[Tweeters] Fobes Hill (Snohomish Co) House Wren's

Betty bettinab39 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 6 16:30:03 PDT 2017

I am a ways from Snohomish county. I am in Chimacum, Jefferson county. I have a house wren nesting in one of my bird houses!
First time I have had one in the 26 years that I have been here.
Chimacum Wa.

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Subject: [Tweeters] Fobes Hill (Snohomish Co) House Wren's

Hello Tweets,
House Wren has been a pretty uncommon bird in Snohomish county, traditionally. WABirder checklists list it as a 3 (harder to find, usually seen annually) which is its status in most western Washington counties. Typically it is found on the margins of the county in places like Darrington, Stanwood, and in clearcuts around foothills of the cascades. Last year Dave Slager found a singing male on his breeding bird survey route near Fobes road in northeast Snohomish, which at the time seemed like a fairly random, but appreciated, deviation from the norm.

In mid-May of this year after a successful trip to Fobes Rd looking for the first Eastern Kingbirds of the season, I happened upon a singing House Wren a few miles from Dave's sighting last year. Last week I drove the area again and found at least two more singing males.
Dave found another on his BBS route last Saturday, and this morning I found yet another. So as of today there are five singing males on territory in this area. Given that my survey method of driving around slowly with my windows open will only find males that happen to be singing close enough to the road to be heard within a fairly small window, I suspect this may only be a small sample of the birds present. Presumably there are females present as well.

It'll be curious to see if this species maintains or increases its foothold in the next few years,

I also found a couple Lazuli's singing, which seem to be another uncommon species with a fairly good foothold in this area.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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