[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 4 December 2015

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Dec 4 20:14:46 PST 2015

Waking to a deluge was not auspicious but by the time I got to the park, it was clearing. And, with the mild temperatures, when the sun eventually came out, it was an outstanding day. Lots of water everywhere, finally. A little breezy so that scoping the lake was a bit of a challenge. But, there were plenty of birds inland today, making the birding as good as the weather.

Cackling Goose - a small flock of both minima and Taverner’s flying downlake
Eurasian Wigeon - male on Promontory Pond
Ring-necked Duck - as usual, a single female on Promontory Pond
Lesser Scaup - just 3; the huge flocks of scaup have yet to arrive
Common Goldeneye - several dozen
Common Merganser - 2 females, off NOAA point
Common Loon - 1 off the NOAA point
Red-necked Grebe - 1 hanging with the COME
Cooper’s Hawk - male and female flying together over the meadows, both immatures
Bald Eagle - 1 adult, 1 sub-adult, interacting in flight
Red-tailed Hawk - 1 perched in the cottonwoods with just 2 crows keeping company
Virginia Rail - calling, 1 from Frog Pond, another from the Entrance Pond
Wilson’s Snipe - calling, early, from the Sportsfield
Herring Gull - 2 with the usual gull flock on the swim platform
Barn Owl - 1 hunting the west meadow, early, another in day roost
Cedar Waxwing - flock of exactly 40 in the cottonwoods, central meadow
Yellow-Rumped Warbler - 3 on Promontory Point
Townsend’s Warbler - a female, also on Prom Point

For the day, 59 species.
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Scott Ramos
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