[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course
(GC) monthly bird walk - 8-19-2022
avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Fri Aug 19 12:10:06 PDT 2022
The temp during our walk was OK (69degF-83degF), but the humidity was worse than usual. Fortunately, the birding was pretty good at the JBLM Eagles Pride GC for the 17 of us that trekked around on Thursday. One of the primary highlights was the PURPLE MARTIN (PUMA) juveniles and adults at the driving range area. The four young ones were near the top of a Douglas-fir and the adults were out snagging insects (many mosquitoes today). The young would occasionally fly out also. In addition, we found several other small flocks of PUMA in the area. In the past, the only other PUMA we found were flyovers. Other highlights include the following:
BARN SWALLOW - Lots of these; one nest at the driving range was still active with two very small young there.
PIED-BILLED GREBE - A nesting grebe was in the middle of Hodge Lake and seen turning eggs. Five over-half-grown grebes were also at Hodge Lake.
WOOD DUCK - Five at the 9th hole pond. I don't know what the attraction is at this small pond near the clubhouse, but it's here that we've found most Wood Ducks in the past several years.
WARBLERS - We found WILSON'S, MACGILLIVRAY'S, YELLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
RED-TAILED HAWK - An adult and a begging juvenile were in separate trees at the driving range and were the last species found on our walk.
EUROPEAN STARLING - I don't usually comment on this species, but the 400 we estimated blanketed the 10th fairway.
Mammals today include rabbit, Douglas squirrel, Townsend's chipmunk, and black-tailed deer.
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:
* September 15
* October 20
* November 17
Anyone is welcome to join us!
>From the eBird PNW checklist:
39 species (+1 other taxa)
Wood Duck 5 At 9th hole pond.
Hooded Merganser 2 At maintenance pond.
Pied-billed Grebe 6 One adult on nest in the middle of Hodge Lake - seen turning eggs; 5 large juveniles in another area of the lake.
Band-tailed Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 3
hummingbird sp. 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2 One adult and one juvenile in separate trees near the driving range. Lots of calls between the two of them.
Northern Flicker 6
Olive-sided Flycatcher 4
Western Wood-Pewee 8
Willow Flycatcher 7
Steller's Jay 5
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 18
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 24
Purple Martin 16 Four juveniles were in a Douglas-fir near the driving range, with two adults ranging nearby. Others were i small flocks in different area of the course. This is the first time in 9 years we've found this many Purple Martins, and the juveniles were the first actually seen not as flyovers.
Violet-green Swallow 9
Barn Swallow 55 Most at or near the driving range building. One active nest with 2 very small young.
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 13
Brown Creeper 2
Bewick's Wren 8
European Starling 400 Estimated - blanketed the 10th fairway.
American Robin 110 Lots feeding on the fairways.
Cedar Waxwing 7
House Finch 4
Pine Siskin 6
American Goldfinch 4
Dark-eyed Junco 6
White-crowned Sparrow 13
Song Sparrow 7
Spotted Towhee 10
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
MacGillivray's Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Wilson's Warbler 1
Western Tanager 1
Black-headed Grosbeak 6
View this checklist online at https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS117220166&data=05%7C01%7C%7Cdc8eaf82268b4e6a2d9708da8214ebf7%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637965323627539952%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=YcjDAj8EFGewSkBAW9s2gQ%2FN952W3UN0G05efkiOoJs%3D&reserved=0
May all your birds be identified,
Avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com
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