[Tweeters] Re: Tweeters Digest, Vol 160, Issue 9

Cathy Scott catsatbow at gmail.com
Sat Dec 9 12:12:32 PST 2017


Looking for who to send dead birds to be tested to. More than 3 die-off
(probably 30-40 Anna's). Not window strikes or dirty feeders (I'm
educated). Skagit County Health Dept. website refers to Fish & Wildlife
phone number that is no longer monitored. I called county and they refuse
to help - says isn't their responsibility and they didn't seem to care that
their phone number wasn't good. I have 2 in the freezer. I've looked on US
Fish & Wildlife and sent them an email; sent local audobon an email, etc.
Just looking for a definite contact.


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> 1. Red Crossbills around Blaine WA (Eric Ellingson)

> 2. RFI Western Screech Owl Nest Boxes (Eric Carlson)

> 3. Samish Flats Falco (B B)

> 4. Skagit Blue Jay (Charles Desilets)

> 5. Rockpipers at Ocean Shores (Kenneth Trease)

> 6. Magnuson Park, 8 December 2017 (Scott Ramos)

> 7. RFI from the Netherlands: winter birds in WA

> (Roland van der Vliet)

> 8. Skagit Gyrfalcon (GYRF) (Tom Mansfield)

> 9. Skagit Gyrfalcon (Tom Mansfield)

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> Message: 1

> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 20:03:07 +0000

> From: Eric Ellingson <abriteway at hotmail.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Red Crossbills around Blaine WA

> To: Whatcom Bird List <whatcombirds at lists.wwu.edu>, tweeters

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> It seems to be a good year for crossbills.

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> A bird I seldom get to see I've found in three different locations in the

> last month (Semiahmoo Spit, Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve and now five at

> my home in Blaine.

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> I was under the impression the feed mostly on Spruce cones. I've been

> checking some of the heavily coned Spruce nearby the past few weeks with no

> sightings of them. Where I have found them is in Pine, Alder, and Western

> Cedar foraging.

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> https://flic.kr/p/EanXqs

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> [cid:2f52cba2-94ca-4444-a9fe-9fb764ffc1c9]Red Crossbill<https://flic.kr/p/

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> Morning light. A flock of five, three male, two female feeding high in a

> cedar tree, briefly came down lower to pose.

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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericellingson/25047689438/>

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> Message: 2

> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 22:09:24 +0000 (UTC)

> From: Eric Carlson <ericallencarlson at yahoo.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] RFI Western Screech Owl Nest Boxes

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> Hello Fellow Birders-

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> I am interested in hearing from anyone who has had success with nest

> boxes for W. Screech Owls. I have had good success attracting Eastern

> Screech Owls (using nest boxes back East), but only for roosting during the

> day. According to Birdweb, W. Screech Owls are listed as a species of

> concern ( Red List) by Audubon and American Bird Conservancy and I'm also

> curious to what factors might be involved in their decline. I suspect loss

> of appropriate nest sites (especially in urban and suburban areas) i.e.

> lack of snags. Additionally, I have heard mention that Barred Owls are

> preying on them...

>

> In my personal experience, nest boxes should be pole mounted with a

> squirrel guard, otherwise you will attract squirrels. Also, nest boxes

> should have about 4" of wood shavings in the bottom. In the meantime, my W.

> Seattle Screech Owl box is being used as a nighttime roost for a Flicker,

> so I put up another box.

>

> Thanks for any information you have to share.

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> Cheers,

> Eric Carlson

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> Message: 3

> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 23:08:32 +0000 (UTC)

> From: B B <birder4184 at yahoo.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Samish Flats Falco

> To: "tweeters at uw.edu" <tweeters at uw.edu>

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> Steve and Connie Pink and I birded the Samish flats this afternoon quite

> thoroughly after the fog lifted. We had dozens of Bald Eagles, 20+ Red

> Tails, 6+ Rough Legged Hawks, 10+ Northern Harriers, 6 Short Eared Owls and

> more than a dozen falcons. Sadly no Gyrfalcon in spite of diligent

> searching but we had a Merlin in Edison, at least 4 Peregrines, maybe as

> many as 8 Kestrels and a Prairie Falcon perhaps 3/8 of a mile south of

> Sullivan Road viewed from Bayview Edison Road. Also some mighty fine

> pastries at the Breadfarm.

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> Message: 4

> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:45:11 -0800

> From: "Charles Desilets" <csdesilets at comcast.net>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Blue Jay

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> Previously reported Blue Jay relocated 12/8 at 11:30 under feeder on

> private property in vicinity of towns of Bow & Edison. Exact location not

> detailed at behest of property owner.

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> Charles Desilets

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> Mukilteo

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> Message: 5

> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 20:34:17 -0800

> From: Kenneth Trease <krtrease at gmail.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Rockpipers at Ocean Shores

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> Today at about 11:00 AM there were good numbers of Rock Sandpipers,

> Surfbirds, and Black Turnstones feeding in the rocks at the Point Brown

> jetty in Ocean Shores. It was a very nice day with sun and a stiff breeze

> blowing out to sea. Photos on my eBird checklist or at

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> Message: 6

> Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 21:43:50 -0800

> From: Scott Ramos <lsr at ramoslink.info>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 8 December 2017

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> Now that most wetlands ponds are full of water, there should be wintering

> duck action. Not. Particularly now that all but Promontory Pond are frozen,

> hardly any water birds were in the mitigation habitat. But, there were

> plenty on the lake. Scaup are back in increasing numbers, but grebes are

> hard to come by. Except for Western.

>

> It was an interesting day because of the frozen ground: less than 30 F to

> start, clear and just a slight breeze, then warming up to 40. The warm-up

> took its time though and the passerine activity seemed quite delayed. Some

> notables:

>

> Eurasian Wigeon - back for the winter, presumably, with the 100+ American

> Wigeon flock

> Canvasback - one male hanging out with the scaup (most of them are at the

> north end of the lake)

> Western Grebe - “exact” count of 485 birds, all but 20 or so in the

> typical large raft in the middle of the lake

> Sharp-shinned Hawk - adult male on Kite hill

> Cooper’s Hawk - immature female in the wetlands

> Herring Gull - one on the swim platform with the other 4 species

> Belted Kingfisher - as it has been doing all fall, flew out of its night

> roost in the meadows before dawn

> Northern Shrike - south fence line, eventually chased off by a pair of

> Anna’s; first of year—its been 4 years since I have seen one in the park!

> American Robin - tons! today’s feasting was mostly on pyracantha berries

> plus some ground feeding:

> https://youtu.be/8W-K2_ze6iw

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> For the day, 57 species.

> Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40977255 <

> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40977255>

> Scott Ramos

> Seattle

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> Message: 7

> Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2017 14:09:06 +0000 (UTC)

> From: Roland van der Vliet <rollie_nl at yahoo.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] RFI from the Netherlands: winter birds in WA

> To: "Tweeters at u.washington.edu" <Tweeters at u.washington.edu>

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> Tweeters,I will be visiting my family in Washington state again (after a

> previous visit in July-August 2016). They now live in Spanaway, south of

> Tacoma, and we will be visiting for X-mas (between 20 and 27 December).

> As a birder there are still several species that I would very much like to

> see. Last time, I received a lot of info on how and where I could find info

> on the web and also info on the 'Where to watch' book (that is now also on

> the web). So, I am now only soliciting for very recent info on the

> wintering specialities of WA state in the Tacoma area east to the Cascades

> (east of the Cascades is not doable this time unfortunately). So does

> anyone have recent info where, between Seattle, Olympia and the Cascades,

> it is possible to find:- Rusty Blackbird. I am aware of the Nisqually

> record earlier this autumn but it seems to have gone. I also read about a

> record east of the Cascades but that is really too far away. Any other

> birds around?- Ancient Murrelet. Until mid November regularly reported off

> Dash Point, but there are no recent reports on ebird or tweeters. Are they

> still around?- Northern Shrike. The bird at Nisqually seems to be

> infrequently seen (or reported?). What are its!

> regular spots? I read the North Dike but I cannot find this location on

> the Nisqually map: is this the Estuary Trail? Are there perhaps other

> reliable sites where it perhaps has not been reported as it has not been

> looked for (yet)? Like the restricted areas of Joint Base Lewis-McChord?

> Would the authorities allow me access to this site as a foreigner?-

> Northern Saw-whet Owl: the bird(s) in Nisqually have not been reported this

> month. Are they still being seen?- grouse (Sooty), other owls (Northern

> Pygmy, Western Screech), woodpeckers (Am. Three-toed) and rosy-finch: which

> trails at Paradise (Mt. rainier) would be best during winter to try for

> these? Or indeed elsewhere around Tacoma?

>

> A lot of questions (again, like last time). If you do not want to share

> info publicly, please respond in private.I hope you will be as helpful as

> last time!All the best, Roland van der Vliet, the Netherlands

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> Message: 8

> Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:07:43 +0000

> From: Tom Mansfield <birds at t-mansfield.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon (GYRF)

> To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

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> As of the time of this post (11:05 on Sat) the juvenile GYRF is sitting on

> a pole watching ducks in the first slough on Bayview Edison Rd just north

> of the highway to Anacortes. Tom Mansfield watching

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> Message: 9

> Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:38:41 +0000

> From: Tom Mansfield <birds at t-mansfield.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Skagit Gyrfalcon

> To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

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> Just flew west over dike toward Padilla Bay.

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> Tom Mansfield moving on

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