[Tweeters] Washington Pass Three-toed Woodpecker

Carol Riddell cariddell at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 28 21:29:21 PDT 2010


Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 6-27-10), Ruth Sullivan and I pulled into
the very crowded area outside the still-locked gate at the Washington
Pass rest area on Highway 20. It was around 1 p.m. and time for a
tailgate lunch. We set up our chairs and juggled sandwiches and
beverages while we watched the Gray Jays, Clark's Nutcrackers, and
Steller's Jays. With mouths full of food and hands full of
sandwiches, we noticed a small woodpecker fly onto a snag. I jumped
up, nearly spilling my lunch, and rummaged for the binoculars. The
woodpecker continued until I was able to get on it and confirm that
it was a female Three-toed Woodpecker. She then flew off over the
meadow. And I think about all the years I went in search vainly.
Here was my third without even trying. I returned over the North
Cascades Highway this afternoon (Monday 6-28-10) and did not see it
again.

Carol Riddell
Edmonds



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