Subject: [Tweeters] Water scarcity brings out interesting behaviors (etc.)
Date: Jun 19 17:44:54 2014
From: Tucker, Trileigh - TRI at

Hi Tweets,

Starting with the small: my study at home has a little balcony overhung by a cedar tree. Every year I have the pleasure of watching the maturation of a little family of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, whose nest I assume is in the cedar somewhere. Today they?ve been all over my suet like Bushtits?five at once pecking and poking. (I assume at least one must be a parent). There are regularly 1-2 juveniles in the nearby hanging birdbath, sometimes 3, at least once an hour; it dawned on me for the first time today that, rather than getting rid of pests, perhaps they?re simply enjoying the public swimming hole like the kids down at Colman Pool. I realize that there aren?t many other places in these dry days that offer that opportunity.

Although the Lincoln Park Barred Owls have not been successful in raising young this year, I did capture an interesting observation back in early May. A loud argument between the owls and a Cooper?s Hawk drew my attention, and I found the male owl carrying a nestling, eventually into the owl's nest box. Although I first thought the nestling was a Coop, other observers thought it might be a different species, even a Barred; your hypothesis is welcome. Photos start at

Finally, on Memorial Day I watched as the female Barred Owl tried repeatedly to fly down to one of the last small puddles of standing water in Lincoln Park, looking pretty thirsty after her extended attempt at egg-hatching. I?ve written about that episode and other seasonal events here<>.

Good birding to all,

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Trileigh Tucker
Lincoln Park, West Seattle
Natural history website:<>