Brianpen Birds


Trip Report at Home,  Jan 17 2010  08:30

Site description:
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 2010-01-17
Watched and listened around the feeders and the house, then walked around the property. Managed to get a few photos despite relatively low light.
Seemed noisy out - tree frogs, dogs barking, distant cars and planes. Two new yardbirds for the year - American Wigeon and Red Crossbill. Birds seemed fairly active but fewer small birds - kinglets and chickadees - than usual.

Altogether I saw or heard a total of 25 species during a 70 minute count period.
Canada Goose190Half a dozen flocks all heading over to pastures east of the property
American Wigeon5Heard off to the west
Mallard63 pair in brushy pasture pond
Downy Woodpecker1At suet
Hairy Woodpecker1Calling across the street
Northern Flicker1At suet
American Crow6Individuals flying over
Common Raven1Calling
Black-capped Chickadee8
Chestnut-backed Chickadee1Calling
Red-breasted Nuthatch2
Golden-crowned Kinglet2Poplars
Ruby-crowned Kinglet1Calling in thickets near Minnick's
American Robin2Flying over
Spotted Towhee2
Fox Sparrow1Back yard
Song Sparrow4Several singing
White-throated Sparrow1With Golden-crowneds, photographed in woodlot across the street.
Golden-crowned Sparrow6Along driveway and in woodlot across the street.
Dark-eyed Junco25Under feeder and along driveway where we put out seed. Photographed the Slate-colored individual.
Purple Finch1Brown male singing fragments of song
House Finch6Small flock
Red Crossbill3Calling overhead
Pine Siskin70Flock overhead
House Sparrow1Male along the driveway
Trip photos
White-throated Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Slate-colored Junco