[Tweeters] Magnuson Park snow birds
lsr at ramoslink.info
Mon Dec 27 22:18:50 PST 2021
The post-Christmas snow produced a fascinating distribution of birds at
Magnuson Park today. With open ground completely covered by snow and/or ice
and slush, ground feeders had to improvise. At the same time, the gleaners
had to abandon the frozen branches where bugs must have been well-hidden.
As a result, both Kinglets and BC Chickadees were often feeding on the
ground. One Golden-crowned Kinglet in particular was moving quickly toward
me down the path on Promontory Point and at one point walked right between
The shorelines provided the largest area of snow-free cover. That resulted
in a nice mix of usually hard to find birds. At the swim beach, several
American Pipit were actively feeding together with a Yellow-rumped Warbler,
a Lincoln's Sparrow and a Song Sparrow. On the cobble beach at the north
shore there were more Pipit and a Savannah Sparrow. And on the adjacent
boat ramp were several Killdeer, a Least Sandpiper and a Dunlin.
Typical waterbirds were present including well over a hundred Greater Scaup
and Western Grebe. But, adding to the mix were a pair of fly-over and
calling Trumpeter Swans, 3 (continuing) Snow Geese and a single Greater
White-fronted Goose, several Barrow's Goldeneye and a Red-breasted
Merganser. There were a dozen Horned Grebe off the NOAA dock as well as a
dozen and a half Pied-billed Grebe, the most I've seen at the park.
There were few gulls today; most numerous were Ring-bills, but no
Short-bills. Also on the swim platform were a couple of first year Iceland
Raptors were also present, in small numbers, including a Bald Eagle,
Cooper's and Red-tailed Hawks and a Merlin.
I could not find any redpolls that were reported recently but there were
other winter visitors including Varied and Hermit Thrush, plus a couple of
Purple Finch eating snowberries.
A chilly day was made tolerable by the (almost) lack of wind and plenty of
sunshine. 58 species for the day; Dunlin and Least Sandpiper were new for
the year. Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S99547811
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