[Tweeters] FW: Joint Base Lewis McChord Eagles Pride Nature Walk - 12-19-2013 -- Red Crossbills, flock of Flickers, etc.

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Fri Dec 20 11:08:20 PST 2013


I should have read this post a third time before I sent it. Please note the
two corrections below. The kinglets were foraging on the ground (not
"crown") and there's a typo in the note about the Lesser Goldfinches.


From: Denis DeSilvis [mailto:avnacrs4birds at outlook.com]
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:56 AM
To: Tweeters (tweeters at u.washington.edu)
Subject: Joint Base Lewis McChord Eagles Pride Nature Walk - 12-19-2013 --
Red Crossbills, flock of Flickers, etc.


Twelve of us hit the links yesterday at JBLM's Eagles Pride golf course,
starting out in a chilling cold (about 30 deg), but staying dry. This month
we decided to do a "mini-CBC" for our usual walk, and tallied some good
numbers for forest species among the 32 species we found. The ponds were
frozen over, so we didn't have any ducks, which is very unusual for this
time of year. Highlights of observations include the following:

Red Crossbill - given the lack of reports on this species in the area, the
three that Henry spotted, and that all of us saw and heard as they flew over
and back, were a definite plus. (With one area still to report at our
round-up tallying for the Olympia CBC, I believe that no Red Crossbills were

Northern Flicker - as we started out at 8:00AM, we noted "a couple" of
flickers feeding along the road. Russ put a scope on them, and found 9
feeding in about a 20-meter stretch. None of us had seen anywhere near that
number together. (A flock of starlings descended on the spot where the
flickers fed, and the flickers fled.)

Varied Thrush - very good, close looks at 6 of them just east of the flicker
foraging area.

Golden-crowned Kinglets - these outnumbered all the other species in the
many mixed-species foraging flocks. At one spot along the trail just to the
east of Hodges Lake, we had both species of kinglets foraging on the ground
within a few feet of us.

American Goldfinches - three flew over - the only other finches we saw
besides the House Finches and Crossbills.

When Dave and I first got to the meeting spot, a young and an older coyote
trotted past about 50 meters from us. Later, our group got good scope views
of a coyote jumping and pouncing as it foraged along a fence line. In
addition, one of our group found a dead (frozen) Vagrant Shrew.

Russ loaded our sightings onto eBird, and are also shown below.

As an added note, Henry mentioned that the Lesser Goldfinches are still
coming to his feeder at his family's home in Centralia. If you're looking to
add this Code 5 species to your Lewis County list, check out the archived
Tweeters report from 11-3-2013. It's also on eBird.

Species list deleted in this repost.

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis

Roy, WA

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