[Tweeters] Of swifts, woodpeckers and flycatchers.

Roger Moyer rogermoyer1 at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 30 11:19:43 PDT 2010



While going to a family reunion over by Bigg's Junction this weekend I decided to leave a couple days early to see if I could find a WHITE HEADED WOODPECKER at Wenas Creek. Going over White Pass I stopped at Oak Creek Burn Area to check out the LEWIS' WOODPECKER population. I got a quick count of 16. This was in the heat of the day so I am sure there are a few more.

In to Wenas I found the FLICKER, RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, HAIRY, DOWNY and probably heard the the WHITE HEADED WOODPECKER. I had the PACIFIC-SLOPE, GRAY, HAMMOND'S and probably the LEAST FLYCATCHERS. Along with the EASTERN and WESTERN KINGBIRD, SAY'S PHOEBE and WESTERN WOOD PEWEE.

I called Wilson Cady (Many Thanks by the way) for directions for the ACORN WOODPECKER which would become a new state record for me. Wilson told me exact directions to the Grainary Tree. And he told me about the ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER and LESSER GOLDFINCHS all around Lyle. So I took off and looked for them. With the fire there the road was closed on Thursday. But on Friday morning I was able to go looking for them.

I set up my scope on the Grainary Tree a local gentleman stopped by and said the ACORN WOODPECHERS weren't using the tree anymore. ( I can't vouch for the accuracy of his statement.) But he said that the birds were up by his place the old schoolhouse by Balch Pond. Sure enough he gave me directions which trees to look at and within a half hour a pair of them showed up. In the mean time an ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER and LESSER GOLDFINCH both showed up. So again a big thanks to Wilson Cady for three new state records 325, 326, 327.

I can only assume is migration of the VAUX'S SWIFTS. I was along the Klickitat River on Thursday night and saw more swifts than I think I have ever seen at one time. There must have been between 2-3,000 migrating through. I also had several larger ones in the flocks. From the different sizes I think a couple were WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS and one was a BLACK SWIFT.

For the chimney conservationists you should talk to the people in the town of Klickitat just out of Goldendale. They have a wonderful chimney that a local population of Swifts are using. It is probably 150-200' tall and no longer in use.

Roger Moyer

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