Nature Notes

Vol. XIII March - 1935 No. 1

January Birds

Stellar Jay

One of the most interesting and colorful birds native to the park is the Northern Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius ruber). We have been fortunate in seeing one of these brilliant fellows on several occasions when we made snowshoe trips back of the Longmire camp grounds. Apparently the bird has taken up its winter residence in that locality. Other birds noted during January were the Harris Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus harrisi) - a female bird of this species coming regularly to various feeding boards about the village where it generally dominates the situation for as long a period as it cares to remain, much to the disgust of Stellar Jays and Camp Robbers that flock to such places in great numbers. A Harris Woodpecker has also been noted in the vicinity of St. Andrews on the west side of the park. Several Varied Thrushes (Ixoreus naevius naevius) have been seen at and below Longmire and both a Water Ouzel (Cinclus mexicanus unicolor) and a Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon alcyon) have been seen at the beaver dams which are found in the upper end of the swampy meadow at Longmire. A Kingfisher was also reported on Tahoma Creek, as was a Heron (Ardea heroideas fannini). The latter bird was seen after heavy rains late in January and is a rare record. Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucurus rainierensis) were again noted in their white plumage in the vicinity of the snout of the Nisqually while several Magpies (Pica pica hudsonia) occasionally frequent Paradise Valley about the Lodge. At Longmire a pair of Ravens (Corvus corax sinuatus) serve as scavengers - picking up bits of food discarded by careless visitors. And of course there are numerous Stellar Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri stelleri), Camp Robbers (Perisorus obscurus obscurus), Chickadees (Penthestes rufescens rufescens), Pine Siskins (Spinus pinus pinus), Winter Wrens (Nannus hiemalis pacificus), Creepers (Certhia familiaris occidentalis), Nuthatches (Sitta canadensis) and Golden-crowned Kinglets (Regulus satrapa olivaceus). (C.F.B.)

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