[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course (GC) monthly bird walk - 10-21-2021

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Oct 21 18:40:04 PDT 2021


Today was the lull between the storms at JBLM Eagles Pride GC, and quite warm for the season (52degF at start and 64degF at the end of the walk) - not that the 14 of us were complaining! Not much in the way of vocalizing forest birds, but we had a few interesting surprises and some first-of-season sightings (FOS):

1. A well-heard CASSIN'S VIREO, that even responded to one playback

2. Fifty-three (53!), by actual count, HOODED MERGANSERS at Hodge Lake




6. GREEN-WINGED TEAL, which may be only our second record for the walk (FOS)


Mammals today included four black-tailed deer, two Douglas's squirrels, one rabbit, one coyote, and a long-tailed weasel.

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 18

* December 16

* January 20 (Welcome 2022!)

Anyone is welcome to join us!

>From the eBird PNW report:

34 species

Cackling Goose 35

American Wigeon 17

Mallard 27

Green-winged Teal 1 Hodge Lake

Ring-necked Duck 3 Hodge Lake

Hooded Merganser 53 All at Hodge Lake - mixture of adult males, adult females, and a whole bunch of what appeared to be immature birds. This was likely a slight undercount because some birds were diving and may not have been counted in the total.

Pied-billed Grebe 1 Hodge Lake

Band-tailed Pigeon 4

Anna's Hummingbird 6

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 1 Last bird of the walk

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 5

Cassin's Vireo 1 A totally unexpected species - heard only, but identified by at least 5 of us. As one observer noted: "If this was in July, there would be no problem in identifying the vocalization of this bird." The bird did respond to a callback, but no visual sighting. Heard along road behind Hodge Lake. Unfortunately, no one thought to use a phone to capture the calls!

Steller's Jay 10

American Crow 67

Black-capped Chickadee 7

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 8

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3

Golden-crowned Kinglet 9

Red-breasted Nuthatch 12

Brown Creeper 1

Pacific Wren 8

Bewick's Wren 3

European Starling 34

Varied Thrush 3

American Robin 50

Red Crossbill 5

Fox Sparrow 4

Dark-eyed Junco 40

Song Sparrow 16

Spotted Towhee 4

View this checklist online at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS96529557&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc6d3732498004def1d1f08d994f8d4ee%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637704618735828249%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=wLbBUm0o%2FKkzuBTV%2BfhoG2t6v2NJzkOZFL64HELleWk%3D&reserved=0

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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