[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 8-17-2017

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Aug 17 20:37:18 PDT 2017


A bit cloudy, and mild temps today (mid-upper 60's with little or no wind), and the 16 of us (including two from New Jersey) had a pleasant walk around the outskirts of the JBLM Eagles Pride Golf Course. Highlights include a pair of PIED-BILLED GREBES at Hodge Lake with 5 very young (small, striped) chicks, one of which kept hitching a ride on one of the adult's back. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, also at Hodge Lake, was the first sighting of this species on our walk here this year (!). One of the largest flocks of BUSHTITS we've seen was notable for the number of birds (30, at least, by several folks' count), but also by where they were feeding: 30-50-ft up in Douglas-firs. Both BLACK-CAPPED and CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES were seen in higher-than-usual numbers (50/25), most likely because of family groupings. The four DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were the first larger grouping this year. Noteworthy: NO crows seen or heard this trip.

The only mammal we tallied were two Douglas squirrels.

The JBLM Eagles Pride GC birders meet the third Thursday of each month at 8:00AM. Starting point is Bldg # 1514, Driving Range Tee, Eagles Pride Golf Course, I-5 Exit 116, Mounts Road Exit. Upcoming walks include the following:

• September 21

• October 19

• November 16

Anyone is welcome to join us!

32 species

Pied-billed Grebe 7 At Hodge Lake - the young were very small, and striped. Assume male/female adults.

Double-crested Cormorant 4

Band-tailed Pigeon 1

Mourning Dove 2

Anna's Hummingbird 2

hummingbird sp. 1 Too backlit and darted by us quickly for positive ID

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 5

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 At Hodge Lake

Western Wood-Pewee 3

Steller's Jay 3

California Scrub-Jay 1

Purple Martin 3

Barn Swallow 65

Black-capped Chickadee 50

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 25

Bushtit 30 Foraging 30-50 ft up in Doduglas-firs

Red-breasted Nuthatch 9

American Robin 60

European Starling 21

Cedar Waxwing 7

MacGillivray's Warbler 1 At power-line cut-through

Yellow-rumped Warbler 5

Black-throated Gray Warbler 2

Dark-eyed Junco 9

White-crowned Sparrow 5

Song Sparrow 6

Spotted Towhee 5

Western Tanager 4

Brown-headed Cowbird 2

House Finch 10

Pine Siskin 17

American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38694407

May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis

avnacrs4birds at outlook.com

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