Trip Report
Swan Creek Park 2013-05-10
2013-05-10 10:38 for 2 hrs 30 mins (birding) 38 sightings Swan Creek Park (WAPCSWKP) Tacoma, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 47.21496,-122.39628 Map Elevation: 200 feet
Swan Creek Park is a forested county park about three miles SE of downtown Tacoma with (per Shep Thorp) "a variety of habitats including mature mixed coniferous/deciduous forest, a gulch with running creek, edge habitat, overgrown weedy previously developed areas, and warm open shrubby areas. From I-5 take E Portland Ave south to E 44th St, east to E Roosevelt Ave, then north a couple of blocks to the entrance at the community garden at E 42nd Ave. Sunny, mid-high 70's, calm. With David, parked at 44th and Roosevelt, walked south through old development and into the woods, down to the stream trail, up to the south and back, then north to the community garden.
Activity somewhat slow due to warmth, though picked up some along the creek. We didn't find the Hermit Warbler reported by Shep and others. Sightings recorded in the field and submitted from BirdLog for Android v1.6.
Cooper's Hawk 1   Calling near community garden
Red-tailed Hawk 1   Soaring east of area
Anna's Hummingbird 2  
Rufous Hummingbird 2  
Hairy Woodpecker 2  
Northern Flicker 1  
Pileated Woodpecker 1  
Western Wood-Pewee 1   Burry nasal ascending call ""rrrreee"" heard a couple of times - first of season.
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 9  
Hutton's Vireo 1   Singing in old development
Warbling Vireo 1   Singing in the stream canyon
Steller's Jay 1  
American Crow 4  
Common Raven 2   Two, one flying with rapid series of short, fairly high-pitched calls - sounded worried.
Violet-green Swallow 2   Over neighborhood
Black-capped Chickadee 3  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 9  
Red-breasted Nuthatch 5  
Brown Creeper 1  
Bewick's Wren 3  
Pacific Wren 4  
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5   Individuals singing
Swainson's Thrush 1   ""weeet"" calls
American Robin 16  
Orange-crowned Warbler 5   Singing
Black-throated Gray Warbler 5   Singing
Townsend's Warbler 3   Singing
Wilson's Warbler 8   Singing
Western Tanager 6   Most singing, mostly in mixed and deciduous woods along the stream
Spotted Towhee 10  
Song Sparrow 6  
White-crowned Sparrow 4  
Dark-eyed Junco 14  
Black-headed Grosbeak 4   Singing, mostly in Doug fir woods
Purple Finch 6   Most singing
Red Crossbill 2  
Pine Siskin 25   Singing and calling in treetops
American Goldfinch 10   Most singing