Eagle Landing Park

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The goal of Eagle Landing Park is to get you close to wildlife, and all of the invasive plant removal and the planting of native plants is geared toward creating better habitat for wildlife.  Even with most of the restoration work yet to be done, the park has attracted a broad range of critters.



Bird count of 5/5/2006

Bird count of 4/6/2007


Some of the mammals seen in or near Eagle Landing Park include:

Foxes, otters, possums, raccoons, sea lions, coyotes (?), bats, flying squirrels, Douglas squirrels, and chipmunks.



The following is a list of over 70 birds that have been seen and/or heard in or from the park. You can print out this list and take it with you as you walk through Eagle Landing Park, along with a good bird guide, such as Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound, or Birds of the Puget Sound Region, and your binoculars, and see how many of these species you can check off. Maybe you will add some new species to the list.
(Email jim@eaglelandingpark.org.)

Common Loon (Gavia immer)
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Band-tailed Pigeon (Columba fasciata)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
American Wigeon (Anas americana)
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus )
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Merganser (Mergus merganser)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
California Quail (Callipepla californica)
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)
Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia)
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Barred owl (Strix varia )
western screech owls (Otus kennicottii)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)
Western Wood-pewee (Contopus sordidulus)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus borealis)
Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis )
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Black-capped Chickadee (Parus atricapillus)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Parus rufescens)
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
Townsend's Warbler (Dendroica townsendi)
Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Dendroica nigrescens)
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)
hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus )
Rufous-sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculates)
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
House sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope)
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)


Bird count of May 5th, 2006

Here is a birds list for 5/5/06 in Taxonomic Order (similar to the order in which the birds appear in a field guide). At the bottom of the list of birds in the park today, I included birds that were farther away but that could be seen near the park.
(h) = Heard only. Sometimes I include the number of the birds, if they are special or migrants.
(By Carol Schulz, from the Audubon Society's Rainier Chapter.)

Eagle Landing Park
Fri, May 5, 2006
10am to 1pm
Clear, 70 degrees, no wind.
Common Loon - 1 About 200 feet off-shore
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Western Wood Pewee - 1 (h)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher - 3
Warbling Vireo - 1 (h)
Steller's Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee - nesting
Red-breasted Nuthatch (h)
Brown Creeper - 10 (h)
Bewick's Wren - several (h)
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Wilson's Warbler - several (h)
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch - 1 (h)
House Finch
House Sparrow
23 Total Species in Park
Seen in nearby areas.
Western Grebe - 16 to the north
Brandt's Cormorant - 1 to the south
Surf Scoter - 10 to the north
Bald Eagle - adult - flew out over water briefly about 500 feet north of park
Or-crowned Warbler - heard in neighborhood in birch tree
Yellow-rumped Warblers - 2 heard and seen in neighborhood - fly-catching from tops of fir trees - singing


A frequent visitor to the park emailed on June 10th, 2006, to add the following birds to the list:

Winter wren
American Dipper
Common Golden Eye
Red-necked grebe
Clark's grebe
Black scoter
White-winged scoter
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow warbler


ELP Birds, Fri, Apr. 6, 2007
10:00am to 11:15am  Sunny.  Warm.  About 70 degrees.  No wind.
Some noise up by parking lot due to tree trimming truck up on the road. Birding was slow in the parking lot area.  Just below the start of the trail, two Blk-cpd. Chickadee pairs were bringing food into nest cavities in a couple of snags.  The snags are only about 50 feet apart.
I walked slowly down to the top of the stairs, but didn't go down beyond the first landing.

Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Hutton's Vireo  1 heard
Cassin's Vireo 1 or 2 heard
Steller's Jay
American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper  1 heard
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler  1 or two heard singing.  Down by the stairs.
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin

Reported by Carol Schulz