Subject: WA BIRDBOX, December 7 to December 17 (5:45pm) Date: Dec 17 18:16:30 1998 From: "Susan L. Collicott" - camel at serv.net
WA BIRDBOX, December 7 to December 17 (5:45pm)
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Transcribed by Susan Collicott, Seattle, WA, camel at serv.net, (206)440-0585
I welcome corrections such as pointing out the mangling of place and persons names.
BirdBox previously accessed December 7 about 6 PM.
Tuesday, December 8, 6:48 PM. This is Ruth Tyalor, 525-6345. This afternoon at about 2:15 there were at least 2 SCRUB JAYS still at the site in the Arboretum by the soccer fields. This is at the extreme south end of the Arboretum. The birds were by the corner of the soccer fields, closest to the intersection of lake wa blvd and madison. They were in the company of 10 or 12 AMERICAN ROBINS, at least 2 VARIED THRUSES and 4 SPOTTED TOWHEES. That's all for now, good luck and good birding.
Wednesday, December 9, 4:03 PM. Hi this is Mike Donahue. Today around 2 o'clock, I saw an adult GLAUCOUS GULL at Greenlake. It was on one of the diving platforms by the BathHouse Theater which is on the west side of the lake. I watched it for 20 minutes or so, at which time it flew off and landed with some other gulls in themiddle of the lake. My phone number is (206)323-9889.
Thursday December 10th 10:26 PM. Hi, this is Kevin Aanerud, (206)523-1695. Birding on the morning of the 10th of December I found a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS on the Lowell Riverfront park which is located on the Lowell River Road SE of Everett. Also at the Two Rivers Wildlife Mangement Area, I found two COMMON YELLOW-THROATS and two SWAMP SPARROWS. These were found on the slough which runs parallel to Towalco road. Those can best be seen while walking on the road south of the reformatory farm, and then walking south past the red barn another 100 yards until the first pullout. The SWAMP SPARROWS are conspicuous with their calls, which are high and metallic. That's all, thank you.
Friday, December 11, 8:15 PM. This is Craig Kemper (206)789-9255. Reporting for Friday, Decmeber 11th. From Skagit County, at the Skagit County Wildlife Management Area, at 2 o'clock, I located a SWAMP SPARROW south of the boat launch parking lot. To find this bird, leave the SW corner of the parking lot across the ditch and follow the hedgerow to the right, or the west side, that seperates the cornfield from the open grass-planted field. Proceeding south, beyond an island of tree and brush is a footbridge on your left, 100 to 125 feet further south still on the right or west side of the hedgerow. The bird was seen feeding in the grass and returning to cover in the hedgerow. This is approximately halfway between the footbridge you just passed and the one further beyond. Thank you.
Friday December 11, 9:10 PM. Hi this is Steven Mlodinow. People might be interested, there is a BRAMBLING at Blackie Spit which is just across the border, it's either in or near White Rock, just inside BC. To get details on how to find this bird, call the Vancouver Hotline at (604)737-3074. The bird was seen today, Friday. Good luck and good birding.
Sunday, December 13, 9:42 AM The following report was received early today from Carl Haynie.
This is a late report from Carl Haynie, 425-837-9293. There was one, possibly two, WHITE-TAILED KITES seen in the prairie near Tenino on Friday, Dec 11th. One bird was seen at the south end of the prairie from the end of Mima Acres Drive looking westward. Another or the same bird was seen off the main road just south of the entrance to Dan Darr Farms.
Stopped off at American Lake on the way home and saw the adult, basic-plumaged, LITTLE GULL off of Harry Todd Park. It was actively hunting in the mid afternoon.
That's all. Good luck and good birding.
Sunday December 13, 4:16 PM. Hi this is Steven Mlodinow. The BRAMBLING was still present today at Blackie Spit at Crescent Beach in BC just across the border. Call (604)737-3074 for details. Also, there's a CATTLE EGRET not too far away, if you go north on 99 to Ladner Trunk which is Route 10, go west on 10 to 88th st or 88th ave (I forget which one), make a left on that so you're headed back south, and take that until it ends. The last farmhouse on the left, it's in the farmyard. It does not look well, it may not make it that much longer. That's about it, good luck and good birding.
Monday December 14, 3:51 PM. This is Dennis Duffy. The CLAY COLORED SPARROW that was previously reported at the end of Idey Road near Stanwood is still there. Ted Peterson, Greg Toffic and I saw it there this morning at precisely the same location that Steve Mlodinow reported in on the 6th of December.
Wednesday December 16, 6:43 PM. Hello, This is Dave Beaudette 206-365-2083. This report for the afternoon of Decmber 16th and Snohomoish County. At the wildlife area at the end of Idey Road near Stanwood the clay colored sparrow was seen there again in a large flock of white-crowned sparrows at the site described by Steve Mlodinow on the birdbox on dec 6. Also in the flock was an american tree sparrow. Out in the first field, southwest and w of the gate where you park was a horned lark and also several short-eared owls were very conspicuous in the area. that's all for now, Bye.
Thursday December 17, 8:43 AM. This is Bob Sundstrom, 762-4327 in Seattle. I also visited the CLAY COLORED SPARROW spot yesterday with a group. Just to kind of revive the location directions, at the end of Idey road, west of Stanwood, is a state wildlife area. Idey Road runs along the west edge of South Path, just due west of the city of Stanwood. You can park at the end of Idey Road, and the most direct approach to where this sparrow has been seen several times is to walk due west from where you park, cross the field, intersect with a line of brush and small trees. We saw the CLAY COLORED SPARROW with a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and nearby an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW within a couple hundred feet of where you intersect the brush line and trees to the south. There are multiple flocks of sparrows along this brushline and along the dikes which sort of frame the wildlife areas which runs south along South Path and then back north again along the edge of Port Susan Bay. At the end of the dike, if you loop around the entire U, the dike deadends and there was another AMERICAN TREE SPARROW there. Also in the area were a couple of very active SHORT-EARED OWLS, an adult male light mophed ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a YELLOW SHAFTED FLICKER, a couple of SLATE COLORED JUNCOS, a MERLIN, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and there are also some duck hunters well tucked away in blinds who were a bit surprised at the multiple uses of the area.
On the same day at the Samish Flats just north of the West90 of the Samish T there was a PRARIE FALCON on a fence post.