[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course monthly bird walk - 10 -17-2019

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Oct 17 18:45:04 PDT 2019


Initially it was cool (49degF) and rainy, but the precip quit soon after we started and held off until just before we stopped, although it remained cool (52degF) and slightly breezy at the JBLM Eagles Pride Golf Course. Not much bird activity that the 13 of us saw for the first hour or so, but it definitely picked up toward the end, especially around Hodge Lake, where we had the first-of-season (FOS) AMERICAN WIGEON, along with the other usual waterbirds. Three standout species for today: a well-studied immature COOPER'S HAWK near the Dupont housing development; 20 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS (the latest occurrence of and most of this species we've documented) in a couple of trees alongside the 13th fairway; and also at Hodge Lake, a very cooperative HERMIT THRUSH (bird-of-the-day!) that not only posed in front of us, but also called several times. The six VARIED THRUSHES feeding near the 16th green were FOS and a visual bonus.

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:

* November 21

* December 19

* January 16 (2020!)

Anyone is welcome to join us!

>From the eBird PNW report:

34 species (+1 other taxa)

Cackling Goose 25

Canada Goose 15

American Wigeon 4 Hodge Lake

Mallard 22 Hodge Lake

Ring-necked Duck 9 Hodge Lake

Hooded Merganser 1 Hodge Lake

Pied-billed Grebe 2 Hodge Lake

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20

Band-tailed Pigeon 20 In two trees alongside fairway of 13th hole.

Anna's Hummingbird 2

Cooper's Hawk 1 In a tree near Dupont housing development -- from large size, likely a female, but unable to validate this supposition.

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 9

Steller's Jay 15

American/Northwestern Crow 35

Common Raven 2

Black-capped Chickadee 6

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 31

Bushtit 22

Golden-crowned Kinglet 14

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8

Red-breasted Nuthatch 4

Pacific Wren 2

European Starling 3

Varied Thrush 6 In one group feeding near the 16th green

Hermit Thrush 1 Hodge Lake

American Robin 7

Pine Siskin 2

Fox Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 26

Golden-crowned Sparrow 7

Song Sparrow 4

Spotted Towhee 2

Red-winged Blackbird 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60706363

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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