[Tweeters] JBLM - Eagles Pride Nature Walk - 8-15-2013

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Fri Aug 16 09:49:42 PDT 2013


Seven of us braved the mist at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Eagles Pride golf
course Thursday and had a couple of birding highlights:

A MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, likely the same bird we've seen the past three
months, was still located at the same shrubby area at the power-line
corridor. We initially heard a call note, and an adult male bird was soon
right in front of us.

We heard a CASSIN'S VIREO sing part of its song from high atop a
Douglas-fir. After I played a Cassin's song so the group could recognize it,
the bird flew down to the same shrubby area we found the MacGillivray's
Warbler, and proceeded to sing, as if on territory - everyone had a good
view of this species, which we'd not recorded on previous trips this year.
It was a "lifer" for two of us.

Many chickadees, both Chestnut-backed and Black-capped, as well as Brown
Creepers and Red-breasted Nuthatches were in the large Douglas-firs along
the road that borders the 16th hole (Blue course). The lake we normally
visit only had a few Mallards and one male Wood Duck (eclipse plumage). All
the swallows, except Barn, seemed to have move on, which is pretty much the
case at my home in Roy.

Last week, Eagles Pride held the first annual Green Golf tournament and
environmental summit - and had a good turnout for this initial event. Folks
from the environmental community (WDFW, recycling folks, etc.) were paired
with two soldiers or airmen from JBLM in each foursome. Highlight of the day
was the presentation of Audubon International's Certification to the course
(and the JBLM base commander). It's the 1000th course to be so designated
(worldwide), and only the second US Army course. Planning for next year's
event is already taking place. I hope they keep the 8-inch cups (versus the
normal 4-inch cups) as part of the golf tournament - what an ego-booster!

Looking forward to ducks returning to the lakes on the course.

Here's the list (which should also be on e-Bird) of what we saw yesterday:

Pied-billed Grebe

Canada Goose


Wood Duck

Red- tailed Hawk

Mourning Dove

Band-tailed Pigeon

Anna's Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Cassin's Vireo

Steller's Jay

American Crow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

American Robin

Swainson's Thrush

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

MacGillivray's Warbler

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Spotted Towhee

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Brown- headed Cowbird

Red- winged Blackbird

Evening Grosbeak

House Finch

Red Crossbill

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

Non-bird sightings

Western Thatching Ants

NW Garter Snake

Townsend's Chipmunk

Columbian Black-tailed Deer

Upcoming walks: September 19, 2013, 8 AM.

. October 17, 2013

. November 21, 2013

. December 19, 2013

. (i.e. the 3rd Thursday of each month, 08:00). Bird Walk start
point: Bldg # 1514, Driving Range Tee, Eagles Pride Golf Course, I-5 Exit
116, Mounts Road Exit.

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis

Roy, WA

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