[Tweeters] Magnuson Park Solitary Sandpiper, Cassin's Vireos

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Sun May 12 20:00:41 PDT 2013

The first bird that greeted Sarah Peden and me during the monthly Magnuson Park count this past Saturday morning (11 May 2013) was a Solitary Sandpiper. This rare visitor stayed at the park all morning, providing good looks for several folks.
Video: http://youtu.be/TnZaap6YsmE

Other interesting birds encountered, either during or before the count, included:
Cassin's Vireo (5)
Bullock's Oriole (2)
Virginial Rail (2), with at least 4 young in tow
Video, with fleeting glimpse of babies; better views in person: http://youtu.be/iZI-NvPfaEE
Killdeer, on eggs
Barn Owl - at least 2 young hissing from the tower building, at least 1 young hissing from Community center box; and an adult hunting near the cross park path
Anna's Hummingbird - feeding 2 young, on Promontory Point
Hammond's and Pacific Slope Flycatchers
Bushtit - one pair bringing caterpillars to nest at Community Gardens, another pair making a new nest in the SE pond
Many Orange-crowned and Wilson's Warblers and Western Tanagers, most at Promontory Point.

Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14080783
Scott Ramos

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