[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 20 March 2015

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Mar 20 17:09:57 PDT 2015

For the first day of Spring, the weather and the birds were extremely cooperative. The rain held off until we were wrapping up about noon, and temps ranged from low to mid 50s, with overcast skies and no wind. Great for scanning the lake and the trees. Lots and lots of singing. Evan Houston and I were serenaded by Pine Siskins and American Goldfinch just about everywhere in the park, but there were plenty of other voices in the chorus, including Pacific Tree Frogs. The swim platform started off empty as a River Otter was casually swimming by. Plenty of notables today …

Wood Duck - 1 flew out of wetlands toward lake
American Wigeon - conservative count of 160, though no Eurasian seen today
Scaup - still good numbers of both Greater and Lesser, but no Ring-necked Ducks
Red-breasted Merganser - 14, scope view
Common Loon - at least 2
Horned Grebe - at least 8, most in transition
Red-necked Grebe - at least 2
Western Grebe - well over 150; half were in one long raft in middle of lake
Cooper’s Hawk - 2, one in display flight over Promontory Point
Red-tailed Hawk - 1 flew low over meadows, another perched high in trees in neighborhood to W of park entrance
Virginia Rail - 1 calling from marsh ponds
Spotted Sandpiper - Sail Lagoon
Wilson’s Snipe - Scott heard one calling from wet meadow near tennis courts
Mew Gull - at least 90, most on swim platform
Barn Owl - 3; Scott heard one hissing from new box near tower, saw one perched next to Santos Place box, one kleaking from CC box
Rufous Hummingbird - Evan heard one at N end meadows
Belted Kingfisher - pair investigating Kingfisher Basin
Northern Flicker intergrade - yellow undertail, red malar and nape patch
Tree Swallows - many, including several using gourds at S end
Violet-green Swallows - a few, mixed with Trees
Brown Creeper - a pair, on utility pole
Varied Thrush - bright male, Promontory Pt
Cedar Waxwing - 1 large flock, several small groups in several locations, lots of flycatching, all in dashing plumage
Townsend’s Warbler - Evan saw one west side of Prom Pt
Savannah Sparrow - several in north savannah
White-crowned Sparrow - several singing
Purple Finch - singing first year male

For the day 72 species (not all seen by both of us)
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Scott Ramos

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