Final week of April.

The past three days have had very little migration movement due to the northeastern winds, but one new species was added for the year today, a House Wren.  On Sunday the 22nd, Brendan & Brad visited the tower themselves, and 2 new species were added on that day, Broad-winged Hawk Long-eared Owl.  One Red Crossbill was also found on Sunday.

Below are lists from the tower site from every day this week.

4/22/2018

4/23/2018

4/24/2018

4/25/2018

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4/20/2018

When I arrived at the tower this morning, it was 27 degrees.  When I left the tower, it was 50!  It was nice that there really wasn’t too much wind though, what little wind there was came from the NNE.

The tower was visited today by Steve C. & Lynea H..

70 species were seen today, 1 was new for the season, a Lincoln’s Sparrow, just a little bit earlier than they would normally start to show up.

A few species were found that normally peak in March; here, today, and in decent numbers considering the date!  A flock of 16 Sandhill Cranes migrated by, in addition 3 locals were seen today.  4 Redheads were seen, this is now the latest spring record for this species at this site ever beating the 2014 record by one day, and none have been seen here since 2/28/2018.  63 White-winged Scoters were counted today, this is now the 2nd highest count of them at this site ever!  And what a late date to have it!  3 Surf Scoters & 44 Lesser Scaup were also added, both higher numbers than a typical day in the 2nd half of April.

30 Blue Jays were counted, the highest count of them in 2018 so far.  Sometime in May there will hopefully be a day or days when this number is multiplied by ten or maybe even a hundred!

There was also a good flight of Northern Flickers today totaling 166.

Northern Cardinal Eastern Bluebird gave some good opportunities for pictures too!

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Today’s complete list can be viewed here… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44756856

and here is yesterday’s list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44718253

 

76 species today!

Today, the diversity was high, but only 1 new species were added for the season, Tundra Swan.  Highlights from today include:

10 raptor species including a Short-eared Owl, a light morph Rough-legged Hawk,

a good count of 25 Turkey Vultures

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and all three expectable falcons (American Kestrel, Merlin & Peregrine Falcon) including this Merlin eating what appears to be a junco!

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86 Sandhill Cranes were counted (still migrating), an Oregon subspecies Dark-eyed Junco came to the feeders, a whopping 1168 Rusty Blackbirds flew by, a flock of 84 Greater White-fronted Geese flew by, 30 Tundra Swans flew west far inland & 2 Mute Swans flew east over the lake, and

Bonaparte’s Gulls were resting on the beach in the morning.

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Even though only one new species was added today, check out this excellent list!

Below are a few additional pictures from today…

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Northern Flicker

 

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Brown Thrasher

 

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Eastern Bluebird

A review of the past 3 days.

What a week so far!  Sunday was very wet with rain, Monday had snow falling all day, and today winds came from the northwest.  The best highlight on Sunday would probably be the 3 Wild Turkeys that walked right by.

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This is Sunday’s list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44589510

Monday was an interesting day.  Many birds have already made it to this area, and were basically grounded because most were not brave enough to migrate through the snow.  This resulted in exceptionally high counts of some species like Fox Sparrow or Hermit Thrush (both of those into the hundreds) for anyone who walked or drove through the park yesterday.

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Above is one of the Caspian Terns that were seen from the tower on Monday morning.  Here is Monday’s complete list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44628764

Today, 51 species and 1,595 individual birds were counted, heavy on the gulls.  1,224 Ring-billed Gulls, 40 Herring Gulls, an adult Great Black-backed Gull, and 2 Boneparte’s Gulls were counted today.  Today there was also a little bit of raptor movement which included this female American Kestrel

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and this Bald Eagle from the two seen today.

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Here is today’s complete list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44667309

4 all time high counts! Plus some honorable mentions.

With the winds pushing hard from the southwest all last night and all day today, today’s numbers were nice and high!  67 species were observed and 14,918 birds counted, the sixth best flight day ever!  4 species had their highest count ever for this site today.  These species were: 79 Eastern Phoebes (a new STATE record high count), 6 Brown Creepers, 6 Vesper Sparrows, 1,215 Brown-headed Cowbirds (Previous high was 986 on 4/4/2013), & 13 Brewer’s Blackbirds.

Honorable mentions include: 108 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (the 3rd highest count here ever), 634 Northern Flickers (the 3rd highest count here ever), & 5,052 American Robins (this is apparently the 5th time 5,000 has been broken here).

New species for the year from today include: Wilson’s SnipeGreater YellowlegsChimney SwiftNorthern Rough-winged & Barn SwallowsBrown ThrasherPine Warbler, & Brewer’s Blackbird.

Here is the complete list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44499724

And here is one of each of the 26 Purple Finches & 23 Eastern Bluebirds seen today.

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Our first 60+ day of the year (species & Fahrenheit).

Today the temperature ranged from 38-60 degrees while at the tower, and the wind was coming from the southwest.  64 species were observed today, making this the highest species count on any day here this year so far.  9,861 birds were counted in total.

Two species found today were firsts for the season here at the tower, Purple FinchRuby-crowned Kinglet.

Additional highlights include: a flock of 102 Greater White-fronted Geese, 5 Surf & 18 White-winged Scoters, 7 species of raptors, 92 Sandhill Cranes, & a Red Crossbill.

The complete list from today can be viewed here… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44470046

And this was yesterday’s list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44438462

Snow day.

When I went to bed last night, the weather forecast called for a little snow overnight.  I figured like last time that none would stick to the ground.  Nope!  And it’s still coming down!  Because of this, there was very little bird movement, however some of today’s bird observations were interesting.  Since large flocks of cowbirds were not going to be on the move today, there weren’t 100 of them all at once devouring the food at the bird feeders like yesterday.  There was quite a nice selection of sparrows though, 7 species of them.  What could be a better day then this snowy day to get our first Chipping Sparrow of the year!  Kind of neat to see Chipping, American Tree, and Field Sparrows all at the same time right next to each other feeding on the ground below the feeder!

4 total Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were found today, an American Woodcock was flushed, and a flyby Caspian Tern would complete the best highlights of today.  Caspian Terns have already been in the area for a while now, but it’s uncommon sight to see one in the snow.

All of today’s snow birds can be viewed here… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44395615

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