Subject: [Tweeters] Lake Tapps Birds: Trumpeter Swan, Date: Nov 29 22:32:10 2011 From: Alan Richards - slugranch85 at wwest.net
On Monday, 11/28/11, between 0730 and 0800, Ann Musche' and I observed 14 Trumpter Swans (9 ad., 5 imm.), near the western border of Lake Tapps, Pierce co., near Sumner. We had opportunity to hear as well as see these fine animals, including hearing a kind of short call, a type of very melodious location 'chip'.
Later in the same day, about 1030 hrs., we saw and heard a flock of 75 White-winged Crossbills, flying directly over us several times, emitting their distinctive 'chef-chef-chif' call (softer and more wispy than the more usually heard 'chep-chep; chep-chep-chep' call of Red Crossbill). We could observe white wingbars on many of the closer ones. A minute or so later, we heard a up-inflected call, somewhat reminiscent of Pine Siskin, from the top of a nearby conifer; which we believed to also be made by this same species. Their flight was more direct, less looping up and down as found in the smaller finches. They were of the size and shape we have noted in observations of White-winged Crossbills in other locations in earlier years.