[Tweeters] Notes from Roy - 7-29-2014 - Pine Siskins, Chipping Sparrows, California Quail+

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Wed Jul 30 01:16:13 PDT 2014


After spreading gravel in our driveway (still not finished), I decided to
bird from our deck out back while I hoisted a frosty Fat Tire (two) and had
a bite to eat. Pretty warm, still, at 3:30, but a nice breeze from the north
kept things pleasant. The highlights for my 3+ hour "sit" included seeing 7
PINE SISKINS at the same time - two at a feeder, and five at a bird bath.
I'd been hearing calls most of the day, but hadn't stopped working long
enough to track them down. Three CALIFORNIA QUAIL families were in the area,
one of which had at least 11 half-grown young. Lots of CHIPPING SPARROWS -
mostly juveniles- have been coming through the past several days, and I
guessed that I saw at least 15. All told, I counted 50 species while
enjoying a cool-down on the deck.

The eBird report and listing are below.

Avian Acres, Pierce, US-WA

Jul 29, 2014 3:30 PM - 6:40 PM

Protocol: Stationary

Comments: Watched from back deck looking east toward Mt. Rainier. Temp
at start 85 degF (in the shade). Highlights include 7 PINE SISKINS in view
at the same time -- two at a feeder and five (!) at a large bird bath. Lots
of juv. and some adult CHIPPING SPARROWS moving through. Three families of
CALIFORNIA QUAIL, including one which had at least 11 half-grown young; the
other families had fewer, not as grown, young. At close to 18:45, an imm.
COOPER'S HAWK came through, effectively shutting down bird activity, except
for some swallows overhead.

50 species

California Quail 31

Turkey Vulture 1

Cooper's Hawk 1 From size, quite likely an imm. female. This bird and
at least one other adult are regular visitors to the property.

Bald Eagle 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Band-tailed Pigeon 3

Eurasian Collared-Dove 2

Mourning Dove 28

Common Nighthawk 1 Second early evening in a row to see a nighthawk

Anna's Hummingbird 1

Rufous Hummingbird 3

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 An adult bird was possibly in the front yard.
This bird was an immature.

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Western Wood-Pewee 1

Willow Flycatcher 1

Steller's Jay 2

Western Scrub-Jay 2

American Crow 11

Common Raven 1 Could have been two, but at least one was calling

Purple Martin 2 High up; vocalizing

Tree Swallow 2 A nest box with an unknown number of young is attached
to an outbuilding. Adult birds are seemingly constantly carrying food to the
young, and taking fecal sacs from them.

Barn Swallow 8

Cliff Swallow 2

Black-capped Chickadee 6

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 10

Red-breasted Nuthatch 6

House Wren 1

Marsh Wren 1

Bewick's Wren 1

Swainson's Thrush 2

American Robin 4

European Starling 10

Cedar Waxwing 2

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 At bird bath, bathing

Common Yellowthroat 1

Spotted Towhee 3

Chipping Sparrow 15

Song Sparrow 1

White-crowned Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 20

Western Tanager 1

Black-headed Grosbeak 8

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

House Finch 4

Purple Finch 4

Red Crossbill 6

Pine Siskin 7

American Goldfinch 8

House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis

Roy, WA

avnacrs4birds at outlook dot com

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