[Tweeters] Fun birding in Clark County

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Fri Sep 15 16:28:52 PDT 2017

Hi Tweeters,

I enjoyed a remarkable 7 hours of birding up on Larch Mountain, Clark
County, Washington today with, in my humble opinion, great success.

My first location was at coordinates 45.6937-122.2735 (aka Migration
Corner). Highlights were:

CASSIN'S FINCH - 1 (my first for Clark County)
Townsend's Solitaire - 7 (the most I've ever had in Clark County)
SAY'S PHOEBE - 1 (my first ever in "Fall" in Clark County)

My second location was at coordinates 45.7049x-122.2834. Highlights were:

CLARK'S NUTCRACKER - 3 (one flock, my first for Clark County)
CASSIN'S FINCH - 1 (wow, my second one for the day)
Townsend's Solitaire - 4

There was some raptor movement too with the following combined list from
both locations:

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7
Cooper's Hawk - 4
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's - 1
Northern Harrier - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
Merlin - 3 (Clark County year bird)
American Kestrel - 1

At both locations, I was on the western edge of the smoke from either the
Eagle Creek fire or one of the fires east of Mt. Rainier. I don't know if
these birds migrate around the edge of the smoke which would explain why I
saw several species that usually occur more commonly in the central
Cascades or nearer the eastern slope.

Maybe if you can see the edge of a smoke cloud, then stop and bird there if
it is safe and visibility permits.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward (except when ash is falling).

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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