[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 22 December 2019

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Sun Dec 22 19:39:25 PST 2019

After the deluge of the past days, it was delightful to be outside; without raingear. Overcast for most of the day, 40 F and no wind. All the ponds in the wetlands are now quite full and there is actually water running over the weirs that connect them. But, as has been the case for several years now, not many ducks are using the ponds, they mostly stay on the lake. Mew Gull and Western Grebe numbers remain high, but numbers of other waterfowl seem low. Lots of Cedar Waxwing continue, plus there were a few surprises.

Red-breasted Merganser - single female, beyond the swim platform
Red-necked Grebe - north shore
Western Grebe - around 200
Mew Gull - around 200; early, they all converged on the sportsfield; later, many went to the swim platform
Cooper’s Hawk - an adult female and an immature
Barn Owl - a couple; one was in the front-porch box, kleaking almost constantly
Barred Owl - day roost
Common Raven - south end; escorted out of the park by a flock of crows almost as soon as it flew in; first of year and only second time I’ve had one in the park
Cedar Waxwing - counted roughly 240, though that could be seriously low; almost all were gobbling the still-plentiful hawthorn berries north of the fins sculpture
White-throated Sparrow - tan-striped; south fence line
Townsend’s Warbler - frenetic foraging atop a tall fir on Promontory Point

For the day, 52 species.
Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62540815 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62540815>
Scott Ramos
Magnuson Park hotspots: http://tinyurl.com/mvftzl6 <http://tinyurl.com/mvftzl6>

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