[Tweeters] Pine Siskin late report Pacific/Lewis co.

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Wed Feb 6 21:49:26 PST 2013

Tweets – I meant to post this earlier. Last Sunday, Feb. 3, while coming back from the Westport Pelagic, I took the long route along SR-6 from Raymond to Chehelis via Pe Ell.

Immediately west of the Pacific/Lewis county line, I came across an aggregation of around 2000 PINE SISKINS, by far the biggest flock (or flock complex) I’ve ever seen for that species. There were so many it was really hard to even try to put a number on how many there were. They were working aspen trees primarily, and occasionally several hundred to a thousand would take off and swirl around. Sometimes it would seem like 1000 would fly away somewhere else, but moments later, the flock would seem just as large as before.

I saw another flock of at least 1000 a couple of miles east of the county line.

I was unable to conjure any Redpolls amongst the hundreds I scoped.

I also had both TUNDRA and TRUMPETER SWANS along Pleasant Valley Rd. And at a spot along that road with a recent Swamp Sparrow sighting on eBird, I might have heard the sparrow, but probably not. What I did hear there was a BARRED OWL spontaneously hooting at mid-day from up the hill.

== Michael Hobbs
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== BirdMarymoor at frontier.com

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