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Owner Shane Sater

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Sevenmile Creek bird monitoring survey. First official survey since the installation of the ponds in the old channel in reach 3. 47 F to 73 F. Sunny at first, soon becoming weak, with light E air varying to calm and 90% cirrus and high stratus. Ca 1100, wind became light E breeze, then changed by 1115 to gentle SW breeze. It shifted to gentle W breeze gusting to moderate by 1120. Around 1215 it became mostly sunny. by 1256 wind was gusting to fresh. Clouds decreased to 80% by 1300, then 60% by 1350. The stream was running clear; the new gauge at the reach 3/4 boundary read 1.28 (ft?).

11 trains passed.

Saw 1 White-tail fawn, with spots still, near the stream at the east end reach 4. Saw 1 chipmunk near the photo point. Coyote seen in the field S of reach 4 (see notes under BARS). Photographed a possible webworm nest in a Chokecherry, reach 4.

Flowering shrubs: Cornus sericea (also fruiting), Gutierrezia sarothrae, Ericameria nauseosa. Green fruits: Alnus incana, Elaeagnus angustifolia. Ripe fruits: Prunus virginiana, Amelanchier alnifolia (dry), Ribes setosum, Symphoricarpos occidentalis. Some of the Chokecherry leaves were getting a touch of orange. Flowering forbs included Artemisia frigida.

Bird notes: LOTS of activity for a while, especially when I was stationary for an hour or more at the start point and near the western-most pond. Surprisingly few warblers compared to the bird walk a week ago (25 Aug) - lull in migration? Lots of sparrows, especially SAVS, but good diversity seen. LASP of particular note. Huge numbers of BARS were spectacular, and a new high count for the site. Second-ever sighting of a PEFA here! Continued SOSA presence seemed clearly related to the new ponds; presumably the same was true for the first WODU sightings here. CAFI was unexpected; WETA was notable; also the amount of PISI activity.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 3

    Comments: At 1006, 1 female-aspect WODU flew downstream over reach 3, then descended and probably landed in the vicinity of the eastern-most ponds. Noted whitish spot on the side of the head and strong contrast between dark flanks and pale belly. Around 1000, I had seen an UNDU flush a short distance and land out of sight behind a shrub island on the north side of the pond ca 50 m E of the diversion. At 1026, 2 Wood Ducks flushed from the pond together and flew upstream. Noted all-dark upperwing except for narrow white trailing edge. On the return at 1347, a single WODU flushed from the eastern-most pond and headed upstream.

  2. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Saw 1 fly upstream over reach 4 at ca 0705; no other sightings.

  3. Number observed: 1

    Comments: At 0859, saw 1 fly to the NE over the stream in the W part of reach 4. Later, saw 1 in flight again, higher.

  4. Number observed: 3

    Comments: At 1102, saw 1 ECDO flying S from reach 3 toward the residence with trees along (N of) Birdseye Rd - noted wingbeats with a pause on the upbeat and square tail end. Then 2 more flew in from that direction, circled, and landed briefly near the new stream course, then flew on out of my sight upstream.

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  5. Number observed: 3
  6. Number observed: 1
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  7. Number observed: 2

    Comments: 2 seen foraging in the mud of one of the ponds in reach 3. One was by itself, then another joined it. Saw a third individual at the edge of a pond farther E; it seemed to have some interesting contrast in its flight feathers, and was holding one wing strangely. Notably, no sandpipers seen when walking past the ponds again on the return.

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  8. Scolopacidae sp.

    Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen ca 1050 in low flight, heading downstream, near the ponds in reach 3. Call reminiscent of SOSA, but dorsal white stripe in each wing. Not seen again.

  9. Number observed: 4

    Comments: Including 3 *beyond property boundary*. Saw 1 S of the diversion, semi-distant, at ca 1040. At 1049, while still watching the PEFA through binoculars, I noted 3 TUVU circling in front of it, closer to me, as the PEFA became a relatively small and unidentifiable speck. At 1051, having made some notes, I relocated the 3 TUVU, now circling apparently SW of the main Scratchgravel peak, and saw a smaller slimmer raptor behind them that I suspected was the PEFA. I saw it fold its wings and stoop, dropping behind the alders, lost to sight like a meteorite. At this point I also relocated the 4th TUVU, now circling over the property, still S of the stream. At 1212, again saw 1 TUVU circling S of the stream, this time while near the raised hill.

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  10. Number observed: 1

    Comments: At 0835, saw a NOHA with prey in its talons flying W past reach 4, N of the stream. At 1125, I saw a female coursing low over the stream about 200 m above the diversion, then riding the W breeze downstream, N of the stream course.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female 1
    Sex Unknown
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  11. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Heard a rattle call from downstream at 0808 and observed a BEKI fly upstream and then drop down out of sight in the E part of reach 4. At 0917, I heard more rattle calls from reach 3. At 1002, an adult male flew past me, heading downstream, over some of the ponds in reach 3, at 1x shrub height, and then I heard a rattle call from downstream.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Female
    Sex Unknown
  12. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Orangey flight feather shafts. Seen briefly at ca 1035 in alders over the pond 50 m E of the diversion. Robins gave alarm calls (not the aerial predator alarm, though) when she flew from 1 perch to another; she then flew on upstream. At 1120, (the same?) NOFL seen perched with EUST (almost certainly the 20 who had flown in to Chokecherries near the diversion earlier), 100 m above the diversion. The flicker dropped down and then the EUST flock flew off as I approached.

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  13. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen at 1253, kiting over the cross-fence area, then going downstream. Small Falco with gentle wingbeats and dark mark on the side of the face.

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  14. Number observed: 1

    Comments: First seen ca 1046, circling at moderate distance (but over the property, I thought) NW of the diversion. Definitely a large raptor, so that at the first glimpse I suspected it was perhaps a Buteo, but then the long and very pointy wings denoted a large falcon. Circled somewhat languidly with occasional series of flaps, drifting to the N to the vicinity of, but still S of, the Scratchgravels. Pointy wings suggested, and photos confirmed, that it was a Peregrine. At 1049, while still watching it through binoculars, I noted 3 TUVU circling in front of it, closer to me, as the PEFA became a relatively small and unidentifiable speck. At 1051, having made some notes, I relocated the 3 TUVU, now circling apparently SW of the main Scratchgravel peak, and saw a smaller slimmer raptor behind them that I suspected was the PEFA. I saw it fold its wings and stoop, dropping behind the alders, lost to sight like a meteorite.

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  15. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen ca 0740 on the fence S of the start point near SAVS and BARS, then flew N ca 80 m and perched again, near SAVS and VESP. Nonvocal. Remained there through 0748. On the return, I spotted a distant WEKI perched on the E side of the sewage lagoon fence.

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  16. Number observed: 4
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  17. Number observed: 1
  18. Number observed: 1

    Comments: *beyond property boundary*. Seen at 1410, perched in the dead part of an Alnus incana 50 m E of reach 4 along the creek, nonvocal. A few minutes later, I heard one brief bout of calls.

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  19. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Heard distant calls occasionally and saw 1 fly upstream once.

  20. Number observed: 0

    Comments: The bank at the colony seemed to have sloughed substantially since July. Several burrows had spiderwebs over their openings. I saw twigs and 2 eggs in one burrow (BANS? or HOWR??); a single egg in another, with no nest material; and feathers (from a duck?) in another.

    Breeding Code: UN Used Nest (enter 0 if no birds seen) (Confirmed)
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  21. Number observed: 90

    Comments: 10 singing (very rough estimate). Spectacular early morning activity. At least 20 were flying around at the beginning of the survey, at least several of them singing; observed up to ca 10 land briefly in a Russian-olive just E of the property on several occasions. At ca 0708, I counted 36 by twos, high in the air (specks) over reach 4 and the area downstream, then many dropped low again and several landed on the fence; continued to hear singing. At 0726, as a vocal CORA flew upstream over the creek, the BARS flock, which had been foraging low, switched into "quee-queet!" calls and for several seconds all gained altitude and flew E. At this point I counted 40 by twos before they started singing and circling again. At 0743, still near the start point, the BARS flock again erupted in straight flight and alarm calls briefly, and this time I counted 48 by twos. At 0754, a large group perched on the barbed wire fence ca 50-80 m S of the start point for a few minutes. I counted them twice and got an exact minimum count of 70! Then most took off at once with alarm calls (sound recording) and shortly thereafter I saw a Coyote moving west from the vicinity. By 0815, the large flock was no longer in evidence, but then I hear and saw a single BARS high overhead. I followed it with binoculars until 0817: it continued more or less south (towards Mt Helena), rising and falling a bit but flying on a remarkably straight course and not twisting much. I thought it was likely in active migration. At 0820, 9 more appeared overhead from the W, singing and darting, lower than the previous one, heading more or less E. At 1043, after a long period without any BARS around, I heard more singing and saw 5 in flight over the diversion area. At 1127, ca 7 flew low upstream along the creek, headed into the wind. At 1405, saw 5 BARS flying and apparently foraging over the stream and field, reach 4. At this point, I thought it very unlikely that these subsequent groups were all the same as the large flock seen in the morning; I had also seen groups of 5-10 occasionally in between that I had not specifically noted. Added 20 (probably conservative) to the previous total of 70.

    Checked both of the red culverts and confirmed that there was no sign of a BARS nesting attempt there this year.

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  22. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Single individual seen ca 0700, somewhat distant, flying over reach 4 with the BARS, somewhat near the creek (hundreds of meters from me). Observed dark head, distinctively pale rump, and squared-off tail.

  23. Number observed: 5

    Comments: Including 3 *beyond property boundary*. 1 sang briefly, above the diversion, later in the survey.

  24. Number observed: 1

    Comments: 1 seen in small alders and other streamside vegetation about 10 m upstream of the red culverts. A bird, perhaps the wren, had flown there from the grasses within 10 m of the stream as I approached.

  25. Number observed: 11

    Comments: 1 singing (one brief bout). Observed at least 6, including some juveniles, repeatedly visit a Chokecherry with fruits, overhanging the pond 50 m E of the diversion.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 6 2
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  26. Number observed: 3

    Comments: Including 1 *beyond property boundary*. Mostly detected through "mew" calls; also heard a few harsh nonmusical rapid "chatchatchat" calls.

  27. Number observed: 170

    Comments: Counted by tens, including 20 *beyond property boundary*. At 0710 I saw 3 perched on the chain link fence near the start point, then they flew SE at 0711. At 0750, 90 flew N over the field in reach 4, then continued E over the field, passed Head Lane, and continued downstream, paralleling the creek. It seemed that a substantial number were still brownish like immatures. At 0808, 35 more flew from SW to E over reach 4, headed downstream. At ca 1010, roughly 20 EUST, at least most of them grayish-headed immatures, flew in from the south to the ponds near the diversion, where they initially perched in a Chokecherry before flushing to another shrub. Seemed flighty, likely due to my presence. I suspected they were feeding on Chokecherry fruits. They remained in the area for a while, and I saw a few on the ground near the diversion among short green grasses, presumably foraging. Suspected I saw the same flock again around 1120, 100 m above the diversion, perched with 1 NOFL. At 1420, I counted 150 by 10s along the power lines along Head Ln, in 2 general groups. A few times earlier in the survey (not specifically noted), I had seen groups of 10-20 flying up- or downstream, relatively low over the creek.

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  28. Number observed: 12
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 5 3 4
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  29. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Heard calls at 1357 at the photo point as a single HOFI flew upstream at ca 2x shrub height.

  30. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Surprised to detect here! Heard suggestive "chiliup" calls from near the pond 50 m E of the diversion around 1052, but it took me a while to realize what they might be since I was not expecting to find these in this habitat. Located a streaky finch in with the PISI, a bit bigger than them, and I thought with a straight culmen. Glanced at it quickly and then attempted to get photos, but it flew upstream before I could.

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  31. Number observed: 8

    Comments: First heard over the field, reach 4, ca 0715. At 0735, I saw a flock of 6 fly over the start point area, headed SE. Ca 1000, 2 seen in an alder near one of the ponds in reach 3, then they dropped down to bare disturbed earth nearby before flying upstream. At 1040, there were still PISI in the vicinity of the diversion. I had not seen or heard them continuously during this time, but occasionally I would hear bursts of calls and see groups fly in or out. For several minutes, I watched 2 foraging on a bare, disturbed, sloping bank of earth with a few early-fallen alder leaves on it, at the edge of the pond near the diversion (photos). Estimated 8 or more in the vicinity.

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  32. Number observed: 8
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  33. Number observed: 4

    Comments: At 0733, I noted and photographed a juvenile perched on the chain-link fence near the start point amid at least 10 SAVS and 2 VESP. Thought it was a CCSP at the time, but my photos reveal a faint loral stripe. 2 juveniles seen at 1130, perched in alders along the creek ca 200 m above the diversion - noted fine streaking below and dark eyeline, including a loral stripe. In the same general vicinity as several VESP, AMRO, and EAKI. At 1328, got an excellent look at a juvenile, presumably an additional individual, in a Salix 20 m above the diversion before it flew to other shrubs downstream.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 4
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  34. Spizella sp.

    Number observed: 3

    Comments: At 0830, I got a split-second glimpse of a Spizella near a Chokecherry, 15 m E of reach 4, S of the stream, with many SAVS. Very contrasting gray nape. Flew shortly after. Thought CCSP at the time, but not positive now. 1 juvenile seen in immediate vicinity of VESP, perched in a shrub in the same general area where 2 juv CHSP seen a few minutes before. Loral eyeline not evident; was not able to get photos. At 1200, about 60 m downstream from the rocky draw, I saw an adult Spizella along with 2 other unseen UNSP and 2 AMRO in a Chokecherry clump. Scrutinized it carefully and then got a poor, backlit photo: unstreaked below, very faint loral stripe, contrastingly clean gray nape. Thought a CCSP at the time, but now suspect a CHSP.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 1 1
  35. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Juvenile seen at 1135, perched in a mostly dead Salix 20 m S of the stream, ca 200 m above the diversion. In immediate vicinity of 1 VESP and 1 UNSP. Got several photos. At 1318, saw a juvenile LASP (the same?) again, with a few VESP, along the creek ca 150 m above the diversion. Made a few sharp, rising "tip" calls, in notable contrast to the higher, lisping VESP calls. Ca 1330, a bit downstream of the diversion, almost surely a second LASP flew past me upstream, making a hard "tip" call. Saw white on the sides of the tail wrapping around the tail end.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 1 1
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  36. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Ca 0832, saw an UNSP with unstreaked breast high in the top of a partly dead Chokecherry just N of the stream at the very E end of reach 4. Focused on getting photos of sparrows in it, before the two that I could see flew E out of sight. Got photos of two: gray napes, not very patterned faces. I was thinking that they were some sort of Spizella, perhaps even FISP, but after consulting with another birder I realized that they were immature WCSP. Photos are not great and I am not sure if there is a faint loral stripe (indicating Mountain WCSP) or not.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 2
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  37. Number observed: 15

    Comments: Conservative exact minimum count.

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  38. Number observed: 30

    Comments: Conservative count, by twos. 1 seen on the chain link fence at the beginning of the survey. There were lots of sparrow calls from the field and nearby Russian-olives. By ca 0720, having been stationary since the survey start, I now saw at least 7 SAVS and 1 VESP perched on the fence, and more SAVS made sharp calls from the field. At 0732, I noted 2 VESP, ca 10 SAVS, and at least 5 more UNSP on the fence near the start point, with lots of traffic between there and the grassy field. I could see a few SAVS from time to time on the ground where a path of grasses had been laid flat by vehicular traffic, apparently foraging.

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  39. Number observed: 1

    Comments: *beyond property boundary*. Heard "chimp" calls from ca 100 m downstream of reach 4 around 0825.

  40. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen in willow overhanging one of the ponds, reach 3. Made a few "zeet" calls. Observed for ca 30 seconds before it flew out of sight. No further sightings.

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  41. sparrow sp.

    Number observed: 20

    Comments: Lots of sibilant "seeps" and other unrecognized sparrow calls. Very conservative count.

  42. Number observed: 5

    Comments: 4 singing, sporadically. None seen until 1426, almost back to the start point, when I saw one fly up from the grasses. Noted that it had large gaps in its rectrices (molt? or damaged?), with apparently a single white outer tail feather on each side and then notable gaps before 3 or less central tail feathers. Shortly thereafter I saw 2 WEME perched on the barbed wire fence; I watched one of them fly in and noted that it had no gaps in its tail feathers.

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  43. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen at 1210, about 100 m NE of the raised hill. Flew into a Chokecherry clump about 60 m N of the stream, where it paused long enough for a photo. Conspicuous bright yellow on the tail or rump noted in flight.

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  44. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Flew up from the field near the start point at 1430 and perched briefly on the barbed wire fence.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 1
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  45. Number observed: 1

    Comments: 1 seen briefly on damp mud at the edge of a pond in reach 3, a few m from the LISP. It flew upstream, nonvocal. Later, I heard a few ringing calls from the shrubs near the next pond upstream. At 1013, (the same?) NOWA came out and flew to the pond just downstream of me. I got photos as it foraged for a few minutes on a floating log at the edge of the pond, then it moved back into dense cover.

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  46. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Minimum count. At 1018, I heard a burry, seemingly hesitant rendition of a COYE song and then saw the singer, an immature male, land in the top of an alder near the pond close to the diversion. A few minutes before, I had glimpsed a female near the same pond. Farther downstream and earlier, I had heard a similar subsong (?) rendition - possibly from another male?

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Female 1
    Sex Unknown
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  47. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Heard a "chep" call at ca 0720 and saw 1 flitting in the Russian-olive row, near the start point, 10 m E of the sewage lagoon fence. Saw and heard one again at 0939, in reach 3. Noted a YRWA on one or two other occasions later in the survey, and I strongly suspected that these sightings represented more than one individual.

  48. warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)

    Number observed: 2

    Comments: 2 yellowish warblers glimpsed briefly in riparian vegetation, reach 3. Not seen for long enough to identify.

  49. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Seen only; no vocalizations. 1 seen briefly in an alder over the pond 50 m downstream of the diversion at 1058. At 1100, presumably a different WETA flew in to the vicinity of the same pond from DOWNSTREAM. Photo of each.

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