[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 4 August 2017

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Aug 4 16:46:47 PDT 2017

This is a slow time of year, post-breeding, and with the heat and haze from the BC fires, my expectations were not high. But, the park was surprisingly birdy, with several surprises. Southward movements of passerines have started, not just shorebirds. Last week, the list included Warbling Vireo, Swainson’s Thrush, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager and Bullock’s Oriole. This week, the list was a little different, including Warbling Vireo, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrush, Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warbler. What will next week bring? Some notables:

Common Merganser - pulled out on the swim beach
Short-billed Dowitcher - one was calling near the shore at the north end; first of year
Green Heron - moving around the edges of Promontory Pond; first of year and only my second one at the park, the last in 2013
Cooper’s Hawk - saw two of this year’s brood, now moving about the wetlands, still calling
Merlin - 2 or 3 birds; one bird was chased into NOAA by an Anna’s Hummingbird; a second sighting, of an immature moving from the wetlands toward the lake; and a third sighting of an adult female (Taiga) that flew into the wetlands, resting for a spell before moving on
https://youtu.be/h2kWC_bodAg <https://youtu.be/h2kWC_bodAg>
Willow Flycatcher - still a couple around
Warbling Vireo - calling from the meadows
Swainson’s Thrush - whitting from the meadows, early
Orange-crowned Warbler - chasing one of the WIFL in the wetlands
Wilson’s Warbler - 3 birds in the same area, west of the Entrance Pond; lots of calling, almost continuously

For the day, 47 species; for the year 121 species.
Checklist: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38475317 <https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38475317>
Scott Ramos

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