[Tweeters] Chehalis River Discovery Trail, Lewis Co.

Douglas Canning dcanning at zhonka.net
Fri Nov 23 12:41:07 PST 2007


Many thanks to Dave Hayden for his postings earlier this month about
the Chehalis River Discovery Trail. On my Wednesday wanderings I
finally made my way that far south in late afternoon; great place for
river riparian habitats. Judging from Dave's results in comparison with
mine, the birds there present an ever-changing spectacle. Indeed, when
I first arrived there were 1000 to 1500 Canadas on a farm field; on my
way back out I was at times walking under 8,000 to 12,000 honking
Canadas in in flight over the farm fields in numerous, ever-changing
flights.

This report was mailed for Doug Canning by http://birdnotes.net

Date: November 21, 2007
Location: Chehalis River Discovery Trail, Lewis County, Washington

Low temperature: 9 degrees celsius High temperature: 11 degrees
celsius Wind direction: N Prevailing wind speed: 1-5 km/h gusting to:
6-11 km/h Percentage of sky covered by clouds: 10% Precipitation: none

Walked in from the parking area and then the south trail leg along the
river and return, a total of 1.7 miles, between 1400 and 1515.

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 12000 [1]
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 3 [2]
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2 [3]
Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon) 1 [4]
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1 [5]
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 20 [6]
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 50 [7]
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 10 [8]
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus) 40 [9]

Footnotes:

[1] Maximum count of birds in flight.
[2] Along river.
[3] Along river.
[4] Along river.
[5] Farm fields.
[6] Staged in a Black Cottonwood.
[7] Swarming in a Black Cottonwood.
[8] In fence row brush.
[9] Feeding in Red Alder.

Total number of species seen: 12

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Douglas Canning
Olympia, Washington
dcanning at zhonka.net
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