[Tweeters] Lower Columbia Basin Alert 8/25/05

Bill and Nancy LaFramboise wlafra at owt.com
Thu Aug 25 16:47:07 PDT 2005


Hotline:  Lower Columbia Basin
Date:  August 25, 2005
Phone:  509-627-BIRD
Compiler and Transcriber:  Bill and Nancy LaFramboise, wlafra at owt.com

BIRDS REPORTED

Vesper Sparrow
Northern Waterthrush and other migrants
Western Tanager, Townsend's, Nashville, Yellow, and Orange-crowned Warbler, 
Warbling Vireo
Gray Catbird, Chipping and Brewer's Sparrows, Townsend's, Yellow and 
Orange-crowned Warblers.
highlights of the Yakima Delta
Washtucna migrants, Lind Coulee shorebirds

TRANSCRIPT

This is the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society Bird Alert for August 25, 
2005.  For questions regarding LCBAS, please leave a message.

To skip the announcement, push the star button on your phone and give your 
name, phone number, date, and sightings after the tone.

On August 12, Dana Ward reported a VESPER SPARROW, likely a migrant, at 
Columbia Point in Richland, close to the Yakima River.

On August 16, Bob and Pat Woodley birded in Groves Park in Richland and 
found a good number of migrants including Spotted, Western and Least 
Sandpipers, 3 Warbling Vireos, 3 Orange-crowned, 4 Yellow, 2 
MacGillivray's, and 2 Wilson's Warblers.  On the 18th they found a Warbling 
Vireo, 3 Orange-crowned, 8 Yellow, 4 Wilson's, and 2 MacGillivray's 
Warblers and a very unexpected NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.

On August 23, Bob Woodley and Nancy LaFramboise found Horn Rapids County 
Park to be quiet except for a few remaining Common Nighthawks.  Going on to 
WE Johnson Park yielded one small flock with a Warbling Vireo, a Western 
Tanager, Townsend's, Nashville, Yellow, and Orange-crowned Warblers.

Kathy Criddle and Nancy LaFramboise found a few migrants on Bateman Island 
in Richland on August 24.  There was a Gray Catbird, Townsend's, Yellow and 
Orange-crowned Warblers, 2 Chipping Sparrows and a migrating BREWER'S SPARROW.

The Yakima Delta has not had much mud recently but a few shorebirds have 
been found on the mud margins.  These include 3 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and 1 
STILT SANDPIPER on August 19 and the other more expected Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Killdeer, and Long-billed Dowitchers on several 
of the days since the last report.

If you want to do some more distant birding, it might be worth a trip to 
Bassett Park in Washtucna for migrants or a Eurasian Collard-Dove.  Lind 
Coulee has had a tremendous showing of shorebirds recently and we can only 
hope for mud here before they make their way farther south.  Lind Coulee 
can be accessed off Hwy 17 north of Othello.  Turn west on Hwy 262 and 
north on M Street.  Just after the bridge, travel the dirt road that 
follows the water.  A scope is highly desirable.  2 Semipalmated Plover, 50 
STILT Sandpipers, 2 Least Sandpipers, 8 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 500 
Western Sandpipers, 1 JUVENILE SHORT-BILLED and 30 Long-billed Dowitchers, 
3 Greater and 6 Lesser Yellowlegs, 15 Red-necked Phalaropes, 6 BAIRD'S 
Sandpipers, 4 Black-necked Stilt and 1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER were present at 
Lind Coulee on August 21.

To report your own sightings, please give your name, phone number, date, 
and sightings after the tone.  Thank you. 




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