[Tweeters] Shillapoo Lake, Clark County - BOBOLINKs

Kevin Black kevblack787 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 8 18:06:45 PDT 2017

Hello All,

I headed straight after work to Shillapoo. At Shillapoo I re-found Jim's
Sanderling and there was a second Sanderling as well. The Snowy Egret
made an appearance on my way back home at the Port of Vancouver pond (which
is adjacent from Boise Cascade if you look on google maps). I scoped the
Snowy Egret from parking the car on the main road-if you do this make sure
to use the gravel/dirt pull off on the South side of the road (closest to
the river). There is a gravel pull off to the East of the pond on the North
side of lower river road that you can use a scope to see the Great Egrets
but since the Snowy is significantly smaller the angle may be bad from that
gravel road.

Great finds Jim!

Good Birding,

Kevin Black
Vancouver, WA

On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 2:42 PM Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker at gmail.com>

> Hi Tweeters,


> It was an exciting day to be birding in Clark County today.


> I visited Shillapoo Lake which is north of Vancouver Lake in southwestern

> Clark County this morning since somebody had reported a Black-bellied

> Plover there yesterday. When I arrived, I immediately heard the sound of

> shorebirds - great! I counted the following:


> Greater Yellowlegs - 34

> Lesser Yellowlegs - 14

> SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - 1 (new for the county for me this year)

> Least Sandpiper - 21

> Western Sandpiper - 4

> SANDERLING - 1 (first time in the county for me!!!)

> Semipalmated Plover - 1 (new for the county for me this year)

> Wilson's Snipe - 9

> Killdeer - 6


> While I was there, I heard a familiar flight call overhead and immediately

> found the *pinkers* - two BOBOLINKs! This may be a first record for the

> county! The birds initially flew west to east but 15 or so minutes later,

> I heard them fly back overhead and followed them until they appeared to

> descend into a corn field beyond the westernmost ponds. Each time, I noted

> the buffy color and the distinctive shape of a Bobolink - relatively little

> head projection (at least to my eyes) and slighter than Red-winged and

> Brewer's Blackbirds with more pointed wings. Randy Hill and Les Carlson

> soon joined me and we were lucky enough to have at least one of them (maybe

> both) fly overhead again heading east apparently descending into a corn

> field again. We did not see nor hear them after that.


> We then visited a feeder channel to Vancouver Lake and found a Solitary

> Sandpiper, another county first for the year for me.


> We then headed to Port of Vancouver Pond where Randy and Les had said that

> there was a huge congregation of egrets. We no sooner got our of the cars

> and we were looking at 2 SNOWY EGRETs among about 120 Great Egrets and 20+

> Great Blue Herons. Again, another new county year bird for me.


> Wow, there are shorebirds in Clark County!


> Keep your eyes and ears skyward.


> Jim

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> Jim Danzenbaker

> Battle Ground, WA

> 360-702-9395

> jdanzenbaker at gmail.com

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Kevin Black
Vancouver, WA
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