[Tweeters] RE: Tweeters Digest, Vol 160, Issue 4 Two Short-eared Owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually

Steve Krival stevekrival at live.com
Tue Dec 5 13:02:07 PST 2017

I wonder if other locations in the area are seeing more SEOW (at least in the subjective sense) than in prior years, and might that be related to the recent changes in habitat along Eide Rd near Standwood, where there seems to be a drop off in SEOW numbers (again no objective measures; just subjective observations)? I have not been following tweeters on a daily basis, but there was a birder who posted photographs of a SEOW interacting with crows at the Montlake Fill on UW Campus in Seattle about a month ago. I can't remember ever having seen a SEOW there, but perhaps they are occasional visitors. Last week I met a photographer who said he has seen just one SEOW at Eide Rd, and speculated that the new management plan, which includes a lack of corn being planted in drier sections of the marsh, might have been a casual factor in the decline of SEOWs there so far this year - corn being an attractant and cover for rodent prey. It is an interesting issue made more complex by the fact that all three areas - Edie Rd., Montlake Fill and Nisqually, have undergone recent, major changes in habitat management, which are still to be completed, and it remains an open question as to what the effects might be on wintering SEOWs in each location. The situation seems to be beg for a well-designed study.

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Today's Topics:

1. Green morph Pine Siskin at Seattle?s Martha Washington Park
(Jeffrey Bryant)
2. Snowy Owls In Michigan (ray holden)
3. Coopers Hawk with blue disc on back or shoulder
(Ethan Whitney Smith)
4. Two Short-eared Owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually NWR Sunday
morning (T Varela)
5. XMAS bird count for Eastside Audubon (Megan Lyden)
6. Seattle Harris's Sparrow (pan)
7. Salmonella (mark girling)
8. Glaucous Gull (Dan McDougall-Treacy)


Message: 1
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2017 12:10:24 -0800
From: Jeffrey Bryant <jbryant_68 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Green morph Pine Siskin at Seattle?s Martha
Washington Park
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After checking the status of the Harris??? Sparrow this morning (still there,) I saw a flock of siskins fly into a tall maple just up Holly St. one was quite obviously different. When flock obligingly flew down to roost in a (much shorter) cherry tree above the driveway of 5545, joining several goldfinches and House Finches, I got much better looks. Back, rump, breast and sides a greenish yellow under the brown streaks. Brown cap and dark eyeline, but brow and cheek yellow. Never got a look at undertail to absolutely rule out even more exciting Eurasian Siskin, so...
This area has been very finchy of late, with all the aforementioned plus Purple Finches and a roving gang of crossbills. Another treat was a slate-colored junco today in the vicinity of the siskins.

Jeff Bryant
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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2017 21:59:58 +0000 (UTC)
From: ray holden <rayleeholden at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Snowy Owls In Michigan
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Here's an interesting article filed from Detroit in the USA Today about a large flock of Snowys in upper Michigan. Lots of details about their habits and history of migratory outbreaks.?? Plus pictures.??
Snowy owl mass migration blanketing parts of Michigan in feathery white




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Snowy owl mass migration blanketing parts of Michigan in feathery white

A large flock of migrating snowy owls has made its way into Michigan, with numbers unlike anything seen in some ...



Ray Holden
Olympia, WA

Life is for the birds. ??
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Date: Sun, 03 Dec 2017 23:17:06 +0000
From: Ethan Whitney Smith <ethanwhitneysmith at gmail.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Coopers Hawk with blue disc on back or shoulder
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Got a brief look at a Coopers Hawk in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle.
The hawk has what appears to be a blue disc maybe 1 and 1/2 inches across
with 911 printed on it attached to its shoulder, neck, or back. When I saw
it it was in its left shoulder. I could not tell how it is attached to the
bird. Anyone have any ideas?

Ethan Smith
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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:39:23 -0800
From: T Varela <tvarela at hotmail.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Two Short-eared Owls at Billy Frank Jr./Nisqually
NWR Sunday morning
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First time in the many years I???ve been visiting this refuge that I???ve seen two Short-Eared Owls at the same time. They were putting on a great show near the dike trail, interacting with up to four Northern Harriers. Also got a glimpse of an adult Great Horned Owl, there were two Peregrines perched on the same snag. And on a tree near the river I spotted three mixed age Bald Eagles and a Red-Tailed Hawk perched in the canopy. Great stuff.


Tony Varela
South Puget Sound, WA
tvarela at hotmail dot com


Message: 5
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 02:41:54 +0000
From: Megan Lyden <meganlyden at msn.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] XMAS bird count for Eastside Audubon
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Hi Tweeters,

We could use a few people for my team for the XMAS bird count for Eastside Audubon. We basically hit a lot of Bellevue's "pocket parks" many of which are along Lake Sammamish; there is some walking involved. We will stop at Crossroads Shopping Center for lunch. We will finish somewhere between 3 and 4 PM.

To look at the route and read the driving directions: https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Feastsideaudubon.org%2Fconservation%2Fcitizen-science%2Fchristmas-bird-count-1%2FCBC-teams&data=02%7C01%7Cstevekrival%40live.com%7C3e113f82c36b4bc6bdad08d53b525002%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636480147069692067&sdata=qiS%2F83sTkoHd1wRkoGciaMxg3DExAA8NLKJW8A95%2ByM%3D&reserved=0

Let me know by email if you are interested.

Megan Lyden
Bellevue, WA
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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 04:03:43 +0100 (CET)
From: pan <panmail at mailfence.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Seattle Harris's Sparrow
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While others reported seeing it again, another birder and I failed to find Harris's Sparrow at Seattle's Martha Washington Park between 1:30 and 3:30 this afternoon. I did study a flock of about 15 Golden-crowned Sparrows (and Fox, towhee).

3 December, 2017,

Alan Grenon

recommended viewing: "Jane"


Message: 7
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:36:13 +0000 (UTC)
From: mark girling <markgirling at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Salmonella
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I noticed I had a House Finch at my feeder the other day with one eye. A good friend Nadine Drisseq by trade is a biologist and alerted me to some diseases birds are picking up from feeders. So I found a small approx 5gal garbage can. Cleaned it out and filled with water and added bleach. Like a sanitizing solution beer brewers for their equipment. My feeders are now on a sanitizing schedule. Whilst one is feeding the other is having an overnight soak. Then I hose it off thoroughly and allow to dry. Then fill and hang. And then removing the loose seed from the next feeder and hosing it off before putting it in the sanitizer for the night. I hope this makes others see how quick and easy it is and perhaps keep the disease down to a minimum.Mark GirlingThe Birding BritWoodridge.

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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2017 11:32:16 -0800
From: Dan McDougall-Treacy <danmcdt at gmail.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Glaucous Gull
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The first winter Glaucous Gull continues to enjoy life (and the remains of
the salmon run) at the Carkeek Park beach, near the stream outlet.

Dan (bad hombre) MT

Dan McDougall-Treacy
Seattle, WA
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