[Tweeters] FW: eBird Report - Lake Sammamish State Park, Sep 24, 2014

Sharon Cormier-Aagaard scormieraa001 at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 24 15:55:23 PDT 2014

Hi Tweets,

Here's my monthly eBird report of what our group saw this morning at Eastside Audubon's Lake Sam bird walk. Alas, no SABINE's GULL :-((

Lake Sammamish State Park, King, US-WA
Sep 24, 2014 8:02 AM - 11:32 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments: Sharon Aagaard and Stan Wood birded with 8 others at Eastside Audubon's monthly bird walk at Lake Sammamish State Park on Sep 24, 2014, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. It rained the entire time, and did we, the "intrepids," ever get WET! However, temps and wind were mild, so it didn't feel cold (low to mid 60F, and 0-3 mph). HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoyed a nice assortment of birds near and on the lake: GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, NORTHERN SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, COMMON MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, PIED-BILLED & WESTERN GREBES. One GREEN HERON was fishing on the edge of Issaquah Creek south of the foot bridge. An OSPREY is still there. We enjoyed 2 separate COOPER'S HAWK sightings (an adult female and a male). 39 KILLDEER! We had five separate sightings, spaced apart both in time and location (likely in migration). RING-BILLED and CALIFORNIA GULLS continue to lounge at the east beach and hang out further on the lake. At least 180 BARN SWALLOWS filled the skies for the duration of our walk. Ken heard a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET singing. Just two warbler species today: YELLOW-RUMPS & COMMON YELLOWTHROATS. SAVANNAH SPARROWS are still around, and the LINCOLN SPARROWS & GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS have returned. 48 species for the day; and 129 species for the year. The next bird walk is OCT 21. No pre-registration, just show up depending on your mood or the weather. Since this is a state park, a Discover Pass is necessary to park ($10 daily, $30 annual). We meet in the large parking lot to the left just inside the main park entrance, now signed as the Costco Parking lo,t but we meet at the far end towards the lake (not the boat launch entrance). Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
48 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 21
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 6
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 149
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 4
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 1
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 3 2 m & 1 f
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 7
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1 adult on Issq Crk, south of foot bridge
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2 An adult flew across Sunset Beach parking lot and into a small tree, likely a female because similar in size to 3 crows perched nearby. Another smaller bird flew across the east meadow, perched briefly in a tree with a RTHA, then flew (likely a male by smaller size to previous COHA)
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) (Buteo jamaicensis calurus/alascensis) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 290
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 39 first 4 were feeding in a ball field at the start; 2nd group of 4 were feeding at Sunset Beach an hour later; we then looked up and in the same sky, two groups of 6 + 7; final sighting was at the end with 18 feeding on the SE soccer fields.
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
California Gull (Larus californicus) 36
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 6
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 1
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 1 m
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati) 1 heard
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 6
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 45
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 180
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 20
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 8
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 2
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 14
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1 early in the walk, Ken heard song
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 50
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 75
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 6
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 10
Spotted Towhee (Pacific) (Pipilo maculatus [oregonus Group]) 3
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 13
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 6
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 3
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 8
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus) 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19932076

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