[Tweeters] Birdy in downtown Auburn

Garrett Haynes garrettwhaynes at me.com
Fri Oct 5 13:57:13 PDT 2018


Hello tweeters,

It’s been a lot more birdy in downtown Auburn the last couple days as birds are returning. I live in downtown Auburn and my office is about 4 blocks away. I also walk our dogs around the neighborhood so I see the same area day after day, and the bird numbers have really increased.

Yesterday evening there were close to a thousand Starlings murmurating right over the top of my house and flying from pine tree to pine tree. Finally most of them landed in my neighbors tree. Then all of a sudden they all took off and it was so loud I said, “woah, that’s cool” out-loud and I was by myself! At the same time the local crows were all heading to roost, flying by the dozens from east to west right over Main Street half a block from my house. It was fun to watch.

In my yard I’ve had at least 6 American Goldfinches at a time on my thistle feeder, two male Purple Finches, house finches, white crowned sparrows, slate colored dark eyed junco, crows, scrub jay, Eurasian collared dove, and house sparrows have returned. When I pulled up to my office there were at least a dozen juncos flitting around, a northern flicker, three Scrub Jays, crows, Starlings, white crowned sparrows, bushtits, and then a group of about 15 passerines flew into a neighbors tree, but were too silhouetted for me to tell what they were and I had to get to work.

I stopped briefly at M ST right before dark last night and the mud and a little water has returned. There were at least 6 shorebirds and couple killdeer in the first/south field but it was already too dark to tell what they were. Might stop by there today if I can get away from work.

Happy fall birding!!

Garrett Haynes

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> 1. Scrub jay (Fran Joy)

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> 3. Merlin in Edmonds marsh (Byers)

> 4. Re: Merlin in Edmonds marsh (Bill Anderson)

> 5. White-throated Sp. (Izzy Wong)

> 6. Magnuson Park, 3 October 2018 (Scott Ramos)

> 7. Lewis County Red Shouldered Hawk (Roger Moyer)

> 8. Edmonds marsh merlin 10-4-18 (Bill Anderson)

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> Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2018 20:20:02 +0000

> From: Fran Joy <franjoy236 at msn.com>

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> I heard an unusual call and saw a scrub jay on a fence in West Seattle on the corner of SW 50th and Charleston. He seemed quite pleased to have found a peanut!

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> Fran Joy

> Seattle

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> Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2018 15:14:12 -0700

> From: "Michael Hobbs" <birdmarymoor at frontier.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-10-04

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> Tweets ? A very nice morning today, with partly sunny skies and no wind. Temps moderate. Birds really quite good.

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> Highlights:

> a.. Cackling Goose ? About 35 total ? First of Fall (FOF)

> b.. Ring-necked Duck ? ? or let?s say ?some brownish diving ducks ? FOF?

> c.. Western Grebe ? a few on lake

> d.. Wilson?s Snipe ? Matt heard a couple pre-dawn ? FOF

> e.. Northern Harrier ? at least 1

> f.. Cooper?s Hawk ? many sightings ? three total birds?

> g.. Violet-green Swallow ? 3

> h.. Barn Swallow ? 1

> i.. CLAY-COLORED SPARROW ? one in weeds and blackberries near Viewing Mound, new for 2018

> j.. WHITE-THROATED SPARROW ? One with GCSP below weir ? FOF

> k.. Common Yellowthroat ? maybe 3 juveniles

> Jordan?s photos (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48930674) helped us be sure it was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and not a Chipping Sparrow; the differences can be subtle. This is the 5th or 6th Clay-colored we?ve found at Marymoor, all in the Sept-Nov period. It?s the 3rd time we?ve had CCSP in Week 40, the other times being in 2005 and 2006.

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> For the day, we got 60 species (counting the diving ducks). Purple Finch and Lincoln?s Sparrow were in the ?probable but not quite listable? category. Other than that, our only obvious ?miss? for the day was Hooded Merganser.

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> The year list is now at 150 +/- 1

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> From: "Byers" <byers345 at comcast.net>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Merlin in Edmonds marsh

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> Hi Tweeters,

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> I was enjoying a quiet, contemplative experience in Edmonds

> marsh this afternoon when this falcon cruised in. At first, I thought it

> might be a Peregrine, but then I noticed that it was smaller than the crow

> that's chasing it in picture one. The moustache isn't very distinct. So

> I'm saying Merlin now.

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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/albums/72157698838852192

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> I do have a question. Do you notice that there appear to be

> spines sticking out of the bird's feet. What does anyone think they are?

> Could they be porcupine quills?

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> Happy birding, Charlotte Byers

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> From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic at yahoo.com>

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> I'll check my photos, but the "spines" may be the legs of a dragonfly the merlin has caught.? In years past I have photographed juvie merlins catching dragonflys at the marsh..

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> Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

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> Hi Tweeters,

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> ??????????????? I was enjoying a quiet, contemplative experience in Edmonds marsh this afternoon when this falcon cruised in.? At first, I thought it might be a Peregrine, but then I noticed that it was smaller than the crow that?s chasing it in picture one.? The moustache isn?t very distinct.? So I?m saying Merlin now.

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> ?

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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/29258421@N07/albums/72157698838852192

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> ?

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> ??????????????? I do have a question.? Do you notice that there appear to be spines sticking out of the bird?s feet.? What does anyone think they are?? Could they be porcupine quills?

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> ?

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> Happy birding, Charlotte Byers

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> From: Izzy Wong <gobirder at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] White-throated Sp.

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> Our yard (lower Phinney, Seattle) got a new bird today - nice adult White-throated Sparrow, tan-striped. I?m hoping it will hang around for a few days for a proper photo shoot. (Can?t confirm a possible juvenile WTSP, but will keep an eye out.)

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> Lots of juvenile and adult White-crowned Sp moving through our place lately, too. And so nice to have the Dark-eyed Juncos and Am. Goldfinches back in large numbers.

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> izzy wong

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> gobirder at gmail.com

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> Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2018 19:55:20 -0700

> From: Scott Ramos <lsr at ramoslink.info>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 3 October 2018

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> A cold (40 F) and very foggy start to the day and it did not warm up very much. But, when the sun burned the fog off, the passerines responded exuberantly. Species of the day were definitely Fox Sparrow and Yellow-rumped Warbler: they were in good numbers (20+) and could be found all over the park. Many of the Foxes were singing. Other fun sightings:

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> Anna?s Hummingbird - many. One hummer joined a group of Yellow-rumps fly-catching at the top of a Doug Fir. While the Warblers would fly out from a perch and chase a bug, the Anna?s would simply position itself in the middle of the bug swarm, turning this way and that to snap up its prey. At one point, one of the warblers must have gotten too close as the hummer chased the warbler out of its zone, then returned to the same aerial location to continue its meal.

> Cooper?s Hawk - one bird did a serious chase, in the wetlands, at a height just above the trees, scattering a couple dozen birds, mostly Yellow-rumps, in the process.

> Pileated Woodpecker - we get these at Magnuson infrequently. This one was working hard on a low stump, just feet off the trail, oblivious to me and a few dog walkers.

> https://youtu.be/SoHC9-WFEMA

> Yellow Warbler - one bird; getting late

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> For the abbreviated morning walk, 42 species.

> Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48913413 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48913413>

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> From: Roger Moyer <rogermoyer1 at hotmail.com>

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> While driving up Hwy 12 this morning I observed a Red-shouldered Hawk on power line between mile markers 118 & 119.

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> From: Bill Anderson <billandersonbic at yahoo.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Edmonds marsh merlin 10-4-18

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> Thursday afternoon I was talking to Charlotte at the Edmonds marsh when she spotted the merlin.? My photos can be seen by scrolling down page 14 of this thread:? http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/index.php?threads/wildlife-of-edmonds-wa-2018.16307/page-14

> Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

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