[Tweeters] McLane Creek Nature Trail, Thurston County

Douglas Canning dcanning at zhonka.net
Tue Nov 20 15:05:08 PST 2007

For those of you who enjoy salmon-watching as much as bird-watching,
the salmon spawning activity at McLane Creek Nature Trail is rather
good right now. At places where there is a good view of good spawning
gravel, I saw 15 to 24 salmon today. The forest bird activity was more
muted; the beaver ponds had a fair variety of waterfowl:

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Date: November 20, 2007
Location: McLane Creek Nature Trail, Thurston County, Washington

Low temperature: 7 degrees celsius High temperature: 8 degrees celsius
Wind direction: W Prevailing wind speed: < 1 km/h gusting to: 1-5 km/h
Percentage of sky covered by clouds: 70% Precipitation: none

Walked my usual figure-8, 1.6-mile trail loop with a few detours
between 1242 and 1429. Bird activity rather low. Salmon still
spawning in McLane Creek in large numbers.

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2 [1]
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 11 [2]
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2 [3]
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 1 [4]
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 3 [5]
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) 1 [6]
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 6 [7]
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3


[1] Pair.
[2] 4 males, 7 females.
[3] Males.
[4] Female.
[5] 1 male, 2 females.
[6] One seen; uncertain number heard.
[7] Single flock.

Total number of species seen: 13

>From I-5 take Exit 104 in Olympia onto US 101 west-bound; exit US 101

at 2nd Ave NW (Mud Bay exit; MP 362.8); turn left and go south on 2nd
Ave SW ~0.3 mile; turn left (east) on Mackenzie Road; go 1.3 miles to
Tee intersection with Delphi Road; turn right (south) and go 1.9 miles
to the McLane Creek entrance road. The first parking area (0.2 mile) is
for the Centennial Demonstration Forest trails; the terminal parking
area (0.4 mile) is for the McLane Creek Nature Trail.

>From US 101 east-bound, the 2nd Ave SW exit at MP 362.3 is signed for

Aberdeen and Shelton; turn right (south) on 2nd Ave SW and follow the
above directions.

Douglas Canning
Olympia, Washington
dcanning at zhonka.net

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