[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course Bird Walk - 5-15-2014

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu May 15 19:00:13 PDT 2014


Tweeters,

A glorious day at Eagles Pride GC - lots of sunshine, good birds, and even
better birders. Thirteen of us trekked just over 3 miles, finding a baker's
dozen FOYs, including WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, WESTERN TANAGER, HOUSE WREN,
VIRGINIA RAIL, YELLOW WARBLER, MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER,
CEDAR WAXWING, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, CHIPPING
SPARROW, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and EVENING GROSBEAK.



We started at the driving range shelter, and located a CHIPPING SPARROW
nearby. The pond on the 9th green held what's likely to be the last
RING-NECKED DUCK until autumn. A HOUSE WREN was building a nest in the exact
same place on a power line pole as last year, but this year we found quite a
few more of these wrens in other parts of the walk. WESTERN TANAGERS,
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, WILSON'S WARBLERS, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS,
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, and EVENING GROSBEAKS were also located in quite a
few places. Unlike last year, a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER wasn't found near the
power line corridor, but quite a way over from that near what I think is a
pretty good spot for finding lots of species - near the pond on a par-3 on
the "red" course. Kristin spotted it singing from a bare branch on a
Douglas-fir, and the bird obligingly sat there for several minutes, singing
occasionally, allowing excellent views of this often skulking warbler.



The number of BROWN CREEPERS is high because we heard so many of them
singing. We likely miss quite a few during the non-breeding season because
they're not as vocal. Or is it because their calls are so high pitched that
most of those in our demographic can't hear them!



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
following:

. June 19, 2014

. July 17, 2014

. August 21, 2014



Anyone is welcome to join us - and you don't have to have a military ID!




>From the eBird posting:


Eagles Pride GC, Pierce, US-WA

May 15, 2014 8:05 AM - 12:12 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.1 mile(s)

Comments: Temp started at ~53degF, ended 80degF; virtually no wind;
sunny; mosquitoes out along area near Dupont - first time ever

51 species



Wood Duck 2

Mallard 16 Including 9 ducklings at Hodge Lake

Ring-necked Duck 1 At pond next to 9th green

Hooded Merganser 1 Hodge Lake

Pied-billed Grebe 2 Hodge Lake - looked to be a pair

Red-tailed Hawk 3

Virginia Rail 1 Hodge Lake - FOY and may be a new species for this walk

Band-tailed Pigeon 8

Anna's Hummingbird 2

Rufous Hummingbird 2

Downy Woodpecker 1 Heard

Pileated Woodpecker 1 Heard

Western Wood-Pewee 3 FOY

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 6

Steller's Jay 3

American Crow 6

Common Raven 1

Tree Swallow 6

Violet-green Swallow 5

Barn Swallow 50 23 around the sheltered area at driving range

Cliff Swallow 1

Black-capped Chickadee 6

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 14

Red-breasted Nuthatch 5

Brown Creeper 6

House Wren 6 FOY: First one found at power-line corridor, building nest
in same spot as last year; others found in widely scattered areas along
route.

Pacific Wren 2 Low number for the year - heard singing only

Bewick's Wren 3

Golden-crowned Kinglet 7

American Robin 50

European Starling 8

Cedar Waxwing 1 FOY

Orange-crowned Warbler 10 Likely undercounted

MacGillivray's Warbler 1 FOY; Everyone had excellent views of this very
vocal and visible male

Common Yellowthroat 1 FOY

Yellow Warbler 3 FOY; Seems low, but....

Yellow-rumped Warbler 7

Black-throated Gray Warbler 5 FOY; All heard - could well be more

Wilson's Warbler 8 FOY; Likely undercounted

Spotted Towhee 7

Chipping Sparrow 4 FOY; Best view was near driving range

Song Sparrow 7

White-crowned Sparrow 15

Dark-eyed Junco 20 Including 3 fledglings at one area

Western Tanager 12 FOY - arrived in JBLM area in past week

Black-headed Grosbeak 11 FOY - arrived in area in past week or so

Red-winged Blackbird 8

Brown-headed Cowbird 15

Purple Finch 10

American Goldfinch 3

Evening Grosbeak 10 FOY; Difficult to estimate since birds were moving
from one part of route to another - this might be low



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18409305





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