[Tweeters] Magnuson Snow, Cackling, and WF Goose, plus Ravens

Penny plkoyama at comcast.net
Sat Jan 29 13:42:50 PST 2022

I spent an hour or so in Magnuson Park this a.m., stopping on my way to my daughter’s in View Ridge. I was surprised to hear what I thought was a raven, calling a single, high-pitched note repeatedly. When I finally located it, by following the crow ruckus, I think this strange sound must have translated to “Help!” It flew here and there, never escaping between 4 and 10 crows. Finally from another direction, I heard a “regular” raven call, and a second other bird joined the first. Are Ravens seen now and then in Magnuson? I recall that a pair nested in the Arboretum, which is not far away as the crow flies (sick birding joke…)

Also seen were 10 WF Geese, accompanied by a lone Cackling Goose, and a large flock of Canadas that soon flew in with a tag-along White-fronted Goose, dwarfed in comparison. This geese were all on the lawn in front of the parking lot for the bathroom and swimming platform, but at the south end of that area.

Most of the ponds were frozen, but in the southern most, large pond there was a river otter, another nice surprise.
Penny Koyama, Bothell

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