[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 5-18-2017 - Hermit Warblers+

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu May 18 18:24:38 PDT 2017


Although it was cool to begin with (44degF), we had no wind and mostly sunny skies as the day warmed up (66degF at the end). The 21 of us enjoyed the stroll around the golf course and had several highlights: EIGHT warbler species, the first of which we identified was a HERMIT WARBLER (two in the same area as last year); many of us saw a Townsend's/Hermit hybrid, which tended more toward the Hermit side of the species equation; EIGHT Bald Eagles, seven of which were in what appeared to be a "kettle" over the 13th hole; a HOUSE WREN nesting inside a street-light fixture near the maintenance shops (seen first last month); excellent views of many BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS; and flyovers of RED CROSSBILLS and of EVENING GROSBEAKS. Missing were adults or young at the Red-tailed Hawk nest at Hodge Lake. We expected to see more swallows at Hodge Lake, but the "housing development" there was getting some structural renovations (stabilizing the poles holding the various nest boxes). Several Violet-green and Tree Swallows were circling the area.

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:

• June 15

• July 20

• August 17

Anyone is welcome to join us!

>From the eBird report (first sighting of year (FOY) appended to this report):

50 species (+2 other taxa)

Mallard 2

Bald Eagle 8

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Band-tailed Pigeon 2

Mourning Dove 2

Anna's Hummingbird 4

Rufous Hummingbird 3

Downy Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 2

Western Wood-Pewee 3 (FOY)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 7

Steller's Jay 3

American/Northwestern Crow 3

Common Raven 1

Tree Swallow 12

Violet-green Swallow 6

Barn Swallow 14

Black-capped Chickadee 6

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5

Bushtit 6

Red-breasted Nuthatch 8

Brown Creeper 2

House Wren 3

Pacific Wren 1

Bewick's Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 5

Swainson's Thrush 5 (FOY)

American Robin 58

European Starling 2

Orange-crowned Warbler 7

MacGillivray's Warbler 3 (FOY)

Common Yellowthroat 5

Yellow Warbler 1 (FOY)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Black-throated Gray Warbler 6 (FOY)

Hermit Warbler 2 (FOY)

Townsend's x Hermit Warbler (hybrid) 1

Wilson's Warbler 9 (FOY)

Chipping Sparrow 2

Dark-eyed Junco 14

White-crowned Sparrow 21

Song Sparrow 22

Spotted Towhee 11

Western Tanager 14

Black-headed Grosbeak 13 (FOY)

Red-winged Blackbird 3

Brown-headed Cowbird 19

Purple Finch 4

Red Crossbill 2

Pine Siskin 1

American Goldfinch 1

Evening Grosbeak 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36968974

May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis
Roy, WA
avnacrs4birds at outlook.com

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