[Tweeters] Battle Ground Hawk and Vulture Watch

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 19:32:38 PDT 2014


Hi tweeters,

After being away from the house for ten days (5 pelagic trips in Oregon and
California), it was good to return to normal and do some Battle Ground,
Clark County "yard" birding. This time I had my eyes pointed upwards for a
rewarding several hours (noon - 2pm) of hawk and vulture watching as
follows:

Turkey Vulture: 59 (largest kettle was 14)
Red-tailed Hawk: 4 (with the locals also flying which made counting
migrants quite difficult)
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
Osprey: 1
Bald Eagle: 1 (adult)
Northern Harrier: 1

Another surprise today was an immature male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD. Seemed
rather late and it had a difficult time accessing the two hummer feeders
since the local Anna's Hummingbirds have staked claim to both and weren't
in the mood to be ousted.

A single Black-throated Gray Warbler was nice and several Swainson's
Thrushes were busily feeding on the few remaining berries. A distant flock
of 18 Band-tailed Pigeons was nice as I don't see many of them here. A few
Vaux's Swifts, Pine Siskins, Evening Grosbeaks, and Purple Finches rounded
out the show. American Robins and Yellow-rumped Warblers were flowing
overhead nicely although "common" replaced an exact count.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward!

Jim
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Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
360-702-9395
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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