[Tweeters] Battle Ground Night Flight and minimal diurnal migration

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 18:38:58 PDT 2015

Hi Tweeters,

Birds were moving over my Battle Ground, Clark County yard in the wee hours
of the morning although most sounds were *honks* instead of *erps* and *zeets.
*Between 3:10 and 4:00, I counted at least 4 different flocks of vocal
Greater White-fronted Geese. Earlier, there had been several Swainson's
Thrushes and a single zeeting Yellow Warbler.

Daylight ushered in one of my favorite sounds of the Fall - Varied
Thrushes. There were at least five calling from beyond the deck as well as
several flying overhead. Other species flying south included:

American Pipit - 5
Evening Grosbeak - 4 flocks of undetermined number since I saw none of them
Yellow Warbler - 3
Black-throated Gray Warbler - 1
Lesser Goldfinch - 2
Swainson's Thrush - 1
Hermit Thrush - 2 (a four thrush day!)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 (my first for the yard this Fall)
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 3

For the first time in ten years, there is a Pileated Woodpecker that is
visiting my neighbor's apple tree and pigging out on fruit. I'm enjoying
watching bits of apple being thrown indiscriminately around the yard. It is
not a subtle feeder.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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