[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 8 February 2019

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Sat Feb 9 14:53:29 PST 2019

Our monthly Neighborhood Bird Project walk at Magnuson was scheduled for Saturday morning, the same day a significant snow fall was forecast. In retrospect, Jan’s decision to move the count to Friday was fortuitous as there were certainly plenty of birds, and for the counters, no transportation issues following the snow that did fall later that night. It was cold—upper 20s, but just overcast and with little wind. All of the ponds are iced over, save the main Promontory Pond, so waterfowl are concentrated there and on the lake. Since there has been some thaw on the ground following the snow of the previous weekend, passerines are able to find food. And, perhaps due to the colder weather, a couple of surprises this day as well.

(Trumpeter Swan - though not really at the park, the clear air allowed scope views of a couple over at Juanita Bay park)
Hooded Merganser - unusual in the park, a pair were in Promontory Pond; FOY
Red-breasted Merganser - one still hanging out
Anna’s Hummingbird - this one looked like it was trying to fluff out its tiny feathers against the cold
https://flic.kr/p/244qKYv <https://flic.kr/p/244qKYv>
American Coot - hundreds; Jan and Acacia saw a Bald Eagle clutching a Coot, later finding a remnant coot foot (<—a lesson in English pronunciation)
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull - one on the swim platform; only it and a California Gull were there, other gulls were out in the lake; FOY
Cooper’s Hawk - a couple; one was banded - according to Ed Deal, an older male that breeds at Sand Point Country Club
Red-breasted Sapsucker - finally; we were worried the sapsuckers might be forever gone since the homeowner on the south fence line took down their roost/nest trees; FOY
Hutton’s Vireo - another rare visitor to the park; this one was right at eye level; FOY
https://flic.kr/p/2dh9uyB <https://flic.kr/p/2dh9uyB>
Hermit Thrush - often there is one thrush hanging out somewhere, you just have to get lucky to see it
American Pipit - a single bird was calling from the sidewalk by the marina at the north shore; unfortunately, it did not stick around very long; FOY

For the day, 56 species; with 5 new, 71 species on the year.
Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52499168 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52499168>
Scott Ramos

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