[Tweeters] White-Throated Sparrow at Potholes State Park

Doug Schonewald dschone8 at donobi.net
Tue May 20 15:40:20 PDT 2008


Hi Tweets,

I spent the morning birding Potholes State Park. Migrant activity was
somewhat slow, with few migrants apparent. The abrupt weather change may
have influence that to some degree. Several migrants of note were observed
with DUSKY FLYCATCHER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S
THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH, WARBLING VIREO, WILSON'S WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW among them. Especially noteworthy was the
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW which seemed quite late to me. Also seemingly late
was the HERMIT THRUSH, though I admittedly do not yet have a grip on the
migration dates of many of the migrants.

On the other hand, migrant breeders were in stark contrast with good numbers
of Black-headed Grosbeaks, House Wrens, Bullock's Orioles, and 6 species of
swallows all about the park. The Western Wood-Pewee's have returned and are
about in good numbers as well. Brewer's Blackbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds
were ubiquitous and the resident Killdeer were aptly named as they were
quite vociferous and somewhat of a nuisance as their calls pushed most
migrants into the deep thickets. Song Sparrows and Bewick's Wrens carrying
food indicated breeding is well advanced and their silence attests to this
as well.

Cheers

Doug Schonewald
Moses Lake, WA
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