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.
Trip description: Home 2010-02-06
Check out the feeder, then counter-clockwise around the property.
Birds fairly active but missed several - golden-crowned kinglet, chestnut-backed chickadee, for example
Altogether I saw or heard a total of 27 species during a 60 minute count
Canada Goose31Several groups heading SE towards fields
Mallard8Two groups flying by
Bald Eagle2Flew together S of property, calling.
Killdeer2Foraging in pasture across the street. Silent.
Glaucous-winged Gull6Group of adults flew over. One had gray spots in wingtips.
Downy Woodpecker1Near feeder
Steller's Jay4Calling in area
American Crow3Individuals calling in distance
Red-breasted Nuthatch2Calling in area
Brown Creeper2Singing near Minnick's
Ruby-crowned Kinglet1S edge of property
American Robin25Mostly foraging in pastures across the street
European Starling2Individuals heard
Spotted Towhee5One song heard
Song Sparrow10Several singing
Dark-eyed Junco10Probably undercounted.
Purple Finch3Calls and song fragments
House Finch9Flock in back yard bushes near seed
Pine Siskin20Everywhere, particularly around feeder
Evening Grosbeak5Flock flew over
House Sparrow3Several calling near Tedrick's