[Tweeters] Possible TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD at Wenas Lake

Carl Haynie hayniec at comcast.net
Sat Jun 14 19:49:59 PDT 2008

Hi Tweets,

I'm hoping that someone can confirm a sighting at Wenas
Lake in Yakima County. Tom Walker and I walked the trail
upstream from this lake today. In the marshy upper end,
near the opposite shore, there was an adult blackbird
with scarlet red epaulets bordered below with an obvious
and even white margin. No yellow was seen and the bill
did appear thin when compared to Red-winged Blackbirds.

If this was a TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD, be aware Red-winged
Blackbirds were far more prevalent at the lake (particularly
on the same side of the lake as the trail). The time was
3:30 p.m., under full sun, and a Questar was used at high
power to make this observation.

Earlier in the day at the Wenas campground, there was
several singing Veeries, a calling Gray Flycatcher, and a
singing Nashville Warbler all along the stream that runs
through the camp not too far away from the entrance.


Carl Haynie
Sammamish, WA
hayniec AT comcast DOT net

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