[Tweeters] Cassin's Vireo, others, at Seward Park this evening

Ed Newbold ednewbold1 at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 10 20:54:28 PDT 2019

Hi all,
Delia and I went over to Seward Park at 5:30 pm to see if there were any Rufous Hummers yet or if we could get our first Barred Owl of the year but dipped on those.
The Pearsons had informed us of a Cassin's Vireo at Seward a while ago but we weren't expecting it.  However, a bird we could not see clearly --or photograph at all--vocalized loudly and incessantly and we could not imagine it to be anything else but a Cassin's Vireo, (but we are not experts.)  Delia got the closest thing we had to a visual and it was indeed a gray bird slightly larger than the surrounding Kinglets and others. It was in the patch of little woods to the North of the amphitheater and close to the main upland parking lot, in the top of a Hemlock (?).  
We were surprised to find later that it has not been e-birded. 
Seward felt birdy;  We also had a singing Hutton's Vireo in the same area, Red-breasted Nuthatches, lots of singing Brown Creepers and Pine Siskins and we were surprised to find three Townsend's Warblers at the crook in the spine trail.  I think of that as a lucky area for finding Townsend's Warblers.
We also had a male Bald Eagle trying to get nest material, he seemed to be stripping twigs off a live branch that I don't see how he could have ever broken, but we didn't stay to see what happened, and I'm fairly certain a Douglas Squirrel, I can't remember if they hang on there or not. 

best wishes,
Ed Newbold (and Delia Scholes) residential Beacon Hill Seattle


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