Trip Report
Swan Creek Park 2013-05-13
2013-05-13 07:30 for 3 hrs 30 mins (birding) 50 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. Overcast clearing to partly cloudy, high 50's, breeze developing. Parked at 42nd St, walked to and through old development, through the woods to the 56th St trailhead, north and east on the trail to the stream, down the stream canyon trail and up the access trail to the brushy area at the southeast corner of the old development.
Sightings recorded in the field and submitted from BirdLog for Android v1.6.
Great Blue Heron 3   A pair and two individuals flying over.
Cooper's Hawk 2   Two near community garden at 42nd St. One had prominent fluffy white undertail coverts.
Killdeer 1   42nd St neighborhood
Glaucous-winged Gull 1  
Rock Pigeon 5   Along 42nd St
Band-tailed Pigeon 8  
Anna's Hummingbird 2  
Rufous Hummingbird 4  
Downy Woodpecker 1   Called once
Northern Flicker 1  
Pileated Woodpecker 1   Calling
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1   Large Contopus, strongly vested, large bill.
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 6   Heard
Hutton's Vireo 3   Singing
Warbling Vireo 7   Mostly singing
Steller's Jay 1   Called once
American Crow 22   Including flock of 18+
Common Raven 1  
Violet-green Swallow 2  
Black-capped Chickadee 2  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 13  
Bushtit 1   Heard
Red-breasted Nuthatch 8  
Brown Creeper 3   Two singing
Bewick's Wren 4   Singing
Pacific Wren 7  
Golden-crowned Kinglet 13   Most singing
Swainson's Thrush 4   None singing
American Robin 24  
European Starling 3  
Cedar Waxwing 4  
Orange-crowned Warbler 12  
Black-throated Gray Warbler 9   Variable songs ""zyaah-tsitsi-zyah-zieew"", ""zizizizeezee-zeweezyuh""
Townsend's Warbler 8   Singing, never seen
Wilson's Warbler 21  
Western Tanager 6  
Spotted Towhee 17  
Chipping Sparrow 5  
Song Sparrow 8  
White-crowned Sparrow 10  
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3  
Dark-eyed Junco 10  
Black-headed Grosbeak 8  
Lazuli Bunting 2   Adult and 1-year-old male
Brown-headed Cowbird 7  
Purple Finch 9   Singing
Red Crossbill 9  
Pine Siskin 32   Everywhere, all the time
American Goldfinch 10  
Evening Grosbeak 5