Subject: Washington State RBA, May 7, 1995 Date: May 7 21:42:38 1995 From: Russell Rogers - rrogers
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Topping this weeks reports, a BREWER'S SPARROW was seen at the Montlake Fill, on the University of Washington Campus on April 27th. This is possibly the first report of this species in Western Washington. Remarkably, as second BREWER'S SPARROW was reported from a P-Patch next to Dall Field, near NE 80th & 25th NE in Seattle.
There are still a few lingering winter sparrows. A SWAMP SPARROW was seen at the "River SP unit", of the Ridgefield NWR, in Clark County, on April 26th. This is just south of the town of Ridgefield. The HARRIS'S SPARROW that was reported throughout the winter at the Edmonds Marsh, in Edmonds, was last reported on April 26th in full breeding plumage. And lastly a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen at Ocean Shores on April 29th.
A BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE was reported from Nisqually NWR on April 29th. There have been no reports since then.
Belle and Stewart, the nesting pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS down town Seattle, now have three fuzzy little chicks, which all hatched within hours of each other on May 2nd.
WESTERN TANAGER, PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, SOLITARY VIREO, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, and WILSON WARBLER are all being reported widely throughout western Washington. The first report of a OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was from Bainbridge Island on May 6th.
Point No Point, in northern Kitsap County, has been a good spot for migrants more typical east of the Cascades the past week or so, a NASHVILLE WARBLER on April 25, a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD on April 26 and on May 1st, 4 WESTERN KINGBIRDS and a PRAIRIE FALCON were noted.
At the Montlake fill, some other interesting migrants in addition to the BREWER'S SPARROW, this past week have been a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and BULLOCK'S ORIOLE on May 4th. Many shorebirds reported there as well including SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER and WESTERN SANDPIPER.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD saw seen near the Kent Ponds on April 30th.
A CHIPPING SPARROW was on Vashion Island also on April 30th.
The shorebird migration at Bowerman Basin is in full swing. Thousands of DUNLIN, WESTERN SANDPIPER, DOWITCHER, and RED KNOT are moving through. A pair of BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS have been seen at the Game Range off and on through at least April 29th.
East of the Cascade Crest, a ROSS'S GOOSE was in Richland on May 5th. AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT, GREAT EGRET, CLARK'S GREBE, and FOSTERS TERNS are being reported widely throughout the Columbia Basin.
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