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Lichtensteins Sandgrouse,©Jan Wilczur

13 Feb Entertaining Starlings [Bill Siems ]
13 Feb Possible Trumpeter Swan at Mann Lake [Kirsten Dahl ]
11 Feb Fwd: Great Backyard Bird Count [Charles Swift ]
11 Feb Redwing Blackbirds ["Bright, Ashleigh (abright AT uidaho.edu)" ]
10 Feb YR Warblers [Catherine Temple ]
8 Feb Re: Turnbull NWR CLOSED [Ron Force ]
8 Feb Sspokane Valley Shrike [Norma Trefry ]
8 Feb yellow-shafted flicker [Lisa Hardy ]
6 Feb Whitman County Birds (PINE GROSBEAKS) [Richard Baltierra ]
5 Feb Western Meadowlark [Marlene Cashen ]
3 Feb Red Crossbills in Veradale, WA [Marlene Cashen ]
3 Feb Bohemian Waxwings [RJ Baltierra ]
03 Feb Moscow WW Crossbills [Charles Swift ]
2 Feb Northern Pygmy Owl [Don and Susan Carey ]
1 Feb Missing birds in Franklin County for 2015 [Kevin Black ]
01 Feb FWD>Yakima Northern Mockingbird [Charles Swift ]
1 Feb [SPF] more redpolls and waxwings in Spokane ["Terry Little" ]
31 Jan "The Messenger" songbird movie review [Tina wynecoop ]
31 Jan Slavin Pine Grosbeaks [Bill Siems ]
30 Jan Benton Co. Slaty-backed Gull [Mike Clarke ]
28 Jan FW: eBirding for owls around Lake Pend Oreille?! [Terry Gray ]
28 Jan [SPF] more Spokane Redpolls [Terry Little ]
26 Jan [SPF] Pine Grosbeaks and Redpolls in Spokane County [Terry Little ]
26 Jan Northern goshawk [Bettie Hoff ]
25 Jan Re: pine grosbeaks Moscow [Jane Westervelt ]
25 Jan pine grosbeaks Moscow [Jane Westervelt ]
25 Jan 2015 Washington Birder List Report [washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle ]
24 Jan Tufted Duck Walla Walla County - yes [Mike & MerryLynn ]
24 Jan Heyburn SP Glaucous Gull, Minima Cackling Geese [Jonathan Isacoff ]
24 Jan Anatone gyr [Catherine Temple ]
24 Jan Umatilla Field Trip recap [Eric Heisey ]
23 Jan LOMO Dam gulls today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
20 Jan grosbeaks? [Terry Lane ]
19 Jan Asotin couty Gyrfalcon [Keith Carlson ]
19 Jan Busy feeder [Catherine Temple ]
18 Jan [SPF] Redpolls Continue at Peone Wetland [Terry Little ]
18 Jan Moscow-Pullman CBC results [Kas Dumroese ]
18 Jan Moscow White-winged Crossbills [Ben Bright ]
17 Jan Northern hawk owl killed after becoming birding attraction [Rich Landers ]
16 Jan Lower Monumental Dam gulls today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
15 Jan Walla Walla county birds today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
15 Jan Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) [Marlene Cashen ]
14 Jan Updated PHOTOS: Northern Pygmy Owl, Sharp tailed Grouse, White winged Crossbills and other winter birds [Khanh Tran ]
13 Jan Dipper blink [Tina wynecoop ]
10 Jan waterfowl surveys [Lindell Haggin ]
8 Jan Redwing [Tina wynecoop ]
8 Jan BARN SWALLOW - WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
8 Jan PYOW [Rich Del Carlo ]
6 Jan Gyrfalcon WWCo. and more [Mike & MerryLynn ]
6 Jan accipiter ID ? [Keith Carlson ]
5 Jan last 2 days around Spokane [Terry Little ]
5 Jan YRWA [Rich Del Carlo ]
5 Jan Lincoln Co. (WA) Birds [Jonathan Isacoff ]
5 Jan Updated PHOTOS of Great Grays, Northern Hawk Owl and other winter birds on snow. [Khanh Tran ]
3 Jan Walla Walla county update [Mike & MerryLynn ]
3 Jan Re: Lake Coeur d'Alene Swans [Terry Gray ]
4 Jan Lake Coeur d'Alene Swans [Steve Joyce ]
3 Jan Re: [Tweeters] Walla Walla Co. January 1 BIG DAY [Mike & MerryLynn ]
2 Jan Walla Walla Co. January 1 BIG DAY [Mike & MerryLynn ]
1 Jan FW: [IBLE] Female Black Scoter [Terry Gray ]
1 Jan Lincoln Co. LEOW [Cindy McCormack ]
1 Jan Great Way to Start the Asotin County Year. [Keith Carlson ]
1 Jan 2015 Washington Birder List Reporting [washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle ]
1 Jan Re: First bird of 2016 [Tim Brennan ]
1 Jan First bird of 2016 [Mike & MerryLynn ]
31 Dec Lewiston-Clarkston Christmas Bird Count Summary [Rita Jamison ]
30 Dec Walla Walla County January 1 BIG DAY [Mike & MerryLynn ]
27 Dec Drama in the backyard [Catherine Temple ]
27 Dec Neat New Yard Bird [Kim Thorburn ]
26 Dec Lesser Black-backed Gull WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
26 Dec help for a new resident []
26 Dec Snowy Pend Oreille County [Terry Little ]
26 Dec Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches on Rathdrum Prairie [Steve Joyce ]
24 Dec virginia rail [Catherine Temple ]
22 Dec Sandpiper ID'd [Keith Carlson ]
21 Dec Re: Interesting Sandpiper on Lewiston-Clakston CBC (Keith Carlson) [John Hanna ]

Subject: Entertaining Starlings
From: Bill Siems <wfsiems AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:10:33 -0800
Walking around some tallish deciduous trees at Slavin Ranch, my ears told me 
that the tops held, simultaneously, a flock of RT Hawks, a Sora, several C. 
Quail, and a small group of A. Goldfinch. My eyes disagreed, reporting a dozen 
Starlings trying to outdo one another. 


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Subject: Possible Trumpeter Swan at Mann Lake
From: Kirsten Dahl <kdahlappy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:03:42 -0800
Terry Gray and I have been watching it for about 15 min.  Swimming with
wigeon and Buffleheads and a domestic goose.

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Subject: Fwd: Great Backyard Bird Count
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:39:23 +0000
All -

The Great Backyard Bird Count starts tomorrow and runs through Monday.
Information on participating is at the Audubon web site below. Participants
can submit results through the GBBC eBird portal or through regular eBird
web site or smart phone apps. All checklists will count toward GBBC and
results will be available for the period through the GBBC web site.

thanks, Charles.



The Great Backyard Bird Count starts tomorrow and it’s never been easier to
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The Great Backyard Bird Count
 starts
tomorrow and it’s never been easier to join. Anyone, anywhere in the world
can participate by watching birds for just 15 minutes on one or more days
of the count. If you can identify a robin, crow, or pigeon, you can help!

Last year, birdwatchers of all skill levels from over 100 countries
participated in the count, documenting over 5,000 species—nearly half the
possible bird species in the world—on more than 147,000 bird checklists.
The data collected each year are essential to understanding how to help
birds survive against both global threats like climate change and local
threats like habitat loss.

So from February 12-15, join in the Great Backyard Bird Count on your own
or in a local event
 and help us
protect the birds we all love.

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Subject: Redwing Blackbirds
From: "Bright, Ashleigh (abright AT uidaho.edu)" <abright@uidaho.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:06:54 +0000
The birch (?) trees were *full* of loud Redwing Blackbirds this morning around 
6:30 am. They're back almost two weeks earlier than last year! 

Steury Orchards, just south of Potlatch ID

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Subject: YR Warblers
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:33:43 -0800
I found a small flock of yellow-rumped warblers feeding with some
black-capped chickadees and ruby-crowned kinglets this morning at Hell's
Gate SP.

-- 

*Catherine Temple*

*Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*

*Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052*
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Subject: Re: Turnbull NWR CLOSED
From: Ron Force <ronforce AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:49:22 -0800
It's reopened today (Spokane Spokesman-Review).

Ron Force
Moscow Idaho USA

On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 6:08 AM, Mike & MerryLynn 
wrote:

> Well looks like they are just inviting militia to come in and take over -
> the more folks (employees AND visitors) that are there the less chance of
> that happening.
> What is REALLY behind this closing ???
>
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Subject: Sspokane Valley Shrike
From: Norma Trefry <firsttrefry AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:48:45 -0800
Saturday a Northern Shrike was hunting from a deciduous tree by the edge of
the Central Premix pond.  It was a nice surprise to add to the usual list
of birds there.

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Subject: yellow-shafted flicker
From: Lisa Hardy <basalt AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:02:48 +0000 (UTC)
I found the partial remains of a NORTHERN FLICKER YELLOW-SHAFTED RACE on the 
bike trail near Smelterville, ID (Shoshone County, ID) last week. I am guessing 
no more than a couple of weeks old.... 

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Subject: Whitman County Birds (PINE GROSBEAKS)
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:55:16 -0800
Started my morning out by Rock Lake, where I found a flock of about 6-8
COMMON REDPOLLS on Gene Webb Rd. Rock Lake did not have much on it. Farther
along Rock Lake rd., I had a SAY'S PHOEBE, and looks at a beautiful Rough
Legged Hawk. I was ecstatic to find that both the Gravel Pit Ponds, and
Glorifield rd. are both flooded once again, and are almost ready for the
onslaught of migrating waterfowl! I had 5 HOODED MERGANSERS in the creek at
the start of Glorifield Rd., and 2 CACKLING GEESE among some Canadas in the
field behind them. In the flooded portion there were hundreds of mallards,
and 1 lone male PINTAIL. I then headed to Steptoe Butte where birds were
sparse, the main highlights were a Porcupine, and 2 Moose (presumably the
same Cow and baby I saw back in Nov.). At Sunnyside park in Pullman the
female WOOD DUCK continues among the masses of mallards. Then at Kruegal
Park, I had a real surprise, 4 PINE GROSBEAKS in the ash trees. I'm
assuming they were part of the group I found back in December, but this is
the first time they've been spotted this year! A fun day, despite windy and
cold conditions!

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Subject: Western Meadowlark
From: Marlene Cashen <mjaycashen AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:24:41 -0500
We saw our FOY Western Meadowlark heading south on Rock Lake Rd. north of Mohs 
Ranch around 12:30 p.m. Friday, 2/5/16. 


At about 2:15 p.m. we attempted to drive into Turnbull NWR, only to find the 
gate closed and locked. 


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Subject: Red Crossbills in Veradale, WA
From: Marlene Cashen <mjaycashen AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:38:02 -0500

 
Wednesday (2/3/16) at 11:30 a.m. a flock of 12 Red Crossbills feasted on 
sunflower seeds in one of the feeders in our yard in Veradale, WA. It was 
pretty exciting because we haven't seen crossbills in our yard in several 
years. 

 
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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: RJ Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:09:39 -0800
I just ran into a large flock of at least 50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS near the 
Southside Dining Center on WSU's campus. Didn't have time to get an exact total 
but several trees were covered and I could also pick out some Cedar waxwings 
too. Not a bad sighting on campus! 


RJ Baltierra
Pullman, WA

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Subject: Moscow WW Crossbills
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:12:24 +0000
Hi all -

i just had a small flock (5) of White-winged Crossbills on a large spruce
near Howard & C (northeast Moscow). I heard them initially but they weren't
that vocal and it took me some time to find them (best viewed from alley to
the southwest at that time). Ben Bright has also had WW Crossbills nearby
along A Street. There are a good # of spruces in this part of town so it
might take some work to find them!

thanks, Charles.
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Subject: Northern Pygmy Owl
From: Don and Susan Carey <mscarey53 AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:46:00 +0000
Good morning...
In the midst of our gray morning, while watching the activity at the feeders, I 
noticed our old, orange cat moving slowly toward a large Canadian Hemlock. As 
he went under one side a beautiful male pheasant came out the other. When the 
pheasant saw Gary he circled around behind the cat and followed him into the 
Hemlock. As I was about to go outside to grab the cat, I saw him jump and 
scurry out looking over his shoulder and slink back toward the house. The 
pheasant came strutting out and stood watching the Cat. All this time, a little 
Northern Pygmy Owl was sitting at the very top of the Hemlock watching the 
drama below. Got a good look at him and his strange little "eyes" on the back 
of his head. He stayed quite awhile before moving on...a nice beginning to the 
day. 

Susan CareyHayden, ID.







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Subject: Missing birds in Franklin County for 2015
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:15:26 -0800
Hello All,

I know this is a bit late, but there are a few birds that were not recorded
in Franklin County in 2015 on ebird. I'm wondering if anyone had seen these
birds last year:

Tundra or Trumpeter Swan
Red-Breasted Merganser
Vaux's Swift
Sora
Olive-Sided Flycatcher

Thanks,

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Subject: FWD>Yakima Northern Mockingbird
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:33:18 +0000
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Hobbs 
To: Tweeters , BirdYak ,

Cc:
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:04:43 -0800
Subject: Yakima Northern Mockingbird
Well, I was searching for Bohemian Waxwing (which I didn’t find), but I was
very happy to find a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD in Yakima today.  It was on S
66th Ave between Tieton and W Walnut St.  It was moving from tree to tree,
and seemed only mildly curious in my iPod.  It flew off somewhere while I
tried to get a photo with my cellphone.  I believe it flew off to the east.

== Michael Hobbs
== www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
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Subject: [SPF] more redpolls and waxwings in Spokane
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:18:20 -0800
Hello,

 

This morning there were 125 common redpolls at the residence (blue house
11203) along Heglar Rd (just off Mt Spokane Rd). There was an American Tree
Sparrow feeding with Song Sparrows and juncos at the bridge at Heglar.
Sunday morning, there were 12 Bohemian Waxwings in the Doug Firs out in
front of my church (Crossover - 16825 N Newport Hwy). I Have seen this flock
several times lately. 

 

Blessings

Terry Little 

Mead, Wa

 

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Subject: "The Messenger" songbird movie review
From: Tina wynecoop <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:30:41 -0800
http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2016/0122/The-Messenger-Its-worthy-ecocentric-message-can-t-hold-a-candle-to-the-film-s-beauty 


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Subject: Slavin Pine Grosbeaks
From: Bill Siems <wfsiems AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:58:50 -0800
Just opening the car door in the Slavin Ranch lot I heard much finchy chirping 
and spotted a good size flock of something in the tops of the tallest Ponderosa 
Pines north of the lot. Turned out to be about two dozen Pine Grosbeaks, 
appropriately enough. Watched them feed energetically for about half an hour, 
and they never moved out of the mid to upper levels of the same few trees. What 
might they have been finding? Cooper's Hawk and Northern Shrike in the same 
general area seemed more interested in other things. The lake is still quite 
low in spite of all the precipitation, and the only water birds other than C. 
Goose and Mallard were a flock of C. Merganser. GH Owl and The Usual Suspects 
in the woods, including Starlings practicing their imitations. 

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Subject: Benton Co. Slaty-backed Gull
From: Mike Clarke <transvolcanic AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:18:02 -0800
Currently with the Denny's and other LC birders looking at 4th cycle
Slaty-backed and adult Lesser Black- backed Gull at Columbia Park Marina in
Benton Co. found by Jason Fidorra this afternoon.

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Subject: FW: eBirding for owls around Lake Pend Oreille?!
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:38:08 -0800
FYI

 

From: Jay Carlisle [mailto:jaycarlisle AT boisestate.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:10 PM
To: Lamb, Linda E NWS; Hugo, Carrie E; Cousins,Kathy; jethrorunco; Lisa Hardy; 
Shirley Sturts; delcarlo AT televar.com; Carl Lundblad; Terry Gray; 
chaetura AT gmail.com; Kris Buchler; Jenny Taylor; Claude Waring; Isacoff, 
Jonathan 

Cc: Hull, Betsy L NWS; Mccasland, Elizabeth NWS
Subject: eBirding for owls around Lake Pend Oreille?!

 

Hi Birders & Biologists

You may remember that ~1.5 years ago I wrote to recruit birders to use eBird on 
Army Corps of Engineers lands around Lake Pend Oreille. Thanks to all of you 
who helped - either in recruitment and/or by birding at these sites! It was a 
very successful effort - a total of 157 species detected on Corps properties 
(through last summer) and 44 species were detected only outside of our 
intensive June survey effort thanks to area birders/citizen scientists. 


 

One element we largely missed was the owl community - mostly because our visits 
were almost entirely in daytime hours. Thus, it would be great to coordinate 
pre-dawn or post-dusk visits to these sites for anyone interested and the Corps 
would be grateful for any additional data, especially including nocturnal 
checklists. Great Horned Owls are in full courtship now and, if they haven't 
already, other resident species are likely to start in the coming weeks. Thus, 
if you're driving by any of these sites and have a few minutes to listen for 
owls, awesome! 


 

Below is a list of the eBird hotspots that are either on or provide vantage 
points to Army Corps land/water. All are hyperlinked so that you can see where 
each eBird hotspot is: 


*	Morton Slough Game Management Area  
*	Springy Point Recreation Area  
*	Strong Island   (requires a boat)
*	Priest River Recreation Area  
*	Hoodoo Game Management Area  
*	Morton Slough Access Area  
*	Hornby Creek  
*	Albeni Falls Overlook  
*	Albeni Cove Campground  
*	Riley Creek Recreation Area  
*	Morton Slough Access Area  
*	Pack River North Overlook  
*	Pack River South Overlook  
*	Lake Pend Oreille --- Hawkins Point  
* Pend Oreille WMA --- Pack River Delta 
 

* Clark Fork Delta --- Driftwood Yard  

* Clark Fork Delta --- Johnson Creek Access 
 


If you have any interest in continuing birding, including some targeted 
nocturnal birding, at these hotspots and have any questions, please contact me 
and we can coordinate but feel free to bird at any of these sites as soon as 
you like! Also, please feel free to share with other birders and I would really 
appreciate it if someone could share this on the Inland NW listserv. 


I appreciate your consideration - thanks very much!




Jay

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Research Director, Intermountain Bird Observatory 
 

Research Assistant Faculty, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State 
University  

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Subject: [SPF] more Spokane Redpolls
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:53:10 -0800
Hello,

This morning, there was a flock of 30 Common Redpolls in the parking lot of
boat launch ramp at Eloika Lake in N Spokane County.

Blessings
Terry Little
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Subject: [SPF] Pine Grosbeaks and Redpolls in Spokane County
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:36:55 -0800
Hello,

This morning, I had two Pine Grosbeaks in the of a fir tree at On Holcomb Rd
at Deadman Creek in the foothills of Mt Spokane. A Stellers Jay was in the
area as well, uncommon at this elevation. The Common Redpoll flock along
Deadman Creek at Heglar Rd continues to be seen especially in the morning.
Also, I have had a White-crowned Sparrow feeding behind my office for the
past two weeks.

Blessings
Terry Little
Mead, Wa

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Subject: Northern goshawk
From: Bettie Hoff <hoff697 AT turbonet.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:54:25 -0800
Ray and I just spent 5 minutes watching a northern goshawk in the black walnut 
in our SE Moscow backyard. 


Bettie Hoff
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Subject: Re: pine grosbeaks Moscow
From: Jane Westervelt <jwestervelt AT live.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:33:22 -0800
To follow up, this little group of females is still in the trees outside of Ag 
Extension & Education (on 6th Street just west of the greenhouses). They've 
been allowing for some great views and pictures. 


Jane



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Subject: pine grosbeaks Moscow
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:37:26 -0800




A small flock of pine grosbeaks is currently hanging out by the UI greenhouses 
on 6th street in Moscow. 


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Subject: pine grosbeaks Moscow
From: Jane Westervelt <jwestervelt AT live.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:37:26 -0800
A small flock of pine grosbeaks is currently hanging out by the UI greenhouses 
on 6th street in Moscow. 


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Subject: 2015 Washington Birder List Report
From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:57:13 +0000
A reminder, next Sunday, January 31 is the deadline to submit your 2015 List 
Report to Washington Birder. 


List Report forms are available at: http://www.wabirder.com/forms.html

Email reports to info AT wabirder.com

If you emailed your report and did not receive a reply from me, assume I did 
not receive it and please send it in again. 


Thanks, Laurie Knittle





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Subject: Tufted Duck Walla Walla County - yes
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:25:57 -0800
Hello all,
Several birders were at the Port of Wallula this morning when we arrived 
- and after an hour of looking the male TUFTED DUCK was spotted and 
refound by all. Thanks Andy, Ellen and Eric for the great county 
yearbird. This is the 3rd record for WWCo. - the last one found in March 
of 2013 (no photos but was accepted by WBRC).

The BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was sitting near the spillways below McNary 
Dam as reported - it only raised its head twice in the 15 minutes we 
scoped it - maybe not too healthy?

Beautiful day out birding - felt like March. Enjoyed the WESTERN 
SCRUB-JAYS below McNary Dam - we STILL haven't seen this species in 
Walla Walla County.

Happy birding, M&ML

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Subject: Heyburn SP Glaucous Gull, Minima Cackling Geese
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:54:01 -0800
At Heyburn State Park this afternoon among the 300-400 gulls present was a
bright white 1st cycle GLAUCOUS GULL.  There may have been some other
goodies mixed in but most were too far out to ID beyond Ring-billed,
California, and Herring Gull.  Also of note were 5 minima CACKLING GEESE.

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Subject: Anatone gyr
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:57:54 -0800
Some welcome sunshine prompted a drive this morning up toward Anatone, WA.
Surprisingly not many birds were seen, but this one was a welcome sight. It
was not the same bird that was first seen in this area a month ago, but
appears very similar to one seen on Peola Rd. This one was on Hwy. 129 in
approximately the same area as the first bird.
​https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/24565289676/in/dateposted-public/

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Subject: Umatilla Field Trip recap
From: Eric Heisey <magicman32 AT rocketmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:06:11 +0000 (UTC)
Hey all,
Today I was joined by Andy and Ellen Stepniewski as we embarked on a full day 
trek to Umatilla, Oregon, working our way back up the Columbia River through 
Walla Walla County. The weather was pleasant for most of the day, with 
temperatures reaching the 50s. Intermittent showers in Umatilla were the only 
brief interruption, as it was partly cloudy with periods of sun for the rest of 
the day. 

We started the day by driving around the town of Umatilla and by scoping the 
calm slack-water above McNary Dam. Here we had a number of good birds, 
including a lone Snow Goose, flyover flocks of Cackling Geese, two Barrow's 
Goldeneyes (the first of many), an Eared Grebe, and a large number of other 
waterbirds. From here, we drove below the dam to the small park there. This 
park had many conifers, and as has been the case in the Columbia Basin this 
fall, this meant Mountain Chickadees! We saw and heard three, it was the first 
time I had seen this species away from the mountains. Here, we also had one of 
the most exciting finds of the day, a Black-legged Kittiwake! The bird was 
perched over the spillway, literally a matter of feet away from the state line, 
just barely in Washington. This is a very rare bird anywhere east of the 
cascades, according to data on eBird, it looks like the second Benton County 
record (a code 5 bird for Benton County). We got good looks at the bird, it 
didn't move in the time we were there. 

After this excitement, we drove west to the McNary Dam Nature Trail. This trail 
system takes one around several ponds and through varied other habitats, making 
for a nice walk with good species diversity. We saw lots of birds that were new 
for the trip, including such birds as a lone Trumpeter Swan, a male Eurasian 
Wigeon, 37 Black-crowned Night-Herons, a Western Scrub-Jay, and a beautiful 
Townsend's Solitaire. We spent about two hours walking around most of the 
ponds, seeing 51 species. 

We headed upriver afterwards, stopping briefly at Hat Rock State Park and a 
roadside pullout, both still in Oregon. We didn't see much new here, but added 
Horned Grebe and Common Loon here. We saw very few Common Loons today, seeing 
only this one bird, which seemed odd. Continuing further upriver and into 
Washington, we stopped at the grain elevators just west of the intersection for 
Walla Walla. These elevators are typically great for diving ducks, and it did 
not disappoint today. There were huge numbers of diving ducks, the most 
numerous of all were Lesser Scaup, we estimated 1,000 of them. This is unusual, 
seeing as it is typically Greater Scaup seen in these large numbers along the 
Columbia River. In amongst the Lesser Scaup were small numbers of Redhead, 
Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Mallard, American Wigeon, 
Bufflehead, Northern Pintail, Hooded Merganser, Common and Barrow's Goldeneyes, 
Gadwall, and even two Wood Ducks. Out of all of these birds, Andy was able to 
spot our other really good bird for the day, a gorgeous male Tufted Duck! This 
is a rare European duck, occurring in Washington most years, but very rare in 
Walla Walla County. A code 5 bird for Walla Walla County, I believe this is the 
second record for the county, Mike Denny may be able to clarify this for me. 

We tore ourselves away from this beautiful duck and drove further upriver to 
the Wallula Poop Piles. As the name reflects, there are literally piles of poop 
here, however, the piles typically attract scores of Gulls and Blackbirds. 
Today we were not so lucky, as it appears that the piles were moved around and 
there were no gulls, and very few blackbirds. In the Brewer's and Red-winged 
Blackbirds, there was one peculiar blackbird that I thought might have been a 
Tricolored, but viewing conditions were not optimal, and the bird has some odd 
deformity of the bill. Our luck was not much better at the Tyson Blood Ponds, 
were there can also be large numbers of blackbirds. We did however see a nice 
"Black" Merlin, the pacific race of Merlin. Looking at the range maps on eBird, 
there are very few reports of this subspecies east of the cascades. This race 
is much darker than the regularly occurring Taiga subspecies that is most 
common in Eastern Washington. 

We gave up on blackbirds, and decided to go up the Snake River to Ice Harbor 
Dam, a great spot for Gulls and Ducks. Not surprisingly, there were lots of 
both here. Maybe the most spectacular occurrence was 23 Great Egrets, a species 
I had not before seen in such numbers along the Snake River. There were also 
tons of ducks here, with over 1,000 Mallards, 80 Common Goldeneyes, 10 Barrow's 
Goldeneyes, and 150 Common Mergansers. In with the Mallards, I picked out a 
beautiful Mallard x Northern Pintail hybrid, a hybrid I had not seen before. 
There were also tons of Gulls here, the most exciting of which being a second 
cycle Thayer's Gull, and an oddball large Gull that appeared to be a Nelson's 
(Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid) Gull. It started to get dark, so we decided to 
go and end the day by watching the dusk goose flocks at the McNary NWR 
headquarters. This can be quite the spectacle if you stay until dark, as all 
the geese and other ducks flow into the the pools, sometimes sheeting the 
water. We didn't stay late enough to observe this, but did witness some large 
flocks of Canada, Cackling, and Snow Geese, as well as 65 Tundra Swans, 35 
Canvasbacks, and 28 Ruddy Ducks. This was a nice end to a fantastic day of 
birding, and we headed home happy. 

As I said above, it was a fantastic day! We finished the day with 87 species, 
pretty darn good for one day in January! I have uploaded photos of many of the 
good birds we saw today to my Flickr page if you're interested 
(www.flickr.com/birdfishphotos). 

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Subject: LOMO Dam gulls today
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:41:59 -0800
Hello all,
The lure of the gulls was too great again today - 5 of us spent over 2 
hours scoping gulls above and below the dam. When we arrived there were 
almost 400 DC Cormorants below the dam - around 2:30 they all took off 
downriver - along with many gulls. We had great looks at 3 different 
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 WESTERN GULL, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL, 3 Mew Gulls, 
NO Thayer's today - strange! and NO Slaty-backed. Many dead and dying 
shad still available so don't know how long this will continue.
Up at the gravel pit the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were coming in after 
3 pm - always fun to watch - and they are so tame.

Approx. 5 miles south of the dam we flushed 10 COMMON REDPOLLS - they 
flew into native sunflowers affording great looks but flushed again 
before we could focus our cameras.

Arrived home to find messages from Andy about the Tufted Duck - will be 
heading out there first thing in the morning!

Yesterday we birded Casey Pond - part of McNary NWR - to the north were 
over 2000 SNOW GEESE in a field - they were eventually flushed up by 
Bald Eagles. There was one Blue morph in the flock. One TRUMPETER Swan 
was in with 98 Tundra Swans.

Only 9 more days until NO HUNTING! The birds will flood into the 
WWRdelta, Millet pond, 2Rivers again - and we can watch them!
Happy birding, M&ML

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Subject: grosbeaks?
From: Terry Lane <tlane2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:50:23 -0800
We have about 80-100 evening grosbeaks at our feeders daily, and I would
say about 8 or 10 are females. Why so many males vs females? Any thoughts?
Last winter we had about the same amount of grosbeaks but numbers of
male/female were about 50/50.
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Subject: Asotin couty Gyrfalcon
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:53:34 -0500
This afternoon on Peola Road, I observed a very dark first year Gyrfalcon. 
This does not appear to be the same bird seen last December 11 by Mike Clarke 
and others.  It is more similar to the Anatone Flats bird that has been seen 
from 4 Nov to 4 Jan. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/24407806351/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
The earlier Peola Road bird is here:  It has a more distinctly marked heads 
and face. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/23853605275/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
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Subject: Busy feeder
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:15:19 -0800
My yard and feeders were full of an interesting mix of birds this morning
with some that I normally don't see here. Around 9 a.m. I had a downy
woodpecker working over the tree in the front yard. She's been here a few
times now and is new to the yard. The backyard had robins, mourning and
collared doves, junco, lesser and American goldfinch and pine siskin were
dominating the thistle sack. I don't usually have those either. Within
about a half hour they all disappeared and haven't returned.
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Subject: [SPF] Redpolls Continue at Peone Wetland
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:02:56 -0800
Hello,

There has been a nice flock of Common Redpolls hanging out on Heglar Rd just
east of the Peone Wetland in north Spokane County since before the first of
the year.  Heglar road turns right off of Mt Spokane Rd just east of Peone
Rd. The last few weeks the redpolls have been in with American Goldfinches
and House Finches feeding on the large sunflower field and sitting in the
trees in the residents yards. Today, the flock of at least 45 birds was
right at Deadman Creek on Heglar Rd. A fairly consistent Merlin was watching
from nearby perch. Also, American Tree Sparrows (2) are being seen at the
parking area of the N Feryn Conservation Area. They move in and out of this
area.

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Subject: Moscow-Pullman CBC results
From: Kas Dumroese <kas.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:34:23 -0800
The 62nd Moscow-Pullman CBC was held 19 December. Thirteen field parties
(25 participants) and 11 feeder watchers (36 participants total) tallied 73
species on Count Day (pending acceptance of rare species; seven species
more than the 10-year  average of 66) and 9986 individuals, about 85% of
our 10-year average of 11706. Two additional species were seen during Count
Week. Low numbers of American Robins, European Starlings, and waxwings
contributed to the fewer individuals counted. Participants spent 48 hours
driving 400 miles, 41 hours walking 43 miles, and 20.5 hours watching
feeders.


New/tied high counts (old record; year) included 14 COOPER'S HAWKS (11;
2013 & 2010), 4 HARLAN'S RED-TAILED HAWKS (3; 2010 & 2008), 8 MERLINS (8;
2007), 68 AMERICAN CROWS (50; 1980), 183 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES (176;
2013), 14 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES (13; 2011), 149 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS
(64; 2011); and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS (2;1991).


New Count Day species included an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (Moscow; written
report + photos received) and CHIPPING SPARROW (Pullman; written report
received). The two Count Week species observed were new to the count: SAY'S
PHOEBE (Moscow, report requested) and PURPLE FINCH (Moscow, written report
+ photos received). The female Purple Finch has been persisting since
Thanksgiving. We also received an excellent written report and photo for
Pullman's WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.


A couple of interesting notes. As was observed last year, Lesser
Goldfinches were seen in both states, but 82% of them were tallied in
Idaho, whereas 68% of the American Goldfinches were recorded in Washington.
After nine years of ever increasing, record numbers of Eurasian
Collared-Doves, this year the number dipped. And, Mourning Doves were
counted (196) near their 10-year average of 201. Pine Grosbeaks (53) were
observed in both states, narrowly missing the 1984 record (55).  Last year
we ended a 45-year drought for Gray Jays; two were observed again this year


Thanks to everyone that participated!


Marie Dymkoski and Kas Dumroese


* Pending acceptance; CW = Count Week


Canada Goose - 57

Wood Duck - 1

Mallard - 576

Common Goldeneye - 1

Gray Partridge - 52

Ring-necked Pheasant - 161

Wild Turkey - 57

California Quail - 936

Great Blue Heron - 4

Bald Eagle - 1

Northern Harrier - 7

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7

Cooper's Hawk - 14

Red-tailed Hawk - 111

Red-tailed (Harlan's) Hawk - 4

Rough-legged Hawk - 21

Buteo, species? - 1

American Kestrel - 49

Merlin - 8

Prairie Falcon - 1

Rock Pigeon - 410

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 386

Mourning Dove - 196

Barn Owl - 5

Great-horned Owl - 17

Northern Pygmy Owl - 1

Anna's Hummingbird*- 1

Downy Woodpecker - 15

Hairy Woodpecker - 7

Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker - 158

Pileated Woodpecker - 1

Gray Jay - 2

Steller's Jay - 17

Black-billed Magpie - 317

American Crow - 68

Common Raven - 31

Say's Phoebe* -  CW

Horned Lark - 24

Black-capped Chickadee - 183

Mountain Chickadee - 19

Chestnut-backed Chickadee - 12

Chickadee, species? - 40

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 63

White-breasted Nuthatch - 14

Pygmy Nuthatch - 12

Brown Creeper - 11

Bewick's Wren - 11

Pacific  Wren - 4

Marsh Wren - 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 40

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1

Townsend's Solitaire - 10

American Robin - 414

Varied Thrush - 13

European Starling - 1651

Bohemian Waxwing - 555

Cedar Waxwing - 199

Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler - 2

Spotted Towhee - 2

American Tree Sparrow - 1

Song Sparrow - 89

Chipping Sparrow* - 1

White-throated Sparrow* - 1

White-crowned Sparrow - 149

Dark-eyed Junco, form? - 722

Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco - 451

Dark-eyed (Slate) Junco - 17

Dark-eyed (Cassiar) Junco - 1

Red-winged Blackbird - 53

Brewer's Blackbird - 15

Blackbird, species? - 10

Pine Grosbeak - 53

House Finch - 587

Purple Finch* - CW

Red Crossbill - 9

White-winged Crossbill - 2

Common Redpoll - 45

Pine Siskin - 38

Lesser Goldfinch - 57

American Goldfinch - 205

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Subject: Moscow White-winged Crossbills
From: Ben Bright <bencbright AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:27:56 -0800
Hi birders,

I heard and saw a group of 10-15 White-winged Crossbills just now in the
Fort Russell area of Moscow, near Howard and A. They were very busy, never
staying at a tree longer than a minute, and very noisy.

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Subject: Northern hawk owl killed after becoming birding attraction
From: Rich Landers <RichL AT SPOKESMAN.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 05:24:46 +0000
 A few more details on this incident, from The Spokesman-Review:


http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/jan/16/after-attracting-birders-rare-hawk-owl-killed-near/ 


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Subject: Lower Monumental Dam gulls today
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:02:11 -0800
Hello all,
Curiosity drove us back up to the dam in northern Walla Walla county 
again today - and the gull show is still on. Close to 2000 gulls were in 
the area, above and below the dam with large rafts of gulls in the river 
too far off to ID. We did NOT find the Slaty-backed Gull today - but did 
find California, Ring-billed, Herring, Glaucous-winged, Mew, Thayer's, 4 
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (2 adults, 2 subadults), 1 WESTERN GULL, 1 
GLAUCOUS GULL, and several "Olympic" gulls as well.

We spent 3 hours scoping but am sure we missed some - a Bald Eagle has 
found the area and flushed the gulls several times.
Fun to watch the Great Blue Herons fly out over the river and snag dead 
shad - just like the Great Egrets are doing below Ice Harbor Dam.

After 4 we drove up to the gravel pit and watched a dozen GRAY-CROWNED 
ROSY-FINCHES flitting around the holes before going in for the night.
Fortunately the rain did not reach the dam - we had rain coming and 
going but dry scoping at the dam.
Happy birding, M&ML

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Subject: Walla Walla county birds today
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:09:46 -0800
Hello all,
What a beautiful day to be out - we took advantage of the weather and 
headed to the Columbia river. Ice still covering ponds and river edges 
but breaking up.

Hightlights today:

PURPLE FINCHES - 5 birds at 2Rivers - never seen them here before! 5 
birds feeding in White Ash - just like at Fishhook Park.

TRUMPETER SWAN - 1 at Casey pond with 31 Tundra Swan - Ice breaking up 
here - many waterfowl.

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER - 2 birds at 2Rivers

SNOW GEESE - 72 at McNary HQ with many Cackling and Canada Geese

MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE - 8! at 2Rivers, 2 at Madam Dorion Park - still out 
in the basin

GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW - 4 at Penninsula HMU, 2 at Madam Dorion Park

FERRUGINOUS HAWK, PRAIRIE FALCON, MERLIN, 3 HARLAN'S HAWK

Nice flock of Red-winged and 4 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS at McNary HQ

LONG-TAILED DUCKS still at Ice Harbor Dam reported by Bob Derting.

Happy birding, M&ML


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Subject: Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
From: Marlene Cashen <mjaycashen AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:01:55 -0500
Friday afternoon while birdwatching in Spokane Valley on Utah & Park, we 
spotted a Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker in a fruit tree at that intersection. 
It definitely had yellow underwings and tail. There was just a thin line of 
black, indicating a hint of a moustache. Couldn't see any red nape, though. 
Have attached a photo. 


In the same fruit tree there were lots of Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, 
European Starlings, and a beautiful male Northern Flicker (Red-shafted). 


Marlene & Bob Cashen  

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Subject: Updated PHOTOS: Northern Pygmy Owl, Sharp tailed Grouse, White winged Crossbills and other winter birds
From: Khanh Tran <khanhbatran AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 04:12:38 +0000
Hi Inland-NW birders:

I use to dislike being out in the cold and winter weather. However, winter 
birding has changed my attitude and outlook. It seems like all the birds look 
so beautiful on snow.  I am having a blast with my new camera and always 
learning new things about birds and bird photography.  


The photography part has forced me to slow down and learn a lot about the birds 
habits and behavior. I think I have become a better birder because of it! 


It's so cool to see Sharp tailed Grouse feeding on water birch trees and a 
Northern Pygmy Owl using a cattail as a perch to hunt from!  


Here are some updates ones from this weekend. Photos were taken mostly in 
Okanogan and Douglas County! 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/23662496 AT N02/

Hope you will enjoy them! Happy New Year and hope you set high goals in your 
birding pursuits 


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Subject: Dipper blink
From: Tina wynecoop <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:07:59 -0800
http://blog.kootenay-lake.ca/?p=16116

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Subject: waterfowl surveys
From: Lindell Haggin <lindell4118 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:49:48 -0800
Ducks Unlimited, Turnbull NWR and WDFW are starting a Channeled Scablands 
Spring Waterfowl Survey. Aerial surveys will be going on every two weeks 
starting mid February. Ground surveys need to be done every week starting 
mid-February to Mid April. Spokane Audubon Society has volunteered to 
coordinate the ground surveys at Reardan Audubon Lakes. With the data that is 
gathered about the numbers and species of birds, Ducks Unlimited and Turnbull 
will have a better chance of procuring grants for conservation and restoration 
work. 


We all love to look for and keep track of birds, make it count and help gather 
data that will help protect habitat into the future. If you are interested in 
participating in this project, please contact me by email or the phone number 
below. 


Spokane Audubon will also be conducting its Sagebrush Songbird survey again 
this spring, starting mid April. If you’re interested in a slightly different 
habitat and smaller birds, let me know about that as well. 


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Subject: Redwing
From: Tina wynecoop <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 20:11:37 -0800
http://www.cbc.ca/1.3392770Rare redwing bird spotted on Vancouver Island, 
attracting birders from all over North America 




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Subject: BARN SWALLOW - WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 18:47:39 -0800
Hello all,
Melissa Cummins had a Barn Swallow over Lowden yesterday - west of Walla 
Walla. Amazing sighting for January - but today it was warm and insects 
were out.

I found a Fox Sparrow today at Whitman Mission - #132 for the county 
yearlist. Nat found us great birds - Glaucous Gull at Lower Monumental 
Dam on Wednesday - plus Common Redpoll and Savannah Sparrow. Yesterday 
he reported Red-breasted Merganser at the Port of Wallula and I found a 
White-throated Sparrow in Fort Walla Walla park natural area.

Happy birding, MerryLynn

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Subject: PYOW
From: Rich Del Carlo <rich AT peregrinetree.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 16:13:55 -0800
I just witnessed how tough Pygmy Owls are! A Pygmy Owl grabbed a flicker at the 
feeder. The feeder is a raised platform with open sides and a roof. I heard the 
flicker screeming and looked out and saw the owl with the flicker pinned to the 
edge of the feeder. The owl dropped to the ground with the flicker and the 
fight began. Both struggled to gain advantage while 2 other flickers flew at 
the fray and hopped on the ground to help out. After several minutes the 
flicker managed to get away. A really amazing show! I was pulling for the owl. 

Rich Del Carlo

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Subject: Gyrfalcon WWCo. and more
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 18:26:44 -0800
Hello all,
Despite being under the weather we headed to Fishhook Park today hoping 
to find the Purple Finches reported by others. And sure enough the first 
white ash tree produced 27 PURPLE FINCHES - the most by far ever 
recorded in Walla Walla Co. One adult male in the group - a first for 
us. On the way up a ROCK WREN hopped up on Luckenbill road - county year 
bird.

There was also a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER working a pine tree in the 
campground - the second one in the county this year.  Broetje orchards 
were full of Robins and Red-tailed Hawks - feasting on apples and mice.

We then drove Adkins and Britton roads - hoping for Snow Buntings or Owl 
- no luck there but a nice gray-morph GYRFALCON sure cheered us up! We 
haven't seen one in WWCo. in many years. It flushed off a haystack then 
flew off to a center pivot where I was able to scope it.

A quick stop on Dodd road in the fog - huge flock of blackbirds in trees 
and along feedlot - picked out one TRICOLORED Blackbird in the flock - 
at least 35 Yellow-headed were easy to spot.

The Walla Walla River delta is ICE - acres and acres of it clear up past 
the pulp mill. Gulls so far out on edge of ice impossible to ID them.

Looking forward to February 1 - hunting season OVER and I can bird 
2Rivers again! MerryLynn


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Subject: accipiter ID ?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:21:02 -0500
Did not get a good look at this bird while perched as I saw it while driving  
and had to make a U turn. 

Originally thought immature female Cooper's Hawk, but am having Northern 
Goshawk thoughts as it seems heavily streaked on belly, looks like a light 
supercillium and the wings are heavily marked. 

Near Chief Timothy Park, Asotin county, Washington. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/24216975645/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
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Subject: last 2 days around Spokane
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:30:02 -0800
Hello,

The last two days, I have enjoyed some of the winter specialties here in the
Spokane area;

Tim Obrien mentioned  the sunflower field near the Peone Wetland. This is
actually located along Heglar Rd, just off SR 206. In this area, including
the private residence along Heglar Rd, there is a large growing flock of
finches primarily made up of American Goldfinches and House Finches. There
are at least 30 Common Redpolls with this flock. There is also a huge flock
of Red-winged Blackbirds in the field as well (hopefully a Rusty will show
up) along with over 50 Mourning Doves. Attending American Kestrels, Merlins,
and Coopers Hawks are monitoring the flock. I had another Redpoll at the
feeder behind my office.

Behind the Northpointe Shopping Center along Hwy 2, there has been flock of
Bohemian Waxwings mixed in with American Robins.

This morning, there were 2 Pine Grosbeaks on Holcomb Rd in the Mt Spokane
Foothills. I have 6 very tame Red Crossbills feeding behind my office. I got
to feed one out of my hand today. Fun day.

Blessings
Terry Little
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Subject: YRWA
From: Rich Del Carlo <rich AT peregrinetree.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 16:36:07 -0800
While working outside in Sandpoint today I saw a Yellow-rumpled Warbler. I 
heard the distinctive yellow rumped chip note and then saw it flitting in an 
apple tree. The tree still had fruit on it, so I'm not sure it was eating fruit 
or maybe insects as it warmed above freezing today. The chip was slightly 
different than Audubons, so I am guessing Myrtle. I did not have my bins. A 
nice midwinter treat! 

Rich Del Carlo

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Subject: Lincoln Co. (WA) Birds
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 16:08:48 -0800
Lincoln County was birdy today.  I spent most of the time in Mill Canyon
(see full list below) where highlights were a flock of 20 COMMON REDPOLLS
and a SPOTTED TOWHEE, a tough bird in Lincoln County in mid-winter.  Also
fun to see were 3 RIVER OTTERS.

Sunset Highway had 5 flocks of GRAY PARTRIDGES and several SNOW BUNTINGS
mixed in with Horned Larks.  In the town of Davenport I picked up 2
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the vicinity of 8th and Washington Streets.

Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane

LC-Lincoln Canyons-Mill, Lincoln, Washington, US
Jan 5, 2016 9:44 AM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     3 otters? 😄.  2 miles on foot on snow!
40 species

Canada Goose  200
Mallard  200
Green-winged Teal (American)  4
Redhead  1
Ring-necked Duck  30
Greater Scaup  6
Lesser Scaup  20
Bufflehead  150
Common Goldeneye  100
Hooded Merganser  2
Common Merganser  250     Counted by ones!
California Quail  20
Wild Turkey  105     Flocks of 90 and 15
Horned Grebe  4
Golden Eagle  2
Bald Eagle  2
American Coot  35
Herring Gull  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  3
Steller's Jay  1
Black-billed Magpie  2
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  15
Mountain Chickadee  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  15
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Pygmy Nuthatch  6
Canyon Wren  1
Bewick's Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Townsend's Solitaire  2
American Robin  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  4
Song Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  1
House Finch  5
Red Crossbill  8
Common Redpoll  20

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Subject: Updated PHOTOS of Great Grays, Northern Hawk Owl and other winter birds on snow.
From: Khanh Tran <khanhbatran AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 04:12:39 +0000
Hi Inland NW birders! 


Happy New Year and this is why I love winter birding! The birds look so lovely 
against a snowy background! 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/23662496 AT N02/

Photos taken mostly in WA but some in Oregon!  

Wishing you continued joy and happiness in your birding pursuits! Be kind and 
helpful to others and karma will reward you! 


Hope you can join me on a future trip!

With peace and love, 

Khanh Tran 


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Subject: Walla Walla county update
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 17:31:08 -0800
Hello all,
A Red-breasted Sapsucker was also seen on January 1 - putting our total 
to 115 - so broke our record! Thanks to all that reported - much 
appreciated.

Mike and I headed north today - birded Eureka Flats, Lower Monumental 
Dam areas. Highlight today:

HORNED LARKS - well over 6000 birds in huge flocks on Sheffler, Babcock, 
LOMO Dam roads - the most we have see up there in many years. On 
Sheffler road I scoped one flock and found 6 LAPLAND LONGSPURS.  The 
larks are in all plumages, some bright yellow, many of the "arctic race" 
- no yellow at all and many "regular" larks.

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - continuing at the dam along with over 500 
other gull species - had to wait out a 30 min. snowstorm before we could 
bird.

GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES - 2 at the cutbank on Harvey Shaw road and 2 
more at the gravel pit above the dam.

WESTERN MEADOWLARKS - several large flocks of 40 birds - unusual to see 
that many here in winter.

GOLDEN EAGLE - 2 adults - always a treat to see!

Rough-legged Hawks - many beautiful birds

Happy 2016 birding - and if you see birds in Walla Walla county - please 
send your sightings to Ginger at vlshoe42 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Re: Lake Coeur d'Alene Swans
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 16:52:12 -0800
Looks lie the left on is a Trumpeter and the right one a Tundra!!!

Terry

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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Lake Coeur d'Alene Swans


>> Hi--These swans were in Beauty Bay today.  I think they may be the same
pair of Trumpeters that spent January 2015 in the northeast end of the lake.
What do you think?  

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Subject: Lake Coeur d'Alene Swans
From: Steve Joyce <stevenrjoyce AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 00:02:46 +0000
>> Hi--These swans were in Beauty Bay today. I think they may be the same pair 
of Trumpeters that spent January 2015 in the northeast end of the lake. What do 
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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Walla Walla Co. January 1 BIG DAY
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 06:37:43 -0800
Hello all,
Jim Toews just emailed - he had Cedar Waxwings in town on the 1st - so 
that puts our list to 114 and ties last years record.

We also missed Long-eared, Screech and Pygmy Owls - anyone have those?
Thanks much, MerryLynn

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Subject: Walla Walla Co. January 1 BIG DAY
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2016 20:25:58 -0800
Hello all,
Back home catching up after a very cold Tricities CBC today. We found a 
poor Say's Phoebe west of Sacajawea Park looking very cold.

Our combined total for yesterday stands at 113 species - one less than 
last year - and Blue Jay, Tree Sparrow and Marsh Wren were found today.

Highlights from the 1st of January - 20 folks reported birds so far:

WESTERN BLUEBIRD - at Bennington Lake (and more found today in WW)
PURPLE FINCH - at Fishook Park
RUSTY BLACKBIRD - at the Dodd road blood pond
GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH - at LOMO Dam gravel pit
SHORT-EARED OWL - at LOMO Dam
GREAT GRAY OWL - up in the Blue Mts.

Worst miss - Cedar Waxwing. Will get the list up soon.

Happy birding in 2016, MerryLynn


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Subject: FW: [IBLE] Female Black Scoter
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 21:25:15 -0800
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While birding Sunnyside Road today along Lake Pend Oreille we spotted a female 
Black Scoter just west of the Sunnysdie boat ramp. The bird was approx. 20' off 
shore and slowly traveling west. We also spotted multiple Red-breasted 
Mergansers. 


 

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Subject: Lincoln Co. LEOW
From: Cindy McCormack <nwbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:46:33 -0800
Hi everybody!

Thought I would try Lincoln Co near Reardan and Davenport for a Snowy Owl
for a fun New Year's Day bird--unfortunately, I didn't find any of those!
I did get an very unexpected surprise, though!  A Long-eared Owl along SR
231 (MP 22) about 3:30pm.

The hills/fields were absolutely gorgeous today, constantly sparkling in
the sun.  Too bad it was so bitterly cold (7F when I started back at 3:45!).
Davenport cemetery was absolutely silent, except for the
chalk-board-squeaky snow I trudged through.

Detour Rd and Old Kuchs Rd both had Snow Buntings mixed in with the Horned
Larks, and Gray Partridge flocks were very easy to find (I stopped counting
flocks after the 20th flock).
I even had a mixed flock of Gray Partridge, Ring-necked Pheasant,
California Quail, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Black-billed Magpies feeding
together under some road-side brush (interesting!).
I also found two porcupines (in two completely different areas!) wading
through the snow of the fields--not a tree in sight!  Weird.


Ring-necked Pheasant
Gray Partridge
California Quail
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Bald Eagle
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Long-eared Owl
Great Horned Owl
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Northern Shrike
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-billed Magpie
Horned Lark (~250)
Mountain Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
Snow Bunting
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird (8)
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Not a bad way to spend a day recovering from the wonderful gift that is the
Christmas-family-gathering germs...

Happy new year!
:)
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Subject: Great Way to Start the Asotin County Year.
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 17:32:27 -0500
Taking advantage of the beautiful, clear, but cold day ( 11 deg), we birded 
Anatone Flats and Peola Road. 

Complete lists will be posted to E Bird, but here are a couple of highlights: 
  
Asotin Sewer Treatment Plant 
Western Screech Owl          one in a Wood Duck box 
  

Anatone Flats 
Gyrfalcon                             appears to be 
the same bird seen in early November, in the same general location 


                                              
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/24029913741/in/dateposted-public/ 

  

                                               
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/24086444056/in/dateposted-public/ 

  
Snow Bunting                       one - in a flock of 
100's of Horned Larks 

  
Peola Road 
  
American Tree Sparrow    at least three 
  
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Subject: 2015 Washington Birder List Reporting
From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 16:41:34 +0000
A reminder that Washington Birder List Report forms are available on the 
Washington Birder website: 


http://www.wabirder.com/forms.html


Please email forms to: info AT wabirder.com



We encourage all who are interested in reporting 2015 totals to submit their 
List Reports no later than January 31, 2016. 



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Subject: Re: First bird of 2016
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:50:24 -0800
People sleeping right through civil twilight have always baffled me.  Haha.

Crow.  About to head outside and see what Renton has this year.

Tim Brennan

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> On Jan 1, 2016, at 7:21 AM, Mike & MerryLynn  wrote:
> 
> As usual it was a Junco despite trying for owls first. Followed 5 seconds 
later by a WC Sparrow then a Mourning Dove. 

> It's time to start the new year list - Happy New Year Birding, MerryLynn
> 
> P.S. Yes Mike is still sleeping!
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Subject: First bird of 2016
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:21:32 -0800
As usual it was a Junco despite trying for owls first. Followed 5 
seconds later by a WC Sparrow then a Mourning Dove.
It's time to start the new year list - Happy New Year Birding, MerryLynn

P.S. Yes Mike is still sleeping!

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Subject: Lewiston-Clarkston Christmas Bird Count Summary
From: Rita Jamison <jami9197 AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:54:13 -0500
2015 LC ValleyChristmas Bird Count Summary
 
Greetings and a Happy New Year to all,
The 2015 Lewiston-Clarkston Christmas Bird Count wasconducted on December 20th. 
Twenty birders spent 63 hours, walked 18miles and drove 260 miles in search of 
count circle birds. In total 11,354 birds representing 90 specieswere found. 
This year’s highlights included Cackling Geese, Tundra Swan,Pectoral 
Sandpiper, Thayer’s Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mew Gull, White-breasted 
Nuthatch and a BarredOwl. Count week birds included Blue Jay, Common Redpoll 
andWhite-throated Sparrow. Following is a listof bird species recorded and 
their numbers. Thanks to all who participatedin making this another successful 
year! 

Tundra Swan                                                   1
Cackling Goose                                               4
Canada Goose                                                2410      
Wood Duck                                                      135
Gadwall                                                            3
American Widgeon                                        131
Mallard                                                             2164
Northern Shoveler                                         24
American Green-winged Teal                     10
Redhead                                                           2
Ring-necked Duck                                          75
Bufflehead                                                       183
Common Goldeneye                                      25
Barrow’s goldeneye                                       43
Hooded Merganser                                        6
Common Merganser                                     9
Chukar onecovey heard 

Gray Partridge                                                 9
Ring-necked Phesant                                     20
Wild Turkey                                                     54
California Quail                                               411
Common Loon                                                1
Pied-billed Grebe                                           5
Horned Grebe                                                 13
Double-crested Cormorant                         67
Great Blue Heron                                           14
Black-crowned Night-heron                        3
Northern Harrier                                            18
Sharp-shinned Hawk                                     9
Cooper’s Hawk                                               3
Red-tailed Hawk                                             48
Rough-legged Hawk                                      2
American Kestrel                                            76
Merlin                                                               2
Prarie Falcon                                                   2
Golden Eagle                                                   3adults
Bald Eagle                                                        5adults
Virginia Rail                                                     9
American Coot                                               38
Killdeer                                                              1
Pectoral Sandpiper                                         1
Ring-billed Gull                                               322
California Gull                                                 52
Herring Gull                                                     1
Thayer’s Gull                                                   1
Lesser Black-backed Gull                              1
Unidentified gulls                                           247
Mew Gull                                                          1
Great Horned Owl                                         1
Barred Owl                                                      1
Rock Pigeon                                                     260
Eurasian Collared Dove                                44
Mourning Dove                                              661
Belted Kingfisher                                            8
Downy Woodpecker                                      3
Norther Flicker (Red-shafted)                     71
Say’s Phoebe                                                   1
Northern Shrike                                              4
Black-billed Magpie                                       82
American Crow                                               26
Common Raven                                              198
Horned Lark                                                    35
Black-capped Chickadee                                             48
Mountain Chickadee                                     8
Chestnut-backed Chickadee                        5
Red-breasted Nuthatch                                2
White-breasted Nuthatch                            1
Brown Creeper                                               3
Rock Wren                                                       9
Canyon Wren                                                  2
Bewick’s Wren                                                14
Marsh Wren                                                    5
Golden-crowned Kinglet                              5
Ruby-crowned kinglet                                   17
Townsend’s Solitaire                                     1
American Robin                                              150
Varied Thrush                                                  2
European Starling                                          1139
Cedar Waxwing                                              25
Yellow-rumped Warbler                               14
Spotted Towhee                                             1
Song Sparrow                                                  151
White-crowned Sparrow                              236
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)                           361
Red-winged Blackbird                                   30
Western Meadowlark                                   4
House Finch                                                     214
Pine Siskin                                                        72
Lesser Goldfinch                                             148
American Goldfinch                                       201
House Sparrow                                               359



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Subject: Walla Walla County January 1 BIG DAY
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:34:17 -0800
Hello all, if you are in the WW area on the 1st - please send me your 
sightings:

Thank you very much, MerryLynn



Walla Walla County January 1 BIG DAY 2016

Join the birders of Walla Walla County on January 1 for the BIG DAY 
CHALLENGE – to see how many birds can be seen in the county from 
midnight to midnight of the first day of the New Year.

Folks will be going out to the river, up in the mountains, out in the 
Palouse Hills and around town to tally up as many species as possible.

Let MerryLynn m.denny AT charter.net know if you are willing to bird for an 
hour or for the day on the 1st – and please send a list of all the birds 
you see – even if its at your feeders. On January 1 2015 an amazing 114 
species were found in the county. Lets see if we can break the record!

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Mike & MerryLynn Denny
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Subject: Drama in the backyard
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2015 16:06:59 -0800
I was fortunate enough to be watching out the window when a sharp-shinned
hawk flew in and picked off a lesser goldfinch feeding in the yard. I
watched the whole process unfold as it plucked it's still live prey and
then proceeded to eat it's meal. The feast took about 20 min. then the bird
stuck around resting and watching. Another small bird came in and it went
after that, too, but missed. It was in my yard for about an hour giving me
time for lots of photos and even a few quick sketches. So cool to witness
all this!!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/23930395801/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/23386192423/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/23384736944/in/dateposted-public/

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*Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052*
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Subject: Neat New Yard Bird
From: Kim Thorburn <kthorburn AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:37:23 -0800
Hi Birders,

I just added saw-whet owl to my yard list.

I was feeding my chickens and checking for eggs. As I approached the second 
scratch feeder inside the coop, big yellow eyes on a little tiny owl were 
peering at me from next to the feeder. When it eventually flushed, it flew 
easily through the hurricane fence that encloses the chickens and is now 
perched in a ponderosa pine. I had thought that the song sparrow that likes to 
share chicken scratch seemed more disturbed than usual when I entered the 
chicken pen. 


Good birding, Kim

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:49:34 -0800
Hello all,
We headed north to Lower Monumental Dam today - hoping for gulls and 
were not disappointed! Hundreds of gulls and cormorants feeding on dead 
shad all along shoreline - just like at Lyon's Ferry a couple weeks ago. 
Mike chummed but the gulls weren't even hungry.

On the way up we drove Sheffler road west of Clyde and unlike last time 
hundreds of Horned Larks were around including at least 4 LAPLAND 
LONGSPURS. A Merlin and Northern Shrike were focused on these large 
flocks. No snow cover up there yet.

At the dam one LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was with the mob - a 3rd year 
bird. #256 for the WWCounty yearlist. Nearly a hundred Herring Gulls, 
many California and Ring-billed and a couple Thayer's.

We walked along the river below the dam and found 1 Mountain Chickadee, 
1 AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and lots of Wcrowns. Heading up the hill we came 
across hundreds of finches including House Finches, Am. and 8 LESSER 
GOLDFINCHES, 2 "HEPBURNS RACE" GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES, and Pine 
Siskins all feeding on star thistle, sunflowers and weeds. Did not stay 
late enough to see the Rosy-Finches come into the gravel pit.

Average number of raptors - Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, No. 
Harriers, Kestrels - no eagles up there today. On Magallon road was a 
flock of 23 Western Meadowlarks.

Good birding, M&ML


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Subject: help for a new resident
From: <mcneely4 AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:48:02 -0600
My wife and I are new to the Inland NW. We just moved into our new place W of 
Spokane, 5 acres of mostly Ponderosa Pine covered flat land, with a canyon and 
more varied vegetation at the very back of the property. 


Yard birds have always been important to us. When we first got out here, there 
were a variety of species that I would have expected to remain through the 
winter. Once winter was really underway, they disappeared. We put out black oil 
sunflower seeds in feeders, but we've had no takers. I saw one dark-eyed junco 
today. It didn't go to the feeder. We have had a couple of crows, and one raven 
in the yard.Suggestions to attract more birds to the place this winter? By this 
time next year, we expect to have a greater variety of vegetation and other 
habitat improvements, but we can't do that this winter. I finally got my bird 
water heater unpacked today, but haven't gotten it out yet. Oh, we have had 
wild turkeys in the yard, but those we could do without. 


David McNeely


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Subject: Snowy Pend Oreille County
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 16:46:13 -0800
Hello,

I spent the day in beautiful Pend Oreille County. Its nice to see it covered
in snow like I havent seen in a few years. Here are some nice birds seen
today.

Feeders on Milan Farms and Kirkpatrick Rd: Evening Grosbeak (3), Common
Redpoll (5), 15 elk (not at feeder!)

Calispell Lk: American Dipper (2); Pine Grosbeaks (2), Ruffed Grouse (2)

Cusick: Pine Grosbeak (42) - in SW corner of town in willows by small
wetland, feeding in residents driveways; Bohemian Waxwing (15) near and in
with Pine Grosbeaks; Merlin (2). This little wetland can be really good any
time of the year, but Pine Grosbeaks and Waxwings favor this place in the
winter.

Blessings
Terry 

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Subject: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches on Rathdrum Prairie
From: Steve Joyce <stevenrjoyce AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:10:55 +0000
Hello--I found a flock of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches feeding on a stack of straw 
near the intersection of Wyoming and Greensferry on the Rathdrum Prairie today. 
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Subject: virginia rail
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:05:42 -0800
In an effort to round out my bird list for the year I went looking for
birds I hadn't seen, but might have a chance of finding. At Evans Rd. pond
I heard not one, but four birds respond to a call. Two of them were within
10 -12 feet of me, but invisible. Then, one peeked it's head out and I saw
it!
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Subject: Sandpiper ID'd
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:51:20 -0500
Pectoral Sandpiper. 
  
Likely a first year bird, still retaining some trace of juvenile plumage. 
First seen yesterday on the Lewiston-Clarkston CBC by Jerry Cebula and David 
Koehler. 

John Hanna and I found it again this AM in the same small drainage ditch. 
Since this bird is remaining so late in the area and could possibly be a very 
rare Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, we sought outside opinion to arrive at the ID. 

Many thanks to all whom responded to help, particularly, Dennis Paulson, who is 
always extremely helpful. 

Previous late December records show some birds have occurred in Florida, South 
Carolina and Texas.  Most birds should be in South America at this time. 

  
Keith E. Carlson 
Lewiston 

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Subject: Re: Interesting Sandpiper on Lewiston-Clakston CBC (Keith Carlson)
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:22:12 -0800
A few more photos and a video of the Interesting Sandpiper first found
during the Lewiston-Clakston CBC.

https://flic.kr/p/Cf2D4C

https://youtu.be/3cKPIZKYVLk

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