[Tweeters] Battle Ground Night Flight

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Sun Aug 25 19:35:25 PDT 2013


The floodgates opened very early this morning as Swainson's Thrushes were
"blurping" their way south over my Battle Ground, Clark County yard this
morning. Audible peak seemed to be about 45 minutes before sunrise when
there were about 100+ notes per minute meaning about 33 birds per minute
(assuming each thrush makes three discernible notes within my hearing
range). That is, of course, an assumption which I cannot scientifically
prove. During this time, we had two calling Western Screech Owls, 1 Great
Horned Owl and 1 Barn Owl! Also Yellow Warbler, a possible Least Sandpiper
(not heard very well) and several unidentified warblers.

Daybreak was quite fun in and around my small yard. From daybreak up to
when the rain came in late morning, I had the following:

Pileated Woodpecker 1
Vaux's Swift 55 (only 1 on Saturday)
Violet-Green Swallow 45
Cedar Waxwing 120
Warbling Vireo 12
Wilson's Warbler 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler 8
Yellow Warbler 4
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 3
Lazuli Bunting 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1 (first since May)
Purple Finch 4 (first since late June)
Evening Grosbeak 5 (had three flyover flocks yesterday - first since June)
Western Tanager 4
Black-headed Grosbeak 6 (2 apparent local breeders with four migrants)

No Hudsonian Godwits, Elegant Terns, Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Smith's
Longspurs, Great Shearwaters, Long-billed Murrelets or Eastern Wood Pewees
but fun anyway!

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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