[Tweeters] Green Lake Sora is a feeder bird
osdlm1945 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 10 13:27:59 PST 2021
Thanks, Mark, for this bit of birding experience. I am a storyteller (all
writers are) and very much enjoy hearing reports of people like Ed. I fear
an aging population means a loss of these kinds of people. They have so
much knowledge they have accumulated by long-time observations.
Citizen-science at its best!
Great that you listened and thanks for sharing.
On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 9:50 PM <tomboulian at comcast.net> wrote:
> The Sora currently being seen at Green Lake city park in Seattle is tame
> as a Sora can be—I think. Stopped by with my partner today for a picture
> since, well, when does one get a really good picture of any rail. Upon
> arriving at the most likely spot gleaned from e-bird sightings (directly
> east of Bongo’s/65th St) a man saw us approaching with our big camera and
> waved us over to see it. That simple; right next to the Green Lake Trail.
> That man is Ed--the fellow who has been feeding peanut chips to wildlife
> here and at several other sites around Green Lake for years. Interesting
> fellow with recognition of many of the individual birds and people he
> interacts with. Indeed, the Sora appeared to recognize him and his
> whistle, if that’s possible. It repeatedly came within 8 feet or so of us,
> slowly and calmly with no fear; swimming etc. as others have reported,
> poking at greens and cattails in addition to nabbing up peanut pieces.
> Ed told as may stories of birds and plants he’s encountered in the area,
> and though he’s no bird expert (he says he didn’t know what the thing was
> until a birder ID’d it), but “it’s been here since summer” He was
> interested to see pictures and hear on my phone of this bird and others he
> did not know (Fox Sparrow and Golden-crowned kinglet)
> Two local residents stopped by and thanked him for helping their interests
> in both trees and birds of the park.
> Although I’m sure its technically verboten to feed wild life in City parks
> (squirrels and a rat were also in this menagerie), this certainly is a
> great example of what a nature ambassador can look like. We gave him a few
> bucks for bird seed.
> FYI if you are not familiar with Green Lake Park at this time, be advised
> that Covid rules require a counter-clockwise movement only around the
> extremely busy foot path (though you can easily come around the outer
> non-regulated trail and drop down at many points) Also, if you encounter
> Ed, he does not wear a mask. And although we parked without incident near
> the row of homeless person’s RV’s along Green Lake Drive, just know that
> this is here.
> Mark Tomboulian
> Shoreline WA
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> Tweeters at u.washington.edu
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