[Tweeters] Pine siskins

Rick Tyler rhtyler at gmail.com
Thu May 25 10:59:55 PDT 2017


I don't get the dozens of siskins others have reported, but I did get 1-15
at a time last year. This year, I've rarely seen more than five at a time,
but have regularly had 2-4. Right now, there is a pair feeding fledglings
around the feeders.

Everything else seems normal: recently-fledged towhees, juncos, and song
sparrows, plus plenty of the usual suspects: chestnut-backed & black-capped
chickadees, Steller's jays (probably a nesting pair, but I haven't seen
young), crows, band-tailed pigeons (more than last two years),
hummingbirds, kinglets, robins and Swainson's thrushes. Several times have
seen Vaux's swifts overhead, too, although, strangely, no swallows.

Saw a black swift flying fast and hard westbound over the Redmond Retention
Ponds this morning. I wouldn't look for it there, though. It's probably
already in Japan.

Reporting from Union Hill in Redmond,

Rick Tyler

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Diann MacRae <tvulture at gmx.com> wrote:

> Dennis and Tweets,


> I have had a couple pine siskins through the late winter but that's about

> it. No flocks.


> It is pretty forested here but have heard no tanagers, olive-sided

> flycatchers or Swainson's thrush yet. Lots of black-headed grosbeaks and

> 1-2 purple finches.


> Cheers, Diann




> Diann MacRae

> Olympic Vulture Study

> 22622 - 53rd Avenue S.E.

> Bothell, WA 98021

> tvulture at gmx.com


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