[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 10 January 2014

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Jan 10 12:48:55 PST 2014

The forecasted rain held off, mercifully, although the 20+ mph winds certainly moved the ducks around. Only two water birds were off the swim beach--a pair of Common Mergansers—everybody else was either up on the north side of NOAA or were hanging out in the wetland ponds. I had a hope that the wind might bring in something unusual, and it did. Kind of a special winter day with two fresh-water loon sightings and 3 warbler species! Notables include:

Trumpeter Swan - 2 flying uplake, trumpeting
Eurasian Wigeon - 1 with 100+ flock of American Wigeon in the Crescent and Entrance Ponds
Scaup flock was several hundred, about a 2:1 ratio of Greater to Lesser, all hiding out in the calm waters north of NOAA
Common Loon - regular place in Pontiac Bay
PACIFIC LOON - off the NE point of NOAA
Red-necked Grebe - first of winter, also off NOAA point
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2 very sharp looking males
Townsend’s Warbler - female, with the butter-butts, on Promontory Point
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2 colorful birds, community garden

For the day, 51 species; year total up to 61.
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16321202
Scott Ramos

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