[Tweeters] RAS/TAS field trip to Upper Swan Creek, Tacoma from east South 56th Street

Shep Thorp sthorp at theaec.com
Thu May 9 15:22:23 PDT 2013

Hi Tweets,

nine of us had an enjoyable morning birding Upper Swan Creek in Tacoma and
the undeveloped neighborhood.

Other birders have mentioned this very nice area to me before, which has a
variety of habitats including mature mixed coniferous/deciduous forest, a
gulch with running creek, edge habitat, overgrown weedy previously
developed areas, and warm open shrubby areas.

Highlights included many Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black-throated Gray
Warbler, great looks at Orange-crowned Warbler, Chipping Sparrow and a
surprise sighting of a Hermit Warbler.

Many Pacific Wren, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Evening
Grosbeaks, Purple Finch and nesting Common Raven.

Here is my eBird report, many of us look forward to visiting soon again.

Until next time, good birding!

Shep Thorp
Browns Point
sthorp at theaec.com
mobile: 253-370-3742

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) (Branta canadensis moffitti/maxima) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 4
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 1
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 4
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 4
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 3
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) 15
Hutton's Vireo (Vireo huttoni) 1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 30
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 10
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 20
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 3
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus) 10
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 10
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (lutescens) (Oreothlypis celata lutescens) 25
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 4
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) 10
Townsend's Warbler (Setophaga townsendi) 1
Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) 1
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 10
Spotted Towhee (Pacific) (Pipilo maculatus [oregonus Group]) 20
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 4
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
White-crowned Sparrow (Puget Sound) (Zonotrichia leucophrys pugetensis) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group]) 30
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 2
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 10
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 30 Song of male from top trees.
Red Crossbill (type 3) (Loxia curvirostra (type 3)) 25
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 100
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 10
Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) 15
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2
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