[Tweeters] Tweeters Digest, Vol 170, Issue 21

Dennis Christie dennisusan at comcast.net
Sun Oct 21 12:31:06 PDT 2018


Where is Oyhut? Thanks Susan Christie

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> 1. BirdNote, last week and the week of Oct. 21, 2018

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> 2. Noble Knob raptors (Scott Ramos)

> 3. Westport Bar-tailed Godwit (Gary Fredricks)

> 4. Edmonds marsh northern harrier 10-20-18 (Bill Anderson)

> 5. Shorebirds at Ocean Shores (Gary Fredricks)

> 6. Gyrfalcon on Midway Beach (Gary Fredricks)

> 7. Maritime Katydids , and Other Things (Jeff Gibson)

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> Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:02:03 -0700

> From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] BirdNote, last week and the week of Oct. 21, 2018

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> Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 15:53:18 -0700

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

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Noble Knob raptors

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> Sorry for the late post. On Sunday, Oct 14, Dave Swayne, Sam Woods and I led a Seattle Audubon birding hike to Noble Knob. October has been a good month to observe migrating raptors and the Knob is well situated between two north-south oriented drainages that offers decent views of the migration. On this occasion, we had a good collection, including Golden and Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned (about a dozen!) and Cooper?s Hawk, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawk, a Merlin and a possible Northern Goshawk.

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> In addition to the target raptors, there were some bonus birds, including a perched Sooty Grouse along the forested trail, one or more Northern Shrike, a late Mountain Bluebird, several Townsend?s Solitaire and a very tame Horned Lark. We were able to stand very close to the lark for great views as it fed in the alpine meadow. At one point, it took a break from feeding to do a little dust bathing:

> https://youtu.be/5-NZqM5S9XQ

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> Two of the lakes below the Knob had small groups of Barrow?s Goldeneye. Then, on what would be our last stop at a pullout on the way out, a Northern Pygmy-Owl flew in to Dave?s calling.

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> Scott Ramos

> Seattle

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> Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 18:20:40 -0700

> From: Gary Fredricks <glfredricks55 at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Westport Bar-tailed Godwit

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> The Bar-tailed Godwit was among the usual hundreds of Marbled Godwits late

> this afernoon in the Westport marina. Best viewed from float 21 next to the

> boat ramp and Coast Guard station.

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> Gary Fredricks

> Washougal

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

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Edmonds marsh northern harrier 10-20-18

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> Another (the same?) harrier was at the marsh Saturday afternoon.? Photos can be seen by scrolling down page 15:

> http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/index.php?threads/wildlife-of-edmonds-wa-2018.16307/page-15

> Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

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> Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2018 08:15:21 -0700

> From: Gary Fredricks <glfredricks55 at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Shorebirds at Ocean Shores

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> Yesterday, I checked out the high tide roosting flock on the Oyhut game

> range. Present were hundreds of dunlin and black-bellied plovers, dozens

> of Western sandpipers, a few least sandpipers, six long-billed dowitchers

> and seven red- knots. I also flushed a couple of pectoral sandpipers near

> the western most pond. Of course, predators were also present with a

> Merlin, a peregrine, harriers, and bald eagles causing some excitement.

> Also, a northern shrike was hunting among the yards near the West end of

> Marine View Drive.

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> Gary Fredricks

> Washougal

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> Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:49:10 -0700

> From: Gary Fredricks <glfredricks55 at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Gyrfalcon on Midway Beach

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> About 10:30 this morning a gray phase Gyrfacon was on the upper beach

> between the Midway Beach and Warrenton Cannery Road access points. The

> blue-gray legs and bill indicated a probable first year bird.

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> Gary Fredricks

> Washougal

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> Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:24:52 -0700

> From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign15 at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Maritime Katydids , and Other Things

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> Tweeters having lived in, or spent time in The Great Humid East in

> summertime, must be familiar with the loud song of the Common True Katydid:

> one of the loudest insect callers ever. Back there, on rare trips to places

> like southern Ontario, New England, and Wisconsin, this maritime north

> westerner was thrilled to hear these big bugs. Typically up in trees they

> gave the auditory illusion of the trees themselves singing, especially

> trees isolated out in fields.

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> Of course, around here we don't have those big loud things. But we do have

> very quiet ones. To find them I go to the beach, down to the maritime.

> Really.

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> That's because half the Katydids I've seen here in Washington state have

> been down near the beach, previous to now. The first Katydid was found by

> my daughter Roxanne (known to some as Roxy etc - I call her Rox) down on

> Kalaloch beach, just about ready to get drownt. I ,( with my old Peterson

> field guide to NA insects) figured it to be a Meadow Katydid of some sort,

> A small brilliant green surprise along the great Pacific.

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> The second Katydid I didn't find (I didn't but Roxydid) turned up at

> Wildberry Lake, Mason County - a big fat Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid about 2"

> long, looking like a green leaf with legs.Cool.

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> This summer I've Been Katydid rich down at Indian Island County Park - a

> stellar spot for the all-around naturalist - where I've found plenty of

> Katydids. First I noted about a million small grasshoppers flying out of

> the low Salicornia patches in the salt marshes down there, Several of these

> would fly up with every boot step and scatter in all directions, sorta

> hard to track, but I finally (with my close-focusing binocs) got good looks

> at them : some sort of small Melanoplus grasshoppers - of whatever

> species.But in amongst the little grasshoppers was a somewhat smaller

> different bug, hard to see but finally revealed to be Katydids (the Slender

> Meadow Katydid near as I can tell) - and lots of 'em still around this week

> but thinning fast with colder weather.Unlike the big loud Katydids of the

> Great Humid East , these guys make a very high-frequency call beyond my

> ability to hear. I did hear a crackling (crepitating ) big Carolina

> Grasshopper down on the beach though.

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> There are a number of interesting maritime plants in the salt marshes along

> the shore down there, like Plantago maritima, Cakile maritima, and Armeria

> maritima if you want to get specific. The Plantago I've noticed on seaside

> rocks for years, not knowing what it was ( ol' lazy-eyes me wrote it off as

> some kinda grass) but on closer inspection it has succulent leaves, which

> along with salty Salicornia, are pickled and eaten by some human's. Cakile

> is a pretty little beach flower (introduced, but it doesn't look like it's

> bothering anyone and bee's love it).

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> Then the Sea Thrift - a fine little flower which I've mostly seen on rocky

> bluffs and in peoples yards - it domesticates well. But here on Indian

> Island it grows all over the sandy, gravelly shores of the salt marsh

> behind the drift wood barrier along the beach. It's all done blooming

> (usually in spring) but in an example of autumnal recrudescence, I did find

> one fresh pink flower amongst the hundred of old dry seedheads.

>

> The Sea Thrift has a wide circumboreal distribution, yet I was surprised to

> see it on the documentary film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" which I watched

> on netflix when I got home from the beach. Yup, there it was, growing on

> the sea island where Luke Skywalker retired. Clearly visible as Luke, or

> somebody, was tip-toeing up the grassy cliffs.

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> Jeff Gibson

> may the force be with you

> Port Townsend Wa

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> P.S. I forgot to mention that I saw a Short-eared Owl down at Indian Island

> the other day flying in to hide in a Dougfir at noon. It appeared to be

> fleeing another bird from above, but I never saw what. The little tidal

> channels there can be good for shorebirds at appropriate tides, and the

> rocks (jetty and shoreline) down by the Portage also get some rocky shore

> birds.

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> P.P.S Rather than being long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it turns out

> that Luke Skywalker retired in Ireland. I checked the film location

> credits, so as to be accurate about the thrift. Just sayin'

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