[Tweeters] Lewis Co birding near White Pass 7/2/16

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Sat Jul 2 20:30:33 PDT 2016

Hi all -
Nice morning spent up near White Pass in Lewis County— after the Peters Road Indigo Bunting popped up singing immediately on my arrival at 5:30, I moved uphill for another try at the Sand Hill trail off FR 1284, just west of White Pass.
As with my first trip a month ago, the burn area didn’t disappoint.
Williamson’s Sapsucker - one or two males drumming and calling
Am. Three-toed Woodpecker - 1 adult
Dusky Flycatchers - more than one singing away
Pine Grosbeak - 1 bright male came in close
Clark’s Nutcrackers heard many times and seen once
Gray Jays - a family down on FR 1284
Cassin’s Finch - many singing throughout the morning, none actually seen.
Mountain Bluebirds - several adults and young
Western Bluebirds a few adults, maybe young.

Looking forward to seeing what turns up next time!
[see below for directions from earlier message]

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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> From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz at earthlink.net>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Lewis Co birding near White Pass

> Date: June 6, 2016 at 5:14:10 AM PDT

> To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>


> Hi Tweets -

> Yesterday [6/5/16] I tried to escape the heat [unsuccessfully] by heading uphill. I’d been wanting to follow up on Dave Hayden’s Lewis County guide to US 12 to try a hike he mentions [his guide is available at: http://wabirder.com/lewis.html <http://wabirder.com/lewis.html> for free download ].


> The Sand Hill trail starts on FR 1284, a road just west of White Pass in Lewis Co. Trailhead about 2.8 miles up FR 1284. As Dave described it, there is a burn a little under a mile up the trail - It is a relatively steep uphill mile, but doable w/ some huffing & puffing. And once there, it was a great new spot to learn about — I mostly hung around not far into the burn, near a small pond covers the trail [probably meltwater that will soon be gone, but still feeling like the flattest spot at the top]. In three hours of birding , the following were around:


> Cassin’s Finch right away - several of them around

> Mountain & Western Bluebirds - many MOBL, several WEBL - seemed to have young already?

> Townsend’s Solitaire - pretty constantly tooting and/or singing [Hermit Thrush farther down the hill too]

> Calliope Hummingbird - one popped up early on

> Williamson’s Sapsucker - a pair working the area around a little pond that covers the trail where I mostly hung out.

> Swainson’s Hawk! - one cruised over, circling slowly overhead for great views.

> Prairie Falcon - one made a similar slow cruise-by

> Also heard Clark’s Nutcracker & Gray Jay, Northern Pygmy-Owl and maybe Pine Grosbeak


> Great place, and definitely worth return visits in the future —


> Thanks Dave for putting the guide together - great to get into new corners of Lewis Co —


> Matt Bartels

> Seattle, WA



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