[Tweeters] Notes from Roy - 9-26-2014 - Swallows, Evening Grosbeaks+

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Fri Sep 26 12:31:53 PDT 2014


Tweeters,

Birded around the house and wetlands to the east below the house. Periods of
rain; little wind; 60 degF. Highlights include about 30 VIOLET-GREEN
SWALLOWS passing through and feeding over the wetlands; and a large flock of
EVENING GROSBEAKS feeding on the cones in the remnant Christmas-tree-farm
noble-firs on the property. eBird report below.



Avian Acres, Pierce, US-WA

Sep 26, 2014 9:50 AM - 11:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling

0.25 mile(s)



32 species



Mallard 1

California Quail 9

Turkey Vulture 2 Seems late for this area - were coasting over wetland

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Has been hanging around the past few days

Cooper's Hawk 1 See an immature nearly every day, and an adult
occasionally - local breeders

Eurasian Collared-Dove 2

Mourning Dove 15

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Steller's Jay 7

Western Scrub-Jay 1

Violet-green Swallow 30 I was stunned to see these swallows - came in
from the north and were catching insects over the wetlands below the house.
I didn't see any other swallow species with them (although it's possible
that a Tree Swallow was among the VGSW, I couldn't determine that). All the
birds I saw were VGSW.

Black-capped Chickadee 4

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 6

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

Bewick's Wren 1

American Robin 3

European Starling 5

Cedar Waxwing 8

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Spotted Towhee 2

Song Sparrow 4

White-crowned Sparrow 4

Golden-crowned Sparrow 8

Dark-eyed Junco 10

Red-winged Blackbird 1

House Finch 6

Purple Finch 3

American Goldfinch 2

Evening Grosbeak 80 The grosbeaks are feeding on the noble fir cones,
and have been here for over a week with numbers varying between 20-90. This
group was fairly easy to estimate since a Sharp-shinned Hawk came through,
flushing the flock -- I would have thought about 30 grosbeaks were feeding
otherwise.

House Sparrow 12



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19948805



May all your birds be identified,



Denis DeSilvis

Roy, WA

avnacrs4birds at outlook dot com







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