[Tweeters] Battle Ground, Clark County yard birding fun

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 16:49:09 PDT 2016

Hi Tweeters,

The overcast sky which followed a clear night seems to be the best weather
conditions to create lots of migrant activity in my Battle Ground, Clark
County yard. Since the overcast didn't clear until just before 1pm, the
flock was active longer and allowed for great viewing. Today's highlight
was the Red-eyed Vireo which first showed up on Monday.

Western Wood-Pewee: 2
Willow Flycatcher: 4
Pacific-slope Flycatcher: 1
Swainson's Thrush: 1 (plus others heard)
Warbling Vireo: 5
Wilson's Warbler: 2
Orange-crowned Warbler: 2
Yellow Warbler: 3
Black-throated Gray Warbler: 5
Common Yellowthroat: 1
Black-headed Grosbeak: 1
Western Tanager: 2
Lesser Goldfinch: 3 (not necessarily a migrant but nice to see!)
Pine Siskin: 4

Additionally, the flock of Cedar Waxwings has grown to about 45. Loads of
Vaux's Swifts and mixed Violet-Green, Barn, and Cliff Swallows overhead.

I am very lucky to have a neighbor who planted several maple trees in his
yard and installed a sprinkler system that sputters water every morning.
The water makes his maples quite wet and the waxwings, warblers, and vireos
immediately come in and drink and bathe in the water on the maple leaves.
Additionally, the bushes on the edge of my very small yard are full of
berries so the waxwings and thrushes and, to a lesser extent, the vireos
and flycatchers are eating lots of berries. One of the bushes (which has
grown from barely a twig when I moved here 11 years ago to formidable
vegetation) just beyond my property line must be an insect breeding factory
because the swallows and swifts are flying fairly low over that bush most

Don't know what the next mornings will bring since the forecast is for no
overcast until next Tuesday.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward except when looking up into a baking sun.

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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