[Tweeters] 1000s of Western Tanagers

Marcus Roening marcus at rainierconnect.com
Mon May 23 14:45:47 PDT 2022

Hi Tweets,

Tacoma/Ruston at the upper portion of Dune Peninsula Park has once again shown remarkable flights of Western Tanagers this year (and likely hundreds of years😇).

Charlie Wright & Will Brooks, who ‘discovered’ this location, have been tallying this spectacle most every morning this week.

The tallies from Charlie’s lists:
5/13. 139
5/17. 2203
5/19. 7
5/20 17
5/22 4705!!
5/23 ~200 (when I left)

The viewing area is at the top of the hill at the top of the giant staircase and multi slide play area. You can park at Dune and follow the winding path up the hill or park near the boat launch area and take the stairs up. From on top of the gravel lot you look over into Pt Defiance Park along with sweeping Scope views of Commencement Bay.

Light winds generally from the north seem to be best and southerly or high winds not so good. The tanagers start appearing around 8:00 am flying along the skyline and sometimes overhead.

Good birding,
Marcus Roening
Tacoma WA

Sent from my iPhone

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