Trip Report
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2013-05-08 07:00 for 70 minutes (birding) 34 sightings Home (WAKCHOME) 37407 188th Ave SE, Auburn, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 47.26587,-122.09188 Map Elevation: 550 feet
Home - about 2 acres of field, garden and landscaped yard on the Auburn-Enumclaw plateau. The field hosts solitary pine, cottonwood and ash trees, hazelnut and quince bushes and a brushy fenceline. The house is enclosed by trees - a cedar tree out front, a line of Lombardy-type poplars just west of the house, a fir, blue spruce, big-leaf maple and sequoiah on the east side and a grove of Douglas fir on the north side. Dense rhododendron and juniper grow under the trees on the east and north of the house. Neighboring properties include fields and pastures, some with standing water in the winter, and small deciduous woodlots along with residential yards. Seed and suet feeders attract birds in the winter. Overcast, 53F, calm, occ mist in the air Stationary - I sat at corner of workshop overlooking fields and woodlots, and watched and listened for 70 minutes.
Local construction noise interfered with listening at times. Sightings recorded in the field and submitted from BirdLog.
Canada Goose 2   Pair flying by from northwest
Ring-necked Pheasant 1   Calling in field and thickets behind house, as it did all afternoon yesterday. Possibly an escape.
Bald Eagle 1   White head, brown tail.
American Kestrel 2   Pair in snag on east edge of woodlot across the street.
Killdeer 1  
Band-tailed Pigeon 5   Flying over
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1   Calling interminably
Vaux's Swift 4   Flying around over the house with high thin calls.
Rufous Hummingbird 1   Female seeking nest material?
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1  
Northern Flicker 1  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1   Calling
Warbling Vireo 1   Singing occasionally in woodlot across the street
Steller's Jay 1  
American Crow 2  
Tree Swallow 2   Pair. Female visited nest box in garden.
Violet-green Swallow 14   The three regular pairs plus a bunch of visitors
Black-capped Chickadee 2  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 4  
Bewick's Wren 1  
Swainson's Thrush 1   Seen and heard. It sang below the house a few times early. Later it came in to taped calls and went through full repertory of calls - weet, pwit and the nasal wichittttt. Spotted breast w/ buffy wash, buffy eyering, olive-brown above. Not unusual, but early.
American Robin 4  
European Starling 4  
Wilson's Warbler 1   Singing
Spotted Towhee 3   Singing
Savannah Sparrow 2   Singing
Song Sparrow 2  
Black-headed Grosbeak 1   Called once
Brown-headed Cowbird 5  
Purple Finch 1   Short warbled calls and pit calls
Red Crossbill 3   Flying over
Pine Siskin 3  
American Goldfinch 2   One singing
Evening Grosbeak 50   Small and large groups flying around area. Actual number could have been as high as 70.