[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 25 November 2017

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Sat Nov 25 17:17:11 PST 2017

A respite between rain systems and lots of action, this time in the north end of the park. Partly because of the all the vacation time dog walkers (and many, amazingly, with leash!), partly because the Robins found the collection of berry producing plants to their liking. There were dozens, if not hundreds, in and around the hawthorns and madrones, accompanied by a few dozen Starlings, plus a Purple Finch and a Varied Thrush. At least one of the robins took time off from the feasting for a little bath time: https://youtu.be/bmXcylsGSj4

The best birds of the day happened early, well hidden, and later, high in the sky. First, I encountered both a Barred and a Barn Owl, both before dawn. Mid-morning, a flock of a few dozen Cackling Geese flew high over the park, southbound. While scoping the lake, a couple dozen Canvasback, flew southward, first approaching the park, then heading out to the middle of the lake, finally landing near the large Western Grebe congregation. Finally, a Pacific Loon flew southward, close enough for good looks—the whole time it was in view, it was flying with its mouth open!

For the day, 54 species.
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40724980 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40724980>
Scott Ramos

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