Brianpen Birds


Trip Report at Home,  Mar 26 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 2010-03-26
Walked around property, hung out near feeder. Talked w/ Jim at SB for about 20 minutes during the outing
Bird activity fairly slow.Cottonwood leaves out and about an inch long but no green on the alders yet. Quince in full bloom, plums starting to flower, daffodil all flowering. Cold morning, a little raw with wind blowing broken STCU overhead from SW allowing a few too-brief sunbreaks. No white-crowned or fox sparrows today.

Altogether I saw or heard a total of 27 species during a 60 minute count period.
Canada Goose7Flew over field across street
Mallard1Pasture pond across street
Killdeer1Neigbor's field
Glaucous-winged Gull1Large gull overhead, possibly w/ dark wingtips
Rufous Hummingbird1Male on top of hazelnut bush, guarding quince?
Red-breasted Sapsucker1Tapping and calling briefly across street
Downy Woodpecker2Pair at feeder
Northern Flicker3Pair calling in maple
American Crow4Calling in area
Violet-green Swallow25Loose flock drifting S overhead
Black-capped Chickadee2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee2Around feeder
Bushtit2Calling in pine
Red-breasted Nuthatch1Calling
Bewick's Wren1Singing
American Robin5Singing
European Starling10Small flock across street, a couple singing
Spotted Towhee3
Song Sparrow3Singing
White-throated Sparrow1The tan-striped one, w/ golden-crowneds near feeder.
Golden-crowned Sparrow5Around feeder. Adults' caps becoming more prominent.
Dark-eyed Junco10Several singing, others around feeder
Purple Finch1Singing
House Finch2Singing
Pine Siskin5Small group
Evening Grosbeak11Larger group
House Sparrow2With sparrows