[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 21 January 2015

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Wed Jan 21 20:24:59 PST 2015

A frosty start to a fine morning, even the fog moved over to the east side of the lake. The ground was either crunchy or muddy depending on exposure which made navigating the meadows a challenge. The surprise this morning was a Barred Owl calling from Promontory Point, about 6:30. It has been nearly 3 years since I last had a Barred Owl in the park, even though there are occasional reports from the surrounding neighborhoods. Otherwise, a fairly typical winter day.

Eurasian Wigeon - 1 with the 100+ flock of American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal - couple dozen, though the Common Teal of last week didn’t show up; most of them were resting on the flanks of the beaver lodge
Common Merganser - about 20, mostly male
Red-breasted Merganser - 5 in Pontiac Bay
California Quail - clucking in the wetlands
Horned and Red-necked Grebe (3) - far off the swim beach
Cooper’s Hawk - 2 adults: 1 male, 1 female
Red-tailed Hawk - 1 adult, 1 juvenile
Spotted Sandpiper - 1 in Sail Lagoon
Wilson’s Snipe - about 4, very vocal and active in the meadows before dawn
Herring Gull - on the swim platform
Belted Kingfisher - 1 calling near the boat launch, another fishing off the sail marina
Purple Finch - 3, all non-adult-male
Pine Siskin - well over 100, in several flocks

For the day, 61 species.
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Scott Ramos

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