[Tweeters] 2 Dusky Flycatchers, and a Brewer's Sparrow!
josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 18:49:03 PDT 2017
Yesterday afternoon I heard a very suspicious whit call at Ellis Pond on Mercer Island that immediately recalled Dusky Flycatcher. However, I lost track of the bird in the rain. Today I went back to investigate, and was stunned to hear whit calls coming from two opposite directions! Though my audio recordings fell through, I managed to get good visuals and a couple bad photos of one. Finding 3 Duskies in King County in one week -- not bad!! This is also my second year in a row finding a Dusky at Ellis Pond, so it is certainly an attractive park for the species I would say!
I then headed straight to Lake Sammamish State Park for a Brewer's Sparrow freshly found by Josh Rudolph. The sparrow was hopping around some tree root balls at the west end of the main, central (AKA east swimming) beach in the park. I got a nice shot when the sparrow perched up briefly. The crane, unfortunately, flew in after I left -- you can't get everything!
It has shaped up to be an incredible spring for east-side migrants in western Washington. Loggerhead Shrike, Nashville Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow, Dusky Flycatcher... the list goes on! And migration still has weeks to go... what will you find out there?
Good birding, Joshua Glant
Mercer Island, WA
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