[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 6 March 2015

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Mar 6 21:01:35 PST 2015

Our string of fabulous weather continues. And the birds certainly seem enthused, so much singing going on today it was hard to isolate single birds. Some nesting and nest prepping, and more—try to explain to a 3-year old (grandson) what the geese were doing was the day’s challenge. Arrived too late to evaluate the Barn Owl situation, though there may have been some hissing coming from the nest boxes.

Cackling Goose - 1 Taverner’s with the goose flock at NOAA; we rarely see these at Magnuson
Eurasian Wigeon - a male continues with the large flock of AMWI
Ring-necked Duck - a pair continues at the Sail Lagoon
Common Goldeneye - >40, the flock seems to be growing
Red-breasted Merganser - 3, way out in the lake
California Quail - 1 calling from the wetlands
Ring-necked Pheasant - 3 females; are these new releases or carry-over from last year?
Red-necked Grebe - 3 in breeding plumage
Cooper’s Hawk - adult male and immature female, appear to be a couple, Promontory Point
Dunlin - 2 were on the swim beach; first of year
Herring Gull - adult on the swim platform, juvenile in the sports fields with huge flock of Mew Gull
Belted Kingfisher - a pair seem to be checking out Kingfisher Basin; after the bluff was ‘cleaned’ of overhanging ‘weeds', their nest hole of last year is quite exposed
Violet-green Swallow - small flock over Promontory Point; first of year
Mystery Bird - in post to follow

For the day, 62 species.
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Scott Ramos

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