[Tweeters] Woohoo! Caspian terns

Maggie Martos inkwellpro at me.com
Mon Apr 15 07:43:01 PDT 2019


I love these birds! Thanks for the heads up! I will head over there to have a look right away. Can you tell me where exactly is the spot to go birdwatching there?

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> 4. Big flightless bird kills its owner after stumble in Florida

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> 5. FOY Caspian Terns (Hans-Joachim Feddern)

> 6. Re: Tweeters Digest, Vol 176, Issue 12 (Martin Muller)

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> Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 13:03:01 -0600

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> Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 12:10:42 -0700

> From: Beth St George <beth.stgeorge at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Osprey arrival

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> We live on Lopez Island, and haven't seen our usual Ospreys yet. Any

> arrivals elsewhere in WA?

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> Beth St. George

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> Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 19:04:43 -0700

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

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> Subject: [Tweeters] A Rumpus Of Warblers

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> This last Winter, and now into Spring, my Port Townsend neighborhood has

> been blessed by a plethora of Yellow-rumped Warblers: I've been watching

> them since December, and typically there will be bunch of them, 6 to a

> dozen or so, flitting about in the nearby hedgerow, or small trees - here

> and there..

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> Those numbers are estimates because I have a hard time counting the zippy

> little things. ( I once floated the idea of renaming them the Zippy

> Butterbutt, but the AOU didn't buy in to that post, I guess). Yes, sort of

> tricky to keep count of them birds.

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> The last two wet cold breezy mornings have sent me indoors, where I watch

> the warblers out the window of my nice warm office - perfect conditions for

> incubating even more mildly ridiculous naming ideas, which I have. My new

> idea for naming a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers is "a 'rumpus' of

> warblers", which I think nicely sums up their typical group behavior of

> free-wheeling commotion, and generally chasing each other around all the

> time. I think a "rumpus" of warblers is right up there with a "rustle" of

> towhee's, or "udders" of bushtits - names I've invented already for groups

> of those birds. Whatever.

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> Really this all came about as I was trying to get a good look at what the

> warblers were up to in a little flowering plum here in the yard. With all

> their typical zipping around it took a while, but I think I figured it out:

> the birds were "nectaring" on the flowers, much like I saw Western Tanagers

> doing on English Laurel flowers back in Everett during the similarly cold

> and wet May of 2008, On many snoops around the plum flowers the warblers

> were obviously nabbing little bugs, then swallowing them, other times they

> were apparently slurping on the flowers, sometimes even hovering like large

> impaired hummingbirds.

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> Well, I hadn't heard about that but did confirm that sort of nectaring

> behavior in several types of warblers, including butterbutts. I also found

> out that all my naming schemes may be in vain 'cause some birdologists have

> now figured that yellow-rumps really are separate species (by DNA) and not

> just two, but four ( two of the four being south of our borders), so maybe

> we're back to Myrtles and Audubon's again. Oh well, I write my life list in

> pencil, just to keep flexible.

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> I did note that, seemingly, my rumpus was roughly split between Myrtle and

> Audubon's anyhoo - doubly difficult to quantify, but so it goes - as DNA

> guides us.

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> Jeff Gibson

> just sayin' in

> Port Townsend WA

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> PS: the warblers are still out there as I send this - they've been in that

> little tree off and on for a day and a half!

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> Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 21:20:07 -0700

> From: "Dan Reiff, PhD" <dan.owl.reiff at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Big flightless bird kills its owner after stumble

> in Florida

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> Tweeters,

> Interesting and unfortunate:

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> https://www.foxnews.com/us/big-flightless-bird-kills-owner-after-stumble-in-florida

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> Dan Reiff

> MI

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> From: Hans-Joachim Feddern <thefedderns at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] FOY Caspian Terns

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> On Friday, April 12th I saw my first-of-the-year pair of Caspian Terns from

> the boardwalk at Redondo Beach Drive. Had some great close-up views of

> this striking bird!

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> Good Birding!

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> Hans

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> *Hans Feddern*

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> From: Martin Muller <martinmuller at msn.com>

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> Bud, Tweeters,

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> After pretty heavy use my 21 years and 3 months-old KOWA scope?s prism came loose.

> I contacted KOWA (see: https://sportingoptics.kowa-usa.com/content/17-limited-lifetime-warranty) and sent it in for repair.

> For about $ 130 the scope came back like new. Not only was the prims fastened, they got rid of all the dents and scratches (body, not the lenses, those were fine). I was extremely satisfied.

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> The only drawback was the turn around time. They told me eight weeks. I think it was actually a little over six.

> That was in April a few years ago. April without a scope. That didn?t happen. I bought a new one (my, how technology advance in 21+ years!). But the reconditioned KOWA went to a good home. I still encounter it regularly in the field.

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> Martin Muller, Seattle

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> From: Bud Anderson <falconresearch at gmail.com<mailto:falconresearch at gmail.com>>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Best place to repair Kowa scopes?

> Date: April 11, 2019 at 10:35:50 PM PDT

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> From: John Gatchet <jfgatchet at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Yellow-billed Loon Diamond Point

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> This bird was mostly in winter plumage. I found it west of the boat ramp. Easy ID with yellow upturned bill and cocked head. The face was pale with an auricular patch. Seen well by Olympic Birdfest group. Possibly same bird seen there by Sarah Peden.

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> John Gatchet

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> Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2019 11:38:57 -0700

> From: "T.L. Stokes" <tlstokespoetry at gmail.com>

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Any Updates? Tangled Bald Eagle in Jack Block Park

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> Any updates or more specifics on exact location it was last seen at this 15 acre park?

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> Thank you,

> T.L. Stokes

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> Redmond

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