[Tweeters] Wenas area Indigo Bunting and Least Flycatcher still present yesterday. Plus an evil weasel.

Lonnie Somer mombiwheeler at gmail.com
Mon Jun 26 18:20:14 PDT 2017


Hi Tweeters,

Yesterday (Sunday), Dave and Sherry Hayden and I birded the Wenas area in
Yakima County. We found the previously reported LEAST FLYCATCHER off of
Maloy Rd, near the small bridge. It was repeatedly calling from the
aspens, but wouldn't stay still long enough for a photo, although I did get
several nice shots of aspen branches during my failed attempts. While
there, a pair of RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS were going in and out of a small nest
cavity in one of the aspens, when suddenly a weasel, probably a Long-tailed
Weasel, darted up the tree and into the cavity. The sapsucker parents
responded with repeated alarm calls, which caused a small mob to form,
including a GRAY CATBIRD. The weasel ignored them all and emerged with a
dead chick in its mouth. I posted a photo of the dastardly creature poking
its head out of the cavity, as well as one of the sapsuckers, on ebird.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37821512

We were also successful in locating the previously reported INDIGO BUNTING
off of Audubon Rd. near the yellow gate. It was continuously singing from
one of the snags and very easy to locate.

Good birding and may you never hear the alarm calls of Red-naped Sapsucker
parents.

Lonnie Somer
Seattle
mombiwheeler at gmail.com
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