[Tweeters] Breaker Lake, Pacific County - 10/20/2004

Mike Patterson celata at pacifier.com
Wed Oct 20 15:16:05 PDT 2004


Breaker Lake, Pacific County, Washington 
October 20, 2004

It was a very pleasant and sunny morning for doing a bird
survey.  The first RING-NECKED DUCKS of the season have 
returned.  A "black" MERLIN was in a tree just north of 
station 14.  Winter numbers of sparrows and kinglets were
noted as well.

In the "I've never seen that before" department.  A medium
size BANANA SLUG (_Ariolimax columbianus_) was dangling at
eye level from a 20cm string of mucus, apparently using it 
as a line for getting down from the tree it was in.

It looks like there's been regular vehicle traffic into the
main property, presumably duck hunters.

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Great Blue Heron                    1
Canada Goose                       20
Mallard                             2
Ring-necked Duck                    3
Merlin                              1 [1] 
Virginia Rail                       2
Unidentified gull                   2
Band-tailed Pigeon                 14
Downy Woodpecker                    1
Northern Flicker                    3
Hutton's Vireo                      1
Steller's Jay                       9
American Crow                       7
Common Raven                        1
Black-capped Chickadee             12
Chestnut-backed Chickadee           7
Red-breasted Nuthatch               1
Bewick's Wren                       2
Winter Wren                        26
Marsh Wren                          9
Golden-crowned Kinglet             36
Ruby-crowned Kinglet                5
Hermit Thrush                       1
American Robin                     10
Varied Thrush                       1
European Starling                  23
Cedar Waxwing                       6
Townsend's Warbler                  1
Spotted Towhee                      1
Fox Sparrow                        30
Song Sparrow                       23
Dark-eyed Junco                     3
Red-winged Blackbird                6
Purple Finch                        1
House Finch                         1
Red Crossbill                      14
House Sparrow                       1

Footnotes:

[1]  black phase

Total number of species seen: 37

This census is conducted on properties owned and managed by
the Columbia Land Trust.  At this time access is limited to
authorized individuals.

-- 
Mike Patterson               
Astoria, OR                    
celata at pacifier.com  
 
Common species are more common than rare species
					    --- Dennis Paulson in
						     _Shorebirds of the PNW_


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