[Tweeters] LHG-Bellevue, November 2013 summary

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Sat Nov 30 19:03:57 PST 2013









November 2013 report summary for Lake Hills Greenbelt (LHG), Bellevue.
This is an easy flat 3.5 mile loop walk, between Phantom Lake (PL) and Larsen
Lake (LL), 156th & 148th Avenues SE and SE 24th to Main Streets, an
interesting 'island' of mediocrity in the residential 'mediocrity' of southeast
Bellevue. The number following the species are the number of times
(days/walks) that the listed species was observed. Notable species specifically
for the LHG are listed in ALL CAPS.

After about the first week, things kind of settled down quickly leaving a
standard routine list of the most typical "core" LHG resident species for
the season and even some of those have been unusually scarce. Most
startling is the contrast to last November (2012) in that there have been no
'winterish' type finches at all; ZERO, no siskins, no crossbills, no grosbeaks
when the LHG was awash with such last year this time, especially Pine
Siskins. Not just in the LHG it seems, but reports of such anywhere in the State
are lacking including the mountains and even to the north in BC's Okanagan,
nuthin'. Somebody holding out? So, maybe those early North American
prognostications for a weak showing this winter in the lower 48 may be coming
to pass. It's still early and time will tell although I must say my
optimism for the western Washington lowlands this winter is pretty low. Also and
unlike Oct-Nov 2012, NO owls at all; in fact to owls at all in the LHG in
more than six months!

A few surprises this month, 4 flyover PACIFIC LOONS at Larsen Lake on
11/03 and a single winter female LONG-TAILED DUCK on Phantom Lake all day on
11/04 might be attributed to the first major windstorm on 11/02 which had
more westerly component to it than the usual S to SW for around here and might
have shifted those individuals temporarily a tad further inland than
normal. A single late season VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW at Phantom Lake on 11/20
defies any logical explanation.

total days & walks -- 18



cumulative walk time -- 34.5 hrs
average walk time -- 1.9 hrs
cumulative species 'units' -- 651
average species / walk -- 36.2 (high: 41 on 11/01, low: 31 on 11/10)

total species = 67 (+0 known misses)

Snow Goose -- 3
Canada Goose -- 13
Cackling Goose -- 2
Wood Duck -- 1
Gadwall -- 5
American Wigeon -- 18
Mallard -- 18
Northern Shoveler -- 16
Northern Pintail -- 1
Bufflehead -- 18
Ring-necked Duck -- 18
Greater Scaup -- 18
Lesser Scaup -- 10
*LONG-TAILED DUCK -- 1 (winter female on PL, all day 11/04, first LHG
record)
Hooded Merganser -- 1
Common Merganser -- 5 (FOF 11/04 at PL, right on schedule and in now for
the winter)
Ruddy Duck -- 18 (wintering flock on PL growing little by little each
day, ~20 by month's end)
*PACIFIC LOON -- 1 (4 high flyovers at LL, 11/03, first LHG record)
Pied-billed Grebe -- 18
Double-crested Cormorant -- 15
Great Blue Heron -- 9
Bald Eagle -- 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk -- 5
Cooper's Hawk -- 3
Red-tailed Hawk -- 13
Merlin -- 1
Virginia Rail -- 11
American Coot -- 18
Killdeer -- 18 (traditional wintering flock high count so far, 10 in the
farm field at SE 156th Ave & SE 16th St)
Wilson's Snipe -- 3
Glaucous-winged Gull -- 13
Rock Pigeon -- 18
Band-tailed Pigeon -- 1 (unusually scarce, only one seen at all on 11/01)
Anna's Hummingbird -- 8
Belted Kingfisher -- 4
Downy Woodpecker -- 3
Hairy Woodpecker -- 2
Northern (R-s) Flicker -- 18
Pileated Woodpecker -- 8
Hutton's Vireo -- 1
Steller's Jay -- 18
American Crow -- 18
*VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW -- 1 (one at PL on 11/20, no good explanation for
this late waif)
Black-capped Chickadee -- 18
Chestnut-backed Chickadee -- 11
Bushtit -- 3 (unusually scarce)
Red-breasted Nuthatch -- 5 (unusually scarce)
Bewick's Wren -- 18
Pacific Wren -- 7 (unusually scarce)
Golden-crowned Kinglet -- 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- 16
Hermit Thrush -- 2 (singles in central section hemlock/cedar grove on
11/03 & 11/16)
American Robin -- 18
Varied Thrush -- 5 (unusually scarce so far)
European Starling -- 7
Spotted Towhee -- 18
Savannah Sparrow -- 3 (last of the season, 11/05)
Fox Sparrow -- 16
Song Sparrow -- 18
Lincoln's Sparrow -- 1 (only one once on 11/03)
White-crowned Sparrow -- 1 (unusually scarce, only one once on 11/03)
Golden-crowned Sparrow -- 14
Dark-eyed Junco -- 16
Red-winged Blackbird -- 14
Purple Finch -- 10
House Finch -- 18
American Goldfinch -- 9 (diminishing with season to none since 11/24)


Richard Rowlett
Bellevue (Eastgate), WA
Pterodroma AT aol.com











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