[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk -4-19-2018 - early arrivals+

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Apr 19 19:35:57 PDT 2018


This gorgeous sunny, blue-sky day was perfect in many ways for this 5th anniversary of the JBLM Eagles Pride GC birdwalk. A cool 38degF warmed quickly to low 60's by 11:30 AM. The 22 of us had excellent views of some early arrivals, as well as some usual suspects. A WARBLING VIREO was seen by many, as was at least one of the three WILSON'S WARBLERS (another was vocalizing). One surprise at the start of our walk was a SAVANNAH SPARROW perched about 30 feet up in an Oregon (Garry) white oak along the 18th fairway across from the driving range. While not early (according to eBird), a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER near the Dupont housing area was a bonus. Swallows included BARN, VIOLET-GREEN, and TREE. (The nest boxes at Hodge Lake are hosting many Tree and Violet-green Swallows.) We had a sighting and many vocalizations from the first PILEATED WOODPECKER recorded in several years. (This bird, (perhaps two?) was coursing around our route for most of the morning.) Although expected, a singing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER gave many of us one of the best views we had of this species -- brilliantly front-lit in a low oak, with the orange "crown" exceptionally striking. And for the second month in a row, a NORTHERN HARRIER perked up all the hawk watchers.

Unfortunately our sponsor for the walk, Dave W., was tied up doing REAL work at the golf course. He would have had a blast with just keeping track of all we saw. Thanks to Jon A for keeping score as we went! And to Russ S for getting the eBird site location and overall eBird tallies sorted.

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:

• May 17

• June 21 (Summer Solstice)

• July 19

Anyone is welcome to join us!

52 species (+8 other taxa)

Mallard (Northern) 4 A pair at Hodge Lake and another pair at the 12th hole pond.

Ring-necked Duck 4 All at Hodge Lake.

Bufflehead 11 Hodge Lake.

Pied-billed Grebe 1 Hodge Lake.

Turkey Vulture 3

Osprey 1

Northern Harrier 1

Bald Eagle 3

Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) 3

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5 This may be a new species for the birdwalk - to be checked.

Band-tailed Pigeon 8

Mourning Dove 2

Anna's Hummingbird 6

Rufous Hummingbird 8

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 Drumming.

Downy Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) 3

Northern Flicker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 1

woodpecker sp. 1 We knew a woodpecker flew by, but no positive ID.

Hutton's Vireo 1 Vocalizing near the Dupont housing area.

Warbling Vireo 1 * Flagged as early. Seen by many; Grey, black line through the eye, whitish supercilium. With Wilson's Warbler also feeding nearby in the road behind Hodge Lake.

Steller's Jay (Coastal) 9

California Scrub-Jay 2

American/Northwestern Crow 12

Common Raven 2

Tree Swallow 6 All of these were at or near the nestboxes at Hodge Lake.

Violet-green Swallow 15 Several near the driving range, and most of the rest at the nestboxes at Hodge Lake.

Barn Swallow 7

Black-capped Chickadee 14

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 24

Bushtit (Pacific) 8 One nest being built near the 12th hole pond.

Red-breasted Nuthatch 8

Brown Creeper 6

Pacific Wren 11

Bewick's Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 18

American Robin 36

Varied Thrush 1

European Starling 4

Orange-crowned Warbler 10

Orange-crowned Warbler (lutescens) 2

Common Yellowthroat 4

Yellow-rumped Warbler 18

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 6

Black-throated Gray Warbler 1

Wilson's Warbler 3 *Flagged as early. 2 Males seen, yellow with black cap; one vocalizing

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 9

White-crowned Sparrow 4

White-crowned Sparrow (pugetensis) 18

Savannah Sparrow 1 30 feet up in a Garry Oak along the 18th fairway across from the driving range.

Song Sparrow 26

Spotted Towhee 4

Spotted Towhee (oregonus Group) 3

Red-winged Blackbird 9

Brown-headed Cowbird 6

Purple Finch 3

Pine Siskin 42

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44738472

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis

avnacrs4birds at outlook.com

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