[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 20 April 2018

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Fri Apr 20 15:28:57 PDT 2018

Fabulous day at the park, with just about perfect weather—40s and 50s—and partly cloudy skies. Bird activity was non-stop, with many new arrivals, and many notables.

Cackling Goose - small flock flying high, northbound, over lake
California Quail - a couple in the blackberries by the lake shore; first of year
Cooper’s Hawk - an immature flying at North End; of the pair that look to nest, female was sitting on edge of nest, male holding sentry nearby. Virginia B observed copulation of the pair this morning
Virginia Rail - at least 5 birds!; 2 heard at Frog Pond, 1 in the Connector Ponds, 2 in the Entrance Ponds
Eurasian Collared-Dove - 1 seen a couple of times, north end; first of year
Anna’s Hummingbird - at least 5 active nests, 3 with young, 2 with female sitting
Rufous Hummingbird - at least 2; first of year
Merlin - one streaking northbound over the meadows
Hutton’s Vireo - 1 calling on Promontory Point, another in the Uplands
Bushtit - 3 nests under construction
Hermit Thrush - a couple, calling
Yellow-rumped Warbler - lots!!, mostly Audubon’s, mostly males
Black-throated Gray Warbler - a couple, both male, one singing; first of year
Townsend’s Warbler - one singing
White-crowned Sparrow (gambellii) - singing; moving through
Purple Finch - at least 4, singing ‘cheerio’ song

For the day, 69 species.
Checklist: https://ebird.org/pnw/view/checklist/S44757202 <https://ebird.org/pnw/view/checklist/S44757202>

Also noteworthy, Joe Sweeney found Least Sandpiper and Cassin’s Vireo; Ben Roberts found Cinnamon Teal and Chipping Sparrow.

Scott Ramos

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