[Tweeters] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher county lister question Franklin or Adams

Kevin Black kevblack787 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 14 10:17:33 PDT 2016


Matt et al.,

I believe the Franklin County GIS system to be the most definitive
(website: http://gis.co.franklin.wa.us/online). GIS website shows the
Franklin County line to be slightly South of Highway 24. Using the GIS
website's county line plotting it looks like the Franklin County line is 30
feet south of highway 24.

The bird seems to hang out within a mile West of the intersection of
highway 24 and Wahluke Branch Canal and the bird doesn't seem to go as far
West where Franklin, Adams and Grant all seem to meet (that county
intersection is roughly three miles west of where the Wahluke Branch Canal
and Highway 24 meet).

When I observed the bird yesterday it would fly North of highway 24 when
harassed by Western Kingbirds. Then, it flew Southeast and crossed the
highway and just Southwest of Wahluke Branch Canal to enter what I believe
to be Franklin County. Sarah Peden, my wife Rebecca and I saw the bird fly
South of HWY 24.

Awesome bird for both counties!

Good Birding,

Kevin Black
Vancouver, WA


On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 7:32 PM, Matt Bartels <mattxyz at earthlink.net> wrote:


> After battling west-side traffic, it was great to arrive at the

> Scissor-tailed spot and enjoy great looks.

> Chuck Jensen also was present, and the two of us watched the bird from

> ~5:00 - 5:30 [Chuck longer after that, after I left]

> [directions to the spot down at the bottom, after a county-lister

> diversion]

>

> And a request for help from a county lister:

>

> Anyone have definitive maps for where the Adams / Franklin county line

> falls along SR 24 here? It almost certainly doesn’t run right down the road

> [as shown in DeLorme and probably in eBird ] - but is is just north or just

> south of the road? Is this an Adams Co or a Franklin Co bird? And if we

> know where the line is officially, it would be helpful to know whether

> anyone saw the bird flying far enough afield to be seen in both counties.

> It is a county first no matter where it is —

>

> The power poles are along the north side of the road, and while I watched,

> all its flycatching was done on the north side of 24 -

>

> I’m sure there are no shortage of maps on line - this one appears to show

> the bird in Franklin Co if you zoom in:

> https://www.maptechnica.com/county-map/Franklin/WA/53021

>

> If anyone wants to weigh in [on or off list] w/ info on the definitive

> boundary, I’d love to hear it.

>

>

> John’s directions, below, worked like a charm —

>

> *From: *"Bruce LaBar" <blabar at harbornet.com>

> *Subject: **[Tweeters] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher*

> *Date: *August 10, 2016 at 3:22:18 PM PDT

> *To: *"Tweeters" <Tweeters at u.washington.edu>

>

> John Puscock just called me and asked if I would post his finding of a

> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher near Othello. He just found it on Hwy. 24, 10-11

> miles west of Othello. On wires with Western and Eastern Kingbirds. He said

> that it was approximately 5 poles west of milepost 68. Near here is the

> intersection of Hwy. 24, Hart and Hendricks road. Also there is a

> irrigation canal near here that goes under the road. Few places to park off

> Hwy.

> Bruce

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> Best,

> Matt Bartels

> Seattle, WA

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