[Tweeters] Stillwater, 5/11 - Bullock's Oriole and Red-eyed Vireo

johntubbs at comcast.net johntubbs at comcast.net
Sun May 12 08:16:06 PDT 2013




Hi folks,



I spent Saturday morning birding at Stillwater.  It was a fairly birdy morning, and yielded two firsts for the year for me - Bullock's Oriole and Red-eyed Vireo.  I walked out to the Bank Swallow colony, and there are multiple Bank Swallows there, but they are outnumbered significantly by Northern Rough-winged Swallows, so one needs to comb through the hunting swallows to pick out a B ank.



Following is a link to a photo of the Bullock's Oriole I saw.  I had good looks at the Red-eyed Vireo, not too high above eye level along the main trail, but was unable to get a picture.



http://www.tubbsphoto.com/-/tubbsphoto/detail.asp?LID=&photoID=13871929&cat=53425



The Red-tailed Hawk nest that has been active for a number of years is occupied again this year.  It is on the far side of Highway 203, across from the slough nearest to the parking lot, in the fork of a tree.  It is visible with binocs but a scope would be best for observing the activity.  There was an adult perched on the side of the nest when I was finishing up for the day, but another birder reported having seen two youngsters pop their heads up over the lip of the nest recently. 





John Tubbs

johntubbs at comcast.net

Snoqualmie, WA




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