[Tweeters] Fill today

Connie Sidles constancesidles at gmail.com
Sat Feb 23 13:35:19 PST 2013

Hey tweets, very birdy it was today at Montlake Fill. For the past
couple of months, the birds have been acting like two characters in a
Clement Moore poem, "settling their brains for a long winter's nap."
The place has been preternaturally quiet at times and empty-seeming.
What birds came out to be seen did so usually only briefly. Birding
has been a challenge. But last week, the blackbirds showed up and
began vying for territory, and this week, the crocuses and
pussywillows began to bloom. The days are longer and brighter, and
winter is in retreat. The wind may blow cold, but if you can find a
sheltered spot and catch a ray or two from the sun, the ol' sweat
glands start to wake up and realize what they were always meant to do.

Today, everyone was wide awake and rarin' to go. Among the activists

• a SWAMP SPARROW chipping metallically and singing brief snatches of
song down by the Old Wooden Bridge at the south end of Dime Lot (where
the briars have grown tall again)
• a TREE SWALLOW and a BARN SWALLOW swirling above the Lagoon and Hoyt
• BROWN CREEPERS singing their ultrasonic songs in Sidles Swamp
• RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS competing for the best cattails by flashing
their epaulets and swelling up like bagpipes
• a NORTHERN PINTAIL male who was fast asleep on Main Pond,
contradicting my statement above that everyone was awake, but he can
be pardoned because he must have been exhausted, poor thing, after
putting out the effort to grow his preposterously long pintails and
gorgeously falcated tertials.

The total number of bird species for the year: 87. - Connie, Seattle

constancesidles at gmail.com
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