[Tweeters] USGS Breeding Bird Survey results for Duvall, Carnation & Fall City areas, 6/6/14

Christine Southwick clsouth at u.washington.edu
Wed Jul 2 14:39:58 PDT 2014

Thank you for this report Sharon. And thanks for helping with this important bird census tool.

Puget Sound Bird Observatory(PSBO) teaches Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) classes each year to trains others to cover some of the routes that have fallen into dis-use. Three PSBO members covered routes this year, and it is a satisfying effort. And lots of times the surveyors see some really special birds!

Christine Southwick
N Seattle/Shoreline
clsouthwick at q.com

On Wed, 2 Jul 2014, Sharon Cormier-Aagaard wrote:

> Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:37:21 -0700

> From: Sharon Cormier-Aagaard <scormieraa001 at hotmail.com>

> To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> Cc: Hugh Jennings <h2ouzel at comcast.net>

> Subject: [Tweeters] USGS Breeding Bird Survey results for Duvall,

> Carnation & Fall City areas, 6/6/14



> Hi Tweets,


> Hugh Jennings and I did this annual Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) in the Duvall, Carnation and Fall City area on

> 6/6/14. In his last year’s Tweeters report, Ryan Merrill said "For those not familiar with these surveys,

> they're coordinated through USGS and completed by hundreds of birders across the country during the summer

> season. They're started fifteen minutes before sunrise and consist of a series of 50 three minute point counts

> spaced about a half mile apart. More information about the surveys can be found here":


> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/


> There are still many areas in our state that are not surveyed each year due to lack of volunteers. If you're

> a good sight and birder by ear, consider making a commitment to do this once a year. These surveys are

> very beneficial as well as fun!


> Our Carnation BBS route has been surveyed every year since 1968, and this is my and Hugh's third year. At

> 4:42 AM, our first stop was just west of Duvall, and our 50th stop ended at 9:40 AM, just downstream of

> Snoqualmie Falls. Our June 6 survey resulted in 939 individuals of 76 species (our record high). Among the

> most common birds were 120 American Robins, 65 Song Sparrows, 45 Swainson’s Thrushes, 35 Black-headed

> Grosbeaks, 31 Cedar Waxwings, 29 Willow Flycatchers, 29 American Goldfinches, 26 American Crows, 23 Western

> Tanagers, 21 Common Yellowthroats, 19 Western Wood-Pewees, 17 Pacific-slope Flycatchers, 16 Yellow Warblers,

> 10 Band-tailed Pigeons, 8 Spotted Sandpipers, and 6 Bank Swallows (3rd year in a row we’ve seen them in an agr

> field on the West Snoqualmie River Rd). Other sightings worth mentioning: 1 Western Kingbird, 1 American

> Dipper at Tokul Creek, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher, 1 Hutton’s Vireo, 1 Orange-crowned

> Warbler, 1 MacGillivray’s Warbler (new for our area), and just one male Lazuli Bunting this year (4 last

> year), singing in a thicket of bushes smack in the middle of the traffic circle just north of Fall City! The

> only annoying part of the survey were the 432 total vehicles (yes, you also count vehicles) which created lots

> of noise, mostly along the road into and on the way out of downtown Carnation.


> It was a very satisfying morning.


> Sharon Aagaard

> Bellevue WA

> scormieraa001 at hotmail.com




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