[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR Tree Swallow; Clark County Sparrows

Scott Carpenter slcarpenter at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 16:36:21 PST 2009


At 11 am today, there was a single TREE SWALLOW at the River S Unit of
Ridgefield NWR. It was in the SW corner of Rest Lake.

At Vancouver Lake County Park, there were 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, one of
each morph, and several FOX SPARROWS among the Oregon DARK-EYED JUNCOS, the
many SPOTTED TOWHEES (had 9 in one field of view at once) and the dozens
upon dozens of GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS. Also present were several VARIED
THRUSHES feeding out in the open. A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER made a brief
appearance.

The LaFrambois Rd area (aka the Shillapoo Unit of Vancouver Lake, where Lyn
Topinka found the Swainson's Hawk last winter) had one LINCOLN'S SPARROW and
a handful of WHITE-CROWNED (1 adult, the rest immature) and FOX SPARROWS
among the many GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS. Also present were two PEREGRINE
FALCONS that appeared to be working in tandem.

As expected, open water was scarce today -- two relatively small spots at
Ridgefield (covered by coots) and the flushing channel on Vancouver Lake.

Scott Carpenter
Portland, Oregon
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