[Tweeters] Cowlitz County

Russ Koppendrayer russkope at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 22:47:48 PDT 2011


Hi Tweeters,

Lots of fun birding in Cowlitz County today (10/14/11). I started at the
Mint Farm with 3 TOWNSENDS WARBLERS in the treeline along the north edge of
the property. It may be a good idea to avoid the Mint Farm mitigation ponds
on week days for awhile as there is heavy constuction equipment actively
putting in a piping system for the new city water wells being drilled out
there.

The adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was again on the west end of Willow Grove.
Today it was on the wires along the north side of Willow Grove Road just
west of Willow Grove Park.

A BONAPARTE'S GULL was roosting with the gull flock at the end of
Sportsman's Road near the mouth of the Kalama River.

There were 20 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 1500 SANDHILL CRANES mixed in
with the 50000 CACKLING GEESE in the fields of the Woodland Bottoms. The
cacklers were difficult to estimate numbers as there was always some in the
air and birds would be hidden by corn stubble etc. but this may be a
conservative estimate. In the Columbia River just north of the flushing
channel was a flock of 20 WESTERN GREBES that also held 2 adult male SURF
SCOTERS and a RED-NECKED GREBE. But my biggest surprise of the day came
around 4:00PM as I turned to follow Dike Road upstream the Lewis River from
the mouth and found a SAY'S PHOEBE hawking insects from a wire near the 1st
house on the north side of the road. A bit later it was using the trees in
the farmyard as a perch before I lost sight of it and was unable to relocate
it.

Good Birding,
Russ Koppendrayer
Longview, WA
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