[Tweeters] extended weekend in Othello
wallydavis3 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 22 17:26:57 PDT 2016
Arent the cranes totally awesome?
BTW I saw 3 golden crowned sparrows Sunday at Marymoor Park. They were
feeding on the ground on, of all places, Sparrow Loop Trail (47°39'34.9"N
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Subject: [Tweeters] extended weekend in Othello
Got back last night from a 5-day trip to Othello associated with the
Sandhill Crane Festival. Certainly a transition period with several new
arrivals as well as wintering birds. Among the notables:
Snow Goose 3/21, a dozen at Columbia NWR viewed from the Royal Lake
Trumpeter Swan 3/21, 8 on Halfmoon Lake viewed from McManamon Road.
Wild Turkey 3/21, the Washtucna flock is still there north of Bassett
Am. White Pelican 3/17+, 2 on the lake NE of the Para Ponds viewed from
McManamon Road above the RR crossing.
Sandhill Crane 3/21, the largest flock I saw was more than 1,000 along
SR26 about 7 miles east of SR17. I believe the majority of the northbound
migrants havent reached Othello yet, and cranes were not yet using the corn
circle at Corfu.
Long-billed Curlew 3/19+, at least 4 using a pasture looking west from
Reynolds Road immediately south of SR26. This is a half mile directly south
of the water tower.
Prairie Falcon 3/21, flying to the back side of the big cliff at Morgan
Lake, viewed from the Columbia NWR office/visitor center on Morgan Lake
N Rough-winged Swallow 3/21, in the Marsh Unit 3 canyon from the parking
area at the end of the access road north from McManamon Road.
Cliff Swallow 3/19, at the McManamon Road bridge that crosses the Potholes
Canal north of Othello.
Common Redpoll 3/18, a flock of about 40 about 2 ½ miles east of SR17
along Sutton Rd where Gregg Rd veers north. Photos from another observer
the following day showed one bird with unstreaked undertail coverts.
Burrowing Owl while widely reported from two west side locations, I
couldnt find any. In addition to a local decline in use of traditional
nest burrows, I think migrants have yet to arrive on their breeding grounds.
Snow Goose 3/21, 100+ at Royal Lake as above. The Royal Lake overlook at
Columbia NWR is almost right on the county line.
Chukar 3/20, heard on Saddle Mountain from multiple locations. Scoped one
from the Saddle Mtn overlook way looking north. The access road from SR24
is ~ .3 miles east of MP60. (see p 364 of the new edition of the Birders
Guide to WA)
Golden Eagle 3/20, about 8-10 miles SW of Royal City over Saddle Mtn on
Lower Crab Creek Rd.
American Avocet 3/21, FOY one at the County Line ponds along SR26 near
Long-billed Curlew 3/20, a pair flying by the Saddle Mtn overlook.
Dunlin 3/21, 6+ at the County Line ponds.
Prairie Falcon 3/20-21, nesting on cliff at the Saddle Mtn overlook.
Loggerhead Shrike 3/17+, most numerous along two routes, to Saddle Mtn
overlook and the easter portion of Lower Crab Creek Rd, and including Corfu
Canyon and Rock Wren 3/20, calling on Saddle Mtn. Also reported up Morgan
Lake Rd through Columbia NWR.
Sagebrush Sparrow 3/20, along the road to Saddle Mtn overlook. Usually
reliable north of the canal crossing.
Tundra Swan 3/20, a single flyover at the White Bluffs boat ramp.
Bald Eagle 3/20, a sub-adult and nesting pair (one sitting in nest) north
of the old Hanford townsite along the Columbia River, viewed from the White
Bluffs boat ramp.
Tundra Swan 3/20, as above before it crossed the river.
Hooded Merganser 3/20, 3 at the White Bluffs boat ramp.
Great Egret - 3/20, from the White Bluffs boat ramp and the backwater marsh.
Long-billed Curlew 3/18, a pair along Coyan at the north end of Scooteney
Reservoir were my FOY.
American Tree Sparrow 3/20, the first sparrow that I looked at (and nobody
else saw) in a flock of White-crowned Sparrows at the White Bluff access
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3/20, at the White Bluffs boat ramp locust grove.
I did not see it but several others including Jim Danzenbaker did. Probably
a wintering bird as migrants through Columbia NWR were typically a month or
more later in the spring. There was a Fox Sparrow at the same location last
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