[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course (GC) monthly bird walk - 11-17-2022

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Nov 17 17:20:22 PST 2022


A baker's dozen of us braved the cold (31degF-42degF) temps but brilliant day for what turned out to be a low number of species (25) at the JBLM Eagles Pride GC. Not much stirring, and not many vocalizations. Compared with many of the previous months, including the height of summer, the water level in some of the ponds and Hodge Lake was very low. Highlights included the following:

- HERMIT THRUSH - One at the edge of the forested area along the 4th hole (Green course)

- AMERICAN WIDGEON - 34, including 18 at the 9th hole pond

- GREAT BLUE HERON - Two - we've not had more than one recorded previously on a single day

- PIED-BILLED GREBE - One at the 12th hole pond - a first for that area (none at Hodge Lake)

- HOODED MERGANSER - 14 at Hodge Lake

- GADWALL - Six - a species we don't often see at Eagles Pride GC

Hope you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

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:

* December 15

* January 19

* February 16

Anyone is welcome to join us!

>From the eBirdPNW list:

25 species

Gadwall 6

American Wigeon 34

Mallard 14

Bufflehead 4

Hooded Merganser 14 All at Hodge Lake (only duck species there)

Pied-billed Grebe 1 One at the 12th hole pond - a first for this spot. (None at usual place - Hodge Lake.)

Great Blue Heron 2 One at usual place at the 12th hole pond and one flyover.

Northern Flicker 4

Steller's Jay 6

California Scrub-Jay 1

American Crow 18

Common Raven 1

Black-capped Chickadee 3

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 4

Golden-crowned Kinglet 4

Red-breasted Nuthatch 14

Pacific Wren 15

Bewick's Wren 2

European Starling 11

Hermit Thrush 1 At the edge of the forest bordering the right side of the 4th hole (Green Course). Well seen by several observers.

American Robin 4

Purple Finch 1

Dark-eyed Junco 52

Golden-crowned Sparrow 4

Song Sparrow 8

View this checklist online at https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS122582793&data=05%7C01%7C%7C00f25494d78f4d28cb7d08dac8ff1e6f%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C638043295298190359%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=OY6qS3rB%2B70hl07uJ38Mix0CT3MDuYMWXnjvOkW0wKs%3D&reserved=0

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
Avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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