[Tweeters] 10/8 Tenino & Centralia steam plant highlights: Swainson's etc

Paul Hicks phicks at accessgrace.org
Tue Oct 9 10:59:38 PDT 2007

Monday I missed the cranes and kite reported earlier by Tim O'Brien at the 
Centralia steam plant but certainly wasn't disappointed. Highlights:
- Bonaparte's Gull (1 adult, 2nd-to-last pond to the east--blown inland?)
- Gr White-fronted Goose (2, same pond, arriving from east)
- Long-b Dowitcher (21, ditto)
- Kestrel & Merlin vying for air supremacy over the ponds
Stumbled into a mini-hotspot at Ohop St, just outside Bucoda via Tono Rd, 
the "back way" to the steam plant. Among the 27 species:
- Swainson's Thrush (2-3 )
- Black-th Gray Warbler (1)
- N. Flicker with bright yellow "shafts"
- 4 woodpecker species in same tree, 9-11 individuals present
Most birds here (10:30-11) were either eating berries or resting and 
preening in the sunshine. Earlier around Tenino the Fox and Golden-cr 
Sparrows were in full voice, as if celebrating the lull between storms. 60 
species on the morning. Good birding!
-- Paul Hicks, Tenino, s. Thurston Co
phicks AT accessgrace.org

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