[Tweeters] Correction to 10-21-21 JBLM Eagles Pride Birdwalk report

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Fri Oct 22 10:06:35 PDT 2021

Bird and learn! The Cassin's Vireo we heard and reported on for yesterday's JBLM birdwalk was most likely a Purple Finch. I received a "gotcha" message from eBird about it, but the convincer was a very nice note from Frank Caruso detailing an experience some Pilchuck Audubon birders had two years ago with their initial "heard" sighting of what they thought was a Cassin's Vireo. On a different trip soon after, they tracked down what they thought was the vireo and found it to be a Purple Finch. Thanks again and a tip of the birding cap to Frank and eBird!

May all your birds be "correctly" identified,

Denis DeSilvis
Avnacrs 4 birds at outlook.com

For those still interested, the copy of our corrected trip report is below:

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).

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




- 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!

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

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

Purple Finch 1 What sounded like a Cassin's Vireo was likely this species. Bird and learn!

Red Crossbill 4

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%7C8846d655a7f74536fead08d995741053%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637705147988884020%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=Dm5aDR14KmWOra9mr6wVYENAxiTwLT7NMBgfmqYJLiU%3D&reserved=0

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