tweeters
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3/29/17 5:21 pm Bryan Owens <obryan214...> [Tweeters] china lake & titlow
3/29/17 5:21 pm Bryan Owens <obryan214...> [Tweeters] oops
3/29/17 5:01 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] Off topic: Birds in Andean Ecuador
3/29/17 4:14 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] RFI - tent camping near Turnbull NWR
3/29/17 3:57 pm <plkoyama...> [Tweeters] Spokane--Saltese Wetlands and Stevens Co--Colville Area
3/29/17 3:41 pm Margee Cooper <margeecooper...> [Tweeters] White-tail Kite
3/29/17 3:17 pm Bud Anderson <falconresearch...> [Tweeters] New Clark guide Raptors of Mexico and Central America
3/29/17 3:05 pm John Bishop <bishopjg...> [Tweeters] Re: RFI binocular harness recommendations
3/29/17 2:41 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 3/29/17
3/29/17 12:46 pm Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Kite Update
3/29/17 8:13 am <merdave...> [Tweeters] Douglas Co. Anna's
3/29/17 7:56 am Ruby Newton <mojaveruby...> [Tweeters] Sandhill Cranes
3/29/17 7:46 am judy mullally <judyemull...> [Tweeters] RFI binocular harness recommendations
3/28/17 9:33 pm littlebirder <littlebirder...> [Tweeters] Noah Strycker Program at Vancouver Audubon
3/28/17 9:28 pm littlebirder <littlebirder...> [Tweeters] Noah Strycker to talk in Vancouver, WA
3/28/17 6:22 pm Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...> [Tweeters] Towhee diagnostics and a weird whitish West Seattle warbler
3/28/17 5:42 pm Edward Pullen <edwardpullen...> [Tweeters] Noah Stryker to speak at UPS
3/28/17 1:48 pm Lynn Wohlers <wohlers13...> [Tweeters] Thank you
3/28/17 1:25 pm David Hutchinson <florafaunabooks...> [Tweeters] Major bibliographic event
3/28/17 12:30 pm T Varela <tvarela...> [Tweeters] Question Snowy Owls at Nisqually
3/28/17 12:21 pm Ruth Godding <goddira...> Re: [Tweeters] Clarification of Directions to Union Slough Area
3/28/17 10:21 am Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Re: White-tailed Kite
3/28/17 9:59 am Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] White-tailed Kite
3/28/17 8:50 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] laughing parrots
3/27/17 9:27 pm Christina <cjt37...> [Tweeters] Carpool for Wenas Audubon camp out in May
3/27/17 8:38 pm Jack Nolan <jacknolan62...> [Tweeters] 520 Eagles??
3/27/17 8:37 pm Darlene Granberg <darlene.granberg...> [Tweeters] Question Snowy Owls at Nisqually
3/27/17 7:41 pm Bevbowe1 <bevbowe1...> [Tweeters] Caspian Tern
3/27/17 2:52 pm Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...> [Tweeters] Nikon/Tamron Camera equip / Caryn/ Wedgwood
3/27/17 11:53 am B&PBell <bellasoc...> [Tweeters] Seattle Audubon Kittitas trip
3/27/17 11:14 am Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> [Tweeters] Edmonds Sunset Ave. mystery gulls 3-26-17
3/27/17 10:01 am Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Mar. 26, 2017
3/27/17 9:36 am AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...> [Tweeters] Clarification of Directions to Union Slough Area
3/27/17 7:57 am AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...> [Tweeters] (Eurasian) Green-winged Teal @ Union Slough Restoration Area
3/27/17 12:33 am Nadine Drisseq <bearsmartwa...> [Tweeters] Wilson's Snipe, Virginia Rail
3/26/17 11:23 pm Wayne Weber <contopus...> [Tweeters] Herring spawn on west side of Point Roberts (Whatcom Co.)
3/26/17 5:08 pm Greg Pluth <gjpluth...> [Tweeters] New addition to WA Checklist!
3/26/17 3:15 pm Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...> [Tweeters] Probable White-breasted Nuthatch
3/26/17 2:47 pm Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...> [Tweeters] A monochromatic morning at Lowman Beach + a towhee question
3/26/17 12:37 pm Doug Brown <BirdBrain53...> [Tweeters] Off Topic * Belize birds
3/26/17 12:11 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
3/26/17 12:01 pm Michelle Landis <asmalllife...> [Tweeters] Golden Eagle still in Whatcom
3/26/17 11:29 am Becky S <wingsinapril...> [Tweeters] Herons appear to be returning to Medina Park
3/26/17 9:25 am Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> Re: [Tweeters] netted Hooded Merganser
3/26/17 9:17 am Scott Ramos <lsr...> [Tweeters] netted Hooded Merganser
3/25/17 8:45 pm Matt Bartels <mattxyz...> [Tweeters] WOS Mason County field trip 25 March 2017
3/25/17 8:41 pm Adam Crutcher <acrut44...> [Tweeters] Upper Cowlitz Valley
3/25/17 2:37 pm Margaret Sandelin <msand47...> [Tweeters] song sparrow and others
3/25/17 1:53 pm NEIL ZIMMERMAN <n3zims...> [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe in Discovery Park Seattle
3/25/17 1:17 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Five times is a charm! - Lk. Union Swamp Sparrow
3/25/17 12:21 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Excaliber
3/24/17 7:08 pm Deborah Allen <dallenyc...> [Tweeters] Rufous Hummingbirds - Bellingham
3/24/17 1:03 pm Janet Ray <janetlaura...> Re: [Tweeters] Subject: Birding trip to Guatemala or Cuba
3/24/17 8:57 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Playing Parrots Produce 'Contagious Laughter'
3/24/17 7:33 am Anderson, Christopher D (DFW) <Christopher.Anderson...> [Tweeters] FREE nest boxes
3/23/17 5:17 pm Diana Thompson <dianaft21...> [Tweeters] Subject: Birding trip to Guatemala or Cuba
3/23/17 4:59 pm Michelle Maani <lamoustique...> [Tweeters] A very birdy day, Vancouver area
3/23/17 3:48 pm Janka and Michael Hobbs <MJCT_Hobbs...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-03-23
3/23/17 3:25 pm Robert E Cleland <cleland...> [Tweeters] RE: Scrub Jays on UW campus
3/23/17 3:19 pm Hank Heiberg <hank.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Lake Tye Monroe Say's Phoebe
3/23/17 8:56 am Gina Ames <boisecreekfarm...> [Tweeters] Back from Ecuador
3/22/17 10:28 pm Nancy Turner <nmturner...> [Tweeters] Woodpeckers oregon
3/22/17 10:28 pm Benjamin Johnson <tiger80...> [Tweeters] Seattle-area Merlin Study
3/22/17 8:17 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 3/22/17
3/22/17 5:31 pm Vaughn Rhoden <vrhoden...> [Tweeters] Binoculars
3/22/17 5:04 pm Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Pierce Co swallows
3/22/17 3:37 pm Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...> [Tweeters] Snohomish County Rusty Blackbird
3/22/17 3:28 pm Josh Adams <xjoshx...> [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe - Lake Tye, Monroe
3/22/17 2:13 pm Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...> [Tweeters] The three cormorants
3/22/17 1:35 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] Birders are hip!
3/22/17 12:53 pm Peter Johnson <johnson...> [Tweeters] FOY Osprey Skamania County
3/22/17 12:09 pm Rick Tyler <rhtyler...> [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe at Green River
3/22/17 10:37 am Bruce <blabar...> [Tweeters] Westport Pelagic Trip, Sunday April 23?
3/22/17 10:25 am Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...> [Tweeters] Seattle Audubon and binocular repair - addendum
3/22/17 10:11 am Rick Tyler <rhtyler...> [Tweeters] Cedar River Say's Phoebe
3/22/17 9:25 am Patricia Smith <patriciacanrightsmith...> [Tweeters] Red wing blackbirds
3/22/17 3:45 am Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> [Tweeters] the program of which 5H is a part
3/21/17 8:37 pm Randy Hill <re_hill...> RE: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe @ Lake Joy
3/21/17 6:40 pm hank.heiberg <hank.heiberg...> [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe @ Lake Joy
3/21/17 6:31 pm Catherine <cma...> Re: [Tweeters] after sighting a banded/tagged bird, then what?
3/21/17 6:06 pm Ed Swan <edswan2...> [Tweeters] Vashon Say's Phoebe
3/21/17 5:37 pm Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> [Tweeters] after sighting a banded/tagged bird, then what?
3/21/17 3:25 pm Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...> [Tweeters] Who Say's birding is easy?
3/21/17 3:21 pm Gina Ames <boisecreekfarm...> [Tweeters] FOY Goldfinch, Violet-Green Swallows, and Rare Says Phoebe
3/21/17 1:45 pm William <wrboyington...> [Tweeters] Phoebes in so. King County
3/21/17 12:53 pm Diann MacRae <tvulture...> [Tweeters] Band-tailed pigeon
3/21/17 11:25 am Neil Johannsen <neil.johannsen...> [Tweeters] Winslow, Bainbridge Island
3/21/17 10:33 am Twink Coffman <wilber4818...> Re: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
3/20/17 9:13 pm Randy Hill <re_hill...> [Tweeters] crane talk and FOYs
3/20/17 8:04 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Washington Ornithological Society Program for Monday April 3rd - Ed Deal - Seattle's Adaptable Urban Cooper's Hawks
3/20/17 7:33 pm McComb Gardens <info...> RE: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
3/20/17 7:25 pm Paul Baerny <pbaerny...> Re: [Tweeters] Black Phoebe still present in Kent (King Co) [3/20/17]
3/20/17 6:58 pm Patricia Quyle Grainger <paq...> Re: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
3/20/17 5:57 pm William Thacker <twxster...> [Tweeters] HOOD CANAL
3/20/17 5:33 pm McComb Gardens <info...> RE: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
3/20/17 5:09 pm Matt Bartels <mattxyz...> [Tweeters] Black Phoebe still present in Kent (King Co) [3/20/17]
3/20/17 2:48 pm <jmeredit...> [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
3/20/17 12:25 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Summer Supplements
3/20/17 11:35 am Bruce LaBar <blabar...> [Tweeters] Westport Pelagic, March 19, 2017. PARAKEET AUKLET
3/20/17 11:05 am Grace Oliver <grace.ollie...> [Tweeters] Re: Rusty Blackbird Bellingham - YES
3/20/17 11:01 am Grace Oliver <grace.ollie...> [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird Bellingham - NO
3/20/17 10:06 am B&PBell <bellasoc...> [Tweeters] Eastside Audubon trip to Kittitas sage
3/19/17 11:38 pm Sam G Terry <sgt3...> [Tweeters] South King County 3/19/17
3/19/17 11:27 pm Eric Heisey <magicman32...> [Tweeters] Yakima County Big Day (March 19)
3/19/17 10:35 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] The Rusty Blackbird and the Eared Grebe - and a Blog Post on Those and a Lot of Birds with Red Eyes
3/19/17 9:12 pm hank.heiberg <hank.heiberg...> [Tweeters] OT: Birding Santa Barbara
3/19/17 7:40 pm Gerry Ellis <gerry...> [Tweeters] Osprey arrival
3/19/17 7:20 pm Bud Anderson <falconresearch...> [Tweeters] Turkey Vulture today, Fir Island, Skagit County
3/19/17 6:57 pm Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...> [Tweeters] Skagit Snow Geese Motherlode and a few Raptors too (No Gyr!!) / Caryn / Wedgwood
3/19/17 4:50 pm Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...> [Tweeters] One lifer, one WAfer, and one... RentonFer?
3/19/17 4:29 pm Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> Re: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe at cedar river mouth
3/19/17 3:05 pm Qinglin Ma <qinglineric...> [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe at cedar river mouth
3/19/17 1:18 pm Steve Krival <stevekrival...> [Tweeters] Junco with a collar (Kelly McAllister)
3/19/17 12:21 pm Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> [Tweeters] Roughlegged Hawk w/wing tags seen near Edison
3/19/17 12:14 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
3/19/17 10:57 am Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Re: Rusty Bbird
3/19/17 10:44 am <magma1306...> [Tweeters] Bellingham Rusty Blackbird YES
3/19/17 10:41 am Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Rusty Bbird
3/19/17 10:33 am Dee Dee <deedeeknit...> [Tweeters] Edmonds Turkey Vultures
3/19/17 9:30 am Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...> [Tweeters] Edmonds Black-legged Kittiwake
3/19/17 9:28 am Dusty Bleher <TweeterReader...> RE: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
3/19/17 9:08 am B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird
3/18/17 9:33 pm Josh Hayes <Coralliophila...> RE: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
3/18/17 7:31 pm Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...> Re: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
3/18/17 6:29 pm Tom Mansfield <birds...> [Tweeters] Snohomish County Prairie Falcon
3/18/17 5:33 pm Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...> [Tweeters] More FOYs this week - orange and white
3/18/17 4:59 pm Josh Adams <xjoshx...> [Tweeters] Turkey Vultures and other signs of spring
3/18/17 4:42 pm Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...> [Tweeters] Fwd: Rusty Blackbird currently at Costco in Bellingham
3/18/17 4:03 pm Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...> [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird currently at Costco
3/18/17 3:29 pm Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...> [Tweeters] Snohomish birding
3/18/17 3:13 pm Devon Comstock <devonc78...> Re: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
3/18/17 2:21 pm Lynn Wohlers <wohlers13...> [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
3/18/17 2:13 pm Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...> [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird Continue
3/18/17 12:29 pm <plkoyama...> [Tweeters] Snohomish MT Bluebird-no; Seattle Swamp Sparrow-yes
3/18/17 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellen...> [Tweeters] BirdNote - Last week & the week of Mar. 19, 2017
3/18/17 12:03 pm Wayne Weber <contopus...> [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird in Bellingham
3/18/17 10:52 am Gerry Ellis <gerry...> [Tweeters] California Gulls along the Columbia River
3/18/17 10:17 am Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...> [Tweeters] Sergio Siepke presentation / Caryn / Wedgwood
3/17/17 10:29 pm B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] Two Long Crazy Days - East and South
3/17/17 7:05 pm Marv Breece <marvbreece...> [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbirds
3/17/17 3:49 pm Charles Desilets <csdesilets...> [Tweeters] Scrub-Jay still on Gunn Road Mt. Vernon
3/17/17 2:37 pm Scott Ramos <lsr...> [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 17 March 2017
3/17/17 1:57 pm Kelly McAllister <mcallisters4...> [Tweeters] Junco with a collar and Hogum Bay black phoebe
3/17/17 11:33 am cjflick <flick...> [Tweeters] Rufous Hummingbird - March 16 - White Salmon
3/17/17 10:01 am Constance Sidles <constancesidles...> [Tweeters] Happy St. Patrick's Day
3/16/17 9:21 pm Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> Re: [Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 3-16-2017
3/16/17 9:13 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> [Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 3-16-2017
3/16/17 6:23 pm Ruth Richards <rgrichards7...> [Tweeters] Mountain Bluebird on Whidbey
3/16/17 5:57 pm Linda Clark <clark5080...> [Tweeters] Nisqually
3/16/17 4:28 pm J Christian Kessler <1northraven...> [Tweeters] Yesler Swamp this morning
3/16/17 3:20 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-03-16
3/16/17 10:41 am Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> [Tweeters] Nisqually Wednesday Walk - 3/15/2017
3/16/17 9:21 am Josh Adams <xjoshx...> [Tweeters] Mountain Bluebird -Short School Rd near Snohomish
3/16/17 9:01 am Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...> [Tweeters] Heronry in West Seattle
3/16/17 7:14 am LARRY BAXTER <natural.world.explorer...> [Tweeters] RFI: Fish Springs NWR in Utah
3/15/17 8:07 pm <dlmoor2...> [Tweeters] FOY rufous
3/15/17 7:22 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Hummers
3/15/17 6:49 pm Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...> [Tweeters] FOY Coopers' Hawk territorial calls + FOY Purple Finch 2 parted call notes + Barred Owl vocalizations + bird habitat news
3/15/17 3:39 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> Re: [Tweeters] Kim Thorburn
3/15/17 2:57 pm Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...> Re: [Tweeters] FOY Rufous Hummingbird Skamania County
3/15/17 2:41 pm Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> [Tweeters] In praise of New Mexico
3/15/17 12:30 pm Peter Johnson <johnson...> [Tweeters] FOY Rufous Hummingbird Skamania County
3/15/17 11:58 am Marjie Dellinger <mardell4243...> [Tweeters] (no subject)
3/15/17 9:54 am <merdave...> [Tweeters] Kim Thorburn
3/15/17 9:48 am Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] FOY male Rufous Hummingbird in Wedgwood, Seattle
3/15/17 9:26 am Bruce <blabar...> [Tweeters] Westport Pelagic Trip, March 19th
3/15/17 8:04 am Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser <whitney.n.k...> [Tweeters] Seeking good gardens/yards for birds in the Seattle area
3/14/17 8:34 pm Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> Re: [Tweeters] Skamania FOY Rufous Hummingbird
3/14/17 6:57 pm Patricia Quyle Grainger <paq...> Re: [Tweeters] Skamania FOY Rufous Hummingbird
3/14/17 6:57 pm Scott Stafford <scott.stafford...> [Tweeters] "Storm" American Wigeon
3/14/17 6:17 pm <johntubbs...> Re: [Tweeters] Skamania FOY Rufous Hummingbird
3/14/17 5:49 pm Steve Pink <pirangas...> [Tweeters] Black Scoters at Edmonds
3/14/17 5:46 pm Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...> [Tweeters] Skamania FOY Rufous Hummingbird
3/14/17 5:09 pm <MEYER2J...> [Tweeters] Male Rufous Hummingbird
3/14/17 5:04 pm Margee Cooper <margeecooper...> [Tweeters] Sandhill Cranes in Woodland
3/14/17 1:49 pm Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> Re: [Tweeters] Hawk Identification
3/14/17 1:21 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Black Scoters in Edmonds
3/14/17 12:25 pm Mason Flint <masonflint...> [Tweeters] Bird Note Clarification/New Mexico birding PSA
3/14/17 7:19 am Hal Michael <ucd880...> Re: [Tweeters] Chickadee nesting date?
3/13/17 11:01 pm Gene Beall <gene.beall...> RE: [Tweeters] ACCIPITER ID
3/13/17 10:21 pm Mike Blue <miblu...> [Tweeters] Renton yard birds today
3/13/17 9:33 pm Josh Hayes <Coralliophila...> [Tweeters] Chickadee nesting date?
3/13/17 8:57 pm <falcophile...> [Tweeters] ACCIPITER ID
3/13/17 8:41 pm Joe Mackie <joemackie.14...> RE: [Tweeters] Sharp-shinned vs Cooper's Hawk ID
3/13/17 8:33 pm Joe Mackie <joemackie.14...> RE: [Tweeters] Strange looking Bushtit question
3/13/17 8:13 pm Gene Beall <gene.beall...> [Tweeters] Sharp-shinned vs Cooper's Hawk ID
3/13/17 7:21 pm Steve Krival <stevekrival...> [Tweeters] RE: Magnuson Bushtit Oddity
3/13/17 6:24 pm Rosemary Hitchens <rosemarythitchens...> [Tweeters] Hawk Identification
3/13/17 6:01 pm Michelle Landis <asmalllife...> [Tweeters] Golden Eagle in Whatcom county
3/13/17 4:57 pm Wayne Palsson <wpalsson...> [Tweeters] Dozens of Violet-green Swallows-North Magnuson Park
3/13/17 4:50 pm Steve Krival <stevekrival...> [Tweeters] Strange looking Bushtit question
3/13/17 2:57 pm Mike R. <ramosmike79...> [Tweeters] Tagged Red-tailed Hawk in Bellingham and other goodies
3/13/17 2:53 pm Gary cummins <casacummins...> [Tweeters] FOY Rufous
3/13/17 1:13 pm Keith Williamson <keithwilliamson8...> RE: [Tweeters] Skagit map query
3/13/17 10:25 am Derek Matthews <Derek.Matthews...> [Tweeters] VARC Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops
3/13/17 7:03 am Pamela Myers <pamelapiwo6813...> [Tweeters] FOY Rufous
3/12/17 4:38 pm Diann MacRae <tvulture...> [Tweeters] Skagit map query
3/12/17 12:45 pm Twink Coffman <wilber4818...> [Tweeters] March 18 at 7 PM at Bellingham library... Hawk watching....
3/12/17 12:17 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
3/12/17 10:18 am Jamie Acker <owler...> [Tweeters] First female Rufous
3/11/17 7:01 pm Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> [Tweeters] Re: Battle Ground, Clark County birding
3/11/17 5:48 pm Cathy Scott <catsatbow...> [Tweeters] First Mail Rufous Spotted 3/11/16. Edge of Samish Flats/Padilla Bay
3/11/17 1:29 pm LARRY BAXTER <natural.world.explorer...> [Tweeters] Varied Thrush in yard on Camano
3/11/17 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...> [Tweeters] BirdNote - Last week & the week of Mar. 12 2017
3/11/17 11:02 am <pmattocks...> [Tweeters] Fwd: Another vent cap product
3/11/17 11:01 am <pmattocks...> [Tweeters] Fwd: Re: Screened vent by USFS
3/11/17 10:33 am Gary Bullock <gbullockak...> [Tweeters] The Owl in the Toilet
3/10/17 7:21 pm Mary Bond <marybond11...> [Tweeters] Birds on radar tonight
3/10/17 5:05 pm Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> [Tweeters] Widegon
3/10/17 4:50 pm Michelle Maani <lamoustique...> [Tweeters] Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker
3/10/17 12:41 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch | Ringers
3/10/17 12:10 pm Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> [Tweeters] Battle Ground, Clark County birding
3/10/17 12:09 pm Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...> [Tweeters] Western Field Ornithologists Youth Scholarships.
3/10/17 9:09 am Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...> Re: [Tweeters] Re: Ibis Identification error in cranky Louisiana post
3/10/17 8:33 am Mary Metz <maryjmetz...> [Tweeters] Yellowknife
3/10/17 7:45 am mary hrudkaj <mch1096...> [Tweeters] Swans overwintering in Elma area
3/10/17 7:25 am <MEYER2J...> [Tweeters] Western Field Ornithologists Youth Scholarships
3/9/17 9:43 pm Matthew Dufort <matt.dufort...> [Tweeters] Re: Ibis Identification error in cranky Louisiana post
3/9/17 9:04 pm Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Ibis Identification error in cranky Louisiana post
3/9/17 7:49 pm ELIZABETH THOMPSON <calliopehb...> Re: [Tweeters] Bino selection
3/9/17 6:01 pm Dusty Bleher <TweeterReader...> RE: [Tweeters] Binoculars
3/9/17 4:57 pm Hal Opperman <halop...> [Tweeters] [ADMIN] Re: "cranky complaint"
3/9/17 4:05 pm Marcus Roening <marcus...> [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe - Tacoma Brown's Point Lighthouse
3/9/17 4:01 pm Matt Bartels <mattxyz...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-03-09
3/9/17 3:45 pm B&PBell <bellasoc...> [Tweeters] Marymoor 9 March 2017
3/9/17 3:29 pm B&PBell <bellasoc...> RE: [Tweeters] Binoculars
3/9/17 2:45 pm NEIL ZIMMERMAN <n3zims...> [Tweeters] Bino selection
3/9/17 2:37 pm Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser <whitney.n.k...> [Tweeters] Discovery Park Public Meeting for the Draft Grasslands and Thicket Management Plan TONIGHT
3/9/17 1:57 pm Doug Will <diwill...> [Tweeters] Binoculars
3/9/17 1:54 pm Ed Swan <Edswan2...> [Tweeters] 64 species for WOS Vashon Island field trip yesterday
3/9/17 1:49 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull? - not this morning!
3/9/17 12:32 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 3/8/17
3/9/17 11:50 am Josh Adams <xjoshx...> RE: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
3/9/17 11:41 am Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> [Tweeters] Louisiana bird shots and a cranky complaint
3/9/17 11:09 am Twink Coffman <wilber4818...> [Tweeters] WOW Birding festival... MAR 10/11/12
3/9/17 5:08 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] does anyone have photos of a "brewster's warbler" i can use?
3/9/17 12:01 am ray holden <rayleeholden...> Re: [Tweeters] binoculars
3/8/17 8:37 pm Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull
3/8/17 7:17 pm noelle c <noellesculpt...> [Tweeters] White-headed woodpecker
3/8/17 4:49 pm David Poortinga <dpoortinga...> [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull, Everett
3/8/17 4:06 pm LARRY BAXTER <natural.world.explorer...> [Tweeters] First Rufous Hummer arrives on Camano Island
3/8/17 2:50 pm B&PBell <bellasoc...> [Tweeters] Eastside Audubon trip to So. King county
3/8/17 2:34 pm Jeremy Davis <davisjp23...> [Tweeters] Binoculars
3/8/17 2:06 pm Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> [Tweeters] Re: Raptor in Boeing warehouse
3/7/17 9:23 pm <falcophile...> [Tweeters] Re: Raptor in Boeing warehouse
3/7/17 7:45 pm Dusty Bleher <TweeterReader...> RE: [Tweeters] Photos of new Zealand birds
3/7/17 7:13 pm <jeffjendro...> [Tweeters] Photos of new Zealand birds
3/7/17 4:25 pm mark girling <markgirling...> [Tweeters] Boeing Peregrin Falcon
3/7/17 3:05 pm Diann MacRae <tvulture...> [Tweeters] binoculars
3/7/17 3:01 pm J Christian Kessler <1northraven...> Re: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
3/7/17 2:39 pm Devon Comstock <devonc78...> Re: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
3/7/17 1:06 pm J Christian Kessler <1northraven...> Re: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
3/7/17 11:41 am Dusty Bleher <TweeterReader...> [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
3/7/17 9:21 am Josh Adams <xjoshx...> RE: [Tweeters] second-hand Snohomish County egret report
3/6/17 7:53 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] second-hand Snohomish County egret report
3/6/17 5:05 pm Dave Templeton <crazydave65...> [Tweeters] collared doves in fall city, sno-falls peregrines warming up
3/6/17 2:18 pm Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] stunning bird photography
3/6/17 9:06 am Philip Dickinson <pdickins...> Re: [Tweeters] first birds to ever visit my bird feeders at my house!
3/6/17 5:46 am Dan Reiff, PhD <notcalm...> [Tweeters] NPR: Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast
3/6/17 5:29 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] first birds to ever visit my bird feeders at my house!
3/5/17 8:08 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Cross-billed Finch in Edmonds??
3/5/17 5:16 pm Pamela Girres <girresp...> [Tweeters] Black Phoebe waterworks garden renton
3/5/17 2:41 pm David Poortinga <dpoortinga...> [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe, Kent
3/5/17 2:09 pm Gerry Ellis <gerry...> [Tweeters] Tree Swallows back
3/5/17 1:32 pm Rex Takasugi <RexTak...> [Tweeters] Good time to view the Great Blue Herons on Soos Creek Trail
3/5/17 1:21 pm Josh Hayes <Coralliophila...> [Tweeters] Tagged hawk with badly hooked bill
3/5/17 12:35 pm Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
3/5/17 12:09 pm Sam Sudar <sudar.sam...> [Tweeters] Uh-oh, no Black Phoebe in Umatilla County
3/5/17 10:29 am Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...> [Tweeters] Hummer update / Caryn / Wedgwood
3/5/17 10:13 am Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...> [Tweeters] CBS Sunday morning - Sandpipers
3/4/17 8:44 pm dick <dick...> [Tweeters] Lead ammunition ban overturned by Zinke
3/4/17 12:13 pm Hubbell <ldhubbell...> [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch | Coyote Karma
3/4/17 12:05 pm Ellen Blackstone <ellen...> [Tweeters] BirdNote - Last week & the week of Mar. 5 2017
3/4/17 10:50 am Caryn Schutzler <BLUEDARNER1...> [Tweeters] Hummer update / Caryn / Wedgwood
3/4/17 9:17 am Robert C. Faucett <rfaucett...> Re: [Tweeters] Tweeters subscription
3/4/17 9:13 am Grace and Ollie <grace.ollie...> [Tweeters] Tweeters subscription
3/3/17 9:23 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Conconully to Timentwa today
3/3/17 5:33 pm Twink Coffman <wilber4818...> [Tweeters] Whatcom County WATER concerns gettogether
3/3/17 4:06 pm Dayna yalowicki <dlwicki...> [Tweeters] Re: Birdseed
3/3/17 9:25 am Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus...> Re: [Tweeters] Birdseed
3/3/17 7:45 am B B <birder4184...> [Tweeters] A Different Kind of Blog Post
3/2/17 11:07 pm Bud Anderson <falconresearch...> [Tweeters] White 5H Wing-tagged Rough-leg at the West 90 on the Samish Flats
3/2/17 9:41 pm Josh Adams <xjoshx...> RE: [Tweeters] Birdseed
3/2/17 9:09 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Okanogan Oddness?
3/2/17 8:27 pm Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> Re: [Tweeters] Birdseed
3/2/17 8:07 pm <dlmoor2...> [Tweeters] re: birdseed
3/2/17 7:19 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> Re: [Tweeters] Birdseed
3/2/17 6:53 pm Jeff Kozma <jcr_5105...> RE: [Tweeters] Birdseed
3/2/17 6:19 pm Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-03-02
3/2/17 6:13 pm Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...> [Tweeters] Camano Island Swan Carcass
3/2/17 6:09 pm ck park <travelgirl.fics...> Re: [Tweeters] Birdseed
3/2/17 4:13 pm Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> [Tweeters] Birdseed
3/2/17 12:25 pm Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...> [Tweeters] Edmonds Sunset Ave. common merganser 3-1-17
3/2/17 8:20 am Witter, Michael <Michael.Witter...> [Tweeters] Killdeer nest
3/1/17 6:09 pm J. Acker <owler...> [Tweeters] First Rufous Hummingbird
3/1/17 3:21 pm Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 3/1/17
3/1/17 3:01 pm cjflick <flick...> [Tweeters] Band-tailed Pigeon Show UP in White Salmon, WA
3/1/17 1:42 pm <falcophile...> [Tweeters] RFI - URBAN COOPER'S HAWK SIGHTINGS
3/1/17 11:46 am Jud Scovill <judscovill11...> [Tweeters] Bird Guides in Prague
3/1/17 11:40 am Twink Coffman <wilber4818...> [Tweeters] north cascades audubon society newsletter MARCH
3/1/17 11:14 am Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...> [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe
3/1/17 8:35 am Bruce Lagerquist <runningdoggie...> [Tweeters] Penguins as Rarities
3/1/17 8:22 am Jeff Kozma <jcr_5105...> RE: [Tweeters] Extreme Heat Threatens Desert Songbirds With Death By Dehydration
3/1/17 8:21 am Matt Bartels <mattxyz...> Re: [Tweeters] Penguin records for North America?
3/1/17 1:42 am Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...> [Tweeters] Extreme Heat Threatens Desert Songbirds With Death By Dehydration
2/28/17 6:25 pm Matt Bartels <mattxyz...> Re: [Tweeters] Penguin records for North America?
2/28/17 4:51 pm Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> [Tweeters] Okanogan reports?
2/28/17 4:42 pm Dan Victor <dvictor06...> [Tweeters] Fwd: Penguin records for North America?
2/28/17 3:37 pm Sharon Cormier-Aagaard <scormieraa001...> [Tweeters] eBird Report - Lake Sammamish State Park, Feb 24, 2017
2/28/17 1:25 pm Wendy Walker <wendianajones...> [Tweeters] Hawkwatching Around the World presentations in Seattle and Bellingham - Sergio Seipke
2/28/17 1:10 pm Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...> Re: [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
2/28/17 12:33 pm Kim L Middleton <kim...> [Tweeters] Hybrid flickers
2/28/17 12:05 pm Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> [Tweeters] Recent and fairly constant yard birds
2/28/17 12:05 pm Warren Clemans <wumpusbear...> [Tweeters] Downtown Seattle Peregrines
2/28/17 12:01 pm Mark Robinson <blobbybirdman...> Re: [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
2/28/17 12:01 pm Hal Michael <ucd880...> Re: [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
2/28/17 11:53 am Margaret Sandelin <msand47...> [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
2/28/17 11:30 am Faye McAdams Hands <zest4parus...> [Tweeters] Bird Postcard Stamps!
2/27/17 6:51 pm Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...> [Tweeters] Re Blue-winged teal at Magnusson Park
2/27/17 6:41 pm Matthew Dufort <matt.dufort...> Re: [Tweeters] Magnuson park-Blue-winged Teal
2/27/17 6:25 pm B B <birder4184...> Re: [Tweeters] Magnuson park-Blue-winged Teal
2/27/17 6:09 pm Scott Ramos <lsr...> Re: [Tweeters] Magnuson park-Blue-winged Teal
2/27/17 6:00 pm Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...> [Tweeters] Skagit Scrub Jays
2/27/17 3:33 pm Wayne Palsson <wpalsson...> [Tweeters] Magnuson park-Blue-winged Teal
2/27/17 2:49 pm Linda Phillips <linda_phillips1252...> [Tweeters] Merlin, Common Merganser and Dipper at Wallace Swamp Creek Park
2/27/17 1:57 pm Byers <byers345...> [Tweeters] Chestnut-backed Chickadee honored us with a visit
2/27/17 1:54 pm Hal Opperman <halop...> Re: [Tweeters] How many Tweeters? + Raven
2/27/17 1:33 pm Ted Ryan <coffeemonkey101...> [Tweeters] Thrushes, Finches and Chickadees
2/27/17 1:05 pm Robert C. Faucett <rfaucett...> Re: [Tweeters] How many Tweeters? + Raven
2/27/17 1:04 pm Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...> [Tweeters] How many Tweeters? + Raven
2/27/17 9:13 am Margaret Sandelin <msand47...> [Tweeters] Magnuson park
2/27/17 7:25 am Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...> [Tweeters] Here we go again! Snow Falling on Hummers
2/27/17 4:50 am Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> RE: [Tweeters] Boe Rd. 2/25/17
 
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Date: 3/29/17 5:21 pm
From: Bryan Owens <obryan214...>
Subject: [Tweeters] china lake & titlow

Hello,Been awhile since I posted here. Started a walk down at Titlow Park in Tacoma.  American and a couple Eurasian Widgeons, 2 eagles, several Goldeneye and some Hooded Mergansers were around. Saw my first hummingbird of the year but didn't get a good look at it. Buzzed by to quickly near the blackberry bushes along the train tracks by the tide gate.China lake had some Mallards,  Bufflehead, Robins and Ring Neck Ducks which were in the farthest pond from the parking area. I heard some Red Wing Blackbirds too but didn't see them. Found a Robins nest but may have been an old one. Some frogs were along the water.  Several parts of the trails are under water right now.
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Date: 3/29/17 5:21 pm
From: Bryan Owens <obryan214...>
Subject: [Tweeters] oops
Think I wrote ring neck instead of ring billed ducks. Meant the other.
Bryan <OwensTacomaobryan214...>

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Date: 3/29/17 5:01 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Off topic: Birds in Andean Ecuador
Hi Tweeters,

Those of you who have been to Ecuador know that it is not a
large country-only about the size of Colorado. Nonetheless, it features a
huge amount of biodiversity in both plants and animals. There are about
1620 species of birds that live mostly in Ecuador, or come and go in
migration. The country is on the Pacific Ocean, but not far inland the
Andes mountains cut through the country and some of the 29 volcanoes (not
including the Galapagos) reach altitudes of over 20,000 feet. From the
Andes, the land slopes down to the Amazon basin, only a few hundred feet
above sea level.

All of these geographical and biological details make for
interesting birding. Bill and I completed a trip to the Andean part of
Ecuador last week, staying in two mid-level lodges, San Isidro and
Wildsumaco. Many of the birds we saw there could be seen up and down the
Andes, north into Colombia or south into Peru. The weather was dramatic,
featuring clouds and mist or ferocious thunder storms and wind.
Nonetheless, in between storms, we got in hours of birding every day. Our
guide kept insisting that the birding was worse when the weather was nice.
We didn't have enough really sunny weather to find out. Taking pictures in
a rain forest is challenging. The lighting is often dark and the birds are
generally shy. We persevered though and took enough pictures for an album
on Flickr. If you are interesting in having a look at our photographic
haul, please click on the link here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/albums/72157678600428294



Happy birding, Charlotte Byers, Seattle


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Date: 3/29/17 4:14 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI - tent camping near Turnbull NWR
Does anyone know of tent camping locations near Cheney? Planning a trip out there in May.

Thanks

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Date: 3/29/17 3:57 pm
From: <plkoyama...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Spokane--Saltese Wetlands and Stevens Co--Colville Area
Tweets and “Inlands,”
David and I made a quick trip to E WA in weather that was no better than on the “wet side,” with a plan to score a few winter waterfowl in Spokane and Stevens Counties. Thanks to Tim O’Brien’s postings on the Saltese Wetlands in the Spokane Valley (Barker Exit off I-90), on Mon. 3/27 we were able to get three Code 3 waterfowl species—Cackling Geese (several), Eurasian Wigeon (one with AMWIs at the east end of the wetland) and Greater White-fronted Goose (one in a field on the north side of the lake, seen from the road), plus several Code 2 CA Gulls with many Ring-billed Gulls. Especially helpful was Tim’s note that the best wetland views are upon entering the housing development, which we did from Barker at, I think, 21st—there is a loop gravel road that goes much closer to the wetlands than any of the surrounding paved roads. The area was loaded with other dabbling waterfowl and we saw a very bright Savannah Sparrow, our first of the season. It is a great site, though unknown to us whether it is always so bird-rich or if this is an odd year due to the record snowmelt/rainfall in the area. We exited on Henry, where the uplands look like they could be good later in spring--we were glad to see a pair of Western Bluebirds, always a day-brightener.

Then we headed for Stevens Co, checking out the flooded fields from Springdale to Chewelah, picking up nothing new but a Northern Harrier by the “2 small ponds” (from the Birding Guide to WA) that are now big ponds, but didn’t see anything new until getting back to Hwy 395 north of Valley, where we noted swans in one of the fields—Tundras. There could have been a couple of Trumps, but the scoping was too precarious at the edge of the road, even pulled over at a wide spot by a bridge/culvert. The whole area was frustrating due to every “real” lake being frozen—Waitts and any near Colville, including those in the Little Pend Oreille NWR. Around Colville the completely flooded fields caused wide dispersal of waterfowl. Locals say they have never seen flooding like this before and a few people are still in motels. We watched one woman on Oakshott Rd (near the usually-reliable treatment plant) step off her partially covered front porch into thigh-high water. We had planned to bird north of Colville towards Kettle Falls, but Hwy 395 was closed due to a slide. It’s rough over there, and was raining when we left yesterday a.m. We had our usual great dinner at Tony’s Italian Restaurant, which made Colville still worth the trip! And there was some sun on Mon. reminding us that Stevens Co is one of our most beautiful.
Penny Koyama, Bothell
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Date: 3/29/17 3:41 pm
From: Margee Cooper <margeecooper...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-tail Kite
Re-found the whitetail Kite that Russ found yesterday on Barlow Point road
in west Longview.
Met Russ for the first time this morning @ the spotting area but we had no
joy seeing the Kite. I came back out around 3:00 and got a good look but
the bird was to far to reach even with my 500mm lens. Put a 1:4
teleconverter and could see it better but still no good pics. (Too much
rain.)
On to Woodland river bottom to see what's shaking down there. Thanks Russ!
Margee

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Date: 3/29/17 3:17 pm
From: Bud Anderson <falconresearch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] New Clark guide Raptors of Mexico and Central America
To me, this is Bill's best field guide yet. Just tested it on
Orange-breasted Falcons in Belize and it was superb.

Our guides were also raving about it and I can see why.

John Schmitts plates are worth the price alone.

Big thumbs up.

Bud

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Date: 3/29/17 3:05 pm
From: John Bishop <bishopjg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: RFI binocular harness recommendations
We have been using Rick Young Outdoor bin harnesses for several years on Zeiss and Nikon Monarch binoculars, and we love them. More versatile, take less space, and they don’t bounce as much as the other chest harness systems we’ve used. We even bought one for our camera.

http://rickyoungoutdoors.com/basic-ultra-light-bino-harness/ <http://rickyoungoutdoors.com/basic-ultra-light-bino-harness/>

Subject: RFI binocular harness recommendations
Date: Wed Mar 29 2017 9:43 am
From: judyemull AT yahoo.com

My harness broke again and is past my repair ability. I went to Amazon to research what's available. In reading the reviews on each, almost every one had negative comments about durability, fastened strength or shape etc. Does anyone have a good recommendation? I walk a lot as I carry my bins so I don't like getting thumped by using neck strap types.



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Date: 3/29/17 2:41 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 3/29/17
Tweets,

Today 16 of us braved the conditions and walked Nisqually. The forecast was
worse than the actual weather, but I was not prepared for the wind out on
the estuary dike. We had a 0.6 low tide at 1:34 so lots of mud in the
reclamation area.

The tide was way in when we started the walk and we had FOY WOOD DUCKS fly
in near the Ed Center. We also got buzzed by a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
there, A bit later we observed a female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD that appeared to
be drinking beads of rein off a small fir tree.

There were lots of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS about and not much else in the
way of passerines. Waterfowl were scattered on the ample ponds throughout
the refuge.

There is still one GREAT-HORNED OWL near the nest tree but still no signs
of successful nesting.

There were plenty of swallows about, mostly VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, with a
few TREE SWALLOWS thrown in. A couple of BARN SWALLOWS were also seen.

For the day I had 40 species and now have 78 for the year. WOOD DUCK and
BARN SWALLOW being new for the year. Mammals seen were COTTONTAILED RABBIT
and RIVER OTTER.

Until next week.....

Phil Kelley
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Date: 3/29/17 12:46 pm
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kite Update
Hi Tweeters,

The White-tailed Kite is currently being seen at the same Barlow Point spot
as the past two days. A search around 9:30 was fruitless however.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 3/29/17 8:13 am
From: <merdave...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Douglas Co. Anna's

Good Morning, About a week ago, just for fun, I hung a hummingbird feeder
in my kitchen window. Imagine my surprise this a.m. when I saw a MALE
Anna's drinking from it!!! I have lived here since 1970 and to my
knowledge have never had a male Anna's in the yard, and a female only a
very few times. And of course, I've never seen one this early, because I
didn't have a feeder up. I hope this is a sign of good birds to come.
Meredith Spencer, Bridgeport

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Date: 3/29/17 7:56 am
From: Ruby Newton <mojaveruby...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sandhill Cranes

Does anyone have any current information on the Sandhill Cranes over near Othello?


We may not be able to get there this weekend and have been wondering about the 8th and 9th of April.


Thank You,


Ruby

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Date: 3/29/17 7:46 am
From: judy mullally <judyemull...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI binocular harness recommendations
My harness broke again and is past my repair ability. I went to Amazon to research what's available. In reading the reviews on each, almost every one had negative comments about durability, fastened strength or shape etc. Does anyone have a good recommendation? I walk a lot as I carry my bins so I don't like getting thumped by using neck strap types.

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Date: 3/28/17 9:33 pm
From: littlebirder <littlebirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Noah Strycker Program at Vancouver Audubon
I forgot the date:   April 4th, 2017
Noah Strycker of 2015 World Big Year Fame will be speaking on his Big Year experiences at the Vancouver Audubon meeting next week.
The meeting will be held in a special place for this program:



Vancouver's Water Resource Education Center (WREC)

4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, Washington


Starts at 7 PM 


A $10 Donation is suggested and of course more is Welcome



http://www.vancouveraudubon.org


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Date: 3/28/17 9:28 pm
From: littlebirder <littlebirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Noah Strycker to talk in Vancouver, WA
Noah Strycker of 2015 World Big Year Fame will be speaking on his Big Year experiences at the Vancouver Audubon meeting next week.The meeting will be held in a special place for this program:
Vancouver's Water Resource Education Center (WREC)
4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, Washington
Starts at 7 PM 
A $10 Donation is suggested and of course more is Welcome
http://www.vancouveraudubon.org

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Date: 3/28/17 6:22 pm
From: Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Towhee diagnostics and a weird whitish West Seattle warbler
Hello Tweets,

The generous comments of a couple of Tweeters explained what neither the Cornell Labs towhee webpage nor Sibley did, which is why I was so puzzled about the report mentioned below: that there are a couple of different subspecies in the western US. The most common around here is oregonus, which is much less spotted than maculatus. (Unhelpfully, maculatus is also officially part of the name of the whole species.)

On my Flickr site<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/>, Ive posted three photos of local (West Seattle) male towhees in the approximate order of their spottedness. From the photos posted on this helpful link<https://wildfidalgo.blogspot.com/2011/03/spot-check.html> provided by a fellow Tweeter, I can see that maculatus indeed is at the far end of spottedness. Without the comments I received in response to the post below, I sure would have assumed they were all the same species with just random variability in spottedness.

Thanks so much to those who weighed in on my towhee question; youre part of the reason I value Tweeters so much.

Then as I was photographing the last towhee through my window, a surprisingly white little warbler appeared briefly, just long enough to catch a not-great-but-probably-sufficient photo. I assume its simply an unusually white Yellow-rumped Warblerit has just a tiny hint of yellowing under the wingbut if you have other ideas, Id be interested. (That photo<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/33554037822/in/dateposted/>s also on my Flickr page.)

Finally, yesterday on the Seattle U campus I spotted a pair of goldfinches (first time Ive seen them there) foraging very calmly and capably high on a vertical brick wall. I was impressed at how well their feet held those round little bodies in place against the bricks as they poked around.

Good birding to you,
Trileigh

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Pelly Valley, West Seattle
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From: Trileigh Tucker <tri...><mailto:<tri...>>
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:43 PM
To: "<tweeters...><mailto:<tweeters...>" <tweeters...><mailto:<tweeters...>>
Subject: A monochromatic morning at Lowman Beach + a towhee question

Hi Tweets,

You dont need me to tell you what a drizzly gray day its been, but it was fun spending a while at Lowman Beach in West Seattle, photographing the mostly monochromatic birds and other wildlife down in the water.

Photos of a Barrows Goldeneye, a Brant, and a nice nearshore Common Loon in winter plumage are on my Flickr site<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/> with a bonus photo of another welcome black-and-white sighting, a small pod of transient orcas.

I also want to ask about an eBird rare bird alert, reported as "Spotted Towhee (maculatus Group) (Pipilo maculatus [maculatus Group])." I was surprised that Spotted Towhees of this group would be considered rare since theyre frequently in my back yard; is there something about this sighting that Im misunderstanding or missing altogether? Were they in a weird location? Or am I just lucky to have rare birds around all the time?

Since I learned from Tweeters that some of my juncoes were actually the less-common Slate-colored Juncoes, its entirely plausible that Im about to learn something new about towhees...

Thanks much,
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Date: 3/28/17 5:42 pm
From: Edward Pullen <edwardpullen...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Noah Stryker to speak at UPS
Noah Stryker, of the world big year 2016 fame, is speaking at UPS on Wednesday evening at 6:45 PM April 12th. This is great opportunity to hear Noah speak, and to support the Tahoma Audubon Society who will benefit from the profits of the event. Admission is $10 and you can register on the TAS website. https://tahoma.z2systems.com/np/clients/tahoma/event.jsp?event=28374& <https://tahoma.z2systems.com/np/clients/tahoma/event.jsp?event=28374&>

Hope to see a full house. Seats are limited so sign up soon.

Ed Pullen
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Date: 3/28/17 1:48 pm
From: Lynn Wohlers <wohlers13...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Thank you
Thanks so much to everyone who replied re a few days' trip for birding and
botanizing - I have some great ideas now.

Lynn
Kirkland

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Date: 3/28/17 1:25 pm
From: David Hutchinson <florafaunabooks...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Major bibliographic event
You know, this has never happened before. Birdbooker report never mentions new books that: a) I have ever heard of and

b) new books that I might actually have in stock or have coming. So to confound this system I can actually have available and shall bring to the next WOS Mtg:


Kricher, Neotropical Companion, revised edition and Clark & Schmitt, Raptors of Mexico, Central & S.America.


David

206-282-0093

Flora & Fauna Books

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Date: 3/28/17 12:30 pm
From: T Varela <tvarela...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Question Snowy Owls at Nisqually
Greetings, Snowy owls in Western Washington are irregular visitors. They do periodically wander into Western Washington, seems to be a once or twice per decade event. There was an “irruption” of snowy owls in winter 2011 with many seen on the coast at places like Ocean Shores and Damon Point.

There have been other irruptions with lower numbers in winters 2012 & 2013. I personally have only seen one or two snowy owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually NWR in the last 10 years. Here’s a link to a poor shot of that owl at Nisqually November 2012:

https://flic.kr/p/dt7r6u



Tony Varela
South Puget Sound, WA
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Date: 3/28/17 12:21 pm
From: Ruth Godding <goddira...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Clarification of Directions to Union Slough Area
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Subject: [Tweeters] Clarification of Directions to Union Slough Area

In my last email my directions to the Union Slough Restoration Area between Everett and Tulalip were unclear. The access point is from Hwy 529. The restoration area is between I-5 and 529.

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Date: 3/28/17 10:21 am
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: White-tailed Kite
There are actually two birds present

Russ

On Mar 28, 2017 9:56 AM, "Russ Koppendrayer" <russkope...> wrote:

> Hi Tweeters,
>
> The White-tailed Kite reported yesterday on eBird is present in the same
> spot on Barlow Point Rd west of Longview at 9:45 this morning. It seems to
> like a fence line going out perpendicular to the road about a half mile
> from Willow Grove Rd. This area was a great place for this species prior to
> the 2008 winter.
>
> Russ Koppendrayer
> Longview, WA
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Date: 3/28/17 9:59 am
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-tailed Kite
Hi Tweeters,

The White-tailed Kite reported yesterday on eBird is present in the same
spot on Barlow Point Rd west of Longview at 9:45 this morning. It seems to
like a fence line going out perpendicular to the road about a half mile
from Willow Grove Rd. This area was a great place for this species prior to
the 2008 winter.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 3/28/17 8:50 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] laughing parrots
hello everyone,

i recently published this piece that may interest you.

The kea parrot (Nestor notabilis), produces a laughter-like “play call”
when they are playing. Researchers used recorded play calls from captive
kea to test how they affected wild kea and found both juveniles and adults
respond to the recorded play call -- by playing!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/03/24/playing-parrots-produce-contagious-laughter/

I hope you enjoy it.

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Date: 3/27/17 9:27 pm
From: Christina <cjt37...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Carpool for Wenas Audubon camp out in May
Hi fellow birders, is anyone interested in driving together, you're car to the annual campout?
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Date: 3/27/17 8:38 pm
From: Jack Nolan <jacknolan62...>
Subject: [Tweeters] 520 Eagles??
Has anyone seen these Eagles lately?

I ask because I noticed the carcass of a large bird on the bridge early
last week, and my stomach sank. I didn't get a good look at it, but it
was big.

Since then I've only seen one eagle near the nest. The female could be
on/in the nest, I don't know.

Hoping they are alright.

Jack Nolan
Shoreline, WA.
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Date: 3/27/17 8:37 pm
From: Darlene Granberg <darlene.granberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Question Snowy Owls at Nisqually
I was recently told there were Snowy Owls at the Nisqually Preserve. I know a group makes regular visits and wondered of anyone had seen the Snowy Owls recently? If so, I might make the long drive down there this week.
Thanks!

Darlene Granberg
Snohomish, WA
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Date: 3/27/17 7:41 pm
From: Bevbowe1 <bevbowe1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Caspian Tern

Hi Tweets,
Today at 4:40 pm I found a lone Caspian Tern at the Everett Marine Park (North Boat Ramp). It was sitting with the gulls on the paved parking lot. Ebird has it as a RARE BIRD for this time of year and when I looked at bar charts I see that there are no records for this bird in March. I'm wondering how rare it is for this bird to be here so early. On my way home I checked the top of the old Kimberly Clark bldg., where they nest in the summer, but saw none, so I'm thinking this may be the only CAGU here so far this year. Anyone else seeing this bird?
Here's a link to my Ebird listing http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35484264
Bev Bowe
Edmonds

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Date: 3/27/17 2:52 pm
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nikon/Tamron Camera equip / Caryn/ Wedgwood
Hello bird photogs!

Got camera/lenses? Have I got a deal for you! ;-)) Changing equipment - to reduce need for Sherpa.

Let me know via separate email and I will let you know what I've got - including 2 Tamron (Nikon mount) lenses like new - rarely used! Perfect condition!

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Date: 3/27/17 11:53 am
From: B&PBell <bellasoc...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Audubon Kittitas trip
Hi Tweets



A late report on the trip that Seattle Audubon took to Kittitas County last
Wednesday. We met early in Issaquah so we could get over to the sage areas
in good time. We had KILLDEER and AMERICAN CROW in the parking lot. The
morning started out with decent weather, some overcast and no wind. A quick
stop at Snoqualmie Pass with still no wind - we picked up AMERICAN CROW,
PINI SISKIN and AMERICAN ROBIN.



At the Easton area we saw CANADA GOOSE, COMMON RAVEN, AMERICAN CROW. As we
passed the Roslyn exit there was a RED-TAILED HAWK. The ponds alongside I-90
in Cle Elum had a single BUFFLEHEAD. The clouds had dissipated by now. At
the Indian John Rest Area we saw AMERICAN CROW, and AMERICAN ROBIN. As we
cruised past the borrow ponds along I-90 outside of Ellensburg we saw
MORNING DOVE, EUROPEAN STARLING, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN CROW, COMMON
RAVEN, GREAT BLUE HERON, COMMON MERGANSER, swans (probably Tundra but
couldn't tell for sure), MALLARD, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE.



In Kittitas we saw AMERICAN CROW, RED-TAILED HAWK, EUROPEAN STARLING,
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HOUSE SPARROW, COMMON RAVEN,
HOUSE FINCH. Along Caribou Rd. we had AMERICAN ROBIN, CALIFORNIA QUAIL,
RED-TAILED HAWK, HOUSE SPARROW, SAY'S PHOEBE and KILLDEER. We were hopeful
as we still had no wind.



Along Vantage Hwy we saw BALD EAGLE, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, EUROPEAN
STARLING, WILSON'S SNIPE and RING-NECKED PHEASANT. As we turned onto Parke
Creek Rd. we saw CALIFORNIA QUAIL (many), and at the pond we saw RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRD, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (more than we had the preceding
Saturday), WILSON'S SNIPE, KILLDEER and MOURNING DOVE. The pond had thawed
considerably, but did not have any ducks on it.



A the entrance to the Wildhorse Wind Farm, we had sun and NO WIND! We had
nice looks at SAGEBRUSH SPARROW, a pair of MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDs, and killer
views of a singing SAGE THRASHER (at first distant, and then flew in about
30 feet away). Down the canyon at the Lower Quilomene area we had even
better looks at a SAGEBRUSH SPARROW (perched right up and sang for us for
quite a while). Still no wind!



At Rocky Coulee Recreation area we saw AMERICAN ROBIN, SAY'S PHOEBE, HOUSE
FINCH, TURKEY VULTURE, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, a flyover PEREGRINE FALCON, and
at the base of the road SPOTTED TOWHEE, SONG SPARROW, RUDDY DUCK, HORNED
GREBE, CALIFORNIA GULL, AMERICAN COOT (lots), WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW,
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, NORTHERN FLICKER, COMMON RAVEN and LINCOLN'S SPARROW
(skulking). Up at the Gingko S.P overlook we saw SAY'S PHOEBE (possibly
looked like they may have started nest-building), HOUSE FINCH, AMERICAN
KESTREL, and NORTHERN FLICKER.



At Wanapum State Park there were AMERICAN CROW, AMERICAN ROBIN, TREE SWALLOW
(a ways off perched on wires), DOWNY WOODPECKER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BALD
EAGLE and COMMON RAVEN. At the Cove there were RING-NECKED DUCK, DARK-EYED
JUNCO, AMERICAN COOT, HORNED GREBE, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,, WESTERN
MEADOWLARK, and BUFFLEHEAD. On Wanapum Lake were COMMON LOON, MALLARD and
COMMON GOLDENEYE.



At the Huntsinger Rd. boat launch (below Wanapum Dam) we saw COMMON LOON
(one in breeding plumage), BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, COMMON GOLDENEYE, GREATER
SCAUP, LESSER SCAUP and HORNED GREBE. Large numbers of both Goldeneye.



Heading for home at the Ryegrass Rest Area there were many HOUSE SPARROWs.
On I-90 there was a BALD EAGLE and a RED-TAILED HAWK. Along Hwy 97 there was
a NORTHERN HARRIER, and along SR10 a RED-TAILED HAWK. At the Teanaway River
crossing of SR10 we picked up STELLER'S JAY, AMERICAN DIPPER (going into the
nest), BUFFLEHEAD, NORTHERN FLICKER, CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, and overhead a
TURKEY VULTURE and a RED-TAILED HAWK.



It was an excellent day with good companions and excellent weather - the
lack of wind made a big difference in the number of birds that we saw - 58
species today!



Good Birding

Brian H. Bell

Woodinville Wa

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Date: 3/27/17 11:14 am
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Edmonds Sunset Ave. mystery gulls 3-26-17
Sunday afternoon (3/26/17) I drove down to Sunset Ave. and found a flock of dunlin flying around the tethered log at the underwater dive park. After I got home and put up my photos on the computer, I discovered that in addition to the dunlin and large gulls (glaucous-winged? western?), some small gulls were also sitting on the log.

I am guessing the small gulls are mew gulls.  In light of some of the unusual sightings in Edmonds this year, I  would appreciate hearing from those who know their gulls.
Scroll down page 4 of this link to view my photos.   You can see the relative size of the mystery gulls in comparison to the large gulls and the dunlin.

http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?14796-Wildlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2017/page4

Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA
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Date: 3/27/17 10:01 am
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Mar. 26, 2017
Hello, BirdChat,

Check out Rick Wright's tribute to Chandler S. Robbins, who passed away
on March 20, 2017: http://bit.ly/2ofb9h2

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* Voices and Vocabularies - Eastern Bluebirds
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* Surfing with Scoters
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* Birds Return with the Light
http://bit.ly/1x29ezF
* Tune Up Your Ears
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Date: 3/27/17 9:36 am
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Clarification of Directions to Union Slough Area
In my last email my directions to the Union Slough Restoration Area between
Everett and Tulalip were unclear. The access point is from Hwy 529. The
restoration area is between I-5 and 529.

Ann Marie Wood

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Date: 3/27/17 7:57 am
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...>
Subject: [Tweeters] (Eurasian) Green-winged Teal @ Union Slough Restoration Area
Sunday, while searching for the reported Sandhill Crane, I spotted a small
group of Green- winged Teal from the path on top of the north end of the
dike. Among them, in close proximity, was a single male Eurasian
Green-winged Teal.

This location, just north of Everett the exit to Marysville is accessed
from Hwy 529 northbound. A report was submitted to Ebird.

The Sandhill Crane seen yesterday morning could not be relocated.

Cheers,
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Date: 3/27/17 12:33 am
From: Nadine Drisseq <bearsmartwa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wilson's Snipe, Virginia Rail
Both near the boardwalk at Juanita Bay Park.
I understand these birds are often hard to find but the snipe was
photographed a bunch of times.
Nadine

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Date: 3/26/17 11:23 pm
From: Wayne Weber <contopus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Herring spawn on west side of Point Roberts (Whatcom Co.)
Birders,



A herring spawning event, resulting in huge concentrations of waterbirds,
was reported yesterday by several B.C. birders on the west side of Point
Roberts in Whatcom County. The first birder to report this, to my knowledge,
was Mike Fung of Vancouver, BC about 11:30 AM.



This afternoon (March 26), I was able to visit Point Roberts between about 2
and 6 PM. Holy cow!! The biggest concentration of birds was between
Lighthouse Marine Park and the west end of Gulf Road (location of The Reef
tavern). The most abundant species, with my estimate of numbers, were Brant
(2500), Greater Scaup (2500), and Surf Scoter (2000), which formed huge
flocks that milled about and moved from place to place. There were also
large numbers of gulls (including about 100 California Gulls and 60
Bonaparte's Gulls) and some diving duck species, including Long-tailed Duck
(90) and Common Goldeneye (90).



A link to two eBird reports is here:



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35461013 (Wayne Weber, March 26)



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35431828 (Ilya Povalyaev, March 25)



Ilya's checklist has some impressive photos of the hordes of birds.



If anyone is able to get to Point Roberts in the next couple of days,
hopefully you will be able to see some of these impressive bird
concentrations. However, be warned that such concentrations often disperse
quickly, so if you plan to visit, visit soon!



Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

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Date: 3/26/17 5:08 pm
From: Greg Pluth <gjpluth...>
Subject: [Tweeters] New addition to WA Checklist!
Hey Tweets!

I was having coffee at my friend's place in Steillacoom around noon today.
We were nonchalantly noting male/female Anna's/Rufous hummers at the feeder
two feet outside the kitchen window when SHAZZAM! What is that?!? Get the
camera!! A male Calliope Hummingbird sat feeding for less than a minute
then took off - not enough time to ready the camera. We did not see it
again before I left ten minutes later. It's a new bird for my state list
(moved here in 2002) and in a not so common locale - pretty exciting!

Keep your fingers crossed that it returns and so my friend gets a pic.

Happy birding,

Greg Pluth
University Place

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Date: 3/26/17 3:15 pm
From: Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Probable White-breasted Nuthatch
On Saturday, we visited the Trillium Community Forest on Whidbey Island and
got a quick glimpse of a White-breasted Nuthatch. It was a single bird
associating with two Red-breasted Nuthatches. The birds were very vocal.
I saw them in the trees between Highway 525 and the Trillium parking area
midday. The nuthatches were part of a foraging group including both
chickadees, a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Brown Creeper,

I've seen White-breasted Nuthatches in the past and I realize this is an
unlikely species for our area, so if anyone can confirm my sighting, I
would appreciate it.

Carol Stoner
West Seattle

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Date: 3/26/17 2:47 pm
From: Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...>
Subject: [Tweeters] A monochromatic morning at Lowman Beach + a towhee question
Hi Tweets,

You dont need me to tell you what a drizzly gray day its been, but it was fun spending a while at Lowman Beach in West Seattle, photographing the mostly monochromatic birds and other wildlife down in the water.

Photos of a Barrows Goldeneye, a Brant, and a nice nearshore Common Loon in winter plumage are on my Flickr site<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/> with a bonus photo of another welcome black-and-white sighting, a small pod of transient orcas.

I also want to ask about an eBird rare bird alert, reported as "Spotted Towhee (maculatus Group) (Pipilo maculatus [maculatus Group])." I was surprised that Spotted Towhees of this group would be considered rare since theyre frequently in my back yard; is there something about this sighting that Im misunderstanding or missing altogether? Were they in a weird location? Or am I just lucky to have rare birds around all the time?

Since I learned from Tweeters that some of my juncoes were actually the less-common Slate-colored Juncoes, its entirely plausible that Im about to learn something new about towhees...

Thanks much,
Trileigh

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Date: 3/26/17 12:37 pm
From: Doug Brown <BirdBrain53...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Off Topic * Belize birds
Chirp,

Marion and I recently spent 10 days in Belize. My first time in Belize. Birding was the primary activity, mostly unguided.
Though we didn’t visit all habitats, we identified 157 species, 102 of them were life birds. A few birds remained unidentified.
Some of my images from this trip can be seen here in a Flickr album …

https://flic.kr/s/aHskT2jPQp <https://flic.kr/s/aHskT2jPQp>

Many more can be seen at my website. Please help me correct any misidentified birds, and fill in the blanks for birds that lack identification.
11 gallery pages of Belize birds can be viewed here …..

http://www.douglaslbrownphotography.com/recent-photographs/ <http://www.douglaslbrownphotography.com/recent-photographs/>

cheers, DB in Bellingham


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Date: 3/26/17 12:11 pm
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's titles are:

1) Birds of Spain

2) Eye for Detail

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-titles_21.html

3) Raptors of Mexico and Central America

4) The New Neotropical Companion

5) North Atlantic Right Whales.

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-titles_25.html

sincerely
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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
Visit my BIRDBOOKER REPORT blog here:
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Date: 3/26/17 12:01 pm
From: Michelle Landis <asmalllife...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Golden Eagle still in Whatcom
Looking at it through scope from intersection of Abbott and Noon Rd near
Everson. It's preening and keeping an eye on a juvenile Bald a couple of
trees away.

Michelle Landis
Ferndale WA

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Date: 3/26/17 11:29 am
From: Becky S <wingsinapril...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Herons appear to be returning to Medina Park
Late afternoon yesterday, several blue herons were flying in and out of
their former roosting site in the tall evergreens on the west side of the
pond at Medina Park. Maybe they are coming back...

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Date: 3/26/17 9:25 am
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] netted Hooded Merganser
DFW will not respond to individual birds in distress.  If you can capture the bird, you can take it to an animal rescue place like PAWS or Sarvey if you are unable to remove the netting yourself.  Otherwise, you pretty much have to let nature take its course.
 Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

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Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2017 9:13 AM
Subject: [Tweeters] netted Hooded Merganser

There is a female Hooded Merganser at Magnuson Park that has become entangled with some plastic netting. I first noted this bird on Thursday (https://goo.gl/3117by) but the netting was still attached on Saturday.
Any suggestions on what could be done to free her? She seems to be surviving the predicament, diving and eating with the RN Ducks with whom she has been associating. But, when I saw her fly between ponds, it seemed as if she was laboring.
Scott RamosSeattle
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Date: 3/26/17 9:17 am
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: [Tweeters] netted Hooded Merganser
There is a female Hooded Merganser at Magnuson Park that has become entangled with some plastic netting. I first noted this bird on Thursday (https://goo.gl/3117by <https://goo.gl/3117by>) but the netting was still attached on Saturday.

Any suggestions on what could be done to free her? She seems to be surviving the predicament, diving and eating with the RN Ducks with whom she has been associating. But, when I saw her fly between ponds, it seemed as if she was laboring.

Scott Ramos
Seattle


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Date: 3/25/17 8:45 pm
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOS Mason County field trip 25 March 2017
Hi Tweets-
Today 15 of us enjoyed a fun day of birding around Mason County on a WOS trip. Weather was decent, though not quite as nice as forecast — a few showers along the way cut short a couple stops, but overall we had a great diversity of birds and a fun crew.

We began up Elfendahl Pass Rd hoping for Mountain Quail - they are always hard to get looks at, but this year we didn’t even get to hear them responding to us. Nevertheless, we did pick up a number of other nice species in the 2nd growth forest including Band-tailed Pigeon, Mourning Dove and a couple of close-in Hutton’s Vireos.

At Belfair State Park, before getting to the water we got nice scope looks at Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin. On the creek outlet and in the Hood Canal, we picked up a lot of waterbirds - Highlights were the long-returning Marbled Godwit, and a hybrid Mallard x Pintail [previously reported on eBird]. We also had Brant, ~ 10 species of duck, Greater Yellowlegs, Red-throated & Common Loon and our only Double-crested Cormorants of the trip.

At Theler Wetlands, we opted to skip the full loop walk, and instead peeked in from the Salmon Center entrance off Roessel. A big collection of Tree & Violet-green Swallows, a few Wilson’s Snipe, and a couple pair of Brewer’s Blackbirds.

Twanoh State Park had White-winged & Surf Scoters, Barrow’s & Common Goldeneyes, Red-throated & Common Loon, Horned, Red-necked and Western Grebes.

At Skokomish Park at Potlatch, we picked up our only Harlequin Ducks of the day.
At Potlatch State Park, over lunch, we got our best looks at Pigeon Guillemot, along w/ glimpsing the first of many Turkey Vultures— they seemed present at most every stop from there on.

Dippers were present at the George Adams Hatchery and also near the Eells Hill Hatchery at Skokomish Valley Rd.

After enjoying views of the gorge from the High Steel Bridge up out of Skokomish Valley on FR 23, we moved on to Eells Hill Rd, and turned up great looks at Western Bluebirds at a couple spots along the road.

An American Kestrel along Dayton Airport Rd., and Virginia Rail along Little Egypt Rd were next up.

After catching the high tide and few birds at Kennedy Creek, we moved back to Shelton. In the Mountainview Neighborhood around King & I Rds, we ran the table on the target birds, with Eurasian Collared-Dove, California Scrub-Jay, Rufous & Anna’s Hummingbirds and even House Sparrow.

All told, I believe we came up with 78 species on the day with glimpses of spring here and there and still many lingering winter birds to enjoy.

Best,

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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Date: 3/25/17 8:41 pm
From: Adam Crutcher <acrut44...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Upper Cowlitz Valley
Joshua Glant and I spent much of the day looking for migrants in the Upper
Cowlitz Valley, from Morton to Packwood. The biggest Highlights were four
Say's Pheobes as well as four Western Bluebird's. Again, just like last
year there were no Mountain Bluebirds in any of the fields.

Say's Phoebes
1 South end of Priest Road
1 Sweet Water Farm east of Glenoma
2 in the fields south of Peter's Rd where it intersects Baugh Rd

Other Highlights:

Cackling Goose - 7 with Canada Geese S of Peter's Rd
Eurasian Wigeon - Male in flooded field S of Peter's Rd
Turkey Vulture - 2 sunning in Silverbrook field trees
Virginia Rail - 2 calling from Cispus Rd S of Glenoma
Dunlin - 2 flushed by Northern Harrier south of Skagg's Rd
California Gull - 4 at Taidnapam Boat Launch
Peregrine Falcon - chased off by Northern Harrier at Skagg's Rd
Western Bluebird - 1m & 3f with Phoebes at Peter's Rd fields
Cedar Waxwing - 1 calling around Silverbrook fields
Western Meadowlark - 3 SE of Morton
Evening Grosbeak - 30 calling near Packwood

Happy Birding,
Adam Crutcher

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Date: 3/25/17 2:37 pm
From: Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>
Subject: [Tweeters] song sparrow and others
A Song Sparrow was at my Queen Anne hill suet feeder long enough for me
to get a good look with my binocs and definitely ID it. I think it has
been here before but took off every time before I got a good look. I
don't think of them as inner city bird unless in the larger parks but
maybe they are common. And Wednesday went to Ebey's Landing with
friends and some Master Gardener interns and though it did not rain and
even was sunny on and off, the wind was very fierce, gale-like so not
much wildlife or birds, but we did see an adult and juvenile Bald Eagle
flying in the wind and on the ground a little flock of Golden-crowned
Sparrows with a Spotted Towhee among them who zipped into the wild rose
hedge when we got too close.
Margaret Sandelin
Seattle
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Date: 3/25/17 1:53 pm
From: NEIL ZIMMERMAN <n3zims...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe in Discovery Park Seattle
Hello Tweeters
Neil and I led a field trip for Discovery Park in Seattle this morning. On our way from the Utah wetlands near the horse barns we heard the familiar "peer" call of the Say's Phoebe. We spotted it perched at the top of a bush. We watched it flycatch for about ten minutes and then it flew up to the eaves of the horse barn.
Carleen Zimmerman
Brier WA

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Date: 3/25/17 1:17 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Five times is a charm! - Lk. Union Swamp Sparrow
Hi Tweets - two summers ago, I made 5 stops in Skykomish without seeing the (to me, mythical) Caracara that was alleged to be there. Today, spurred by Ryan Merrill's continual ebird postings, and a brief respite from the rain, I made one last trip to South Lake Union in a desperate fifth attempt to find the Swamp Sparrow that's been seen off and on for months near the Center for Wooden Boats. I'm amazed to report that we actually found the bird, acting a lot like a mouse, between the CWB gangway west to MOHAI, and the dock along the east side of MOHAI. Despite its mouse-like behavior, it made occasional passes between clumps of vegetation along the water, before disappearing under the larger mass of dead topped veg near MOHAI. It even paused a bit for some grassy photos! Happy Birding! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 3/25/17 12:21 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Excaliber
Tweeters,

Have you ever noticed the color differences better mature Cooper’s Hawks and their young? How about the differences between the adults? See more in this week’s post:

http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/03/excaliber.html <http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/03/excaliber.html>

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

Larry Hubbell
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Date: 3/24/17 7:08 pm
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rufous Hummingbirds - Bellingham
Rufous Hummingbirds - Bellingham
Tuesday-Wednesday March 21-22, 2017

My FOS Rufous Hummingbird, a female, visited the feeders in the yard on Tuesday, followed by at least 4 Rufous Hummingbirds on Wednesday (2 males & 2 females). Quite a lively scene on Thursday, but I did not see any of the usual Anna's Hummingbirds in the yard today.

Deb Allen
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Date: 3/24/17 1:03 pm
From: Janet Ray <janetlaura...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Subject: Birding trip to Guatemala or Cuba
Don't know about "pib" but we did go to Cuba last year with Michael Carmody, Legacy Tours, out of Spokane. It was a great adventure with lots of good birds. We found almost all of the Island endemics.

Have also been with Michael to Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Honduras, Panama and other places - but not Guatemala. As you can see we like the kind of small and personal tours that Legacy offers. If we can give you more specific info please don't hesitate to contact us.
Jan

Janet P Ray
Preston WA

> On Mar 23, 2017, at 5:13 PM, Diana Thompson <dianaft21...> wrote:
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> Hello all,
>
> I was looking at "BirdWatching" magazine and read an advertisement for "Partnership for International Birding" They advertise small groups, better pricing, premier birding guides, and trips in six continents.
>
> We had been thinking of taking an international birding trip in the future, perhaps to Guatemala, Cuba, or not quite sure.. Does any one have experience with this company?. Are there any other companies you would recommend?.
>
> Thank you. Diana Thompson
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Date: 3/24/17 8:57 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Playing Parrots Produce 'Contagious Laughter'
hello everyone,

despite being trapped by mountains of boxes that need unpacking, i managed
to finish this story for you about play and contagious laughter in kea
parrots:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/03/24/playing-parrots-produce-contagious-laughter/

cheers,

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Date: 3/24/17 7:33 am
From: Anderson, Christopher D (DFW) <Christopher.Anderson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FREE nest boxes
Hi Tweets,
WDFW had a very kind gentleman, once again, donate a number of bird nesting boxes that are up for grabs; first come first serve.
These are FREE!!! Yes...FREE!!!!
Voluntary donations accepted if one so desires. Any voluntary donations would go towards the WDFW Watchable Wildlife fund and nongame species efforts - http://wdfw.wa.gov/viewing/

Please come to the REGION 4 MILL CREEK office, Monday through Friday between 8 am to 5 pm, to peruse.
Address is:
16018 Mill Creek Blvd.
Mill Creek, WA 98012

About 30 minutes north of Seattle.
I think I mentioned...FREE...!!!!!!!
We have mostly chickadee/wren boxes (quite a few of these), small woodpecker, violet-green swallow (also used by chickadee/wren), and a few odds and ends (couple tree squirrel boxes, handful of wood duck, e.g). Get them out and up now...cavity nesters are pushing forward with their annual efforts! I have chickadees on nest for a couple weeks now - but others are still looking and any newbies or first attempt failures will have more options.

We are unable to take calls or emails requesting we set any boxes aside or asking about inventory due to staffing and time management. But hey...they are free ;)

WDFW asks that these boxes not be resold as they are free from a kind donation to the state and therefore citizenry of WA- but please do gift them to your friends and family!
Please maintain them properly and keep an eye out to manage against non-target species such as starlings or house sparrows. Please don't put a box up that is a starling or house sparrow magnet in areas where it is known these birds are around.
Lots of guidance out there both on our website below, at your local Audubon chapter, or local bird and wildlife watching shop.
http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/projects/nestboxes/index.html

Please pass this email on to anyone off list.

Good birding,
Chris
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425.775.1311, ext 111
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Check out the WDFW Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program:
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Date: 3/23/17 5:17 pm
From: Diana Thompson <dianaft21...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Subject: Birding trip to Guatemala or Cuba
Hello all,

I was looking at "BirdWatching" magazine and read an advertisement for
"Partnership for International Birding" They advertise small groups,
better pricing, premier birding guides, and trips in six continents.

We had been thinking of taking an international birding trip in the
future, perhaps to Guatemala, Cuba, or not quite sure.. Does any one have
experience with this company?. Are there any other companies you would
recommend?.

Thank you. Diana Thompson

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Date: 3/23/17 4:59 pm
From: Michelle Maani <lamoustique...>
Subject: [Tweeters] A very birdy day, Vancouver area
Home (Salmon Creek): Lesser Goldfinch (1), Purple Finch (1), a non-stop parade of Red-breasted Nuthatches,  Chestnut-backed, and Black-capped Chickadees, at the feeder.  Four Red-breasted Sapsuckers were testing my house's acoustic qualities this morning, but decided trees worked better.  A Pileated Woodpecker made a few brief stops at trees but disappeared when the camera showed up. I drove to Frenchman's Bar park.  Not many ducks about, but I saw a hundred Sandhill Cranes land in a field near the park and stay briefly there.  I also saw hundreds of geese flying overhead, I would say they were Cackling Geese from the calls although they were too far to identify by sight. The paths where I usually bird in the area were flooded.  I could hear Osprey calling, but never saw them.From there I drove to Vancouver Lake Park.  The park was also flooded, there was no beach and most of the paths that were not elevated were also under water.  I saw the usual Western Jays and Crows, and could hear the Red-winged Blackbirds singing and saw quite a few American Robins.  In the fields across from the park I saw thirty Great White Egrets.
I then drove to McMinneman's on the Columbia River. I saw a few Greater Scaup on the water, as well as Mallards.  One goose decide that occupying an Osprey nest is a good idea. I wonder if the owners of the nest will feel the same? https://www.flickr.com/photos/11815777@N07/33230667500
I also saw a Western Grebe fishing in the water.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/11815777@N07/33484775981/in/photostream/

Michelle MaaniSalmon Creek Vancouver, Washington




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Date: 3/23/17 3:48 pm
From: Janka and Michael Hobbs <MJCT_Hobbs...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-03-23
Tweets – it was sunny with clouds, and an on-and-off (but mostly off) breeze today. Lots of blue sky, and lots of birds. We didn’t find any hoped-for Say’s Phoebes or Mountain Bluebirds, but we can’t complain!

Highlights:

Band-tailed Pigeon 2 flybys - first of 2017
Rufous Hummingbird Several – first of 2017 (seen earlier this week too)
Virginia Rail Heard east of East Meadow – first for 2017 alive
TURKEY VULTURE Four flying north, far to the west (possibly over SR-520)
First for 2017
Barn Owl Seen over meadows east of WLSPkwy early
Great Horned Owl Heard near concert venue early
Short-eared Owl One hunting East Meadow, 6:15ish
Red-breasted Sapsucker Ubiquitous
Northern Shrike Watched a long chase (of a finch?) – unsuccessful I think
COMMON RAVEN Two flew over Dog Meadow – first of 2017
Savannah Sparrow Several – first of 2017 (seen earlier this week too)

For the day, we had 68 species, as well as a couple more that we probably heard (but didn’t hear a 2nd time). For the week, at least 71 species.

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Date: 3/23/17 3:25 pm
From: Robert E Cleland <cleland...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RE: Scrub Jays on UW campus
I just saw two Scrub Jays on Boat Street, at the S end of the UW campus. First ones I've ever seen here. One was only feet away on a low bush.
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Date: 3/23/17 3:19 pm
From: Hank Heiberg <hank.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Lake Tye Monroe Say's Phoebe
Is currently on the fence between Lake Tye Park in Monroe and the adjacent school. Thanks to birder Margaret for relocating it.

Hank Heiberg
Lake Joy
Carnation, WA

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Date: 3/23/17 8:56 am
From: Gina Ames <boisecreekfarm...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Back from Ecuador
Just returned from Ecuador where Gina and I celebrated our 30th anniversary and her retirement by chasing birds and road tripping in a beautiful country. I took over 5000 photos of almost 200 species of birds. Mostly in northwest Ecuador but did stay at a couple of lodges on the east side of the Andes and did travel to the southern end to see the Ingapirca ruins. Also a short trip to the southwest lowlands. Glad to be back and Notice the spring changes here. The first day back we had two goldfinch in the yard and a says phoebe hanging around. The Brewer's blackbirds are back in force and looking to nest in the attic again. Witnessed two ravens lock their feet and spin almost to the ground yesterday here in Enumclaw. I didn't know ravens did that but felt privileged to see it. I have posted some photos of our trip with many more t come. I am not a professional photographer so my photos are mostly for identification but once in a while I get a good one.bob Ames

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Date: 3/22/17 10:28 pm
From: Nancy Turner <nmturner...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Woodpeckers oregon

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Date: 3/22/17 10:28 pm
From: Benjamin Johnson <tiger80...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle-area Merlin Study
Hello All. Spring is here, and the merlins are starting to "sing". Kim and I will be continuing our Seattle-area merlin project investigating merlin nest site characteristics, nesting success and density, site and pair fidelity, and annual movements. As always, merlin observations and resightings of banded merlins are invaluable to our study. We'd be very interested to hear about any banded merlin sightings or possible breeding activity that you may observe, or even general merlin observations. If you are so inclined to share your observations please contact Ben Vang-Johnson (bvjohnson87 at gmail dot com) or Kim McCormick (kim.mccormick at comcast dot net). We'll keep any information shared with us confidential, and we greatly appreciate any help you can provide.



Thank you,



Ben

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Date: 3/22/17 8:17 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 3/22/17
Tweets,

Today 26 of us enjoyed a brisk day at Nisqually. We didn't have much rain
but it sure got windy out on the estuary dike and boardwalk. We had a 10.3
high tide at 1:33 PM so the incoming tide should have helped bring
shorebirds in, but the strong wind kept them hunkered down.

It was a relatively quiet day without much activity and not many of any one
species, except YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, mostly AUDUBON'S. There is lots of
water on the refuge so waterfowl are scattered throughout.

FOYs for me were RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS and a TURKEY VULTURE out at the mouth
of the Nisqually River.

We still have the one GREAT HORNED OWL sitting guard on the presumed nest
tree with no other indication of nestlings. Not a good sign to be doing
that this long.

One highlight was watching 3 HOODED MERGANSERS discussing relationships
near the star of the boardwalk. One male and the female were both chasing
away the second male who apparently didn't get the message, even when the
female went after him. Other waterfowl are pairing up also.

I managed to miss the BARN SWALLOW and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW that
some people saw but I'll catch them later.

For the day I had 42 species and now have 76 for the year. The only mammal
I was were a couple of COTTON-TAILED RABBITS.

Until next week.....

Phil Kelley
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Lacey, WA

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Date: 3/22/17 5:31 pm
From: Vaughn Rhoden <vrhoden...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Binoculars
I second the praise for the Vanguard Endeavor 8x42s. Bright crisp view and
they feel good in your hands. I had a problem with mine after heavy use for
several years and they deemed them unrepairable and sent a new pair in the
box at no charge with about a week turnaround.


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Date: 3/22/17 5:04 pm
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Pierce Co swallows
Today at Levee Pond Park in Fife:


Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow


Also, the male Eurasian Green-winged Teal continues at Gog Le Hi Te in Tacoma. I did not see the Black Phoebe, but did not spend much time at the Gog.


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Tukwila, WA
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Date: 3/22/17 3:37 pm
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snohomish County Rusty Blackbird
The Rusty Blackbird that Marv Breece reported on Saturday at the west end of Norman Road was continuing this morning. It is not as easy to get on as the Bellingham bird. The few blackbirds and starlings that hang around this farm are skittish and sometimes they fly off. There is also not an easy pull-out close to where the birds are. This was my second try for it.

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Date: 3/22/17 3:28 pm
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe - Lake Tye, Monroe
There is currently a very Cooperative Say's Phoebe at the park on the south
end Of Lake Tye In Monroe, Snohomish County. Thanks to Ben Van Dusen for
reporting it on eBird this morning. This had been my nemesis bird in the
county for 5 years.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA

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Date: 3/22/17 2:13 pm
From: Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The three cormorants
Hi all,

This past Sunday, March 19, Kendrick and I got some good views of Double-crested, Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorant in one spot. We could see clear indications that the Pelagic and Brandt’s were both in breeding plumage. Very cool to see these birds right next to each other. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to see the beautiful blue patch at the base of the bill on the Brandt’s.

This was in West Seattle at Jack Block Park on the pilings east of the park.

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Date: 3/22/17 1:35 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Birders are hip!
Fun and informative article (Brit perspective) in the Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/rise-hipster-bird-watcher/

May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis
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Date: 3/22/17 12:53 pm
From: Peter Johnson <johnson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FOY Osprey Skamania County
Saw my FOY Osprey in Skamania County today 11:30 am at Rock Creek Cove
in Stevenson

Peter Johnson
Stevenson, WA

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Date: 3/22/17 12:09 pm
From: Rick Tyler <rhtyler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe at Green River
In trees next to parking lot at Three Friends Fishing Hole. No black phoebe
though.

Rick

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Date: 3/22/17 10:37 am
From: Bruce <blabar...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Westport Pelagic Trip, Sunday April 23?
Our April 22 pelagic trip is completely booked with several birders on a waiting list.
We are considering a second trip the next day to accommodate all.
If you are interested, please check our website for all information and to make reservations at www.westportseabirds.com
Bruce LaBar
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Date: 3/22/17 10:25 am
From: Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Audubon and binocular repair - addendum
Hi again Tweets,

In my recent message thanking Seattle Audubon for their excellent work helping me get my 25-plus-year-old Swarovskis repaired, I forgot to mention a critical terrific dimension: SAS has a generous binoc-loaner policy.

I held off getting mine fixed for years, probably over a decade after they needed repair, because I couldnt imagine being without them for a while. But SAS loaned me a nice pair of Swarovskis while mine were gone, which made all the difference.

They offer loaners for people who bought theirs from SAS or from one of the companies SAS carries, or for those who are participating in a SAS activityand of course, loaners are subject to availability.

Please, a virtual round of applause for this organization that serves our birding community so well!

Cheers,
Trileigh

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Date: 3/22/17 10:11 am
From: Rick Tyler <rhtyler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Cedar River Say's Phoebe
Couldn't find it this morning. Pretty windy, and a juvenile bald eagle was
perched there.

Rick Tyler

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Date: 3/22/17 9:25 am
From: Patricia Smith <patriciacanrightsmith...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Red wing blackbirds
Hello,
A friend in Winthrop has had hordes of male red wing blackbirds visiting her seed feeders for the last few days. She's never had them at her feeders before, and she's not near wetlands. There's still a lot of snow on the ground, and she wonders if this is why they're at her feeders this year? Anyone know about this behavior?
Thanks!
Patricia
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Date: 3/22/17 3:45 am
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] the program of which 5H is a part
Here is the March 3, 2017 Tweeters post by Bud Anderson that an alert Tweet saved (and I must have passed over). Thanks to Patricia for sending it to me, Bud for posting it on March 3 and Gary Searing for sharing the information and initiating this program. I am reposting this for more of you to see and hopefully be able to use if you spot this bird or any other banded or tagged raptors.

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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************************

Subject: White 5H Wing-tagged Rough-leg at the West 90 on the Samish Flats
Date: Fri Mar 3 2017 1:05 am
From: falconresearch AT gmail.com
Several people have been seeing this bird lately.


I thought I would forward an e-mail from my colleague, Gary Searing, at the

Vancouver BC airport (YVR) that includes some facts about this bird as well

as some information on his program.


"Thank you for reporting your sighting of 5H. These sightings are very

important to the success of my tagging program.


I tagged her as a juvenile bird at the Vancouver International Airport

(YVR) on 11 February 2017 and released it the next day in Chilliwack, BC as

part of a program to prevent raptors from being struck by aircraft. Yours

is the third sighting of this bird since it was translocated to Chilliwack.

The two previous sightings have been in the same area within the last

couple of days. Let me provide you with some information on the program so

you understand a bit more why we are doing this:


YVR began a program of trapping and removing Red-tailed Hawks and

Rough-legged Hawks in October 2010 in order to prevent them from being

struck by aircraft primarily to improve air safety, but also as a raptor

conservation tool. Each year the airport has a large number of transient

raptors that winter at YVR as well as resident adults and local-raised

young birds. Based on information from SeaTac International Airport in

Washington, we expect that adult residents are least likely to be involved

in collisions with aircraft, but a significant number of young birds and

transient birds are struck each year. Therefore, we are attempting to

remove those birds from the airport environs by capturing them and

releasing them just beyond Chilliwack where there is ample habitat and a

reasonable likelihood that they will not return to YVR. I view this not

only as an air safety program, but also as a raptor conservation program

because, if successful, we may prevent the deaths of a dozen or more birds

each year. We expanded the program in 2013 to all raptors (including owls).

To date we have captured and relocated over 600 birds. Most of them were

relocated to Chilliwack. To date there has been more than 5500 resightings

of my tagged and banded birds. While most of those sightings are of birds

that have returned to YVR, there have been over 300 sightings of 100

different birds away from Sea-Iona Islands by over 150 observers who are

not part of the YVR wildlife management team.



33 American Kestrels

2 Bald Eagles (nestlings)

1 Barred Owl

283 Barn Owls (only a dozen or so have returned to YVR)

86 Cooper's Hawks

29 Great Horned Owls

4 Merlins

7 Northern Harriers (none have returned to YVR)

1

5 Peregrine Falcons

25 Rough-legged Hawks (5 have returned to YVR)

206 Red-tailed Hawks

16 Short Eared Owls (1 returned to YVR)

2 Snowy Owls (1 returned to YVR)

3 Sharp-shinned Hawks

2 Gyrfalcons



Raptors are one of the major strike risks at YVR and we believe that we are

mitigating that risk significantly through the capture and relocation of

raptors.



It is through the sightings of many interested persons such as yourself

that we are able to collect the essential information on bird movements and

distribution and learn how well the measures we are using to manage

wildlife at the airport and elsewhere are working. We are in the process of

developing a new website. The first steps have been taken to allow you to

report your sightings online. Next steps will be to allow you to plot the

location of the bird sighted on a map and finally you will receive instant

feedback on the history of the bird you reported. I hope we can get the

last two aspects of the website working by summer. I will let you know when

it is up and working.



Thank you for your cooperation and your interest. Feel free to contact me

for more information or with any sighting information.



Regards



Gary"

-----------------------------

*Gary F. Searing, M.Sc. Wildlife Hazard BiologistAirport Wildlife

Management InternationalExecutive DirectorBird Strike Committee Canada*



9655 Ardmore Drive

North Saanich, British Columbia

Canada V8L 5H5

Cell: 250.857.5133

Skype: gfsearing

http://www.airportwildlife.ca

http://www.canadianbirdstrike....




Bud Anderson

Falcon Research Group

Box 248

Bow, WA 98232

(360) 757-1911

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Date: 3/21/17 8:37 pm
From: Randy Hill <re_hill...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe @ Lake Joy
With all the Say's Phoebe sightings west of the Cascades recently, the one
seen yesterday on Bachelor Island (Ridgefield NWR) is of little
significance, but still a sight record.

Randy Hill
Ridgefield

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Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe @ Lake Joy


> Yard bird #113 just spent about 1/2 hour in our yard at Lake Joy fly
catching off a pole that I erected by the lake to attract Belted
Kingfishers. Periodically a Red-winged Blackbird would claim the spot on
the pole and the phoebe would retreat to a picnic table or lower pole. Here
are some photos.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/sets/72157679276080802
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> Hank Heiberg
> Lake Joy
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Date: 3/21/17 6:40 pm
From: hank.heiberg <hank.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe @ Lake Joy

> Yard bird #113 just spent about 1/2 hour in our yard at Lake Joy fly catching off a pole that I erected by the lake to attract Belted Kingfishers. Periodically a Red-winged Blackbird would claim the spot on the pole and the phoebe would retreat to a picnic table or lower pole. Here are some photos.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/sets/72157679276080802
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Date: 3/21/17 6:31 pm
From: Catherine <cma...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] after sighting a banded/tagged bird, then what?
Thanks, Barb. I'll add that I found the body of a tagged Cooper's Hawk in Genesee Park earlier this year, and reported the tag # to the National Bird Banding lab. Got a reply back from the bander about 6 weeks later: Immature male, banded near Vancouver BC last October.

I keep thinking about this young bird's journey - all that open water...

Each bird has a story.

Catherine Alexander
Lakewood Neighborhood
South Seattle



> On Mar 21, 2017, at 5:34 PM, Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...> wrote:
>
> So, you spot a leg band or wing tag or some other label on a bird you're looking at, with or without your optical glass, and you are able to make out numbers or capital letters (or both) - what can you do to find out more about the bird or the particular research or study the bird is a part of? If you are interested in sharing your information for your own edification or to contribute to data being gathered so all of us can learn more, it would be very helpful if you would consider taking the time and effort to report your find.
> You can start by going to the website of the Bird Banding Lab (national) and following the prompts for reporting. Or you can try to contact someone locally who is known to be involved in bird banding/bird studies. The Washington Ornithological Society (WOS) has info on some research. The next WOS program (April 3) will feature a raptor bander, Ed Deal, who specializes in Cooper's Hawk and Peregrine Falcon studies. I'm sure he will have more specific suggestions about reporting those raptors and perhaps other birds. Come to the open, public meeting and ask questions!
> Now, about my friend, Sean's report of a Rough-legged Hawk in the Samish Flats, with 2 wing tags: others reported to me having seen likely the same hawk within the last few weeks. Yesterday, a photo of the bird appeared in my inbox, showing that the white tags had, not an "SH" on them, but instead "5(five)H. One letter and one number on each tag. I have posted about this on Tweeters, hoping to elicit a response from someone who knows something more about this Roughleg and the project it is a part of. Sean would like to know more as well. I suggest that either Sean or Barb G or David G (the one who sent me the photo) report your sightings of this hawk to the Bird Banding Lab - personnel there will give you the age, sex and other info about the bird and the study it's a part of. Please let us know if you find out any more about this light Rough-legged Hawk.
> Thank you, Tweets.
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Date: 3/21/17 6:06 pm
From: Ed Swan <edswan2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Vashon Say's Phoebe
Karen Fevold found a Say's Phoebe at KVI Beach on Vashon Island today. She took some nice photos that are on the Vashon Nature Center Facebook page. Harsi and Ezra Parker found it still there mid afternoon and I saw it just this evening hawking from the fence under the radio tower and calling frequently. Ed

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Date: 3/21/17 5:37 pm
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] after sighting a banded/tagged bird, then what?
So, you spot a leg band or wing tag or some other label on a bird you're looking at, with or without your optical glass, and you are able to make out numbers or capital letters (or both) - what can you do to find out more about the bird or the particular research or study the bird is a part of? If you are interested in sharing your information for your own edification or to contribute to data being gathered so all of us can learn more, it would be very helpful if you would consider taking the time and effort to report your find.
You can start by going to the website of the Bird Banding Lab (national) and following the prompts for reporting. Or you can try to contact someone locally who is known to be involved in bird banding/bird studies. The Washington Ornithological Society (WOS) has info on some research. The next WOS program (April 3) will feature a raptor bander, Ed Deal, who specializes in Cooper's Hawk and Peregrine Falcon studies. I'm sure he will have more specific suggestions about reporting those raptors and perhaps other birds. Come to the open, public meeting and ask questions!
Now, about my friend, Sean's report of a Rough-legged Hawk in the Samish Flats, with 2 wing tags: others reported to me having seen likely the same hawk within the last few weeks. Yesterday, a photo of the bird appeared in my inbox, showing that the white tags had, not an "SH" on them, but instead "5(five)H. One letter and one number on each tag. I have posted about this on Tweeters, hoping to elicit a response from someone who knows something more about this Roughleg and the project it is a part of. Sean would like to know more as well. I suggest that either Sean or Barb G or David G (the one who sent me the photo) report your sightings of this hawk to the Bird Banding Lab - personnel there will give you the age, sex and other info about the bird and the study it's a part of. Please let us know if you find out any more about this light Rough-legged Hawk.
Thank you, Tweets.

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Date: 3/21/17 3:25 pm
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Who Say's birding is easy?
Hey Tweets!

I want to preface this by saying that I have missed some easy birds regularly. I don't need to tell any of those stories because they are familiar enough for any of you. But today... Good Lord.

I stepped outside on my planning period and had a Say's Phoebe buzz my head and zip up to one of the trees in our annex courtyard. I watched the bird for a bit, went back into my classroom, and have spent the rest of the day peeking out at the bird, showing it to others, and listening to it call through the window!

Got a few easy pictures with my phone, as it perched right outside the second story window for lengths of time. I've had easier birds and more unexpected birds, but maybe not both like this. Not better than this, anyway.

Happy birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton (Teaching in Covington!)

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Date: 3/21/17 3:21 pm
From: Gina Ames <boisecreekfarm...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FOY Goldfinch, Violet-Green Swallows, and Rare Says Phoebe
We saw our first of the year Goldfinch pair on the feeders in Enumclaw Sunday, as well as the first Violet-Green Swallows. On Tuesday we had a rare siting of the Says Phoebe.

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Date: 3/21/17 1:45 pm
From: William <wrboyington...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Phoebes in so. King County
Tweeters,

Black north of 200th on Green River and Say's at mouth of Cedar River are both present today.

Bill Boyington
Shoreline, WA

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Date: 3/21/17 12:53 pm
From: Diann MacRae <tvulture...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Band-tailed pigeon
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Date: 3/21/17 11:25 am
From: Neil Johannsen <neil.johannsen...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Winslow, Bainbridge Island
Morning of March 21st, two sightings in Winslow: first Band-tailed Pigeon of year and a brilliant male Purple Finch, the latter appeared to have been dipped in bright raspberry juice.

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Date: 3/21/17 10:33 am
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
and a very nice City Park if you have an RV...stayed there.. twink


On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 7:31 PM, McComb Gardens <info...>
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> And, a City park that has Pygmy Nuthatches.
> Wings,
> jane
>
> Jane Stewart
> 121 Solar Lane
> Sequim, WA 98382-8324
> <jane...>
> 360-681-2827
>
>
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> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Patricia
> Quyle Grainger
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> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
>
> In Sisters there is a hotel that has regular visits from Pinion Jays. It is
> quite amazing!
>
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> > On Mar 20, 2017, at 5:30 PM, McComb Gardens <info...>
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> > I have stayed in Sisters.
> > Had a nice visit.
> >
> > Wings,
> > Jane
> >
> >
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> > Subject: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
> >
> > Tweeters,
> >
> > The annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, sponsored by the East Cascades
> Audubon Society, will be held June 1-4, 2017 in Sisters, Oregon.
> > Although registration does not open until 8:00 a.m. on April 1, you can
> check out the website and the details about field trips any time now.
> > Local volunteers lead the trips, assisted by some very good birders from
> around the state. There are field trips ranging from half a day to 2 days
> in length, something for everyone. Any profits go toward programs offered
> by ECAS, including education, programs for children, bird surveys, etc. The
> trips do fill quickly once registration opens on April 1.
> >
> > http://www.ecaudubon.org/dean-hale-woodpecker-festival
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happy birding
Twink
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Ferndale, WA
in Whatcom County
out on the beach

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Date: 3/20/17 9:13 pm
From: Randy Hill <re_hill...>
Subject: [Tweeters] crane talk and FOYs
They've been talking lately, dancing too. Yesterday a tour around the
Woodland Bottoms in Cowlitz County, about 700 Sandhill Cranes in the big
pasture between the RR tracks and the Holland America tulip location south
of town, viewed from the gravel dike road along the Lewis River. Also had
FOY Rough-winged Swallow at the big expulsion pumps on Dike Road at the
north end, and two occupied Great Horned Owl nests in cottonwoods along Dike
Road.



Today I verified that the north end of Lower River Road along Vancouver
Bottoms north of Vancouver Lake is vacated, therefore not accessible to the
public without permission north of the gate that has been in place for the
last year+. (There is also a visible active Great Horned Owl nest directly
east of the gate; scope needed.) So Post Office Lake is not accessible for
viewing other than walking the road NE along the north end of the Shillapoo
Wildlife Area and viewing from a very long distance. I had specific access
from the owner to walk in and look at the flooding into Post Office Lake
(bottom end of Ridgefield NWR), where waterfowl numbers were pretty low
since there was water everywhere, but did see my FOY Cliff Swallow. On the
way was a Say's Phoebe around the buildings before the house at the end
before the barricade, and several (FOY) Wood Ducks in the flooded
cottonwoods. On the drive out, around 4:50, there were more than 1150
Sandhill Cranes east of the Fazio Sand piles, and another 350 west of LRR in
the field south of the turnoff into Frenchman's Bar Park.



More cranes to come, but in Othello. The 20th Sandhill Crane Festival
begins Friday afternoon and through the weekend. Many people there that you
will recognize by name As many as 8 presentation an hour outside of the
crane viewing tours, and with so many pertinent topics some tough decisions
about which to attend! Info at
https://www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org/



Randy Hill

Ridgefield


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Date: 3/20/17 8:04 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Washington Ornithological Society Program for Monday April 3rd - Ed Deal - Seattle's Adaptable Urban Cooper's Hawks
Ed Deal is our program speaker for the WashingtonOrnithological Society Meeting on Monday April 3rd.  His program topic is “Seattle's Adaptable UrbanCooper's Hawks".  Ed bringsa wealth of knowledge and experience about raptors.  He has a Master Federal Banding Permit andhas more than 25 years of banding experience. He has managed two research projects – one on Peregrine Falcons and theother on Seattle’s Cooper’s Hawk Project. Maybe we can finally learn how to differentiate between Cooper’s Hawksand Sharp Shinned Hawks.


WOS meets at the Center for Urban Horticultural adjoiningthe Union Bay Natural Area.  Social timebegins at 7:00 p.m. and the formal program begins at 7:30. All are welcome.


Blair BernsonWOS Program Chair
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Date: 3/20/17 7:33 pm
From: McComb Gardens <info...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
And, a City park that has Pygmy Nuthatches.
Wings,
jane

Jane Stewart
121 Solar Lane
Sequim, WA 98382-8324
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360-681-2827


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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement

In Sisters there is a hotel that has regular visits from Pinion Jays. It is
quite amazing!

Pat Grainger
<paq...>

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> On Mar 20, 2017, at 5:30 PM, McComb Gardens <info...>
wrote:
>
> I have stayed in Sisters.
> Had a nice visit.
>
> Wings,
> Jane
>
>
> Jane Stewart
> 121 Solar Lane
> Sequim, WA 98382-8324
> <jane...>
> 360-681-2827
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
>
> Tweeters,
>
> The annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, sponsored by the East Cascades
Audubon Society, will be held June 1-4, 2017 in Sisters, Oregon.
> Although registration does not open until 8:00 a.m. on April 1, you can
check out the website and the details about field trips any time now.
> Local volunteers lead the trips, assisted by some very good birders from
around the state. There are field trips ranging from half a day to 2 days
in length, something for everyone. Any profits go toward programs offered
by ECAS, including education, programs for children, bird surveys, etc. The
trips do fill quickly once registration opens on April 1.
>
> http://www.ecaudubon.org/dean-hale-woodpecker-festival
>
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Date: 3/20/17 7:25 pm
From: Paul Baerny <pbaerny...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Black Phoebe still present in Kent (King Co) [3/20/17]
I had no luck this morning with the Black Phoebe. But saw the Say's Phoebe
along the fence line off the South East corner of the Iron Mountain Bldg,
accessed from the Three Friends parking lot.


On Mar 20, 2017 5:08 PM, "Matt Bartels" <mattxyz...> wrote:

Hi all -
I followed up on Sam Terry’s message from yesterday and found the Black
Phoebe present right where he described it today at ~3:30pm.

Directions:
Take 200th east until just after the bridge over he Green River - turn
south[right] immediately after the bridge to the parking lot [signage helps
here] for Three Friends Fishing Hole. Walk the bike trail north, under
200th and around a bend to the east. The Black Phoebe was across the river
on a sort-of island/snag in the river, flycatching and calling regularly.

No luck on the Boeing Ponds Say’s Phoebe —

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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*From: *Sam G Terry <sgt3...>
*Subject: **[Tweeters] South King County 3/19/17*
*Date: *March 19, 2017 at 11:35:37 PM PDT
*To: *<tweeters...>

Hi tweeters,

….
Black Phoebe - 1 in the same area one hung out last summer - north of the
200th St bridge past the first bend flycatching from a snag on the west
side of the river - accessed from Three Friend Fishing Hole Park - thanks
to a tip from a birder named Mark!

Say's Phoebe - 1 at Boeing Pond - on the far fence line across the field
that is north of 59th Pl S. Also saw the one at the Cedar River Mouth on
the way back. Solid afternoon for phoebes!


Good birding,

Sam Terry
Seattle





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Date: 3/20/17 6:58 pm
From: Patricia Quyle Grainger <paq...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
In Sisters there is a hotel that has regular visits from Pinion Jays. It is quite amazing!

Pat Grainger
<paq...>

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 20, 2017, at 5:30 PM, McComb Gardens <info...> wrote:
>
> I have stayed in Sisters.
> Had a nice visit.
>
> Wings,
> Jane
>
>
> Jane Stewart
> 121 Solar Lane
> Sequim, WA 98382-8324
> <jane...>
> 360-681-2827
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of <jmeredit...>
> Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 2:44 PM
> To: <tweeters...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
>
> Tweeters,
>
> The annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, sponsored by the East Cascades Audubon Society, will be held June 1-4, 2017 in Sisters, Oregon.
> Although registration does not open until 8:00 a.m. on April 1, you can check out the website and the details about field trips any time now.
> Local volunteers lead the trips, assisted by some very good birders from around the state. There are field trips ranging from half a day to 2 days in length, something for everyone. Any profits go toward programs offered by ECAS, including education, programs for children, bird surveys, etc. The trips do fill quickly once registration opens on April 1.
>
> http://www.ecaudubon.org/dean-hale-woodpecker-festival
>
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Date: 3/20/17 5:57 pm
From: William Thacker <twxster...>
Subject: [Tweeters] HOOD CANAL
HI all.

There were seven Rudy ducks about 100 meters off the Northeast shore of Tawona Park at about 2 PM yesterday. Neither the blue bill nor the 'ruddy' were to be seen. 'Long time no see'. Nice to see you guys.

Many Surf scoters on the Canal; seen at all the stops this person made and much else.

The main gate and the park are closed, but one can enter and park via a more westerly gate.

William Thacker




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Date: 3/20/17 5:33 pm
From: McComb Gardens <info...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
I have stayed in Sisters.
Had a nice visit.

Wings,
Jane


Jane Stewart
121 Solar Lane
Sequim, WA 98382-8324
<jane...>
360-681-2827


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Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 2:44 PM
To: <tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement

Tweeters,

The annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, sponsored by the East Cascades Audubon Society, will be held June 1-4, 2017 in Sisters, Oregon.
Although registration does not open until 8:00 a.m. on April 1, you can check out the website and the details about field trips any time now.
Local volunteers lead the trips, assisted by some very good birders from around the state. There are field trips ranging from half a day to 2 days in length, something for everyone. Any profits go toward programs offered by ECAS, including education, programs for children, bird surveys, etc. The trips do fill quickly once registration opens on April 1.

http://www.ecaudubon.org/dean-hale-woodpecker-festival

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Date: 3/20/17 5:09 pm
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Black Phoebe still present in Kent (King Co) [3/20/17]
Hi all -
I followed up on Sam Terry’s message from yesterday and found the Black Phoebe present right where he described it today at ~3:30pm.

Directions:
Take 200th east until just after the bridge over he Green River - turn south[right] immediately after the bridge to the parking lot [signage helps here] for Three Friends Fishing Hole. Walk the bike trail north, under 200th and around a bend to the east. The Black Phoebe was across the river on a sort-of island/snag in the river, flycatching and calling regularly.

No luck on the Boeing Ponds Say’s Phoebe —

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Sam G Terry <sgt3...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] South King County 3/19/17
> Date: March 19, 2017 at 11:35:37 PM PDT
> To: <tweeters...>
>
> Hi tweeters,
>
> ….
> Black Phoebe - 1 in the same area one hung out last summer - north of the 200th St bridge past the first bend flycatching from a snag on the west side of the river - accessed from Three Friend Fishing Hole Park - thanks to a tip from a birder named Mark!
>
> Say's Phoebe - 1 at Boeing Pond - on the far fence line across the field that is north of 59th Pl S. Also saw the one at the Cedar River Mouth on the way back. Solid afternoon for phoebes!
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> Sam Terry
> Seattle
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 3/20/17 2:48 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Central Oregon Woodpecker Festival announcement
Tweeters,

The annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, sponsored by the East Cascades
Audubon Society, will be held June 1-4, 2017 in Sisters, Oregon.
Although registration does not open until 8:00 a.m. on April 1, you can
check out the website and the details about field trips any time now.
Local volunteers lead the trips, assisted by some very good birders from
around the state. There are field trips ranging from half a day to 2
days in length, something for everyone. Any profits go toward programs
offered by ECAS, including education, programs for children, bird
surveys, etc. The trips do fill quickly once registration opens on April
1.

http://www.ecaudubon.org/dean-hale-woodpecker-festival

Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 3/20/17 12:25 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch } Summer Supplements
Tweeters,

This week’s post does not contain a new seasonal suggestion for your vitamin regime. It does contain some of my first photos of cedar waxwings searching for something other than fruit. I hope you enjoy the post!

http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/03/summer-supplements.html <http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/03/summer-supplements.html>

Have a great day on Union Bay,

Larry Hubbell
ldhubbell at comcast dot net
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Date: 3/20/17 11:35 am
From: Bruce LaBar <blabar...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Westport Pelagic, March 19, 2017. PARAKEET AUKLET
FINALLY! After several recent cancelations, we were able to have our first of the year pelagic trip! The weather was outstanding with sunshine for most of the day and excellent seas. With 15 birders, two who were younger than 12 years old, we had a fantastic day.

The early morning crossing of the bar was a little bumpy, but once we got pass, we had a great open ocean ahead. Mount Rainier and the Olympics were bathed in the gorgeous sunrise. My first ever Sea Otter, off Westport, surprised us as we cruised by. Further out, we went through the “Murre Zone” with hundreds of Common Murre’s everywhere. One Ancient Murrelet was briefly viewed in this area. This time of year is great for Black-legged Kittiwakes offshore. Over 150 were observed plus 11 sightings of early migrating, Sabine’s Gulls.

Out in deeper water, we encountered our first shearwaters, which are scarce this time of year. Fewer than 20 Sooties, 1 Pink-footed and 1 Short-tailed were seen. We started to see many Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets in this area. Also our first sightings of PARAKEET AUKLETS. This was frustrating because all 6 sightings were of birds flying away from the boat and most birders not getting good views.

Before we stopped at our normal “chum” site in the middle of Grays Canyon, Phil noticed a long-liner fishing boat a few miles further out. These boats are famous for attracting seabirds, especially albatross! We got close and had over 90 Black-footed Albatross, many Fork-tailed Storm Petrels, Black-legged Kittiwakes, California and Herring Gulls and a few other seabirds.

As we left this great congregation, we were all keen on trying to get good looks at Cassin’s Auklets and hopefully better views of the Parakeet Auklets. The Cassin’s were very obliging as some were too full from eating, that when they tried to fly they flopped only a few yards away from the boat, which gave all good views. Ahead of us we noticed some other alcids on the water and we slowed down to check. Ryan Merrill called out that one was a Parakeet! Indeed it was! It stayed within a close viewing area for all to see. Many photos were taken. This was the highlight bird and lifer for many on the boat.

Other highlights include 3 Pomarine Jaegers, 4 Marbled Murrelets, 2 Harlequin Ducks in the boat basin and 30 Marbled Godwits and later over 100 also near the marina.

Mammal highlights include the Sea Otter, 1 Northern Fur Seal, 1 Elephant Seal, Steller’s and California Sea Lions, Harbor Seal, 1 very close Humpbacked Whale and several Gray Whales near shore.

For further information on our pelagic trips and for reservations, please check out our website at www.westportseabirds.com. Our complete checklist from this trip will also be posted here in a few days.

Spotters for this trip were Gene Revelas and myself. Boat personal and spotters were Phil and Chris Anderson. Thanks to all for such a great trip!

Bruce LaBar
Tacoma, Wa.

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Date: 3/20/17 11:05 am
From: Grace Oliver <grace.ollie...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Rusty Blackbird Bellingham - YES
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Date: 3/20/17 11:01 am
From: Grace Oliver <grace.ollie...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird Bellingham - NO
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Date: 3/20/17 10:06 am
From: B&PBell <bellasoc...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eastside Audubon trip to Kittitas sage
Hi Tweets



On Saturday, Eastside Audubon took a trip out to Kittitas County for sage
birds. As has been all too frequent lately the day started out in Issaquah
with rain, but we did pick up SONG SPARROW and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD in the
P&R. It rained all the way up to Snoqualmie Pass, with lots of snow piled
up, where we did pick up AMERICAN CROW.



We finally ran out of rain just before Easton and saw a couple of COMMON
RAVENs just before we ran into fog. Coming down into Cle Elum we had three
CANADA GEESE fly over and some more AMERICAN CROWs. Around Thorp we picked
up our first BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and a RED-TAILED HAWK and then ran into
more fog. Came into the clear just before Ellensburg and saw a GREAT BLUE
HERON. Along the way east of Ellensburg we saw more RED-TAILED HAWKs.



In Kittitas we had EUROPEAN STARLING, HOUSE SPARROW, ROCK PIGEON, more
AMERICAN CROWs and a bunch of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVEs. Along Caribou Rd. we
saw DARK-EYED JUNCO, EUROPEAN STARLING, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, and TREE
SWALLOW. On Vantage Highway we saw AMERICAN CROW, RED-TAILED HAWK,
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. At the pond on Parke Creek Rd. we
picked up RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, COMMON MERGANSER,
CALIFORNIA QUAIL and BUFFLEHEAD.



Continuing east on Vantage Highway we saw WESTERN MEADOWLARK. We were
congratulating ourselves on a lack of wind when we stopped at the entrance
to Wild Horse wind project to look for Sage birds. We stepped out of the
cars into high winds (all too frequent here). We did manage to pull up a
SAGEBRUSH SPARROW that perched about 15 feet away and sang for us. It then
flew a bit further away and perched again and we got nice scope views. We
moved on down to the Lower Quilomene area with even higher speed winds (at
least 25 mph steady and probably 30 mph gusts) - often difficult to stand.
We thought we might have heard some distant birds but because of the wind
could not focus in on them. A small bird did fly in and land and it turned
out to be a HORNED LARK. A couple of COMMON RAVENs circulated further up the
slope.



By the time we got down to Recreation Rd. the wind had stopped and we walked
a ways up Rocky Coulee and saw SAY'S PHOEBE, AMERICAN ROBIN, DARK-EYED JUNCO
and had a large flock of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWs overhead. Down at the
Columbia River we saw HORNED GREBE, some distant scaup. Up at the Gingko
Petrified State Park overlook we took advantage of the lack of wind to have
lunch. While there we saw more SAY'S PHOEBEs and HOUSE FINCH. Walking over
to the overlook we saw a group of sleeping RUDDY DUCKs and a larger group of
AMERICAN COOTs, three BALD EAGLEs over the river harassed a GOLDEN EAGLE.
The wind then arrived and was with us for the rest of the day.



On the way down Huntsinger Rd. we flushed an AMERICAN KESTREL, made a quick
circle thru Wanapam State Park and saw two KILLDEER. At the Cove we had
MALLARD, BUFFLEHEAD. COMMON GOLDENEYE and BUFFLEHEAD were near Wanapam Dam
as were two COMMON LOON. At the Wanapam Dam boat launch below the dam we was
a large (perhaps 200) group on COMMON and BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, some more
BUFFLEHEAD and GREATER SCAUP and LESSER SCAUP. On the river was a COMMON
LOON and a RING-BILLED GULL flew by. We stopped at the side canyon and
listened for possible Rock Wren with no luck, but had MERLIN fly by up by
the ridge. A BALD EAGLE flew down the river and we saw a RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER. VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWs were overhead. We made a stop at the rock
pile below the dam and picked up a pair of ROCK WRENs (nice looks) and a
SAY'S PHOEBE.



On the way home we drove up SR10 thru the canyon and stopped at the Teanaway
River. The river is extremely high and we had no joy looking for American
Dipper. As we started on toward Cle Elum, in the pond by the side of the
road we had RING-NECKED DUCK and a pair of WOOD DUCKs.



During the day we also had NORTHERN FLICKER and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE.



On the way back over Snoqualmie Pass we had snow - rounding out our typical
March weather.



It was a good day in spite of the weather and very windy conditions.



Good Birding,



Brian H. Bell

Woodinville WA

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Date: 3/19/17 11:38 pm
From: Sam G Terry <sgt3...>
Subject: [Tweeters] South King County 3/19/17
Hi tweeters,

Today I birded in Enumclaw in the morning and the Kent Valley in the
afternoon with the following highlights:


Enumclaw Area:

Tundra Swan - 32 in fields on 212th Ave SE south of SE 448th St - this is
the most I've seen in King County that I can remember

Western Bluebird - 2 on Mud Mountain Rd

Northern Pygmy-Owl - 1 along Mud Mountain Rd


Kent Valley:

Northern Shrike - 1 at M Street in Auburn

Black Phoebe - 1 in the same area one hung out last summer - north of the
200th St bridge past the first bend flycatching from a snag on the west
side of the river - accessed from Three Friend Fishing Hole Park - thanks
to a tip from a birder named Mark!

Say's Phoebe - 1 at Boeing Pond - on the far fence line across the field
that is north of 59th Pl S. Also saw the one at the Cedar River Mouth on
the way back. Solid afternoon for phoebes!


Good birding,

Sam Terry
Seattle

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Date: 3/19/17 11:27 pm
From: Eric Heisey <magicman32...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Yakima County Big Day (March 19)
Today, I met up with Andy and Ellen Stepniewski at 7:00am to do a not-so-serious Yakima county big day. We started out with 4 American White Pelicans below my house, then headed to Kerry's Pond. At Kerry's Pond there were 6 Redheads, 3 Dunlin, 1 Least Sandpiper, and 2 Black-necked Stilts. We thought this was a pretty good start to the day, and decided to start heading towards Priest Rapids in hopes of some good waterbirds to pad our list.

Along the way, we stopped at Van Belle reservoir, Lewandowski Rd, and along hwy 241. Van Belle reservoir had nothing too exciting, the best bird being a male Lesser Scaup. Lewandowski was better, giving us Long-billed Curlews, 4 Say's Phoebes, and a mixed flock of 1000+ Blackbirds and Starlings with 25 Brown-headed Cowbirds in it. We missed Ferruginous Hawk, but oh well. Along hwy 241 we decided to stop to try for some shrub steppe birds, and were not disappointed! We were treated to nice views of two warbling Sage Thrashers and a Loggerhead Shrike. It was 9:00am by the time we were leaving, time to move on the Priest Rapids!

Priest Rapids was calm, allowing us to easily scope across from Grant county and see some birds on the Yakima county side. There were impressive numbers of waterfowl, the best being 8 Red-breasted Mergansers and several Barrow's Goldeneyes, mixed in with the usual suspects. We also compiled an impressive list of Gulls, with Ring-billed, California, Herring, and Glaucous-winged. Andy called out a Golden Eagle, evidently migrating north above the ridge. Below the dam at Jackson Fish Camp, we watched a Prairie Falcon eat a meal near its nest and listened to calling Chukars across the river. Now off to Toppenish!

On the way over hwy 241, we decided to stop and look over the fields north of Lewandowski Rd again. Just as we had hoped, we were able to spot a Ferruginous Hawk sitting on the ground! We headed off towards Toppenish, taking a detour by Mabton.

Mabton is really a great place for birds, undercovered in my opinion. Stopping at Morgan Lake we added many dabbling ducks to our list, as well as Pied-billed Grebe and our first Tree Swallow of the day. The boat launch proved too flooded for many birds, but did have a flock of 10 Cliff Swallows circling overhead. Along hwy 22, a huge flock of 2500 geese continued, with a Snow Goose still present.

Our next stop was the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge. Scoping from the hwy 97 ponds, Andy again spotted a Golden Eagle, this one a beautiful immature soaring with a raven. Carrying on down Pumphouse Rd, we ran into John Hebert. We teamed up to locate two singing Sagebrush Sparrows (one giving us nice looks), a Prairie Falcon, and a Northern Shrike. Along Lateral C there was a Snow Goose with a few Canada Geese. Lateral C is impassable in the center, and John tipped us off to a Eurasian Wigeon he had found on the south side. This meant a detour around, but it payed off. We found John's Eurasian Wigeon, along with 7 Greater Yellowlegs and 21 Dunlin. We headed east down Marion Drain where we were able to relocate a roosting Barn Owl in a bank. Andy and Ellen had seen two Osprey's along I82 early in the morning, but I still hadn't, so we headed back to I82 in hopes of seeing these birds again. There was one sitting on a platform near Buena!

We had originally planned to go to Popoff trail to clean up some of our misses (Bewick's Wren, Great Blue Heron, California Quail), but we decided instead to go look for some more interesting birds in the mountains. At first we thought this might have been a mistake, but it turned out to be great! Stopping at the Y intersection of hwy 12 and hwy 410, we turned up several new birds, including a Virginia Rail and Lewis's Woodpecker. Feeling better about our decision, we headed up to the Oak Creek Elk feeding station, where we immediatly noticed a Prairie Falcon. As we got out and started looking around, we found many more good birds. Highlights here we're a Bushtit and White-throated Swifts. Andy added that this is the earliest he has seen White-throated Swifts in Yakima county. A little further up the road, we found a Canyon Wren, more Swifts, and my personal highlight of the day, another Golden Eagle! This individual gave us wonderful looks as it landed on a bare snag across the canyon above where it has nested for the past few years. A spectacular sight!

It was getting late, but we decided to head up to the Tieton Airport Marsh in hopes of some more mountain birds. We didn't do as well here, managing only Mountain Chickadee and a few Red-breasted Nuthatches, but these were still nice. As it was getting late, we had to think about heading back towards home (and towards food!). Driving down hwy 12 south of Naches, I spotted a Peregrine Falcon in the top of a cottonwood, our last new bird of the day!

We ended the day with 95 species! Our most significant misses were Bewick's Wren, Great Blue Heron, and Belted Kingfisher, but with all the cool stuff we saw we can hardly complain. All in all a great day of birding with some great people.

Good birding,

Eric Heisey
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Date: 3/19/17 10:35 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Rusty Blackbird and the Eared Grebe - and a Blog Post on Those and a Lot of Birds with Red Eyes
After the wonderful view of the Rusty Blackbird in Bellingham (one enjoyed by many), Ann Marie and I visited the Blaine Marina where we had great views of Eared, Horned, Pied Billed and Red Necked Grebes and Common Loons in both Alternate and Basic plumage in addition to many other birds.  The sparkling red eyes of the Common Loon and the Eared and Horned Grebes got me to thinking about birds with red eyes and led to this blog post:Taking the Redeye


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If that link doesn't work then just go to blairbirding.wordpress,com.  I also posted there yesterday with comments and photos from my dash around Central and South Washington on Thursday and Friday.
Sure was nice to have some sunshine today.
Blair Bernson
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Date: 3/19/17 9:12 pm
From: hank.heiberg <hank.heiberg...>
Subject: [Tweeters] OT: Birding Santa Barbara

>
> We just returned from a rain-avoidance trip to Santa Barbara. Both the birding and weather were excellent. Here are some videos and photos:
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> Video of Acorn Woodpecker moving an acorn from one location to another:
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/33328391272/in/photostream/
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> Video of Black Skimmer feeding:
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/32641158264/in/dateposted/
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> Video of California Towhee scratching and feeding on the side of a Palm Tree:
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/32623749814/in/dateposted/
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> Video of a California Thrasher calling:
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/32595428843/in/dateposted/
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> Video of a Brandt's Cormorant swimming underwater and feeding:
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/32641680314/in/dateposted/
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> Album of all photos and videos:
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/sets/72157681518142646
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> Once again Birder's Dashboard proved to be invaluable. We now have an iPhone so we used both the mobile version and the laptop version to plan our daily birding excursions. Here is a link to this software:
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> http://www.birdingwashington.info/dashboard/
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> Hank and Karen Heiberg
> Lake Joy
> Carnation, WA

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Date: 3/19/17 7:40 pm
From: Gerry Ellis <gerry...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Osprey arrival
After southern pushing storms for the past few days the wave of migrants
today (Sunday) was exciting to witness. Spent the morning at Ridgefield NWR
with water high from all the rains and fewer duck species, no swans, the
sky was bursting with swallows—Violet-green and Tree as well as our FOY
Northern Rough-wing—and crazy numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers throughout
the Oregon Ash forest.

Between RNWR and Sauvie Island (OR) over the Columbia River we sighted our
FOY Osprey as well as Turkey Vultures.


Gerry Ellis
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Date: 3/19/17 7:20 pm
From: Bud Anderson <falconresearch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Turkey Vulture today, Fir Island, Skagit County
First of season on Skagit for me.

Welcome sign of spring and good ending for the winter field trips.

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Bow, WA 98232
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Date: 3/19/17 6:57 pm
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Snow Geese Motherlode and a few Raptors too (No Gyr!!) / Caryn / Wedgwood
Hello birders,

Wow, what a gorgeous and amazing day at the Skagit!

Went up for lunch and hit the bakeries and a little shopping. Not a "real" birding outing (since friend is not a birder - but she indulged my need to stop anytime I spotted something), but ended up seeing several eagles, (one in the tree right outside the restaurant) 3 Northern Harriers, 2-3 RT Hawks - No Gyr! ;-( (at least I don't think so...) Also a nice flock of Tundra Swans. Didn't have my scope so couldn't zero in on some of the water fowl.

But, the road to the Snow Goose market (what is that road?) had us stop in our tracks - right off the road were at least 1000+ (maybe 2!) Snow Geese. Huge flock - a solid mass of white! Then in two other spots as we were leaving were two other huge flocks! Glad I didn't have to count!!

One lone Brewer's Blackbird. Robins, etc...

Daffs just starting - no tulips showing yet.

All in all a great day - great food, great weather with lots of Snow!!!

Caryn / Wedgwood
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Date: 3/19/17 4:50 pm
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] One lifer, one WAfer, and one... RentonFer?
Hey Tweets!

Finished up a good day of birding up in Snohomish County with Adrian Lee, and just picked up the Say's Phoebe immediately at the Cedar River Mouth (Thanks for the report, Qinlin!). It was a new Renton bird for me, which is always fun.

Highlights:

North Creek Park in Bothell: probable Short-eared Owl, Wilson's Snipe and Virginia Rail.

Edmonds: Black-legged Kittiwake (lifer), Pacific and Common Loons, three cormorant species, Black Scoter, and a lone Bonaparte's Gull.

Everett Marine Park and North View: Savannah Sparrow FOY

Jennings Park: Great Egret, Tree and Violet Green Swallows

Norman Road in Stanwood: Rusty Blackbird (state bird for me), Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, and three Eurasian Wigeons. Still lots of Snow Geese hanging around!

Happy Birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton

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Date: 3/19/17 4:29 pm
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe at cedar river mouth

There is also one at Lake Sammamish State park, 200 yards SE of the bridge over Issi Creek.

Larry Schwitters
Issaquah
> On Mar 19, 2017, at 3:02 PM, Qinglin Ma <qinglineric...> wrote:
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Date: 3/19/17 3:05 pm
From: Qinglin Ma <qinglineric...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe at cedar river mouth
A Say's Phoebe is at cedar river mouth near the observation deck to the
left on twigs in the lake RightNow at 3:00pm.

Qinglin Ma
Kirkland, wa

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Date: 3/19/17 1:18 pm
From: Steve Krival <stevekrival...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Junco with a collar (Kelly McAllister)
I noted a Dark-eyed Junco at my feeder in Seattle with a partial (throat and malar areas) white collar this morning. It was close enough for me to see white feathers were poking out beneath the dark gray feathers on the neck. I suspect that these white feathers are a downy under layer, and the white "collar" is an effect of molting where new dark feathers have not yet grown all the way over the white layer.

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Date: 3/19/17 12:21 pm
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Roughlegged Hawk w/wing tags seen near Edison
About 10 days ago, a friend of mine spotted a RLHA up in the Samish Flats. It had one wing tag on each wing, with the letters SH on them. He wishes to know if anyone wants to know about this and is interested in hearing a bit of information about the study it might be a part of.
Please email me if you have any information and I'll pass it on to my friend.

Thanks,

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Date: 3/19/17 12:14 pm
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's titles are:

1) The Book That Changed America

2) Birds of Europe, etc: An Annotated Checklist

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-titles_16.html

sincerely
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Ian Paulsen
Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
Visit my BIRDBOOKER REPORT blog here:
https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/
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Date: 3/19/17 10:57 am
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Rusty Bbird
Oops, sorry! That's in Bellingham, Bakerview Rd. - Jon Houghton

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On Mar 19, 2017 10:39 AM, Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...> wrote:
Now in Costco parking lot. NW corner. Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 3/19/17 10:44 am
From: <magma1306...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bellingham Rusty Blackbird YES
The Rusty Blackbird is being seen now in the grass on the West side of Costco.

Jennifer Standish & Connie Bickerton
Bainbridge Island, WA
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Date: 3/19/17 10:41 am
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rusty Bbird
Now in Costco parking lot. NW corner. Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 3/19/17 10:33 am
From: Dee Dee <deedeeknit...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Edmonds Turkey Vultures
I was in downtown Edmonds on Thursday (16th) late morning and watched a pair of Turkey Vultures circle low over Main Street, low enough to clearly see the red head with bare eyes alone. On Friday afternoon while playing pétanque, saw one circling (much higher up) from the Edmonds Civic Playfield.

Dee Warnock

Edmonds



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Date: 3/19/17 9:30 am
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Edmonds Black-legged Kittiwake
Hey Tweets!

More birding to do today, but wanted to shoot out a Black-legged Kittiwake sighting from the Edmonds fishing pier. Spotted by Adrian Lee, and a lifer for me!

It was following a boat and briefly sat in the water for some good looks before we lost it.

Tim Brennan
Renton

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Date: 3/19/17 9:28 am
From: Dusty Bleher <TweeterReader...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
Hello Lynn & all;



Although a bit out of the way and perhaps too far for a convenient weekend trip; the best place we ever found for spring wildflowers was Death Valley, and the surrounding Sonoran and Mojave desert area. There’s few things as remarkable as standing in the middle of Death Valley, under Desert Sunflowers as far as the eye can see in every direction. Entire hillsides will seem to be dipped in color, with the view changing over time as the sun moves across the sky. It is truly a phenomenon that must be seen at least once in one’s life. The mix of flowers is truly astonishing. They range from dots hardly larger than a pencil point that you have to get down on your knees to see, to flowers the size of your hand and well over your head. Huge Joshua Tree’s covered in blossoms are a sight to behold.



Although the show varies from year-to-year, it’s tied to the timing and how much rain they got over the winter. While I know that California got hammered by rain of late, I don’t know how well Death Valley and the deserts fared. When we lived in SoCal we obviously managed to keep tabs on those events. From up here, it’s harder to say. Perhaps a call to the ranger station at Furnace Creek might be of help. There may also be on-line information as well.



And, as a side-note, the vast swaths of plants & flowers always attracted many interesting bugs and birds. It was always an event we thoroughly enjoyed (except for the dry years…and it was wall-to-wall sand 😊!)



Take care and be well all,
Dusty



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Subject: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring



Can anyone suggest a trip (overnight to several days, from Seattle area) to take in Spring to see wildflowers and birds? The birding does not have to be the best. I realize Ocean Shores is a great place to bird in Spring but want to see wildflowers too - anywhere in central OR/WA that might work?


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Date: 3/19/17 9:08 am
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird
Paul Baerny relocated Rusty Blackbird at Fred Meyers this morning at 8:45.  Eating salt with two Brewer's.  Flew off but still in lot at 9;00

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Date: 3/18/17 9:33 pm
From: Josh Hayes <Coralliophila...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
My mom lives in hood river, OR, across the river from Catherine creek and near some lovely birding up the Klickitat river. It'd be a good base of operations for such an excursion.

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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring

You didn't mention a time frame for Spring but the Columbia River Gorge has amazing wildflowers from March to the end of May. A couple of special spots are the Catherine Creek Preserve and Columbia Hills State Park, both are in Klickitat County. The Oregon side of the Gorge is just as spectacular with the Rowena Preserve as a highlight. In an eighty mile drive up the Gorge you can go from rain forest to shrub steppe without any elevation gain, so the variety of wildflowers and birds is very diverse.


Wilson Cady
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Can anyone suggest a trip (overnight to several days, from Seattle area) to take in Spring to see wildflowers and birds? The birding does not have to be the best. I realize Ocean Shores is a great place to bird in Spring but want to see wildflowers too - anywhere in central OR/WA that might work?

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Date: 3/18/17 7:31 pm
From: Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
You didn't mention a time frame for Spring but the Columbia River Gorge has amazing wildflowers from March to the end of May. A couple of special spots are the Catherine Creek Preserve and Columbia Hills State Park, both are in Klickitat County. The Oregon side of the Gorge is just as spectacular with the Rowena Preserve as a highlight. In an eighty mile drive up the Gorge you can go from rain forest to shrub steppe without any elevation gain, so the variety of wildflowers and birds is very diverse. Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

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Can anyone suggest a trip (overnight to several days, from Seattle area) to take in Spring to see wildflowers and birds? The birding does not have to be the best. I realize Ocean Shores is a great place to bird in Spring but want to see wildflowers too - anywhere in central OR/WA that might work?
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Date: 3/18/17 6:29 pm
From: Tom Mansfield <birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snohomish County Prairie Falcon
Hey Tweets - After seeing the Bellingham Rusty Blackbird today, I was "swimming" back home in the deluge and made a lap around Camano Island, then back to the freeway via Norman Road south of Stanwood. As I rounded a curve near Cliffhaven Jersey Farm, I spotted a falcon on a utility pole. I slammed on the brakes and got the bins on it: Prairie Falcon - that's what came to me based on its plumage/size/shape. I grabbed the camera as the bird flushed and fired off a few shots. In the bins, the bird had a light head and was clearly larger than a Kestrel or Merlin but did not have the bulk I associate with a Peregrine. There had been multiple reports of a Prairie Falcon in the general area but the last eBird sighting was about 3 weeks ago. I sent the only clear images I managed to Bud Anderson the falcon researcher, but my photos were inconclusive for him to determine either Prairie or Peregrine. I appreciated his willingness to have a look. I'm mentioning all of this because if you're in the Norman Road area between Silvana and Stanwood, keep a sharp eye because I think the Prairie Falcon is still in the neighborhood.

Tom Mansfield at home in Seattle

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Date: 3/18/17 5:33 pm
From: Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...>
Subject: [Tweeters] More FOYs this week - orange and white
Hi Tweets,

I was thrilled this morning to hear my FOY Rufous Hummingbird zooming
around. In a few moments, I was able to catch a glimpse of him foraging
across the yard, although by the time I ran back inside to get my camera,
hed left. Hopefully in the next few days Ill be able to share a photo.

A few days earlier, on Sunday 3/12, I had my first sighting of a
White-crowned Sparrow, not only a FOY but a new yard bird since we moved
into our house in Aug 2014. It was fun seeing it foraging alongside a
Golden-crowned Sparrow not a FOY, but on the rare side for our yard.
That same day I had both Audubons and Myrtle Yellow-rumpeds at my feeder
as wellwhat a great day.

While Im writing, I want to publicly thank Seattle Audubon, and
particularly Toby Ross and David Garcia, for managing the repair of my
Swarovskis. I bought them probably more than 25 years ago and theyd never
been cleaned or repaired. Toby volunteered that SAS could take care of
sending them to Swarovski, who offers a limited lifetime warranty, for
only a minimal charge. I was amazed when Swarovski, true to their
warranty, repaired and cleaned them without cost, including a new casing
and new covers for both ends. (I did, happily, pay a bit for two scratched
lenses to be replaced.) When I picked them up, David and volunteer Penny
were a pleasure to talk with in person. An all-around terrific experience.
Thanks, folks.

Good birding to all,
Trileigh


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Trileigh Tucker
Pelly Valley, West Seattle
Natural history website: TrileighTucker.com
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Date: 3/18/17 4:59 pm
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Turkey Vultures and other signs of spring
Hello Tweets,
I know there's been sporadic eBird reports for the last couple of
weeks, but I just glanced out my window and caught a kettle of four
Turkey Vultures meandering north of the Snohomish River. My FOY, and
the earliest I've ever seen them in Washington.

The world's least noticed air war is currently going on outside, with
a female Rufous Hummingbird seeming to hold off several Anna's
throughout most of the day. A male RUHU showed up briefly, but perhaps
thought he'd avoid the drama.

The Mountain Bluebird from Thursday was seen into the afternoon, going
off eBird reports, but I could not locate it by the time I got home
around 6pm. Bluebirds in migration in western Washington have been
very flighty for me, with birds literally disappearing when I looked
away for a moment on several occasions, so I was happy this male
stayed long enough for a few others to get a look.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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Date: 3/18/17 4:42 pm
From: Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Rusty Blackbird currently at Costco in Bellingham
Just to be clear, the bird was in Bellingham.

Karen Wosilait
Seattle, WA
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> 3.59 pm. Between Costco and Costco gas.
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Date: 3/18/17 4:03 pm
From: Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird currently at Costco
3.59 pm. Between Costco and Costco gas.

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Date: 3/18/17 3:29 pm
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snohomish birding
Hey Tweets!

I'm heading up for a long day of birding in Snohomish tomorrow. Open seats in the car!

The Rusty Blackbird in Stanwood will be on my target list, as it would be a lifer! Will also plan to hit Edmonds for some salty birds. Email if you'd like to join for part or all of the day!

Tim Brennan
Renton

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Date: 3/18/17 3:13 pm
From: Devon Comstock <devonc78...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
The Ochoco National Forest (near Prineville, OR) and Big Summit Prairie
offers both fabulous wildflowers and bird life.

Another favorite wildflower hike of mine is Canyon Creek Meadows at the
base of Three Fingered Jack. Amazing displays of shooting star, indian
paintbrush, monkeyflower and lupine. This is a later bloom, July. The hike
goes through some old burns and I have seen black backed woodpeckers there.

And finally another Central Oregon, lesser know spot is Spring Basin
Wilderness along the John Day River. In April the desert flowers begin to
bloom and the most spectacular is the bright pink pediocactus. Birding is
shrubsteppe species and riparian associates by the river. There is a huge
bald eagle nest en route to the trailhead. Not far from there is the Clarno
Unit of the John Day fossil beds, also good for hiking.


Have fun
Devon Comstock
Wenatchee





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Can anyone suggest a trip (overnight to several days, from Seattle area) to
take in Spring to see wildflowers and birds? The birding does not have to
be the best. I realize Ocean Shores is a great place to bird in Spring but
want to see wildflowers too - anywhere in central OR/WA that might work?

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Date: 3/18/17 2:21 pm
From: Lynn Wohlers <wohlers13...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
Can anyone suggest a trip (overnight to several days, from Seattle area) to
take in Spring to see wildflowers and birds? The birding does not have to
be the best. I realize Ocean Shores is a great place to bird in Spring but
want to see wildflowers too - anywhere in central OR/WA that might work?

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Date: 3/18/17 2:13 pm
From: Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird Continue
Hello Tweets,

At about 9:43 AM, I was standing at the lawn edge of the Fred Meyer's parking lot, when I heard the Brewer's Blackbird flock flying in from a telephone pole across the street. They landed in a tree directly above my head -- with the Rusty Blackbird in tow! Ryan Merrill and Tom Mansfield soon arrived to enjoy the blackbird with me.

The Rusty was singing when perched in the parking lot trees, and also when the flock briefly returned to the telephone pole, when we could hear his rusty-hinge song across the street and above the din of traffic. This is a pretty bright male that I believe is currently molting into alternate plumage around the eyes. I followed the flock around for a while, getting great views of the Rusty Blackbird feeding and perched, until I had some quality photos of the bird.

When I left, the blackbirds were all perched high in the trees behind the La Quinta Hotel. If the flock isn't present in either the Fred Meyer's or La Quinta parking lots, we theorized that they may also spend time in the Costco lot across the street.

I probably won't see a Rusty Blackbird so close in Washington - or anywhere - for quite some time! A Fred Meyer's parking lot certainly isn't the most typical place to get the species as a lifer, but it was certainly a satisfying one. Thanks, Noah Sanday!

On the way home, a short stop at the Samish Flats yielded 95 Eurasian Wigeons near West 90 -- amazing!

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Date: 3/18/17 12:29 pm
From: <plkoyama...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snohomish MT Bluebird-no; Seattle Swamp Sparrow-yes
Tweets,
Yesterday a.m. David and I took a quick run to Shorts School Rd near Snohomish to look for the Mountain Bluebird and had no luck, searching for about an hour. We ran into a couple of other birders who were also unsuccessful between about 9:30-11:30 a.m. I later talked to Steve Dang, who was there around noon and also missed the bird. The weather was decent with high clouds and no rain. All of us checked the fencing and fields on both side of the road and scoped from the WDFW area.

Today Steve and I went down to the Center for Wooden Boats on South Lake Union from about 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. in pouring rain. From the covered area on the way to the WB Center, after about 20 minutes, the Swamp Sparrow appeared on the east side of the walkway (the right side as you face the lake.) The bird worked its way left in the foliage for about 10 minutes, dove under ferns and rhodie, and did not reappear after 10 more minutes, at which time our parking limit expired. This was a 2-person job, as one of us was looking to the west of the walkway and the other to the east. With its short showing, a lone person might’ve missed it in the discouraging weather.
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Date: 3/18/17 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote - Last week & the week of Mar. 19, 2017
Hello, Tweeters,

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Date: 3/18/17 12:03 pm
From: Wayne Weber <contopus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbird in Bellingham
Birders,



Here is a further update on the Rusty Blackbird in Bellingham. I looked for it at about 2 PM yesterday, March 17. A circuit of the Fred Meyer’s parking lot, which was crowded by then, failed to produce any blackbirds. However, as I was leaving, I spotted a small group of blackbirds on the telephone wires next to the much larger Costco parking lot, on the opposite (north) side of Bakerview Road. I was able to find the bird in my spotting scope, and had nice views of it for about two minutes. Unfortunately, an attempt to get photos was unsuccessful. The Rusty Blackbird (plus 7 accompanying Brewer’s Blackbirds) flew down into the Costco parking lot and proceeded to look for food among the parked autos, at times quite close to the store entrance. The heavy car and pedestrian traffic made it hard to photograph or even spot the birds most of the time, as they kept disappearing under or behind parked cars.



I suspect that the Brewer’s Blackbirds are long-term residents of the area, perhaps staying in the area all winter or maybe even all year. Brewer’s Blackbirds are among the few bird species that regularly inhabit and look for food in mall parking lots. With luck, the Rusty will stay with them for at least a few more days, for the benefit of birders who want to see it. However, I would advise birders to look for it in the morning, the earlier the better, to avoid the busiest times.



This was my first Rusty Blackbird in Whatcom County, and only my second in the state of Washington, after more than 50 years of birding the state. Unlike my colleague Marv, I have not been lucky enough to see this species in two different counties in the same day! Congratulations to Noah Sanday on finding this bird in a most unlikely place.



Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

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From: <owner-whatcombirds...> [mailto:<owner-whatcombirds...>] On Behalf Of Marv Breece
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds



This morning I was lucky enough to see the male RUSTY BLACKBIRD that Noah Sanday found Wednesday at the Fred Meyer on Bakerview Rd in Bellingham. I watched the bird from about 8:45AM until about 10:30. It was still at the Fred Meyer parking lot with 12 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS when I left at about 10:30AM.



On the way home there was a female RUSTY BLACKBIRD along Norman Road in Snohomish County in a large blackbird flock at the intersection of Marine Drive, south of Stanwood.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
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Date: 3/18/17 10:52 am
From: Gerry Ellis <gerry...>
Subject: [Tweeters] California Gulls along the Columbia River
Multiple California Gulls along the Columbia River near I-5 bridge, and
Vanport wetlands. (Also wave of several Rufous Hummingbirds at our feeders
in North Portland)


Gerry Ellis
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Date: 3/18/17 10:17 am
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sergio Siepke presentation / Caryn / Wedgwood
Good morning, Raptor lovers and all birders,

Last evening at the Greenwood Senior Center (Seattle), before a great flock of birders, Sergio Siepke shared his wealth of raptor knowledge with beautiful photos from his many jaunts around the world - the latest being to Australia (as guide through his Raptours, LLC company).

One of their luckiest finds on this group trip was the Letter Winged Kite, with its striking, very large golden eyes. What a beautiful bird!! On another tour in Nepal, with the Annapurna Himalayas in the background, Sergio described having a White Rumped Vulture (sorry if I got the bird wrong here) fly by at eye level!!

There were also amazing birds from his native Argentina, like the charming Spot-winged Falconet and so many others from Chile and Ecuador.

Many of Sergio's beautiful images displayed the shared similar common field marks of species we are familiar with in the NW. Having taken Bud Anderson's (FRG.org) Raptor Class really helped me keep up with what Sergio was telling us about - well, sorta. It was helpful to have a bit of "raptor terminology" under my belt. But seeing so many amazing species through Sergio's enthusiastic eyes only stirred my desire to learn and see more. (If I only liked to fly!)

With his humor and energy, it was both an entertaining and "rapturous" talk. It was great to see so many from Bud Anderson's Raptor class(es) in attendance along with many of his raptor cohorts. Being in a room with so many intrepid raptor whisperers perched about the room (all so humble) was fun to see. They too are getting easier to identify from across a crowded field.

I do hope this is a temptation for all to attend one of Sergio's generous presentations remaining while he's still here. (FYI - He'll be at Padilla Bay today at 1pm and then at Bellingham Public Library at 7pm). I was (we all were) so lucky and grateful to have him here, just a few minutes from home. Thanks to Bud for such thoughtul planning to introduce us all to Sergio - "one of the leading hawk guys on the planet" -
(Bud's comment). And of course, many thanks to you Sergio!!

Caryn / Wedgwood

PS - Who brought that amazing popcorn!! Please tell me where to find some...Thanks to you too!



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Date: 3/17/17 10:29 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Two Long Crazy Days - East and South
I had a complete clear calendar for two days and wanted to check out the Shrub Steppe birds and look for Sandhill Cranes among other birds.  Things got a bit out of hand as I could not find any cranes in the Othello area and decided to try Ridgefield and the Woodland Bottoms,  Since I had no set agenda, I also added some birding in Klickitat and Skamania Counties - covering ground familiar and new.  Weather was excellent yesterday except that it was VERY windy along Old Vantage Highway which may or may not be the reason that there were almost no birds there anywhere.  Today the weather was mostly miserable after 10 a.m. - lots of rain and horrible traffic on I-5 coming home.  There is still lots of snow in the mountains and in Cle Elum but otherwise there was no other snow and none falling.  For the two days, I saw just under 90 species including lots of new ones for the year, ending with a very early Rough Winged Swallow in heavy rain at Nisqually NWR.  I had not started out to see a big list and am sure that with some effort, luck and planning, 110 species or more would have been possible.
Some highlights (and low lights):  Pygmy, Red Breasted and White Breasted Nuthatches and Mountain Chickadees at the Railroad Ponds in South Cle Elum.  Cassin's Finches at the old RR station in South Cle Elum.  Numerous Mountain and Western Bluebirds along Umptanum Road (which is very muddy and lots of water on the road).  There were also numerous Say's Phoebes (there and many other places) but NO sparrows of any kind on Durr Road.  California Scrubjay in Ellensburg. NO birds to speak of at all at many stops along Old Vantage Highway.  I had expected Sagebrush Sparrows for sure and hoped for Vesper Sparrow, Sage Thrasher and Loggerhead Shrike which I have had there by this date in years past.  I saw two other birders who had the same NO Birds experience.  I missed Canyon Wren at my usually reliable spot on Huntzinger Road but did have a Rock Wren there.  My travels to Moses Lake did not produce a Ross's Goose or anything of note.  And no Sandhill Cranes anywhere near Othello or along Frenchman's Road etc.  Failing to find a crane, I decided to extend the trip (I was snot sure I would do so when I started out) and go to Ridgefield the next day, so I headed southwest with a trip to Fort Simcoe to end the day.  Fort Simcoe is closed, but you can walk in.  As always there are MANY Lewis's Woodpeckers to put on a great show.  I spent the night in Goldendale.
Although I had certainly not planned to do so, when I saw that Russ Koppendreyer had a Bonaparte's Gull at some place called Roosevelt Ferry Road in Eastern Klickitat County, I decided to check out some new territory.  I keep track of birds by County but am not a County lister per se, so the Gull was not that important, just nice to try a new spot.  I had not realized how far in the opposite direction of my original plan it was.  I did not find the gulls, but it proved an interesting place I lucked into a Lesser Goldfinch singing from a wire.  I had originally thought I might go to Lyle if I spent two days, so that was the next visit - much longer than had I not gone so far east.  Along the way at one of the small parks (forgot to note the name but it was near Eightmile Creek, I saw a few swallows that at first I thought might be Cliff Swallows.  When I stopped for a close look they were just more Violet Green Swallows (I saw many hundreds all told on the trip), but the stop was near cliffs and I figured why not play the Canyon Wren's beautiful song and I got an immediate response (but distant).  Lyle was disappointing, even though I managed to find a single Acorn Woodpecker, and concerning.  It seems to be getting more and more difficult to find Acorn Woodpeckers there and there also seems to be an increase in the numbers of Lewis's Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers.  This may just be my experience and there may be no correlation, but I hope this is just my poor birding and not a serious decline.
I continued along Highway 14 through Skamania County.  I have only been there once in the past - when the Hooded Warbler was on the Cape Horn Trail in 2013.  Nothing exciting, but when your county list is 15 species, it is easy to add some new ones.  It had started to rain when I was in Lyle and the volume picked up steadily such that by the time I got to Ridgefield it was pretty heavy.  I was hoping for Wilson's Snipe, Red Shouldered Hawk and Sandhill Crane.  The refuge was very wet, with no mud to speak of and most fields heavily flooded.  This was great for ducks and geese but I could find no Snipe and no Cranes.  I was fortunate to get a very distant view of the Red Shouldered Hawk but too far for a photo - especially as it rained very hard at that time.  The surprise was a pair of Cinnamon Teal very close to the start of the Auto tour on the River S Unit.  There were hundreds of Tree and Violet Green Swallows, Cackling Geese, Shovelers and. American Coots  Now desperate for a Sandhill Crane, I went north to the Woodlands Bottoms - an area I was not familiar with but know there have been cranes there.  As I was headed to a pin spot from Ebird where cranes were reported I was speeding by a field and almost missed a flock of maybe 50 Sandhill Cranes.  They were very photogenic and close to the road.  When I returned 10 minutes later, they were all hidden in some new plantings (berries or grapes??) and I would have missed them entirely.  I did find three more flocks of Sandhill Cranes in the area - probably 300+ altogether.
It was now much later than I had planned so I expected some traffic returning to Edmonds - but NOTHING like what I hit about 10 miles south of Olympia.  It was pouring and a sign on the highway said there was a major backup between Lacey and JBLM.  Its effect was clearly much greater so despite the rain, I decided to stop at Nisqually and wait it out.  Very tough conditions but a big surprise was a single Rough Winged Swallow among dozens of Violet Green Swallows at the Fresh Water pond along the board walk. I had hoped for a Bittern or a Snipe but no luck with them.  The Rough Winged Swallow was 9 days earlier than I have ever had one before.  It was now past 5:30 and the traffic was so bad that it did not look possible to even get onto I-5.  I delayed with a not too good meal at one of the restaurants near the on ramp and killed another hour.  At 6:30, it was still jammed but having nothing else to do, I joined the mess and fortunately in about 10 miles, it (the traffic but certainly not the weather) cleared and I made it home much quicker than expected.
It was a fun trip with some good birds and some disappointing misses.  Sagebrush Sparrow is a favorite and missing that was my biggest miss.  Others have seen them easily so I think the wind may indeed have been the culprit.  Guess I will have to return.  Some cautionary notes - the snow in Cle Elum around Bullfrog Pond for example is very deep and significantly curtails birding there (and also in South Cle Elum).  There is significant water in fields, rivers, creeks and ponds - probably better for waterfowl than birders and with the deluge today (and more expected tomorrow), watch out for floods.  I also expect avalanche and rock fall conditions to affect travel on the passes and on some other roads.  Be careful...
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Date: 3/17/17 7:05 pm
From: Marv Breece <marvbreece...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rusty Blackbirds




This morning I was lucky enough to see the male RUSTY BLACKBIRD that Noah Sanday found Wednesday at the Fred Meyer on Bakerview Rd in Bellingham. I watched the bird from about 8:45AM until about 10:30. It was still at the Fred Meyer parking lot with 12 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS when I left at about 10:30AM.


On the way home there was a female RUSTY BLACKBIRD along Norman Road in Snohomish County in a large blackbird flock at the intersection of Marine Drive, south of Stanwood.


Marv Breece
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Date: 3/17/17 3:49 pm
From: Charles Desilets <csdesilets...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Scrub-Jay still on Gunn Road Mt. Vernon
Yesterday about 2:20, I located one of the Western Scrub-Jays previously
reported on Gunn Road. It was perched on a small leafless tree on the west
side of the road.



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Date: 3/17/17 2:37 pm
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 17 March 2017
After a few milder days, this morning started out quite chilly. Ironically, I was in Chicago last week and, except for the effects of the perpetual wind, it was warmer there than here! And they have had no snow since December. Still, our Spring is moving along well and the changes in the cast of birds surely reflects the trend. Lots of singing and flirtatious behavior.

Sarah Peden joined me early and neither of us could turn up an owl. Otherwise, there was plenty to see.

Cackling Goose - a couple of Taverner’s were with the flock of Canadas
Eurasian Wigeon - male continues with the flock at the beach
Scaup - still over 100 Greaters, a dozen or so Lesser
Hooded Merganser - a couple of females in the Dead-end Pond
Pied-billed Grebe - getting territorial—each one was in a different pond
Bald Eagle - an immature flew down the shoreline and nobody moved; strange
Red-tailed Hawk - a nice buffy-colored adult was perched at the edge of the wetlands all morning
Virginia Rail - called early
Killdeer - most at the north end; one was at the bark berm where they nested last year
Wilson’s Snipe - calling early from the meadows
Thayer’s Gull - clean-looking adult on swim platform, with 4 other species of gull
Pigeon - a single pigeon today: Band-tailed, at south end fence line
Anna’s Hummingbird - several, a couple females gathering nesting material
Tree Swallow - a few; one pair investigating hole in snag (Dead-end Pond) they used for nesting last year
Violet-green Swallow - dozens, over Kite Hill, high over Promontory Point
Bushtit - about a dozen, a couple with yellow, pollen-covered heads
Yellow-rumped Warbler - many, most were Audubon’s but plenty of Myrtles mixed in

For the day, 58 species; with BTPI and TRES new, 77 species for the year.
Scott Ramos
Seattle

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Date: 3/17/17 1:57 pm
From: Kelly McAllister <mcallisters4...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Junco with a collar and Hogum Bay black phoebe
I don't generally found birds with plumage oddities to be all that
interesting but there's one in my own backyard so it's suddenly just
fascinating. It's a dark-eyed junco and it has a white collar. Hmmm, that's
different. See image here:



https://www.flickr.com/photos/29002564@N08/33497631435/in/dateposted-public/



I've visited Hogum Bay water treatment ponds several times in the last fews
weeks and I've seen a single black phoebe each time. There are dozens of
yellow-rumped warblers (Audubon's) at the ponds right now and at least one
hundred violet-green swallows today.



Kelly McAllister

Olympia, Washington


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Date: 3/17/17 11:33 am
From: cjflick <flick...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Rufous Hummingbird - March 16 - White Salmon
March 16, 2017 (7:16 a.m.)

Rufous Hummingbird, male

1st-of-season sighting & distinctive wing buzz

Backyard in White Salmon, WA

Red flowering currant: leaves emerged; flowers in tight bud & not opened
yet

cjflick, white salmon, wa

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Date: 3/17/17 10:01 am
From: Constance Sidles <constancesidles...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Happy St. Patrick's Day
Hey tweets, I've been going to the Fill nearly every day again and have seen 84 species this year - remarkable, considering the amount of wood chips WSDOT has deemed necessary to spread everywhere. If Smaug valued wood chips instead of gold chips, he'd be one happy dragon right now. Ultimately, I hope the wood chips decay into mulch, enriching what is otherwise very poor soil and perhaps encouraging grasses to return. We shall see.

In the meantime, here it is St. Patrick's Day already, and Violet-green Swallows are swirling everywhere, reminding us that nature is resilient, spring is here, and the migrants are returning to our Emerald City. Here is a poem I wrote for you today, noting that one of my favorite birds is on the way:

A wonderful bird is the vulture,
Though many would say he's uncultured.
He eats rotten meats
and prefers older eats,
But gardeners are glad he's a mulcher.

- Connie, Seattle

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Date: 3/16/17 9:21 pm
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 3-16-2017

> On Mar 16, 2017, at 9:09 PM, Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> wrote:
>
> Tweeters,
> Pretty cold when we started (40degF), but the fine sun (what a treat after a bunch of soggy days) warmed the ground, the birds, and the birders, making it pleasant all around. We had our first swallows of the year: TREE and VIOLET-GREEN, and repeats (and repeats/repeats/repeats) of HUTTON'S VIREOS singing in about the same area as last month. We found a RED-TAILED HAWK on the nest at Hodge Lake. This nest was partially built two years ago, not used, and not used last year. The nest had definitely been refurbished: much larger. When first spotted, two hawks were at nest. We also saw two COMMON RAVENS on the road past Hodge Lake, and later, one was carrying a branch to what may turn out to be nest tree (first raven nest at Eagles Pride GC).
>
> 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:
> April 20
> May 18
> June 15
> Anyone is welcome to join us!
>
> Birds (40 species) listed today:
>
> Cackling Goose 1
> Canada Goose 9
> Mallard 4
> Ring-necked Duck 35 All but three birds were at the pond on the 9th hole.
> Bufflehead 16 All but one was at Hodge Lake
> Common Goldeneye 1 In with the Ring-billed Ducks at the 9th hole pond.
> Pied-billed Grebe 1 Hodge Lake
> Bald Eagle 3
> Red-tailed Hawk 4
> Glaucous-winged Gull 1
> Mourning Dove 4
> Anna's Hummingbird 2
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 4
> Hutton's Vireo 3
> Steller's Jay 13
> California Scrub-Jay 1
> American Crow 13
> Common Raven 2
> Tree Swallow 9
> Violet-green Swallow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 8
> Chestnut-backed Chickadee 8
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 4
> Pacific Wren 3
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> American Robin 37
> Varied Thrush 3
> European Starling 7
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Both were singing
> Dark-eyed Junco 39
> White-crowned Sparrow 1
> Golden-crowned Sparrow 10
> Song Sparrow 13
> Spotted Towhee 5
> Red-winged Blackbird 2
> Red Crossbill 5
> Pine Siskin 16
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35226605 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35226605>
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> May all your birds be identified,
> Denis DeSilvis
> avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com
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Date: 3/16/17 9:13 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 3-16-2017
Tweeters,

Pretty cold when we started (40degF), but the fine sun (what a treat after a bunch of soggy days) warmed the ground, the birds, and the birders, making it pleasant all around. We had our first swallows of the year: TREE and VIOLET-GREEN, and repeats (and repeats/repeats/repeats) of HUTTON'S VIREOS singing in about the same area as last month. We found a RED-TAILED HAWK on the nest at Hodge Lake. This nest was partially built two years ago, not used, and not used last year. The nest had definitely been refurbished: much larger. When first spotted, two hawks were at nest. We also saw two COMMON RAVENS on the road past Hodge Lake, and later, one was carrying a branch to what may turn out to be nest tree (first raven nest at Eagles Pride GC).



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:

April 20

May 18

June 15

Anyone is welcome to join us!


Birds (40 species) listed today:



Cackling Goose 1

Canada Goose 9

Mallard 4

Ring-necked Duck 35 All but three birds were at the pond on the 9th hole.

Bufflehead 16 All but one was at Hodge Lake

Common Goldeneye 1 In with the Ring-billed Ducks at the 9th hole pond.

Pied-billed Grebe 1 Hodge Lake

Bald Eagle 3

Red-tailed Hawk 4

Glaucous-winged Gull 1

Mourning Dove 4

Anna's Hummingbird 2

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 4

Hutton's Vireo 3

Steller's Jay 13

California Scrub-Jay 1

American Crow 13

Common Raven 2

Tree Swallow 9

Violet-green Swallow 2

Black-capped Chickadee 8

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 8

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

Brown Creeper 4

Pacific Wren 3

Golden-crowned Kinglet 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

American Robin 37

Varied Thrush 3

European Starling 7

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Both were singing

Dark-eyed Junco 39

White-crowned Sparrow 1

Golden-crowned Sparrow 10

Song Sparrow 13

Spotted Towhee 5

Red-winged Blackbird 2

Red Crossbill 5

Pine Siskin 16


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35226605


May all your birds be identified,

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Date: 3/16/17 6:23 pm
From: Ruth Richards <rgrichards7...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Mountain Bluebird on Whidbey
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Date: 3/16/17 5:57 pm
From: Linda Clark <clark5080...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually
Is it better at nisqually when there is a low or high tide?

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Date: 3/16/17 4:28 pm
From: J Christian Kessler <1northraven...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Yesler Swamp this morning
walked the circuit twice this morning, highlights included a Hermit Thrush,
Brown Creeper, Common Merganser (male only), Wood Duck (pair, stayed back
in a brushy cove), and a very vocal Pacific Wren, obviously enthused as we
were by the weather.

Chris Kessler
Seattle

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Date: 3/16/17 3:20 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-03-16
Tweets – we were a bit impatient for spring today, I think. It was breezy, but pretty warm (40’s) and SUNNY, and we wanted spring birds NOW. We only got a couple. But a pretty nice day anyway.

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan Matt heard some pre-dawn, then we saw 7 silent swans fly overhead
Anna’s Hummingbird Female on nest at Rowing Club, males displaying
Short-eared Owl One flying the East Meadow just after 6:30am
- 4 woodpeckers - Missing Hairy
Northern Shrike Nice looks, East Meadow
Tree Swallow ~10, very actively making claims on nest boxes
Violet-green Swallow 50-60. First of spring
“Slate-colored” Junco 1 along slough
Y.-rumped Warbler Several, including singing male “Audubon’s”
W. Meadowlark A half dozen west edge of Fields 7-8-9

We searched for, and were unhappy that we didn’t find, Rufous Hummingbird, Say’s Phoebe, or Mountain Bluebird. Next week. They’ll be back next week. Count on it!

For the day, 54 species.

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Date: 3/16/17 10:41 am
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually Wednesday Walk - 3/15/2017
Hi Tweets,

twelve of us braved another wet walk on Wednesday with rain, temperatures
in the 50's degrees Fahrenheit, and a High 13 foot Tide at 8:06am.
Highlights included FOY WOOD DUCK, GREEN-WINGED TEAL (Eurasian), RUDDY
DUCK, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, and continuing GREAT HORNED OWL.

Starting out at the Visitor Center at 8am, we had nice looks of COMMON
MERGANSER and HOODED MERGANSER.

Along the west side of the Twin Barns Loop Trail, we had great looks of
RING-NECKED DUCK, BEWICK'S WREN and HAIRY WOODPECKER. Richard spotted the
GREAT HORNED OWL in a tree, two trees south and east, of the nest tree from
two years ago that looks like a giant cocktail fork in the north riparian
stand. In recent past years, we have seen owlets approximately 2 weeks
after observing the adults. Currently, we are only seeing one owl, and
consequently are concerned that nesting has been unsuccessful. The owl was
also visible from the north and east side of the Twin Barns Loop Trail.
The north side of the Riparian Woods had dozens of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
almost all were Audubon's variety. We also saw our FOY RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD,
both male and female, feeding on Salmon Berry flowers. FOX SPARROW was
seen, PILEATED WOODPECKER was heard.

At the Twin Barns Overlook, we had fantastic views of GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and AMERICAN COOT.
Flying overhead were dozens of white-bellied swallows, most were
VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS and many TREE SWALLOWS were seen as well. The
GREATER YELLOWLEGS were scattered through out the Refuge in the flooded
fields, fresh water marsh, and tidal estuary.

Out on the new dike or Nisqually Estuary Trail, we got to pick through
hundreds of foraging waterfowl. In the surge plain we found a GREEN-WINGED
TEAL (Eurasian) with a nice white horizontal line between the side and wing
and lacking any markings from the shoulder transversely between the breast
and belly. We also noticed this individual seemed to have more prominent
white lines around the green eye patch. Last year at this time we spotted
this species in this same area of the Refuge. An uncommon spotting of
RUDDY DUCK in the fresh water marsh. Other species seen along the dike
included GADWALL, PIED-BILLED GREBE, GREAT BLUE HERON, NORTHERN HARRIER,
AMERICAN KESTREL, and RED-WINGED BLACK-BIRD. VIRGINIA RAIL was heard.

On the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail, we had good looks of SURF SCOTER,
BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, LEAST SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, MEW GULL, and
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL. The south nest on the west bank of McAllister Creek
is occupied with a BALD EAGLE, nesting, which is most visible from the
Observation Tower and McAllister Creek Viewing Platform. The nest can also
be seen directly west of the Access Road west of the west parking lot, and
from the Twin Barn Observation Platform. This pair nested last March as
well. From the Puget Sound Viewing Platform (or end of the boardwalk) we
had great looks of EURASIAN WIGEON and BRANT GEESE. We also had distant
sightings of SCAUP, COMMON LOON, and BRANDT CORMORANT. BELTED KINGFISHER,
STELLER'S JAY, and VARIED THRUSH were heard along the west bank of
McAllister Creek.

The Nisqually River Overlook is still a good spot for COMMON MERGANSER. We
observed nesting WOOD DUCK on the inside of the east side of the Twin Barns
Loop Trail just south of the Beaver Dam. PACIFIC WREN was seen at the
Riparian Forest Overlook. On the southeast side of the loop trail near the
aqueduct we observed a MINK.

We checked out the Orchard in the afternoon and located BROWN CREEPER.
Along the Access Road or Maintenance Road we had nice looks of RED-TAILED
HAWK, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and SPOTTED TOWHEE. We
also had good looks of GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW's, but at this time of the
year they move up into the trees to presumably feed on insects prior to
migration.

The flooded fields had plenty of water and lots of good views of waterfowl
in good numbers. The CACKLING GEESE are decreased but still number in the
hundreds which can be typically seen dawn and dusk as the fly out or in to
the Refuge for their day of foraging in the valley.

We had over 70 species for the day with 98 species for the group walk for
the year. FOY included WODU, GWTE (Eurasian), RUDU, RUHU, VATH.

Mammals seen included Cotton-tailed Rabbit, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Harbor
Seal, California Sea Lion, Columbia Black-tailed Deer and Mink.

Until next week when Phil returns, happy birding!

Shep

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Browns Point
253-370-3742

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Date: 3/16/17 9:21 am
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Mountain Bluebird -Short School Rd near Snohomish
Hello all, currently looking at a Mountain Bluebird on the west side Of
Short School Rd about 1.2 miles from Old Snohomish - Monroe Rd. Initially
spotted from my house across the river, but I had to drive around to get
good light to confirm species. Bird is flycatching from the parts near the
dike.

Josh Adams
Cathcart

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Date: 3/16/17 9:01 am
From: Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Heronry in West Seattle
Hi All,

The heronry visible from the West Seattle Bridge had four herons hanging
out on Wednesday. The nests are in trees on the hillside facing the
Duwamish River.

Happy St. Urho's Day to all the Finns--
Carol Stoner
West Seattle

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Date: 3/16/17 7:14 am
From: LARRY BAXTER <natural.world.explorer...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI: Fish Springs NWR in Utah
Can anybody provide me information about birding Fish Springs NWR in
western Utah?

Here is a Google map link.

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.8253554,-113.3699327,12z

Thanks for any info you can provide.

Larry Baxter
Camano Island
<mthiker57...>

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Date: 3/15/17 8:07 pm
From: <dlmoor2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FOY rufous
Hey Tweets...I have been pretty darn morose over a lack of rufous
sightings at my own feeders, but today made up for it with four males
fighting over one feeder...despite having two of my own and one next
door. The local Anna's (two pairs) haven't a clue what hit them!

Last year a male showed up on March 1st, and the year before, Feb 27th,
so I was getting impatient. Be careful what you wish for!

Dianna Moore

Ocean Shores
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Date: 3/15/17 7:22 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hummers
Great show on Nature, Check 9. Right now! - jon

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Date: 3/15/17 6:49 pm
From: Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FOY Coopers' Hawk territorial calls + FOY Purple Finch 2 parted call notes + Barred Owl vocalizations + bird habitat news
While we are on the subject of accipiters (A question from yesterday on
Sharp-shinned vs. Coopers'), at Lincoln Park, in West Seattle today, I
heard / noted, my first Coopers' calls of the year, that I expect are
territorial calls. As many of you may know Coopers' Hawks are usually
silent, so hearing these calls are noteworthy. I suspect this Coopers' was
setting up its nesting territory for the season.

Also at Lincoln Park - West Seattle today, I heard my first 2 parted call
notes for the Purple Finches there, whose song heard FOY, on Sunday, 3-12.
The 2 parted call note came with the treat of a close up look at a male, in
low branches, when they are usually too high to get good looks without
binos. If anyone has a transliteration of their 2-parted call, into the
Roman alphabet, I'd be interested in what you call it.

In other bird notes, a Barred Owl gave its "Who Cooks for you" at about
5:20 pm today, a bit earlier than usual, and in full daylight, while about
4 mornings ago between 4 and 5 am, I heard what I expect is some kind of
courtship vocalization of a longer series of hoots that are the same,
followed by a longer "howl-hoot" as I just decided to call it. As far as I
know, this last type of vocalization is not given year-round. (When I've
led my owl walks, I've also referred to this series of roughly equal hoots,
followed by that elongated "howl-hoot" as a "monkey holler", while I make a
gesture that I grew up seeing monkeys in the cartoons doing.)

Also in Lincoln Park, where I spend much of my time in my recreation and
therapy of weeding, in growing bird habitat news, I continued to make
progress clearing a weed-free, mossy radius away from the colony of the,
previously lost from Seattle, locally native thistle species I have
reintroduced - Cirsium brevistylum - Short-styled Thistle, with countless
seedlings from last year's mother plant's seeding. Fellow park birder Mark
Ahlness and I were talking about looking forward to the day we catch some
Goldfinch in the act of feeding among the seedheads in the growing colony!

-Stewart
206 932-7225
www.stewardshipadventures.com

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Date: 3/15/17 3:39 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Kim Thorburn
Tweeters,

As a follow-up to Meredith's timely note, I called Peter Lindgren and verified that Dr. Thorburn's WA Senate confirmation hearing is on the agenda for tomorrow, Thursday. Peter mentioned that he's received several emails already endorsing Commissioner Thorburn's reappointment.


If you look on the WDFW Fish and Wildlife Commission website, you'll see that she's been appointed for another term. However, Governor Inslee must send (and has done so) a letter to the Senate requesting confirmation. This is what is supposed to take place tomorrow.


As an aside, as a member of the WDFW Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council, Ive had the opportunity to see Commissioner Thorburn in action at F&W Commission meetings. Her questions to WDFW biologists and managers, as well as to citizens, testifying at meetings are insightful, on target, and often draw out testimony for clarity and objectivity. Ive noticed that quite often, when other Commission members arent asking questions, Commissioner Thorburn does so. Too, when she does ask a question, I look around and see those in the audience as well as other commissioners, nod their heads shes asking questions the answers to which other folks want to hear.

Thanks, and may all your birds be identified,
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Sent: 3/15/2017 9:53
To: <tweeters...><mailto:<tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kim Thorburn


Hi, Fellow Birders,

It has come to my attention that our Kim Thorburn has a hearing for a
seat on the WDFW Board of Commissioners on Thursday (16 March). If you or
anyone you know is willing to send positive feedback to:
<peter.lindgren...> it would be greatly appreciated. Kim is a bird
watcher and a fan of grouse. I really hope she can stay on the
commission.

Thanks, Meredith Spencer, Bridgeport





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Date: 3/15/17 2:57 pm
From: Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] FOY Rufous Hummingbird Skamania County
Today a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD showed up at our feeders at 1,000' in Skamania County, one day after we had a female arrive. Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

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From: Peter Johnson <johnson...>
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Subject: [Tweeters] FOY Rufous Hummingbird Skamania County
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:24:22 -0700


About 6 pm on Monday the 13th I saw FOY male rufous at my feeder in Stevenson (elevation 200 ft)

Peter Johnson
Stevenson, WA

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Date: 3/15/17 2:41 pm
From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...>
Subject: [Tweeters] In praise of New Mexico
I wasn't born or raised in New Mexico, nor do I own a cabin there, but I
heartily affirm Mason Flint's paean to that state.

In April 2014, we had a wonderful five-day birding trip to New Mexico,
starting with Camp Washington Ranch and Rattlesnake Springs in the
Carlsbad Area in the south.

We moved north to areas east of Roswell (Bitter Lake NWR and Mescalero
Sands National Recreation Area, where we saw Lesser Prairie Chicken).

We birded our way west across the mountains (looking for Zone-tailed
Hawk and Pinyon Jay) on US380 and then visited the fabulous Bosque del
Apache NWR.

We saw Red-faced Warbler in Water Canyon of the Cibola National Forest.

We saw Grace's Warbler, Broad-tailed Hummingbird and many others in a
lovely walk in Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Mounument.

New Mexico rocks!


Jane Hadley

Seattle, WA


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Date: 3/15/17 12:30 pm
From: Peter Johnson <johnson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FOY Rufous Hummingbird Skamania County
About 6 pm on Monday the 13th I saw FOY male rufous at my feeder in
Stevenson (elevation 200 ft)

Peter Johnson
Stevenson, WA

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Date: 3/15/17 11:58 am
From: Marjie Dellinger <mardell4243...>
Subject: [Tweeters] (no subject)
Saw our first rufous at our feeder this morning...west of Burlington

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Date: 3/15/17 9:54 am
From: <merdave...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Kim Thorburn


Hi, Fellow Birders,

It has come to my attention that our Kim Thorburn has a hearing for a
seat on the WDFW Board of Commissioners on Thursday (16 March). If you or
anyone you know is willing to send positive feedback to:
<peter.lindgren...> it would be greatly appreciated. Kim is a bird
watcher and a fan of grouse. I really hope she can stay on the
commission.

Thanks, Meredith Spencer, Bridgeport





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Date: 3/15/17 9:48 am
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FOY male Rufous Hummingbird in Wedgwood, Seattle
Hey, Tweets,

What a treat to see this gorgeous fellow on one of our feeders today.
First of the year for us.

But it's really even more special, because we /seldom/ have Rufous
Hummingbirds in this area at all. I can go two or three years without
seeing one in the yard.

It's odd, how localized different species can be. I hear White-crowned
Sparrows singing all over University Village, but I never hear or see
them in our area of Wedgwood, about 3 blocks east of Seattle Audubon.

Enjoy the rain. You have no other choice.

Ellen Blackstone

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Date: 3/15/17 9:26 am
From: Bruce <blabar...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Westport Pelagic Trip, March 19th
Our, hopefully, first pelagic trip of the year has been rescheduled from March 18 to this Sunday the 19th. The weather and seas look much better for this change. We are to meet at 6:30am and depart at 7:00. There are still a few spaces available. To make reservations please visit our website at www.westportseabirds.com
Hope to see you on board 🛥
Bruce LaBar
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Date: 3/15/17 8:04 am
From: Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser <whitney.n.k...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seeking good gardens/yards for birds in the Seattle area
Hi, everyone! Apologies to those who've seen this request elsewhere...I'm
using all the recruitment tools at my disposal!

As part of my service-for-education component in the Master Birder program,
I'm developing a new field trip for Seattle Audubon, to be offered in
conjunction with SAS classes with titles like "how to attract birds to your
yard." People who take the class would be eligible to come on the field
trip, which would consist of visiting 4-5 gardens/yards in the Seattle
area. At each stop, we would spend 15-20 minutes watching the birds that
are there and talking about what elements of the class are exemplified in
that garden/yard.



If you have a good garden/yard for birds, would you be willing to be on
this "field trip?" It would involve probably no more than a dozen people
being at the edge of, or on, your property for 15-20 minutes, once or maybe
twice a year. We wouldn’t expect to enter your house, and you wouldn’t
need to host or entertain the group in any way. You wouldn’t even need to
be home, unless you wanted to be there to show us around or answer
questions.


Thanks,

Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser

6540 31st Ave NE, Seattle

206-430-4620

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Date: 3/14/17 8:34 pm
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Skamania FOY Rufous Hummingbird
I had my first female Rufous Hummingbird arrive at my feeder late yesterday
afternoon. It stuck around for about 20 minutes this morning before taking
off. Later this morning, my second male Rufous of the year appeared which
stuck around for about 45 minutes and then left.

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, Clark County, WA

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> This afternoon, around 4:30, we, too, had our first female Rufous at our
> feeder in Port Townsend. Haven't seen a male yet, but we're on the lookout!
> Always such a thrill to see them return!
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> > The first RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD of the year at our place in Skamania
> County, elevation 1,000', at the west end of the Columbia Gorge was a
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Date: 3/14/17 6:57 pm
From: Patricia Quyle Grainger <paq...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Skamania FOY Rufous Hummingbird
This afternoon, around 4:30, we, too, had our first female Rufous at our feeder in Port Townsend. Haven't seen a male yet, but we're on the lookout! Always such a thrill to see them return!

Pat Grainger
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> On Mar 14, 2017, at 5:39 PM, Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...> wrote:
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> The first RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD of the year at our place in Skamania County, elevation 1,000', at the west end of the Columbia Gorge was a female at the feeder this morning.
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Date: 3/14/17 6:57 pm
From: Scott Stafford <scott.stafford...>
Subject: [Tweeters] "Storm" American Wigeon
I was in Seattle visiting, and came across these strange-headed American
Wigeon in a flock of "normies" grazing in the grass by Lake Washington. A
little Googling indicated that they are sometimes called "storm wigeon".
Are these common in the area?

http://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/50879051?__hstc=60209138.bb6a14f24679d5d809811b03e2ad1944.1485791089593.1489521216735.1489542504133.80&__hssc=60209138.4.1489542504133&__hsfp=2069207928

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Date: 3/14/17 6:17 pm
From: <johntubbs...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Skamania FOY Rufous Hummingbird
We also had our first of the year female Rufous Hummingbird show up at the feeder this morning in Lacey. In 2016, the first one in my records was March 11th at Nisqually NWR - that bird was a male.

John Tubbs
Lacey, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] Skamania FOY Rufous Hummingbird

The first RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD of the year at our place in Skamania County, elevation 1,000', at the west end of the Columbia Gorge was a female at the feeder this morning.
Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

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Date: 3/14/17 5:49 pm
From: Steve Pink <pirangas...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Black Scoters at Edmonds

These have been relatively easy to observe from Sunset and Water Street in Edmond for most winters in recent years. Numbers for last couple of winters have been much lower than earlier winters.

The birds can be seen into April and they should return in late October / November.

They are not reliable anywhere else in Snohomish County.

I see far fewer in Whidbey nowadays than previously.

Cheers Steve

Steve Pink
Edmonds, WA


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Date: 3/14/17 5:46 pm
From: Wilson Cady <gorgebirds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skamania FOY Rufous Hummingbird
The first RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD of the year at our place in Skamania County, elevation 1,000', at the west end of the Columbia Gorge was a female at the feeder this morning. Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA
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Date: 3/14/17 5:09 pm
From: <MEYER2J...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Male Rufous Hummingbird
Hi Tweets:

At 5 PM this evening, March 14, our first Rufous Hummingbird arrived. A
male, as expected. Not as early as some years, but certainly within the
"date range."

Joyce Meyer
Redmond, WA
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Date: 3/14/17 5:04 pm
From: Margee Cooper <margeecooper...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sandhill Cranes in Woodland
Hello Tweeters-

Please excuse me if I don't quite post this right; it's my first posting.

Driving down the I5 corridor toward Ridgefield Wildlife Reserve from my
home in Longview, which I do quite often, I noticed the very threatening
dark clouds to the west and decided to take a quick look in Woodland to see
if the Sandhill Cranes have begun to hang out there.
I found the first flock/gaggle/whatever groups of cranes are called, on
Caples Exit Road, about one mile east of River Dike Rd. My heart was
actually pounding as this was my first good look at Sandhills! I grabbed my
camera and took approx 1,000 shots. They began to peel off to the North so
i began to explore some of the roads and I relocated the group about one
block south of Guild Drive on Pekin Rd.
As a newbie birdwatcher, I am quite enthusiastic and have photographed a
lot of Eagles, Harriers, Red-tail, Rough-legged, Cooper and Kestrel hawks
but somehow these Sandhill Cranes are birds that I could hardly contain
myself to look for. Finally, today was the day!

Happy birding to all,

Margee

p.s. I have an album on Flickr - it's Sandhill Cranes with todays date. I
don't know how to post that album but will figure it out very very soon...

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Date: 3/14/17 1:49 pm
From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Hawk Identification
Rosemary Hitchens asked for opinions on whether the hawk she'd seen at
Marymoor Park on Sunday was a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

When I looked at her photos, my guess was Sharp-shinned based on size
and the squared-off tail. However, I had very little confidence in my
guess, particularly because size is hard to guess when there is no
comparison available to provide relative size. My husband, Randy
Robinson, guessed Cooper's, citing no supercilium, puffy white undertail
coverts, and length of tail. But he also thought it was hard to tell.

I ran these photos (using a cropped screenshot) through Cornell's Merlin
Photo ID (a smartphone app), and it identified both as Cooper's Hawk.

Also, here's an Audubon article about distinguishing between Cooper's
and Sharp-shinned:

http://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-iding-coopers-and-sharp-shinned-hawks


Rosemary's pictures are at:
Picture 1: https://flic.kr/p/RDtHmy

Picture 2:https://flic.kr/p/SVWCDk


Jane Hadley
Seattle, WA


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Date: 3/14/17 1:21 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Black Scoters in Edmonds
Hi Tweets - just in case anyone is dying to see Black Scoters, they've been quite reliably seen along the Edmonds waterfront for several weeks (maybe months). Yesterday, I counted 6 (2 pairs and 2 males) from Water Street, just north of downtown Edmonds. May neighbor reported that there were 10 a day earlier. They can also often be seen from Sunset, just north of the ferry dock, looking to the north; a scope is useful for this. Happy Birding! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 3/14/17 12:25 pm
From: Mason Flint <masonflint...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bird Note Clarification/New Mexico birding PSA
Hi everyone -

Like most of you, I'm a big fan of Bird Note. I love listening every morning on KUOW. However, today's episode on the Elf Owl raised my hackles...or perhaps I should say ruffled my feathers. (Tongue somewhat firmly in cheek)

Today's episode included the following:

"Elf Owls live in woodlands and desert cactus habitats in southwest Texas and southern Arizona."

Bird Note, and many birders in general, seem to forget that there is a very birdy state that sits between Texas and Arizona that is also summer home to Elf Owls: New Mexico.

In fact, many of you may be surprised to know that New Mexico trails only California, Texas and Arizona in number of bird species and is comfortably ahead of Washington and other famously birdy states including Florida. For the record, according to the most up-to-date checklists the top 10 states for bird diversity are:

California: 666
Texas: 646
Arizona: 555
New Mexico: 544
Oregon: 536
Florida: 516
Washington: 515
Alaska: 514
Colorado: 499
Massachusetts: 499

I can understand why some birders tend to forget about New Mexico. The concentration of birds in the SE corner of Arizona and parts of Texas and relatively easy access from large cities and airports is a bonus. But I encourage you all to consider New Mexico in your birding adventures. New Mexico is a beautiful state with incredible biological diversity, geologic interest, and cultural treasures that rival anything you'll find in Arizona or Texas. And, unlike Arizona and Texas, New Mexico didn't vote for he who shall not be named in the last election.

Believe it or not, it's not all cactus and tumbleweed. Check the link below for some of my amateurish photos of New Mexico including quite a few birds. I'm purposefully skewing in favor of Northern New Mexico because my family has a cabin on the Rio de Los Pinos River way up by the Colorado border (here https://goo.gl/maps/X8KgRpWuoSq). At 8500', we get deep snow in winter, warm days and cool nights in summer and great birding. Among other claims to fame, our cabin is the only location where I've seen Rose-breasted, Pine, Black-headed, and Evening Grosbeak and Blue Grosbeak within a few miles. Ok, I know that's mixing genera but still... New Mexico also has the only location I know of where you can reliably see Gray-crowned, Brown-capped, and Black Rosy-Finch.

New Mexico rocks - for birding and otherwise. More information on New Mexico birding can be found at nmbirds.org.

My photos to whet your thirst: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AikEYlGFSngczp9RE984DxnGTS7ucg

Mason Flint
Born/bred in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Still learning to cope with rain in Bellevue, Washington after 25 years

PS. I politely passed this feedback on to the awesome Bird Note crew already. :)







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Date: 3/14/17 7:19 am
From: Hal Michael <ucd880...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Chickadee nesting date?
Normally I clean mine out after every nesting. But, since I am banding I know when that is. Never had anybody actually nesting this early. Especially with the wet/cold I don't see that it is too early. They are checking out the boxes, though and it would be really easy to tell if what is in there is new or last year's.



Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
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We didn't get around to cleaning out our nest boxes yet - but we don't want to disturb any prospective chickadee parents. Did we miss our chance, or should I drag the ladder out?

Josh in squishy Licton springs

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Date: 3/13/17 11:01 pm
From: Gene Beall <gene.beall...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] ACCIPITER ID
A hearty “thank you” to all the folks who responded to my ID question concerning Sharp-shinned Hawk vs Cooper’s Hawk. I truly appreciate you taking the time to look at the photos and provide responses!



For the benefit of others, no one replied with any great certainty that the bird was absolutely one species or the other and all offered traits to consider and that might suggest one species or the other. As a result of all your comments I will certainly observe with a more educated view next time, and attempt to get certain photos that would help in making the ID. Ed’s parting comment of “I’m not sure” pretty much sums up my conclusion at this point.



And by the way, the article Ed references below is indeed interesting and enlightening…and comforting to know that I’m not alone in feeling challenged with this ID.



Thank you again!



Gene Beall

Sammamish, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] ACCIPITER ID



Yo Tweets,



The perennial Sharpie vs Coop ID dilemma returns.



I highly recommend reading the Josh Hull et al. article cited below. At Golden Gate Raptor Observatory they tested their observers ID skills by releasing 988 accipiters that had just been trapped and banded. 23% of the male Cooper's Hawks were incorrectly called female Sharp-shins. Note that these are high-level (rabid) hawk watchers.



Hull, JM, AM Fish, JJ Keane, SR Mori, BN Sacks & AC Hull 2010 “Estimation of Species Identification Error: Implications for Raptor Migration Counts and Trend Estimation,” J. Wildlife Management. 74(6):1326-1334.



After banding over 500 Cooper's Hawks and 150 Sharp-shins since 2000, I find myself much more comfortable saying "I'm not sure."



Cheers,

Ed Deal

Seattle Cooper's Hawk Project


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Date: 3/13/17 10:21 pm
From: Mike Blue <miblu...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Renton yard birds today
Working from home today I was surprised to see a female Rufous hovering
outside my window trying to get at my Anthurium. Shortly after a tan
striped white throated sparrow showed up. I've been waiting for one to
show up for 20 years - looked like I picked a good day to work at home!

Mike Blue

Renton, Wa

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Date: 3/13/17 9:33 pm
From: Josh Hayes <Coralliophila...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Chickadee nesting date?
We didn't get around to cleaning out our nest boxes yet - but we don't want to disturb any prospective chickadee parents. Did we miss our chance, or should I drag the ladder out?

Josh in squishy Licton springs

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Date: 3/13/17 8:57 pm
From: <falcophile...>
Subject: [Tweeters] ACCIPITER ID
Yo Tweets,

The perennial Sharpie vs Coop ID dilemma returns.

I highly recommend reading the Josh Hull et al. article cited below. At Golden Gate Raptor Observatory they tested their observers ID skills by releasing 988 accipiters that had just been trapped and banded. 23% of the male Cooper's Hawks were incorrectly called female Sharp-shins. Note that these are high-level (rabid) hawk watchers.



Hull, JM, AM Fish, JJ Keane, SR Mori, BN Sacks & AC Hull 2010 “Estimation of Species Identification Error: Implications for Raptor Migration Counts and Trend Estimation,” J. Wildlife Management . 74(6):1326-1334.



After banding over 500 Cooper's Hawks and 150 Sharp-shins since 2000, I find myself much more comfortable saying "I'm not sure."




Cheers,

Ed Deal

Seattle Cooper's Hawk Project

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Date: 3/13/17 8:41 pm
From: Joe Mackie <joemackie.14...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Sharp-shinned vs Cooper's Hawk ID
I'd say this is a juvie Sharpie (skinny tarsus), really bedraggled, barely
making a living. Sitting out in the open like this indicates to me a certain
kind of desperation. If it makes it through its first year, the rest of this
winter, a blessing indeed.



Joe Mackie

Bellingham



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[mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Gene Beall
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Subject: [Tweeters] Sharp-shinned vs Cooper's Hawk ID



I have the same question as Rosemary Hitchens concerning Sharp-shinned Hawk
vs Cooper's Hawk. Please see the photos I just posted to Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gene-s_photos/albums/72157681394559545



Can anyone confirm for me whether this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk or a Cooper's
Hawk, and what characteristics are you keying on to conclude your ID?



The bird seemed to be 13-14 inches long (head to tip of tail) as best I
could tell which seems to put its size between that of a Sharp-shinned Hawk
and a Cooper's Hawk. My wife took the photos this afternoon with her iPhone
through our front door window.



Thank you!



Gene Beall

Sammamish, WA

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Date: 3/13/17 8:33 pm
From: Joe Mackie <joemackie.14...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Strange looking Bushtit question
Sounds like Golden-crowned Kinglet to me. Check it out.

Joe Mackie

Bellingham



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Subject: [Tweeters] Strange looking Bushtit question



At Magnuson Park, Seattle from the dike between holding ponds west of the
south-west parking lot, I observed at very close range over several minutes
a bird that appeared be a bushtit with a yellow forehead. There was no other
yellow on the bird. It also had a little rusty color on the back of the
wings. Otherwise it looked just like a Pacific form bushtit. It was is in
the company of other bushtits. I find no mention of this yellow color in
descriptions from various written authorities. Any ideas as to what I was
looking at? And, no, I was not taking any medication that day.


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Date: 3/13/17 8:13 pm
From: Gene Beall <gene.beall...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Sharp-shinned vs Cooper's Hawk ID
I have the same question as Rosemary Hitchens concerning Sharp-shinned Hawk
vs Cooper's Hawk. Please see the photos I just posted to Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gene-s_photos/albums/72157681394559545



Can anyone confirm for me whether this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk or a Cooper's
Hawk, and what characteristics are you keying on to conclude your ID?



The bird seemed to be 13-14 inches long (head to tip of tail) as best I
could tell which seems to put its size between that of a Sharp-shinned Hawk
and a Cooper's Hawk. My wife took the photos this afternoon with her iPhone
through our front door window.



Thank you!



Gene Beall

Sammamish, WA

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Date: 3/13/17 7:21 pm
From: Steve Krival <stevekrival...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RE: Magnuson Bushtit Oddity
Thank you for the many interesting responses to my question. As I don't know if your responses are posted on Tweeters so I am posting this note to tell you that the responses fall into 2 categories - a possible Verdin, which is the one I like best as it would be an usual sighting, and a forehead full of fluffy yellow pollen. What I saw did very much resemble an adult female Verdin, but I think the brick red color on the back of the wings was more towards the tips and relatively diffuse. The single picture from Stokes that I am looking at of an adult female Verdin shows a brick red spot on the upper back of the wing. I need to see more pics of adult female and immature Verdins. How many Verdins enjoy hanging in cold, wet, and marshy habitat? Also, the behavior was very bushtit like. They seem very unconcerned with people in relatively close proximity.

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Today's Topics:

1. The Birdbooker Report (Ian Paulsen)
2. March 18 at 7 PM at Bellingham library... Hawk watching....
(Twink Coffman)
3. Osprey foy, Clark Co, Wa, also turkey vulture (Bob)
4. Re: [obol] Osprey foy, Clark Co, Wa, also turkey vulture (Bob)
5. Skagit map query (Diann MacRae)
6. FOY Rufous (Pamela Myers)
7. VARC Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops (Derek Matthews)


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Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:16:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
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HI ALL:
This week's titles are:

1) Good Birders Still Don't Wear White

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-title.html

2) Birds of Europe, etc: A Photographic Guide.

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-title_11.html

sincerely
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Ian Paulsen
Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:41:26 -0700
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818...>
Subject: [Tweeters] March 18 at 7 PM at Bellingham library... Hawk
watching....
To: "<tweeters...>" <tweeters...>,
Whatcombirds <whatcombirds...>
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Hawk Watching Around the World: Raptor Highlights of 6 Continents Saturday, March 18, 7:00 p.m.
Bellingham Central Library, Lecture Room Raptor expert and author Sergio Seipke showcases selected raptor species observed while traveling in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nepal, Thailand, South Africa, Spain and the USA in recent years, including photographs and descriptions of some of the most spectacular hawk watches around the world. Hosted by the Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Land Trust, Falcon Research Group and North Cascades Audubon Society. Sergio Seipke has been studying raptors since 1993 and has authored and co-authored 16 articles dealing with raptor biology, migration, taxonomy, and field identification of Neotropical raptors. He is currently writing Raptors of South America, a Princeton University Press field guide dealing exclusively with the identification of the 96 species of raptors occurring n South America.

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Ferndale, WA
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Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:41:47 +0000
From: Bob <rflores_2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Osprey foy, Clark Co, Wa, also turkey vulture
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Just had a osprey at Salmon Creek near I-5. Also a turkey vulture earlier across from Frenchmans Bar Reg. Park.

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:49:56 +0000
From: Bob <rflores_2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: [obol] Osprey foy, Clark Co, Wa, also turkey
vulture
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So I came home told my wife about the osprey, she walks there often, and she said yes I know I saw it Friday! Well.

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

> On Mar 12, 2017, at 13:42, Bob <rflores_2...> wrote:
>
> Just had a osprey at Salmon Creek near I-5. Also a turkey vulture earlier across from Frenchmans Bar Reg. Park.
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Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:35:17 +0100
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I had a Rufous Hummingbird male at my feeder yesterday. What a nice surprise!

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Marysville
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Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:23:37 +0000
From: Derek Matthews <Derek.Matthews...>
Subject: [Tweeters] VARC Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops
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The Vancouver Avian Research Centre is pleased to announce spring 2017 dates for Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops.

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops:

* May 5 - 7
* June 3 - 5

The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is designed for people with little or no bird banding or bird in the hand experience and provides a fantastic opportunity to see birds up close and personal, to learn about their plumage, molt sequences and life habits.

Most of all, these workshops are designed to be a fun and interesting experience and a way to take your interest in birds and the environment to the next level. See what people who have attended the workshops have to say and why the average rating from course participants is 9.5 out of 10!!
http://www.birdvancouver.com/testimonials.html

Full details of course schedules and content and registration information can be found online at:

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Date: 3/13/17 6:24 pm
From: Rosemary Hitchens <rosemarythitchens...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hawk Identification
Tweets,

Yesterday, we were walking on the Audobon Bird Loop at Marymoor Park and a hawk flew past us. We were able to photograph it from the tree it landed in. We are pretty sure it is a Sharp-shinned but would like some confirmation. Along with confirmation, it would be nice to know how you came to that conclusion, as we were having difficulty differentiating between a Sharp-shinned and a Coopers Hawk.

I added the photos to my Flickr for viewing. Please let me know if you have any issues or questions!

Picture 1: https://flic.kr/p/RDtHmy
Picture 2: https://flic.kr/p/SVWCDk

Thanks! Rosemary













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Date: 3/13/17 6:01 pm
From: Michelle Landis <asmalllife...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Golden Eagle in Whatcom county
Observed this afternoon a Golden Eagle at the northwest right-angle corner
of Nolte Rd, east of Everson. It was first perched in a snag, then flew a
bit to the right and perched again, where it was mobbed by several crows.
It stayed there for the entire 15 minutes I watched it.

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Date: 3/13/17 4:57 pm
From: Wayne Palsson <wpalsson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Dozens of Violet-green Swallows-North Magnuson Park
A swarm of swallows soaring off of north Magnuson Park this afternoon--only
saw Violet-greens in the feeding flight.

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Date: 3/13/17 4:50 pm
From: Steve Krival <stevekrival...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Strange looking Bushtit question
At Magnuson Park, Seattle from the dike between holding ponds west of the south-west parking lot, I observed at very close range over several minutes a bird that appeared be a bushtit with a yellow forehead. There was no other yellow on the bird. It also had a little rusty color on the back of the wings. Otherwise it looked just like a Pacific form bushtit. It was is in the company of other bushtits. I find no mention of this yellow color in descriptions from various written authorities. Any ideas as to what I was looking at? And, no, I was not taking any medication that day.

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Date: 3/13/17 2:57 pm
From: Mike R. <ramosmike79...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tagged Red-tailed Hawk in Bellingham and other goodies
Saturday, March 11, we had our FOY Rufous - a male, here at our feeder on
the south side of Bellingham. He didn't stick around though, so the Anna's
are still queuing up.

On Sunday, the 12th, I observed a pair of Red-tailed Hawks soaring over the
neighborhood, in the vicinity of Mill Avenue and 21st St. One of them had a
blue tag on the upper surface of its right wing. Couldn't see any letters
or numbers though.

A few minutes later I observed an adult Peregrine gliding south low over
Fairhaven. I usually see only Merlins within the city limits, so that was a
nice treat.

Mike

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Date: 3/13/17 2:53 pm
From: Gary cummins <casacummins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FOY Rufous
Two males quarreling over a feeder this morning at about 9:00 am, near Port Townsend.
Gary Cummins


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Date: 3/13/17 1:13 pm
From: Keith Williamson <keithwilliamson8...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Skagit map query
Hi Diann,



I don’t have a single dedicated map for what you are looking for, but if you look at pages 108 and 112 of “A Birder’s Guide to Washington (Second Edition)”, you will find two maps that cover each of those areas (i.e., Skagit Flats (Skagit river delta), Samish flats (between Edison and Samish Island)). You probably already know about this, however. If you find a single dedicated map for both those areas, please let me know. I often visit both areas during the same trip. Thanks!



Sincerely, Keith Williamson

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http://kwilliam8.smugmug.com/





From: Diann MacRae [mailto:<tvulture...>]
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2017 4:35 PM
To: <Tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit map query



Hi, Tweets



I am wondering if there is a fairly new map of the birding areas on the Skagit/Samish flats. I have an ancient one from many years ago and was hoping to find something newer.



Cheers, Diann


Diann MacRae
Olympic Vulture Study
22622 - 53rd Avenue S.E.
Bothell, WA 98021
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Date: 3/13/17 10:25 am
From: Derek Matthews <Derek.Matthews...>
Subject: [Tweeters] VARC Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops
The Vancouver Avian Research Centre is pleased to announce spring 2017 dates for Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops.

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops:

* May 5 - 7
* June 3 - 5

The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is designed for people with little or no bird banding or bird in the hand experience and provides a fantastic opportunity to see birds up close and personal, to learn about their plumage, molt sequences and life habits.

Most of all, these workshops are designed to be a fun and interesting experience and a way to take your interest in birds and the environment to the next level. See what people who have attended the workshops have to say and why the average rating from course participants is 9.5 out of 10!!
http://www.birdvancouver.com/testimonials.html

Full details of course schedules and content and registration information can be found online at:

http://www.birdvancouver.com/workshop_banding_intro.html

Derek Matthews
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Date: 3/13/17 7:03 am
From: Pamela Myers <pamelapiwo6813...>
Subject: [Tweeters] FOY Rufous
I had a Rufous Hummingbird male at my feeder yesterday. What a nice surprise!

Pam Myers
Marysville

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Date: 3/12/17 4:38 pm
From: Diann MacRae <tvulture...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit map query
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Date: 3/12/17 12:45 pm
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818...>
Subject: [Tweeters] March 18 at 7 PM at Bellingham library... Hawk watching....
Hawk Watching Around the World: Raptor Highlights of 6 Continents
Saturday, March 18, 7:00 p.m.
Bellingham Central Library, Lecture Room
Raptor expert and author Sergio Seipke showcases selected raptor species
observed while traveling in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico,
Nepal, Thailand, South Africa, Spain and the USA in recent years, including
photographs and descriptions of some of the most spectacular hawk watches
around the world. Hosted by the Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Land
Trust, Falcon Research Group and North Cascades Audubon Society. Sergio
Seipke has been studying raptors since 1993 and has authored and
co-authored 16 articles dealing with raptor biology, migration, taxonomy,
and field identification of Neotropical raptors. He is currently writing
Raptors of South America, a Princeton University Press field guide dealing
exclusively with the identification of the 96 species of raptors occurring
n South America.

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happy birding
Twink
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Ferndale, WA
in Whatcom County
out on the beach

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

1) Good Birders Still Don't Wear White

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-title.html

2) Birds of Europe, etc: A Photographic Guide.

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-title_11.html

sincerely
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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
Visit my BIRDBOOKER REPORT blog here:
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Date: 3/12/17 10:18 am
From: Jamie Acker <owler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] First female Rufous
At my feeder this morning. A male has been here for over a week.

J. Acker
<Owler...>
Bainbridge Island,WA

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Date: 3/11/17 7:01 pm
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Battle Ground, Clark County birding
All,

A few more arrivals in/from my Battle Ground, Clark County yard:

Tundra Swan - 7 flying west and fairly high (not really an arrival since
they were passing through)
Rufous Hummingbird - 1 (male - watch out Anna's!)
Evening Grosbeak - 2 flyovers

Keeping my eyes and ears skyward.

Jim


On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 12:05 PM, Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...>
wrote:

> All,
>
> It was quite surprising to see sunshine this morning so I took advantage
> of it and sat on my Battle Ground, Clark County back deck for a while.
> Bird highlights were many and included:
>
> Snow Goose - a single large flock of 400 flew high overhead at 8:15 going
> wsw to ene. I'm assuming that these were birds coming from Sauvie Island.
> My only other Spring sighting was a flock of 300 flying high and east on
> March 6, 2016. (FOY)
>
> Turkey Vulture - 1 (FOY)
> Cooper's Hawk - 2 (including one in slow flap flight) (FOY)
>
> California Gull - 19 (FOY) - all heading southeast. I am assuming that
> they are cutting off a corner of the Columbia by flying from he Columbia in
> the northwest part of Clark County and hooking up with the river again
> somewhere near Steigerwald in the Camas/Washougal area.
> "Olympic" style Gull - 45
> Glaucous-winged Gull - 5
>
> Violet-green Swallow - 4 (FOY)
>
> Lesser Goldfinch - 1 (FOY)
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 (FOY for me for Washington!!!)
> Pine Siskin - 4
>
> Keeping my eyes and ears skyward!
>
> Cheers.
>
> Jim
> --
> Jim Danzenbaker
> Battle Ground, WA
> 360-702-9395 <(360)%20702-9395>
> <jdanzenbaker...>
>



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Date: 3/11/17 5:48 pm
From: Cathy Scott <catsatbow...>
Subject: [Tweeters] First Mail Rufous Spotted 3/11/16. Edge of Samish Flats/Padilla Bay
I saw my first Male Rufous about 4:30 on 3/11/16. He was sitting in a tree
about 10 feet from me, until I stepped inside to get my camera (took me
less than a minute) but he was gone. I've had about 3 dozen Anna's winter
over. They empty 2 big feeders every day. I hope they stay and don't let
the transient bullies run them off (not that I don't love the Rufous).

Cathy Scott

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Date: 3/11/17 1:29 pm
From: LARRY BAXTER <natural.world.explorer...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Varied Thrush in yard on Camano
I've been seeing Varied Thrush in the yard every day now for the past 3
days.

Larry Baxter
Camano Island
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Date: 3/11/17 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote - Last week & the week of Mar. 12 2017
Hey, Tweets,

Here are the BirdNote stories from last week:
* The Companionship of Birds - On the open ocean
http://bit.ly/1m78rpJ
* Northern Flicker - A Most Unlikely Woodpecker
http://bit.ly/1GCRASY
* Turkey Vultures on the Move
http://bit.ly/2mSkbDC
* Tree Swallows March North
http://bit.ly/1edCAM8
* Winter Wren in a Carolina Cathedral, With Gordon Hempton
How old-growth forest affects the sounds --
http://bit.ly/1ekdtdK
* Those Raucous Jays
http://bit.ly/OgMFC1
* Lewis's Woodpeckers and Pine Forests
http://bit.ly/2mtXQcT
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View the photos and links for next week's shows:
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Date: 3/11/17 11:02 am
From: <pmattocks...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Another vent cap product


---- OriginalMessage ----
>From: "Meghan Anderson" <lonetreemeghan...>
>
>Sent: Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 07:05 AM
>Subject: Another vent cap product
>
>
>Hey again,
>Here's another residential vent cap product about $9. It fits all sizes
>1-1/2" to 3" which is a benefit. Do you think options like this should
>be included in the 'Pipe Flyer'? Or should products not be included?
>FYI, Meghan
>
>http://ecapvent.net/specs.html
>
>
>
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Date: 3/11/17 11:01 am
From: <pmattocks...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Re: Screened vent by USFS

Hello Gary, Kittitas Audubon Society member Meghan Anderson is on it. Another option to follow.

Phil

pwmattocks at kvalley.com
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From: "Meghan Anderson" <lonetreemeghan...>

Subject: Re: Screened vent by USFS
-----Original Message-----
From: Meghan Anderson <lonetreemeghan...>
To: Barry Brunson <mathisfun...>;
Sent: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 8:50 am
Subject: Screened vent by USFS

Hi there,
Attached is an image of a screened vent that some USFS personnel are using. I was reading that this screen can cause raptor's talons to get caught.
My question to you bird experts is: is this a real issue? Should this type of screen not be used?
Below is an excerpt from the article:
Cave Creek Ranger District personnel have taken steps to try and eliminate these hazards that open vent pipes on toilet buildings and port-a-potties present to birds. Preston Tucker, Biological Technician and volunteer Dave Daneck designed and fabricated wire mesh screen covers for 32 toilet building vent pipes on the District. They cut the material with air powered cutters and produced two sizes of vent covers. Recreation technician Jay Contieri installed the custom cut covers using wood screws and large washers on the ABS plastic pipe vents, and wired the covers on vents that were constructed of concrete. Commercially produced drain covers were purchased at hardware stores to cover the vent pipes on port-a-potties. Port-a-potties are often rented and the drain covers are easily removed when the portable toilet units are moved from the Forest. The drain covers fit inside four inch vents and outside three inch vents which accounts for most portable toilet units. The drain covers cost about $5.00 each and the custom fabricated wire mesh covers cost around $4.00 each. Wire mesh covers should be unaffected by the ever present sun (and associated ultraviolet degradation) and will prevent wildlife related mortalities. The District has gone a step further to fill or cap open top vertical pipes (fence posts, gates, pipe barriers etc) that may trap birds or other wildlife. Help eliminate this hazard on your District and Forest. Screen or cap all vertical open pipes.



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Date: 3/11/17 10:33 am
From: Gary Bullock <gbullockak...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Owl in the Toilet
Fellow Birders,
Yes, I'm usually a funny guy, but this is not the punchline to one of my jokes.

I'm talking about the danger to owls, and other cavity nesting birds entering unscreened vent pipes on outhouses and vault toilets. These innocent birds are becoming trapped within the pipes or the in the sewage vault below the outhouse toilet. Venturing down an unscreened vent pipe is most likely a death sentence for a bird. Screening the vent pipe opening can prevent the injury or death of these birds that are only doing what comes naturally to them: looking for a safe cavity to nest or roost in.

A friend forwarded a newsletter article from The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and through them, I found other links which are included here. I don't do Facebook or Twitter, so I haven't perused any information that might be found there.

I don't know if the National Park Service, US Forest Service or the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are on-board with this effort. We should also eyeball the porta-potties and vault toilets in local parks and trail areas to see if they have screens installed. The Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, WY, has been a nationwide leader in this issue. Their map of partner states (currently 32 states) includes Washington, so at some level, the screens are being employed here. If any of you have contacts with local, state or federal parks or wildlife organizations, please help spread the word.

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=813

http://tetonraptorcenter.org/our-work/poo-poo-project/

This is a fairly easy fix and improvement that can help our wildlife, especially the cavity nesters which already seem to have the odds stacked against them. Thanks for your interest. We see outhouses and vault toilets as a convenience or at times, a godsend. Lets make sure they are not a death trap for birds and other wildlife.

Gary Bullock in Sequim

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Date: 3/10/17 7:21 pm
From: Mary Bond <marybond11...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Birds on radar tonight
There's a nice image on radar this evening of birds moving north in
migration, particularly from Eugene north to Olympia.
I look at http://www.atmos.washington.edu/weather/radar.shtml
Mary Bond, Seattle

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Date: 3/10/17 5:05 pm
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Widegon
There has been a flock of 40-60 American Widgeon at Lake Sammamish State Park pretty much all winter. Finially had a Eurasian join them. Pretty adult male grazing on the grass SW of the new playground. They hang out there a lot.

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Date: 3/10/17 4:50 pm
From: Michelle Maani <lamoustique...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker
I sighted a yellow-shafted Northern Flicker at Frenchman's Bar today. I could see no malar, so I assume it was female (I could not see the nape as it flew over me). 

Michelle MaaniSalmon CreekVancouver, WA
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Date: 3/10/17 12:41 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch | Ringers
Tweeters,

This week’s post is all about birds with rings. Primarily, the focus is on three local bird species with the term ‘ring’ in their names. Do you know the three species?
See the photos and read the story at:

http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/03/ringers.html <http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/03/ringers.html>

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

Larry Hubbell
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Date: 3/10/17 12:10 pm
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Battle Ground, Clark County birding
All,

It was quite surprising to see sunshine this morning so I took advantage of
it and sat on my Battle Ground, Clark County back deck for a while. Bird
highlights were many and included:

Snow Goose - a single large flock of 400 flew high overhead at 8:15 going
wsw to ene. I'm assuming that these were birds coming from Sauvie Island.
My only other Spring sighting was a flock of 300 flying high and east on
March 6, 2016. (FOY)

Turkey Vulture - 1 (FOY)
Cooper's Hawk - 2 (including one in slow flap flight) (FOY)

California Gull - 19 (FOY) - all heading southeast. I am assuming that
they are cutting off a corner of the Columbia by flying from he Columbia in
the northwest part of Clark County and hooking up with the river again
somewhere near Steigerwald in the Camas/Washougal area.
"Olympic" style Gull - 45
Glaucous-winged Gull - 5

Violet-green Swallow - 4 (FOY)

Lesser Goldfinch - 1 (FOY)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 (FOY for me for Washington!!!)
Pine Siskin - 4

Keeping my eyes and ears skyward!

Cheers.

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Date: 3/10/17 12:09 pm
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Western Field Ornithologists Youth Scholarships.
A message from Joyce Meyer:


Tweets:

Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of a
youth scholarship for the WFO 2017 Conference to be held in Pueblo,
CO. on August
16-20, 2017. The scholarship is open to youths between the ages of 12 and
22, with six scholarships for youths in Grades 6 through 12, and two
scholarships for collegiate youths working towards a Bachelor’s degree.

The annual WFO conference is a four day event that includes scientific
presentations, workshops, field trips, experts’ sounds and visual
identification panels, and social activities. The conference offers the
opportunity for motivated youths to meet those who earn their living and/or
volunteer in field ornithology, bird conservation, biology and other
distinguished fields.

For further details about the scholarship, please visit http://www.
westernfieldornithologists.org/scholarship.php. The scholarship
application may be downloaded https://www.westernfieldornithologists.
org/docs/2017/WFO-2017_Conference-Youth_Scholarship_Application.pdf.

Additional details about the conference and registration is available at
http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php.

*The application deadline is April 5, 2017, so don't delay, send in your
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Date: 3/10/17 9:09 am
From: Karen Wosilait <karen.w.mobile...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re: Ibis Identification error in cranky Louisiana post
For those interested in the gory details of trying to distinguish between White-faced and Glossy Ibises (not always possible), there's a nice article in the March 2017 edition of "The Bluebird," put out by the Audubon Society of Missouri:

http://mobirds.org/Bluebird/2010-2019/2017/March_2017.pdf

Karen Wosilait
Seattle, WA
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> On Mar 9, 2017, at 9:39 PM, Matthew Dufort <matt.dufort...> wrote:
>
> Just to add a bit to what Ed said, I'm not sure that these are all White-faced. Identification of non-breeding Plegadis ibises can be really tough. The bird in the middle of the first photo looks like a clear White-faced to me. But the bird on the right in the first photo, and the two birds in the close-up photo, are less clear. I would want to study those birds in varying light and from different angles before trying to make a call on them.
>
> Good birding,
> Matt Dufort
>
>> On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 8:59 PM, Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Matt Dufort has spotted an ID error in my Louisiana post. We called a group of Ibis Glossy, but apparently they are White-faced. Here is what Matt wrote:
>>
>>
>> "... I think your Glossy Ibis look more like White-faced, particularly the faces and eyes, which look rather red on the birds that I can see. I checked eBird, and it looks like White-faced is actually slightly more common in Louisiana than Glossy is. "
>>
>> Thanks Matt, and thanks for being so kind about it!
>>
>>
>> I added another photo to the post that shows the birds a bit closer which might be of further help.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Ed
>>
>> Here's the link again
>>
>> Ed Newbold | Out of our depth in Louisiana
>>
>> Ed Newbold | Out of our depth in Louisiana
>>
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 3/10/17 8:33 am
From: Mary Metz <maryjmetz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Yellowknife
I'm thinking about a trip to Yellowknife once the weather warms up and, ideally, when the bugs aren't too bad. I'm sure some people on the Tweeterslist have experience birding in Canada's Northwest Territories--and I'm hoping for some suggestions/recommendations/warnings. Best time to go? Best places to go? Birds I'm most likely to see when? Any suggestions are appreciated--either on list (if others are likely to be interested) or off.

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Date: 3/10/17 7:45 am
From: mary hrudkaj <mch1096...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Swans overwintering in Elma area

Braving the constant rain in southern Grays Harbor on Thursday morning and early afternoon two of us headed out to check on swans in the Elma and Montesano areas. Our total count was around 250 divided between the Wenzel Slough area and Brady Loop roads. The largest group was in pastures along Brady Loop with approximately 150 spread out over several acres just south of Hwy 12 as the east ‘entrance’ to the loop. It was raining too hard and the birds were too far away in most instances to differentiate between trumpeters and tundras if there were any at all. The fields have more water in them than I’ve ever seen at this time of year. Water fowl numbers were very low with only handfuls at any one place. We didn’t even try for any smaller bird due to the weather. We did see one bedraggled bald eagle over some prey along a wet area on Wenzel Slough Rd.

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Date: 3/10/17 7:25 am
From: <MEYER2J...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Western Field Ornithologists Youth Scholarships

Tweets:
Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of a
youth scholarship for the WFO 2017 Conference to be held in Pueblo, CO. on
August 16-20, 2017. The scholarship is open to youths between the ages of
12 and 22, with six scholarships for youths in Grades 6 through 12, and two
scholarships for collegiate youths working towards a Bachelor’s degree.
The annual WFO conference is a four day event that includes scientific
presentations, workshops, field trips, experts’ sounds and visual
identification panels, and social activities. The conference offers the opportunity
for motivated youths to meet those who earn their living and/or volunteer in
field ornithology, bird conservation, biology and other distinguished
fields.
For further details about the scholarship, please visit
http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/scholarship.php. The scholarship application may
be downloaded
https://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/docs/2017/WFO-2017_Conference-Youth_Scholarship_Application.pdf.
Additional details about the conference and registration is available at
http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php.
The application deadline is April 5, 2017, so don't delay, send in your
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Date: 3/9/17 9:43 pm
From: Matthew Dufort <matt.dufort...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Ibis Identification error in cranky Louisiana post
Just to add a bit to what Ed said, I'm not sure that these are all
White-faced. Identification of non-breeding *Plegadis* ibises can be
really tough. The bird in the middle of the first photo looks like a clear
White-faced to me. But the bird on the right in the first photo, and the
two birds in the close-up photo, are less clear. I would want to study
those birds in varying light and from different angles before trying to
make a call on them.

Good birding,
Matt Dufort

On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 8:59 PM, Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Matt Dufort has spotted an ID error in my Louisiana post. We called a
> group of Ibis Glossy, but apparently they are White-faced. Here is what
> Matt wrote:
>
>
> "... I think your Glossy Ibis look more like White-faced, particularly the
> faces and eyes, which look rather red on the birds that I can see. I
> checked eBird, and it looks like White-faced is actually slightly more
> common in Louisiana than Glossy is. "
>
> Thanks Matt, and thanks for being so kind about it!
>
>
> I added another photo to the post that shows the birds a bit closer which
> might be of further help.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ed
>
> Here's the link again
>
> Ed Newbold | Out of our depth in Louisiana
> <http://ednewbold.com/out-of-our-depth-in-louisiana/>
>
> Ed Newbold | Out of our depth in Louisiana
> <http://ednewbold.com/out-of-our-depth-in-louisiana/>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 3/9/17 9:04 pm
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Ibis Identification error in cranky Louisiana post
Hi all,
Matt Dufort has spotted an ID error in my Louisiana post.  We called a group of Ibis Glossy, but apparently they are White-faced.  Here is what Matt wrote:


"... I think your Glossy Ibis look more like White-faced, particularly the faces and eyes, which look rather red on the birds that I can see.  I checked eBird, and it looks like White-faced is actually slightly more common in Louisiana than Glossy is. "
Thanks Matt, and thanks for being so kind about it!

I added another photo to the post that shows the birds a bit closer which might be of further help.
Thanks,
Ed
Here's the link again
Ed Newbold | Out of our depth in Louisiana


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Date: 3/9/17 7:49 pm
From: ELIZABETH THOMPSON <calliopehb...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Bino selection
I concur with Neil, I purchased a scope in January this year that I had my eye on for many years. I did a quite a bit of shopping but still wanted to touch, feel and play with before I invested a large sum. They had what I was looking for and spent at least and hour helping me compare scopes and tripods for performance. The pricing was comparable to on line purchase options. I went away a very happy customer and even better, the profits go to what we love so much, birds. My hat’s off to the Seattle Audubon Store!.
Regards,
Beth Thompson
Arlington WA

> On Mar 9, 2017, at 2:42 PM, NEIL ZIMMERMAN <n3zims...> wrote:
>
> Hello Tweeters,
> If you are in the Seattle area, stop by Seattle Audubon Nature Shop. You can try many of the top selling binoculars side by side. Their motto is "Where the profits are for the birds". What this means is your purchases help support a local chapter who has done great work for over a hundred years. Not a big online company. Their prices are very competitive and they have knowledgeable staff. One of the best selling binoculars are the Monarch 7.
>
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> Brier, WA
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Date: 3/9/17 6:01 pm
From: Dusty Bleher <TweeterReader...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Binoculars
A most excellent reply, Doug! Thank you. Knew some of that, I did. But I'd never seen it collated and presented so well. As I'd mentioned to another reply, you posed the questions I neglected to ask in my original post.

Thanks again to you and all the others that have been kind and gracious enough to reply. It's plain to see that I hang out with a great bunch of folks.

Take care and be well all,
Dusty

> -----Original Message-----
> From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:tweeters-
> <bounces...>] On Behalf Of Doug Will
> Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 13:55
> To: <tweeters...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Binoculars
>
> Dusty,
>
> I'd like to mention something no one else has:
> There really is no "best binoculars."
>
> If you are backpacking a long way, then weight is paramount.
> If you are working in low light, then light gathering power is important [larger
> front objective lens, the second number].
> If you use a tripod or are especially steady of hand, a higher power
> (magnification, the first number) may be better.
> If you are trying to follow birds in flight or flitting around, then a lower power
> with maximum field of view will matter.
> If you wear glasses, eye relief (usable distance from the back eyepiece
> lens) may make some models unusable.
> For much birding, minimum near focus distance is important.
> Finally, if like me, you have substantial peripheral astigmatism, even if it is
> corrected to first order by glasses or contacts, you may get a sharper view
> from a smaller exit pupil diameter (diameter of the cone of light exiting the
> back of the eyepiece, equal to objective diameter [1st #] divided by
> magnification [2nd #]).
>
> The considerations above are NOT completely independent as several are
> intimately related.
> But the caveat is that you MUST try out the optics yourself.
> Start with reviews in your price range.
> Then find stores with demo samples to look through.
> Then, perhaps, follow Josh Glant's advice to get several you think might work
> from vendors with free return policy.
> Try out your two or three favorites in various conditions for various uses.
> Finally, make your choice.
>
> You'll be happier with your choice if you do.
> And remember, your favorite won't be perfect in every situation, nor for
> every other person!
>
> Good luck getting a great pair for a good price,
>
> Doug Will
> Senior Research Engineer
> UW
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Date: 3/9/17 4:57 pm
From: Hal Opperman <halop...>
Subject: [Tweeters] [ADMIN] Re: "cranky complaint"
Hi Ed and Tweets,

The simple answer about the Tweeters policy on advertising for the private-sector bird-guiding business is that we are a public service hosted by a state agency (University of Washington). State regulations forbid the use of state resources for promotion of private for-profit interests.

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Date: 3/9/17 4:05 pm
From: Marcus Roening <marcus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe - Tacoma Brown's Point Lighthouse
Hi Tweeters,

Yesterday, March 8, Bryan Tarbox found a Say's Phoebe at Brown's Point Lighthouse. Today in the deluge, Heather and I refound it working the driftwood to the east of the white house closest to the water. It is a relatively short, albeit very soggy, walk.

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Date: 3/9/17 4:01 pm
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-03-09
Hi Tweets-
Brian, Sharon & I filled in for a traveling Michael today at Marymoor. It was an overcast day, but the rain didn’t really pick up until late in the day, and even then it wasn’t that heavy. We had many hopes for spring arrivals that weren’t fulfilled, but overall it was a birdy day with some nice finds along the way for the 11 of us present.

Highlights:

Wood Duck - one male at Rowing Club - first of year
5 species of gull, including an adult Herring
Great Blue Herons - 40+ at heronry in the off-leash area - lots of stick-bringing and posturing
Green Heron -still hanging out in slough
Barn Owl - adult seen and begging baby heard in windmill, early
Western Screech-Owl - heard early along boardwalk
Red-breasted Sapsuckers - drumming and calling in the cottonwoods.
Hutton’s Vireo - near windmill — still very unusual at Marymoor, but i think our third sighting this year.
White-crowned Sparrow - 3 total, including one weak pugetensis song - perhaps still from one of the wintering immatures, rather than necessarily a new arrival.
Western Meadowlark - 8 in the soccer fields, including some singing.

Finches were notably absent for much of the day — finally at the Rowing Club we picked up a small flock of Pine Siskins and a single Purple Finch. No House Finch or Am. Goldfinch to be found anywhere.

For the day, 60 species.

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Seattle, WA

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Date: 3/9/17 3:45 pm
From: B&PBell <bellasoc...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor 9 March 2017
Hi Tweets



Today at Marymoor started out overcast, but with no rain. Light rain later
in the day. Michael was out of town, so Matt, Sharon and I had to sub for
him.



It was a good day, with good bird activity and many birds singing.



Matt started out the day with Barn Owl (and young in windmill) and Western
Screech-Owl.



We were a bit down on ducks, but still had a good cross-section.



60 species for the day.



Notable birds for the day:



Barn Owl

Western Screech-Owl

4 species of woodpecker

Hutton's Vireo, singing - they don't often show here at Marymoor

Towsend's Warbler - nice male

Cackling Goose - flyover flock

Bushtit - large flock

Herring Gull

Great Blue Heron - 40 at nests, plus 5 more

Pacific Wren

Western Meadow Lark (singing)



Misses:

House Finch

American Goldfinch



Brian H. Bell

Woodinville, WA

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Matt Bartels

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Date: 3/9/17 3:29 pm
From: B&PBell <bellasoc...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Binoculars
Hi Tweets

Lots of good points in Doug's post. But I would like to suggest trying the Seattle Audubon shop - they have an excellent selection of binoculars and the advantage of dealing with a reputable local source. Much easier than waiting for on-line and then having to send something back. Also, your funds go to help an excellent local conservation resource and help to keep the local source in business.

Brian H. Bell
Woodinville WA
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Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:55 PM
To: <tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Binoculars

Dusty,

I'd like to mention something no one else has:
There really is no "best binoculars."

If you are backpacking a long way, then weight is paramount.
If you are working in low light, then light gathering power is important [larger front objective lens, the second number].
If you use a tripod or are especially steady of hand, a higher power (magnification, the first number) may be better.
If you are trying to follow birds in flight or flitting around, then a lower power with maximum field of view will matter.
If you wear glasses, eye relief (usable distance from the back eyepiece
lens) may make some models unusable.
For much birding, minimum near focus distance is important.
Finally, if like me, you have substantial peripheral astigmatism, even if it is corrected to first order by glasses or contacts, you may get a sharper view from a smaller exit pupil diameter (diameter of the cone of light exiting the back of the eyepiece, equal to objective diameter [1st #] divided by magnification [2nd #]).

The considerations above are NOT completely independent as several are intimately related.
But the caveat is that you MUST try out the optics yourself.
Start with reviews in your price range.
Then find stores with demo samples to look through.
Then, perhaps, follow Josh Glant's advice to get several you think might work from vendors with free return policy.
Try out your two or three favorites in various conditions for various uses.
Finally, make your choice.

You'll be happier with your choice if you do.
And remember, your favorite won't be perfect in every situation, nor for every other person!

Good luck getting a great pair for a good price,

Doug Will
Senior Research Engineer
UW
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Date: 3/9/17 2:45 pm
From: NEIL ZIMMERMAN <n3zims...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bino selection
Hello Tweeters,
If you are in the Seattle area, stop by Seattle Audubon Nature Shop. You can try many of the top selling binoculars side by side. Their motto is "Where the profits are for the birds". What this means is your purchases help support a local chapter who has done great work for over a hundred years. Not a big online company. Their prices are very competitive and they have knowledgeable staff. One of the best selling binoculars are the Monarch 7.

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Date: 3/9/17 2:37 pm
From: Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser <whitney.n.k...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Discovery Park Public Meeting for the Draft Grasslands and Thicket Management Plan TONIGHT
Just a reminder for folks who have opinions about mowing practices at
Discovery Park....

(Forwarding information distributed by Helen Gilbert, Penny Rose, and
Barbara DeCaro.)

Public meeting tonight
Thursday March 9
7:00-9:00pm
Discovery Park Visitor Center/Environmental Learning Center in the Judge
Voorhees(Multipurpose) Room.

A draft of the management plan is available from Penny, not attached here
because of the listserv constraints.

Written comments are also worthwhile to Penny Rose <Penny.Rose...>
and Barb DeCaro <Barbara.DeCaro...>

Cheers,
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Seattle, WA

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Date: 3/9/17 1:57 pm
From: Doug Will <diwill...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Binoculars
Dusty,

I'd like to mention something no one else has:
There really is no "best binoculars."

If you are backpacking a long way, then weight is paramount.
If you are working in low light, then light gathering power is important
[larger front objective lens, the second number].
If you use a tripod or are especially steady of hand, a higher power
(magnification, the first number) may be better.
If you are trying to follow birds in flight or flitting around, then a
lower power with maximum field of view will matter.
If you wear glasses, eye relief (usable distance from the back eyepiece
lens) may make some models unusable.
For much birding, minimum near focus distance is important.
Finally, if like me, you have substantial peripheral astigmatism, even
if it is corrected to first order by glasses or contacts, you may get a
sharper view from a smaller exit pupil diameter (diameter of the cone of
light exiting the back of the eyepiece, equal to objective diameter [1st
#] divided by magnification [2nd #]).

The considerations above are NOT completely independent as several are
intimately related.
But the caveat is that you MUST try out the optics yourself.
Start with reviews in your price range.
Then find stores with demo samples to look through.
Then, perhaps, follow Josh Glant's advice to get several you think might
work from vendors with free return policy.
Try out your two or three favorites in various conditions for various uses.
Finally, make your choice.

You'll be happier with your choice if you do.
And remember, your favorite won't be perfect in every situation, nor for
every other person!

Good luck getting a great pair for a good price,

Doug Will
Senior Research Engineer
UW
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Date: 3/9/17 1:54 pm
From: Ed Swan <Edswan2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] 64 species for WOS Vashon Island field trip yesterday


The WOS field trip to Vashon Island yesterday did fairly well with 64
species being found and while it was pretty cold, a light rain didn't set in
until about noon.



Canada Goose

Eurasian Wigeon (female) Raab's Lagoon, nice to see the female which often
don't stand out so clearly

American Wigeon

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Harlequin Duck Luanna Beach road

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Barrow's Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-throated Loon several out in Quartermaster Harbor

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe in Quartermaster Harbor at Dockton, don't see them on
saltwater very often

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Eared Grebe several in both Quartermaster Harbor and Tramp Harbor

Brandt's Cormorant 80-100 in groups of 20-40 around Quartermaster Harbor.
There was a large group as deep in to Quartermaster Harbor as between Raab's
Lagoon and Jensen Pt., the farthest into the Quartermaster that I've ever
seen Brandt's. Also, this is the largest total number I have ever seen for
Vashon. Many were in breeding plumage with white plumes down the head and
even in yesterday's cloudy weather, flashes of bright blue from by the bill

Double-crested Cormorant

(Pelagic Cormorant) I saw this on my own at the Vashon dock, the group
didn't go there. All three cormorant species were on the pilings in
breeding plumage.

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk pair perched together at Monument

Virginia Rail Monument Rd, none replied at Fisher Pond

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper Ellisport

Greater Yellowlegs Raab's Lagoon

Mew Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Pigeon Guillemot

Rock Pigeon

Anna's Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Hutton's Vireo calling repetitively at Fisher Pond

Steller's Jay

American Crow

Common Raven seen at many locations, amazingly only 3-4 at Matsuda
Preserve

Black-capped Chickadee using spring call, birds at Raab's Lagoon
using a four note version that I haven't heard before

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet singing

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing feeding on a Hawthorne tree a block north of the senior
center, unfortunately couldn't find a Bohemian mixed in

Yellow-rumped Warbler Northilla/Manzanita, unfortunately dipped on
Black Scoter and Pacific Loon often found here but found this consolation
prize

Spotted Towhee

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow 4 at Monument Road. The most cooperative Lincoln
Sparrows ever. Second time I've been to visit these birds and had them
perch still for minutes at a time for scope views. Beautiful birds.

White-crowned Sparrow 2 first year birds at Monument Road, singing

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird chased off one of the Red-tails at Monument
Rd

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch several at Joe Van Os' feeders along
Luanna Beach road, just starting to turn yellow

House Sparrow



We had several surprising misses: the kestrels at Wax Orchard were
apparently perched under cover to avoid the rain showers starting, the
Eurasian Collared-Doves in Vashon town were likewise out of sight and the
Wood Ducks and Wilson's Snipe don't appear to have returned yet to Fisher
Pond after the pond being repeatedly frozen over this winter.



A good map with descriptions and directions for bird hot spots on Vashon
Island is at the Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society website:
http://vashonaudubon.org/birding.html. These location descriptions come
from my book on the birds of Vashon Island.



Ed



Ed Swan

Nature writer and guide

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Date: 3/9/17 1:49 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull? - not this morning!
HI Tweets - quick update on the GLGU found yesterday by Phil Dickinson, and seen by several through the afternoon. Carol Riddell, Josh Adams, Frank Caruso, and I spent the better part of this morning at, and around the 10th Street Boat Launch (aka "Jetty Landing"). While we saw a great many gulls of several species (including Herring, California, Thayer's, Ring-billed, and Mew), there was no sign of the Glaucous, despite Carol's valiant efforts to attract gulls with a significant investment in popcorn. We left the location under the watch of other good birders around noon, so...stay tuned. Happy Gulling!! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 3/9/17 12:32 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 3/8/17
Tweets,

Yesterday 24 of us enjoyed a good walk at Nisqually. It was chilly with a
bit of drizzle but not too bad until we got out onto the estuary dike where
the breeze cooled things down even more. It got a bit raw. We had a 12.1
high tide at 1:40 so that helped a bit.

Of note were the decreased numbers of waterfowl. Someone or something must
have told them it was time to head north because there was a lot of open
water to be seen. The number of species was as to be expected but the
quantity within species was noticeably down.

Not much at the visitor center, but we did see RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER and
FLICKER there. No SNIPE.

Our best spot of the day was by the Land Trust building near the
maintenance area. There we had GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, FOY WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, FOX and SONG SPARROWS, BROWN CREEPER, SPOTTED TOWHEE, BEWICK'S
WREN, and DOWNY WOODPECKER. We also had KINGLETS and CHICKADEES there.

The GREAT HORNED OWL continues to stand watch over the three pronged tree
where it has been for the last 4 or 5 weeks. Hope this is not a replay of
last year when there were no fledglings.

There was a KESTRAL out in the reclamation area and a couple of BALD EAGLES
about but I didn't see any other raptors.

The only shorebird I saw was some GREATER YELLOWLEGS. I think Shep may have
gotten some more off the estuary boardwalk.

For the day I had 47 species and now have 74 for the year. The only mammal
I saw was a couple of GRAY SQUIRRELS.

Until next week when Shep and Eric will lead.....

Phil Kelley
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Lacey, WA

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Date: 3/9/17 11:50 am
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
Hi Dusty,
You didn't give a budget here, which can obviously have a pretty big
effect on recommendations, but since everyone else's suggestions have
been in the $300 range I'll throw out my suggestion. I have two pairs
of Vanguard Endeavor ED's which have treated me fabulously. At the
time they were introduced they retailed for $500, but as the Endeavor
II's (and now IV's, no idea what happened to III) were introduced they
started selling for below $300 on the usual online sites. Optically
they have never let me down and they've received good solid reviews
from all surveys and forums I've ever seen. The II series has now
dropped in price pretty significantly and Vanguard is offering a $80
rebate on the 10x42 and 8x42 models in both the original ED and ED
II's which can bring them down to below $250 after rebate on some
sites.

At the time time I bouht mine, the word from those that had used both
was that they were significantly better than the Vortex Diamondback,
but it looks like the later had a redesign in 2016 and that gap may
have closed.

I'd recommend narrowing your selection down to two or three models and
ordering all of them from an online dealer with good returns. Use all
three side by side in normal conditions, but also taxing conditions
such as low-light, looking at birds on the water when there is glare,
birds in treetops against a bright sky, etc. Figure out which you
think is the best optically and which feels best in your hands and
return the others.

Also,
If you want to delve deep into the world of optics, BirdForum has
binocular forum that gets a lot of activity. Many of the users either
own or have used many different models and can give you their
experience of which is best.
http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=112

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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Date: 3/9/17 11:41 am
From: Ed Newbold <ednewbold1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Louisiana bird shots and a cranky complaint
Hi all,
I often see emails to tweeters of people coming here and wanting help with where to bird.  I got an insight into how at sea you can feel in a new place without local help when Delia and I tried to bird Louisiana last week.  In spite of the fact that we had the book on where to bird, we felt a bit adrift there, both in knowing where the best place to go would be and for help finding specific birds and to explain just what was going on down there.  I see a role for Tweeters in alleviating this problem.

But before I register a cranky complaint, I should be careful to thank the Tweeters leadership for a great job of keeping Tweeters going all these years. Keeping a nonprofit service alive all these years is no mean feat.

But is there an anti-entrepreneurial bias in Tweeters rules that keep the bird-guiding industry stunted?  If I were a young birder now I'd be thinking about putting out a shingle.  Why not bird for a living and build up the infrastructure of bird-friendly businesses in the world?  A private-sector bird-guiding industry could explode in growth  just as soon as people realize how ludicrous the idea of sip and spit is, which is bound to be soon.  The first place and most logical place to advertise such a business would be Tweeters, but it's against the rules.
Ads could still be regulated so there is no need to fear them taking over.  A bird guide, say, could put in a plug for themselves every three months.
So why not tweak the rules slightly to open the door for a little entrepreneurialism?  In Audubon Park in New Orleans, 2000 Whistling Ducks are crowded into a small area for nature while the golfers are given the keys to the big acres. Golf has never been afraid of entrepreneurialism, and golfers reap the rewards every day everywhere.  Let's take a page from their book.

Well, anyway, despite only getting 85 species over three days down there, there are some places where taking a pretty picture of a bird is as easy as falling off a log.
And there's a shot of our local Townsend's Warbler to preserve some semblance of legality to this post.
Here's the report and thanks in advance, Ed Newbold Wildlife Artist, residential Beacon Hill):

http://ednewbold.com/out-of-our-depth-in-louisiana/






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Date: 3/9/17 11:09 am
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818...>
Subject: [Tweeters] WOW Birding festival... MAR 10/11/12
Don’t miss the"Wings Over Water" Northwest Birding Festival March 10, 11,
and 12 in Blaine, Semiahmoo and Birch Bay. The festival features wildlife
viewing field trips, speakers and family-friendly activities. For more
information see http://wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com/event_schedule.htm
<http://wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com/event_schedule.htmlvisit>

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happy birding
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Ferndale, WA
in Whatcom County
out on the beach

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Date: 3/9/17 5:08 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] does anyone have photos of a "brewster's warbler" i can use?
hello everyone,

I am writing a piece for Forbes that needs a picture or more of a
"brewster's warbler". if anyone has some large hi-res photos of these birds
that they are willing to share with a large audience, please contact me
off-list at grrlscientist at gmail.

thanks.

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Date: 3/9/17 12:01 am
From: ray holden <rayleeholden...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] binoculars
The Diamondbacks with their forever warranty are probably the best for their price point.  Of course if you can afford the more expensive ones they are also excellent.  I have Viper 42s.  Also had a warranty problem and they turned the bins around in less than a week and they were just like new.  No charge.  Great folks.    Ray Holden
Olympia, WA

Life is for the birds.  

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Subject: [Tweeters] binoculars

Hi, Dusty I will second Christian's suggestion of the Vortex Diamondback 8x42s.  They are quite a neat binocular and have a great warranty. I use Leitz myself but wanted a decent pair to leave in my car and they haven't disappointed me. Cheers, Diann
 Diann MacRae
Olympic Vulture Study
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Bothell, WA 98021
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Date: 3/8/17 8:37 pm
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull
This morning I discovered an adult Glaucous Gull among the other gulls on the parking lot at Everett's Marine Park. It was later seen by several other birders. Large yellow-eyed gull with yellow bill and white primaries.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

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Date: 3/8/17 7:17 pm
From: noelle c <noellesculpt...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White-headed woodpecker
 A friend out on Vashon Is. says she may have seen a W-h woodpecker.Anyone out there have any records of previous sightings here in The Sound?

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Date: 3/8/17 4:49 pm
From: David Poortinga <dpoortinga...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull, Everett
Early today Phil Dickinson found a Glaucous Gull at 10th St boat launch in Everett. A number of us just watched it fly to North View Park.

David Poortinga
Arlington WA
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Date: 3/8/17 4:06 pm
From: LARRY BAXTER <natural.world.explorer...>
Subject: [Tweeters] First Rufous Hummer arrives on Camano Island
The first Rufous Hummingbird arrived today 3/7/17
The first 2015 arrival was on 3/6/15
The first 2016 arrival was on 2/6/16, one whole month earlier.

Larry Baxter
Camano Island
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Date: 3/8/17 2:50 pm
From: B&PBell <bellasoc...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Eastside Audubon trip to So. King county
Hi Ho Tweets



Today, Eastside Audubon took a trip covering many of the spots along the
Sound in south King County. The day started out overcast and cold, but no
rain. Our first stop was at the Des Moines Marina with a temperature of 38F
and a 10-15 mph wind (it was really cold). We had a nice group of 6 BARROWS
GOLDENEYE and 4 COMMON GOLDENEYE off the Marina pier. A few HORNED GREBEs, a
BUFFLEHEAD, a couple of HARLEQUIN DUCKs, some PIGEON GUILLEMOTs, several
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTs, a couple of MEW GULLs and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLs.
Further out we had several RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs and a BRANDTS CORMORANT.
In the trees behind the Marina there were two BALD EAGLEs, A good size flock
of AMERICAN WIGEON flew in to the mouth of the creek. There were some
DARK-EYED JUNCOs, AMERICAN CROWs, and some CANADA GEESE.



We took a brief break for hot drinks and to warm up a bit, then on to Salt
Water State Park with a few rain drops. We had pretty good action, the rain
stopped and we saw COMMON GOLDENEYE, BARROWS GOLDENEYE, HARLEQUIN DUCK
(good numbers of all three), HORNED GREBE, SURF SCOTER, AMERICAN CROW,
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, AMERICAN ROBIN, SONG SPARROW, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE,
DARK-EYED JUNCO, SPOTTED TOWHEE, FOX SPARROW, a singing RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET, NORTHERN FLICKER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and STELLERS JAY. While
it had warmed to about 40F with the wind (although it had dropped in speed a
bit) it was still cold.



On to Redondo Beach where we saw ROCK PIGEON, COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE,
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, SURF SCOTER and an immature BALD EAGLE
on the beach.



Our next stop was at Dash Point State Park there we saw MEW GULL,
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, SURF SCOTER, AMERICAN CROW, NORTHERN FLICKER,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (a new bird for some), SONG SPARROW, DARKE-EYED JUNCO
and VARIED THRUSH. A ways further along we dropped down to Dash Point Park
in Pierce County and saw SURF SCOTER, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, HORNED GREBE,
BUFFLEHEAD, CANADA GOOSE, ROCK PIGEON, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. It was
still windy and chilly.



We back-tracked and wound our way to the Weyerhaeuser Ponds (near the old
Corporate Headquarter) lots of ducks REDHEAD (16 always a pleasure to
see in King County), RING-NECKED DUCK (about 40), AMERICAN WIGEON (about
300), EURASIAN WIGEON, GADWALL, NORTHERN FLICKER, CACKLING GOOSE, AMERICAN
ROBIN, and BALD EAGLE.



At the 204th Street down by the wet fields by the horse farm we saw
MALLARD, AMERICAN WIGEON (about 150), EURASIAN WIGEON (2), GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, BLACKED-CAPPED CHICKADEE, NORTHERN PINTAIL, NOTHERN SHOVELER,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, AMERICAN ROBIN, and along the Green River BUFFLEHEAD,
HOODED MERGANSER, and BELTED KINGFISHER.



The 212th St. ponds had RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, BUFFLEHED, RING-NECKED DUCK,
CANADA GOOSE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, HOODED MERGANSER (a nice male), SONG
SPARROW, MARSH WREN, and NORTHERN HARRIER (across the street over the
fields).



At the Kent Ponds (Green River Natural Area) there were CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAY
(2), DOWNY WOODPECKER, BALD EAGLE, GREAT BLUE HERON, MALLARD, CANADA GOOSE,
MARSH WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, EUROPEAN
STARLING, NORTHER FLICKER , BUFFLEHEAD, GADWALL, AMERICAN COOT, RING-NECKED
DUCK, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN CROW, NORTHERN SHOVELER, BUSHTIT, and
HOUSE FINCH.



As we left the Kent Ponds it started to rain we were glad that we had
avoided the rain. It was a good day trip, with 56 species seen despite
the cold, windy conditions.



Good Birding!



Brian H. Bell

Woodinville WA

Mail to bell asoc a t iso media dot com



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Date: 3/8/17 2:34 pm
From: Jeremy Davis <davisjp23...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Binoculars
Well given the recent interest in buying binoculars I figure it's a good time to mention that I'm selling my 8x42 Leica Trinovids.

I've had them for two years and enjoyed them quite a bit but our growing family is meaning less and less time for birding.

I have no idea what the market for used binoculars is like so if anyone is interested, we can meet up to test them out and discuss price then. Or if you want to see them online, I also have some photos of them up on Flickr: https://flickr.com/photos/16927355@N06/sets/72157677755212113

Thanks,
Jeremy Davis
Kenmore, WA
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Date: 3/8/17 2:06 pm
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Raptor in Boeing warehouse
One way to [try to] remove a bird from a building is to wait until the interior is dark (no sunlight is entering), turn off the lights, and open a door or window while it is still light outside.  In theory, the bird will interpret the sole patch of daylight as an escape route and fly though it.  Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

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Date: 3/7/17 9:23 pm
From: <falcophile...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Raptor in Boeing warehouse
For wayward hawks trapped in local warehouses, call WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Region 4 office 425-775-1311 x111. They will arrange for a falconer to attempt to trap the bird.

Ed Deal
Seattle, WA
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Date: 3/7/17 7:45 pm
From: Dusty Bleher <TweeterReader...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Photos of new Zealand birds
Hello Jeff;

Great pictures, thank you! Since I’m in the market for a new camera at the moment, I was wondering if you knew what kind of camera/lens was used to get those great pictures?



What does, “…no photos because of restrictions…” mean? Restrictions by whom? Of what? Is this typical? Been to lots of places, including both Oz and New Zealand, but never ran across that before.



Thanks again for posting that link.



Dusty
Lake Stevens, WA



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Subject: [Tweeters] Photos of new Zealand birds



Just completed a 21 day birding tour of New Zealand. A fellow participant, John Oates from the UK took some amazing photos which can be seen using the attached link. We saw four species of Kiwi, but no photos because of restrictions.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnswildlifephotos/sets/72157680244481785

Jeff Jendro
Longview, WA
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Date: 3/7/17 7:13 pm
From: <jeffjendro...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Photos of new Zealand birds
Just completed a 21 day birding tour of New Zealand.  A fellow participant, John Oates from the UK took some amazing photos which can be seen using the attached link.  We saw four species of Kiwi, but no photos because of restrictions.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnswildlifephotos/sets/72157680244481785

Jeff Jendro
Longview, WA
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Date: 3/7/17 4:25 pm
From: mark girling <markgirling...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Boeing Peregrin Falcon
I work 3rd shift and it seems a Peregrin Falcon likes to roost in the Renton factory. Line I on the north doors seems to be the favoured end. I think it is a female as the vocals she makes is the same as the Sibley recordings are. Between 1-3am she makes quite a racket and flies around the factory. She has many oppertunities to get out as the huge doors are opened regularly daily.Mark GirlingWoodridge, <WAmarkgirling...> from Yahoo Mail on Android
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Date: 3/7/17 3:05 pm
From: Diann MacRae <tvulture...>
Subject: [Tweeters] binoculars
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Date: 3/7/17 3:01 pm
From: J Christian Kessler <1northraven...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
image stability is an issue with 10 power binoculars (magnification
emphasizes any wobble), but weight can also be a factor (at least over the
course of hours of constant birding). I've used 10x42 Swarovski's for 25
years (old technology now), bought them as they were actually lighter than
the 8x42s at the time, but they're still kinda heavy. balance matters here
-- as does how they feel in your hands.

Chris Kessler

On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 2:38 PM, Devon Comstock <devonc78...> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> For a good mid-range price bino I always recommend the Eagle Optics
> Platinum Rangers. Lifetime warranty, hardy binocular, waterproof, lifetime
> maintenance for little cost. I'm partial to the 10 x 42s myself, but you
> will get a lot of birders to tell you to go for 8 x 42 for more image
> stability and close range viewing.
>
> For a high end bino you can't go wrong with Swarovskis, though after a lot
> of research I ended up buying a pair of Zeiss Victory SF. They are both a
> hefty price at about $2,000 plus. I joke that with my old rangers it was
> looking at birds through a dirty shower curtain compared to the crispness
> of my Zeiss.
>
> Audubon recently did an article about choosing binoculars
>
> http://www.audubon.org/gear/binocular-guide
>
> Devon Comstock
> Wenatchee
>
> On Mar 7, 2017 11:39 AM, "Dusty Bleher" <TweeterReader...>
> wrote:
>
>> G'day all! Along with my search for a new camera (Nikon P900 so far), I
>> just decided to upgrade my binoculars as well. I've had these since my
>> kids were little, so I've not kept up on the trends in viewing these last
>> 30-40 years. Anybody got any recommendations? Things to look for? Things
>> to avoid? My current ones are a Swift model 828, 10X42. One of the
>> reasons I got them was they were waterproof (always good with me holding
>> them 😊!), and very close focus. I'm sure the technology has changed over
>> the years, so any recommendations would be MOST appreciated.
>>
>> TIA,
>> Dusty
>> Currently parked off of a dirt road, on a hill, in the forest north of
>> Lake Stevens.
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Date: 3/7/17 2:39 pm
From: Devon Comstock <devonc78...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
Hi,

For a good mid-range price bino I always recommend the Eagle Optics
Platinum Rangers. Lifetime warranty, hardy binocular, waterproof, lifetime
maintenance for little cost. I'm partial to the 10 x 42s myself, but you
will get a lot of birders to tell you to go for 8 x 42 for more image
stability and close range viewing.

For a high end bino you can't go wrong with Swarovskis, though after a lot
of research I ended up buying a pair of Zeiss Victory SF. They are both a
hefty price at about $2,000 plus. I joke that with my old rangers it was
looking at birds through a dirty shower curtain compared to the crispness
of my Zeiss.

Audubon recently did an article about choosing binoculars

http://www.audubon.org/gear/binocular-guide

Devon Comstock
Wenatchee

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> G'day all! Along with my search for a new camera (Nikon P900 so far), I
> just decided to upgrade my binoculars as well. I've had these since my
> kids were little, so I've not kept up on the trends in viewing these last
> 30-40 years. Anybody got any recommendations? Things to look for? Things
> to avoid? My current ones are a Swift model 828, 10X42. One of the
> reasons I got them was they were waterproof (always good with me holding
> them 😊!), and very close focus. I'm sure the technology has changed over
> the years, so any recommendations would be MOST appreciated.
>
> TIA,
> Dusty
> Currently parked off of a dirt road, on a hill, in the forest north of
> Lake Stevens.
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Date: 3/7/17 1:06 pm
From: J Christian Kessler <1northraven...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
I bird with ancient Swarovskis, but I recently bought a friend his first
pair of bins after researching reviews, bought the Vortex Diamondback 8x42s
- waterproof, shock-resistant, & I was really impressed with the optical
quality, all for about $220. think they also come in 10x42. depending on
your budget and optical expectations, these are really good, & just
re-engineered last year from the older version of the same model. the
review cited as best in class.

Chris Kessler

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> G'day all! Along with my search for a new camera (Nikon P900 so far), I
> just decided to upgrade my binoculars as well. I've had these since my
> kids were little, so I've not kept up on the trends in viewing these last
> 30-40 years. Anybody got any recommendations? Things to look for? Things
> to avoid? My current ones are a Swift model 828, 10X42. One of the
> reasons I got them was they were waterproof (always good with me holding
> them 😊!), and very close focus. I'm sure the technology has changed over
> the years, so any recommendations would be MOST appreciated.
>
> TIA,
> Dusty
> Currently parked off of a dirt road, on a hill, in the forest north of
> Lake Stevens.
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Date: 3/7/17 11:41 am
From: Dusty Bleher <TweeterReader...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Some binocular recommendations?
G'day all! Along with my search for a new camera (Nikon P900 so far), I just decided to upgrade my binoculars as well. I've had these since my kids were little, so I've not kept up on the trends in viewing these last 30-40 years. Anybody got any recommendations? Things to look for? Things to avoid? My current ones are a Swift model 828, 10X42. One of the reasons I got them was they were waterproof (always good with me holding them 😊!), and very close focus. I'm sure the technology has changed over the years, so any recommendations would be MOST appreciated.

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Date: 3/7/17 9:21 am
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] second-hand Snohomish County egret report
Thanks Gary for the report,
There have been two Great Egret's hanging out just north of here at
Jenning's Park in south Marysville for several months so this may have
been one of them or another one. It seems like Great Egret sightings
have increased in the county over the last few years so perhaps
they'll become a regularly occurring species in the area soon, much
like California Scrub-Jay.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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Date: 3/6/17 7:53 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] second-hand Snohomish County egret report
Dear Tweeters,
Today I was told that a bird that looked like an "all-white Great Blue Heron" was spotted along Interstate Five by a birder's grandson, who was driving by and noticed it. I believe the location was Everett Sewage Treatment Plant. This sounds like a Great Egret; the last time a non-birder reported something like that to me, that's what it turned out to be.
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Date: 3/6/17 5:05 pm
From: Dave Templeton <crazydave65...>
Subject: [Tweeters] collared doves in fall city, sno-falls peregrines warming up
Hola-

In reverse order, I pass along reports the falcons at the falls are getting
ready for the upcoming nesting season including some copulation.

Secondly, around 1400 today I saw a couple of collared doves on phone wires
near the fall city fire station. The birds were slender columbids with
truncated tails and neck stripes. I had no glass and the lighting was
poor. the wingtips did not seem much darker than the rest of the wings.
Thus, I cannot say whether they were african or eurasian, but they did seem
to be collared doves.

regards,

t

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Date: 3/6/17 2:18 pm
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] stunning bird photography
hello everyone,

although 2017 has barely gotten started, i just thought you may be
interested to see some of the "most stunning science photographs of the
year", according to digg:

http://digg.com/2017/wellcome-image-awards-science-photography?utm_source=digg&utm_medium=email

the bird images are supplied by scott echols, a veterinarian whom i knew
when i lived & worked with birds in the USA.

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Date: 3/6/17 9:06 am
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] first birds to ever visit my bird feeders at my house!
A year ago, I moved into a condo unit that has a very small backyard. It
took about a week for birds to show up at my feeders. The exceptions were a
couple of Anna's Hummingbirds that came to the sugar water in a couple of
days. I think a few days is the norm for seed feeders, and for me the
first birds to arrive usually have been finches (mainly House Finches) and
chickadees.

Phil Dickinson
Lake Stevens

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> hi everyone,
>
> I just had to share the good news: today, whilst i was writing, i saw a
> pair of blue tits fly up to my bird feeders (which i first hung on sunday)
> and pig out on peanut pieces. i was surprised to see them bypass the suet
> balls for peanuts, but there you have it. i was also surprised these birds
> discovered my feeders within a day of them being placed -- i thought i'd be
> waiting for months -- but i am very excited.
>
> within a minute or so of the blue tits' arrival, i then saw a house
> sparrow poking around in the snow at uneaten seeds from my collection of
> birds (mostly several types of millet). unlike the USA, where house
> sparrows are invasive, house sparrows are native to much of europe,
> although their numbers are declining -- in some places, they are declining
> at an alarming rate.
>
> i am curious to know: how long does it take your birds to find a new bird
> feeder when you move in to a place that has no previous bird feeding? does
> the time it takes birds to find these newly-hung bird feeders vary with
> season? which species is generally the first to find a new bird feeder?
>
> have a great day, and may all your birds be well-fed!
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Date: 3/6/17 5:46 am
From: Dan Reiff, PhD <notcalm...>
Subject: [Tweeters] NPR: Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast

Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast
NPR

Lyme disease is spreading, and this summer is shaping up as a whopper. Why has the tick-borne illness gotten so bad? The answer traces back to something the colonists did more than 200 years ago. Read the full story


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Date: 3/6/17 5:29 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] first birds to ever visit my bird feeders at my house!
hi everyone,

I just had to share the good news: today, whilst i was writing, i saw a
pair of blue tits fly up to my bird feeders (which i first hung on sunday)
and pig out on peanut pieces. i was surprised to see them bypass the suet
balls for peanuts, but there you have it. i was also surprised these birds
discovered my feeders within a day of them being placed -- i thought i'd be
waiting for months -- but i am very excited.

within a minute or so of the blue tits' arrival, i then saw a house sparrow
poking around in the snow at uneaten seeds from my collection of birds
(mostly several types of millet). unlike the USA, where house sparrows are
invasive, house sparrows are native to much of europe, although their
numbers are declining -- in some places, they are declining at an alarming
rate.

i am curious to know: how long does it take your birds to find a new bird
feeder when you move in to a place that has no previous bird feeding? does
the time it takes birds to find these newly-hung bird feeders vary with
season? which species is generally the first to find a new bird feeder?

have a great day, and may all your birds be well-fed!

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Date: 3/5/17 8:08 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Cross-billed Finch in Edmonds??
Hi Tweets - well, after my rant about a finch-free Okanogan, I thought the Finch Gods had made up for it a bit today when I found a red finch with a distinctly crossed bill at my feeders! I took photos and sent it to jury of superior birders (including Dennis Paulson) who have deemed it to be a "Cross-billed (House) Finch", rather than my initial diagnosis of "Striped Crossbill". Photos are on my ebird checklist at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34995246. In fact, it could be some sort of hybrid; Dennis said he photographed a probable Red Crossbill/Pine Siskin hybrid last year. No wonder us mortals get confused sometimes! Happy Birding! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 3/5/17 5:16 pm
From: Pamela Girres <girresp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Black Phoebe waterworks garden renton
At 2:30 this afternoon we saw a Black Phoebe at Waterworks Garden in Renton
in middle pond bordering Oaksdale Avenue

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Date: 3/5/17 2:41 pm
From: David Poortinga <dpoortinga...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe, Kent
There is currently a Say's Phoebe at Boeing Ponds, Kent at the northeast corner of the ponds, the intersection of 59th Pl and 62nd Ave. It's flycatching from the roadside brambles and the vegetation in the pond.

David Poortinga
Arlington, WA
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Date: 3/5/17 2:09 pm
From: Gerry Ellis <gerry...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tree Swallows back
Spent a chilly very windy morning (Sunday) birding Vacouver Lake and Old
Lowere River Rd thought we swallows. Crossed over the Columbia River to the
ponds around Vanport wetlands (Portland) and spotted Tree Swallows. They
appear to be back joining the early season Barn Swallows.


Gerry Ellis
EM: <gerry...>
Portland, Oregon

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Date: 3/5/17 1:32 pm
From: Rex Takasugi <RexTak...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Good time to view the Great Blue Herons on Soos Creek Trail
Hi, Tweeters!

This is a good time to view the Great Blue Herons on Soos Creek Trail in Kent (actually kind of between Kent and Covington). The herons are flying back and forth building their nests, and the lack of tree foliage makes it easy to see the nests and herons. The parking area nearest the rookery is off 148th Ave SE (47.378524, -122.143892 or 4722'42.7"N 12208'38.0"W) where there are the maintenance barns for the Kent Parks Department. From the graveled parking area walk the paved trail across Soos Creek to the main trail and turn right (south) and walk the trail for about 200 yards and you'll easily see the rookery to the right (looking west). You can also see the herons from 148th Ave. SE, but I don't recommend doing that as there isn't much of a shoulder along the narrow road.

In a couple of big cedars just south of the main trail junction, we also got some good views of a couple of Townsend's Warblers, which we don't see often on Soos Creek Trail. They were mixed in with a bunch of Black-capped Chickadees and Golden-crowned Kinglets.

Good birding!

Rex Takasugi
Kent, WA


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Date: 3/5/17 1:21 pm
From: Josh Hayes <Coralliophila...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Tagged hawk with badly hooked bill
Hi tweets,


I've seen a couple of photos on the Facebook group of a RT Hawk with a large blue tag, left wing, number 50, with a badly-hooked (looks deformed to me) bill. Bird was photographed on Fir Island, but I have no more info than that. The tagger may want to know.


Cheers,


Josh in mercurial Licton Springs

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Date: 3/5/17 12:35 pm
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [Tweeters] The Birdbooker Report
HI ALL:
This week's titles are:

1) The Snake and the Salamander

2) Peterson Field Guide to Bird Songs of Eastern North America

https://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-titles.html

sincerely
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Date: 3/5/17 12:09 pm
From: Sam Sudar <sudar.sam...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Uh-oh, no Black Phoebe in Umatilla County
Hello Tweeters,

This morning I received an email from a friendly eBird editor informing me
that my Black Phoebe observation yesterday would be a first for Umatilla
County. This was a surprise, as I'd been birding Wahkiakum County.
Apparently I'd chosen the wrong Foster Rd from my saved locations dropdown
and I didn't catch the error.

I've now corrected the submission
<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34968853>.

If anyone went out chasing the birds, I am very sorry! Please accept my
apologies. I hope you saw something good.

I've entered wrong dates, wrong times, and misidentified birds on eBird,
but I think this is my first time with a wrong location.

Sam in Seattle (and nowhere near Umatilla)

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Date: 3/5/17 10:29 am
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hummer update / Caryn / Wedgwood
Not so Good morning, Birders,

My first look through the scope this morning about 7am, showed a nest with no Queen Anna - but that has been the case for several days now, though I had seen her doing feeding behavior up until yesterday.

But another look an hour or so later revealed a destroyed nest! Ugh! I'm getting hardened to the realities of nature but it was a roller coaster since Feb 1. I didn't see the culprit.

Thank you for all your kind comments and interest in Queen Anna. I'm sure she will reign again! Hopefully, she may be already - I shall be on the look out for a replacement - hopefully more successful and lower! ;-/

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Date: 3/5/17 10:13 am
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] CBS Sunday morning - Sandpipers
Good morning, Birders,

Piper was cute, but these are just wonderful! Nothing like the real thing!

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/nature-sandpipers

We leave you this Sunday Morning in the company of sandpipers scurrying along a beach on the east coast of Florida. Videographer: Charles Schultz. (wow, where's Snoopy?)

Enjoy!

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Date: 3/4/17 8:44 pm
From: dick <dick...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Lead ammunition ban overturned by Zinke
This is bad news for birds and all wildlife.  Not science based, not healthy, just plain not necessary.
Dick Porter

Http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-lead-ammunition_us_58b881d9e4b02a4e8ddb710f



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Date: 3/4/17 12:13 pm
From: Hubbell <ldhubbell...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Union Bay Watch | Coyote Karma
Tweeters,

As you can tell from this week’s title birds are not the focal point of the post. There are however photos of four different avian species and multiple references - just in case the coyote does not strike your fancy.

http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/03/coyote-karma.html <http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2017/03/coyote-karma.html>

Have great day on Union Bay…where coyotes still live in the city!

Larry Hubbell
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Date: 3/4/17 12:05 pm
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellen...>
Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote - Last week & the week of Mar. 5 2017
Hey, Tweeters,

Here are the stories from last week:
* Interview with Gerrit Vyn - Recording Yellow-billed Loons
http://bit.ly/1AZsvBH
* Light and Song - Sparks in Winter
http://bit.ly/2mn3nEa
* The "Music" of Herring Gulls
http://bit.ly/1iE1CHF
* Stalking the Elegant King Rail
http://bit.ly/2mDJARV
* Watching Birds' Behavior - Birdwatching 102
http://bit.ly/JMe5Ym
* Montezuma Oropendola - The Golden Pendulum
http://bit.ly/2m5ILOs
* Black-billed Magpie - Bird of the West
http://bit.ly/1n5NXPB
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Date: 3/4/17 10:50 am
From: Caryn Schutzler <BLUEDARNER1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hummer update / Caryn / Wedgwood
Hello Tweeters,

Queen Anna has been quite absent from her throne lately. But still I have found her in the scope (by sheer magical timing) feeding (I think?) and then settling in at dusk.

I am not sure if she has another nest or where she goes for so long. I have yet to see the little thorny bills sticking up, awaiting an incoming meal. Not sure if there are little feathered nestlings. She's been feeding them for over a week. Not sure how long she can stay away once they have gotten some feathering. And if there's another nest, it seems they would need her warmth as well - especially if there are eggs. What's a Hummer Mama to do?

This is so different from the first nest we experienced with constant attention through fledging.

At least it's a precip free day - at least for now. I know she can handle most anything after a February fraught with a flurry of fierce weather.

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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Tweeters subscription
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Date: 3/3/17 9:23 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Conconully to Timentwa today
Hi Tweets - I know some of you are planning trips to the Okanogan area soon so here's the story on our adventure today. This morning in Omak was 34 degrees with a high overcast. By the time (0730) it was only 32 at Scotch Creek and as we approached, we could see that the south facing slope above the usual hangouts for Sharp-tailed Grouse was virtually snow free so our expectations plummeted and were completely justified. No Sharptails to be had. We headed up Happy Hill Rd in hopes of finding 1 or 2 of the hundreds of Gray-crowned Rosyfinches seen by the WOS and SAS trips last week: Nary a one. We did see a FOY Say's Phoebe, probably still wondering where that old house went that it used to nest in (burned to the dirt in the recent fire that covered much of the area). We then made a 20-minute pass through Conconully where, among other things, we found a flock of about 25 Bohemian waxwings, a Varied Thrush, and many House Finch working on crab apple tree north of the main drag. Finding no bars in town (you can buy a beer at a couple of places, but can't make a cell call) we had to race back to Omak for a business call. After the call, we headed up Cameron Lake Rd. into what looked like some potentially serious black clouds. The precip held back (just a few snow flakes at 33 degrees) but the wind did not. At the so-called "Sparrow Place" about a mile north of Timentwa Rd. we didn't even have to get out of the car to see two very nice Am. Tree Sparrows. We did get out of the car, of course, but couldn't find much else other than Dark-eyed Juncos and a single Gray Partridge. Horned Larks were abundant all along the road and approaching the first farm on Timentwa Rd., we found the first Snow Bunting mixed in. Just past the farm, a small valley where cattle have trampled the snow to the ground, provided apparently great habitat for perhaps 1,000 Snow Buntings and at least a hundred Red-wing Blackbirds and a similar number of larks. Beyond the farm, we spotted a falcon sitting on the lee side of the top of a boulder that showed a weak face pattern, but flew just as I got it in the scope. In flight at a distance, I thought I was seeing black "arm pits" but couldn't be sure. It made a pass through the buntings and blackbirds but did not hit any, and then landed on another boulder. It flew again just as I got it in the scope but this time I could track it in the scope and confirm that it was a Prairie Falcon. For the rest of Cameron Lake Road, we looked at lots of larks but could not find any longspurs among them. Heading south, we went up K road onto the Waterville Plateau and drove many roads north east of Mansfield; again, no sigh of a Snowy Owl, but huge numbers of Horned Larks with just a few Snow Buntings mixed in. As on our previous days report - very few raptors. It seems like all the Rough-legged Hawks must all be over here on the Stilly - Samish Flats!! Snowing hard over Stevens Pass in late afternoon but very little westbound traffic so it all went well. Happy Birding - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 3/3/17 5:33 pm
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Whatcom County WATER concerns gettogether
*Water in Whatcom County, and Why We Should be Concerned*

Presentation by Eric Hirst

Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Carl Cozier Elementary School

If you’ve ever thought that water, and having enough of it, was a “dry”
subject, then you owe it to yourself to come out to this presentation by
local water researcher Eric Hirst. If you think that it’s water, water
everywhere in the Pacific Northwest, the fact is that even here in Whatcom
County there isn’t always enough water for all the people, crops and fish
that need it. And that problem will only get worse if we don’t understand
how to manage our finite water supplies. Environmental researcher Eric
Hirst is just the person to explain it all. He has a Ph.D. in engineering
from Stanford University, spent 30 years analyzing energy policy at Oak
Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and retired to Bellingham 14 years
ago where he continues his environmental analysis and activism. You may
recognize his name from last year’s Whatcom County vs. Hirst, Futurewise,
et al. decision by the Washington State Supreme Court. That case found that
Whatcom County’s failure to comply with legal obligations to protect water
resources required that it now coordinate its land-use planning with water
availability.

This presentation is sponsored by the Mt. Baker Group/Washington Chapter
of the Sierra Club, and is free to all interested in understanding how
water affects every aspect of our lives. Beverages and snacks will be
served. Questions and answers will follow Mr. Hirst’s presentation. If you
want to know more about water or other key environmental issues in this
region check out the Mt. Baker Group’s website at http://www.sierraclub.org/
washington/mount-baker-whatcom-skagitsanjuan.




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happy birding
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Ferndale, WA
in Whatcom County
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Date: 3/3/17 4:06 pm
From: Dayna yalowicki <dlwicki...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re: Birdseed
At Bothell Feed they sell 5 lb. bags of just white millet, and maybe 10 lb. too. I scatter it on the ground a little ways away from the feeder and the birds jump out of the bushes to gobble it down, mainly juncos, towhees and many different sparrows. We used to get families of quail that would come every day for millet but sadly, they have disappeared.

Dayna Yalowicki
Bothell, Wa

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Date: 3/3/17 9:25 am
From: Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Birdseed
We scatter our mixed seed on the ground in the same areas of gravel pathways each morning and afternoon, about 2 quarts. Assorted sparrows, quail, Steller's and Scrub Jays, Mourning Doves and chipmunks all enjoy the seed on the ground, which we buy at a feed store. Also maintain hanging feeders of sunflower seeds and a suet feeder. We're outside Tenino along Scatter Creek.

Bob Sundstrom

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> On Mar 2, 2017, at 6:22 PM, Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...> wrote:
>
> Wally, and Tweeters
>
> I typically provide 160 lbs of mixed bird seed (from Costco -- mfg by local company: Global Harvest Foods) for the ground feeders; 30 lbs of black oilseed; 4 suet blocks; 2-3 lbs of shelled peanuts; some peanut butter; and 1/2 lb of suet balls per week at our home in rural Roy (that last may be redundant!). I have 14 oilseed feeders, 10 suet feeders, 5 shelled peanut feeders, 1 suet-ball feeder and one peanut-butter feeder set up on about 4 acres. And 9 large ground-feeding areas. The ground seed, which includes millet, is scarfed up by the 125+ juncos, 20-25 Song Sparrows, 1 White-throated Sparrow (here since 10/2/2016), 2 White-crowned Sparrows, 7 Fox Sparrows, 12-15 Golden-crowned Sparrows, 15-25 Spotted Towhees, 15-25 Red-winged Blackbirds, 20-25 House Finches, 7 California Quail, 1 Ring-necked Pheasant, 8-12 Steller's Jays, 2 California Scrub-Jays, 10-80 Mourning Doves, 2 Eurasian Collared-Doves, and 10-20 House Sparrows at we have daily at the house. Even the two species of chickadees snag the peanuts (which are included in the Costco seed) that are on the ground. I was initially hesitant, in 2005, about providing ground feed that included millet, but the feeding habits of the species here belied the tales I heard about white millet being a seed that was only filler. Definitely not a fact, at least for the birds that winter here.
>
>
> May all your birds be identified,
>
> Denis DeSilvis
>
> <avnacrs4birds...>
> From: <tweeters-bounces...> <tweeters-bounces...> on behalf of Wally Davis <wallydavis3...>
> Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 4:10:22 PM
> To: <tweeters...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Birdseed
>
> I run through about 10 lbs of sunflower seeds a week and a cake of suet a day. The sunflowers caused me to build a feeder that holds 5 gallons of seed and I hang out 6 blocks of suet at a time. Mostly chickadees, towhees, Steller’s jays, and 5 species of woodpeckers. This year I thought I’d try birdseed and bought a feeder that hold about a pint. The birds are largely uninterested and it takes almost 2 months to empty the pint of birdseed. I live in a rural area with cedar woodlands and open areas consisting of brush as well as my yard. I was wondering if anyone else has observed that birdseed isn’t eaten?
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> Snohomish
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Date: 3/3/17 7:45 am
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: [Tweeters] A Different Kind of Blog Post
I recently posted something on my blog that was - well different - featured a meal we prepared using wild duck breasts that were given to me by a hunter under let's say an usual circumstance.  While the meal really was fantastic and deserving of a post, it is the underlying story/lesson/message that really matters most.  It is about finding room in our world for others and appreciating things we share and getting over some of our differences - particularly apt at this time in our country.
I was not going to post it to tweeters since it is not entirely about birds, but I have had many positive responses from posting it elsewhere.  So here goes.
I think this link will work and if not then the general reference to the blog should.
wordpress.com/post/blairbirding.wordpress.com/12798

blairbirding.wordpress.com
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Date: 3/2/17 11:07 pm
From: Bud Anderson <falconresearch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] White 5H Wing-tagged Rough-leg at the West 90 on the Samish Flats
Several people have been seeing this bird lately.

I thought I would forward an e-mail from my colleague, Gary Searing, at the
Vancouver BC airport (YVR) that includes some facts about this bird as well
as some information on his program.

"Thank you for reporting your sighting of 5H. These sightings are very
important to the success of my tagging program.

I tagged her as a juvenile bird at the Vancouver International Airport
(YVR) on 11 February 2017 and released it the next day in Chilliwack, BC as
part of a program to prevent raptors from being struck by aircraft. Yours
is the third sighting of this bird since it was translocated to Chilliwack.
The two previous sightings have been in the same area within the last
couple of days. Let me provide you with some information on the program so
you understand a bit more why we are doing this:

YVR began a program of trapping and removing Red-tailed Hawks and
Rough-legged Hawks in October 2010 in order to prevent them from being
struck by aircraft primarily to improve air safety, but also as a raptor
conservation tool. Each year the airport has a large number of transient
raptors that winter at YVR as well as resident adults and local-raised
young birds. Based on information from SeaTac International Airport in
Washington, we expect that adult residents are least likely to be involved
in collisions with aircraft, but a significant number of young birds and
transient birds are struck each year. Therefore, we are attempting to
remove those birds from the airport environs by capturing them and
releasing them just beyond Chilliwack where there is ample habitat and a
reasonable likelihood that they will not return to YVR. I view this not
only as an air safety program, but also as a raptor conservation program
because, if successful, we may prevent the deaths of a dozen or more birds
each year. We expanded the program in 2013 to all raptors (including owls).
To date we have captured and relocated over 600 birds. Most of them were
relocated to Chilliwack. To date there has been more than 5500 resightings
of my tagged and banded birds. While most of those sightings are of birds
that have returned to YVR, there have been over 300 sightings of 100
different birds away from Sea-Iona Islands by over 150 observers who are
not part of the YVR wildlife management team.

33 American Kestrels
2 Bald Eagles (nestlings)
1 Barred Owl
283 Barn Owls (only a dozen or so have returned to YVR)
86 Cooper's Hawks
29 Great Horned Owls
4 Merlins
7 Northern Harriers (none have returned to YVR)
1
5 Peregrine Falcons
25 Rough-legged Hawks (5 have returned to YVR)
206 Red-tailed Hawks
16 Short Eared Owls (1 returned to YVR)
2 Snowy Owls (1 returned to YVR)
3 Sharp-shinned Hawks
2 Gyrfalcons

Raptors are one of the major strike risks at YVR and we believe that we are
mitigating that risk significantly through the capture and relocation of
raptors.

It is through the sightings of many interested persons such as yourself
that we are able to collect the essential information on bird movements and
distribution and learn how well the measures we are using to manage
wildlife at the airport and elsewhere are working. We are in the process of
developing a new website. The first steps have been taken to allow you to
report your sightings online. Next steps will be to allow you to plot the
location of the bird sighted on a map and finally you will receive instant
feedback on the history of the bird you reported. I hope we can get the
last two aspects of the website working by summer. I will let you know when
it is up and working.

Thank you for your cooperation and your interest. Feel free to contact me
for more information or with any sighting information.

Regards

Gary"
-----------------------------
*Gary F. Searing, M.Sc. Wildlife Hazard BiologistAirport Wildlife
Management InternationalExecutive DirectorBird Strike Committee Canada*

9655 Ardmore Drive
North Saanich, British Columbia
Canada V8L 5H5
Cell: 250.857.5133 <(250)%20857-5133>
Skype: gfsearing
http://www.airportwildlife.ca
http://www.canadianbirdstrike.ca <http://www.airportwildlife.ca/>



Bud Anderson
Falcon Research Group
Box 248
Bow, WA 98232
(360) 757-1911
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Date: 3/2/17 9:41 pm
From: Josh Adams <xjoshx...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Birdseed
For what it's worth, I have a few feeders up with different kinds of
seed. The black oil sunflower feeder is bar far the most popular,
attracting seed eaters both on the feeder and below. Suet is
predictably popular and gets 4 species of woodpeckers on some days
along with a wide variety of passerines.

Farther away from the house I have a feeder which gets Tractor
Supply's "Value Mix' bird food which contains a mix of "milo, white
millet, cracked corn, wheat, black oil sunflower." This feeder gets
more action from the towhees and song sparrows than the sunflower only
feeder. The mix is fairly heavy on the milo, but it seems to mostly
get eaten as there is a fairly small amount of uneaten milo on the
ground below.

My least used feeders are the ones containing nyger (aka thistle)
seed. I'll see an occasional junco taking a bite, but it has failed to
attract the neighborhood finches in the 8 months we've lived here. At
my previous house I only got goldfinches as the nyger feeder in
spring, so perhaps that trend will continue.

If you live near a Tractor Supply, they have the best prices I've ever
seen for bird food. Black oil sunflower is $19 for 40lbs and often on
sale for a few bucks less. Their "value mix" is $9 for 35lbs and
contains a surprisingly high percentage of black oil sunflower seed
considering the price.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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Date: 3/2/17 9:09 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan Oddness?
Hi Tweets - Yesterday (Wednesday), Kathleen and I completed a nice and routine journey over Stevens Pass, to Leavenworth (couldn't find any birds at the Sleeping Lady), to Cashmere (nice looks and photos of the Lesser Goldfinch on Pioneer Avenue), over Badger Mt. (Western Meadowlarks and a Golden Eagle, but nothing else special), and across the windy Waterville Plateau, where snow was drifting into the roads despite the warm (mid 30s temps). We stopped in Withrow and quickly found a small group of Gray Partridge in a vacant lot, next to an abandoned trailer (white with green band around the top) at the north end of Douglas Street. Other birds on the plateau included Red-tailed Hawk, Common Raven and lots of Horned Larks - alas, could find no buntings or longspurs among them. Around Mansfield, we looked hard for a Snowy Owl along E, G, or H Roads north east of town but succeeded in finding only a lot more HOLA, and one Peregrine Falcon juvenile that we failed in our attempts to make into a Gyr. Continuing north on H, we ended up winding down to the main road (SR 17) and headed toward Bridgeport. We went up Bridgeport Hill Road past the usual Foster Creek Sharp-tailed Grouse places but didn't find much. Back down Bridgeport Hill to 17, we went on the Washburn Island road for quick success at finding our first of the year Redheads and several other of the expected waterfowl. Then, on to an evening in Omak.

Today, we headed for the Okanogan Highlands and were at first, just a little curious that we reached the Havillah SnoPark without finding any raptors (save a couple of Redtails and Bald Eagles overseeing calving season at the feedlots down the hill). We spent a full hour in the morning and again in the afternoon walking the road in the area where the Great Gray Owl was seen two weeks ago. We also skied for an hour from the parking area - all in great bird habitat. The only birds seen were 5 Mountain Chickadees that responded to my first (of several) entreaties for a Pygmy Owl to show. The rest of the day was a bit like that. We drove Havillah Rd. to Nealy Rd. and on to roads around Chesaw. The only birds seen were Common Ravens, and a flock of Gray Partridge as we approached the Nealy Rd. feeders. The multitude of Am. Goldfinches at the feeders were the ONLY FINCHES seen all day!! Also, no sparrows, juncos, woodpeckers (not even a flicker) or, most remarkably, no Rough-legged Hawks! This is crazy! And the first time we've ever done this route in the winter without Rough-legs. Consolation prize for the day was a pair of Ruffed Grouse I picked out of the brush along Chesaw Road as it descends toward town, and a covey (?) of Wild Turkeys on Swanson Mill Rd. So, I regret to report a continuation of a trend several of us witnessed in December and into this year. There are seem to be no (non-gold) finches up there!! Not even siskins, as far as I could tell. Let's hope there's a late spring resurgence! Will try for one more chicken (Sharp-tailed) at Scotch Creek tomorrow and will also test the roads on the Timentwa Plateau. Stay tuned and Happy Birding! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 3/2/17 8:27 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Birdseed
Wally, and Tweeters

I typically provide 160 lbs of mixed bird seed (from Costco -- mfg by local company: Global Harvest Foods) for the ground feeders; 30 lbs of black oilseed; 4 suet blocks; 2-3 lbs of shelled peanuts; some peanut butter; and 1/2 lb of suet balls per week at our home in rural Roy (that last may be redundant!). I have 14 oilseed feeders, 10 suet feeders, 5 shelled peanut feeders, 1 suet-ball feeder and one peanut-butter feeder set up on about 4 acres. And 9 large ground-feeding areas. The ground seed, which includes millet, is scarfed up by the 125+ juncos, 20-25 Song Sparrows, 1 White-throated Sparrow (here since 10/2/2016), 2 White-crowned Sparrows, 7 Fox Sparrows, 12-15 Golden-crowned Sparrows, 15-25 Spotted Towhees, 15-25 Red-winged Blackbirds, 20-25 House Finches, 7 California Quail, 1 Ring-necked Pheasant, 8-12 Steller's Jays, 2 California Scrub-Jays, 10-80 Mourning Doves, 2 Eurasian Collared-Doves, and 10-20 House Sparrows at we have daily at the house. Even the two species of chickadees snag the peanuts (which are included in the Costco seed) that are on the ground. I was initially hesitant, in 2005, about providing ground feed that included millet, but the feeding habits of the species here belied the tales I heard about white millet being a seed that was only filler. Definitely not a fact, at least for the birds that winter here.


May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis

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From: <tweeters-bounces...> <tweeters-bounces...> on behalf of Wally Davis <wallydavis3...>
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 4:10:22 PM
To: <tweeters...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Birdseed

I run through about 10 lbs of sunflower seeds a week and a cake of suet a day. The sunflowers caused me to build a feeder that holds 5 gallons of seed and I hang out 6 blocks of suet at a time. Mostly chickadees, towhees, Stellers jays, and 5 species of woodpeckers. This year I thought Id try birdseed and bought a feeder that hold about a pint. The birds are largely uninterested and it takes almost 2 months to empty the pint of birdseed. I live in a rural area with cedar woodlands and open areas consisting of brush as well as my yard. I was wondering if anyone else has observed that birdseed isnt eaten?

Wally Davis
Snohomish

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Date: 3/2/17 8:07 pm
From: <dlmoor2...>
Subject: [Tweeters] re: birdseed
Hey Wally and others...the standard birdseed brings in the ground
feeders in my Ocean Shores yard. I see golden-crowned, fox, and song
sparrows, towhees, and the Eurasian Collared-Doves of course. I used to
have pheasant but our burgeoning population of coyotes are the probable
culprits for their disappearance.

Dianna Moore

Ocean Shores
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Date: 3/2/17 7:19 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Birdseed
Dear Tweeters,
My feeder set-up sounds more modest than some of the ones people are describing. I am too miserly to put out the quantities some people do! I buy one of the big sacks of black-oil sunflower every month or so--the ones that fill up a shopping cart. Then I get a case of suet once every few months, and put out just one suet cake at a time. However, I also buy "bird seed" quite often, usually in smaller quantities, and mix it in. My elementary pupils often give me a gift of "bird seed" at Xmas or at the end of the school year, too. 
Red-winged Blackbirds consume a large fraction of the seed, but juncoes eat a lot, too. I never see sunflower or "bird seed" go to waste, with one exception. That wasted seed is limited to the "red millet" that makes up a varying but usually small percentage of cheap bird seed mixes. At my feeders at least, white millet is eagerly devoured by Red-winged Blackbirds, juncoes, House Sparrows, Zonotrichias, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, and Eurasian Collared Doves. Sometimes a swarm of Brewer's Blackbirds will come in and eat millet and sunflower, too. In spring and summer, Black-headed Grosbeaks and American Goldfinches come. They do eat mostly sunflower. I put out nyjer sometimes, but unfortunately, the Red-winged Blackbirds have learned to like it. A flock of twenty to forty or more RWBL can eat a lot of expensive "finch seed" in a hurry, so I don't always put it out. 
I recently visited Skagit Wild Bird Supply on Memorial Highway, out of Mount Vernon. To tell the truth, I was just there to check for goldfinches, but I usually buy something when I stop there. They sell various mixtures that have millet in them, and those mixtures always go in a hurry when I put them out for the birds. They are eating it at my feeder this week. In my experience feeding here, as well as in California, in New York, and at my parents' old place in Florida, millet is good, but it might not be the best feed in situations where the birds are mostly Pacific Northwest forest species, rather than birds of more open country.
Species that have come to my feeders at my present home in Skagit County have included Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, Cassin's Finch, White-throated Sparrow, and California Scrub Jay; at my old place, American Tree Sparrow and Harris's Sparrow came and fed on the same provender--so I would say that sunflower mixed with millet is not a bad way to go!
Even the red millet does not go entirely to waste at my place; my ducks and chickens are always there to gobble up whatever the wild birds drop on the ground.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch

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To: Wally Davis <wallydavis3...>
Cc: Tweeters <tweeters...>
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:06 PM
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Birdseed

Can't speak for everyone, but "birdseed" as sold in a lot of places around here is millet, and I can't think of any birds in the northwet that are remotely interested in the stuff.  Sunflower, suet, black niger, peanuts, fresh fruit, they love the stuff.  Millet?  not so much...

00 caren
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george davis creek, north fork
On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 4:10 PM, Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> wrote:

I run through about 10 lbs of sunflower seeds a week and a cake of suet a day.  The sunflowers caused me to build a feeder that holds 5 gallons of seed and I hang out 6 blocks of suet at a time.  Mostly chickadees, towhees, Steller’s jays, and 5 species of woodpeckers.  This year I thought I’d try birdseed and bought a feeder that hold about a pint.  The birds are largely uninterested and it takes almost 2 months to empty the pint of birdseed.  I live in a rural area with cedar woodlands and open areas consisting of brush as well as my yard.  I was wondering if anyone else has observed that birdseed isn’t eaten? Wally DavisSnohomish
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Date: 3/2/17 6:53 pm
From: Jeff Kozma <jcr_5105...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Birdseed
White proso millet is actually eaten in my yard by many native U.S. species of birds including Spotted Towhees, Juncos, Song Sparrows, Lincoln’s Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, California Quail, and Mourning Doves among others. The seed that is in many commercial mixes that birds don’t seem very interested in is Milo (also called Sorghum); the round, hard, fairly large brown seed. It is eaten more frequently in the southwest and southeast where it is grown commercially and birds are probably more exposed to it. The bird seed mix I buy for spreading on raised platforms is actually a Dove & Quail mix and contains, White proso millet, red millet, safflower seed, and wheat. Everything gets eaten. Seed in my hanging feeders is reserved for the very popular Black-oil Sunflower and thistle.



If you search on google for White proso millet and bird feeding, you’ll find that it is probably one of the most popular seeds to feed for small seed eating birds like our native sparrows that don’t have the beak strength to effectively open sunflower seeds with the ease or speed that finches, grosbeaks, etc., do. Here is a link to one article on white proso millet (https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-white-proso-millet-386572).





Jeff Kozma



Yakima



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Can't speak for everyone, but "birdseed" as sold in a lot of places around here is millet, and I can't think of any birds in the northwet that are remotely interested in the stuff. Sunflower, suet, black niger, peanuts, fresh fruit, they love the stuff. Millet? not so much...




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On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 4:10 PM, Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> <mailto:<wallydavis3...> > wrote:

I run through about 10 lbs of sunflower seeds a week and a cake of suet a day. The sunflowers caused me to build a feeder that holds 5 gallons of seed and I hang out 6 blocks of suet at a time. Mostly chickadees, towhees, Steller’s jays, and 5 species of woodpeckers. This year I thought I’d try birdseed and bought a feeder that hold about a pint. The birds are largely uninterested and it takes almost 2 months to empty the pint of birdseed. I live in a rural area with cedar woodlands and open areas consisting of brush as well as my yard. I was wondering if anyone else has observed that birdseed isn’t eaten?



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Date: 3/2/17 6:19 pm
From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-03-02
Tweets – The rain never got beyond spizzle (sort of a spitting drizzle that barely wetted us), though the overcast was pretty dark all morning. A touch of breeze now and then would have made things cold, but the temps were in the low 40’s, so we were pretty comfortable. It was moderately birdy.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose Many small to middling flocks flying by
SWAN SP. Two in a somewhat distant flyby, probably Trumpeter
American Wigeon At least 2 below the weir
Horned Grebe Two well out on the lake
Green Heron Very dependable upon the beaver lodge
Bald Eagle I believe they lost their nest; building a new one nearby
Red-tailed Hawk Building a new nest near the site of the old odd-snag nest
BARN OWL Matt saw and adult, heard babies inside windmill, early
Great Horned Owl Heard up the hill west of the entrance
Western Screech-Owl Matt heard, early, boardwalk
Short-eared Owl East Meadow – third straight week
Hairy Woodpecker Had a 4 woodpecker day, missing only Pileated
Tree Swallow One seen
Bushtit First of 2017 – maybe a half-dozen along slough
Varied Thrush Heard and finally seen. First confirmed for 2017
W. Meadowlark Still hanging out around model airplane field

We *might* have seen a Rufous Hummingbird, and Sara though she heard one, but we can’t confirm. This would be about as early as we’ve EVER had one, but it’s plausible. They should be arriving very soon if not already.

Matt also saw American Beaver at the lake platform, pre-dawn.

Misses included Ring-billed Gull, Steller’s Jay, Brown Creeper, Marsh Wren, and House Finch.

For the day, 61 species. I believe we’re at 85 species for the year.

After the walk, we had an Au Revoir party for Grace & Ollie Oliver, who are moving to Poulsbo. We will miss them, and I will greatly miss Ollie’s photographs which have constituted much of the Bird Blog for the last many years.

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Date: 3/2/17 6:13 pm
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Camano Island Swan Carcass
This message is mostly for Martha Jordan. This afternoon there was a swan carcass along Rekdal Road, Camano Island. It was on the east side of road, and very close to the road, about halfway between the highway and Utsalady Road. Three Bald Eagles and two Common Ravens were feeding on it. It may be worth picking up the remains for lead testing. There were about 500+ swans in the adjacent fields, the overwhelming majority of which were Trumpeters. I took photos but was unable to confirm which species it was, given the amount of feeding that had taken place.

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Date: 3/2/17 6:09 pm
From: ck park <travelgirl.fics...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Birdseed
Can't speak for everyone, but "birdseed" as sold in a lot of places around
here is millet, and I can't think of any birds in the northwet that are
remotely interested in the stuff. Sunflower, suet, black niger, peanuts,
fresh fruit, they love the stuff. Millet? not so much...

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On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 4:10 PM, Wally Davis <wallydavis3...> wrote:

> I run through about 10 lbs of sunflower seeds a week and a cake of suet a
> day. The sunflowers caused me to build a feeder that holds 5 gallons of
> seed and I hang out 6 blocks of suet at a time. Mostly chickadees,
> towhees, Steller’s jays, and 5 species of woodpeckers. This year I thought
> I’d try birdseed and bought a feeder that hold about a pint. The birds are
> largely uninterested and it takes almost 2 months to empty the pint of
> birdseed. I live in a rural area with cedar woodlands and open areas
> consisting of brush as well as my yard. I was wondering if anyone else has
> observed that birdseed isn’t eaten?
>
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> Wally Davis
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Date: 3/2/17 4:13 pm
From: Wally Davis <wallydavis3...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Birdseed
I run through about 10 lbs of sunflower seeds a week and a cake of suet a
day. The sunflowers caused me to build a feeder that holds 5 gallons of
seed and I hang out 6 blocks of suet at a time. Mostly chickadees, towhees,
Steller's jays, and 5 species of woodpeckers. This year I thought I'd try
birdseed and bought a feeder that hold about a pint. The birds are largely
uninterested and it takes almost 2 months to empty the pint of birdseed. I
live in a rural area with cedar woodlands and open areas consisting of brush
as well as my yard. I was wondering if anyone else has observed that
birdseed isn't eaten?



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Date: 3/2/17 12:25 pm
From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Edmonds Sunset Ave. common merganser 3-1-17
Wednesday afternoon ([B]3/1[/B]) I spotted  a male common merganser off Sunset Ave.  Others have seen them in Edmonds, but I believe it was a first for me.

Scroll down page 3 for photos:
http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?14796-Wildlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2017/page3Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA
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Date: 3/2/17 8:20 am
From: Witter, Michael <Michael.Witter...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Killdeer nest
I found a killdeer nest with 3 eggs being defended along a rr grade near Renton yesterday. Is that a bit early?

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Date: 3/1/17 6:09 pm
From: J. Acker <owler...>
Subject: [Tweeters] First Rufous Hummingbird
Showed up this evening at my feeder. Spring is here.



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Date: 3/1/17 3:21 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 3/1/17
Tweets,

Today 12 of us walked Nisqually in variable conditions. It was pleasant at
the start but turned into sideways rain by the time we got to the twin
barns and then turned mild again. The birds were as skittish as the weather.

Not much unusual today...except for a NORTHERN HARRIER that tries to catch
a GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the pond behind the twin barns. The TEAL escaped.

We did see a couple of TREE SWALLOWS just before the rains blew in and
there was the usual collection of waterfowl about the refuge.

There is an adult GREAT HORNED OWL sitting in the nest tree as it has been
for the last couple of week. No evidence of young yet.

For the day I had 40 species and still have 71 for the year. The only
mammal I saw was a couple of GRAY SQUIRRELS.

Until next week, when I hope for better weather...

Phil Kelley
<scrubjay323...>
Lacey, WA

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Date: 3/1/17 3:01 pm
From: cjflick <flick...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Band-tailed Pigeon Show UP in White Salmon, WA
White Salmon, WA - Here are a few dates & #s of Band-tailed Pigeons seen in
gorgeous adult plumage at a backyard platform feeder.

Feb 18, 2017: 1st adult BTPI seen this year Feb 23, 2017: 3 adults

Mar 1, 2017: 2 adults



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Date: 3/1/17 1:42 pm
From: <falcophile...>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI - URBAN COOPER'S HAWK SIGHTINGS


Yo Tweets,



The Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project is continuing to document the breeding density and productivity of urban nesting Cooper’s Hawks. We welcome sightings of Cooper’s Hawks from within the Seattle city limits , or of color-banded birds anywhere. We have over 160 color-banded birds “out there,” each with unique alphanumeric codes. Please reply off line. Thanks.



Ed Deal

falcophile AT comcast.net

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Date: 3/1/17 11:46 am
From: Jud Scovill <judscovill11...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bird Guides in Prague
Hello Fellow Tweets,
I am going on a Rick Steves tour of Eastern Europe in September/October and
have a free day in Prague. Can anyone out there in Tweeter Land recommend a
local bird guide?
Thanks in advance,
Jud Scovill
Edmonds, WA
Snowbirding in Arizona 😊

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Date: 3/1/17 11:40 am
From: Twink Coffman <wilber4818...>
Subject: [Tweeters] north cascades audubon society newsletter MARCH
March 2017 Newsletter is Online* Go to www.northcascadesaudubon.org
<http://northcascadesaudubon.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1782e713ed43a9a17c97ba4fd&id=a801b9c2a0&e=d14f530a46>
to
download the PDF. (Click "Newsletter" in the menu.)* March Events and Field
Trips Are Online* Visit our website to see what's coming up this month.
(Upcoming events are listed on the home page as well as on the Calendar.)* Hawk
Watching Around the World:*Raptor Highlights of Six Continents*

*Saturday, March 18, 7 PM **Bellingham Central Library, Lecture Room*

*Don't miss this exciting program mid-March! *Join raptor expert and author
Sergio Seipke as he showcases selected raptor species observed in recent
years while traveling in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico,
Nepal, Thailand, South Africa, Spain and the USA. His presentation will
include photographs and descriptions of some of the most spectacular hawk
watching sites around the world. Sergio has been studying raptors since
1993 and has authored and co-authored 16 articles dealing with raptor
biology, migration, taxonomy, and field identification of neotropical
raptors. He is currently writing *Raptors of South America*, a Princeton
University Press field guide dealing exclusively with the identification of
the 96 species of raptors occurring in South America.

*This special presentation is hosted by the Bellingham Public Library,
Whatcom Land Trust, Falcon Research Group and North Cascades Audubon
Society.*


General Membership Meeting with Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society* This
month's exciting membership meeting! Mark your calendar. See below for
date, time, and location.*

*Stewardship North of the 49th Parallel. *The Friends of Semiahmoo Bay
Society (FOSBS) is a 100% volunteer-based stewardship group working to
restore and raise knowledge of the watersheds and habitats associated with
Boundary Bay. Boundary Bay is just across the US/Canada border and is
located between White Rock and Point Roberts. This presentation will show
you why this area has international recognition for the significance of
this habitat and its wildlife- *expect some stunning pictures!* FOSBS has
three core components that make up the society: Environmental Education
Programs, Citizen Science Projects and Habitat Enhancement Projects. Matt
Christensen, Vice President/Restoration Projects Coordinator and Sarah
Brookes, Secretary/Education Programs Coordinator are proud to share a
little bit about this special area in which they work, and about the
accomplishments of FOSBS’s dedicated supporters and volunteers.

*Always on the 4th Tuesday of the month:March 28th, 7pm at the Whatcom
Museum,** free & open to the public!****in the Rotunda Room of the Old City
Hall building*


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out on the beach

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Date: 3/1/17 11:14 am
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe
Hi Tweeters,

The Say's Phoebe continues at the most westerly barn on Guild Rd in the
Woodland Bottoms at 11am March 1st.

Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA

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Date: 3/1/17 8:35 am
From: Bruce Lagerquist <runningdoggie...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Penguins as Rarities
Tweets,

While never finding a penguin here in North America I can attest to the fact that, if found, they make stellar rarities. In my experience they're easy to photograph, good house guests, and on a stroll along the beach far better than puppies at attracting members of the opposite sex

The penguin in both pictures, a Gentoo, is a certified, committee accepted South African rarity, the human in one of the pictures, me, is not.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/131928384@N04/shares/4gRHtW

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Date: 3/1/17 8:22 am
From: Jeff Kozma <jcr_5105...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Extreme Heat Threatens Desert Songbirds With Death By Dehydration
Very interesting article, thanks for posting it. I conducted research on nest survival of desert breeding birds in the mid to late 90’s with another graduate student for 5 years. We are getting ready to submit a paper for publication on nest survival of Black-throated Sparrows where we investigated the effects of habitat features and temporal factors (date, year, etc.,) on nest survival. We found that as temperatures warm throughout the breeding period, nest survival declines. We attributed this to increased activity of predators, especially snakes, with warmer temperatures because over 80% of documented nest failures were due to predation. If desert breeding birds are forced to nest later in the season due to drought from warming temperatures with climate change, productivity will decline along with population levels. So, even species that are abundant and widespread in the desert southwest, like the Black-throated Sparrow, may experience population declines with global warming.



Although not included in this paper, we found that during longer periods of extreme heat, nestlings are also susceptible to dehydration and death. For example, we found nestling Scott’s Orioles that were shriveled up like dehydrated little husks during a prolonged period of 100+ degree days during one of our study years. Apparently the moisture in the insects fed to them by their parents was not enough to offset water loss through respiration.



Jeff Kozma



Yakima



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Subject: [Tweeters] Extreme Heat Threatens Desert Songbirds With Death By Dehydration





hello everyone,



i just published a story about how climate change ("global warming") is affecting desert-dwelling birds, and thought you might wish to read it:



Extreme Heat Threatens Desert Songbirds With Death By Dehydration

http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/02/28/extreme-heat-threatens-desert-songbirds-with-death-by-dehydration/



to say the least, the research is rather concerning.




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Date: 3/1/17 8:21 am
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Penguin records for North America?
To my knowledge, no penguin reports have been accepted in North America or Europe.
Several years ago, in preparing information for our WBRC review of the Humboldt Penguin sighting in WA [in 2011], I solicited info on penguin sightings. Here’s what I compiled - again, all of unaccepted or unreviewed records. The Washington reports are tabled at present, pending later review.
Pacific:

Alaska:

· Humboldt Penguin – 18 July 2002 – see NAB 56, p 402 for details



British Columbia:

· Humboldt Penguin: 1978 Vancouver Island

· Humboldt Penguin 1944 at Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia



Washington:

· Humboldt Penguin - 21 August 2011 Willoughby Rock, Grays Harbor [currently under consideration

· 1985 off Washington

· 1984 May & June – at Willoughby Rock

· Humboldt Penguin: 1975 near Long Beach, Washington



Oregon: confirmed no reports reviewed



California:

· Jackass Penguin: 3-16 Feb 1981 – Pt. Reyes, Marin County – Bill Pullman



El Salvador:

· Magellenic Penguin – 7 June 2007 – Ahuachapan Department, El Zaite beach.



Panama:

· Galapagos Penguin [no date/location info gathered]



Columbia:

· Humboldt Penguin [no date/location info gathered]



Atlantic/Gulf Coast:

Rhode Island – confirmed no reports reviewed

Maryland/DC – confirmed no reports reviewed

Pennsylvania – confirmed no reports reviewed

Mississippi – confirmed no reports reviewed

[in addition to those who did respond explicitly, we know of no other reports or mentions from anywhere on east coast]

Europe: confirmed no reports



Cheers,

Matt Bartels
Secretary, WBRC
Seattle, WA

> On Feb 28, 2017, at 4:37 PM, Dan Victor <dvictor06...> wrote:
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> Begin forwarded message:
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>> From: "Robert C. Faucett" <rfaucett...> <mailto:<rfaucett...>>
>> Subject: Penguin records for North America?
>> Date: February 28, 2017 at 1:29:09 PM PST
>>
>> Cc: "Robert C. Faucett" <rfaucett...> <mailto:<rfaucett...>>
>>
>> Hi Folks - Are there accepted records for penguin in North America?
>>
>> Thanks
>> Rob
>>
>> --
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>> Collections Manager
>> Ornithology
>> Burke Museum
>> Box 353010
>> University of Washington
>> Seattle, WA 98195-3010
>> Office: 206-543-1668
>> Cell: 206-619-5569
>> Fax: 206-685-3039
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Date: 3/1/17 1:42 am
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Extreme Heat Threatens Desert Songbirds With Death By Dehydration
hello everyone,

i just published a story about how climate change ("global warming") is
affecting desert-dwelling birds, and thought you might wish to read it:

Extreme Heat Threatens Desert Songbirds With Death By Dehydration
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/02/28/extreme-heat-threatens-desert-songbirds-with-death-by-dehydration/

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Date: 2/28/17 6:25 pm
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Penguin records for North America?
To my knowledge, no penguin reports have been accepted in North America or Europe.
Several years ago, in preparing information for our WBRC review of the Humboldt Penguin sighting in WA [in 2011], I solicited info on penguin sightings. Here’s what I compiled - again, all of unaccepted or unreviewed records. The Washington reports are tabled at present, pending later review.
Pacific:

Alaska:

· Humboldt Penguin – 18 July 2002 – see NAB 56, p 402 for details


British Columbia:

· Humboldt Penguin: 1978 Vancouver Island

· Humboldt Penguin 1944 at Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia


Washington:

· Humboldt Penguin - 21 August 2011 Willoughby Rock, Grays Harbor [currently under consideration

· 1985 off Washington

· 1984 May & June – at Willoughby Rock

· Humboldt Penguin: 1975 near Long Beach, Washington


Oregon: confirmed no reports reviewed


California:

· Jackass Penguin: 3-16 Feb 1981 – Pt. Reyes, Marin County – Bill Pullman


El Salvador:

· Magellenic Penguin – 7 June 2007 – Ahuachapan Department, El Zaite beach.



Panama:

· Galapagos Penguin [no date/location info gathered]



Columbia:

· Humboldt Penguin [no date/location info gathered]



Atlantic/Gulf Coast:

Rhode Island – confirmed no reports reviewed

Maryland/DC – confirmed no reports reviewed

Pennsylvania – confirmed no reports reviewed

Mississippi – confirmed no reports reviewed

[in addition to those who did respond explicitly, we know of no other reports or mentions from anywhere on east coast]

Europe: confirmed no reports



Cheers,

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Secretary, WBRC
Seattle, WA

> On Feb 28, 2017, at 4:37 PM, Dan Victor <dvictor06...> wrote:
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>>
>> From: "Robert C. Faucett" <rfaucett...>
>> Subject: Penguin records for North America?
>> Date: February 28, 2017 at 1:29:09 PM PST
>>
>> Cc: "Robert C. Faucett" <rfaucett...>
>>
>> Hi Folks - Are there accepted records for penguin in North America?
>>
>> Thanks
>> Rob
>>
>> --
>> Robert C. Faucett
>> Collections Manager
>> Ornithology
>> Burke Museum
>> Box 353010
>> University of Washington
>> Seattle, WA 98195-3010
>> Office: 206-543-1668
>> Cell: 206-619-5569
>> Fax: 206-685-3039
>> <rfaucett...>
>> www.washington.edu/burkemuseum
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Date: 2/28/17 4:51 pm
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan reports?
Hi Tweets - just wondering if anyone has been birding the Waterville Plateau, Conconully, or Okanogan since last weekend's big trips? Kathleen and I are headed over there tomorrow through Friday and would be grateful for any updates (Lesser Goldfinch in Cashmere? Snowy Owl around Mansfield??). Also, if any of you will be over there, let's be in touch off line and share our sightings (or lack thereof!). Thanks and Happy Birding! - Jon Houghton, Edmonds

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Date: 2/28/17 4:42 pm
From: Dan Victor <dvictor06...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Penguin records for North America?
Begin forwarded message:
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> From: "Robert C. Faucett" <rfaucett...>
> Subject: Penguin records for North America?
> Date: February 28, 2017 at 1:29:09 PM PST
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> Cc: "Robert C. Faucett" <rfaucett...>
>
> Hi Folks - Are there accepted records for penguin in North America?
>
> Thanks
> Rob
>
> --
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> Collections Manager
> Ornithology
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Date: 2/28/17 3:37 pm
From: Sharon Cormier-Aagaard <scormieraa001...>
Subject: [Tweeters] eBird Report - Lake Sammamish State Park, Feb 24, 2017

Hi Tweets,

Here's my eBird report of the birds seen during Eastside Audubon's monthly bird walk at Lake Sammamish State Park:

Lake Sammamish State Park, King, Washington, US
Feb 24, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.8 mile(s)
Comments: Sharon and Stan were joined by 23 other birders on February 24, 2017 at Eastside Audubon's monthly bird walk at Lake Sammamish State Park. Mostly cloudy, 37-42F, 1-3 mph. 51 spcs, 78 for the year. HIGHLIGHTS:
GULLS: Mew, Ring-billed, California, Herring & Glaucous-winged
DUCKS AND OTHER WATER BIRDS--we had a nice assortment and long looks at 12 species
PILEATED WOODPECKER--foraging on the boardwalk snags
COMMON RAVEN--2 were soaring very high over the park
TREE SWALLOWS--several were flying and feeding low over the water
HERMIT THRUSH--thanks to Ken, a single bird was seen perched briefly on a fence post near Tibbetts Beach.
Critters: a couple of Eastern Gray Squirrels

The next bird walk is Friday, MARCH 24, 8 am to NOON (hours for SEPTEMBER through MARCH...changing to 6:30-11:30 am April through August). No pre-registration, just show up rain or shine. Since this is a state park, a Discover Pass is necessary to park ($10 daily, $30 annual). We meet just inside the main park entrance (NOT the boat launch entrance off of Eastlake Sammamish Parkway), in the large parking lot on the left, and park in the middle of the first and second rows.
51 species (+3 other taxa)

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34876287

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Date: 2/28/17 1:25 pm
From: Wendy Walker <wendianajones...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hawkwatching Around the World presentations in Seattle and Bellingham - Sergio Seipke
Hello Tweeters,

In March, raptor expert and author Sergio Seipke will be giving two free
talks in the area, in Seattle and in Bellingham.



In his presentation, he showcases raptor species observed while traveling
in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nepal, Thailand, South
Africa, Spain and the USA in recent years, including photographs and
descriptions of some of the most spectacular hawk watches around the world.



Friday, March 17 at 7:00pm

Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle

Hosted by Seattle Audubon. Please register at
my.seattleaudubon.org/sergioseipke



Saturday, March 18 at 7:00pm

Bellingham Central Library, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham, Lecture Room

Hosted by the Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Land Trust, Falcon
Research Group and North Cascades Audubon Society.

--
Wendy Walker

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Date: 2/28/17 1:10 pm
From: Larry Schwitters <leschwitters...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
A male Blue-winged Teal is a very distinctive critter. It is not closely related to and looks nothing like a Barrow’s Golden Eye or a Scalp. If Margaret got a good look and then went to a field guide and found what matched I don’t see why so many have decided it must be something else. A Northern Shoveler is closely related but it’s distinctive feature is the bill and I believe the faded crescent is an early fall feature.

Blue-winged Teal, good bird Margaret.

Larry Schwitters
Issaquah
> On Feb 28, 2017, at 11:56 AM, Hal Michael <ucd880...> wrote:
>
> I would suggest looking at pictures, properly scaled, of the species in question. A Scaup is just bigger, with a bigger bill. A teal bill is fairly "dainty" compared to a scaup.
>
>
>
>
>
> Hal Michael
> Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
> Olympia WA
> 360-459-4005
> 360-791-7702 (C)
> <ucd880...>
>
> I have had several replies suggesting I might have seen a female Scaup
> or Barrow's Golden Eye and it was definitely not a Golden Eye- no other
> bright patches of white. I was using Morse, Aversa & Opperman's Birds
> of the Puget Sound Region (it is small, easy to carry). I have just
> looked in 3 other field guides and I still think I saw a Blue- winged
> Teal as the crescent was exactly like the one in Birds of the Puget
> Sound Region - very defined, long and arching back in front of the eye.
> In all the books I have the Scaup white behind the bill is thicker and
> does not arch up around the eye to the top of the head. But again, I am
> only a beginner, it was cold so I did not spend much time looking at the
> bird so I can only say I think it was a Teal but unless someone more
> knowledgeable sees it and can confirm we will have to say maybe.
> Margaret Sandelin
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Date: 2/28/17 12:33 pm
From: Kim L Middleton <kim...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Hybrid flickers
Hi Tweeters,

I am wondering if anyone knows of someone doing research or published
information on the extent of hybridization of flickers in WA. I have been
watching the flicker population on Orcas Island for several years. It seems
that there are much more intergrade flickers than before. I am curious if
anyone is doing mate selection studies and if they know what characteristics
are most attractive. The double red markings on the head (mustache and
nape) seem to be most prevalent on the island. I have only seen and
photographed one male with a blackish red mustache. I have seen shafts
ranging from bright yellow to the dark orange color. Also, the most
prevalent head pattern for both males and female is to have the slate blue
cheeks and throat with a brown crown. What are others seeing in your area?
Any info would be much appreciated. Thank you, Kim



Kim Middleton

RavenSight

360-317-5605

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




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Date: 2/28/17 12:05 pm
From: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Recent and fairly constant yard birds
Pine Siskins, Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Band-tailed Pigeons, Bewick's Wrens, Pacific Wren, Spotted Towhees, Northern Flickers, American Robins, Black-capped Chickadees, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Common Bushtits, Steller's Jay, Song Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets,American Crows, Cooper's Hawk, flyover Great Blue Herons, flyover Bald Eagles, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Dark-eyed Juncos (some courting).
And the most exciting of all, in these past two wintry weeks, especially in the last 5 days - discovery of an Anna's Hummingbird nest and mother tending it. Like Caryn in Wedgwood, I have a couple of times, including today, thought the nest and brood (still eggs, I hope), had befallen a tragedy, what with all the snow blops and huge raindrops and wind and freezing temps. I discovered the nest in a very "sticky" area in my back woods last Friday. Depending on the light intensity and my angle of observation (have only used binoculars so far), I have trouble finding it. Just like many worthwhile things, it was patience and persistence that paid off, plus hearing that "chip chip" sound coming into the area again. Woohoo ! I found them again, with Mom snuggled in tightly, this morning at about 10:30. This is my first backyard hummingbird nest find. It IS exciting ! Now it's time to wait and see what develops :-)

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
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Date: 2/28/17 12:05 pm
From: Warren Clemans <wumpusbear...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Downtown Seattle Peregrines
I just noticed today that the downtown Seattle peregrines are back. Two
birds were present for about 2 hours this morning, one on the nest ledge
and one at the same level but on the north side of the building. I haven't
been watching very carefully, so it's possible that they have been around
for a while.

Here's the link for the webcam:
http://www.1201thirdtenants.com/falconcam.aspx

Happy spring!
Warren

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Date: 2/28/17 12:01 pm
From: Mark Robinson <blobbybirdman...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
I've been misled by Northern Shovelers in transitional molt in the past (I
think this might have already been suggested in the thread).

Here is a good example of a bird that would make me look twice from a
distance, could this match what you saw?
http://www.twoshutterbirds.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Northern_Shoveler_drake_Suter_CCunningham.jpg

best
Mark Robinson

On 28 February 2017 at 11:50, Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>
wrote:

> I have had several replies suggesting I might have seen a female Scaup or
> Barrow's Golden Eye and it was definitely not a Golden Eye- no other bright
> patches of white. I was using Morse, Aversa & Opperman's Birds of the
> Puget Sound Region (it is small, easy to carry). I have just looked in 3
> other field guides and I still think I saw a Blue- winged Teal as the
> crescent was exactly like the one in Birds of the Puget Sound Region - very
> defined, long and arching back in front of the eye. In all the books I
> have the Scaup white behind the bill is thicker and does not arch up around
> the eye to the top of the head. But again, I am only a beginner, it was
> cold so I did not spend much time looking at the bird so I can only say I
> think it was a Teal but unless someone more knowledgeable sees it and can
> confirm we will have to say maybe.
> Margaret Sandelin
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Date: 2/28/17 12:01 pm
From: Hal Michael <ucd880...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
I would suggest looking at pictures, properly scaled, of the species in question. A Scaup is just bigger, with a bigger bill. A teal bill is fairly "dainty" compared to a scaup.





Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-459-4005
360-791-7702 (C)
<ucd880...>

----- Original Message -----

I have had several replies suggesting I might have seen a female Scaup
or Barrow's Golden Eye and it was definitely not a Golden Eye- no other
bright patches of white. I was using Morse, Aversa & Opperman's Birds
of the Puget Sound Region (it is small, easy to carry). I have just
looked in 3 other field guides and I still think I saw a Blue- winged
Teal as the crescent was exactly like the one in Birds of the Puget
Sound Region - very defined, long and arching back in front of the eye.
In all the books I have the Scaup white behind the bill is thicker and
does not arch up around the eye to the top of the head. But again, I am
only a beginner, it was cold so I did not spend much time looking at the
bird so I can only say I think it was a Teal but unless someone more
knowledgeable sees it and can confirm we will have to say maybe.
Margaret Sandelin

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Date: 2/28/17 11:53 am
From: Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
I have had several replies suggesting I might have seen a female Scaup
or Barrow's Golden Eye and it was definitely not a Golden Eye- no other
bright patches of white. I was using Morse, Aversa & Opperman's Birds
of the Puget Sound Region (it is small, easy to carry). I have just
looked in 3 other field guides and I still think I saw a Blue- winged
Teal as the crescent was exactly like the one in Birds of the Puget
Sound Region - very defined, long and arching back in front of the eye.
In all the books I have the Scaup white behind the bill is thicker and
does not arch up around the eye to the top of the head. But again, I am
only a beginner, it was cold so I did not spend much time looking at the
bird so I can only say I think it was a Teal but unless someone more
knowledgeable sees it and can confirm we will have to say maybe.
Margaret Sandelin

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Date: 2/28/17 11:30 am
From: Faye McAdams Hands <zest4parus...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Bird Postcard Stamps!
Hi Tweeters!


The Post Office is currently selling some great POSTCARD STAMPS with birds:

Red Knot, King Eider, Frigatebird and Spoonbill,

just in time for use on all of our March 15 postcards!!

(if you don't know what that means, please ask.....)


Awesome!


Happy Birding,

Faye


Faye McAdams Hands
<zest4parus...>
Belfair, WA

"Life is simple - eat, sleep, bird."

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Date: 2/27/17 6:51 pm
From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Re Blue-winged teal at Magnusson Park
Could this have been a female scaup? It is very early for a Blue-winged
Teal, but then again we had Cinnamon Teals in Kent last week.

--
*Hans Feddern*
Twin Lakes/Federal Way, WA
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Date: 2/27/17 6:41 pm
From: Matthew Dufort <matt.dufort...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Magnuson park-Blue-winged Teal
One bird that can easily be confused with Blue-winged Teal is young male
Northern Shoveler. They have a dark bluish head with a white crescent in
front of the eye.

Matt Dufort


On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 18:24 B B <birder4184...> wrote:

> Isn't there a better chance that it is a Barrow's Goldeneye with a
> crescent between eye and bill? When I first read the post that is what I
> was expecting.
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/mobile/?.src=Android>
>
> On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:01 PM, Scott Ramos
> <lsr...> wrote:
> That would in fact be quite an unusual sighting. According to eBird, there
> has been only a single Blue-winged Teal observed in the entire Puget Sound
> area between December and March: at the end of March last year in Mill
> Creek. At Magnuson Park, again on eBird, there have been only a dozen
> reports in the last 6 years and all of them in May or early June.
>
> Scott Ramos
> Seattle
>
>
> On Feb 27, 2017, at 3:28 PM, Wayne Palsson <wpalsson...> wrote:
>
> I have been birding Magnuson Park a couple of times per week for the past
> 4 years. Blue-wings are rather uncommon--I've seen one and another birder I
> know has seen one. The park checklist (now many years old) has them at one
> or two records, so sounds like you were pretty lucky!
>
> There was a Say's Phoebe in the park last Friday (2/24), the second one
> I've seen in the park.
>
> Wayne
>
> Message: 9
> Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:10:00 -0800
> From: Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson park
> To: <tweeters...>
> Message-ID: <58B45D68.7080900@earthlink. net>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
>
> As a tyro birder I went to Magnuson park last Wednesday to look for the
> Cedar Waxwings as I have not seen them before, but it turned out to
> cloud over with a cold wind off the lake and I did not dress warmly
> enough and did not have a hat. I parked at the south end by the boat
> ramp. Only a couple crows inland but several birds on the water -
> without my book could ID mallards of course and a male Bufflehead. But
> saw a distinctively marked fowl I did not know with a white crescent
> behind the bill and in front of its eyes making me pull my book out of
> my backpack and IDed a male Blue-winged Teal. Don't know if he was an
> unusual or common visitor but thought I would mention it. Walking back
> to my car saw one of the crows on the ground working on a rat carcass.
> Margaret Sandelin
> Seattle
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Date: 2/27/17 6:25 pm
From: B B <birder4184...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Magnuson park-Blue-winged Teal
Isn't there a better chance that it is a Barrow's Goldeneye with a crescent between eye and bill? When I first read the post that is what I was expecting.

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:01 PM, Scott Ramos<lsr...> wrote: That would in fact be quite an unusual sighting. According to eBird, there has been only a single Blue-winged Teal observed in the entire Puget Sound area between December and March: at the end of March last year in Mill Creek. At Magnuson Park, again on eBird, there have been only a dozen reports in the last 6 years and all of them in May or early June.
Scott RamosSeattle


On Feb 27, 2017, at 3:28 PM, Wayne Palsson <wpalsson...> wrote:
I have been birding Magnuson Park a couple of times per week for the past 4 years. Blue-wings are rather uncommon--I've seen one and another birder I know has seen one.  The park checklist (now many years old) has them at one or two records, so sounds like you were pretty lucky!
There was a Say's Phoebe in the park last Friday (2/24), the second one I've seen in the park.
Wayne
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Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:10:00 -0800
From: Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson park
To: <tweeters...>
Message-ID: <58B45D68.7080900@earthlink. net>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

As a tyro birder I went to Magnuson park last Wednesday to look for the
Cedar Waxwings as I have not seen them before, but it turned out to
cloud over with a cold wind off the lake and I did not dress warmly
enough and did not have a hat.  I parked at the south end by the boat
ramp.  Only a couple crows inland but several birds on the water -
without my book could ID mallards of course and a male Bufflehead.  But
saw a distinctively marked fowl I did not know with a white crescent
behind the bill and in front of its eyes  making me pull my book out of
my backpack and IDed a male Blue-winged Teal. Don't know if he was an
unusual or common visitor but thought I would mention it.  Walking back
to my car saw one of the crows on the ground working on a rat carcass.
Margaret Sandelin
Seattle
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Date: 2/27/17 6:09 pm
From: Scott Ramos <lsr...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Magnuson park-Blue-winged Teal
That would in fact be quite an unusual sighting. According to eBird, there has been only a single Blue-winged Teal observed in the entire Puget Sound area between December and March: at the end of March last year in Mill Creek. At Magnuson Park, again on eBird, there have been only a dozen reports in the last 6 years and all of them in May or early June.

Scott Ramos
Seattle


> On Feb 27, 2017, at 3:28 PM, Wayne Palsson <wpalsson...> wrote:
>
> I have been birding Magnuson Park a couple of times per week for the past 4 years. Blue-wings are rather uncommon--I've seen one and another birder I know has seen one. The park checklist (now many years old) has them at one or two records, so sounds like you were pretty lucky!
>
> There was a Say's Phoebe in the park last Friday (2/24), the second one I've seen in the park.
>
> Wayne
>
> Message: 9
> Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:10:00 -0800
> From: Margaret Sandelin <msand47...> <mailto:<msand47...>>
> Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson park
> To: <tweeters...> <mailto:<tweeters...>
> Message-ID: <58B45D68.7080900...> <mailto:<58B45D68.7080900...>>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
>
> As a tyro birder I went to Magnuson park last Wednesday to look for the
> Cedar Waxwings as I have not seen them before, but it turned out to
> cloud over with a cold wind off the lake and I did not dress warmly
> enough and did not have a hat. I parked at the south end by the boat
> ramp. Only a couple crows inland but several birds on the water -
> without my book could ID mallards of course and a male Bufflehead. But
> saw a distinctively marked fowl I did not know with a white crescent
> behind the bill and in front of its eyes making me pull my book out of
> my backpack and IDed a male Blue-winged Teal. Don't know if he was an
> unusual or common visitor but thought I would mention it. Walking back
> to my car saw one of the crows on the ground working on a rat carcass.
> Margaret Sandelin
> Seattle
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Date: 2/27/17 6:00 pm
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Scrub Jays
Dear Tweeters,
One good thing about jury duty, you get to take a long lunch and stroll around the county seat. Today (27 February) I was doing that, looking for the Scrub Jays that have eluded me for a while in Skagit, and found them right in downtown Mount Vernon. They were near the corner of South Third and Blackburn. I was standing in front of the tavern (The Town Pump) near the Motor Vehicle Department when I spotted them in the top of some deciduous trees. I called Bob Kuntz and he drove down and saw them, too. The three jays were hanging around some hollies near the offices of Hoekstra and Hoekstra, CPA's, on Blackburn, just west of the railway line.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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Date: 2/27/17 3:33 pm
From: Wayne Palsson <wpalsson...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson park-Blue-winged Teal
I have been birding Magnuson Park a couple of times per week for the past 4
years. Blue-wings are rather uncommon--I've seen one and another birder I
know has seen one. The park checklist (now many years old) has them at one
or two records, so sounds like you were pretty lucky!

There was a Say's Phoebe in the park last Friday (2/24), the second one
I've seen in the park.

Wayne

Message: 9
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:10:00 -0800
From: Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson park
To: <tweeters...>
Message-ID: <58B45D68.7080900...>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

As a tyro birder I went to Magnuson park last Wednesday to look for the
Cedar Waxwings as I have not seen them before, but it turned out to
cloud over with a cold wind off the lake and I did not dress warmly
enough and did not have a hat. I parked at the south end by the boat
ramp. Only a couple crows inland but several birds on the water -
without my book could ID mallards of course and a male Bufflehead. But
saw a distinctively marked fowl I did not know with a white crescent
behind the bill and in front of its eyes making me pull my book out of
my backpack and IDed a male Blue-winged Teal. Don't know if he was an
unusual or common visitor but thought I would mention it. Walking back
to my car saw one of the crows on the ground working on a rat carcass.
Margaret Sandelin
Seattle

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Date: 2/27/17 2:49 pm
From: Linda Phillips <linda_phillips1252...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Merlin, Common Merganser and Dipper at Wallace Swamp Creek Park

I bird Wallace Swamp Creek Park almost daily and though it is usually a very predictable place to bird some days are definitely better than others. Today was one of those days. Shortly after I arrived around noon a flock of Pine Siskins flew over. I soon realized they were fleeing a Merlin. The Merlin caught his lunch and settled down on a branch above my head. Before I could get myself to a good observation point a couple of crows chased the predator off. I followed with my binoculars until they were out of sight and was surprised to see that a hummingbird joined the chase. Several minutes later at the sediment pond I found two female Common Mergansers. I watched as they rode the white water over the weir and bobbed out of sight. When I walked over the footbridge I looked downstream to see if the mergansers were still around. Instead I was delighted to find an American Dipper. I watched it for about 10 minutes. At first it was just resting on a log. He performed a concert with his beautiful song before starting to forage among the rocks.

Linda Phillips
Kenmore
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Date: 2/27/17 1:57 pm
From: Byers <byers345...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Chestnut-backed Chickadee honored us with a visit
Hello Tweeters,

We live in a relentlessly urban part of northern Seattle,
so, although we put out feeders, we don't get the variety of birds that some
of you, who have more greenery, do. So I was surprised today to see, first
of all, two Chestnut-backed Chickadees checking out our chickadee bird box
and then refreshing themselves at our feeders. Bill got a few pictures, but
he was shooting through double-paned window glass. Quality isn't too good,
but you can see what the bird is:



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Happy birding, Charlotte Byers, Seattle


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Date: 2/27/17 1:54 pm
From: Hal Opperman <halop...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] How many Tweeters? + Raven
From Tweeters general list information webpage at (https://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/tweeters):

"This is a hidden list, which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator.” Reason for this policy is protection of members’ privacy.

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On the other hand, an unknown but presumably high number of non-subscribers consult Tweeters regularly online. The messages are posted in real time to the Tweeters archives at http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/pipermail/tweeters/. The most recent postings (a month’s worth, more or less) may also be consulted on the American Birding Association website at http://birding.aba.org , and at least one other website I believe.

Hal Opperman (pinch hitting for Dan Victor)
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> On Feb 27, 2017, at 1:02 PM, Robert C. Faucett <rfaucett...> wrote:
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> Pretty sure there is a command to get a list of subscribers. I can check in a bit.
>
> Best
> Rob
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>> On Feb 27, 2017, at 13:01, Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...> wrote:
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>> Hello Tweets,
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>> Does anyone know how many of us there are on the Tweeters listserv? A
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Date: 2/27/17 1:33 pm
From: Ted Ryan <coffeemonkey101...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Thrushes, Finches and Chickadees
I heard all three this morning (Varied Thrush, Purple Finch and Mountain Chickadee) near Graham. What a treat. This is definitely the earliest I've heard the Purple Finch.

Ted Ryan
Spanaway, WA



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Date: 2/27/17 1:05 pm
From: Robert C. Faucett <rfaucett...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] How many Tweeters? + Raven
Pretty sure there is a command to get a list of subscribers. I can check in a bit.

Best
Rob

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> On Feb 27, 2017, at 13:01, Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...> wrote:
>
> Hello Tweets,
>
> Does anyone know how many of us there are on the Tweeters listserv? A
> query to Dan Victor at tweeters-owner bounced back. I have the sense that
> it¹s a huge number ­ anyone have a ballpark figure?
>
> More directly related to birding itself, a crow ³cawcawphony² outside my
> West Seattle living room this morning announced the arrival of a raven,
> who hung around a nearby grove of trees for perhaps 10-15 minutes before
> being ushered successfully out. A couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to
> see a raven sitting on a white picket fence along busy Fauntleroy Way.
> Crows sent it on its way, then I went over to try to figure out what the
> raven was doing in such a domestic setting. A flattened squirrel gave the
> likely answer. I never tire of hearing those grand raven voices in my
> neighborhood!
>
> Good birding,
> Trileigh
>
>
> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
> Trileigh Tucker
> Pelly Valley, West Seattle
> Natural history website: TrileighTucker.com
> <https://naturalpresencearts.com/>
> Photography:
> ImageBrief
> <http://www.imagebrief.com/photographers/trileigh#/marketplace>
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Date: 2/27/17 1:04 pm
From: Tucker, Trileigh <TRI...>
Subject: [Tweeters] How many Tweeters? + Raven
Hello Tweets,

Does anyone know how many of us there are on the Tweeters listserv? A
query to Dan Victor at tweeters-owner bounced back. I have the sense that
its a huge number anyone have a ballpark figure?

More directly related to birding itself, a crow cawcawphony outside my
West Seattle living room this morning announced the arrival of a raven,
who hung around a nearby grove of trees for perhaps 10-15 minutes before
being ushered successfully out. A couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to
see a raven sitting on a white picket fence along busy Fauntleroy Way.
Crows sent it on its way, then I went over to try to figure out what the
raven was doing in such a domestic setting. A flattened squirrel gave the
likely answer. I never tire of hearing those grand raven voices in my
neighborhood!

Good birding,
Trileigh


~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Trileigh Tucker
Pelly Valley, West Seattle
Natural history website: TrileighTucker.com
<https://naturalpresencearts.com/>
Photography:
ImageBrief
<http://www.imagebrief.com/photographers/trileigh#/marketplace>
Flickr <https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/albums/72157661836833455>

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Date: 2/27/17 9:13 am
From: Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson park
As a tyro birder I went to Magnuson park last Wednesday to look for the
Cedar Waxwings as I have not seen them before, but it turned out to
cloud over with a cold wind off the lake and I did not dress warmly
enough and did not have a hat. I parked at the south end by the boat
ramp. Only a couple crows inland but several birds on the water -
without my book could ID mallards of course and a male Bufflehead. But
saw a distinctively marked fowl I did not know with a white crescent
behind the bill and in front of its eyes making me pull my book out of
my backpack and IDed a male Blue-winged Teal. Don't know if he was an
unusual or common visitor but thought I would mention it. Walking back
to my car saw one of the crows on the ground working on a rat carcass.
Margaret Sandelin
Seattle
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Date: 2/27/17 7:25 am
From: Caryn Schutzler <bluedarner1...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Here we go again! Snow Falling on Hummers
Morning Tweeters -
After watching the Oscars and seeing Piper win best short animated film I think our Queen Anna deserves an Oscar waking up to snow!! I immediately looked in the scope and the nest was vacant!!
Drum roll - and then I saw her fly in - through the falling "fluff"!
Can't you just see her up on the big silver screen?

Stay tuned...

Caryn / Hummer Mama in Wedgwood


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Date: 2/27/17 4:50 am
From: Wally Davis <wallydavis3...>
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Boe Rd. 2/25/17
Also many thousands in a field just east of Snohomish along highway 2.

Wally Davis
Snohomish

-----Original Message-----


>
> The Snow Geese were out in force along Boe Road south of Stanwood, WA
yesterday. This made up for not seeing the Golden Eagle or the Prairie
Falcon.
>
> Link to video and photos:
>
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Subject: [Tweeters] Boe Rd. 2/25/17
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/sets/72157678934743481

> Hank Heiberg
> Lake Joy
> Carnation, WA
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