[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 28 February 2015

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Sat Feb 28 22:12:35 PST 2015


After a week of 70 degree temps in SE Arizona, this morning was downright cold, especially with the breeze that made the 40s seem like the 30s. But, the clear skies and varied bird activity made it worthwhile. Plenty of water birds still around, but the wind made it hard to see much of anything out in the lake. A canoe and tent were on the swim platform, so no gull activity there. And, lots of boats nearshore and off-leash dogs splashing about created more challenges. Notables for the morning included:

Eurasian Wigeon - male among the large American Wigeon flock, Entrance Pond; also in the flock was a male Eurasian x American Wigeon with a reddish crescent on the face where green should be
Scaup - a few dozen of each Lesser and Greater
Ring-necked Duck - a pair on Dead-end Pond
Common Merganser - about a dozen; the males were doing a lot of head bobbing and croaking
Red-necked Grebe - one was braving the waves out in the lake, in full breeding plumage
Cooper’s Hawk - one adult, one juvie, Promontory Point
Red-tailed Hawk - very light adult, also over the Point
Virginia Rail - 2, one giving the kiddick call
Barn Owl - 1 at the new box across from the Tower bldg
Anna’s Hummingbird - at least a dozen, almost all male; one female gathering nesting material on Promontory Point
Tree Swallow - 1 flew out to the lake
Brown Creeper - 3, don’t see these even half the time; one was very cooperative in its preening: http://youtu.be/r-LlT9sDckc <http://youtu.be/r-LlT9sDckc>
Purple Finch - at least half a dozen; several non-adult-male singing

For the day, 58 species; with TRSW new, 76 species for the year.
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Scott Ramos
Seattle


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