[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course (GC) monthly bird walk - 12-17-2020

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Dec 17 18:56:03 PST 2020


A bit of a breeze at times (8-10 kts), but overall a fine day for birding at JBLM's Eagles Pride GC for the four of us: no rain, mostly sunny, and temps in the mid-40's (degF). Three of us layered up with full rain gear, but Jon A dressed to the "kilt" and was quite comfortable. Two large mixed-species flocks were fun to sort through. The last one included our bird-of-the-day: A female TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. Other highlights were mostly in numbers: 85 DARK-EYED JUNCO; 17 BUFFLEHEAD; 22 VARIED THRUSH; 66 PINE SISKIN; AND 11 RING-NECKED DUCK. A BALD EAGLE was spotted again this month carrying nesting material. Two eagles were seen later, which might be the pair that are nest-building in a tree next to the 7th tee on the Green Course - noted previously last month. Only one AMERICAN ROBIN today.

The only mammal spotted today was a black-tailed deer.

Merry Christmas, and hope you get out and do lots of birding in 2021!

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 (2021):

* January 21

* February 18

* March 18

Anyone is welcome to join us! (Currently, wear a mask and maintain social distancing. In addition, we're limited to 5 birders in each grouping. We'll divide the overall party size accordingly.)

>From the eBird PNW report:

30 species

Cackling Goose 12 An estimate only - could have been many more, but these were heard, not seen.

American Wigeon 7

Mallard 15

Ring-necked Duck 11

Bufflehead 17

Anna's Hummingbird 1 At the "normal" cut-through along the power line corridor.

Glaucous-winged Gull 1

Bald Eagle 2 One carrying nesting material (see comments)

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Hairy Woodpecker 1 At the top of a distant Douglas-fir snag - easily ID'd through a scope - found by Jon A

Northern Flicker 4

Steller's Jay 14

American Crow 46

Black-capped Chickadee 18

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 27

Bushtit 15

Golden-crowned Kinglet 23

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10

Red-breasted Nuthatch 22

Pacific Wren 11

Bewick's Wren 1

Varied Thrush 22

American Robin 1

Red Crossbill 13

Pine Siskin 66

Dark-eyed Junco 85

Golden-crowned Sparrow 10

Song Sparrow 8

Spotted Towhee 7

Townsend's Warbler 1 In a large mixed-species flock.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S77613524

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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