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PostFri Apr 28, 2017 6:57 am 
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Now that you mentioned it and I checked what we were seeing were CA scrub jays NOT blue birds.
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PostFri Apr 28, 2017 10:00 am 
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mike wrote:
Now that you mentioned it and I checked what we were seeing were CA scrub jays NOT blue birds.

Blue birds on steroids!  Those guys aren't small.  Or quiet.
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PostFri Apr 28, 2017 2:13 pm 
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We've had Roufus hummingbirds for years, particularly when the feeders started going out. . .

We saw the occasional Anna and then we started leaving the feeders out over the winter as the Annas continued to hang around (on cold nights, they would roost on the front porch light - LED, poor guys. . .).  For the first few years, the Roufus dominated the feeders, but the year before last (after the Annas were there all winter), it was more of a draw.  This year, we saw a Roufus or two in March (as always), but they haven't stayed.  I don't know if the Annas have won the territorial war, or if this is just a low year in the Roufus population.  Anyone else notice a dearth of Roufus this year?  We're south of Issaquah, adjacent to Tiger/Taylor.
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PostSat Apr 29, 2017 8:47 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
mike wrote:
Now that you mentioned it and I checked what we were seeing were CA scrub jays NOT blue birds.

Blue birds on steroids!  Those guys aren't small.  Or quiet.

nor thrushes  wink.gif
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Pretty sure I saw a pair of white crowned sparrows in my back yard.  Honestly can't ever remember seeing them around my neighborhood before.

Right after that a couple of Oregon juncos were eating dandelions gone to seed.  Don't recall seeing anything eat those before either.  I always assumed dandelions were dispersed by the wind, but if you can get a bird to do the dispersing, that works too.
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PostThu May 04, 2017 10:13 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
Pretty sure I saw a pair of white crowned sparrows in my back yard.

Highly likely. They are abundant in most of WA this time of year in a wide range of habitats. Adults have very distinctive field marks on the head. We saw them daily in our back yard this time of year through mid-summer in West Seattle. Listen for the males this time of year through mid-summer (W of crest). Lovely song.

Speaking of songs, I've been hearing Sage Thrashers over here near our new home E of the crest.
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PostThu May 04, 2017 7:21 pm 
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Saw and heard several varied thrushes up the Suiattle River trail today.  Was hoping for hermit and/or Swainson's, but no such luck.
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PostFri May 05, 2017 7:15 am 
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Swainson's Thrush migration into WA peaks in June. I do not recall ever hearing a Swainson's Thrush earlier than June that far north.

As you likely know, the sweet spot of Hermit Thrush zone is higher in the montane forest zone and up into the subalpine, although they do sometimes breed lower down. I have not yet heard one this year, but I expect to hear hundreds of Hermit Thrush songs in the next couple months.
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PostFri May 05, 2017 10:27 am 
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I don't quite have it dialed in when I typically hear each type of thrush each year.  I always look forward to the hermit's.  Most of the time  I first hear them in the Teanaway or around Leavenworth, haven't been over there yet this spring.  I seem to recall a few days where I've heard the trifecta of hermit, Swainson's and varied during a hike.
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PostFri May 05, 2017 4:02 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
I don't quite have it dialed in when I typically hear each type of thrush each year.

I've made a mental note re FOY Swainson's Thrush each year for at least a decade and quite certain I've never heard one in WA before Memorial Day.

olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
I seem to recall a few days where I've heard the trifecta of hermit, Swainson's and varied during a hike.

I've heard 2 of the 3 on 100 hikes, but don't recall hearing all 3 on the same hike. Come to think of it, I do not recall ever hearing a Swainson's Thrush song >3000', and I have heard very few Hermit Thrush songs <2500'.

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Most of the time  I first hear them [Hermit Thrush] in the Teanaway or around Leavenworth

Same here. IME Hermit Thrush songs are most abundant in montane forests and lower subalpine forests E of the crest. Notwithstanding their name, the males get bold for a short time during breeding season. A couple times I have seen a male conspicuously perched within 25 feet of me. After breeding season, good luck ever getting a good luck at one.
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PostFri May 05, 2017 6:14 pm 
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I've never heard all 3 simultaneously, but almost positive I've heard both Swainson's and hermit at different points during the same hike, and hearing varied is fairly common.

I don't SEE any of them very often.  Like probably everyone else I've seen hundreds if not thousands of robins during my lifetime, but the other thrushes make much less frequent appearances.
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PostSat May 06, 2017 7:21 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
I don't SEE any of them very often.

Varied Thrush is by far the most conspicuous and bold of the 3 (with the exception of Hermit males during breeding season, as noted above), and they are in Western WA all year round. Over the past 20 years I've seen 200+ Varied Thrushes each year, including nearly daily sightings on the ground under the feeder in our former back yard in West Seattle and many VT sightings while jogging at Tiger. (Those numbers are likely to fall off now that I live E of the crest.) I've averaged a dozen or so Swainson's visual IDs per year, roughly half of them while jogging in Schmitz Park in West Seattle. My confirmed Hermit Thrush IDs have been limited to males singing from tree tops E-of-crest montane forest during breeding season -- est. 8-10 total through the years.
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PostSun May 07, 2017 1:41 am 
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May 6

Raptor Rapture at Ebey Bluffs: Whidbey Island

Stiff breeze, warm sun= great updrafts for soaring

3-4 Bald eagles cruising the steep dune grass slopes, with several coasting 10-20 feet from enthralled hikers on the upper trail.  Two big hawks(sorry no ID) doing aerial ballet at the same time.

Small flock of Greater Yellowlegs(?) on beach

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PostWed May 17, 2017 7:38 am 
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Stepped outside this morning and was greeted by both Swainson's Thrush and Western Tanagers singing. smile.gif
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Saw 2 Olive-sided Flycatchers yesterday evening for the first time this year.

I've also seen a couple of Townsend's Warblers over the last few days.

And some Purple Finches.

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