[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 20 November 2015
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Fri Nov 20 20:39:27 PST 2015
First subfreezing morning of the fall was pretty foggy all around, although on the lake, the fog was about 30 m up, leaving the early morning light a sliver on the horizon. Very pretty. A slight breeze meant the wind chill at lake edge was probably in the high 20s. Eventually, the fog cleared up to a bright, sunny sky. The ponds are all back to normal height, more or less, except where vegetation has invaded. This is the latest for water to reach normal winter levels since the wetlands were put in. Although the typical dabblers can be found in the freshwater, they are at nowhere near the numbers of a few years ago. The beavers have done their job of removing a lot of the saplings too near the water’s edge; they may need some help from other quarters, however.
Notable sightings today:
Cackling Goose (Taverner’s) - a flock of about 2 dozen birds flew in to the Sportsfield to join the Canadas already there. It took them about 10 circling passes to decide that it was safe to land. This is unusual for Magnuson—we occasionally get 1 or 2 Cacklers but hardly ever do we see a flock on the ground.
Scaup - a mixed flock of 4-5 dozen of both Greater and Lesser (presumably), too far out in the lake for a positive ID
Common Goldeneye - several dozen; they are now back in normal numbers for the winter
Grebes - all 4 expected species
Cooper’s Hawk - at least 3 birds, all adult; seen individually at different locations; eventually, 2 were seen on a fast flight out of the meadows while another one was calling near the Dead End pond
Bald Eagle - an adult that had been resting in a tree at the south shore eventually flew north above the shoreline, sending the gulls and ducks into a brief panic; they must have sensed this was not a hunting flight, however, as they all made one quick flight up and returned to what they had been doing almost as quickly.
Wilson’s Snipe - a couple calling from the West Meadow, another flew out of the small Promontory Pond
Herring Gull - at least 4 were on the swim platform with the Mews, California, Ring-billed and Glaucous-winged
Barn Owl - day roosting
Yellow-rumped Warbler - just a single calling bird
Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrow - lots of each, the Fox very vocal, some still singing, the Lincoln’s very inquisitive at my passing
For the day, 55 species.
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