[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course (GC) monthly bird walk - 7-21-2022

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Fri Jul 22 17:51:40 PDT 2022


On Thursday, 7/21, 15 of us traversed the JBLM Eagles Pride GC under wonderful weather conditions (54degF-72degF start to finish) and several astounding (for us) sightings. Highlights include the following:

BULLOCK'S ORIOLE: Two adult birds feeding two juveniles in a willow at the maintenance pond. In May, we reported our first pair of orioles sighted for this walk, and it's likely that the pair nested nearby and at least two young fledged. (We spent about 15 minutes watching the adults coming and going with food - the crops of the young appeared full!) In addition, one of our group spotted four more adult orioles as flyovers.

GREAT HORNED OWL: Steller's Jays were causing a racket along the road and just past the Dupont housing area. Fortunately, Fred had the patience to check the area and sighted the roosting owl; subsequently, one of our group managed to get a scope on it and great looks were had by all.

HOUSE WREN: They're still here and we tallied 6 of them during the trek. At least one nest in the boxes at Hodge Lake had young being fed.

HUTTON'S VIREO: One of the two we scored was extremely vocal although we didn't see it.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW: The two we saw at the 13th hole pond were unusual in that we've only seen them at Hodge Lake previously.

Misses include Willow Flycatcher, American Crow, Violet-green Swallow, and any waterfowl except for Pied-billed Grebes.

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:

* August 18

* September 15

* October 20

Anyone is welcome to join us!

>From the eBird PNW checklist:

48 species

Pied-billed Grebe 4 At Hodge Lake - the juveniles were almost as large as adults but with striping still on the head.

Band-tailed Pigeon 3

Mourning Dove 1

Anna's Hummingbird 4

Rufous Hummingbird 2

Red-tailed Hawk 2 One at the 9th hole pond and one at Hodge Lake. The Hodge Lake nest was empty - likely the year's brood has fledged.

Great Horned Owl 1 Along road past Dupont housing area - clued in from Steller's Jay mobbing calls.

Downy Woodpecker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 7

Western Wood-Pewee 17

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2

Hutton's Vireo 2

Steller's Jay 4

California Scrub-Jay 1

Common Raven 2

Black-capped Chickadee 4

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 15

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 At 13th hole pond.

Tree Swallow 16 At Hodge Lake boxes - can't tell how many nestlings being fed.

Barn Swallow 30

Bushtit 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet 4

Red-breasted Nuthatch 11

Brown Creeper 3

House Wren 6 Unknown number of nestlings at Hodge Lake.

Pacific Wren 1

European Starling 13

Swainson's Thrush 10

American Robin 37

Cedar Waxwing 10

House Finch 1

Purple Finch 2

Pine Siskin 16

American Goldfinch 10

Chipping Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 16

White-crowned Sparrow 8

Song Sparrow 14

Spotted Towhee 10

Bullock's Oriole 8 Two juveniles and two adults at the Maintenance Pond (photos from Pete and Jerry). Four others seen as flyovers.

Red-winged Blackbird 3

Brown-headed Cowbird 9

Yellow Warbler 6

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Wilson's Warbler 3

Western Tanager 11

Black-headed Grosbeak 1

View this checklist online at https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS115573526&data=05%7C01%7C%7C561d32e0e8124a3ba6cb08da6c442483%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637941337172592004%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=88katw7hcfYkkynDCDZJZlQii2Elw%2FuZFsYPIi7AKrQ%3D&reserved=0

May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis
Avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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