[Tweeters] Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Eagles Pride Golf Course (GC) monthly bird walk - 9-15-2022

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Thu Sep 15 22:23:49 PDT 2022

Including a quartet of birders from the Vancouver Audubon Society, a dozen of us traversed the JBLM Eagles Pride GC birding route under very pleasant conditions (55degF-68degF). Too bad it was so quiet! We did, however, have a nice walk with some interesting sights:
- BELTED KINGFISHER flying over the area near the driving range. This is a seldom-seen species at Eagles Pride GC.
- PIED-BILLED GREBE at the 9th hole pond. Never have had this species at this spot.
- PIED-BILLED GREBE adult and three LOUD juveniles at Hodge Lake. The offspring are likely from the nest we spotted there last month.
- WOOD DUCKS aplenty: 31 altogether, split between the 9th hole pond and Hodge Lake. For some reason, the very small 9th hole pond has had a lot of Wood Ducks in the Fall over the past several years.
- CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAYS: The seven we spotted were the most recorded on any one outing.
- WESTERN TANAGER was a nice surprise.
- VIOLET-GREEN and BARN SWALLOWS, although two of each, were also a nice sighting.

Mammals included black-tailed deer, Townsend's chipmunk, and Douglas squirrel.

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:
* October 20
* November 17
* December 15
Anyone is welcome to join us!

>From the eBird PNW report:

32 species

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 31 Split between a group at the 9th hole pond and Hodge Lake. Distance separation between ponds made a duplicate sighting very unlikely. Accurate counts were recorded. The photo is of the flock at Hodge Lake (with some Mallards). Note: We have had over 40 at the 9th hole pond alone in the past.
Mallard 10
Hooded Merganser 3
Pied-billed Grebe 5 One at 9th hole pond; adult and 3 peeping juveniles at Hodge Lake.
Mourning Dove 1
Anna's Hummingbird 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1 Flying over the fairway near the driving range. This is a seldom-seen species at Eagles Pride.
Northern Flicker 8
Steller's Jay 10
California Scrub-Jay 7 5 were in a tree at one time.
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 35
Violet-green Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Bushtit 12
Red-breasted Nuthatch 20
Brown Creeper 1
Pacific Wren 2
European Starling 7
American Robin 14
House Finch 4
Pine Siskin 10
American Goldfinch 22
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 15
Spotted Towhee 8
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Western Tanager 1

View this checklist online at https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS118820340&data=05%7C01%7C%7Cf152b6fe500a4390822f08da979f5500%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637989007821494623%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=JgSJlQbm1B14M685qnZ3kMfEO4kKBWb3LQFNCe%2BcWTQ%3D&reserved=0

May all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis
Avnacrs 4 birds at outlook dot com

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