[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 28 October 2016

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Oct 28 21:48:54 PDT 2016

Lots of avian activity today, from before dawn until after mid-day, from cool and drizzly dark to sun shades needed, shirt sleeve weather. Once again, the abundant crop of Madrona berries provided a great attraction, particularly on Promontory Point. Many notables today.

Western Grebe - we counted over 70; the calm waters allowed a distant view of the large flock toward Kirkland
Sharp-shinned Hawk - adult made a brief strafing run across the west meadow, then perched for a nice look; first of year
Red-tailed Hawk - an adult flew down from a utility pole, pounced on a small rodent which it took up to a snag to consume
Virginia Rail - several grunting, early
Wilson’s Snipe - several calling around the meadows; first of fall
Eurasian Collared-Dove - flew over Promontory Point
Band-tailed Pigeon - at least a couple, partaking in the Madrona berry feast:
https://youtu.be/WAInZsHvzWg <https://youtu.be/WAInZsHvzWg>
Barn Owl - hunting Central Meadow early
Red-breasted Sapsucker - first in a couple of years
Kinglets - both species were everywhere
https://youtu.be/LwqtqaGMsb0 <https://youtu.be/LwqtqaGMsb0>
Cedar Waxwing - dozens; early, groups were flycatching; later, they were feeding on Madrona berries with the throngs
Warblers - a few Yellow-rumps (Myrtle and Audubon’s) and a female Townsend’s
White-throated Sparrow - may be a continuing bird; this one was feeding on apples near the fins sculpture
https://youtu.be/e3jCGdECWUw <https://youtu.be/e3jCGdECWUw>

For the day, 59 species; with SSHA and RBSA new, 133 species for the year.
Checklists: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32269959 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32269959>
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32269944 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32269944>
Scott Ramos

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