[Tweeters] Update on Okanogan Highlands and Waterville Plateau Scout Trip 1/21

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 20:31:07 PST 2019


Hi Tweets,

on Monday I finished up my scout trip for my upcoming trips with Clearwater
Audubon and WOS.

We had one SAW-WHET OWL in Bridgeport State Park. The bird was very wary
and we took extra care to keep our distance and avoid disturbing this
specialty for others to enjoy.

We criss-crossed G St through K St on 15, 16, 17 and 18 NE and were not
able to locate a Snowy Owl. We were able to relocate a previously reported
SNOWY OWL on Heritage Road/Woods Rd NE just north of highway 2 and west of
Atkins Lake, 1/4 mile north of 1st Rd NE on the east side of the road
opposite a small farm.

We had a nice large flock of HORNED LARK with SNOW BUNTING on F Rd NW north
of Sprauer or 8 Rd NW.

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW were observed on both the Waterville Plateau and
Cameron Lake Road.

Sadly, we observed no Sharp-tailed Grouse at any of my usual spots
(Bridgeport Hill, Scotch Creek Wildlife Preserve, or Siwash Creek Road).
Not sure why, but suspect the lack of snow and warm weather may have
effected this species winter distribution.

We had good numbers of GOLDEN EAGLE and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Our big
surprise was many sightings of CASSIN'S FINCH, sometimes in large flocks,
on Camas Meadows Road off Blewett's Pass, Siwash Creek Road and Conconully.

Meredith Spencer reports Long-tailed Duck on Lake Pateros look outs on the
south side - marked with ribbon.

I'll report on my trips next weekend and over President's Day weekend for
all you winter birding lovers!

Happy birding,
Shep


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Shep Thorp
Browns Point
253-370-3742
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