[Tweeters] Townsend's Solitaire continues on Phinney Ridge in Seattle

Allison Reak areak823 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 29 17:40:35 PST 2018


I saw an unusually pale-colored female robin--or so I thought--with a
striking white eye-ring and a cream and light tan coloring of the breast and
side and a dark beak. It was so odd that I grabbed my bins to look at it.
Even odder was that it didn't move from its perch for several minutes while
its American Robin companions flew in and out of the shrub to use the bird
bath. After reading Brad Liljequist's post and looking at photos, I now
wonder if I saw a Townsend's Solitaire. (I live just west of Phinney Ridge
and Seattle is in their winter range, so it wouldn't be unusual to see one,
although I never have.)

Cornell's webpage says Townsend's Solitaire feeds almost exclusively on
juniper berries, so is Brad's Pyracantha berry-eating bird actually a
Townsend's Solitaire? Is the western Townsend's Solitaire diet more varied
than the eastern? Or is it the pale female robin that I saw? Any thoughts?

Allison Reak

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Today's Topics:

1. Deja Vu All Over Again (Jeff Gibson)
2. Douglas County Snowy Owl (merdave at homenetnw.net)
3. How old is birding??? (mary hrudkaj)
4. Townsend's Solitaire continues on Phinney Ridge (BRAD Liljequist)
5. Re: How old is birding??? (Gary Bletsch)
6. Madagascar pochard: World's rarest bird gets new home - BBC
News (Dan Reiff, PhD)
7. Okanogan Day 3 - Winding down (Jon Houghton)
8. Wahkiakum Lesser Goldfinch (Dalton Spencer)
9. Missing Digest (Linda Phillips)


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Message: 1
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 13:30:06 -0800
From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign15 at gmail.com>
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] Deja Vu All Over Again
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Well, it's a new year and I've enjoyed the first week of it up till now.
While at times calm, then exciting with high tides and wind, the weather
has now settled down into a classic hypothermia scenario here in Port
Townsend: 40 degree rain with a 34 degree windchill. The skies, typically
alive with gliding gulls, eagles, and whatnot, even on the windy days, are
currently empty. (oop, there goes one gull). The feeder activity way down.
Two Bushtit's are hunkering down in a dry part of the wisteria, just
outside my window.

First week? Well, I begin my New Year on the day after Solstice, the Winter
Solstice being an actual astronomical event marking the longer days to
come. It's much quieter than those artificial human New Year's when alot of
folks are either getting drunk and/or blowing things up.

December 24th was one of those calm days between storms, so I snooped
around Fort Worden. First I examined the woods along the trailer
campground. The last of the fall winds finally pushed all of the Red Alder
leaves off, exposing the bare trunks and branches - architecture that
supports a subdued rosy haze of new catkins - my favorite aspect of this
tree. Deja vu all over again.

The understory was alive with various small birds; both kinglet's , brown
creeper's, lot's of junco's, and a towhee, While salmonberry retained a bit
of fall color, most of it had gone to it's warm brown twigs. Snowberry
white and rosehip red added some color.Indian Plum was ready to go - new
buds bursting - along with new Hazel catkins.

Out on the beach, lots of new sand and driftwood. ( I was out there a day
or two later, at hightide and high wind, the waves full of debris, and my
face getting washed with salt spray - it was tricky standing up). Several
years ago a storm blew a gap through the dunes out by the light house,
killing the Shore Pine's with salt water and/or smothering the roots with
sand. The latest storms have also washed through - kelp bit's back in the
roses.

Saw another big male Sea Lion out at the point - good view of lots of big
teeth. Curious, I later googled up skull comparisons of Sea, and Land,
lions and found them quite similar - the big kitty a bit more extreme in
the dental department, but not by much.

It was calm, so I could see birds fairly well, including Guillemot's in
their winter underwear, a Brandt's Cormorant, and a dense group of 9
Harlequin Ducks, mostly males, diving off the point. Nice.

Jeff Gibson
Deja vu-ing in
Port Townsend Wa

Back at the ranch saw numerous Butterbutts (aka Yellow-rumped Warblers)
flycatching in the hedgerow - there's been a lot of 'em lately.
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Message: 2
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:28:18 -0800 (PST)
From: merdave at homenetnw.net
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] Douglas County Snowy Owl
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Before it started to snow a friend and I went to look for Sharp-tailed
Grouse, but with no luck we went to H Rd., east of Mansfield. Going north
on H we had just passed Rd. 15 when we saw a Snowy Owl sitting on the
ground, on the east side of H Rd. First of the season. Meredith
Spencer, Bridgeport



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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 22:49:02 +0000
From: mary hrudkaj <mch1096 at hotmail.com>
To: Tweeters Tweeters Bird Chat <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] How old is birding???
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I, like many, have always thought birding was a hobby from only the past
century or so. Unless you were an ornithologist. Today, while reading
Dante's 'The Purgatory' I found out birding is much older. The first lines
of Canto XXIII (23 for the non-Roman numeral crowd) go "The while among the
verdant leaves mine eyes I riveted, as he is wont to do who wastes his life
pursuing little birds, My more than Father said unto me: "Son, come now;
because the time that is ordained us more usefully should be apportioned
out."".

I supposed birding then was more of riveting ones eyes on verdant leaves of
trees or shrubbery (fetch me a shrubbery). Maybe that time was the birth of
both ornithology and the phrase 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the
bush'. At least for looking at anyway.

May all your birds be easy to identify in the coming new year. May you be
able to apportion out as much time birding as you wish.

Mary Hrudkaj
Belfair/Tahuya


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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 23:16:37 +0000
From: BRAD Liljequist <bradliljequist at msn.com>
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Subject: [Tweeters] Townsend's Solitaire continues on Phinney Ridge
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Pulling up our driveway just now, a Townsend's Solitaire (likely the one I
reported a couple weeks ago) was happily eating Pyracantha berries...we just
watched it for 20 minutes or so. I have not good iphone photos if anyone
would like them.

Brad Liljequist
Phinney Ridge, Seattle
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Message: 5
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 23:59:44 +0000 (UTC)
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com>
To: mary hrudkaj <mch1096 at hotmail.com>, Gary Bletsch
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Dear Mary and Tweeters,
Good for you, Mary, for noticing that bit from Dante. I stumbled on it
myself a few years ago, and thought it would be a nifty tag to append to my
e-mails. I liked it so much that I copied and pasted the original Italian
text, complete with obsolete diacritical marks over some of the letters. Now
all of my outgoing e-mails bore a crypto-birding message as a sign-off!
Secret decoder rings were needed.
I was able to enjoy the use of Dante's words for only a short time, however.
After sending a few messages to Tweeters, I began to get exasperated
responses from Tweeters whose computers had been zonked into cyber-oblivion!
There was something in those diacritical marks that threw a spanner in the
works. I ditched Dante, switching to Eichendorff for a while, before giving
up altogether on having cute little bird-related messages at the end of all
my e-mails!
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch

From: mary hrudkaj <mch1096 at hotmail.com>
To: Tweeters Tweeters Bird Chat <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 2:49 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] How old is birding???

#yiv0087847231 P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}I, like many, have always
thought birding was a hobby from only the past century or so.? Unless you
were an ornithologist.? Today, while reading Dante's 'The Purgatory' I found
out birding is much older.? The first lines of Canto XXIII (23 for the
non-Roman numeral crowd) go "The while among the verdant leaves mine eyes I
riveted, as he is wont to do who wastes his life pursuing little birds, My
more than Father said unto me: "Son, come now; because the time that is
ordained us more usefully should be apportioned out."".?
I supposed birding then was more of riveting ones eyes on verdant leaves of
trees or shrubbery (fetch me a shrubbery).? Maybe that time was the birth of
both ornithology and the phrase 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the
bush'.? At least for looking at anyway.
May all your birds be easy to identify in the coming new year.? May you be
able to apportion out as much time birding as you wish.
Mary HrudkajBelfair/Tahuya

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Message: 6
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 16:19:16 -0800
From: "Dan Reiff, PhD" <dan.owl.reiff at gmail.com>
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] Madagascar pochard: World's rarest bird gets new
home - BBC News
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Tweets,
Interesting article:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46703335

Dan Reiff




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Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2018 04:45:01 +0000
From: Jon Houghton <jon.houghton at hartcrowser.com>
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Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan Day 3 - Winding down
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Hi Tweets - This morning was icy cool in Omak with temp in the teens and a
low fog. Fortunately, the fog seemed to follow the land contours and went
up as we climbed up Conconully Rd. We tried to coax a Canyon Wren out of
the rocks at the end of the Riverside Cutoff Rd. but without luck. (Has
anyone seen them there since the fire a couple of years ago?) In the ranch
yard on the left where black angus cattle are treated to hay in the snow,
there were the usual Mallards underfoot but also about a half dozen
Ring-necked Pheasants, along with 20 or so California Quail. Where Happy
Hill Rd. meets Conconully, there was just one lone Sharp-tailed Grouse in a
cottonwood, very close to the road. (If only I could get my SX-50 to focus
on the bird not the branches!!). In Conconully, we first drove out along the
reservoir shore south, where active feeders produced a pair of Cassin's
Finches, along with a Hairy Woodpecker and many DE Juncos which were
certainly the most abundant b!
ird in town. We look (and tooted) hard for birds out to the end of the
road at the Sno-Park but only managed to irritate a couple of RB Nuthatches.
In town, in addition to DEJU, there were a fair number of Am. Robins, a
single Varied Thrush, and a host of Wild Turkeys and deer at the feeders
heading north out of town, where the creek flows under the road. To the
east along the Conconully Lake shore, the burned pines yielded a No. Flicker
and a couple of Clark's Nutcrackers. From there, we pretty much decided to
call it good and head for home to prep for CBC tomorrow. For lunch, we went
down the causeway leading to Washburn Island where there was a nice
diversity of ducks with good numbers of Canvasback and Redhead along with
Am. Widgeon, Bufflehead, and a lone Ring-neck Duck. Happy, Birdy, New Year!
- Jon Houghton, Edmonds
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Message: 8
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2018 05:26:52 +0000 (UTC)
From: Dalton Spencer <offthehookflyshop at yahoo.com>
To: "tweeters at u.washington.edu" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wahkiakum Lesser Goldfinch
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Hi all,
Today during the Wahkiakum CBC, Jim Semlick and I, had a Male Lesser
Goldfinch with a Male American Goldfinch. At the time I did not realize it
was a county first but instead just a great bird outside of Clark County.?
The bird was seen near the corner of Welcome Slough Rd and Schoolhouse Rd on
Puget Island. The Puget Island Paddling and Kayaking Association has a small
parking lot that we used. I honestly do not know the company is still
functioning. The bird was seen in the brambles and rows of ornamental plants
near the road.
To all who chase good luck and be on the lookout for Black Phoebes we had 3
on Crossdike Rd alone.
Dalton Spencer?Chehals, Washington
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Message: 9
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2018 05:43:50 +0000
From: Linda Phillips <linda_phillips1252 at msn.com>
To: "tweeters at u.washington.edu" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] Missing Digest
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Hi Tweeters,
I have suddenly been NOT receiving my Tweeters Digest. Thursday and Friday.
They are not in my junk folder.
Anyone else have the same problem or know what I can do to get Tweeters back
in my inbox.

Linda Phillips
Kenmore WA


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