Fort Simcoe 30 April
The fourth citizen science cavity nester survey at Fort Simcoe took place
today under conditions that were almost dead solid perfect. Great day to visit
with bird activity bulging at every observation point.
Lewis's Woodpeckers were almost going berserk with nonstop churring calls.
There was so much calling that when I got home, I had to pop throat lozenges
as even my throat was hoarse and I wasn't even churring. Circle flight
displays to claim territory were evident as were slow swoops to premium cavities.
Once a person starts really examining old Garry Oak it is obvious that
Washington State Parks could go broke if it opted for dental care for all the
cavities at Simcoe alone.
Plenty of European Starlings also on hand, flashing about like starlets
always seem to do.
Drumming competed with the churring with the Lewis's softer raps being
upstaged by two (or more) Downy Woodpeckers that were connected to some of the
most resonate wood the park had to offer.
Today's most numerous species was the Yellow-rumped Warbler. A few were
noted at Point 1 & 2 but Points 3 through 8 seemingly had the entire canopy
coated with gleaning Audubon's Warblers...very little flycatching today. At
noon, however, several Lewis's did engage in arial flycatching...probably to
sooth their throats. The throng of butter butts made it hard to concentrate on
the cavity survey; I plead guilty to neglecting the holy wood while searching
the little flits for other warblers. I had one view of a Kinglet whose crown
split open and belched out molten red magna worthy of any Hawaiian volcano.
Wow, those little guys can be real hot-heads!
Among newly arriving migrants were a minimum of eight Western Kingbirds, a
Western Tanager and a Bullock's Oriole. A word of warning to all residential
black oil sunflower providers - a flock of 12 Evening Grosbeaks was on the
Next survey will be on Monday, May 7. Feel free to join us if you can. The
carpool will meet at the IHOP at 7:45 unless otherwise posted. We could
have used extra eyes and ears today.
Location: Fort Simcoe
Observation date: 4/30/07
Notes: sunny, 53-68 degrees, calm w occasional breeze 1-8 mph
Garry oak leaves 3 to 5 inches; Udder oaks beginning to leaf
in bloom: bitterbrush, lilac, lupine, choke cherry
fading or gone: apples, balsamroot on hillside
Number of species: 38
hummingbird sp. 3 observed, 0 identified
Mallard 4 WP*
Cinnamon Teal 4 WP
Ring-necked Pheasant 3
California Quail 6
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 4 WP
Spotted Sandpiper 1 WP
Least Sandpiper 27 WP
Mourning Dove 4
Great Horned Owl 1 on nest just beyond eastern boundary fence
Lewis's Woodpecker 49
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Say's Phoebe 2
Western Kingbird 8
American Crow 6
Common Raven 5
Tree Swallow 2
Cliff Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 heard near Great Horned Owl nest by "Tin Ear"
House Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 6
European Starling 70
Yellow-rumped Warbler 89
Western Tanager 1
Spotted Towhee 3
Song Sparrow 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Western Meadowlark 2
Brewer's Blackbird 3
Bullock's Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 4
Evening Grosbeak 12
WP* - observed at Job Corp Waste Water Ponds
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 (_http://www.ebird.org_
R. A. Repp
Simcoe Survey Senior Serf
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