[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 12 August 2016

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Aug 12 21:49:18 PDT 2016

Arriving early enough for owling meant also arriving in time to catch a few of the Perseid meteors. Nice! Extra nice since this is mid-August and just about the slowest time of the year, bird-wise. And, it was warm, with temps already in the 60s long before sun-up. A few migrants made the trip worthwhile and the antics of the young Pied-billed Grebes provided some additional entertainment. Willm Martens-Habbena joined me for the first part of the morning and Jan Bragg for the second part.

Pied-billed Grebe - at least 4 families, with new broods in the Dead-end Pond and in the Shore Lagoon. One of the young in the first group was being given instruction on how to eat a wiggling, long and skinny meal: https://youtu.be/7kD5Npl_FkU
Osprey - 2 or 3 birds; the juveniles are full-size and apparently feeding on their own
Virginia Rail - quietly walking the edge of the lily pad pond
Killdeer - many, on the ball fields early
Least Sandpiper - 1 flew over the swim beach
California Gull - huge numbers at the swim platform, the NOAA pier and at least a hundred more further out in the water that were likely Californias as well
Barn Owl - juvenile hunting the central meadows, early
Rufous Hummingbird - female, on the south fence hedgerow
Downy Woodpecker - 4, at each end and the middle of the park
Swanson’s Thrush - a couple were whitting
Orange-crowned Warbler - a few
Yellow Warbler - bright female
Black-headed Grosbeak - heard only

For the day, 44 species.
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Scott Ramos
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