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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 ]
16 Jun Re: Crested Caracara -- Yes [Nancy Williams ]
15 Jun Crested Caracara -- Yes [Rick Taylor ]
8 Jun Re: [Tweeters] Possible Washtucna Morning Warbler [Matt Bartels ]
8 Jun Re: 'Exotic' Species on State Lists [Doug Schonewald ]
7 Jun Re: 'Exotic' Species on State Lists [Doug Schonewald ]
4 Jun Yakima Dickcissel [Tom Mansfield ]
1 Jun Red Phalarope, gulls WWRdelta [Mike & MerryLynn ]
23 May White-faced Ibis continue in Walla Walla, Asotin [Matt Bartels ]
18 May County year list project update available on WA Birder [Matt Bartels ]
15 May Douglas County Ibis, Whimbrel [Tom Mansfield ]
10 May WA State Big Day Report - 9 May 2015 [long] [Matt Bartels ]
23 Apr Garfield County Mew Gull [Tom Mansfield ]
22 Apr Spring 2015 Klickitat County North American Migration Count.. May 9th...put it on your calendars and let me know if you will be able to participate... [Bob Hansen ]
20 Apr WOS Conference information available on website [amy schillinger ]
2 Apr Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Spring 2015 interim packet) [Matt Bartels ]
07 Mar Bats or owls? [Deborah ]
7 Mar Oak Creek Wildlife Area and vicinity ["Dave Hayden" ]

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






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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"

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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). 


 

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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. 


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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. 



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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! 

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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!

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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!

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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. 


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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. 


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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 
 



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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 . 


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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

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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

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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. 


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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!

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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!

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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: 
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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

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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
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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



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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
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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 







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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




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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 
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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

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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. 


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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 
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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, 


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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

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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
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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
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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

 

 
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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
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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



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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. 

 
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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. 



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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

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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


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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
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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.

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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/

 

 

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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 

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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



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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

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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
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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. 


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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 
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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

 

 
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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
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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. 


 
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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


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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

 

 

 

 

 
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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

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

That fleshy protrusion is it's crop.


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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

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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.



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Subject: Re: Crested Caracara -- Yes
From: Nancy Williams <oriole2023 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:36:16 -0400
That fleshy protrusion is it's crop.
 
 
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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
  
 
  
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Everett
 


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Subject: Crested Caracara -- Yes
From: Rick Taylor <taylorrl AT outlook.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:38:18 -0700
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

 

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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Possible Washtucna Morning Warbler
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 19:31:30 -0700
Hi all -
To add to what Scott mentioned -
There's still some question about this bird -- it would be great if anyone in 
Washtucna were able to get a look at it. 

I was there on Sunday, and the bird was singing away much of the time - 
frustratingly, it never once showed itself to me in 2 hours of trying to get a 
look. 

The song sounds pretty decent for Mourning Warbler, but MacGillivray's can sing 
things very akin to Mourning Warbler, and the chip notes [heard by others] may 
well have been more lke Mac than Mourning. 

Without getting photos or great visual descriptions, this one is likely to 
remain a mystery. 


The problem is, that bird is buried in a thicket and doesn't seem to have much 
reason to rise to the surface. Playback only seemed to quiet the bird, if it 
provoked any response at all. The thicket is right where Brad described it - 
NNE of the park near the corner of Cooper and Clearwater. 


If anyone wants to hear the recordings I made Sunday, send an email and I'll 
share the dropbox folder link w/ you. 


If you are in the area and want a challenge - go get a photo! We've only got 
two Mourning Warbler records for the state so far.... 


Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA


On Jun 8, 2015, at 3:34 AM, Scott R a y wrote:

> The recording of this bird made over the weekend sounds a lot like a Mourning 
Warbler. It would be worth confirming. 

> 
> Scott Ray
> Stanley, ND
> 
> <
> <
> Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:52:58 -0700
> Subject: [Tweeters] Continuing Washtucna Mystery Warbler
> Hello All,
> 
> I received word from my birder friend Bob that the "mystery" warbler
> was still singing in the same bush yesterday behind the green
> residential house in Washtucna. The warbler still has not came out of
> it's sight impenetrable "brush fortress." I have recording of the
> singing (very close to the video recorder actually) as well from when
> I was there Friday.
> 
> Good Birding,
> 
> Kevin Black
> Vancouver, WA
> 
> Scott Ray
> Stanley, ND
> Pecked out on my phone
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Subject: Re: 'Exotic' Species on State Lists
From: Doug Schonewald <dschone8 AT donobi.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:43:12 -0700
Thanks to Justin for pointing out my grievous error in the species nominations 
for Sagebrush and Bell’s Sparrows. Too old and not as good a memory as I 
should have. Regardless, if you had seen them both during breeding season you 
now reliably have two species for the price of one. Splitting can be boon for 
listers. You will of course have to eliminate Sage Sparrow from your lists. 


Cheers

 

Doug Schonewald
Moses Lake, WA.

 

 

From: Justin Wilde [mailto:jwwilde AT outlook.com] 
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2015 10:50 AM
To: Doug Schonewald
Subject: RE: [inland-NW-birders] 'Exotic' Species on State Lists

 

I am trying not to be "that guy" but i guess there is no way around it. The 
sparrow split was not to Sage and Sagebrush Sparrow but rather Sage Sparrow no 
longer exists and we have Sagebrush and Bell's sparrow. Bell's is the species 
located out of California. You would not be able to have a list check without 
have ever seen that subspecies in that endemic area of Cali. There is still a 
lot of material out there that uses Sage Sparrow in its works but that common 
name no longer exists, and the latin names are different as well. 


so there is the end of my "that guy" post that had nothing to do with your swan 
post haha, happy birding. 


 

 

 

Justin



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Date: 06/07/2015 17:23 (GMT-08:00) 
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Cc: Inland-Nw-Birders  > 

Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] 'Exotic' Species on State Lists 

Mostly my thoughts pertain specifically to comments on Mute Swans by Wayne and 
Matt, both of who I respect deeply. 


I keep my personal lists according to the ABA, both state lists and my NA list. 
However, remember that lists are personal and nothing keeps anyone from keeping 
complete lists of birds seen whether they are exotic or not. The ABA list will 
remain in flux and change regularly. Not too many years ago we had one species 
known as Sage Sparrow. Now we have two known as Sage Sparrow and Sagebrush 
Sparrow. If you kept a complete list of sightings you would have been able to 
add a species to your list without making a trip to California. 


Changes in bird populations are dynamic and ever-changing. I can remember not 
so long ago when everyone in the state chased after the rare and elusive 
vagrant known as the Eurasian Collared-Dove. In a few short years they went 
from a rare vagrant to a complete nuisance, breeding in every niche in the 
state. There is also a movement at this time to eradicate (or at least 
dramatically reduce) Caspian Terns and DC Cormorants from the avian biomass in 
the Columbia Basin. Does this mean that since there is a concerted and official 
effort to remove these populations that people should not count those species 
if seen in the area and attempted eradication? Of course not. 


That is not to say that the Mute Swan is going to do the same as the Eurasian 
Collared-Dove, but it is likely that they will become established and a viable 
bird on the state list. Recently I saw a photo of a Mute Swan with what 
appeared to be a Trumpeter Swan paired on a wetland near Quincy, WA. The Mute 
Swan was not likely transported there by human means. Rather, it likely arrived 
the same way the Trumpeter Swan arrived. Does that mean it is a vagrant? From 
what population did it come from? No one can reliably answer any of those 
questions for a sighting in the Columbia Basin far away from any known 
populations in the rest of the state. At the same time the Mute Swans that are 
being seen in the Puget Trough came from somewhere. If the sightings are 
increasing then it is reasonable to assume they are either breeding locally or 
the population is being supplemented by an established population in the 
Vancouver/Victoria area. Regardless if they are escapees from the aviculture 
industry or influx from Canada they should be recorded and noted. Whether you 
put them on your list, or not, is entirely up to you. 


Cheers

 

Doug Schonewald
Moses Lake, WA

 

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Subject: Re: 'Exotic' Species on State Lists
From: Doug Schonewald <dschone8 AT donobi.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 17:23:06 -0700
Mostly my thoughts pertain specifically to comments on Mute Swans by Wayne
and Matt, both of who I respect deeply.

I keep my personal lists according to the ABA, both state lists and my NA
list. However, remember that lists are personal and nothing keeps anyone
from keeping complete lists of birds seen whether they are exotic or not.
The ABA list will remain in flux and change regularly. Not too many years
ago we had one species known as Sage Sparrow. Now we have two known as Sage
Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow. If you kept a complete list of sightings you
would have been able to add a species to your list without making a trip to
California.

Changes in bird populations are dynamic and ever-changing. I can remember
not so long ago when everyone in the state chased after the rare and elusive
vagrant known as the Eurasian Collared-Dove. In a few short years they went
from a rare vagrant to a complete nuisance, breeding in every niche in the
state. There is also a movement at this time to eradicate (or at least
dramatically reduce) Caspian Terns and DC Cormorants from the avian biomass
in the Columbia Basin. Does this mean that since there is a concerted and
official effort to remove these populations that people should not count
those species if seen in the area and attempted eradication? Of course not.



That is not to say that the Mute Swan is going to do the same as the
Eurasian Collared-Dove, but it is likely that they will become established
and a viable bird on the state list. Recently I saw a photo of a Mute Swan
with what appeared to be a Trumpeter Swan paired on a wetland near Quincy,
WA. The Mute Swan was not likely transported there by human means. Rather,
it  likely arrived the same way the Trumpeter Swan arrived. Does that mean
it is a vagrant? From what population did it come from? No one can reliably
answer any of those questions for a sighting in the Columbia Basin far away
from any known populations in the rest of the state. At the same time the
Mute Swans that are being seen in the Puget Trough came from somewhere. If
the sightings are increasing then it is reasonable to assume they are either
breeding locally or the population is being supplemented by an established
population in the Vancouver/Victoria area. Regardless if they are escapees
from the aviculture industry or influx from Canada they should be recorded
and noted.  Whether you put them on your list, or not, is entirely up to
you.

Cheers

 

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Subject: Yakima Dickcissel
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 13:54:28 -0400
As of the time of this post the Hardy Canyon DICK continues on territory making 
short flights and sitting up calling. The bird is along the road leading from 
the second Hardy Canyon posted access as you drive north from Selah on N. Wenas 
road. For the uninitiated city slicker like me, you have to OPEN THE 2 GATES in 
order to drive in. Thanks for finding it Richard! 


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Subject: Red Phalarope, gulls WWRdelta
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 19:55:00 -0700
Hello all from MerryLynn,
After the stormy weather last night I wondered what might be at the 
delta since the water level was low enough for mud so I was out there 
early this morning and was not disappointed! A breeding plumage RED 
PHALAROPE was swimming out around the pelicans - 43 FRANKLIN'S and 3 
BONAPARTE'S GULLS were picking around in the mud along with Avocets, 
Stilts and a couple Blue-winged Teal. Out by itself was an adult WESTERN 
GULL - this species shows up every summer here.

Only 5 Caspian Terns left - these birds will become rare here since they 
won't let them nest anywhere in Eastern WA. No Forster's Terns anywhere 
today.

I checked 2Rivers and Penninsula HMU - lots of birds - nothing rare. 137 
Western Grebes seems high for June. Not sure if they are non-breeders or 
what.

Good birding, ML

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Subject: White-faced Ibis continue in Walla Walla, Asotin
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:08:05 -0700
I started the weekend with a search for some of the recently reported 
White-faced Ibis [WFIB]-- 

This morning at ~7:00, 15 WFIB were at the Millet Pond in Walla Walla County -- 
they mostly stayed well hidden in the rushes, but did fly up once to give a 
good chance to count them. 

I tried in vain to turn up WFIB in Columbia or Garfield County where they have 
yet to be recorded. Best birds in a run along the Snake River were in Garfield, 
on the island a couple miles west of the Lower Granite Dam where an American 
Avocet & a Blue-winged Teal were keeping the Am.White Pelicans company . 


In Asotin County, the mouth of the Alpowa river didn't have any WFIB, but 
several pelicans were joined by 6 American Avocets. 

And then, at Swallows Park in the swimming area, a White-faced Ibis was hanging 
out with 4 Blue-winged Teal. 


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Subject: County year list project update available on WA Birder
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 05:13:50 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders -

An updated version of the 2015 County Yearlist Project is up and available at 
Washington Birder. We've received updates from all but four of the 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. 

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

As of the end of April 2015 2014, 329 species had been tallied -- that's well 
above last year's total of 318, but not as high as two years ago. Western WA, 
at 288 species was ten above last year's 278, and Eastern WA's 259 is right on 
last year's pace. 


Though I haven't looked at the specifics, perhaps the higher totals are a 
reflection of a slightly earlier spring migration bringing birds in just inside 
the cut-off, rather than any overall sign of a year with more diversity of 
birds. We'll see in a couple months when the reporting mark comes during a 
quieter time. 


25 of the 39 counties have higher totals reported this year than they did at 
this point last year. 

Yakima county, with 221 species reported, is well ahead of the other counties, 
with Clallam, King, & Grays Harbor next in line and the only other counties to 
have crossed the 200 mark by the end of april. 


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 
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. 



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Subject: Douglas County Ibis, Whimbrel
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 22:20:37 -0400
Inspired by Meredith Spencer's reports the past couple of days and the influx 
of Ibis sightings on the east side, I headed over to Douglas County today to 
check some vernal spots on the Waterville Plateau. While the mud at the places 
I checked is disappearing on the edges, there were still plenty of good birds 
today. The large wet area at the top of Bridgeport Hill and Road 18 wasn't 
quite as exciting for me as for Meredith but still there were Avocets, Wilson's 
Phalaropes, Baird's and Least sandpipers. A vernal patch on the "Highway to 
Mansfield" at mile post 16 had Greater Yellowlegs, a half dozen Long-billed 
Dows, both Red-necked and Wilson's phalaropes, and a lone Pectoral Sandpiper. 
The big "lake" behind the St. Andrews Grange had nothing but Avocets but the 
ponds and wet area on St. Andrews Road at Road N had 1 White-faced Ibis and at 
least 3 Whimbrel poking in and out of view. Fairly difficult scope views but 
identifiable and distant photos taken. There was much of the same (less the 
Ibis and Whimbrels) at a very large vernal pond just off Highway 2 and L Road 
NE, southwest of St. Andrew. This is a large pond with great edges that may 
take some time to dry up and may offer some good birds in the days to come. 


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Subject: WA State Big Day Report - 9 May 2015 [long]
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 11:28:02 -0700
Tweets -
Yesterday, May 9 2015, Michael Hobbs, Sharon Cormier-Aagaard and I held our 
fourth State Big Day. Our goal was to see as many species as possible in a 24 
hour period and we zoomed all over the place trying our luck. We had a great 
time, found some new places and surprise birds, and missed some 'shoulda' 
birds. Weather was great, hot but not oppressively, with mostly low winds and 
no rain. 


Our total for the day was 168 species - 7 fewer than our 2012 best of 175, and 
somehow exactly tied with last year for our second highest result. 


Here's the run-down:

Night:
We began in Ellensburg at 11:30 , picked up coffee and were in place at 
midnight when the day began. First bird, just after midnight, was a Great 
Horned Owl on Umptanum Rd near a recent nest [our first of 3 Great Horned Owls 
on the night]. Next up, we hit Durr Rd [Kittitas County] where as in previous 
years we enjoyed hearing Sage Thrasher & Brewers Sparrow singing in the dark. 
Wenas Campground was next, where an open gate allowed us to drive quite a ways 
in and almost right up to where Flammulated Owl were hooting away loudly in the 
pines. A new stop along Malloy Rd. outside of Wenas CG brought us a Western 
Screech-Owl - nice! Along Audubon Rd., we found our only Common Poorwill of the 
night, one that grave us great looks before flying off to the roadside. At the 
entrance to Hardy Canyon we barely were out of the car before we heard a 
Yellow-breasted Chat singing away. After failing to find Burrowing Owl in the 
dark at Sheep Company Rd., we headed to Yakima, where on Valle 

 y Mall Blvd. we found our 'traditional' Barn Owl. Our last stop in darkness 
was at Toppenish NWR, at the 3/4 miles ponds on US-97 where we heard things 
like American Bittern, Black-necked Stilt, Virginia Rail, Wilson's Snipe and 
more. 


With 21 species before dawn, we headed off to daylight birding.

Dawn:
Our previous starting point has been Tule Rd. off US 97 and BIA 148 nearby - 
recently, the Yakama Nation has clarified that those unsigned spots are 
actually off-limits - so we had to restructure our first stops to try to make 
up for some great birding. 

This year, we gave the east end of Tule Rd a try - the east end is public , and 
it proved productive though different than the previous spots. As light grew, 
we were greeted by Long-billed Curlew's eerie calls as they flew in. Lark 
Sparrow are also very common on that end of the route [a new bird for our Big 
Day history]. We picked up things like Western Kingbird, Says Phoebe, Northern 
Harrier, Rock Wren, Bullock's Oriole, Gambelliis White-crowned Sparrow, and a 
flock of Cedar Waxwings [our only Cedar Waxwings of the day]. Missed birds, 
present the day before, were Horned Lark & Loggerhead Shrike - next time! 


Tule Rd. east was good, but it left us behind schedule for much of the day -- 
just too much fun to try a new place -- as a result, we spent a lot of the day 
trying to make up minutes by going a bit fast at our 'regular' stops. 


Morning:
Toppenish NWR was next - poking around we picked up a number of good birds, 
though not as many as in previous years at this location -- best birds 
included: A Short-eared Owl on Old Goldendale Rd. perhaps carrying food to a 
nest site?, Blue-winged Teal [at the 3/4 mile spot], Cinnamon Teal [several 
spots], & Sagebrush Sparrow [along Pumphouse Rd.]. 


Next up, we began the westward run, moving through Yakima [Double-crested 
Cormorant, White-throated & Vaux's Swift] and then uphill towards White Pass 
along SR 12. Lewis's Woodpecker, Black-headed Grosbeak & Western Tanager were 
cooperative at Oak Creek & the Oak Creek Headquarters. Just before Bear Canyon, 
a quick stop produced a Common Merganser on the water and a male Black-throated 
Gray Warbler in the trees. At Bear Canyon, we added Canyon Wren, Nashville 
Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow & Mountain Chickadee. Flycatchers 
weren't cooperating though, and a zoom-by hummingbird was almost certainly a 
Calliope, but we really didn't get a chance to confirm and Calliope was a miss 
for the day. We wanted to spend more time up Bethel Ridge this year, but still 
had to scoot pretty fast -- Woodpeckers were a target , and Downy Woodpecker, 
Red-naped Sapsucker & Williamson's Sapsucker all cooperated, along with a 
hybrid Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker. Hammond's & Dusky Fl 

 ycatchers were vocalizing, Cassin's Vireo, Western Bluebird, Townsend's 
Solitaire & Hermit Thrush all put in a show, along with a couple singing 
Lincoln's Sparrow. For the first time on our big day, we had a booming Sooty 
Grouse as well. At Tieton Marsh, Ring-necked Duck & Lesser Scaup were added to 
our day list, and over at Clear Lake we found Barrow's Goldeneye, American 
Wigeon and [in the trees] Yellow Warbler [finally]. As we got back toward SR 
12, Sharon spotted a soaring accipiter - we stopped & looked, and got nice 
looks at an immature Northern Goshawk, a highlight bird of the day. Our final 
eastern WA stop was at Leech Lake, where Slate-colored Fox Sparrows were 
singing along with Wilson's Warblers [and Pugetensis White-crowned Sparrows].. 


We crossed White Pass at about 1:30 w/ 116 species tallied [a bit below our 
intended rate, and a little later than ideal, but still mighty nice for a 1/2 
day] 


Afternoon:
Across the pass into Lewis County, we made a few stops to pick up westside 
birds before hurrying to the coast - Gray Jay & Chestnut-backed Chickadee were 
along FR 45, Rufous Hummingbird at the Packwood Gas Station as usual, Pac-slope 
Flycatcher, Pacific Wren & Varied Thrush along FR 25 our of Randle. We snagged 
Western Scrub-Jay in Mossyrock as we pushed west on SR 12 then SR 6 to Rainbow 
Falls SP. Outside the park, Purple Finch & Evening Grosbeaks were nice 
additions At Rainbow Falls State Park, Hermit Warbler came right in to our 
iPod, and we followed up with Swainson's Thrush & Brown Creeper relatively 
quickly, before failing to dig out some of our missing woodpeckers. We were 
able to make quick roadside stops for Bushtit, Red-breasted Sapsucker, our 
first Black-capped Chickadees of the day and American Dipper [Fork Creek 
Hatchery] before we hit Raymond and Willapa Bay for our last leg of the trip, 
saltwater birding. 


Evening: 
By around 6:00, we were out along Willapa Bay, hoping for a last surge of birds 
before light disappeared. 

The tide was way in, higher than we expected, but after making a few less 
successful stops, we started picking up birds -- Caspian Tern, Common & 
Red-throated Loon, Brant and a couple more ducks were first. Then finally more 
shorebirds, with Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Semipalmated Plover, 
Whimbrel and Western Sandpiper. Behind us , a long-awaited Hairy Woodpecker 
finally showed itself. Tokeland Marina wasn't all that birdy [only added 
Green-winged Teal!], but Graveyard Spit in Tokeland came through, with 
Black-bellied Plover, Red Knot, Short-billed Dowitcher, Marbled Godwit, 
Bonaparte's & Mew Gull. On the way out of Tokeland, we ticked Anna's 
Hummingbird finally [we'd spent too long checking earlier feeders in the day 
and woulda/coulda/shoulda just waited to see it here]. Before heading to 
Westport, we stopped at North Cove and were greeted by a nice flock of Surf 
Scoters that included at least two Black Scoters. On the rocks, Pelagic 
Cormorant were joined with Bla 

 ck Turnstone & Ruddy Turnstone. 

At the Westport Jetty, we finally crossed paths with the other Big Day team we 
knew was out today - no time to talk, as we were all rushing for last birds, 
but I look forward to hearing how their day went. The water from the jetty 
didn't turn up as much as we'd hoped [compared with last year], but we did 
quickly find Brown Pelican, Sanderling, Rhino Auklet & Pigeon Guillemot as well 
as Brandt's Cormorant. At the Coast Guard Station, the 'old' stop is gated but 
we could still do some scoping from the edge and as we looked out on a spit we 
were very surprised to find 5 American White Pelicans sitting in the dusk! 


Our last bird of the night was back towards Aberdeen, along Newskah Rd. where 
[after playing leap-frog with the other big day team] we were happy to call in 
a pair of Barred Owls - our 6th Owl species of the day. 


All told a great day of birding - less tiring than previous years. 

It is always easy to construct a list of the birds we didn't find -- so much 
more seems possible in retrospect, but there's no way to really get them 
all.... Notable misses for the day included: White-winged Scoter, Hooded 
Merganser, Cooper's Hawk, Least Sandpiper [...], Ring-billed & California Gull, 
Calliope Hummingbird, Black-backed, 3-Toed or Pileated Woodpecker, Peregrine 
Falcon or Merlin, Western Wood-Pewee, Loggerhead Shrike, Horned Lark, 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Vesper 
Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Red Crossbill. 


Here's our full species list, with first locations noted included.

1. Brant - Willapa Bay 1st, Pacific County
2. Canada Goose - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
3. Wood Duck - Toppenish Fort Road Ponds, Yakima County
4. Gadwall - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds b, Yakima County
5. American Wigeon - Clear Lake, Yakima County
6. Mallard - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds b, Yakima County
7. Blue-winged Teal - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds b, Yakima County
8. Cinnamon Teal - Toppenish Old Goldendale Rd., Yakima County
9. Northern Shoveler - Toppenish Old Goldendale Rd., Yakima County
10. Northern Pintail - Willapa Bay 1st, Pacific County
11. Green-winged Teal - Tokeland Marina, Pacific County
12. Ring-necked Duck - Tieton Marsh, Yakima County
13. Lesser Scaup - Tieton Marsh, Yakima County
14. Surf Scoter - North Cove, Pacific County
15. Black Scoter - North Cove, Pacific County
16. Bufflehead - Toppenish Old Goldendale Rd., Yakima County
17. Barrow's Goldeneye - Clear Lake, Yakima County
18. Common Merganser - US 12 roadside, Yakima County
19. Red-breasted Merganser - Willapa Bay 1st, Pacific County
20. California Quail - Tule Rd., Yakima County
21. Ring-necked Pheasant - Tule Rd. - Plank Rd pond a, Yakima County
22. Sooty Grouse - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
23. Red-throated Loon - Willapa Bay 4th, Pacific County
24. Common Loon - Willapa Bay 2nd, Pacific County
25. Pied-billed Grebe - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
26. Brandt's Cormorant - Westport Jetty, Grays Harbor County
27. Double-crested Cormorant - Yakima SR 12, Yakima County
28. Pelagic Cormorant - North Cove, Pacific County
29. American White Pelican - Westport Coast Guard Station, Grays Harbor County
30. Brown Pelican - Westport Jetty, Grays Harbor County
31. American Bittern - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
32. Great Blue Heron - Tule Rd. - Plank Rd pond b, Yakima County
33. Turkey Vulture - SR 12 Oak Creek HQ, Yakima County
34. Osprey - Toppenish -SR 22, Yakima County
35. Bald Eagle - Yakima SR 12, Yakima County
36. Northern Harrier - Tule Rd., Yakima County
37. Northern Goshawk - Yakima Clear Lake area, Yakima County
38. Red-tailed Hawk - Tule Rd., Yakima County
39. Virginia Rail - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
40. Sora - Toppenish Lateral C, Yakima County
41. American Coot - Toppenish Old Goldendale Rd., Yakima County
42. Black-necked Stilt - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
43. Black-bellied Plover - Tokeland Graveyard Spit, Pacific County
44. Semipalmated Plover - Willapa Bay 4th, Pacific County
45. Killdeer - Yakima Costco/Valley Mall, Yakima County
46. Spotted Sandpiper - Toppenish -SR 22, Yakima County
47. Greater Yellowlegs - Willapa Bay 3rd, Pacific County
48. Lesser Yellowlegs - Willapa Bay 3rd, Pacific County
49. Whimbrel - Willapa Bay 4th, Pacific County
50. Long-billed Curlew - Tule Rd., Yakima County
51. Marbled Godwit - Tokeland Graveyard Spit, Pacific County
52. Ruddy Turnstone - North Cove, Pacific County
53. Black Turnstone - North Cove, Pacific County
54. Red Knot - Tokeland Graveyard Spit, Pacific County
55. Sanderling - Westport Jetty, Grays Harbor County
56. Dunlin - Willapa Bay 4th, Pacific County
57. Western Sandpiper - Willapa Bay 4th, Pacific County
58. Short-billed Dowitcher - Tokeland Graveyard Spit, Pacific County
59. Wilson's Snipe - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
60. Pigeon Guillemot - Westport Jetty, Grays Harbor County
61. Rhinoceros Auklet - Westport Jetty, Grays Harbor County
62. Bonaparte's Gull - Tokeland Graveyard Spit, Pacific County
63. Mew Gull - Tokeland Graveyard Spit, Pacific County
64. Western Gull - Willapa Bay 1st, Pacific County
65. Glaucous-winged Gull - Willapa Bay 1st, Pacific County
66. Caspian Tern - Willapa Bay 1st, Pacific County
67. Rock Pigeon - Tule Rd., Yakima County
68. Band-tailed Pigeon - Lewis FR 25, Lewis County
69. Eurasian Collared-Dove - Tule Rd., Yakima County
70. Mourning Dove - Tule Rd. - Plank Rd pond a, Yakima County
71. Barn Owl - Yakima Costco/Valley Mall, Yakima County
72. Flammulated Owl - Wenas Campground, Yakima County
73. Western Screech-Owl - Malloy Rd., Yakima County
74. Great Horned Owl - Umptanum Rd., Kittitas County
75. Barred Owl - Newskah Rd., Grays Harbor County
76. Short-eared Owl - Toppenish Old Goldendale Rd., Yakima County
77. Common Poorwill - Audubon Rd., Yakima County
78. Vaux's Swift - SR 12 east of Yakima, Yakima County
79. White-throated Swift - SR 12 east of Yakima, Yakima County
80. Anna's Hummingbird - Tokeland, Pacific County
81. Rufous Hummingbird - Packwood Gas Station, Lewis County
82. Belted Kingfisher - Tieton Marsh, Yakima County
83. Lewis's Woodpecker - SR 410 Naches, Yakima County
84. Williamson's Sapsucker - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
85. Red-naped Sapsucker - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
86. Red-breasted Sapsucker - Pacific Co SR 12 old house, Pacific County
87. Downy Woodpecker - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
88. Hairy Woodpecker - Willapa Bay 3rd, Pacific County
89. Northern Flicker - SR 12 Oak Creek, Yakima County
90. American Kestrel - Toppenish Fort Road Ponds, Yakima County
91. Hammond's Flycatcher - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
92. Dusky Flycatcher - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
93. Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Lewis FR 25, Lewis County
94. Say's Phoebe - Tule Rd., Yakima County
95. Western Kingbird - Tule Rd., Yakima County
96. Cassin's Vireo - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
97. Warbling Vireo - Toppenish Lateral C, Yakima County
98. Gray Jay - Lewis SR 12 FR 45, Lewis County
99. Steller's Jay - SR 12 Oak Creek HQ, Yakima County
100. Western Scrub-Jay - Lewis SR 12 Mossyrock, Lewis County
101. Black-billed Magpie - Tule Rd., Yakima County
102. American Crow - Toppenish Lateral A, Yakima County
103. Common Raven - Tule Rd., Yakima County
104. Tree Swallow - Yakima Costco/Valley Mall, Yakima County
105. Violet-green Swallow - SR 12 east of Yakima, Yakima County
106. N. Rough-winged Swallow - Tule Rd. - Plank Rd pond b, Yakima County
107. Bank Swallow - Toppenish Pumphouse Rd., Yakima County
108. Cliff Swallow - Tule Rd., Yakima County
109. Barn Swallow - Toppenish -SR 22, Yakima County
110. Black-capped Chickadee - Pacific Co SR 12 old house, Pacific County
111. Mountain Chickadee - Bear Creek Canyon, Yakima County
112. Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Lewis SR 12 FR 45, Lewis County
113. Bushtit - Lewis SR 12 Pe Ell area, Lewis County
114. Red-breasted Nuthatch - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
115. Brown Creeper - Rainbow Falls SP, Lewis County
116. Rock Wren - Tule Rd., Yakima County
117. Canyon Wren - Bear Creek Canyon, Yakima County
118. House Wren - Toppenish Lateral C, Yakima County
119. Pacific Wren - Lewis FR 25, Lewis County
120. Marsh Wren - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds b, Yakima County
121. Bewick's Wren - Toppenish Lateral C, Yakima County
122. American Dipper - Pacific Co. Fork Creek Hatchery, Pacific County
123. Golden-crowned Kinglet - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
124. Western Bluebird - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
125. Townsend's Solitaire - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
126. Swainson's Thrush - Rainbow Falls SP, Lewis County
127. Hermit Thrush - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
128. American Robin - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
129. Varied Thrush - Lewis FR 25, Lewis County
130. Sage Thrasher - Durr Rd., Kittitas County
131. European Starling - Tule Rd., Yakima County
132. Cedar Waxwing - Tule Rd., Yakima County
133. Nashville Warbler - Bear Creek Canyon, Yakima County
134. Common Yellowthroat - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
135. Yellow Warbler - Clear Lake, Yakima County
136. Yellow-rumped Warbler - Toppenish Lateral C, Yakima County
137. Black-throated Gray Warbler - US 12 roadside, Yakima County
138. Townsend's Warbler - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
139. Hermit Warbler - Rainbow Falls SP, Lewis County
140. Wilson's Warbler - Yakima White Pass Leech Lake, Yakima County
141. Yellow-breasted Chat - Hardy Canyon, Yakima County
142. Spotted Towhee - Bear Creek Canyon, Yakima County
143. Chipping Sparrow - Bear Creek Canyon, Yakima County
144. Brewer's Sparrow - Durr Rd., Kittitas County
145. Lark Sparrow - Tule Rd., Yakima County
146. Sagebrush Sparrow - Toppenish Pumphouse Rd., Yakima County
147. Savannah Sparrow - Toppenish Old Goldendale Rd., Yakima County
148. Fox Sparrow - Yakima White Pass Leech Lake, Yakima County
149. Song Sparrow - Tule Rd. - Plank Rd pond a, Yakima County
150. Lincoln's Sparrow - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
151. White-crowned Sparrow - Tule Rd., Yakima County
152. Dark-eyed Junco - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
153. Western Tanager - SR 12 Oak Creek HQ, Yakima County
154. Black-headed Grosbeak - SR 12 Oak Creek, Yakima County
155. Lazuli Bunting - Tule Rd., Yakima County
156. Red-winged Blackbird - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
157. Western Meadowlark - Tule Rd., Yakima County
158. Yellow-headed Blackbird - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
159. Brewer's Blackbird - Tule Rd., Yakima County
160. Brown-headed Cowbird - Toppenish 3/4 mile ponds a, Yakima County
161. Bullock's Oriole - Tule Rd., Yakima County
162. House Finch - Tule Rd., Yakima County
163. Purple Finch - outside Rainbow Falls SP, Lewis County
164. Cassin's Finch - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
165. Pine Siskin - Bethel Ridge, Yakima County
166. American Goldfinch - Tule Rd., Yakima County
167. Evening Grosbeak - outside Rainbow Falls SP, Lewis County
168. House Sparrow - Tule Rd. - Plank Rd pond b, Yakima County


Good May Birding!

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA
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Subject: Garfield County Mew Gull
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:52:54 -0400
As of the time of this post the County First Record MEGU found Tuesday by Russ 
Koppendrayer continues on the gravel bar 2 miles west of Lower Granite Dam at 
Almota. Photos. 


Tom Mansfield passing through

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Subject: Spring 2015 Klickitat County North American Migration Count.. May 9th...put it on your calendars and let me know if you will be able to participate...
From: Bob Hansen <bobhansen AT gorge.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:42:02 -0700
Folks,

Who is ready for a countywide Spring migration bird count? Well it is a BIG 
event in Klickitat County, where we have been doing it since 1997. Yes, nearly 
20 years. 


We set aside the second Saturday in May for this memory creating event. It is a 
grand way to experience our colorful Spring migrants, citizen science and 
collaborative birding. 


Randy Robinson has done a masterful 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 2014) results.... 
http://birdingwashington.info/Klickitat/Spring2014.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 9th is only 17 days away... 


Happy Birding, 
Bob

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Subject: WOS Conference information available on website
From: amy schillinger <schillingera AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:29:38 -0700
Hi tweeters and Inland NW birders,
 
The 2015 Ocean Shores WOS Conference information is now available on the 
http://wos.org/2015conference.html website. 

 
Here you will find information regarding registration, schedule of events, 
field trip and workshop lists, and lodging information. 

 
This years conference, taking place between August 20-24, will be fantastic 
with larger field trip groups and several workshops available. There will also 
be a Friday night social and Stump the Experts Quiz night with Dennis Paulson 
as well as a Saturday evening banquet followed by a presentation on Westport 
Seabirds by Bill Tweit. 

 
Workshops will be offered by Michael Donahue, Peter Wimberger and Gary Shugart, 
Dennis Paulson, Scott Mills, Michelle Landis, and Jim Dazenbaker on Friday, 
Saturday, and Sunday. 

 
It is recommended that you sign up for or renew your WOS membership (required 
to attend the conference) prior to attempting to register on June 1st. You may 
do this on the website at any time by visiting the membership page at 
http://wos.org/join.html. 

 
Please note that if you received the WOS membership newsletter that there have 
been several updates to field trip and workshop information. 

 
Online registration begins at 12:00pm NOON on Monday, June 1st, 2015. 
 
Hope to see you all there!
 
Amy Powell
VP, WOS
schillingera AT Hotmail.com 
 
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Subject: Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Spring 2015 interim packet)
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2015 15:42:47 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders - 

The Washington Bird Records Committee [WBRC] has completed its review of its 
Spring 2015 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. 


30 received 7 yes votes, and are thus passed w/o need for further discussion.
 8 received 4 or more 'no' votes, and are thus not accepted.
15 reports were deferred for more consideration at the Fall meeting. 

 
3 new species are added to the state list:
Spotted Redshank
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Lucy's Warbler

This brings the official Washington State Checklist to 510 species.

ACCEPTED RECORDS:

BRBO-2014-2, Brown Booby - 143nm w of Pt. Brown, Grays Harbor County, 17 August 
2014 Michael Force [w,p] (7-0-0). 


SNEG-2014-1, Snowy Egret - Ridgefield NWR, Clark County, 10/13 - 12/3/2014, 
Randy Hill [w,p], Doug Schurman [w,p] (7-0-0). 


LBHE-2014-1, Little Blue Heron - Fir Island, Skagit County, 14 September 2014, 
Doug Schurman [w, p], Michael Hobbs [w,p], Jeff Mills [w, p] (7-0-0). 


LBHE-2014-2, Little Blue Heron - Spokane, Spokane County, 17 November 2014, 
Wendy Klaue [w], Carrie Lowe [w,p] (7-0-0). 


CAEG-2014-1, Cattle Egret - Neah Bay, Clallam County, 10/30 - 11/11/ 14, Doug 
Schurman [p], Randy Hill [w, p], Michael Charest [p], Len & Dian Jellicoe [p] 
(7-0-0). 


CAEG-2014-2, Cattle Egret - Bay Center, Pacific County, 8 November 2014, Tom 
Mansfield [p], MaryFrances Mathis [w] (7-0-0). 


CAEG-2014-3, Cattle Egret - Satsop, Grays Harbor County, 11/9-11/14, Carol 
Riddell [p], Matt Bartels [w] (7-0-0). 


MOPL-2014-1, Mountain Plover - Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, 11/8-15/14, 
Michael Charest [p] (7-0-0). 


SPRE-2014-1, Spotted Redshank - Hayton Preserve, Fir Island, Skagit County, 
11/27 - 12/1/2014, Ginger Rebstock [w], Jeff Bryant [w] (7-0-0). WA State First 
Record. 


TBMU-2015-1, Thick-billed Murre - Ediz Hook, Port Angeles, Clallam County, 
1/3-20/2015, Bob Boekelheide[w], Ryan Merrill [w,p] (7-0-0). 


BHGU-2014-2, Black-headed Gull - South Bend, Pacific County, 10/28 - 11/5/2014, 
Bob Flores [w, p], Jim Danzenbaker [w,p] (7-0-0). 


LIGU-2014-1, Little Gull - Jensen Access, Skagit County, 24 October 2014, Evan 
Houston [w, p], Ryan Merrill [w, p] (7-0-0). 


HERG-2014-1, "Vega" Herring Gull - Waatch River Mouth, Clallam County, 26 
October 2014, Steve Mlodinow [w,p], Ryan Merrill [p] (7-0-0). 


BBLH-2014-1, Broad-billed Hummingbird - Carson, Skamania County, 10/25-26/14, 
Matt Schroeder [p, w], Matt Bartels [w] (7-0-0). WA State First Record. 


EHOB-2014-1, Eurasian Hobby - Waatch River Valley, Clallam County, 10/26/14 - 
11/1/14, Steve Mlodinow [w,p], Doug Schurman [p], Scott Ramos [p], Fanter Lane 
[p], Chris Rurik [p], Ryan Merrill [p], Charlie Wright [p] (7-0-0). 


BGGN-2014-1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Neah Bay, Clallam County, 11/7-10/14, Brad 
Waggoner [w, p], Michael Charest [p], Alan Richards [w] (7-0-0). (Subspecies ID 
decision deferred to Fall meeting) 


NOWH-2014-1, Northern Wheatear - Pt. Robinson, Vashon Island, King County, 
10/18-21/14, Doug Schurman [p], Chris Rurik [p], Martha Taylor [w,p], Grace & 
Ollie Oliver [p], Evan Houston [p], Ed Swan [p], George Pagos [p], Gregg 
Thompson [p], Tom Mansfield [p] (7-0-0). 


OVEN-2014-4, Ovenbird - Anacortes, Skagit County, 11 September 2014, Ryan 
Schain [w] (7-0-0). 


BAWW-2011-4, Black-and-White Warbler - Seattle, King County, 9 May 2011, Nathan 
Keen [w] (7-0-0). 


BAWW-2014-4, Black-and-White Warbler - Washtucna, Adams County, 9/11-13/14, 
Keith Brady [w], Randy Hill [w,p], Matt Bartels[w], Tom Mansfield [p], (7-0-0). 


BAWW-2014-5, Black-and-White Warbler - Spokane, Riverside Park, Spokane County, 
31 December 2014, Patrick McKann [w] (7-0-0). (later resightings not reviewed 
yet) 


LUWA-2014-1, Lucy's Warbler - Neah Bay, Clallam County, 11/6-7/14, Brad 
Waggoner [w] (7-0-0). WA State First Record. 


CSWA-2014-1, Chestnut-sided Warbler - Konnowac Pass, Yakima County, 
9/15-17/2014, Ellen & Andy Stepniewski [p], Debie Brown[w], Karen Zook [p], Tom 
Mansfield [p], Keith Brady [w] (7-0-0). 


OROR-2014-1, Orchard Oriole - Neah Bay, Clallam County, 26 Oct 2014 - at least 
15 Feb 2015, Steve Mlodinow [w,p], Doug Schurman [p], Scott Ramos [p], Fanter 
Lane [p], Ryan Merrill [w, p], Alan Richards [w] (7-0-0). 


HOOR-2014-1, Hooded Oriole - Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, 11/8-10/14, Arnie 
Martin [p], Tom Mansfield [p], Lynn & John Ogren [p,w] (7-0-0). 


BRAM-2014-1, Brambling - Neah Bay, Clallam County, 10/30 - 11/7/14, Tom 
Mansfield [p], Doug Schurman [p], Scott Ramos [p], Fanter Lane [p], Randy Hill 
[p, w], George Pagos [p], Len & Dian Jellicoe [p] (7-0-0). 


BRAM-2014-2, Brambling - Port Hadlock, Jefferson County, 11/5-9/14, Paula 
Vanderheul [w], David Gluckman [p], Randy Hill [p, w] (7-0-0). 


BRAM-2015-1, Brambling - Issaquah, King County, 4 February 2015 to present, 
Frances & Dan Pope [w, p], Grace & Ollie Oliver [p], Evan Houston [p], Tom 
Mansfield [p], Michael Hobbs [w], Matt Bartels [w], Brian Bell [p] (7-0-0). 


PUFI-2012-1, "Eastern" Purple Finch - Bradley Lake, Pierce County, 20 November 
2012, Charlie Wright [w, a] (7-0-0). 


PUFI-2014-1, "Eastern" Purple Finch - Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, 15 
December 2014, Brad Waggoner [w,p] (7-0-0). 



REPORTS NOT ACCEPTED:

ARLO-2014-3, Arctic Loon - Reach Island, Mason County, 27 December 2014 
(0-7-0). 


ARLO-2015-1, Arctic Loon - Larrabee SP, Whatcom County, 1/9-23/2015 (0-7-0).

ARLO-2015-2, Arctic Loon - Luhr Beach, Thurston County, 1/15-16/2015, (0-7-0).

ARLO-2015-3, Arctic Loon - Tramp Harbor, Vashon Island, Kng County, 17 January 
2015, (0-7-0). 


LEBI-2014-1, Least Bittern - Centralia Steam Plant, Lewis County, 5 September 
2014 (0-6-1). 


SEWR-2014-1, Sedge Wren - Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, 19 November 2014 
(0-7-0). 


CARW-2014-1, Carolina Wren - Seattle, King County, 15 March 2014 (0-7-0).

CONW-2009-1, Connecticut Warbler - Sammamish, King County, 13 September 2009 
(1-5-1). 


The results and an updated state checklist will eventually be posted on the 
wos.org website. 


The committee continues to depend on submissions from the community, and I'd 
urge you to submit reports for rarities on the review list when you observe 
them. A form for submitting reports can be found at: 
http://wos.org/observation_exported/observation.php 


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


Matt Bartels 
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Subject: Bats or owls?
From: Deborah <dlrymnd AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 22:25:33 -0800
Hi, 
Just want to make sure I'm getting this correctly.  Are bats out and about at 
10pm and not owls? Over by the  Laurelhurst playfield.  All  I saw was the 
shadow on the street under the light.  I heard nothing. And it was gone moving 
west. 


Debbie 

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Subject: Oak Creek Wildlife Area and vicinity
From: "Dave Hayden" <dtvhm AT nwrain.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:04:12 -0800
Sherry and I ventured to the east side, targeting mainly the Oak Creek Wildlife 
Area. We had a warm sunny day and very little wind. Our first stop was at Swift 
Rock (mp 182.5 on Hwy 12). We spent about 30 minutes scanning the Basalt cliffs 
and area. We had; 

LEWIS’S WOODPECKER – 4
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE – 1
CANYON WREN – 1
RED-TAILED HAWK – 1
GOLDEN EAGLE – 1
We continued on to the headquarters of the Oak Creek Wildlife Area. The Elk 
feeding area had no Elk. Not surprising, the snow levels are way too high, so 
they don’t need to be fed at this time. However, they still could come down 
in the late evening or first thing in the morning. Not many birds here, only; 

AMERICAN KESTREL – 1
LEWIS’S WOODPECKER – 2
Our last stop in the Oak Creek Wildlife Area was over at Cleman Mountain, where 
the Big Horn Sheep feeding area is located. We spent about 2 hours here. We had 
between 125 to 150 Big Horn Sheep scattered across the slopes. We had some from 
quite close to way up at the top of the ridges. Birds we saw here; 

RED-TAILED HAWK – 1
GOLDEN EAGLE – 1
PRAIRIE FALCON – 1
Before heading home, we drove up Bethel Ridge Road. We didn’t find any 
woodpeckers, but we did get; 

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH  - 2
MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE – 1
PYGMY OWL – 1   (great scope views)

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