Birdingonthe.Net

Recent Postings from
The Tweeters List

> Home > Mail
> Alerts

Updated on Thursday, July 21 at 06:07 PM EST
The most recently received Mail is at the top.


Wards Flycatcher,©Tony Disley

21 Jul County Yearlist Project mid-year update available at WA Birder [Matt Bartels ]
6 Jul WA Bird Records Committee [WBRC] published report #10 available on WOS website [Matt Bartels ]
1 Jul Chelan County birding: Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland [Tim Brennan ]
30 Jun A few Stevens & Spokane Co birds from last weekend [Matt Bartels ]
30 Jun Stevens Pass hiking tomorrow 7/1 [Tim Brennan ]
21 Jun Aw crud! [Tim Brennan ]
20 Jun Chelan county birding [Tim Brennan ]
17 Jun Chelan County Birding [Tim Brennan ]
3 Jun American Redstart at Palouse Falls [Kevin Black ]
29 May Chelan day two [Tim Brennan ]
28 May Chelan century day [Tim Brennan ]
24 May tri-colored blackbird ["Mike" ]
21 May White-rumped Sandpiper reported at blood pond WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
19 May Blackpoll warbler and red-eyed vireo at Washtucna Bassett Park, Clark Co, WA [Bob ]
17 May Good Deal for Binculars at Cabela's [Kevin Black ]
12 May County year list project update available on WA Birder [Matt Bartels ]
5 May Yellow-breasted Chat [Mike & MerryLynn ]
28 Apr Spring 2016 Klickitat County North American Migration Count.. May 14th...put it on your calendars and let me know if you will be able to participate... [Bob Hansen ]
21 Apr YELLOW WARBLERS, WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
9 Apr Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Spring 2016 interim packet) [Matt Bartels ]
8 Apr Almost there [Tim Brennan ]
8 Apr Chelan blog... Updates underway. [Tim Brennan ]
6 Apr Chelan birding day 2 [Tim Brennan ]
5 Apr Chelan birding [Tim Brennan ]
2 Apr Re: [Tweeters] The Conclusion of the Failed Camera Strap Story [Ted Kenefick ]
1 Apr The Conclusion of the Failed Camera Strap Story [Carol Riddell ]
23 Mar County Yearlist Project update for Jan/Feb 2016 up at WA Birder. [Matt Bartels ]
2 Mar Toppenish NWR Field Trip - March 6th (Sunday) [Eric Heisey ]
19 Feb Chelan birding day two [Tim Brennan ]
18 Feb Chelan birding [Tim Brennan ]
14 Feb Return of the Failed Camera Strap Story [Carol Riddell ]
12 Feb Camera Strap Failure (Off Topic) [Carol Riddell ]
10 Feb ABA Blog post on Malheur worth reading [Matt Bartels ]
6 Feb Washington county year list project 2015 summary & 2016 launch [Matt Bartels ]
5 Feb Chelan blog [Tim Brennan ]
31 Jan Walla Walla Co. birds Jan 30 + [Mike & MerryLynn ]
29 Jan Chelan Blog [Tim Brennan ]
23 Jan Chelan County... [Tim Brennan ]
17 Jan Gray Partridge Chelan [Tim Brennan ]
16 Jan Washington Birder updated county checklists (and Excel Checklist) now available. [Matt Bartels ]
11 Jan Slaty-backed Gull continues at LOMO Dam [Mike & MerryLynn ]
10 Jan Lesser Black-acked and Glaucous Gulls at Lower Monumenal Dam [Andy Stepniewski ]
9 Jan SLATY-BACKED GULL WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
28 Dec Chewelah CBC SAturday Jan 2 ["Mike" ]
21 Dec Re: Interesting Sandpiper on Lewiston-Clakston CBC [Keith Carlson ]
21 Dec Re: Interesting Sandpiper on Lewiston-Clakston CBC [Dennis Paulson ]
14 Nov Updated cumulative county year list file available at WA Birder through end October 2015 [Matt Bartels ]
7 Nov Ibis, Grackle, Rusty BB at blood pond today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
6 Nov Ritzville Chickadee Bonanza... [Tom Mansfield ]
6 Nov The 2015 Lyle Christmas Bird Count .. scheduled for Sunday, December 20th [Bob Hansen ]
25 Oct Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Oct 24, 2015 meeting) [Matt Bartels ]
11 Oct Adams County [Rick Taylor ]
11 Oct Adams County Mountain Chickadee [Rick Taylor ]
9 Aug Announcing 2015 Klickitat County Fall North American Migration Count, September 19th and results of 2015 Spring Count… [Bob ]
7 Oct Ahtanum summary from a long weekend ["Randy Hill" ]
6 Oct Mount Salmo birding [Bob ]
21 Sep RUFF at blood pond, Dodd rd, Walla Walla Co. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
21 Sep BB and Golden Plover at Soap Lake this AM [matt yawney ]
17 Sep Updated WA Birder cumulative county year list file available online [Matt Bartels ]
11 Sep Potholes Birding Boat trip [Mike & MerryLynn ]
5 Sep Broad-winged Hawk - Washtucna today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
2 Sep Potholes Semi-pelagic TRIP-13 sept [Mike & MerryLynn ]
31 Aug Chestnut sided Warbler [Mike & MerryLynn ]
31 Aug Hawk Migration Festival September 11-13 ["Teri J Pieper" ]
24 Aug Red-tailed Hawk- Strange behavior [Keith Carlson ]
3 Aug Shorebirds, Biscuit Ridge saved [Mike & MerryLynn ]
27 Jul Ross's Goose-Hood Park [Mike & MerryLynn ]
20 Jul Re: [BirdYak] Gulls on Bumping Lake Sunday + Sunrise birds from Friday [Scott Downes ]
17 Jul County Yearlist Project mid-year update available at WA Birder [Matt Bartels ]
7 Jul LPO June ["Mike" ]
6 Jul 4th of July halfheated Big Day [Mike & MerryLynn ]
30 Jun Passing along a second-hand report of a possible Alder Flycatcher in Leavenworth [Chelan Co] [Matt Bartels ]
29 Jun Marbled Godwits, WWRdelta [Mike & MerryLynn ]
25 Jun FW: LPO BBS ["Mike" ]
17 Jun Re: Crested Caracara -- Yes ["Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" ]
16 Jun Re Caracara [Doug Schonewald ]

Subject: County Yearlist Project mid-year update available at WA Birder
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:06:01 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders

An updated version of the 2016 County Yearlist Project is up and available at 
Washington Birder. We've updated almost al the 39 counties as of the mid-way 
point in the year. Thanks to everyone who has contributed by sending county 
compilers their sightings &/or posting on eBird. 


At the mid-year point, as summer gets into full wing, this is a decent time to 
compare totals with previous years.Twenty counties have reported higher species 
counts this year compared with last year. 14 have lower totals this year, and 5 
counties have exactly the same mid-year total as last year. 


Statewide, the total [369] compared to last year is lower by 5. Western 
Washington is running 9 below last year’s mid-way total, and Eastern WA is 
one up on last year. 


Here’s a side-by-side comparison with mid-way totals for the past 5 years [if 
the table comes through legibly]: 


Year	2016	2015	2014	2013	2012
Washington State	364	369	358	369	370
Western Washington	323	334	320	325	334
Eastern Washington	302	301	299	308	299



If you'd like to take a look at where things stand, the list and many other 
interesting files are at the Washington Birder website: 


http://www.wabirder.com/  


A direct link to the 2016 county yearlist & the list of county compilers 
contact info: 

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



Thanks to all the compilers and all those pitching in to sketch a picture of 
another year's birds in WA. 



Matt Bartels 
Seattle, WA _______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: WA Bird Records Committee [WBRC] published report #10 available on WOS website
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 05:13:35 -0700
Hi all -
I’m happy to announce that the latest WBRC published report [our 10th] is out 
and available in the latest issue of Western Birds. This issue covers rare bird 
sightings considered by the committee for the 2010-2013 period. It also include 
a nice collection of photos from some of our state’s familiar photographers. 


If you are a member of Western Field Ornithologists, you should be receiving a 
paper copy of this article with the latest issue of Western Birds, arriving in 
the mail any day now [and check out the cover photo on that issue - Gregg 
Thompson’s Wilson Plover photo]. 


If not, you can download a copy of this and all previous WBRC articles [#1-9] 
from the WOS website — if you want to get a better sense of the status and 
distribution of the rarest birds that visit our state, these articles offer 
great info. 


Here’s the link:
http://wos.org/records/pastreports/ 


Thanks to everyone who continues to send in rare sightings and help us build a 
better understanding of the birds of the region. 



Matt Bartels
Secretary, WBRC
Seattle, WA

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan County birding: Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 19:44:45 -0700
Hey all!

Nothing crazy to report from the trip, but we made the trip from the Smithbrook 
trailhead to Lake Valhalla above Stevens Pass, then made the side trip up to 
Mount McCausland before calling it a day. Mosquitos aplenty, so do be warned. 
Before reaching the trailhead, we did find a clearing with a 2-3 Orange-crowned 
Warblers singing - a new year bird for me in the county. Over the course of the 
whole hike, Hermit and Varied Thrushes provided the soundtrack nearly 
constantly, and we got one more thrush singing at the very top of Mount 
McCausland - a Townsend's Solitaire! It was my first time getting to hear the 
complex warbling song from them, and I almost wrote it off as a finch. 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets were singing on the hike to the summit - and far lower 
down in a meadow I had the only other new county bird for the day - Lincoln's 
Sparrow, which was also a new song for me. 


8.2 miles in all, and my ankle is pretty cranky with me. Thank god I didn't 
tack on a couple more miles with the through route! No swifts, no creepers, no 
Red-Breasted sapsuckers (although I waited for nearly ten minutes near a tree 
where I could hear the chatter of baby birds right next to a tree with rows and 
rows of sapsucker holes... Never saw one fly in), or Clark's Nutcrackers or 
Pygmy-Owls, so I have plenty of birds near the crest to keep looking for! 


The views were pretty amazing, although they will be enjoyed more from the 
pictures than from the moments where we stood still long enough to take those 
pictures, as the mosquitos worked quite hard to find holes in our screen of bug 
repellent. 


Footsore in Renton

Tim Brennan

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: A few Stevens & Spokane Co birds from last weekend
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:45:42 -0700
Hi Tweeters -
This is a bit delayed - apologies - but I figured it might still be useful for 
anyone headed to the NE corner of the state over the long weekend. 

I did some birding last weekend in Stevens and Spokane Co - just a few of the 
highlights: 


Stevens Co:
Grasshopper Sparrow - off Fruitland Valley Rd., at the corner of Hudspeth & 
Hamilton - 2 came in close to the playback 

Horned Lark - one at the bare grounds just west of the Two Rivers Casino
Marsh Wren - West End Rd. Marsh - MAWR is a toughie [or was for me] in Stevens 
Co for some reason - nice to follow and eBird report and find them here. 

Clay-colored Sparrow & Least Flycatcher - as Blair reported earlier, 
cooperative along Hafer Rd south of Chewelah 

Lewis’s Woodpecker - Along SR 25 n of Kettle Falls, at the corner w/ Pingston 
Creek Rd. 

Northern Goshawk - very vocal young one along Blacktail Mtn. Rd at km marker 5, 
in the Little Pend Oreille NWR - that road, open all the way to the summit, was 
very birdy all along the way 


Spokane Co:
Clay-colored Sparrow - an unexpected one at Newman Lake - singing from the pull 
off at the north end just west of Thompson Ck rd, where the road curves north. 
Singing from the bushes right next to the pull-off. 


American Bittern - loud at Winslow Pond in Turnbull NWR as has been eBirded -

couldn’t find a Chat in Spokane, and no luck relocating the Northern 
Waterthrush that have been reported earlier at Stevens Ck NA. 


Enjoy the long-weekend birding,

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Stevens Pass hiking tomorrow 7/1
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:29:45 -0700
Hey all!

I am hiking with my son and nephew tomorrow near Stevens Pass. My inclination 
was to go from The Smithbrook Trailhead to Stevens Pass, but I lost a second 
car for the trip today. Wondering if there are any folks out there interested 
in doing the through hike from the other direction (just under 10 miles) and 
doing a key swap, or if there is simply someone who lives reasonably close who 
might be free to shuttle is the 7 miles back to the car (will pay for gas!). 


I've had the absolute best experiences on here when asking strangers if I can 
get in their cars, so I'll keep my fingers crossed but am ready to do an out 
and back if necessary :D 


Happy birding!  

Tim Brennan
Renton

Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Aw crud!
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:29:51 -0700
Hey all!

Had a chance to look at the "Goshawk" at home now on my computer, and it's 
totally just a Red-tailed Hawk that was hanging out in some thick forest. 
Weeeeird! In the pics, the tail seemed long and accipiter-like, but on the 
computer I can see now that it was an artifact of the angle. Adjusted the 
brightness and could see what I had.. Ah well! So two reasons not to go out on 
Mud Creek now: 1) There's no Goshawk, and 2) There are some pretty serious 
ruts! 


Happy Birding!

Tim Brennan
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan county birding
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:07:56 -0700
Hey Tweets!

We spent Father's Day as a family in Chelan, visiting Camas Meadows and the 
Leavenworth area, and I stayed for an extra day of birding today. My morning 
was spent on and around Entiat Valley Road, which was plenty birdy, but I had 
thoughts of making it to the Lady of the Lake to chase a couple good sightings. 
I took Mud Creek Road, which was decent enough for 90 percent of it, and nearly 
killed me during the last 10 percent. The highlights there were Ruffed Grouse 
(a pair in the road), a Red-naped Sapsucker nest, and a Northern Goshawk! 


I made it to Field Springs Landing just in time for the express boat to 
stehekin and sleeeeept most of the way. I rented a bike and took the road to a 
marsh in the first mile or so where a Least Flycatcher was chebekking away. I 
assumed from there that I would be heading all the way up to Harlequin Bridge 
to look for Harlequin ducks, but found them earlier down the road on Stehekin 
River. With a little under twenty minutes left before the express left, I 
booked it down on the bike as fast as I could (okay... I stopped for pie at the 
bakery.) and just made the boat before they pulled away. 


Wasn't until ten minutes later that I realized my camera was still with the 
bike. Whoops! We've been reunited. 


Happy birding!

Tim Brennan 
Renton

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan County Birding
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:06:35 -0700
Hey all,

I've almost finished updating the Chelan county blog at 
www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com. Two entries are in, but I still have to 
write up the third day. This one delivers everything I hope people have come to 
expect: extremely tardy posts, pictures of breakfast, and fuzzy pictures of 
birds. Should be heading out again in the next week, as school has... I 
think... Wrapped up for the year. 


It was interesting to hit 100 species in a day, although I was pretty far from 
the areas that I felt I really should be visiting in Chelan County - the ones 
near Lake Chelan that we're dealing with fires last summer. I'll be seeing more 
of those areas in June. 


I was sad to hear that Holden Village was not open for visitors, and the forest 
immediately around it is closed. That would have been a neat area to explore, 
but there's certainly no lack of new roads to hit in Chelan. 


Happy birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: American Redstart at Palouse Falls
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 14:24:29 -0700
Hey All,


Gary Wiles and I just had a female American Redstart at Palouse Falls. Last
seen 5 minutes ago in the trees on the East edge of the main picnic and
 registration area. Before that the Redstart was in the largest tree to the
right of the walkway down to the falls viewing area. We also had a Red-Eyed
Vireo and Least Flycatcher this AM at Bassett Park.

Good Birding in Franklin and Adams County!

Kevin Black
At Palouse Falls, Franklin County, WA

-- 
Kevin Black
Richland, WA_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan day two
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:37:20 -0700
Hey all!

I wrapped up my Chelan trip today with some more good birds. Yesterday finished 
with 103 species - I added California Gull, and confirmed that my phalarope at 
the Cashmere STP was a Wilson's. 


Today began on Burch Mountain, where I had Gray Flycatcher, Brewer's Sparrow, 
Horned Lark, and Common Poorwill. A miss there was Savannah Sparrow, which 
could prove to give me trouble this year! I also had Lark Sparrows as the sun 
rose and I descended. 


No Two Canyon was extremely birdy, especially with Bullock's Orioles, Warbling 
Vireos and Western Wood Pewees. Where the road got rough, I got out and walked, 
and found a Bewick's Wren, an unusual character for Chelan. 


Mountain Home Ridge Road was beautiful, and also very birdy, with the highlight 
being Fox Sparrows in a flowery meadow near the top. 


I tried in vain to add some more birds up around Stevens Pass, where 
Orange-crowned Warbler, Sooty Grouse, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Willow Flycatcher, 
Black or Vaux's Swift would have been new for the year. Varied Thrush and 
Pacific Wren were at least new for the weekend, which was pretty productive! 
The year list sits at 165 for me in Chelan. 200 was the goal, and might be 
doable, but some birds in Chelan are a bit of a puzzle! :). 


The blog shall be updated sometime... Maybe in June... Or today... We shall 
see. 


Happy Birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton
Www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com

Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan century day
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 18:18:22 -0700
Hey all!

I woke up... Well a bit early, and birded Chelan County today. To be honest, I 
haven't even made it out of the Chelan-Wenatchee corridor, all in all, but 
there's just a lot of birds out here, so I have called it quits (probably... I 
mean... Those stupid Poorwill avoided me this morning!) at 102 ish species. 


Highlights:

Yesterday on the 800 spur of FR7324, Williamson's Sapsucker

Owling on Eagle Creek Road yielded Flammulated, Barred and Great Horned. Then 
the birds woke up and it yielded five billion birds, the most interesting being 
(I believe) an American Redstart. It was still darkish, but I got a recording, 
which I'll have the scrutinous folks at eBird scrutinize. 


On FR 65 above Lake Wenatchee, I found a couple code 4 Black-throated Gray 
Warblers, and at a wet meadow just before 65 crosses a bridge I found Ruffed 
Grouse, Virginia Rail, Common Yellowthroat, Sora and Yellow-headed Blackbird. 


At Fish Lake, a Peregrine Falcon joined the half-dozen Osprey circling over the 
dozens of people out fishin. Between Lake Wenatchee and the Sleeping Lady, I 
picked up a lot of common West side birds that are harder to find over the 
crest: Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Band-tailed Pigeon and Pacific-slope 
Flycatcher. I also had a Red-eyed Vireo at Tumwater Campground, and 
White-headed Woodpecker (finally!) at Sleeping Lady. 


At the Cashmere STP, I... Well there was a Phalarope and I got a picture and it 
flew a bit farther away, so I just decided Wilson's and figured I'd just 
confirm when I got home and blew up the picture on a laptop. Didn't realize 
Red-necked is still mucking around on the East side, and this little dude was 
pretty lightly colored, so it will be interesting to see. 


Colockum Road had Lark Sparrows and some other birds to help bump me over 100. 
(Like Magpie... Meadowlark...Red-tailed Hawk), and now I'm sitting at a pub in 
Wenatchee recovering, and trying to decide what the plan is for 
tonight/tomorrow. 


Phew

Tim Brennan
Renton

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: tri-colored blackbird
From: "Mike" <strix.nebulosa1987 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 20:07:07 -0700
Does anyone know if Tri-colored Blackbirds still nest near Othello. If so
any idea where to find them. I have some birding friends from out of state
visiting next week and they would be interested to find them.

 

Mike

Colville
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: White-rumped Sandpiper reported at blood pond WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 18:02:42 -0700
Hello all,
Dean Edwards reported a White-rumped Sandpiper at the blood pond on Dodd 
road today - message on LCBirds includes photo.
Remember this is a very busy road and you must park all the way off the 
road to bird here -

M&ML Denny

-- 
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the Beautiful Walla Walla Valley
"If you haven't gone birding, you haven't lived"

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Blackpoll warbler and red-eyed vireo at Washtucna Bassett Park, Clark Co, WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 03:58:32 +0000
Hello All,
I just returned from the eastside. Today was a good day at Bassett Park. Best 
before the winds started to blow at 0915 hrs. The highlight was both the 
blackpoll, a adult male, and a red-eyed vireo that was very vocal. The vireo 
was seen on top of the hill behind the house on northend of pasture. The 
balckpoll was seen at the large tree in the main park. The blackpoll vocalized 
2-3 times it was the buzzy call note. Honestly I am not sure if I could hear 
the song? The bird rotated around the tree moving often and to my frustration I 
was not able to get a photo learning a new camera did not help. When the winds 
began at about 0915 the frequency of seeing it dropped allot. Twice I was about 
to give up and there it was again. 


Also of interest
Yb chat 2
Nashville warbler
Cassin's vireo
Pacific-sloped flycatcher
Hammond's flycatcher
Willow flycatcher
Dusky flycatcher
Yellow warbler 6
Western tanager 10
Warbling vireo 19
Orange-crowned warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler 7
Wilson's warbler 5

I spent the night in the park arriving about 9:00 pm.  As 
I bean to sleep a common poorwill was calling from the rock bluffs to the west. 
During the night a barn and great-horned owl were heard. 


Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Good Deal for Binculars at Cabela's
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 10:59:41 -0700
I am forwarding this from Idaho Birding ListServ.

Hello All,

If anyone is looking for a pair of Bino's. Vortex® Diamondback 8x42
Binoculars

 

are
on sale on Cabelas website for $119.99 that is $100.00 of the regular price
and shipping is free with the promo code 56mem. Just wanted everyone to
know about it before they are gone. I have used these binos for over a year
and really like the way they work.

Kevin Black

Vancouver,WA_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: County year list project update available on WA Birder
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 14:56:37 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders -

An updated version of the 2016 County Yearlist Project is up and available at 
Washington Birder. We've received updates from all 39 counties as of the end of 
April. Thanks to everyone who has contributed by sending county compilers their 
sightings &/or posting on ebird. 


An end-of-April cut off for produces a lot of variability in the lists -- there 
is so much that is coming in right around the first of May that the precise 
totals for each county are pretty insignificant -- one week earlier or later 
could make the difference for a dozen or more species , easily. A quick glance 
at the species not yet reported anywhere as of the end of April turns up over a 
dozen species that are not yet on the state list but that have since arrived or 
will be here very soon. 


Nevertheless, here's a bit of year-on-year comparing!

As of the end of April 2016, 322 species had been tallied. That’s seven below 
last year’s total at this point, but above 2014’s total of 318. 

Western WA, at 286 species was just two below last year’s breakneck pace. 
Eastern WA, at 260, was one above last year, and perhaps slightly higher than 
normal. 


19 counties have reported higher totals than at this point last year. 19 have 
totals lower than last year. And one is at exactly the same total [nice 
consistency, Lewis!] 


Clallam County [not surprisingly] leads the pack w/ 227 species. Walla Walla, 
at 207 has the highest for eastern WA. And Yakima and King Counties [both at 
204] are the only other counties over 200 so far. 


103 species have been seen in 30 or more counties already, 19 species have been 
seen in all 39 of our counties. 


We'll be better able to see how the year is shaping up in a couple months when 
the reporting mark comes during a quieter time. 


If you'd like to take a look at where things stand, the list and many other 
interesting files are at the Washington Birder website: 


http://www.wabirder.com/  


A direct link to the 2016 county yearlist & the list of county compilers 
contact info: 

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



Thanks to all the compilers and all those pitching in to sketch a picture of 
another year's birds in WA. 



Matt Bartels 
Seattle, WA _______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 21:24:24 -0700
Hello all,
Linda found our FOY Yellow-breasted Chat this morning at Bennington Lake 
east of Walla Walla. Black-chinned Hummingbirds also showed up today at 
several feeders.

Up on Jasper Mt. we found Williamson's and Red-naped Sapsuckers, Western 
Tanager, lots of MacGillivray's, Townsend's, Yellow, Yrump and OC 
Warblers. Cassin's Vireos were singing, Hammond's and Dusky Flycatchers 
back. Many Western and a few Mountain Bluebirds using the nest boxes - 
Tree Swallows also.

Enjoy the birds! M&ML


-- 
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the Beautiful Walla Walla Valley
"If you haven't gone birding, you haven't lived"

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Spring 2016 Klickitat County North American Migration Count.. May 14th...put it on your calendars and let me know if you will be able to participate...
From: Bob Hansen <bobhansen AT gorge.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:37:27 -0700
Folks,

Spring is HERE which means it’s almost time for our annual Klickitat County 
Spring North American Migration Count. Next year, 2017, will be our 20th year. 
Time passes. And this may be the last Spring we do the current data format, for 
next year we will probably move to an ebird data collection and reporting 
format and merge our Migration Count efforts with the Global Big Day 
initiative. 


Randy Robinson has done a great job of tabulating the results of all 16 prior 
years, including last year’s. Click on 
http://birdingwashington.info/Klickitat/SpringNAMC.htm 
 to see how we did 
compared to the average year. Here are last year's ( Spring 2015) results.... 
http://birdingwashington.info/Klickitat/Spring2015.htm 
 Once again, thanks 
Randy and all of last Spring's participants... 



Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be able to participate this 
Spring. May 14th is only 16 days away… 


Happy Birding, 
Bob

"ask not what your eco system can do for you,
"ask what you can do for your eco system." OWS graffiti






_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: YELLOW WARBLERS, WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:58:32 -0700
Hello all,
After a week of 80 degree temps I guess we shouldn't be surprised the 
summer birds are showing up - 4 YELLOW WARBLERS at Rook's Park in Walla 
Walla County today. Our first Townsends Warbler was also found today 
putting our county yearlist at 195!

Now for Cassin's Vireo, Western Tanager - etc - - -

Happy Spring Birding, MerryLynn

-- 
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the Beautiful Walla Walla Valley
"If you haven't gone birding, you haven't lived"

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Spring 2016 interim packet)
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 17:41:29 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders - 

The Washington Bird Records Committee [WBRC] has completed our review of the 
Spring 2016 interim packet. 


The WBRC normally meets annually in October, but often also circulates an 
‘interim’ packet half way between meetings. This allows the committee to 
process a number of reports where it is relatively easy to reach consensus 
without discussion. Because the committee does not meet in person to discuss 
these reports, a greater level of voting consensus is required to ‘accept’ 
or ‘not accept’ a report. Many reports will be carried over until the 
October meeting for final deliberations. 


39 received seven yes votes, and are thus passed w/o need for further 
discussion. 

10 received seven yes votes, but other issues remained outstanding and final 
outcomes will be deferred for further discussion in the fall (see notes, 
below). 

  5 received four or more 'no' votes, and are thus not accepted.
13 reports were deferred for more consideration at the fall meeting. 

1 new species is added to the state list: Little Bunting

This brings the official Washington State Checklist to 512 species. 


ACCEPTED RECORDS:

BESW-2015-2, "Bewick's" Tundra Swan - 27 Nov 2015, Dodge Valley, Skagit County, 
Ryan Merrill [w,p], Evan Houston[w,p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


BESW-2016-1, "Bewick's" Tundra Swan - 14 Feb 2016, W. Badger & Jackman Rd., 
Lynden, Whatcom County, Philip Calise [w,p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


KIEI-2015-1, King Eider - 4-29 Nov 2015, Tacoma, Pierce County, Brian Bell 
[w,p], Grace and Ollie Oliver [p], Gregg Thompson [p], Carol Riddell [p], 
Michael Charest [p], Tom Mansfield [p], Doug Schurman [p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; 
Abstain = 0). 


KIEI-2016-1, King Eider - 2-3 Jan 2016, Anacortes, Skagit County, Keith & Jan 
Wiggers[w,p], Ryan Merrill [p]; James Walker [p], Doug Schurman [p] (Yes = 7; 
No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


MOPE-2015-1, Mottled Petrel - 2 Dec 2015, 46.03019, -125.24156, 94km off Cape 
Disappointment, Pacific County, Ryan Merrill [w, p], Lauren Harter [w], David 
Vander Pluym [w] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


MOPE-2015-2, Mottled Petrel - 2 Dec 2015, 46.13790, -125.24181, 91km off Cape 
Disappointment, Pacific County, Ryan Merrill [w], Lauren Harter [w], David 
Vander Pluym [w] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


MOPE-2015-3, Mottled Petrel - 2 Dec 2015, 46.55911, -125.25813, 91km off 
Leadbetter Point, Pacific County, Brad Waggoner [w], [w/ Ryan Merrill [w]] (Yes 
= 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


MOPE-2015-4, Mottled Petrel - 2 Dec 2015, 46.81075, -125.26080, 84km off Point 
Brown, Grays Harbor County, Ryan Merrill [w, p], Lauren Harter [w], , David 
Vander Pluym [w, p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


MOPE-2015-5, Mottled Petrel - 2 Dec 2015, 46.85224, -125.26172, 83km off Point 
Brown, Grays Harbor County, Ryan Merrill [w], Lauren Harter [w], David Vander 
Pluym [w] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


MOPE-2015-6, Mottled Petrel - 2 Dec 2015, 46.99226, -125.26907, 84km off Ocean 
Shores, Grays Harbor County, Lauren Harter [w], David Vander Pluym [w], [w/ 
Ryan Merrill [w]] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


SNEG-2015-1, Snowy Egret - 2 Oct - 8 Dec 2015, Ridgefield NWR, Clark County, 
Randy Hill [w, p], Kevin Black [w, p], Bob Flores [w] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain 
= 0). 


RLKI-2015-2, Red-legged Kittiwake - 18 Nov 2015, Snoqualmie Pass, King County, 
Ron Hausinger [w, p], fide Chris Anderson (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


ICGU-2015-2, Iceland Gull - 13 Dec 2015, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Charlie 
Wright [w,p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


SBGU-2016-1, Slaty-backed Gull - 8 Jan - 27 Feb 2016, Lower Monumental Dam, and 
later Tri-cities, Walla Walla,Franklin, Benton County, Christopher Lindsay [w, 
p]; Jason Fidorra [w,p], Mike Clarke [p], Jane Abel [p], Tom Mansfield [p] (Yes 
= 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). First record in eastern Washington. 


YBSA-2015-1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 26 Dec 2015, Bellevue Botanical 
Gardens, King County, Andrew McCormick [w, p], Carol Ray [p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; 
Abstain = 0). 


YBSA-2016-1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2-3 Jan 2016, Kennewick, Benton County, 
James Cleaver w, p, v, Laurie Ness [w] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


BGGN-2015-5, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (no subspecies) - 22 Nov 2015, Kent, King 
County, Scott Ramos [p, v] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


RFBL-2015-2, Red-flanked Bluetail - 15 Dec 2015, Lopez Island, San Juan County, 
Amanda Wedow [w,p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


BRTH-2015-1, Brown Thrasher - 21 Nov 2015, Leavenworth, Chelan County, Connie 
McCauley [w, p] fide Heather Murphy (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


BRTH-2015-2, Brown Thrasher - 20 May 2015, Deming, Whatcom County, Phil 
Weggener [p], Casey McHugh [w, p], Fanter Lane [p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 
0). 


BTBW-2012-2, Black-throated Blue Warbler - 26 Oct - 18 Nov 2012, Seaside, 
Pacific County, Russ Ashley & Janet Stenzel [p] fide Suzy Whittey (Yes = 7; No 
= 0; Abstain = 0). 


BTBW-2015-2, Black-throated Blue Warbler - 6-10 Nov 2015, Gog-le-hi-te, Tacoma, 
Pierce County, Mike Charest [w, p], Ryan Merrill [p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain 
= 0). 


TEWA-2015-1, Tennessee Warbler - 14 Sep 2015, Colbert, Spokane County, Jeanne 
Dammarell [w, p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


TEWA-2015-2, Tennessee Warbler (missing most of tail) - 21 Sep 2015, Neah Bay, 
Clallam County, Charlie Wright (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


TEWA-2015-3, Tennessee Warbler (full tail) - 21 Sep 2015, Neah Bay, Clallam 
County, Charlie Wright [p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


TEWA-2015-4, Tennessee Warbler - 28 Sep 2015, Bahokus Mountain, Neah Bay, 
Clallam County, Jim Danzenbaker [w] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


TEWA-2015-5, Tennessee Warbler - 3-21 Nov 2015, Dawnsridge Rd., between Seiku & 
Shipwreck, Clallam County, Blair Bernson [w,p], Brad Waggoner [w,p] (Yes = 7; 
No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


LUWA-2015-1, Lucy's Warbler - 16 Sep 2015, Neah Bay, Clalalm County, Ryan 
Merrill [w,p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). First photographed record for 
state. 


HOWA-2015-1, Hooded Warbler - 10 Nov 2015 - 25 Feb 2016, Neah Bay, Clallam 
County, George Gerdts [w], Jon Houghon [w], Blair Bernson [p], Matt Bartels 
[w], Ryan Merrill [w, p], Doug Schurman [p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


MAWA-2015-1, Magnolia Warbler - 23 Oct 2015, Raymond, Pacific County, Brad 
Waggoner [w, p], Steve Mlodinow [p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


YTWA-2015-2, Yellow-throated Warbler - 13-26 Dec 2015, Longview, Cowlitz 
County, Margaret & John Green [w], Russ Koppendrayer [w], Randy Hill [w,p], Tom 
Mansfield [p]; Grace & Ollie Oliver [p]; Carol Riddell [p]; [Doug Schurman 
[p**]] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


PRAW-2015-1, Prairie Warbler - 17 Oct 2015, Rialto Beach, Clallam County, 
Robert Brezak (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). First photographed record for 
state. 


LIBU-2015-1, Little Bunting - 9-13 Oct 2015, Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, 
Brad Waggoner [p], Ryan Merrill [p], Matt Bartels [w], Chuck Welsh [w, p], Tom 
Mansfield [p], Dan Reiff [p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). FIRST STATE 
RECORD. 


SUTA-2015-1, Summer Tanager - 1 Nov 2015, Woodland Bottoms, Cowlitz County, 
Bill Bradford & Lora Minty [w, p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


SUTA-2015-2, Summer Tanager - 4 Nov 2015, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Brad 
Waggoner [p], [Barbara Carlson, Adrianne Akmajian] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 
0). 


COGR-2015-3, Common Grackle - 21-23 Dec 2015, Acme, Whatcom County, Ryan 
Merrill [w, p], Noah Sanday [w, p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


OROR-2015-2, Orchard Oriole - 25 Sep 2015, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Ryan 
Merrill [w, p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


BRAM-2015-2, Brambling - 27 Oct 2015, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Michael Hobbs 
[w,s] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 


HORE-2016-1, Hoary Redpoll - 2-18 Jan 2016, Corkindale Creek, Skagit County, 
Ryan Merrill [w, p] (Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 



ACCEPTED RECORDS W/ CAVEATS: For the following records, identification was 
confirmed by the votes, but additional issues remain before settling. After 
resolving the outstanding issues in the fall, some of these reports might yet 
be merged together. 


BRBO-2015-3, Brown Booby - 13-14 Sep 2015, off-shore waters from Edmonds, 
Point-No-Point, Kitsap, Snohomish, Island County, Josh Adams [w], Blair Bernson 
[w], Jeff Bouton [w] (Identification vote: Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee will discuss how many individuals make up the various fall 
Brown Booby sightings, including the ones below and BRBO-2015-1, at the Fall 
2016 meeting. 


BRBO-2015-4, Brown Booby - 15 Sep 2015, 46.5717x-125.2451, Pacific County, 
Brian Sullivan [w,p], Paul Fenwick [w] (Identification vote: Yes = 7; No = 0; 
Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee will discuss how many individuals make up the various fall 
Brown Booby sightings, including the ones below and BRBO-2015-1, at the Fall 
2016 meeting. 


BRBO-2015-5, Brown Booby - 12-26 Oct 2015, Dungeness Spit, Clallam County, Bob 
Boekelheide [w], Dow Lambert [p], Doug Schurman [p], Ryan Merrill [p] 
(Identification vote: Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee will discuss how many individuals make up the various fall 
Brown Booby sightings, including the ones below and BRBO-2015-1, at the Fall 
2016 meeting. 


BRBO-2015-6, Brown Booby - 16 Oct 2015, Discovery Park, Seattle, King County, 
Evan Houston [w], Steve Giles [w] (Identification vote: Yes = 7; No = 0; 
Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee will discuss how many individuals make up the various fall 
Brown Booby sightings, including the ones below and BRBO-2015-1, at the Fall 
2016 meeting. 


BHGU-2016-1, Black-headed Gull [one w/ a vertical head stripe and worn 
secondaries] - 1-6 Feb 2016, Crescent Lake, Snohomish County, Jeffrey Bryant 
[w], Marv Breece [w], Vickie Scales [p], William Fletcher [p], Chris Clark [p] 
(Identification vote: Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee agreed that two individuals were present. To be decided is 
whether to combine into one 'record' of two individuals, or to leave as two 
separate records. 


BHGU-2016-2, Black-headed Gull [one with a face spot and fresh secondaries] - 
2-14 Feb 2016, Crescent Lake, Snohomish County, Marv Breece [w], Tom Mansfield 
[p], Jordan Roderick [p], Gregg Thompson [p], Mark Tamboulian[p], Doug Schurman 
[p], Grace & Ollie Oliver [p], Ryan Merrill [p], Joshua Glant [p] 
(Identification vote: Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee agreed that two individuals were present. To be decided is 
whether to combine into one 'record' of two individuals, or to leave as two 
separate records. 


BGGN-2015-1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Eastern subspecies) - 26 Sep 2015, Neah 
Bay, Clallam County, Ryan Merrill [w, p] (Identification vote: Yes = 7; No = 0; 
Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee will discuss how many individuals make up the various fall 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher sightings in Clallam County at the Fall 2016 meeting. 


BGGN-2015-2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 12 Oct - 11 Nov 2015, Neah Bay, Clallam 
County, Ryan Merrill [p, a], Blair Bernson [p], Doug Schurman [p], Scott Ramos 
[p], Jordan Gunn [p,v], Brad Waggoner [w] (Identification vote: Yes = 7; No = 
0; Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee will discuss how many individuals make up the various fall 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher sightings in Clallam County at the Fall 2016 meeting. In 
addition, for this report the committee will continue to discuss whether a 
subspecies identity can be determined. 


BGGN-2015-3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (no subspecies determinable) - 25 Oct 2015, 
Cape Flattery, Clallam County, Bruce Paige [w, p] (Identification vote: Yes = 
7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee will discuss how many individuals make up the various fall 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher sightings in Clallam County at the Fall 2016 meeting. 


BGGN-2015-4, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (no subspecies determinable) - 3 Nov 2015, 
Clallam Bay, Clallam County, Brad Waggoner [w, p], Blair Bernson [p] 
(Identification vote: Yes = 7; No = 0; Abstain = 0). 

NOTES: The committee will discuss how many individuals make up the various fall 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher sightings in Clallam County at the Fall 2016 meeting. 



REPORTS NOT ACCEPTED:

ARLO-2015-5, Arctic Loon - 20-25 Nov 2015, West Beach, Swan Lake, Whidbey 
Island, Island County (Yes = 0; No = 7; Abstain = 0). 


LIGU-2015-1, Little Gull - 19 Sep 2015, West Seattle, King County (Yes = 0; No 
= 7; Abstain = 0). 


ICGU-2015-1, Iceland Gull - 27 Mar 2015, Cape Avala, Clallam County (Yes = 0; 
No = 7; Abstain = 0). 


NOWH-2016-1, Northern Wheatear - 23 Jan 2016, Graham, Pierce County (Yes = 0; 
No = 7; Abstain = 0). 


INBU-2015-3, Indigo Bunting - 25 Sep 2015, WSU Campus, Pullman, Whitman County 
(Yes = 2; No = 4; Abstain = 1). 


 

 _______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Almost there
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 20:21:58 -0700
Hey all,

I don't mean to saturate with messages, but I did get two more blog entries 
complete, and am most of the way through the text of the other. It'll go up 
tonight. 


I also remembered something that is at this point completely untimely, unless 
anyone is staring at a Washington state map trying to figure out where to go 
birding tomorrow. Ardenvoir (a delicious name for a town. Say Ardenvoir a 
couple times) has the swallow festival tomorrow. I haven't the slightest idea 
what that means, but look, there were signs, okay? It's up Entiat Valley Road 
south of Lake Chelan, which is an area that was hit hard by fires last year. If 
you really are trying to figure out where to go, drop a couple bucks in 
Ardenvoir, Entiat and Chelan this weekend. There's some good birds up there, 
and I'll have an exceptionally subpar guide to it all up by the end of the 
night at www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com. 


Happy birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton

Sent from my couch where I've been staring at really bad pictures of ordinary 
birds all day. 

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan blog... Updates underway.
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 10:32:24 -0700
Hey all!

I've finally gotten the first day of my February trip with Kevin Black blogged. 
More updates to come in the next day or so, and I should be caught up. 


The details of the days, of course, might not even remotely approach the actual 
course of events. Just enjoy the pretty pictures. With Kevin along, some of 
them actually have what can be distinguished as birds in them. Quite a treat. 


Www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com

Tim Brennan
Renton

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan birding day 2
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:29:55 -0700
Hey Tweets!

I spent another day birding Chelan County today, and caught a nice handful of 
birds, including quite a few first of year birds for me. 


On Entiat Road, near Ardenvoir, I pulled over to give a listen and heard a 
Ruffed Grouse. I thought to myself "what are the odds, on my first stop?!", but 
the answer to that question was something like 60 percent by the end of the 
day. Lots of drumming. I drove up to Fox Creek campground before parking the 
car on the side of the road and walking, which did get me a few Gray Jays. 
Intermittent stops on the way down got me Nashville Warbler, Red-naped 
Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, all three nuthatches, Western Bluebird, and 
Rufous Hummingbird. 


I spent an hour or so on Oklahoma Gulch Road, just south of Chelan on Highway 
97, picking up a pair of Vesper Sparrows. Lake Chelan finally gave me a couple 
of Gadwall, and Wapato Lake had a singing Marsh Wren at the North end (although 
nearly all of the other waterfowl have departed, except for Buffleheads, Coots, 
Mallards, and four Ruddy Ducks). 


I took roads off of Apple Acres, optimistically attempting to make it up into 
burns from last summer, but it became private land and I had to turn around. In 
the process of turning around, I was blocked by a local landowner on a four 
wheeler, which led to a lovely half-hour conversation about birds, fire, 
retirement, and home ownership. He reported that he had started to see Mountain 
Bluebirds in the last week, and sure enough one appeared on my way down. 


All in all, the year list grew by thirty birds or more in two days. I won't be 
back out until late May, so that will give me a lot of time to... Um... Write 
the February and April blog entries! 


Happy Birding!

Tim Brennan
Back in Renton

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan birding
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 19:28:03 -0700
Hey Tweets and Inlanders,

Long day of birding that I cut a little short when I realized that I forgot to 
eat lunch! 


Of course on an April morning in Chelan county, I'm going to start with owling! 
I found one of my targets (Northern Saw-whet Owl), but missed two others: 
northern Pygmy and Barred. While calling for Barred (after already trying at a 
spot for the smaller owls), I got an owl that was not a target: Spotted! I 
stopped calling, of course, and so did the Spottie, but it was nice to know 
they're still finding a niche of sorts. 


I spent much of the day pushing as far as I thought reasonable up recently 
cleared roads. Nahahum Canyon was first, and I was able to get my first 
Cassin's Finch, Turkey Vulture and Wild Turkey of the year there before turning 
around somewhere at what is now Varied Thrush elevation. 


At the Peshastin Pinnacles, I got White-throated Swifts, before heading down to 
the Cashmere STP, where I had three swallow species (Violet-green, Tree and 
Northern Rough-winged) as well as Wood Ducks. 


I took the road south of Wenatchee that eventually turns into Colockum Road. 
Shortly after it does, I pulled over in a wide turnout and checked the sage, 
hoping for Vesper or Brewer's Sparrow, maybe a Sage Thrasher. I got none of the 
above, but did get a Prairie Falcon, and a Loggerhead Shrike (code four in 
Chelan). I drove ten miles or so up Colockum to add Yellow-rumped Warbler to my 
year-list before heading back to Wenorconfluwatcheellan Natural Park Area to 
find 8 billion more. I also got some (early?) Cliff Swallows and finally some 
Red Crossbills. 


Gorgeous beautiful day, and a chance to explore some places that were just 
lines on a map for me before. I'll wrap up tomorrow with a half day or so more 
of birding. 


Happy birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton

Sent from a pub in Wenatchee.
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] The Conclusion of the Failed Camera Strap Story
From: Ted Kenefick <tgkenefick AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 18:46:03 -0700
Definitely interested....

Ted Kenefick
Maple Leaf, Seattle
tgkenefick AT msn.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Riddell [mailto:cariddellwa AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2016 12:56 PM
To: Tweeters; Inland Birders
Subject: [Tweeters] The Conclusion of the Failed Camera Strap Story

You may remember my February posts about a failure of the BlackRapid camera 
strap that caused severe damage to my camera when it plunged several feet to 
the ground. If any of you are interested in hearing about my dealings with the 
company and how it all got resolved, shoot me an email. I’ll wait several 
days and then send out one telling of the tale to those of you who are 
interested. 


Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: The Conclusion of the Failed Camera Strap Story
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 12:56:11 -0700
You may remember my February posts about a failure of the BlackRapid camera 
strap that caused severe damage to my camera when it plunged several feet to 
the ground. If any of you are interested in hearing about my dealings with the 
company and how it all got resolved, shoot me an email. I’ll wait several 
days and then send out one telling of the tale to those of you who are 
interested. 


Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: County Yearlist Project update for Jan/Feb 2016 up at WA Birder.
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:47:57 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland-NW-Birders - 

An updated version of the 2016 county year list project is up at Washington 
Birder. I’m a bit late getting this up, but we’ve received updates from 
most [but not all] counties with details through the end of February. County 
compilers, especially for the underbirded counties, would appreciate receiving 
reports of any birds seen in their counties. 


As of the end of February 259 species had been reported across the state, 230 
species in western WA and 198 in eastern WA. 

The state total [259] is four lower than the end-feb totals in 2015, but higher 
than the 4 previous years. 

The Western WA total [230] was one below the total from last year, and two 
above than the total for 2011, 2012 & 2013 . 

The Eastern WA total [at 198] this year was five higher than last year, eight 
above 2014, and five above the 2013 total at this point. 


Overall, things are remarkably similar to the last few years at this stage -- 
we seem to be finding a relatively 'normal' set of birds every wnter in WA. 
(The posted version of the list only covers results through the beginning of 
March, so recent arrivals may not have made it onto the list) 

  
I took a look at Common Redpolls (CORE) though to see whether the irruption 
we’ve talked about is apparent: 

Here are some recent year totals for counties w/ Common Redpoll sightings in 
the first 2 months of each year: 

2016: 24
2015: 5
2014: 2
2013: 22
2012: 25

Prior to 2012, I don’t have the end-Feb totals handy, but here are the 
year-end Common Redpoll tallies for earlier years [a year-end tally essentially 
gets to try for CORE in parts of 2 different winters, so totals might reflect a 
mixed story] 

2011: 20
2010: 8
2009: 9
2008: 17
2007: 24

Waves of wide-spread sightings for a couple years, followed by a couple years 
w/ fewer reports seems to show up pretty nicely. And it maybe bodes well for 
next winter also being a decent one for CORE. 


If you'd like to take a look at where things stand, the list and many other 
interesting files are at the Washington Birder website: 


http://www.wabirder.com/  


A direct link to the 2016 county yearlist & the list of county compilers:
http://wabirder.com/county_yearlist.html 
 



Thanks to all the compilers and all those pitching in to begin to sketch a 
picture of another year's birds in WA. 



Matt Bartels 
Seattle, WA _______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Toppenish NWR Field Trip - March 6th (Sunday)
From: Eric Heisey <magicman32 AT rocketmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:28:09 +0000 (UTC)
Hey all,
This Sunday (March 6th), I will be leading a field trip to the Toppenish NWR 
and Fort Simcoe area. This is during the peak of waterfowl migration, and a few 
of the refuge's early migrants (like Say's Phoebe, Sagebrush Sparrow, and 
Loggerhead Shrike) are beginning to filter in. It truly is a fantastic time to 
bird this area! Species diversity is typically fabulous, last year on this trip 
we had 78 species, 70 of which were on the refuge! I did a scouting trip last 
Friday, and ended up with 77 species, so it appears that this year will 
probably be pretty similar. Some target species for the trip (Things we saw 
either last year, or that I saw last weekend on my scouting effort. We should 
see most, but I am not guaranteeing anything) are:-Greater White-fronted 
Goose-Eurasian Wigeon-Trumpeter Swan-Chukar-Sandhill Crane-Northern Saw-whet 
Owl-Short-eared Owl-Golden Eagle-Loggerhead Shrike-Bushtit-Sagebrush Sparrow 

It should be a great trip! There are always at least a few interesting birds to 
be found. If you're looking for a way to seriously add some birds to your year 
list (I added 10 last weekend, I'm at 129 now for the year i Yakima County!), 
or just looking to get some great looks at the awesome birds that call this 
area home, this will be the trip for you! I will be out early owling, if you 
are at all interested, let me know, otherwise, we will be meeting at 7:30 am at 
the Branding Iron in Toppenish. From there, we will head out around the refuge, 
working our way along Pumphouse Rd, making several stops. We will then head out 
to Fort Simcoe and Pom Pom Rd, then head back and bird the northern side of the 
refuge. If people are up to it, we can go out to Lateral C or Old Goldendale Rd 
at dusk and look for Short-eared Owls. Anyway, please let me know if you are 
interested beforehand by emailing me at magicman32 AT rocketmail.com. Walk-ons are 
always accepted, but I really appreciate knowing who will be there so I can 
plan out logistics in advance. Hope to see you Sunday! 

Good birding,
Eric Heisey_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan birding day two
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:42:40 -0800
Hey all!

Kevin Black and I wrapped up our Chelan trip today and found some nice birds. 
We started the day in Number 2 Canyon with Western Screech and Great Horned 
Owl. 

We tried for a Barn Owl that has been seen at Wenatchee Confluhorawalla natural 
state area park (it's... All one park, folks. I've decided.), but struck out, 
finding a continuing and unusual Bewick's Wren, and Greater White fronted 
Goose. 


The last highlight of the day was a dozen or so Pine Grosbeaks on Pioneer 
Avenue in Cashmere. 


Happy Birding!

Tim Brennan 
Renton
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan birding
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:59:20 -0800
Hey all!

Birding with Kevin Black in Chelan County today, and we turned up some nice 
birds! 50 species for the day, with a pair of code three birds: Virginia Rail 
(at Beebe Springs) and Canyon Wren (at Rocky Reach Dam). We had first of year 
Say's Phoebe, Rock Wren and Townsend's Solitaire as well. Fun to hear some 
singing going on. 


The highlights may have been Golden Eagles. Kevin spotted one as we drove up 97 
to highway 2 in the morning and we had three of them circling at once while 
walking at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery. Kevin also spotted a Common Redpoll 
just south of Leavenworth in a residential neighborhood. 


Owls, Wenatchee and Cashmere tomorrow!

Tim Brennan 
Renton

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Return of the Failed Camera Strap Story
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:06:08 -0800
Many of you who contacted me recognized the camera strap as a BlackRapid. The 
failure was where the carabiner swivel arm attaches through a metal ring on the 
nylon strap. Apparently this is not an unknown failure in a BlackRapid strap. 
While out birding in Edmonds this afternoon, I met a visiting birder from New 
York. We birded together for a while and I told him my story. He showed me his 
BlackRapid camera strap with a safety tether that he made from an Op-Tech 
thinner strap. He nodded his head about the swivel arm separating, suggesting 
it is a known defect. So all of you who stated your intentions to fashion a 
safety tether to your BlackRapid strap, please do so! It will be the only thing 
that will save your camera if the swivel arm detaches from your strap ring. I 
have received the bad news that my lens is not repairable. The good news is 
that the repair shop has a used, but in mint condition, identical lens. The 
price is very good. Nonetheless, the damage to my equipment 

 is extraordinary for a strap that is so expensive in the first place. I am 
going to strongly recommend to the company that it supply a safety tether with 
its straps. In the meantime, make your own to protect your equipment. 


Carol Riddell
Edmonds
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Camera Strap Failure (Off Topic)
From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:24:46 -0800
This post is not completely off topic since many birders use DSLR cameras in 
the field. My camera strap recently failed, allowing the camera to plunge 
several feet to the ground, damaging the lens and dirtying the body. The strap 
is a well-known after-market strap that many birders use. It is ergonomically 
designed at the shoulder to take some of the weight off. It connects only to 
the base of the camera with a screw-in piece that is attached to a small metal 
carabiner. The carabiner attaches to a rectangular metal ring that is 
permanently affixed to the webbed nylon strap. A prudent user always checks the 
screw-in piece to make sure it is securely attached to the camera and the 
carabiner to make sure that it is locked. There is nothing to check on the 
other metal pieces. Failure of those parts is unexpected and unanticipated. I 
will not name the strap manufacturer at this time. Those of you who use the 
strap will know which one I am referring to. This strap does not have a s 

 afety leash that could attach elsewhere on the camera to prevent the kind of 
camera fall and damage that I experienced. The preliminary assessment is that 
it will cost at least $500 to repair my lens. And, of course, the camera body 
needs cleaning as well. I am awaiting a final estimate today. If any of you 
wish further information, please contact me privately. I can take a photo of 
the strap's failed parts with my iPad to send to you. Please be warned. This 
strap may rarely fail, but if it does fail, it will be catastrophic to your 
camera and lens. 


Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: ABA Blog post on Malheur worth reading
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:19:10 -0800
Hi all -
Just passing along a link to a great article that touches on many of the 
feelings a birder encounters over the whole Malheur occupation. Dave’s 
article is moving, I think: 



http://blog.aba.org/2016/02/malheur-occupation-how-does-nature-nurture-shape-the-adults-we-become.html 
 



Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Washington county year list project 2015 summary & 2016 launch
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 06:03:30 -0800
Hi again Tweeters and INWBers -

Here’s the year-end report [a little delayed] for the 2015 iteration of the 
county year list project. Results posted here: 

http://wabirder.com/county_yearlist.html 
 


We've wrapped another year of compiling county year-lists to build a state-wide 
snapshot. For ten years we've recruited compilers from every county to keep 
track of sightings. While individual county listing is fun, the idea behind 
this project is to compile a 'community' list: all the birds seen by anyone, 
rather than just those seen by one person. The result is one perspective on the 
birds of Washington for 2015. 


Some results for 2015:
401 species were reported statewide - that’s a little above the average for 
the past nine years [395.2], and only one species lower than the 2012 record 
high of 402. 


323 species reported in Eastern Washington, a bit below the 323 average for the 
region. 

Western Washington again came in above average, with 376 species seen for the 
record high, and well above the nine year average of 363.6 


32 counties had totals at or above 200 species — a sign of how diverse every 
county can be. 


Record high totals were recorded in Asotin [220], Cowlitz [207], Jefferson 
[235], Mason [200 - tied w/ 2014], Pierce [249], and San Juan [207]. 


26 counties were above average when compared to 2007-2015 totals. 

27 counties came in within 10 species [+/-] of their nine year county average - 
a continuing sign that coverage and sightings are generally pretty stable. 


76 species were seen in all 39 counties, 157 species were found in 30 or more 
counties.At the other end of the spectrum, 30 species were reported this year 
in only one county. 


Looking at the birds missed, we really didn’t have any huge gaps - I’d say 
the most surprising misses were Emperor Goose, & Scripps’s Murrelet - not 
exactly ’common’ birds in the first place. 


In addition to the regular info at the link 
[http://wabirder.com/county_yearlist.html 
] , I've included a simple sheet that 
compiles the annual county totals for each county from 2007-2015 -- if you'd 
like to see how any county has trended over the years, this is the sheet to 
study. 


2016 compiling is underway, and I encourage you to look up the compiler for 
counties you bird in and send along unusual sightings -- most compilers are 
checking eBird reports already, but eBird still misses a good bit and we 
appreciate the help making sure we hear about these sightings. You can find a 
list of the compilers at the above link 


Thanks to all the compilers who track each county, and here's to a fun and 
surprising 2016. If you notice anything not noted on the 2015 list, let us know 
and make a resolution to report your sightings to the compiler this year . 


Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan blog
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:13:15 -0800
Hey all!

The Chelan County birding blog got updated from weeks back.  Enjoy!

Www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com

Tim Brennan
Renton

Sent from my iPhone
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Walla Walla Co. birds Jan 30 +
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:34:49 -0800
Hello all,
Yesterday morning we met Mike Clarke at the Port of Wallula where the 
Tufted Duck has been - few scaup there but was a far-off RED-NECKED 
GREBE - #150 for our county list. We then scoped at Port Kelley, the 
"poop piles" and stopped at the Dodd road blood pond where an early 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS surprised us.
The heron roost at MP300 had 10 GREAT EGRETS in addition to the many 
Great Blue Herons and several BC Night-Herons.

At the Humorist/Hanson Loop intersection we stopped and watched hundreds 
of SNOW GEESE to the north landing in a field. A quick stop at McNary HQ 
where many Tundra Swans and Canvasbacks were the highlights. At Ice 
Harbor Dam the water was high - so no resting island for the gulls. But 
did spot the continuing LONG-TAILED DUCK - on the Franklin Co. side.

Then a phone message from Jason Fidorra about a SLATY-BACKED GULL off 
Bateman Island in Benton County. We arrived at the marina and saw lots 
of gulls resting on the roof - stopped on road above and sure enough the 
Slaty-backed was there along with a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

The SLATY-BACKED GULL appears to be the same one that showed up at Lower 
Monumental Dam - same plumage - nice find Jason - first record for 
Benton County.

Fun birding, M&ML

-- 
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the Beautiful Walla Walla Valley
"If you haven't gone birding, you haven't lived"
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan Blog
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:39:31 -0800
Hey Tweets and Inlanders

I updated the Chelan County blog at www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com.

New pics in the intro and an entry for my first day of birding. Day two, a 
nearly picture free day, will be up soon. 


Tim Brennan
Renton
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chelan County...
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:32:48 -0800
...blogging will happen at www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com

Featuring!

Low quality pictures!
Extremely tardy and infrequent posts!
Nonsensical rambling!
Pictures of breakfast!
Features!

And of course, Chelan County and birds. There's nothing of note in there yet, 
just some rambling to set the bar niiiiice and low. 


Happy birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Gray Partridge Chelan
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:12:14 -0800
Howdy!

Birding Chelan County this weekend. Nothing too out of the ordinary until about 
11AM, at MP 244 on highway 97. I pulled over to look at a red tailed hawk, and 
found two Gray Partridge on the side of the road. These are a code 4 bird, and 
I had been wondering where one would even look for them in the county. 


So... That's where!

Tim Brennan
Renton


_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Washington Birder updated county checklists (and Excel Checklist) now available.
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 17:28:12 -0800
Tweets & INWBers -

It is that time of year again — Ken & Laurie Knittle’s updated county 
checklists are all available on the Washington Birder website: 
http://wabirder.com/county_map.html  


This year, Ken & Laurie undertook a massive update of abundance codes for all 
39 counties — thanks to the many who helped with this, but especially to Ken 
& Laurie for keeping this going and for the enormous update project. If you are 
looking for info on how abundant species are in each of the counties of WA, 
check out the lists. 


In addition to the checklist updates mentioned Michael Hobbs & I have updated 
the excel spreadsheet . Both the 'enhanced' version and a plain version are 
available on the Washington Birder website at: 
http://wabirder.com/combined_county_list.html 
 


Every year since 2003 I've updated this checklist, adding new species and 
county firsts, and revising it to comply with the latest taxonomic updates 
produced by the AOU & ABA. The latest update includes only a minor taxonomic 
update (Ferruginous & Rough-legged Hawk switch places!). However, in addition 
to the many county firsts last year, we added two state firsts: Red-flanked 
Bluetail and Little Bunting (the Little Bunting has not yet been reviewed by 
the WBRC, but looks promising). We also removed Sedge Wren, provisionally added 
to the list last year but later not endorsed by the WBRC. 


This year, Michael & I also added two more features to the list: First, 
there’s now an ‘eBird sort order’ available — use this to quickly move 
back and forth between the AOU taxonomy and eBird’s taxonomy (those sparrows 
are getting crazy on eBird….). Also, we added abundance codes for eastern WA, 
western WA and the state as a whole. These are rough approximations only, based 
largely on the heuristic that the code would match the most common county code 
for that species, in that region [For example, if a species was present at code 
1 [blue] levels in some counties of western WA, but in eastern WA was most 
abundant only at code 3 [yellow] levels, then the Western WA code would be 
Blue, the Eastern WA code would be Yellow and the entire state code would be 
Blue]. You can also now generate needs lists for Eastern WA, Western WA and the 
state as whole! 


If you are looking for a color-coded way to track your county lists and/or see 
how abundant any species is in a given county, give the list a try. 


With the 'enhanced' spreadsheet, you can generate county needs lists, see which 
counties you've seen or need any given species, and more. Instructions on using 
the spreadsheet are on the same page linked above. 


Instructions on transferring your data from an older copy of your spreadsheet 
to the new one are included at the website as well. 


I look forward to feedback or suggestions, and would be happy to help 
troubleshoot problems if you run across them. 


Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA
PS - there’s still time to get in you annual list report - form available at: 
http://www.wabirder.com/forms.html  


_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Slaty-backed Gull continues at LOMO Dam
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:11:19 -0800
Hello all,
We took Iain Tomlinson and friend Tom birding today in northern Walla 
Walla county. Target species being Long-eared Owl and Slaty-backed Gull. 
Success on both.
Received an email from Carol Riddell that the rare gulls were not at the 
dam earlier - but they were there at 2:45 pm - LBBG on the cement 
abutment - didn't see the Slaty-backed above the dam- but it showed up 
below the dam after 10 minutes of looking. Did not see a Glaucous today.

The gull numbers were down today - but we saw hundreds of gulls flying 
up and down river at Walker HMU and at Fishook Park, and at the frozen 
Walla Walla River delta hundreds more were out on the ice - at least in 
the morning when we drove by.

Good gulling, M&ML

-- 
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the Beautiful Walla Walla Valley
"If you haven't gone birding, you haven't lived"
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Lesser Black-acked and Glaucous Gulls at Lower Monumenal Dam
From: Andy Stepniewski <steppie AT nwinfo.net>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:39:59 -0800
Tweeters and Inland Birders,

As Mike and MerryLynn Denny reported on Tweeters and Inland Birds, there's a 
spectacular congregation of gulls on the Snake River at Lower Monumental Dam. 
Denny Granstrand and I went there today and found many hundreds of gulls. 
Unfortunately, we went to the north side of the dam where viewing was somewhat 
distant. We would have done much better if we had approached from the south, 
via Eureka. Oh well. 


Anyways, we saw at least three each of LESSER-BLACK-BACKED and GLAUCOUS GULLS, 
several THAYER'S, many hundreds of Californias, and lesser numbers of Herring, 
RIng-billed, and Glaucous-winged Gulls. We believe we observed the SLATY-BACKED 
GULL, discovered by Chris Lindsey Jan. 8, and seen again by the Dennys Jan. 9, 
but our view was too distant to confidently call this bird. 


We also noted both Rock and Canyon Wrens, and had 80 so Gray-crowned Rosy 
Finches flying over the cliffs along SR-263, Devils Canyon Rd., about 3 pm. 
This is a most impressive Spokane Flood-gouged coulee, worth a detour to view 
and bird. 


Mike suggests the gull extravaganza is on account of a die-off of shad. We 
noted a feeding frenzy of gulls below the dam, snatching these narrow (from a 
distance tubular-appearing) fish hanging from the bills of gulls. 


Other birds taking advanage of this veritable buffet were loads of 
Double-crested Cormorants and Common Mergansers. 


I thought it odd there was nary a Bald Eagle to be seen in the area.

Andy Stepniewski
Wapato WA
steppie AT nwinfo.net


_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: SLATY-BACKED GULL WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2016 18:08:31 -0800
Hello all,
Yesterday Jan 8 Chris Lindsey found and photographed a first county 
record SLATY-BACKED GULL at Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River in 
north Walla Walla County. We of course headed right up this morning and 
there it was.

There are 9 species of gulls above and below the dam - hundreds of them 
- because of dead and dying shad. Many California, Herring, Ring-billed, 
Glaucous-winged Gulls - with a few Thayer's, 2 GLAUCOUS, 3 LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED and 1 Mew Gull. Many DC Cormorants, Common Mergansers and 
Goldeneyes also feasting on the fish.

And a first for us - a Mallard carrying a fish in its mouth flying 
downriver. Several other mallards were also eating on dead shad.

Other birds today: a SAY'S PHOBE and 2 NORTHERN SHRIKE on Donnelly rd. 
53 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES and 52 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS above LOMO Dam. 
Warm enough today for insects to be out and about - swarms below the dam.

We don't know if Little Goose Dam in Columbia County OR Lower Granite 
Dam in Garfield/Whitman has the same fish kill - anyone know? We started 
seeing hundreds of dead shad at Lyon's Ferry Park back on Dec. 13. All 
fish-eating birds are so full they can barely fly.

Happy 2016 birding, M&ML



-- 
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the Beautiful Walla Walla Valley
"If you haven't gone birding, you haven't lived"
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chewelah CBC SAturday Jan 2
From: "Mike" <strix.nebulosa1987 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:18:12 -0800
For those who may interested in the other Stevens County count the Chewelah
count is this Saturday (Jan 2). We are meeting at Zip's in Chewelah at 7 AM.
I am going to be out of state this year but Warren is helping me with count
day logistics. Please let one of us know if you plant to come out.

Mike
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Re: Interesting Sandpiper on Lewiston-Clakston CBC
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:30:09 -0500
Dennis-- As always, thanks for your help. 
Keith 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Dennis Paulson"  
To: "Keith Carlson"  
Cc: "inland nw birders" , "TWEETERS tweeters" 
, "Ken Knittle" , 
"Mark Holmgren" , "Bryan Jamison" , 
"Justin Barrett"  

Sent: Monday, December 21, 2015 12:20:29 PM 
Subject: Re: Interesting Sandpiper on Lewiston-Clakston CBC 

Much better photos showing it is a first-winter bird. Clearly shows traces of 
Pectoral juvenile plumage on the upperparts. To my knowledge, Sharp-tailed 
never shows that much yellow on the bill base, while it’s not uncommon in 
Pectoral. The species has been found in winter north to the Gulf Coast, Florida 
and South Carolina (BNA 2013). It will be interesting to see how much longer 
this misplaced bird hangs around. 


Dennis Paulson 
Seattle 

On Dec 21, 2015, at 11:53 AM, Keith Carlson < kec201814 AT cableone.net > wrote: 




John Hanna and I relocated the interesting Sandpiper reported yesterday by 
Jerry Cebula and David Koehler. 

It was in the same small ditch as yesterday. 
Seeing it in flight was unremarkable except to eliminate White-rumped 
Sandpiper.  Both Pectoral and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper have white outer tail 
with dark central stripe. 

It moved with a "jerky" when feeding. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/23810580811/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/23266298303/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
Comments and guesses continue to welcomed. 
  
Keith E. Carlson 
Lewiston 







_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Re: Interesting Sandpiper on Lewiston-Clakston CBC
From: Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:20:29 -0800
Much better photos showing it is a first-winter bird. Clearly shows traces of 
Pectoral juvenile plumage on the upperparts. To my knowledge, Sharp-tailed 
never shows that much yellow on the bill base, while its not uncommon in 
Pectoral. The species has been found in winter north to the Gulf Coast, Florida 
and South Carolina (BNA 2013). It will be interesting to see how much longer 
this misplaced bird hangs around. 


Dennis Paulson
Seattle

On Dec 21, 2015, at 11:53 AM, Keith Carlson  wrote:

> John Hanna and I relocated the interesting Sandpiper reported yesterday by 
Jerry Cebula and David Koehler. 

> It was in the same small ditch as yesterday.
> Seeing it in flight was unremarkable except to eliminate White-rumped 
Sandpiper. Both Pectoral and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper have white outer tail with 
dark central stripe. 

> It moved with a "jerky" when feeding.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/23810580811/in/dateposted-public/
>  
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/23266298303/in/dateposted-public/
>  
> Comments and guesses continue to welcomed.
>  
> Keith E. Carlson
> Lewiston




_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Updated cumulative county year list file available at WA Birder through end October 2015
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:44:01 -0800
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders -

We've got the latest updated version of the 2015 County Year List Project up 
online at Washington Birder. All counties have reported in with totals through 
the end of October. As ever, County Compilers, especially for the under-birded 
counties, would appreciate receiving reports of any birds seen in their 
counties not yet noted on this spreadsheet. 


The state year total is 391, one higher than last year at this point when we 
had 390. The 2013 total at this point was 394, and in 2012 we has 396. 


Eastern WA has reported 319 species [vs 320 last year and 2012, 321 in 2013]
Western WA has reported 365 species, up 6 from last year’s 359 [higher than 
2013’s 360, and the same as 2012’s 365] 


Other than the half dozen or so new species that will be added to this total 
from recent sightings [King Eider, Summer Tanager, White Wagtail, Hooded 
Warbler, Orchard Oriole, Common Grackle], I’d say the most ‘common’ 
remaining species still plausible at this point in the year would be something 
like Emperor Goose. Most everything else has been seen. But then again, who 
knows what the storms are blowing into Neah Bay right now? 


25 counties have higher totals than at this point last year, with only 14 
bringing in lower totals. 

30 counties are within ten species of their total from last year.


If you'd like to take a look at where things stand, the list and many other 
interesting files are at the Washington Birder website: 


http://www.wabirder.com/  


A direct link to the 2015 county yearlist & the list of county compilers, 
including a growing number of direct links to individual county year lists with 
more details and more frequent updates: 


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



Thanks to all the compilers and all those pitching in to sketch a picture of 
another year's birds in WA. Looking forward to seeing how 2015 wraps up! 



Matt Bartels 
Seattle, WA 
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Ibis, Grackle, Rusty BB at blood pond today
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 17:27:29 -0800
Hello all,
Headed west this morning and ran into dense fog on Byrnes rd - so went 
up 9 Mile Canyon into bright sunshine. Many Savannah and White-crowned 
Sparrows along with Horned Larks and a couple American Pipits in the 
fields. 3 beautiful Rough-legged Hawks soaring overhead.

Heading west on Dodd road we ran into fog again before the blood pond - 
but pulled up there anyway. The first bird we saw was an IBIS - but fog 
so dense we waited an hour for it to lift before we could get photos - a 
couple posted here:

  https://www.flickr.com/photos/m-ml_wallawalla/

As I was scoping the pond looking at shorebirds I came across a bright 
RUSTY BLACKBIRD. After showing it to Mike I walked along the fence to 
try for a photo - but it flushed and while scoping for it I found a 
COMMON GRACKLE feeding along the edge of the sludge. It stuck right out 
from the Brewer's Blackbirds by the larger size, the bluish head/goldish 
brown body and when it flew the long scalloped tail made it easy to pick 
out. It flew off with the blackbird flock - around 1600 birds - and we 
could not refind it.

Other birds there: 2 Long-billed Dowitchers, 10 Dunlin, 30 Wilson's 
Snipe, 26 Killdeer and 8 American Pipits.

The blackbirds flocks are often along Dodd road - but this is a very 
busy road with constant truck traffic - you must pull COMPLETELY off the 
road to bird this area. If the blackbirds are in the feedlot they are 
very hard to see and there is no access - and the poop piles have been 
moved away from the road - so it is pure luck to find these birds.
This is the 5th record of Common Grackle in Walla Walla county - the 
last one was in spring over 15 years ago.
These additions put the WWCo. yearlist to 253. Still looking for scoters!

Good birding, MerryLynn

-- 
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the Beautiful Walla Walla Valley
"If you haven't gone birding, you haven't lived!"_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Ritzville Chickadee Bonanza...
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 21:03:57 -0500
Late this afternoon I was playing the Ritzville golf course (actually, I was 
playing a tape on the course) and scored a very special double "birdie!" I 
noticed some commotion in a shrub on the parking strip of the first house on S. 
Fairway just off S. Weber (that's across from the McDonald's) so moved closer. 
House Sparrows in the bush first responded, then came the scolding of a Code 4 
Black Capped Chickadee - which was my target and my 101st species seen in every 
WA county - but I was really surprised when up popped a Code 5 Mountain 
Chickadee. The home owner came out to see why I was photographing her bush and 
flushed the birds. It was an odd flock - the House Sparrows, chickadees, a 
Red-breasted Nuthatch and a single California Quail that "spit, spit, spit" 
into another tree. 


Tom Mansfield in Moses Lake tonight_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: The 2015 Lyle Christmas Bird Count .. scheduled for Sunday, December 20th
From: Bob Hansen <bobhansen AT gorge.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:07:27 -0800
Folks,

Please more your calendars that our 18th Lyle Christmas Bird Count will be held 
Sunday, December 20th. 


Please let me know if you want to participate in this year's count by calling ( 
503.881.5889 ) or emailing. 


I am planning to host our annual count compilation dinner with home made 
vegetarian chili and corn bread. Klickitat Canyon winery has graciously donated 
wine for our count compilation gathering. Feel free to bring a potluck dish or 
not.. 


Also, please let me know if you want to discontinue receiving these notices. I 
have been compiling this mailing list forever, and some of you may have skipped 
the country, or are not birding any longer. Thanks. 


Thanks again to all past participants who have made the Lyle Count a special 
experience in our part of the world, 


Bob 
503 881 5889
bobhansen AT gorge.net 

"ask not what your eco system can do for you,
"ask what you can do for your eco system." OWS graffiti









_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Oct 24, 2015 meeting)
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:12:12 -0700
Saturday, October 24, 2015, the Washington Bird Records Committee met at the 
Slater Museum for its annual meeting. Here's a summary of our results. 



39 reports were accepted as valid new records.
3 additional records were accepted as sightings of records previously accepted 
at an earlier meeting. 

24 reports were not accepted
1 decision was tabled for further research


The WBRC accepted one species new to the state list: Red-flanked Bluetail, seen 
at a private location in spring 2015. In addition, the first record of the 
Siberian subspecies of American Pipit was accepted, and the first record of the 
eastern subspecies of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was accepted. 


The state list now stands at 511 species.

The results of this round's votes will eventually be posted on the WOS Website 
at http://wos.org/records.html, but here's a short list of the decisions from 
this meeting: 


REPORTS ACCEPTED BY THE WBRC:
EMGO-2014-1 Emperor Goose 10/5 - 11/15/14 - Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County.

BESW-2015-1 "Bewick's" Tundra Swan 1/25/15 - Steigerwald Lake NWR, Clark 
County. 


STAL-2015-2 Short-tailed Albatross 8/15/15 - 1-3 mile north of Tattoosh Island, 
Clallam County. 


MUPE-2015-1 Murphy's Petrel 5/8/15 - 46.0638x-125.2267 , Pacific County.

GRSH-2015-1 Great Shearwater 6/27/15 - Westport Pelagic, Grays Harbor County.

GRSH-2015-2 Great Shearwater 8/15/15 - Westport Pelagic, Grays Harbor County.

BRBO-2014-3 Brown Booby 9/20/14 - Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County.

BRBO-2015-1 Brown Booby 8/21/15 - Edmonds, Snohomish County [note: Later 
sightings in the Puget Sound will be evaluated at a later meeting]. 


BRBO-2015-2 Brown Booby 9/6/15 - Westport Pelagic, Grays Harbor County.

LSAP-2015-1 Lesser Sand-Plover 8/16-22/15 - Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County.

RNST-2015-1 Red-necked Stint 7/5/15 - Yukon Bay, Kitsap County.

RNST-2015-2 Red-necked Stint 8/7/15 - Sand Point, Olympic National Park, 
Clallam County. 


LBMU-2015-1 Long-billed Murrelet 7/27/15 - Shark Reef Sanctuary, Lopez Island, 
San Juan County. 


SCMU-2014-3 Scripps's Murrelet 9/6/14 - Westport Pelagic, Grays Harbor County.

SCMU-2014-5 Scripps's Murrelet 9/7/14 - Westport Pelagic - chum spot, Grays 
Harbor County. 


GUMU-2015-1 Guadalupe Murrelet 8/1/15 - Grays Canyon, Grays Harbor County.

SCMU/GUMU-2014-6 Scripps's/Guadalupe Murrelet 9/28/14 - Westport Pelagic, 
Pacific County. 


RLKI-2015-1 Red-legged Kittiwake 9/8/15 - Neah Bay, Clallam County.

SBGU-2014-2 Slaty-backed Gull 10/26 - 11/1/2014 - Waatch River Mouth, Clallam 
County. 


WWDO-2015-1 White-winged Dove 5/17-18/15 - Renton, King County.

YBCU-2015-1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 6/4/15 - Big Valley Trail, Mazama, Okanogan 
County. 


CRCA-2015-1 Crested Caracara 11 June - 5 July 2015 - Skykomish, King County.

BGGN-2014-1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 11/7-10/14 - Neah Bay, Clallam County  
accepted as the states first record of Eastern subspecies. 


RFBL-2015-1 Red-flanked Bluetail 3/26-4/4/15 - Ferndale, Whatcom County- STATE 
FIRST RECORD. 


AMPI-2014-1 "Siberian" American Pipit 11/8-9/2014 - Hobuck Beach, Clallam 
County  accepted as the states first record of this subspecies. Sight record. 


OVEN-2015-1 Ovenbird 6/18/15 - Tieton Marsh, Yakima County.

BAWW-2015-1 Black-and-White Warbler 24 June  17 July 2015 - St. Cloud Wayside, 
Skamania County. 


CSWA-2015-1 Chestnut-sided Warbler 6/9/15 - Horn Rapids, Benton County.

CSWA-2015-2 Chestnut-sided Warbler 8/31/15 - Fish Hook Park, Walla Walla 
County. 


CSWA-2015-3 Chestnut-sided Warbler 9/6/15 - Discovery Park, Seattle, King 
County. 


BLPW-2015-2 Blackpoll Warbler 9/5/15 - Potholes North, Grant County.

BLPW-2015-3 Blackpoll Warbler 9/6/15 - Bainbridge Island, Lovgren, Kitsap 
County. 


BTBW-2014-1 Black-throated Blue Warbler 12/20/14 - 4/2/15 - Bothell, Snohomish 
County. 


TBFS-2015-1 "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow 6/21/2015, 6/25/15 - Snowden Rd., above 
White Salmon, Klickitat County 


.RFSP-2015-2 "Red" Fox Sparrow 4/13/15 - Diablo, Whatcom County.

INBU-2015-1 Indigo Bunting 6/13/15 - West Sequim, Clallam County.

INBU-2015-2 Indigo Bunting 8/28/15 - Sprague, Lincoln County.

DICK-2015-1 Dickcissel 6/3-8/15 - Hardy Canyon, Yakima County.

OROR-2015-1 Orchard Oriole 2/16 - 3/25/15 - Ocean City, Grays Harbor County.



REPORTS ACCEPTED AS CONTINUING SIGHTINGS OF RECORDS ALREADY ACCEPTED:

Slaty-backed Gull continuing from fall 2014 through May 2015, then returning in 
August 2015 - Tacoma, Pierce County. Accepted as a continuing record of 
SBGU-2013-1, present in the same location at least since 2013. 


Eastern Wood-Pewee 7/30-8/19/15 - Lind Coulee Trail's End Farm, Grant County  
Accepted as a continuing record of EAWP-2013-1, present in 2013 and 2014 at the 
same location. 


Black-and-White Warbler 3/2/15 - Spokane, Spokane County  Accepted as a 
continuing record of BAWW-2014-5, previously accepted from the same location. 




REPORTS NOT ACCEPTED:

ARLO-2015-4 Arctic Loon, 3/23/15 - Vashon Island, King County.

STAL-2015-1 Short-tailed Albatross, 5/8/15 - Off Waatch point, Clallam County.

SNEG-2014-2 Snowy Egret, 12/29/14 - Puget Island, Wahkiakum County.

SPRE-2015-1 Spotted Redshank, 7/16/15 - Nisqually NWR, Thurston County.

TBMU-2015-2 Thick-billed Murre, 5/8/15 - "The Straits" off Port Angeles, 
Clallam County. 


SCMU-2014-4 Scripps's Murrelet, 2, 9/7/14 - Westport Pelagic - just on canyon 
edge, Grays Harbor County. 


BHGU-2014-1 Black-headed Gull, 10/19/14 - Everett, Snohomish County.

BHGU-2015-1 Black-headed Gull, 1/3/15 in WA, 1/2-11/15 in OR - McNary Dam, 
Benton County. Identification not in question, but not accepted as being 
observed in Washington. 


LETE-1976-1 Least Tern, 5/31/76 - Cape Disappointment, Pacific County. 
Identification not in question, but not accepted as being observed in 
Washington. 


WWDO-2015-2 White-winged Dove, all summer, 2015 - Spanaway, Pierce County.

ALFL-2015-1 Alder Flycatcher, 6/19/15 - Icicle Creek, Leavenworth, Chelan 
County. 


BTAC-2015-1 Black-throated Accentor, 6/5/15 - Issaquah, King County.

BWWA-2012-2 Blue-winged Warbler, multiple, 5/31/12 - Clarkston Heights, Asotin 
County. 


BAWW-2015-2 Black-and-White Warbler, 6/25/15 - Vashon Island, King County.

BAWW-2015-3 Black-and-White Warbler, 8/2/15 - North Potholes, Grant County.

BAWW-2015-4 Black-and-white Warbler, 8/25/15 - Cle Elum, Kittitas County.

BAWW-2015-5 Black-and-White Warbler, 9/7/15 - Magnuson Park, Seattle, King 
County. 


BLPW-2014-1 Blackpoll Warbler, 9/21/14 - Washtucna, Adams County.

BLPW-2014-2 Blackpoll Warbler, 9/2/14 - Ferndale, Whatcom County.

BLPW-2015-1 Blackpoll Warbler, 5/24/15 - Calispell Lake, Pend Oreille County.

YTWA-2015-1 Yellow-throated Warbler, 6/20/15 - Headgates, Asotin Creek, Asotin 
County. 


RFSP-2015-1 "Red" Fox Sparrow, 2/14-16/15 - Bingen, Klickitat County.

SCTA-2015-1 Scarlet Tanager, multiple, 3/3/15 - Lakewood, Pierce County.

COGR-2015-1 Common Grackle, 6/14/15 - Toppenish NWR, Yakima County.



TABLED REPORTS TO BE CONSIDERED FURTHER AT A LATER MEETING:

TBFS-2005-1 "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow 2/26/05 - Ebey Island, Snohomish County 
 TABLED for further consideration. 


 


In other WBRC news, Steve Mlodinow rotated off the committee at the conclusion 
of this meeting. Bill Tweit has re-joined the WBRC as Steve's replacement. 


Updates to the state list, review list and master checklist on line will be 
completed before long and posted. 




I welcome any questions about the status of past decisions or any new report 
submissions, 


Matt Bartels 
Secretary, WBRC 
Seattle, WA _______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Adams County
From: Rick Taylor <taylorrl AT outlook.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2015 21:02:21 -0700
Tweeters, Inlanders,

 

Tina and I spent the weekend birding Adams County and a corner of Lincoln
County.  We missed on all of the species that we were targeting; but, found
some that were MUCH better:

 

Saturday 10-Oct

*         Great Egret (8) - Lincoln County end of Sprague Lake.  We had 4 in
a single scope view

*         Western Bluebird (1), female or immature - Fly catching from the
guardrail on Rosenoff Rd near the entrance to the Ritzville Cemetery.  The
cemetery is the best (only?) viewing point for the Ritzville STP.

Sunday 11-Oct

*         Blackcap Chickadee (2) - Washtucna Basset Park in the tree above
the horseshoe pits.  

*         Mountain Chickadee (1) - Hatton Rest Stop.  In the last ponderosa
pine and Russian Olive at the end of the entrance road.   

*         Great Egret (4) - Cow Lake.  

 

The water levels were really low - especially at Cow Lake.  Finnel Lake has
completely dried up.  WE need some serious rain and snow.

 

Good Birding!

 

Rick

 

Rick Taylor

Everett, WA

 

 
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Adams County Mountain Chickadee
From: Rick Taylor <taylorrl AT outlook.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:36:58 -0700
At the time of this post, Tina and I have a code 5 Mountain Chickadee at the 
Hatton Rest Stop in Adams County. It is in the last ponderosa pine on the 
entrance road. 


Rick

Rick Taylor
Everett, WA

Sent from my iPad
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Announcing 2015 Klickitat County Fall North American Migration Count, September 19th and results of 2015 Spring Count…
From: Bob <bobhansen AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015 13:01:56 -0700
Folks,

The 2015 Klickitat County Fall North American Migration Count is scheduled for 
Saturday, September 19th. Please let me know if you are interested in helping. 
We have a variety of habitats in Klickitat County, from the Douglas Fir 
subalpine forests near Trout Lake and Mt Adams, to the brush steppe at the 
western edge of the Columbia Basin, and in between, a beautiful Oak-Pine 
woodland habitat. 


Over the past 16 Fall counts ( 
http://birdingwashington.info/Klickitat/FallNAMC.htm 
 ), we have a median of 
127 count day species with the help of 22 observers. 


For the results of our 2015 Spring Count --> 
http://birdingwashington.info/Klickitat/Spring2015.htm 
 


To see all the Klickitat data, both spring and fall, click --> 
http://birdingwashington.info/Klickitat/ 
 


Thanks to Randy Robinson for compiling this data and thanks also to the 
participants, of varying skill levels, who have helped us capture this snapshot 
of Klickitat County bird life over these years. 


If you have any interest in helping, or in starting such counts in your county, 
please let me know. Recruiting observers is an ongoing, year around activity. 


Happy Birding,
Bob Hansen
503 881 5889
bobhansen AT peak.org  


"ask not what your eco system can do for you,
"ask what you can do for your eco system." OWS graffiti










_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Ahtanum summary from a long weekend
From: "Randy Hill" <re_hill AT q.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2015 22:00:35 -0700
Ive returned from my annual early October trek up the slopes south of the N
Fork of Ahtanum Creek, 30 miles west of Yakima and 8 miles south of Rimrock
Lake.  Fall is quite different from the June WOS field trips last year, with
breeders mostly gone (not singing), gorgeous red sumac on the flats and
yellowing larch and aspens up the slopes.  It remained very dry through the
4  days I was there; two years ago there was 2-8 of snow that fell on
10/1.  Little to report of note in the 4000-6000 elevations that I
wandered.  Resident Mt Chickadee, RB Nuthatch and GC Kinglet flocks, plenty
of Stellers and Gray Jays, and eventually a few Clarks Nutcrackers.  Pygmy
owls called from several locations, and Varied and Hermit Thrush were
common.  Wandering groups of Pine Siskins and a couple flocks of Purple
Finches and Red Crossbills.  There are dippers in the creek.  Some notables
below.

 

Sooty Grouse                    -flushed at higher elevations 3 times; fewer
than last year

Spruce Grouse                  -flushed at mid-higher elevations 2 or 3
times; none seen before taking flight

Osprey                                 -one apparently migrating on 10/2
near Eagles Nest vista above 6000

Lewiss Woodpecker      -only one seen (I must not have been looking very
hard) east of Tampico on the way up

Am 3-toed Woodpecker-only one seen (heard tapping first and had to track it
down) around 5600

Bl-backed Woodpecker -only one seen (heard tapping first) at about the same
elevation

Western Scrub Jay           -seen west of Tampico on the way in and out
where a small population is well established

Townsends Solitaire      -two below Eagles Nest vista one day only

 

A reminder that big game seasons are going on now, with deer and elk hunting
with muzzleloader this week, high-powered rifle deer season starting 10/17,
and elk season at the end of October into November.

 

Randy Hill

Ridgefield

 

 
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Mount Salmo birding
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 06:43:21 -0700
First off thanks to Tom Mansfield for the posting and getting back to me with 
details. 


A friend ( Richard Redmond from Bandera Texas) of mine and l arrived Sunday 
night at Ione we went up the Mt and arrived 1/4 mile up from the Salmo pass at 
10:30 pm. This location is well described in the Washington Birding guide. We 
played a tape of boreal owl and had an immediate response. Two birds came in 
one very close above us. 


The next morning we were back up the hill and spent the day and follow nd all 
of our target bird for Richard except spruce grouse. Here is our list. 


Pine sisken  205
Ruby- crowned kinglet 4
Gray jay 2
Red crossbill 8 ( have no idea where they were?)
Common raven 3
Sharp-shinned hawk 1
Dusky grouse 5
Red-breasted nuthatch 9
Pileated woodpecker 1
White-winged crossbill 8
Mountain chickadee 20
Northern flicker 1
Northern pygmy owl 1
Casin finch 2
Hermit thrush 1
Dark-eyed junco 16
Clark nutcracker 8
Fox sparrow 1
Spruce grouse (seen by me only)
Golden-crowned kinglet 1
Stellar's jay 2
Boreal chickadee 2
Northern Goshawk 1
American three-toed woodpecker 2

Also seen on drive in and out near Sullivan Lake

Ruffed grouse 8
Wild turkey 49
Western grebe 1

All the high mt species were seen on the road to the lookout tower. One 3 toed 
was seen at the trail head parkinglot. 


Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: RUFF at blood pond, Dodd rd, Walla Walla Co.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:48:25 -0700
Hello all,
River was low enough for mud this morning so I ventured out - but the hunting 
over the weekend scared most of the waterfowl and shorebirds off the delta and 
2Rivers. So I checked the blood pond and found a RUFF - #250 for our county 
yearlist, 4th record for WWCo. The AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER is still present as 
well along with 2 Black-necked Stilts, 3 Red-necked Phalaroped, many 
yellowlegs, snipe, 7 Pectoral Sandpipers and more. Photos at 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/m-ml_wallawalla/

PLEASE REMEMBER: PARK WAY OFF ROAD AND STAY OUT OF THE WAY OF TRUCKERS IF YOU 
HEAD UP DODD ROAD - VERY BUSY ROAD. And do NOT attempt to cross fence - we 
don't want to lose access to this area. Thank You 


At Penninsula HMU were thousands of coots, wigeon and other waterfowl - out in 
the middle. And on the spit were 39 COMMON TERNS with another 20 in the air to 
the south - amazing to see! Hoping for jaeger but didn't see any - could have 
watched the bird activity all day out there but duty calls! 


Good birding, ML



*******************************************************
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the beautiful Walla Walla Valley

"If you haven't birded, you haven't lived"_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: BB and Golden Plover at Soap Lake this AM
From: matt yawney <myawney AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:31:32 +0000
 I just got back from Soap Lake where I saw two immature plovers (BB and 
Golden). I am thinking American on the Golden. I have some photos (digiscoped 
with my phone) that I can post to ebird later, but overall it didn't seem lanky 
enough to be a Pacific, and the primaries extend noticeably past the tail tip. 
This one's a county lifer for me. Something that I've recently discovered is 
that it's ideal to visit Soap Lake in the fall after a windy night. That seems 
to bring in the good stuff. 

 
Matt
 
 		 	   		  _______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Updated WA Birder cumulative county year list file available online
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:17:04 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland-NW-Birders - 

An updated version of the 2015 county year list project is up at Washington 
Birder. We've received updates from all the counties with details through the 
end of August. County compilers, especially for the under-birded counties, 
would appreciate receiving reports of any birds seen in their counties. 


This year with 2/3 of the year done, we've tallied 377 species, four more than 
last year at this point but below the 2013 total at this point [382]. Eastern 
WA has tallied 308 species, one more than last year and 8 down from 2013. 
Western WA, at 345 species is above both last year [337] and 2013 [343]. 


25 counties are over 200 for the year, and 24 are doing better than last year 
at this point. That said, 27 counties are within 10 species of last year's 
total at this point - a sign of continued consistency despite he differences 
that we focus on every year. Ferry & Skagit counties are the two showing 
increases of over 30 species over last year at this point, the biggest 
differences by far. 


Looking at species differences at this point in the lists this year and last - 
it really is all rare birds -I believe all but one species seen by this point 
in one year but not the other is either a WBRC review-level species or at one 
point was a review species but was removed somewhere along the way -- no big 
surprising misses, in other words. 



If you'd like to take a look at where things stand, the list and many other 
interesting files are at the Washington Birder website: 


http://www.wabirder.com/ 


A direct link to the 2014 county yearlist & the list of county compilers: 

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


Thanks to all the compilers and all those pitching in to sketch a picture of 
another year's birds in WA. 



Matt Bartels 
Seattle, WA 
______________________________________________________________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Potholes Birding Boat trip
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:43:28 -0700
Hello All,

Due to some last moment cancellations I now have four spaces open for 
this great birding trip! It is this coming Sunday starting at 6:30 am 
through 1:30 pm-we will be leaving from the dock at Mardon Resort on 13 
Sept. All are welcome. Dress warm. bring water and a lunch. Sabines 
Gulls, Jaegers, sanderlings all over this large resy. Contact me here or 
call 509-529-0080.
Thank-you Mike Denny

-- 
MIKE & MERRYLYNN DENNY
BIRDING THE BEAUTIFUL WALLA WALLA VALLEY
IF YOU HAVEN'T GONE BIRDING, YOU HAVEN'T LIVED

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Broad-winged Hawk - Washtucna today
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2015 21:14:01 -0700
Hello all,
We arrived at Washtucna in Adams county about 9 am this morning and spent a 
couple hours birding in the rain - the weather caused a nice fallout of 
migrants with warblers and flycatchers everywhere! Around 2:20 I went into the 
large willows north of the park for the 4th time and there was a immature 
BROAD-WINGED HAWK - I immediately radio'd Mike - he and Matt Bartels were able 
to see it fly overhead and soar around. State bird for us - yea! chocolate! 


Other birds of note - LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS - 3 in the park and another 6 
together up in the southeast corner of town. HAIRY WOODPECKER was another 
uncommon find. 

American Redstart - young male - seen throughout the day.

There were 4 Great Blue Herons flying around above the cliffs and perching up 
there - don't remember ever seeing that before - one was also on the sewage 
ponds. 


At Palouse Falls we witnessed an amazing sight - over 250 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS 
swirling under the dark gray clouds with 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS dive bombing them 
- we have never seen this many swifts at this location before. Another weird 
sight was a GREAT EGRET flying over the falls and down the river. 


At Lyon's Ferry Park near sundown - we found many Lesser Goldfinches, warblers 
and sparrows and one BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER - a Franklin county bird for 
us. A Merlin was chasing doves around. 


Will ebird when I get a chance - it was a wonderful day of birding with rain, 
sun, wind, thunderstorm in the afternoon - then a gorgeous sunset - and oodles 
of birds all day! 

Good birding, ML


*******************************************************
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the beautiful Walla Walla Valley

"If you haven't birded, you haven't lived"_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Potholes Semi-pelagic TRIP-13 sept
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 22:32:24 -0700
Hello All,

Yes it is time for the Potholes Semi-pelagic trip out on Potholes Res. 
We will leave at 6:30 am from Mardon Resort and will return by 1:30 pm. 
There are still several places open-let me know if you are interested 
and wish to go. This is a WOS field trip and as such is for WOS members. 
Sign up soon-It is a different type of migration this year-we have 
already seen both Sabines Gull and Parasitic Jaeger out on the Columbia 
River-who knows what will be on Potholes this trip out-come and find out!
Later Mike Denny
also at 509-529-0080

-- 
MIKE & MERRYLYNN DENNY
BIRDING THE BEAUTIFUL WALLA WALLA VALLEY
IF YOU HAVEN'T GONE BIRDING, YOU HAVEN'T LIVED

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Chestnut sided Warbler
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:14:32 -0700
Hello All,

Went out to today to see what migration has brought to Walla Walla 
County. We started at Fishook Park and about 9:45 am MerryLynn located a 
fall plumeged Chestnut sided Warbler in the far northeast corner of the 
campground in two large maple trees. Took a number of photos -due to 
light did not come out good. This is the third record of this species in 
WW County. Wednesday looks like the next great opportunity to find 
migrants with a cold front moving in. Get out there and bird!!
Later Mike Denny

PS-The Ross's Goose is still at Hood Park.

-- 
MIKE & MERRYLYNN DENNY
BIRDING THE BEAUTIFUL WALLA WALLA VALLEY
IF YOU HAVEN'T GONE BIRDING, YOU HAVEN'T LIVED

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Hawk Migration Festival September 11-13
From: "Teri J Pieper" <tjpieper AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:16:02 -0700
 

Please join the US Forest Services Methow Valley Ranger District, North
Central Washington Audubon Society (http://www.ncwaudubon.org/), HawkWatch
International, and the North Cascades Basecamp for the sixth annual Hawk
Migration Festival in Mazama!

 

As the wildfires have wreaked havoc throughout North Central Washington,
they have also burned in and around the Chelan Ridge HawkWatch site,
rendering it unusable for this years festival. This is a huge
disappointment for a project that has been in place since 1997. 

 

This year, HawkWatch will have a count station 400 yards south of the Slate
Peak parking area where visitors can come and help count hawks every day now
until at least September 13 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Drive past the Harts
Pass campground one and one half miles to the parking area. This is about 45
minutes from Mazama.

 

The North Cascades Basecamp, an idyllic setting at the upper end of the
Methow Valley has graciously allowed us to use their place as headquarters
for Hawk Fest 2015. Due to the change of venue and the short time until the
festival, we have had to revise the schedule.

 

On Friday September 11th at 7 pm, Dave Oleyar from Hawk Watch International
(HWI) will offer a migration and raptor workshop at the North Cascades
Basecamp Classroom. Dave joined HWI as senior scientist in November 2013
after teaching upper level undergraduate courses in population ecology and
conservation biology at the University of Idaho for the previous three
years. He loves sharing his passion for ecology and conservation with others
whether it is in the classroom, at a public talk, or a walk in the field.
This workshop is free; snacks and coffee and tea will be provided.

 

On both the 12th and the 13th, there will be field trips to Slate Peak.
Starting at 8:45 am, carpools will leave from the Basecamp to go to Slate
Peak at 7,200 feet elevation. Local and trained raptor biologists will tell
us what it is like to live and breathe raptors. This will be an amazing
experience with environmental education and interpretation conducted by
on-site educators, including US Forest Service personnel and volunteers.
Dave Oleyar plans to participate both days. The North Cascades Basecamp has
offered to provide snack boxes ($7) or sack lunches ($10) for field trip
participants; please indicate if you want one of these when registering for
your field trip.

 

Jim Ullrich from Wild Birds Unlimited will be set up at the Basecamp with
optics and bird feeders for everyone to browse and try out.

 

We hope to bring HawkFest back to Pateros in 2016 so this may be your best
chance to experience raptors in the gorgeous setting of the North Cascades
on the border of the Pasayten Wilderness. 

 

As fires could create ongoing uncertainty about accessibility, we suggest
you check the NCW Audubon website http://www.ncwaudubon.org/

or facebook page prior to your departure for Hawkfest. 

 

To sign up for any of the activities or to learn more about the festival
please see www.ncwaudubon.org/. 

 

For more information about the HawkWatch International work at Chelan Ridge,
please see http://hawkwatch.org/migration/item/74-chelan-ridge-hawkwatch

 

The North Cascades Basecamp offers a European style lodge and cabin and is
located at 255 Lost River Road Mazama,  2  miles past the Mazama Store. To
find out more about the Base Camp please see www.northcascadesbasecamp.com

 

For alerts from the US Forest Service Methow Valley Ranger District please
see www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices.

 

For information on other food and lodging opportunities near Winthrop and
Mazama, please see www.winthropwashington.com/

 

 

http://myeverydayphotos.wordpress.com/

 

 

 
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Red-tailed Hawk- Strange behavior
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:30:19 -0400
This Saturday morning, I observed an adult Red-tailed Hawk in some strange 
behavior I had not seen before. 

When first observed, I thought this bird was mantling it's prey. 
After watching awhile, it became apparent that it was tearing the bark off this 
old log.  Could not tell if it ever found a grub or not. 

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Thurston county, Washington,  USA 
  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/20849736055/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/20663020049/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
Keith E. Carlson 
Lewiston, Idaho 

-- 
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Shorebirds, Biscuit Ridge saved
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 18:31:39 -0700
Hello all,
The Blue Creek fire is contained and thankfully Biscuit Ridge is still intact - 
still very dry and dusty up there. 

The river level was low enough for mudflats this morning so I checked the Walla 
Walla River delta, 2Rivers and Penninsula HMU's - lots of shorebirds. A 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was county yearbird #237. Many Killdeer, Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs, Black-necked Stilts, Long-billed Dowitchers, Least, Western and one 
Solitary Sandpiper. Several Wilson's Snipe were in the cobble at "Ruff Spit" at 
2Rivers. On an exposed rock were 5 FORSTER'S TERNS - the best place in the 
county to see these birds. 


Over 30 Great Egrets out there today - nesting was successful. There were 150 
Western Grebes out in the milfoil - must be full of fish. 


Badger Island was white with Pelicans - they had a successful nesting season as 
well. 


Good birding, MerryLynn



*******************************************************
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the beautiful Walla Walla Valley

"If you haven't birded, you haven't lived"_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Ross's Goose-Hood Park
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:38:57 -0700
Hello All,

This morning MerryLynn and I stopped by Hood Park to check out the 
purported summer Snow Goose. What we did find was the first summer 
record of an adult wild Ross's Goose in molt. I watched it drop a 
primary feather and make a short flight to the edge of the Snake River, 
so it is not injured. It is hanging out with 300+ Canada Geese and 
several mongrel farm geese. This the very first Ross's Goose summer 
record for Walla Walla County.
Good luck looking for it-it is small, but easy to locate. Very nice 
summer bird for southeastern Washington.
Later Mike Denny

-- 
MIKE & MERRYLYNN DENNY
BIRDING THE BEAUTIFUL WALLA WALLA VALLEY
IF YOU HAVEN'T GONE BIRDING, YOU HAVEN'T LIVED

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Re: [BirdYak] Gulls on Bumping Lake Sunday + Sunrise birds from Friday
From: Scott Downes <downess AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:06:18 -0700
Michael,
Great sighting on the Bonaparte’s! I’m not aware of too many summer 
sightings in Yakima County and would guess they are less than annual in the 
summer months in the county. There seems to be a pattern in summer of 
California gulls using large Cascade lakes (reservoirs) in migration. I have 
seen them at Rimrock, Bumping, Kachess, Keechelus and Cle Elum, mostly in July. 
Bumping Lake is a good spot for both American three-toed woodpecker (in the 
more mature forest habitat) and black-backed woodpecker in the younger 
lodgepole pine stands to the southeast of the dam. 


Scott Downes
downess AT charter.net
Yakima WA

From: mailto:BirdYak-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2015 3:54 PM
To: Tweeters ; Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu ; BirdYak 
Subject: [BirdYak] Gulls on Bumping Lake Sunday + Sunrise birds from Friday

  

I was doing a botany hike along the north edge of Bumping Lake yesterday, and 
was shocked to find 5 gulls out near the west end. 


One was an adult BONAPARTE’S GULL. Three more were very brown black 
wing-tipped juveniles, and I’m leaning towards CALIFORNIA GULL for them. A 
fourth gull was a very pale juvenile. I’m not sure what it was, but from the 
looks I got, it best matches a juvenile VEGA HERRING GULL. 


I’m sure about the Bonaparte’s; I’m decidedly not sure about the juvenile 
gulls :) I really wish I’d had my scope and a camera. 



Friday, I walked up to the Mt. Freemont Lookout from Sunrise. Birds of note 
included a BLACK SWIFT, an AMERICAN DIPPER at (un)Frozen Lake, which seems very 
early to have one so high, and a male WHITE-TAILED PTARMIGAN on the trail near 
the lookout. At Tipsoo Lake, an OSPREY flew over; again this seems early to 
have one so high. 


Saturday, I had 4-5 AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS while working my way along 
the road that follows the south shore of Bumping Lake; 2-3 were at a swamp, and 
2 were at the fen. Sunday morning, a BARRED OWL called near the Bumping Lake 
campground at some wee hour of the pre-dawn. 


All in all, it was a pretty good weekend of birding. And I must at that the 
old-growth forest at the northwest corner of Bumping Lake is phenomenal, and 
Bumping Falls, just a bit above the lake, are a real treasure. 


== Michael Hobbs
== www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
== BirdMarymoor AT frontier.com


__._,_.___


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Posted by: "Michael Hobbs"  

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 


 Reply via web post • Reply to sender • Reply to group • Start a New 
Topic • Messages in this topic (1) 


Visit Your Group 
 • Privacy • Unsubscribe • Terms of Use 

.
 
 __,_._,__________________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: County Yearlist Project mid-year update available at WA Birder
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:24:20 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders

An updated version of the 2015 County Yearlist Project is up and available at 
Washington Birder. We've updated all 39 counties as of the mid-way point in the 
year. Thanks to everyone who has contributed by sending county compilers their 
sightings &/or posting on eBird. 


At the mid-year point, as summer gets into full wing, this is a decent time to 
compare totals with previous years. Overall, this year is shaping up pretty 
decently in comparison with last year, and is more similar to 2012 and 2013 sas 
far as total number of species reported. 26 counties have higher totals than 
they posted last year at this point, 22 have totals higher than 2013 as well. 


Here are a few comparisons with recent years:
Washington State: 369 +11 over 2014, equal to 2013, -1 from 2012
Western Washington 334 +14 over 2014, +9 over 2013, equal to 2012	
Eastern Washington 301 +2 over 2014, -7 from 2013, +2 over 2012


If you'd like to take a look at where things stand, the list and many other 
interesting files are at the Washington Birder website: 


http://www.wabirder.com/ 


A direct link to the 2014 county yearlist & the list of county compilers 
contact info: 

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



Thanks to all the compilers and all those pitching in to sketch a picture of 
another year's birds in WA. 



Matt Bartels 
Seattle, WA _______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: LPO June
From: "Mike" <strix.nebulosa1987 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 19:48:40 -0700
 

I have gotten some positive comments in the past from my occasional weekly and 
monthly summaries. So I thought I would post a monthly checklist for the Little 
Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge again. So here we go, the staff 
collectively found the following 128 species somewhere of the refuge this past 
June. 


 

Mike

 

 

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Ruddy Duck

California Quail

Ruffed Grouse

Dusky Grouse

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-creasted Cormorant

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Virginia Rail

Sora

American Coot

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Wilson’s Snipe

Mourning Dove

Flammulated Owl

Western Screech-owl

Great Horned Owl

North Pygmy-owl

Barred Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Common Nigthawk

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-naped Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Western Wood-pewee

Willow Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Say’s Phoebe

Eastern Kingbird

Cassin’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay 

Steller’s Jay

Clark’s Nutcracker

Black-billed Magpie

Common raven

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Mountain Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

House Wren

Pacific Wren

Marsh Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Western Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Townsend’s Solitaire

Veery

Swainson’s Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Gray Catbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Northern Waterthrush

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

McGillivray’s Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Brown-headed Blackbird

Bullock’s Oriole

Cassin’s Finch

House Finch

Red Crossbill

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

 

 
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: 4th of July halfheated Big Day
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:33:37 -0700
Hello all,
Mike and I did our annual Big Day in Walla Walla county on the 4th - because of 
the heat we took a siesta from 2 - 7 pm - but still ended with 131 species for 
the day - the last a Horned Lark at 10:15 pm in the road coming down Lewis 
Peak. 


We started at 4 am and drove up Biscuit Ridge - many birds including Dusky 
Grouse but NO Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin or Crossbill. Out to the WWRdelta 
where we found Franklin's Gull and Marbled Godwit along with the usual 
shorebirds. 


In the evening there was a Pectoral Sandpiper on Mill Creek behink Kmart in WW 
and up Mill Creek were Cedar Waxwings EVERYWHERE. 


Worst misses include Bewick's Wren, Downy or Hairy Woodpecker and Kingfisher.

This morning I walked Rook's Park and found our first Red-eyed Vireo of the 
year - it was singing a quarter mile east of the park - you take the trail up 
over the hill above the dam - past the second bench. 


The family of Pileated Woodpeckers nested again above the first parking spots 
at the park - 3 young were begging this morning - always fun to watch. 

Lesser Goldfinches were everywhere at the park - 1 pair on the weeds at the 
entrance. 


Good birding, ML
*******************************************************
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the beautiful Walla Walla Valley

"If you haven't birded, you haven't lived"_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Passing along a second-hand report of a possible Alder Flycatcher in Leavenworth [Chelan Co]
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:51:52 -0700
Hi all -
Passing along a non-reviewed ['pending'] eBird report of a possible Alder 
Flycatcher found by a birder not on Tweeters -- he wasn't able to get 
recordings, but there's definitely a possibility the bird is still around and 
might be refindable and fully documented by another birder. If you are headed 
to Leavenworth anytime soon, it is definitely worth a visit [and a report 
positive or negative] -- there are currently 4 accepted records of Alder 
Flycatcher for the state, though part of the low number is likely the 
difficulty of the id, w/o good documentation. 


Here's hoping someone has some luck. The report follows:

Species: Alder Flycatcher

Count: 1
Observation date: Jun 19, 2015
Location: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, Chelan, US-WA
Submission ID: S24059013
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24059013

Identical to Willow Flycatcher with dark face almost undiscernible eye-ring and 
good sized bill with lighter lower mandible with darker tip. It's call was 
distantly different than the "fits-bew" of a the Willow FC. This bird repeated 
a raspy "ree-bee" song similar in tonal quality to Willow but very different. A 
two part but closely connected "ree-bee" song with second note ("bee") higher 
in pitch than first. Dead on with recordings of Alder Flycatcher. Bird was 
located on the nature trail adjacent to the fish hatchery 100 yards or so in 
where the trail hooks around to the left. Mostly calling between forays for 
flying insects from mid level pine branches within a small area. Observed at 
close range 15-30' for 5+ min. with 10x Swarovski's. Bird was calling when I 
left. 


 
Best,

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Marbled Godwits, WWRdelta
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:52:56 -0700
Hello all,
I headed out to the millet pond this morning with a quick stop at the delta 
even though there is no mud. Out wading around between the gulls and pelicans 
were 11 Marbled Godwits - a rest stop on their way to the coast. 


The millet pond is drying up fast - one deeper pool was full of pelicans, 
egrets and herons eating tadpoles and salamander larvae. There were a few 
shorebirds but it will be dry too soon especially as we are going to be in the 
100's for the next 10 days - it was 81 and windy with sprinkles this morning at 
6 am. 


Tyson ponds - the large one was clear full with no mud and the marsh to the 
east is dried up - so sad as all the phalaropes, stilts and avocets didn't 
bring off any young this year - didn't even see any young teal this year - all 
their marshes dried up too soon. There are many young Red-wing and 
Yellow-headed Blackbirds - didn't seem to affect them. 


Stay cool, MerryLynn


*******************************************************
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the beautiful Walla Walla Valley

"If you haven't birded, you haven't lived"_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: FW: LPO BBS
From: "Mike" <strix.nebulosa1987 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:13:04 -0700
 

For those who may interested I completed the Little Pend Oreille BBS earlier 
this week. I had the following 80 species. Pretty much the usual birds. A 
couple of notable species though. The first Mountain Bluebird since I have been 
doing the count. We do have a pair in one of the boxes near headquarters that 
has generally been the domain of westerns. Also, the first Eurasian 
Collared-dove for the route. It may be the first but it was not unexpected. 
Like everywhere else in the country they are on the increase around here. Since 
the last few points are off the refuge in farm land I am not surprised one 
finally showed up for count day. 


 

  

Canada Goose

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Ruffed Grouse

Dusky Grouse

California Quail

Wild Turkey

American Coot

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Mourning Dove

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-dove

Common Nighthawk

Calliope Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Red-naped Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker

Red-shafted Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Western Wood-pewee

Willow Flycatcher

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Cassin’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Common Raven

Black-billed Magpie

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Mountain Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

House Wren

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Western Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Townsend’s Solitaire

Veery

Swainson’s Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Northern Waterthrush

Orange-crowned Warbler

Macgillivray’s Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Audubon’s Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Oregon Junco

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Brewer’s Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Cassin’s Finch

House Finch

Red Crossbill

Pine Siskin

 

 

 

 

 
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Re: Crested Caracara -- Yes
From: "Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" <mscott@uidaho.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:17:44 +0000
Regarding fleshy" protusion" probably indicative of a full crop.


MIke Scott

________________________________
From: Nancy Williams 
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 11:36 AM
To: taylorrl AT outlook.com; tweeters AT u.washington.edu; Mailman - 
inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu 

Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Crested Caracara -- Yes

That fleshy protrusion is it's crop.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Taylor 
To: 'tweeters' ; 'Inland NW Birders' 
 

Sent: Mon, Jun 15, 2015 10:38 pm
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Crested Caracara -- Yes

Tweeters, Inlanders,

Tina and I blasted up to Skykomish after work this evening. There were several 
other birders looking for the bird and it was quickly located roosting on a 
tree branch. See the digiscope photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/2birders/ . 
Note the "thing" on its breast - any idea what this is? 


Rick

Rick Taylor
Everett

_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing
list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Re Caracara
From: Doug Schonewald <dschone8 AT donobi.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:29:15 -0700
It might be interesting to note in the discussion of vagrancy that not only
are there patterns of vagrancy, but this bird likely arrived in the midst of
a strong push of warm weather from the south. It would be interesting to
note if the other occurrences also coincided with strong southerly wind
patterns.



Cheers

 

Doug Schonewald
Moses Lake, WA

 
_______________________________________________
Inland-nw-birders mailing list
Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders