[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 12-19-2019

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Dec 19 21:19:31 PST 2019


We REALLY lucked out with the weather today: The forecast was for lots of rain, but none of it really started until about 20 minutes after we finished walking the JBLM Eagles Pride Golf Course route. The temperature may have kept the birds quiet at the beginning (41degF), but it warmed up a bit later (46degF), which seemed to help with more activity. Highlights include many more ducks (see list, below); an uncommon (for us) HAIRY WOODPECKER (2 of these); and a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. The latter shouldn't be uncommon, but it seems to be for this site. Unusual for this sighting was the fact that it was spotted in willows next to a pond, and not in the more typical conifer forest area that is much more abundant at Eagles Pride. Eight NORTHERN FLICKERS were feeding in a group (in a 40-yard area) on one of the fairways. This is largest grouping of Flickers we've seen since we had nine feeding in an area several years ago.

The JBLM Eagles Pride GC birders meet the third Thursday of each month at 8:00AM. Starting point is Bldg # 1514, Driving Range Tee, Eagles Pride Golf Course, I-5 Exit 116, Mounts Road Exit. Upcoming walks include the following:

* January 16

* February 20

* March 19

Anyone is welcome to join us!

>From the eBird PNW report:

31 species (+1 other taxa)

Gadwall 6 All at 9th hole pond

American Wigeon 29 Most at Hodge Lake with two at the 9th hole pond. All females.

Mallard 27 All but one at Hodge Lake

Ring-necked Duck 13 Split between Hodge Lake and the 9th hole pond.

Bufflehead 2 Hodge Lake

Hooded Merganser 2 Maintenance pond.

Anna's Hummingbird 2

Great Blue Heron 1 Flyover at 12th hole pond (just like last month).

Downy Woodpecker 1

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 14 Eight feeding close to one another on the 15th fairway.

Steller's Jay 3

California Scrub-Jay 2 Hodge Lake marsh area

American/Northwestern Crow 5

Common Raven 1

Black-capped Chickadee 13

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 16

Bushtit 4

Golden-crowned Kinglet 8

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

Brown Creeper 3

Pacific Wren 14

Bewick's Wren 2

European Starling 1

American Robin 2

House Finch 2

Dark-eyed Junco 35

Golden-crowned Sparrow 5

Song Sparrow 10

Spotted Towhee 3

Townsend's Warbler 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62459673

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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