Trip Reports 2010 April - June

Blackie Spit – Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Art, Virginia, Margaret, Sheila, Merilee, Joe, John, Kathleen, Bill, Reg, Rex and Rick

63 Species ID’s(Approx. Qty.)
 
CHECKLIST 
Loons: Red-throated(3), Common(4)
Grebes: Pied-billed(1), Red-necked(4), Horned(6), Western(1)
Cormorants: Double-crested(4)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(1)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(150), Wood Duck(2), American Wigeon(123), Gadwall(4), Green-winged Teal(400), Mallard(50), Northern Pintail(10), Northern Shoveler(12), Greater Scaup(7), Barrow's Goldeneye(4), Bufflehead(10), Hooded Merganser(1), Red-breasted Merganser(4), Common Merganser(4)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(9), Northern Harrier(3), Red-tailed Hawk(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(6)
Plovers and Lapwings: Black-bellied Plover(90)
Sandpipers: Long-billed Dowitcher(85), Greater Yellowlegs(3), Dunlin(150)
Gulls: Mew(4), Glaucous-winged(7), Bonaparte's(1)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(200), Mourning Dove(3)
Hummingbirds: Rufous(5)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(9)
Swallows: Tree Swallow(35), Violet-green Swallow(10)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(3), Ruby-crowned(8)
Wrens: Bewick's(1), Marsh(24)
Thrushes: American Robin(25)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(8)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(10), Chestnut-backed(5)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(21) 
Starlings: European Starling(10)
Wood Warblers: Yellow-rumped(3), Common Yellowthroat(1)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(5), Savannah Sparrow(24), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(10), White-crowned Sparrow(4), Golden-crowned Sparrow(15), Dark-eyed Junco(4)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(38)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(3), Pine Siskin(1), American Goldfinch(12)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(2)

Deception Pass – Tuesday, April 20, 2010
 
Art, Virginia, Bill B, Margaret, Sheila, Kathleen, Merilee, Mike, Reg, Rick and Joe
66 Species ID’d (Approx. Qty.)
 
CHECKLIST 
Loons: Red-throated(2), Common(2)
Grebes: Pied-billed(1), Red-necked(6), Western(150)
Cormorants: Double-crested(40), Pelagic(3)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(22)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(16), Wood Duck(5), Green-winged Teal(20), Mallard(6), Northern Pintail(8), Ring-necked Duck(1), Greater Scaup(2), Lesser Scaup(5), Surf Scoter(6), Bufflehead(13), Hooded Merganser(2), Red-breasted Merganser(8)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(2), Red-tailed Hawk(1)
New World Quail: California Quail(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(5)
Oystercatcher: Black Oystercatcher(4)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(1)
Gulls: California(6), Glaucous-winged(11), Western(5)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(18), Marbled Murrelet(2), Rhinoceros Auklet(4)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(30), Mourning Dove(5)
Barn-Owls: Barn Owl(1)
Hummingbirds: Rufous(3)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(2)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(3), Northern Flicker(5)
Swallows: Tree Swallow(12), Violet-green Swallow(12), Cliff Swallow(3), Barn Swallow(2)
Wagtails and Pipits: American Pipit()
Wrens: Marsh(7)
Thrushes: American Robin(45)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(3)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(4), Chestnut-backed(2)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(2)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(38), Common Raven(4) 
Starlings: European Starling(12)
Wood Warblers: Orange-crowned(3), Yellow-rumped(21), Common Yellowthroat(1)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(4), Savannah Sparrow(6), Song Sparrow(15), White-crowned Sparrow(22), Golden-crowned Sparrow(7), Dark-eyed Junco(7)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(5), Brewer's Blackbird(3)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(3), Pine Siskin(2), American Goldfinch(4)

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge – Tuesday, April 27, 2010
 
What a great birding area at the Wildlife refuge.  A nice wooden boardwalk that is wide enough to use scopes and still let others walk past.  We had a good day of birdwatching also with seeing 57 species.  We enjoyed watching all the pipits in the field running around looking for food.  Most had good views of the common Yellowthroat.  It was fun to watch a couple of hummingbirds do their flying dive.  The most common bird of the day had to be the yellow-rumped warbler, but it was interesting in that many of them were Myrtles.
 
Virginia, Sheila, Merilee, Joe, Art, Reg, Rick, John, Alannah, Kathleen, Bill and Wilma
57 species ID’d(Approx. Qty.)
 
Checklist
Grebes: Pied-billed(1)
Cormorants: Double-crested(6)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(1)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Greater White-fronted Goose(1), Canada Goose(3 with cacklers), Brant(1), Wood Duck(9), American Wigeon(1), Gadwall(4), Green-winged Teal(150), Mallard(20), Northern Pintail(50), Blue-winged Teal(1), Cinnamon Teal(2), Northern Shoveler(120), Ring-necked Duck(2), Hooded Merganser(2), Common Merganser(2)
New World Vultures: Turkey Vulture(1)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(3), Red-tailed Hawk(2)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(2)
Sandpipers: Common Snipe(1), Greater Yellowlegs(3), Western Sandpiper(25), Least Sandpiper(3), Dunlin(3)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(30)
Owls: Great Horned Owl(1)
Hummingbirds: Rufous(2)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(2)
Swallows: Tree Swallow(15), Violet-green Swallow(10), Northern Rough-winged Swallow(6), Cliff Swallow(25), Barn Swallow(12)
Wagtails and Pipits: American Pipit(50)
Wrens: Bewick's(2)
Thrushes: American Robin(10)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(3), Chestnut-backed(2)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(2)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(20) 
Starlings: European Starling(2)
Wood Warblers: Yellow(1), Yellow-rumped(200), Common Yellowthroat(15)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(2), Savannah Sparrow(10), Song Sparrow(25), White-crowned Sparrow(1), Golden-crowned Sparrow(15)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(10)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(1), American Goldfinch(4)

Snoqualmie Valley – Tuesday, May 4, 2010
 
The trip was changed as we were to go to Cle Elum, but due to snow in the passes and it being really cold and rotten weather we decided to stay closer to home and do Snoqualmie Valley today and go over the pass next week.  We ended up having an excellent day of birding and could see the snow low in the Mountains and were glad that we made the change.  We did see two birds that we usually think of as Eastern Washington birds being the Western Kingbird and the Yellow-headed Blackbird.  Maybe the weather has them confused also.  We saw Ruddy Ducks with their blue beaks and several shorebirds at the Prison Farm.  A Red-breasted Sapsucker flew within feet of us, letting us know that he was there.  We very clearly heard the kid-ick, kid-ick, kid-ick call of the Virginia Rail even though we did not see it.  Today the lighting was so good that we had the best views of Wood ducks and Pied-Billed grebes that you could want.
 
Virginia, Joe, Merilee, Art, Ed, John, Kathleen, Rick, Jack and Wilma
63 Species ID’d(Approx. Qty.)
 
CHECKLIST 
Loons: Common(1)
Grebes: Pied-billed(2)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(2)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(6), Wood Duck(4), American Wigeon(15), Gadwall(7), Green-winged Teal(2), Mallard(3), Northern Pintail(20), Cinnamon Teal(1), Northern Shoveler(10), Ring-necked Duck(3), Bufflehead(2), Hooded Merganser(1), Ruddy Duck(3)
New World Vultures: Turkey Vulture(2)
Osprey: Osprey(2)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(4), Northern Harrier(1), Red-tailed Hawk(3)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: Virginia Rail(1), American Coot(12)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(2)
Sandpipers: Common Snipe(1), Short-billed Dowitcher(6), Lesser Yellowlegs(1), Western Sandpiper(3)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(15)
Hummingbirds: Rufous(2)
Woodpeckers: Red-breasted Sapsucker(4), Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(3)
Tyrant Flycatchers: Western Kingbird(2)
Swallows: Tree Swallow(120), Violet-green Swallow(120), Barn Swallow(30)
Wrens: Marsh(2)
Thrushes: American Robin(22)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(4)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(4), Chestnut-backed(1)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(1)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(4)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(6),Common Raven(1) 
Starlings: European Starling(14)
Wood Warblers: Orange-crowned(3), Yellow-rumped(46), Common Yellowthroat(3)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(3), Savannah Sparrow(3), Song Sparrow(17), White-crowned Sparrow(9), Golden-crowned Sparrow(3)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(50), Yellow-headed Blackbird(1), Brewer's Blackbird(2), Brown-headed Cowbird(1)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(4), American Goldfinch(4)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(8)

 Cle Elum – Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It was a typical very windy day in Eastern Washington, but great to see the birds that we commonly do not see on the west side.  We had eight warbler species including the Nashville and MacGillivary’s warbler.  Both the Western and Mountain Bluebirds were seen.  There were lots of Chipping sparrows but the best sparrow of the day was the Vesper Sparrow.  We had great views of Mountain Chickadees and Cassin Finches.


Virginia, Wilma, Margaret, Kathleen, Art, Ed, Reg, Mike, Jack, Merilee, Joe, John, Rex and Rick
65 Species ID’d (Approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(1)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(4), Wood Duck(2), Mallard(2), Ring-necked Duck(4), Barrow's Goldeneye(2), Bufflehead(3), Common Merganser(1)
New World Vultures: Turkey Vulture(1)
Osprey: Osprey(4)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Red-tailed Hawk(2)
Falcons: American Kestrel(2)
New World Quail: California Quail(3)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(2)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(6), Band-tailed Pigeon(4), Mourning Dove(2)
Swifts: Vaux's(30)
Hummingbirds: Rufous(3)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(2), Northern Flicker(2), Pileated Woodpecker(2)
Tyrant Flycatchers: Western Wood-Pewee(1)
Swallows: Tree Swallow(2), Violet-green Swallow(2), Northern Rough-winged Swallow(2), Bank Swallow(5)
Kinglets: Ruby-crowned(1)
Thrushes: Western Bluebird(3), Mountain Bluebird(3), American Robin(5)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(2), Mountain(4), Chestnut-backed(1)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(6)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(6), Black-billed Magpie(4), American Crow(10),Common Raven(13)
Starlings: European Starling(7)
Wood Warblers: Orange-crowned(1), Nashville(12), Yellow(2), Yellow-rumped(10), Black-throated Gray(1), MacGillivray's(1), Common Yellowthroat(1), Wilson's(2)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(1), Chipping Sparrow(12), Vesper Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(5), White-crowned Sparrow(3), Dark-eyed Junco(3)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(30), Western Meadowlark(20), Brewer's Blackbird(26), Brown-headed Cowbird(19)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: Cassin's Finch(3), House Finch(1), Red Crossbill(1), Pine Siskin(25), American Goldfinch(6), Evening Grosbeak(20)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(5)
 


 Camano Island – Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The highlight of the day was seeing over 50 Whimbrel at Triangle Cove.  We also enjoyed the Sanderlings, Caspian Terns and the Vaux’s Swifts.  At this time of the year the real treat is seeing the Purple Martins at English Boom.

Art, Virginia, Rick, John, Alannah, Rex, Phil, Marg, Margaret, Kathleen, Anne, Ed, Reg, Merilee and Joe.

60 Species Id’d(approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST 

Loons: Common(1)

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(7)

Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(1), Green-winged Teal(1), Mallard(7), Harlequin Duck(4), Surf Scoter(3), Common Goldeneye(2), Hooded Merganser(1)

Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(19), Red-tailed Hawk(1)

Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(4)

Sandpipers: Common Snipe(1), Whimbrel(51), Sanderling(4)

Gulls: Glaucous-winged(11), Bonaparte's(35)

Terns: Caspian Tern(18)

Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(5)

Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(2), Mourning Dove(10)

Swifts: Vaux's(6)

Hummingbirds: Rufous(12)

Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(3)

Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(3)

Tyrant Flycatchers: Western Wood-Pewee(1), Pacific-slope Flycatcher(2)

Swallows: Purple Martin(20), Tree Swallow(10), Violet-green Swallow(24), Northern Rough-winged Swallow(8), Barn Swallow(25)

Waxwings: Cedar(3)

Wrens: Bewick's(1)

Thrushes: Swainson's Thrush(5), American Robin(130)

Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(2)

Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(5)

Nuthatches: Red-breasted(1)

Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(2), American Crow(18),Common Raven(1)

Starlings: European Starling(24)

Wood Warblers: Orange-crowned(4), Common Yellowthroat(2), Wilson's(2)

Tanagers and Allies: Western Tanager(4)

Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(7), Savannah Sparrow(13), Song Sparrow(25), White-crowned Sparrow(15), Golden-crowned Sparrow(1)

Saltators, Cardinals and Allies: Black-headed Grosbeak(4)

Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(2), Brewer's Blackbird(12), Brown-headed Cowbird(6)

Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: Purple Finch(4), House Finch(13), American Goldfinch(3)

Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(4)


Leavenworth – Tuesday May 25, 2010

Margaret, Virginia, Merilee, Joe, Ed, Art, Mike, John, Alannah, Reg, Phil, Bill, Linda, Nancy, Rick, Bill L., Rex

65 Species Id’d (Aprox. Qty.)

CHECKLIST 

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(1)

Ducks, Geese and Swans: Mallard(2), Bufflehead(1), Common Merganser(1)

New World Vultures: Turkey Vulture(3)

Osprey: Osprey(4)

Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(2), Red-tailed Hawk(1)

Cranes: Sandhill Crane(1)

Sandpipers: Spotted Sandpiper(5)

Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(2)

Swifts: Vaux's(5)

Hummingbirds: Calliope(3), Rufous(5)

Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)

Woodpeckers: Red-naped Sapsucker(1), Hairy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(2)

Tyrant Flycatchers: Western Wood-Pewee(7), Willow Flycatcher(6)

Swallows: Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow

Waxwings: Cedar(2)

Dippers: American Dipper(4)

Thrushes: Mountain Bluebird(2), Swainson's Thrush(1), American Robin(18)

Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(3), Mountain(2), Chestnut-backed(1)

Nuthatches: Pygmy(1), Red-breasted(2)

Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(4), American Crow(4),Common Raven(2)

Starlings: European Starling(12)

Vireos and Allies: Warbling(15)

Wood Warblers: Nashville(12), Yellow(11), Yellow-rumped(6), Black-throated Gray(1), Townsend's(1), MacGillivray's(1), Wilson's(3)

Tanagers and Allies: Western Tanager(22)

Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(3), Chipping Sparrow(7), Song Sparrow(6), White-crowned Sparrow(4), Dark-eyed Junco(3)

Saltators, Cardinals and Allies: Black-headed Grosbeak(33), Lazuli Bunting(1)

Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(2), Brewer's Blackbird(1), Brown-headed Cowbird(15), Bullock's Oriole(1)

Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: Cassin's Finch(20), Purple Finch(7), Pine Siskin(31), American Goldfinch(20), Evening Grosbeak(112)

Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(1)


Spencer Island – Tuesday, June 1, 2010

What a great day at Spencer Island.  The flycatchers, warblers, swallows and Swainson’s Thrushes were there to greet us.  We were pleased to see the Eastern Kingbirds and surprised to see the Vaux’s Swifts.  We always enjoy the Ospreys nesting or flying over the river.

Virginia, Art, Rex, Reg, Rick, Margaret B, Margaret, Barry, Merilee, Joe, Nancy, Kathleen, Phil, John, Mary and Wilma

57 Species ID’d(approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST 

Cormorants: Double-crested(3)

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(6)

Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(8), Gadwall(3), Mallard(10), Cinnamon Teal(2), Lesser Scaup(6)

Osprey: Osprey(4)

Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(2), Red-tailed Hawk(3)

Falcons: Peregrine Falcon(1)

Rails, Gallinules and Coots: Virginia Rail(2)

 Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(3)

Gulls: Ring-billed(1), Glaucous-winged(6)

Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(1), Band-tailed Pigeon(2), Collard Dove(1)

Swifts: Vaux's(4)

Hummingbirds: Rufous(1)

Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(2), Northern Flicker(1), Pileated Woodpecker(1)

Tyrant Flycatchers: Olive-sided Flycatcher(1), Western Wood-Pewee(1), Willow Flycatcher(10), Eastern Kingbird(3)

Swallows: Tree Swallow(20), Violet-green Swallow(3), Cliff Swallow(10), Barn Swallow(15)

Waxwings: Cedar(50)

Wrens: Bewick's(1), Marsh(30)

Thrushes: Swainson's Thrush(12), American Robin(12)

Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(8)

Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(12)

Crows and Jays: American Crow(20) 

Starlings: European Starling(30)

Vireos and Allies: Warbling(2)

Wood Warblers: Yellow(20), Common Yellowthroat(3), Wilson's(2)

Tanagers and Allies: Western Tanager(4)

Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(6), Savannah Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(18), Dark-eyed Junco(3)

Saltators, Cardinals and Allies: Black-headed Grosbeak(30)

Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(22), Brown-headed Cowbird(10)

Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: Purple Finch(4), House Finch(6), Pine Siskin(1), American Goldfinch(24), Evening Grosbeak(2)

Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(4)


Everett Waterfront – Tuesday, June 8, 2010

 This was another wet and cold spring day for the year. We did bird in a couple of new areas for us as Bill Lider took us to see the osprey nest. There were lots of Osprey to see on this day. As well as Osprey there were many Double-crested cormorants nesting on pilings.

Merilee, Joe, Wilma, Virginia, Ed, Art, Rick, Kathleen, Nancy, Jack and Mary 57

Species(Aprox. Qty.)

CHECKLIST

Cormorants: Double-crested(300)

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(4)

Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(99), Gadwall(2 + 3 babies), Green-winged Teal(2), Mallard(7)

Osprey: Osprey(22)

Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(3), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(1)

Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(8)

Sandpipers: Spotted Sandpiper(1)

Gulls: Ring-billed(3), California(1), Glaucous-winged(28)

Terns: Caspian Tern(11)

Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(15), Band-tailed Pigeon(1), Mourning Dove(1)

Hummingbirds: Anna's(2)

Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(2)

Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(2)

Tyrant Flycatchers: Olive-sided Flycatcher(2), Western Wood-Pewee(2), Willow Flycatcher(3), Western Kingbird(1)

Swallows: Purple Martin(8), Tree Swallow(3), Violet-green Swallow(6), Northern Rough-winged Swallow(4), Cliff Swallow(7), Barn Swallow(10)

Waxwings: Cedar(9)

Wrens: Bewick's(4), Winter(1)

Thrushes: Swainson's Thrush(3), American Robin(12)

Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(1)

Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(4)

Crows and Jays: American Crow(12),Common Raven(1)

Starlings: European Starling(8)

Wood Warblers: Yellow(3), Common Yellowthroat(6)

Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(2), Savannah Sparrow(5), Song Sparrow(20), White-crowned Sparrow(4)

Saltators, Cardinals and Allies: Black-headed Grosbeak(12)

Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(5), Brewer's Blackbird(1), Brown-headed Cowbird(18), Bullock's Oriole(1)

Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(20), Pine Siskin(1), American Goldfinch(70)

Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(7)


 

Big 4 Meadows – Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cold and Rainy-Will we ever see the sun this summer—It was 45 degrees at Big 4 Meadows today with a consistent rain.  Not the best day to bird watch.  The best sighting of the day was watching the Red-breasted Sapsucker pecking holes for sap.  When the Red-breasted sapsucker left, then a Tanager came to collect sap from the holes, followed by a Rufous Hummingbird, a squirrel and a chipmunk.  Then the Sapsucker came back again and the cycle started all over.  We all enjoyed the wonderful potluck lunch thanks to Art and Virginia for their extra work at setting up the BBQ and grilling the Hot dogs.  

Virginia, Kathy, Tom, Joanie, Mike, Kathleen, Reg, Rex, Ed, Rick, Bill, Phil, Nancy K, Nancy R, Art, Merilee and Joe

38 Species Id’d (Approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST 

Ducks, Geese and Swans: Mallard(4), Harlequin Duck(1)

Osprey: Osprey(1)

Gulls: Glaucous-winged(2)

Pigeons and Doves: Band-tailed Pigeon(8)

Swifts: Vaux's(6)

Hummingbirds: Rufous(3)

Woodpeckers: Red-breasted Sapsucker(3), Hairy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(1)

Tyrant Flycatchers: Olive-sided Flycatcher(1), Western Wood-Pewee(2), Willow Flycatcher(1), Pacific-slope Flycatcher(3)

Swallows: Tree Swallow(1), Violet-green Swallow(1), Northern Rough-winged Swallow(3)

Waxwings: Cedar(1)

Dippers: American Dipper(4)

Wrens: Winter(10)

Thrushes: Swainson's Thrush(3), American robin(10), Varied Thrush(3)

Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(1), Chestnut-backed(3)

Nuthatches: Red-breasted(1)

Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(6), American Crow(5)

Vireos and Allies: Warbling(4)

Wood Warblers: Yellow(1), Yellow-rumped(1), Common Yellowthroat(1)

Tanagers and Allies: Western Tanager(1)

Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Song Sparrow(4), Dark-eyed Junco(3)

Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: Red Crossbill(1),Pine siskin(1), Evening Grosbeak(1)


 

Mid-Whidbey – Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We started the day with a lot of fog, so it was difficult to see too far into some areas such as Crockett Lake and we were wondering if we were going to see many birds on this day. Along with the fog was really cool weather, in fact Whidbey was one of the coldest places in Washington state this day. We did enjoy the Pigeon Guillemots and the Rhinoceros Auklets in the sound.  There were many Savannah Sparrows singing in the grasses at the Lake.  We found a House Wren at Fort Casey State Park.  The park was full of kids out from summer vacation doing day camp projects so we were not able to bird the tree areas in parts of the park.  It was fun to see Harlequin Ducks in a couple of areas and we were surprised to see a flock of surf scoters.  When the day ended and the fog and cold had followed us most of the day, we were also surprised that our total tally of birds seen for the day was up to 60 species. 

Virginia, Merilee, Joe, Wilma, Art, Ed, Rex, John, Phil, Reg, Bill, Tom, Joannie, Anne and Nancy

60 Species Id’d(Approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST 

Loons: Common(1)

Cormorants: Double-crested(13), Pelagic(10)

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(5)

Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(1), Gadwall(1), Mallard(2), Harlequin Duck(12), Surf Scoter(23), Red-breasted Merganser(2)

New World Vultures: Turkey Vulture(2)

Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(4), Northern Harrier(2), Red-tailed Hawk(5)

New World Quail: California Quail(1)

Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(2)

Gulls: Ring-billed(1), Glaucous-winged(20)

Terns: Caspian Tern(2)

Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(87), Rhinoceros Auklet(105)

Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(10), Mourning Dove(1)

Hummingbirds: Rufous(2)

Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)

Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(1)

Tyrant Flycatchers: Olive-sided Flycatcher(1), Willow Flycatcher(1), Pacific-slope Flycatcher(1)

Swallows: Tree Swallow(2), Violet-green Swallow(1), Northern Rough-winged Swallow(1), Cliff Swallow(6), Barn Swallow(23)

Waxwings: Cedar(5)

Wrens: Bewick's(1), Winter(2), House(2)

Thrushes: Swainson's Thrush(10), American Robin(6)

Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(4)

Chickadees and Tits: Chestnut-backed(1)

Nuthatches: Red-breasted(5)

Creepers: Brown Creeper(1)

Crows and Jays: American Crow(26),Common Raven(1)

Starlings: European Starling(30)

Wood Warblers: Orange-crowned(2)

Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(1), Savannah Sparrow(31), Song Sparrow(3), White-crowned Sparrow(2), Dark-eyed Junco(1)

Saltators, Cardinals and Allies: Black-headed Grosbeak(1)

Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(11), Brewer's Blackbird(1), Brown-headed Cowbird(1)

Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(3), American Goldfinch(35)

Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(3)


Ellensburg and Area – Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Another great day in Eastern Washington.  On the Taneum road, we enjoyed seeing the Lazuli buntings with all of us getting good views of them.  The MacGillivray’s warbler entertained us after lunch.  We also watched the Evening Grosbeaks feeding their young.  The Yellow-breasted Chats at Umtanum were heard by everybody, but a good sighting was elusive for most of us.  A Rock wren was also seen in the canyon. 

Phil, Art, Virginia, Margaret, Wilma, Kathleen, Margaret B., Bill, Nancy, Nancy, Mike, Rick, Reg and John.

59 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST 

Cormorants: Double-crested(4)

Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(7)

New World Vultures: Turkey Vulture(7)

Osprey: Osprey(2)

Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Red-tailed Hawk(1)

Falcons: American Kestrel(5)

New World Quail: California quail(1)

Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(1)

Gulls: Ring-billed(2)

Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(2), Mourning Dove(4)

Swifts: Vaux's(2)

Hummingbirds: Rufous(4)

Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(1), Hairy Woodpecker(1), Pileated Woodpecker(1)

Tyrant Flycatchers: Western Wood-Pewee(5), Pacific-slope Flycatcher(1), Eastern Kingbird(1)

Swallows: Violet-green Swallow(4), Northern Rough-winged Swallow(1), Cliff Swallow(10), Barn Swallow(1)

Waxwings: Cedar(2)

Wrens: House(1), Rock(1)

Thrushes: Veery(3), Swainson's Thrush(2), Hermit Thrush(2), American Robin(3)

Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(4), Chestnut-backed(1)

Nuthatches: Red-breasted(1)

Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(3), American Crow(8) 

Starlings: European Starling(50)

Vireos and Allies: Warbling(4)

Wood Warblers: Nashville(1), Yellow(2), Yellow-rumped(1), MacGillivray's(5), Yellow-Breasted Chat(1)

Tanagers and Allies: Western Tanager(2)

Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(1), Savannah Sparrow(1), White-crowned Sparrow(3), Dark-eyed Junco(1)

Saltators, Cardinals and Allies: Black-headed Grosbeak(10), Lazuli Bunting(15)

Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(6), Western Meadowlark(1), Brewer's Blackbird(11), Bullock's Oriole(3)

Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: Cassin's Finch(4), House Finch(6), Pine Siskin(3), American Goldfinch(6), Evening Grosbeak(12)

Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(1)