[Tweeters] Elma Mountain Quail, Westport and other coastal birds
fsprucegrouse at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 31 22:13:08 PDT 2010
I did an impromptu trip to Elma and Westport this Saturday and lucked out on the
rain holding out. I heard that there were some mountain quail in Elma so I was
on a mini quest to find some. Uncertain as
where to go in this tiny town, I asked some locals for tips of finding some
logging roads. Luckily
they stirred me in the right direction and off I went.
Cruised the roads above Newman Creek Rd for a few hours and was successful in
finding two groups of MOUNTAIN QUAIL. The first group consisted of at least
three birds in the middle of the road scurrying off to the sides. The other
group flushed pretty quickly but presumed they were mountain quail as well. Did
n't have a map but I was along the 2300 Rd? Also had a RUFFED GROUSE along the
road. Quiet otherwise. I tried calling in a pymgy owl near the top of the
clear cut area but failed. About 2 miles
down and where the paved road ends, I spotted a NORTHERN PYGMY OWL hunting.
Got to watch it for 10 minutes before it disappeared in the brambles. During
time, it completely ignored my imitation and playback.
After that, I did a few laps around Brady Loop Rd and found a few decent birds.
Found one NORTHERN
SHRIKE hunting, only shorebirds were 20 DUNLIN, a two dozen of BLACK BELLIED
PLOVERS along Henry Foster Rd. Had no problems finding a few
WESTERN SCRUB JAYS and the area looks good for wintering sparrows. Shortly
before dusk, I spotted one
SHORT EARED OWL hunting along the open fields. A fun way to end the day.
I also made other quick stops early in day and birded in TOKELAND. The area
produced ZIPPO godwits, willets, or shorebirds at the marina. The most
productive stop was near the insection of Casino and Tokeland Rd. There were
several GREATER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, BLACK BELLIED PLOVERS, and many
the distance in poor light. There were 200-300 shorebirds out there.
MIDWAY BEACH Rd was heavily buried in water but I managed to cross without
falling in the water. There were two PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVERS, 6 LONG BILLED
DOWITCHERS, and two PEREGRINE FALCONS. Walking along the sandy beach produced
8 SNOWY PLOVERS.
WESTPORT yielded 6 RED PHALAROPES, one BLACK LEGGED KITTIWAKE, and 3 ROCK
SANDPIPERS along the jetty. The phalaropes were in a pond near the parking lot
of Westhaven State Park along the partly fenced private property. You can
still view them from the parking lot without trespassing.
Had a good time exploring two new areas in the misty, gray weather.
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