[Tweeters] Eastern Washington Trip

MEYER2J at aol.com MEYER2J at aol.com
Sat Jun 11 22:01:00 PDT 2005


Hi Tweets:

On June 11, an East Lake Washington Audubon field trip to 3 major stops in 
Eastern Washington included 80 bird species. Rain showers, temperatures from 43 
to 75 and wind challenged the group as well as the birds.  At Tinkham Exit off 
I-90, two American Dippers were being fed by a parent. At Snoqualmie Pass, 2 
Caspian Terns were flying west.  Lincoln's Sparrow, Yellow, Orange-crowned and 
MacGillivray's Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Rufous Hummingbird, Olive-sided and 
Willow Flycatcher, and Hermit Thrush were found along the ski-school trail.  
Mountain Chickadee and Chipping Sparrow turned the rest stop at Indian John into 
a birding spot.  More warblers were found along the 4-5 mile trip into 
Manastash/Taneum Canyon Rd.  A stop for Western Tanager, ended with excellent looks 
at Gray Catbird and a singing Veery. The soaring Golden Eagle was thoroughly 
enjoyed as it flew against the tree-line and up into the sky.  Scope views of 
Calliope Hummingbird wowed the group with its beauty.  The Yellow-breasted Chat 
greeted everyone with its song and presence at the entrance to Umtanum Creek, 
Canyon Rd.  A House Wren came so close that binocs weren't necessary.  Many 
Lazuli Bunting were heard and seen along the canyon trail.  Scope views of the 
nesting Cooper's Hawk allowed a peek at one fuzzy-headed youngster and 3 
fledged and 1 adult Prairie Falcon on the nearby cliff could be seen well.  Capping 
off the day, was the view of the handsome Swainson's Hawk on Clemon Rd, near 
Kittitas.

Joyce Meyer
www.elwas.org
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