative definition.

Do you know?



Thanks,

Jane



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Date: 11/12/17 12:54 pm
From: Martin Muller <martinmuller...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Tweeters Green Lake Red-breasted Merganser
Tweeters, Louis,

In more than 20 years (1988 - 2008) of frequent Green Lake visits (including 11 years of nearly weekly censes) I have only one record of a female Red-breasted Merganser there.
October 24, 1999.
She stood out a little better since there were only 13 Common Mergansers on the lake around that time.

Nice find, Louis!

Martin Muller, Seattle
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From: Louis Kreemer <lpkreemer...><mailto:<lpkreemer...>>
Subject: [Tweeters] Green Lake Red-breasted Merganser, Carnation Osprey
Date: November 11, 2017 at 5:03:04 PM PST
To: <tweeters...><mailto:<tweeters...>>


Hi Tweeters,

I was very excited to find a female Red-breasted Merganser at Green Lake this evening. She was foraging alone for about half an hour off of Duck Island, seen from the West side fishing dock, and later joined up with the large Common Merganser flock. As there have recently been upwards of three hundred Commons on the lake, I was really hoping for a Red-breasted this winter. A first on eBird there.

On another note, I was surprised yesterday to suddenly have an Osprey fly by at Tolt MacDonald Park. It headed North up the Snoqualmie River, I suppose the abundant salmon have keep it fed.

Louis Kreemer
Seattle



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Date: 11/12/17 12:31 pm
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Cowlitz Co - Northern Shrike
Hi Tweeters,

I just found a Northern Shrike along Canal Road south of Toutle. It is very
near where the road goes up over a large double culvert. This species seems
to be less than annual in Cowlitz.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 11/12/17 12:09 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Elegant Assassins
Tweeters,

This week’s post features a closer look at one of our wintering, fish-eating bird species. Can you guess which one?

https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/11/elegant-assassins.html <https://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/11/elegant-assassins.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: 11/12/17 11:25 am
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's titles are:

1) Roadside Geology of WA (2nd edition)

2) The Quotable Darwin.

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/11/new-title_7.html

sincerely
--

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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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Date: 11/12/17 11:09 am
From: Brad Waggoner <wagtail24...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Friday and Saturday Neah Bay Highlights
Hi All,

Though the darn Zone-tailed Hawk didn't stick around until the end of
the week, there was plenty of very fine bird sightings in the Neah Bay
area to more than make up for the no-show hawk.

As Michael Hobbs previously reported on Friday, the SKYLARK and an
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW were being seen on that day until the late
afternoon. To my knowledge, both were not found yesterday.

On Friday, Ken Lane and Casey McHugh found a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH near
the car dump yard at the west end of town. Though I did not hear of any
reports of this bird from yesterday, it easily could be in the area
given the habitat and their tendency to stick around once noted in November.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and goodly numbers of Red Crossbills were easily
noted in the Hobuck Beach area on both days frequenting the abundant
spruce cone crop. White-wings were also noted in very good numbers
further south in the Tsoo-Yess beach area. It seems quite clear that an
irruption event is in full swing so checking the spruce forests all
along our Washington coast would likely pay off. Common Redpolls were
also noted in the Neah Bay area though I was not able to stumble upon any.

A lone BOHEMIAN WAXWING, noted initially by Ryan Merrill near Butler's
Motel, flew around the town a bit before arriving back near Butler's
Motel a few moments later allowing a handful of birders to view it.

Penny Rose and her WOS field trip crew found a DICKCISSEL just north of
the entrance office building of the Hobuck Beach Campground area. It was
hanging around with a flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows and it was
observed by other birders later in the early afternoon.

Charlie Wright, Ryan Merrill and I were fortunate to witness a GYRFALCON
fly quite near us in the Tsoo-Yess Beach area during mid-morning. It
continued on south up the valley.

I think that catches the list of major highlights over the last two days
up in Neah Bay.

Cheers and good birding,

Brad Waggoner

Bainbridge Island


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Date: 11/11/17 10:27 pm
From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl still present at Sandy Point
Can someone help with the location of Sandy Point and the snowy owl?  Thanks in advance.
Peggy MundyBothell, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl still present at Sandy Point

The Snowy Owl was sitting nicely on driftwood at Sandy Point today and later flew up to a neighboring rooftop. A Peregrine patrolled the area moving the turnstones and Dunlin around.
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Date: 11/11/17 8:04 pm
From: Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Messy gardens attract birds
Here’s a link to a BirdNote story that gives the lowdown on just how messy gardens favor birds.
https://www.birdnote.org/show/leave-leaves

Bob Sundstrom
Lead Writer, BirdNote

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>> We got rid of our bird seed feeders and stopped tidying our gardens in the Fall. We still get a nice variety of birds in our yard. In this video Dark-eyed Juncos eat seeds from a Siberian Sage, a Fox Sparrow does its Fox Sparrow thing and a Varied Thrush eats pyracantha berries.
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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/24468867968/in/dateposted/
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>> Lake Joy
>> NE of Carnation, WA
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Date: 11/11/17 6:25 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snohomish County Grey Jays
Dear Tweeters,
There were at least three Grey Jays feeding on what looked like a small remnant of deer carcass today, Armistice Day 2017. This was at low elevation: Sauk Prairie in Snohomish County, right at the bottom of Forest Road 24, where it intersects with Sauk Prairie Road. The meat was in the brush just five or ten meters from the right side of the road, maybe fifty meters from the road junction. A Steller's Jay was foraging with them. As the jays carried off bits of meat to eat, they'd consume it up on perches in the trees, then return for more. One could get quite close to the jays by walking up to where the meat was.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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Date: 11/11/17 5:21 pm
From: Ed Swan <edswan2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl still present at Sandy Point






The Snowy Owl was sitting nicely on driftwood at Sandy Point today and later flew up to a neighboring rooftop. A Peregrine patrolled the area moving the turnstones and Dunlin around.


Ed SwanNature writer and <guidewww.theswancompany.comedswan2...>


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Date: 11/11/17 5:05 pm
From: Louis Kreemer <lpkreemer...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Green Lake Red-breasted Merganser, Carnation Osprey
Hi Tweeters,

I was very excited to find a female Red-breasted Merganser at Green Lake
this evening. She was foraging alone for about half an hour off of Duck
Island, seen from the West side fishing dock, and later joined up with the
large Common Merganser flock. As there have recently been upwards of three
hundred Commons on the lake, I was really hoping for a Red-breasted this
winter. A first on eBird there.

On another note, I was surprised yesterday to suddenly have an Osprey fly
by at Tolt MacDonald Park. It headed North up the Snoqualmie River, I
suppose the abundant salmon have keep it fed.

Louis Kreemer
Seattle

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Date: 11/11/17 4:49 pm
From: pan <panmail...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Wilson's Warbler
Hello, Tweets,

Yesterday morning at Montlake Fill, a warbler spotted by Ben P. eventually showed itself to be a female Wilson's Warbler, which is late. The bird was in the corkscrew willow along the lake in the middle of the south side of the property probably a bit after 9 a. m. I also had Yellow-rumped and Townsend's Warblers elsewhere at the Fill (and one Townsend's Warbler at the arboretum).

In early afternoon, there were three river otters feeding off Foster Island's floating boardwalks, until a boat of bridge construction crew ran their motorboat right over their spot.

11 November, 2017,

Alan Grenon
Seattle
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Date: 11/11/17 4:28 pm
From: Matt Dufort <matt.dufort...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Leach's Storm-Petrel off Discovery Park
Hi Tweets,

This afternoon, there was a Leach's Storm-Petrel flying far out in the
Sound off Discovery Park. It disappeared into the fog and rain,
apparently headed north-northeast.

The numbers of Ancient Murrelets were impressive, with at least 32
birds, plus another 11 murrelets that were probably Ancient.

Also in the park was a single Common Redpoll, presumably the same bird
seen by Jordan Gunn yesterday. We heard it several times, flying
around near the Utah wetland and Capehart area, but never got a good
look at it.

Despite the mixed weather, it was a great day to be out!

Good birding,
Matt Dufort
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Date: 11/11/17 2:10 pm
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] With no falcons sighted, short trip to the Samish Flats still special
Once under way from Seattle to more northerly realms, the sun was the first stranger to greet me. Second was a bird on a light standard over the freeway, flicking me a tail, happily a red one, making the hawk's ID easy. Next was a Cooper's Hawk soaring over the road and on into a small copse. Until I took the Chuckanut Drive exit I saw no more "post birds" enroute to the Flats. Near Mt. Vernon, 6 long-necked white birds languidly made their way westward - SWANS ! These were the only ones I saw all afternoon.

More special sightings remained to fill the trip with deihlight - along Bayview-Edison Rd, across the road from the big tree with the Bald Eagle Nest and a few perching eagles, there were some eye-catching hawks, but no brownish falcon on a snag or flying anywhere there in the East-90 area. I pulled over in the gravel 90-degree corner, able to check and find with my binocs, the birds I'd spotted as I'd driven toward that pull-off. First, I saw a big, black flyer - a Common Raven. There were a couple of low-flying harrieresque birds skimming the fields on the north side of Bayview - Ed. Rd. Too dark with none of the available light high-lighting a white rump, hence the inexact ID. Several redtails lined the road power lines and poles, as frequently encountered out there. Then, I found a light Rough-legged Hawk in a tree way out there. Welcome back, beautiful Hawk with the swish eyeliner !

As the sun was on its way toward the horizon in its colorful glory, multiple skeins of other large, mostly white birds (though due to the setting sun, they appeared as black), wove their way toward the bay. Strange for me was that I don't recall hearing them honking. I did hear a few gunshots, though, and I was reminded that it was duck-hunting season (not sure if goose-hunting time is concurrent). I drove into the West-90 parking lot and positioned my car amongst a half-dozen hunter vehicles. All but one (no make that 2) hunters were still out in the fields I immediately caught sight of a familiar light-colored bird, flopping and flapping around and diving to the ground. I was ecstatic to find at least one Short-eared Owl at this favorite site. I had watched them for many years, along with the group that used to grace the Eide Rd. site (let's not go there ...), the Rawlins Rd. visitors and other occasionals on Fir Island . W-90 is still supporting some - we'll see how many as the seasons roll - yesterday I may have seen 2. Even though the paths started filling with returning huntsmen (and one small boy), the owl (s) seemed unperturbed by human presence. Up and down and all around... Nice :-) I watched and watched, until darkness consumed most all the light.

SEOW are one of my favorite owls - I had worried they wouldn't be found up there anymore. Feeling better now. My day was sweetened. I celebrated on the way home with fish tacos (with cheese, cabbage and delicious 'white' sauce at Taco del Mar in Burlington ! )

Maybe that Prairie Falcon will still be in the area - if not, I'll hold out hope for some still to be in Central Washington.

And no, I took no photos yesterday - it was a time for allowing the day to stimulate me in other ways. It was good !

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Date: 11/11/17 12:20 pm
From: Jim Forrester <jimf...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snow Buntings at Eide Road
?Apologies for the late notice, but we saw 4 Snow Buntings at Eide Road on Tuesday.

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Date: 11/11/17 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 12, 2017
Hello, Tweeters,

Red-tailed Hawks get mobbed! Check out the latest photo blog, courtesy of William Jobes.
https://www.birdnote.org/blog/2017/11/red-tails-get-mobbed
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Here are the BirdNote stories from last week:
* Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers
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* Amazing Feet
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* Asleep on a Perch
http://bit.ly/2haBPBR
* A Feisty Cardinal
http://bit.ly/2ytjd7i
* Leave the Leaves
http://bit.ly/2lLFwiw
* Birds of Paradise
http://bit.ly/2xZvvju
* The Oystercatcher's World
http://bit.ly/SjcWgN
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Date: 11/11/17 11:59 am
From: Hank H <h.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Messy gardens attract birds

> We got rid of our bird seed feeders and stopped tidying our gardens in the Fall. We still get a nice variety of birds in our yard. In this video Dark-eyed Juncos eat seeds from a Siberian Sage, a Fox Sparrow does its Fox Sparrow thing and a Varied Thrush eats pyracantha berries.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/24468867968/in/dateposted/
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> Hank & Karen Heiberg
> Lake Joy
> NE of Carnation, WA
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> Sent from my iPad

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Date: 11/11/17 10:50 am
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Woodland Surf Scorers
Hi Tweeters,

It's 10:40 Saturday and I'm looking at a raft of 14 Surf Scoter on the
Columbia River at Martin's Bar in the Woodland Bottoms. While this species
is annual here, this many together is unprecedented for me.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 11/11/17 8:09 am
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Skagit County Fir Island Prairie Falcon
After comparing photos of the Fir Island and the Edison Prairie Falcons, I am convinced they are different birds.


Marv Breece
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Sent: Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:31:32 AM
Subject: Skagit County Fir Island Prairie Falcon


Yesterday I watched a PRAIRIE FALCON at Hayton Preserve on Fir Island from about 9:30AM until about 10:20AM. This may or may not be the same bird reported earlier from Edison. Later, there was a Taiga MERLIN also at Hayton and a Black MERLIN along Skagit City Road. Several PEREGRINE FALCONS & AMERICAN KESTRELS made for a 4 falcon day.

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


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Date: 11/11/17 7:33 am
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit County Fir Island Prairie Falcon
Yesterday I watched a PRAIRIE FALCON at Hayton Preserve on Fir Island from about 9:30AM until about 10:20AM. This may or may not be the same bird reported earlier from Edison. Later, there was a Taiga MERLIN also at Hayton and a Black MERLIN along Skagit City Road. Several PEREGRINE FALCONS & AMERICAN KESTRELS made for a 4 falcon day.

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


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