[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 3-21-2019 Turkey Vultures+

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Mar 21 19:06:08 PDT 2019


Not as warm as the past couple days, but also not as cold a start in the South Sound -- 43degF to start and 58degF at the finish on a slightly overcast day that was very nice for the 11 of us that partook of the Eagles Pride Golf Course bird walk. Highlights included FOY TURKEY VULTURES (2); HUTTON'S VIREOS (4) chasing each other in a small copse of Douglas-firs (a total of 6 of these usually elusive birds); 21 STELLER'S JAYS (8 of them in one small area next to Hodge Lake); singing YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS; 14 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (most ever on this count); and a pair of RED-TAILED HAWKS on a branch low in a Douglas-fir right at our starting spot -- the presumed male of which took off after some songbirds that were feeding on the nearby fairway. Although we spotted one FOX SPARROW, Golden-crowned Sparrows were no-shows -- made up for by several singing WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.

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:

* April 18 (Celebrate our 6th year!)

* May 16

* June 20

Anyone is welcome to join us!

40 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2

Mallard 2

Ring-necked Duck 11 All at Hodge Lake

Bufflehead 12 Two at the maintenance-area pond; 10 at Hodge Lake

Pied-billed Grebe 3 Hodge Lake

Anna's Hummingbird 6

Great Blue Heron 1 12th hole pond - a usual spot when we see this species

Turkey Vulture 2 Two different birds (one missing some tail, primary, and secondary feathers); one seen within a minute or two of the other. FOY

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 1

Red-tailed Hawk 4

Downy Woodpecker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 12

Hutton's Vireo 6 Four of which were chasing each other in the tops of a small copse of Douglas-firs. Most of this species we've had in one day.

Steller's Jay 21 Eight of these were together in a small area next to Hodge Lake.

California Scrub-Jay 3

American/Northwestern Crow 10

Common Raven 5

Tree Swallow 8 Six of these were at the nesting box area next to Hodge Lake

Black-capped Chickadee 6

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 13

Bushtit 16

Red-breasted Nuthatch 7

Brown Creeper 7

Pacific Wren 2

Bewick's Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 6

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

American Robin 67

European Starling 4

House Finch 4

Purple Finch 13

Pine Siskin 22

Fox Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 20

White-crowned Sparrow 6

Song Sparrow 20

Spotted Towhee 12

Red-winged Blackbird 14 Highest number of this species recorded at this site.

Yellow-rumped Warbler 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54089269

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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