[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 17 August 2018

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Sat Aug 18 04:47:08 PDT 2018

The onshore flow had blown away the smoke and dropped the temperatures, making for a pleasant day; can’t remember the last time starting out in the mid-50s for an August outing. But birding activity did seem somewhat subdued, at least at the start. Of course, this is August, the doldrums before the Fall migration starts. Some comments:

Pied-billed Grebe - a few adults in the different ponds; with the wildly fluctuating water levels in the main ponds, nesting has been a disaster for the grebes, compared to last year
Rufous Hummingbird - one bird; usually, they have gone by now
Caspian Tern - a few, one carrying a fish southbound out of the park
Loon - an un-IDed bird, flying high over the lake
Green Heron - continues, flying between the ponds
Barn Owl - 3 or 4. One juvenile hissing while perched on CC box. Second juvenile flew in, hissing, dislodging the first which flew off to the trees. 20 minutes later, one of juveniles again hissing from perch on box, then hissing got louder and more excited as adult flew in. Both flew over to another roof edge where adult handed off food to young. Adult flew back to meadows and juvenile then flew over to trees W of building to eat. After another 20 minutes, an adult flew in with rat to deliver but juveniles were not there to receive so adult flew to trees by road. A few minutes later it flew over to firs on 62nd with partially eaten prey and perched in the nest box there, visible in ‘front porch’.
Pileated Woodpecker - we only get rare visits so this was a nice surprise
Pacific Slope Flycatcher - we think they may have bred at the park this year
Bushtit - lots; in one mixed flock on Promontory Point, one bird was working its way across the top of the trees where a Cedar Waxwing was quietly perched. The Bushtit actually looked like it was wanting to peck at the feet of the Waxwing who just calmly lifted its foot and the Bushtit moved away. Reminded me of a bored teenager letting the toddlers play underfoot.
Townsend’s Warbler - a bright male on the Point, same flock as the Bushtits; first in a while

For the day 39 species.
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Scott Ramos

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