[Tweeters] RBA N Idaho / E Washington / NE Oregon 27 Dec 2004
dumroese at moscow.com
Mon Dec 27 20:56:42 PST 2004
* northern Idaho / eastern Washington / northeastern Oregon
* as above
* December 27, 2004
- birds mentioned
hotline: northern Idaho / eastern Washington / northeastern Oregon
Date: 27 December 2004
Compiler: Kas Dumroese
Transcriber: Kas.... dumroese at moscow dot com
This is the northern Idaho / eastern Washington / northeastern Oregon bird
hotline for Monday 13 December (2004). Transcripts of this RBA and Palouse
Audubon membership info are available on-line at
The HUTTON'S VIREO first spotted on 18 Dec in Walla Walla, Walla Walla Co
WA, was seen again on 22 and 23 Dec. This bird is part of a mixed feeding
flock foraging around the Blue Mountain Archery Range, which is 1.1 miles
east up Blue Creek Road off Mill Creek Road. Follow Mill Creek east from
Walla Walla about 5 miles. Mill Creek is south of US 12. WA DeLorme 41, D-7.
The BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER found on the Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai Co ID
Christmas Bird Count on 19 Dec, was seen again on 24 Dec by Gina Sheridan,
Garrett MacDonald, and Larry and Matthew Mosquik. It was in the City Park
near Independence Point. Several birders looked for, but did not find it, on
26 Dec. Also on the 24, Gina et al. report a CACKLING GOOSE at Independence
Point and at nearby North Idaho College, a single, first winter THAYER'S
GULL. To get to North Idaho College from the intersection of US 95 and
Northwest Blvd on the south end of CdA, take Northwest Blvd southeast about
0.5 mile and turn right onto Lincoln Way. Go one block and turn right onto
River Avenue. Follow River Avenue about 0.25 miles to Rosenberry Drive which
runs along the top of the dike along the river. See A Birders' Guide to
Idaho p 50 and ID DeLorme 60, B-1. If you continue along the dike for a few
blocks, you'll end up at City Park, directly adjacent to Independence Point.
That same day, Gina et al. also found a female LONG-TAILED DUCK at Hayden
Lake, north of Coeur d'Alene. To get there from I-90 in CdA, go north on US
95 toward Sandpoint. Pass the Silver Lake Mall and Prairie Avenue. At the
second right past Prairie Avenue (US 95 milepost 434.3), turn east on
Honeysuckle (Texaco on the corner) and proceed through the light on
Government Way. Honeysuckle stops when it hits 4th Street and 4th becomes
Honeysuckle to the left. Take the left toward Honeysuckle Beach. Just before
the beach, turn right on South Hayden Lake Drive and note your mileage. This
road has other turnouts, is narrow, and busy, so be careful. Also stay out
of the way of the locals. ID DeLorme 60, AB-1.5 and A Birders Guide to Idaho
On 21 Dec during the Grand Coulee, Grant Co WA Christmas Bird Count, Patrick
and Ruth Sullivan found several good birds, including a YELLOW-BILLED LOON
and PACIFIC LOON at the Sunbanks Waterfront Resort on Banks Lake. To get
there, take WA 155 south from Electric City but turn west before crossing
Osborn Bay Lake. WA DeLorme 85, A-8. Also in the vicinity were 3
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, a HARRIS'S SPARROW in a brushy area along the
northern edge of the golf course just north of the Grand Coulee Airport, a
female PURPLE FINCH in the Russianolive thicket north of the airport. The
airport is west of WA 155 south of Osborn Bay Lake. On 22 Dec, they located
a THAYER'S GULL and 2 GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS at the Coulee Playland Resort in
Electric City along the north end of Banks Lake. Further south along WA 155
near Steamboat Rock State Park on Banks Lake they saw a first winter
GLAUCOUS GULL seen the day before by Teri Pieper. WA DeLorme 85, AB-7.5.
And, they report a WESTERN GULL along US 2 at Dry Falls Dam near Coulee
City, Grant Co WA. WA DeLorme 85, CD-6.
In LaGrande, Union Co OR on 24 Dec, Trent Bray heard a BLUE JAY and observed
a flock of 4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, the later last seen feeding at the
corner of Walnut and Penn. OR DeLorme 86, C-4.
On 21 Dec Terry Gray observed a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at Denton
Slough on Lake Pend Oreille, Bonner Co ID. The slough.is at ID 200 milepost
49.2. See A Birders' Guide to Idaho p 34 and ID DeLorme 62, C-3.
Several SNOWY OWLS were reported from WA. On 27 Dec Doug Schonewald found 5
individuals just south-southeast of Moses Lake, Grant Co, WA. Four owls were
visible west of Road "K" SE between Roads 4 and 5 SE. The fifth bird was
located between Roads 3 and 4 SE and west of Road "M" SE. Take WA 17 south
from Moses Lake. WA DeLorme 69, D-6.
Another SNOWY OWL was east of Reardan, Lincoln Co WA today, according to
Marian Frobe. This bird was just east of the Lincoln-Spokane county line
along the Old Sunset Highway, south of US 2, between Stroup and Carstens
roads.WA DeLorme 88, C-2.
CACKLING GEESE were observed 27 Dec in Moses Lake, Grant Co, WA by Doug
Schonewald. To see them, take I-90 exit 179, head north (don't take WA 17).
Turn left at the stop light at Nelson Road and follow Nelson until it ends.
Also there were 25 DUNLIN.
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