[Tweeters] Darrington Lark Sparrow, etc.
xjoshx at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 14:54:11 PDT 2018
I tried to do some birding along HWY 530 this morning with my 17m old
daughter. Things were pretty slow and soggy, but we got a brief break in
the rain at Whitehorse Park. There was a Lark Sparrow foraging in the short
grass NW of three ball fields. It flushed and flew in a high circle around
the park, but I lost it before it landed and was unable to relocate before
we had to leave. It was not associating with a flock of sparrows nearby
that my FOS Golden-Crowned Sparrow. There was also a Western Meadowlark.
This is a second time a Lark Sparrow has been found at Whitehorse Park this
year. David Poortinga found one there on 5/31.
Nothing else of particular rarity, but once the weather dried up there were
Vaux's Swifts everywhere the whole drive back to Arlington.
Yesterday at my house I had my 5 Cackling Geese and 7 Great White-Fronted
Geese hanging out with a flock of several hundred Canada Geese that spent
the last few days trying to survive the 5 day September Canada Goose
season. I've always assumed this season is targeting our non-migratory
local breeding population before the migratory birds arrive, so it seems
like they timed it too close this year if that's the case.
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