[Tweeters] Swamp Sparrows in Western Washington
offthehookflyshop at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 15 19:39:30 PST 2018
This has been a crazy year in a lot of aspects. I know of at least two counties whose big year records have been broken this year and the shear number of Swamp Sparrows and Palm Warblers this fall and winter has been unbelievable.
Kitsap County seems to be the only Western Washington Counties without any Swamp Sparrows being seen. There was a Swamp Sparrow that spent last winter on Kitsap Lake but as of yet has not been seen this winter.
The Western half of the state has not been the only half with Swamp Sparrows. I know of several and at least one county first in Walla Walla.
Assembled here is the list of birds either reported on eBird or on Tweeters:
Skamania- November 3 Home Valley Park near StevensonClark- November 6- 24 Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, November 6 Meadowbrook Marsh Park, Cowlitz- November 15 48th Ave in LongviewWahkiakum- November 23 Steamboat Slough Rd near Skamokawa Lewis- December 15 Riverside Golf Course in ChehalisPacific- November 19 Springtown Road near IlwacoThurston- November 24 Chehalis River near Rochester, November 7- 28 Nisqually National Wildlife RefugeGrays Harbor- October 25 Chehalis Wildlife Refuge near SatsopPierce- at least 4 first one showing up on October 25th and the last sighting was November 30thKing- 22 total birds minimum! The first showing up on October 13 at Lake Sammamish State Park and the other on December 12 near Duvall
Snohomish- October 22 at Crescent Lake Wildlife Managemant Area and Snohomish Treatment Ponds on October 29thSkagit- 10 birds! Birds spanning three months and from the coast to the mountains. Whatcom- November 13 Connelly Creek Park in Bellingham, and November 25 on Mack Rd, and November 28 Chuckanut Pocket Estuary November 28- December 1Island- October 20 Dugualla Bay, October 20- November 3 at Deer Lagoon and another one at Iverson Spit on Camano Island on November 25San Juan- December 2 Roche Harbor Rd on San Juan Island Mason- November 16 near SkokomishJefferson- November 17 near LelandClallam- November 23- December 7 near Sequim and 8 in the Neah Bay area
Our pleasure of having a multitude of Sparrows is not restricted to us. Montana, Idaho, and Oregon have all had extremely impressive numbers of the species with one place near Florence, Oregon having at least 10 Swamp Sparrows.
I hope everyone else enjoys looking through this list and hopefully more are seen. It is CBC season so who knows how more could show up then.
Dalton SpencerChehalis, Washington
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