[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 31 March 2017

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Mar 31 17:53:38 PDT 2017

As wet as it has been throughout March, it feels like a gift to have such a nice day—in the 40s, mostly clear and calm. The birds seemed to agree as there was lots of activity, on the water and on land. Plenty of singing, nesting and just enjoying the day. And, a couple of new arrivals, though we missed the sporadic visits of Say’s Phoebe. With Sharon, Pam and Patty.

Canada Goose - normal assortment with a pair nesting in one of the culverts in the Entrance Pond as they do every year
https://youtu.be/6XzwZPNDFN8 <https://youtu.be/6XzwZPNDFN8>
Trumpeter/Tundra Swan - Sharon got us on a long string of swans flying north, high above the park, glistening in the morning sun
Eurasian Wigeon - male continues, Crescent Pond
Hooded Merganser - female; the one entangled in the netting was seen yesterday, still coping
Red-breasted Merganser - half a dozen out from the swim beach
California Quail - at least 4 scurried over a cleared area on Kite Hill into the blackberries
Pied-billed Grebe - several, including one struggling to down a fairly large gunnel
Grebes - 5 species! a Red-necked and an Eared were each seen a bit into the lake near the swim platform
Osprey - first of year, perched at the NOAA nest platform
Cooper’s Hawk - a couple of immatures, different parts of the park
Bald Eagle - adult and immature perched in firs at south lake shore
Red-tailed Hawk - adult circling high
Virginia Rail - grunting from the wetlands
Barn Owl - one by nest box, another in the meadows
Anna’s Hummingbird - many, two nests with babies getting near to fledging
https://youtu.be/O02WB4X-Beg <https://youtu.be/O02WB4X-Beg>
Belted Kingfisher - active along the water front, FOY
Bushtit - several pairs, some feeding, some nest building
Red-breasted Nuthatch - several; one appeared to be excavating a nest hole
https://youtu.be/paiEfM2SDNA <https://youtu.be/paiEfM2SDNA>
Brown Creeper - a pair foraging on Promontory Point, FOY
Cedar Waxwing - a couple, flycatching at Promontory Pond
Yellow-rumped Warbler - half a dozen each Myrtle and Audubon’s, plus one intergrade
Savannah Sparrow - they’re back, in good numbers; FOY

For the day, 67 species. With OSPR, BEKI, BRCR, SAVS new, 83 species on the year.
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35590602 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35590602>
Scott Ramos

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