[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course Monthly Bird Walk 8-21-2014

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Aug 21 21:32:24 PDT 2014


Although it was cool starting out (~50degF), it warmed up as we traveled,
ending at ~72degF; little or no wind, mostly sunny -- a fine day. Walked the
usual route. A flying GREAT BLUE HERON was the first one we've tallied -
they're in the area, but the is the first time we actually had one on bird
walk day. Notable numbers of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH (16), RED CROSSBILL (15),
and PINE SISKIN (30), with crossbills and siskins evident during most of our
route. The HOODED MERGANSER at the pond near the driving range had captured
a newt, and was battering/washing it for the entire 5+ minutes we watched.
We hit a pronounced "hot-spot" in the open area (Garry oak, Douglas-fir,
hazelnut predominant vegetation) along the road behind Hodge Lake: a loose
kept our attention for nearly 20 minutes. (eBird report follows.)

The JBLM Eagles Pride GC birders meet the third Thursday of each month at
8:00AM. Starting point is Bldg # 1514, Driving Range Tee, Eagles Pride Golf
Course, I-5 Exit 116, Mounts Road Exit. Upcoming walks include the

. September 18, 2014

. October 16, 2014

. November 20, 2014

Anyone is welcome to join us!

Eagles Pride GC, Pierce, US-WA

Aug 21, 2014 8:15 AM - 12:35 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.5 mile(s)

39 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 9

Wood Duck 3 Pair (or at least a male and female) at pond next to 6th
hole; another male at Hodge Lake

Hooded Merganser 1

Pied-billed Grebe 6 Adult plus 4 imm at Hodge Lake, which is where we
saw the 4 juveniles last month

Great Blue Heron 1 Flying -- first sighting on walk day

Red-tailed Hawk 2

Band-tailed Pigeon 4

Mourning Dove 18 A walk-day high

Anna's Hummingbird 3

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 2

Western Wood-Pewee 2

Steller's Jay 4

American Crow 3

Violet-green Swallow 8

Barn Swallow 95

Cliff Swallow 1

swallow sp. 4

Black-capped Chickadee 18

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 20

Red-breasted Nuthatch 16

Brown Creeper 1

Bewick's Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

American Robin 5 A walk-day low

European Starling 40

Cedar Waxwing 3

Orange-crowned Warbler 4

Common Yellowthroat 8

Wilson's Warbler 2

Spotted Towhee 5

Song Sparrow 2

White-crowned Sparrow 27

Dark-eyed Junco 12

Red-winged Blackbird 1

Brown-headed Cowbird 2

House Finch 7

Red Crossbill 15

Pine Siskin 30

American Goldfinch 6

View this checklist online at

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis

Roy, WA

avnacrs4birds at outlook dot com

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