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29 Nov Updates [Tim Brennan ]
28 Nov Chelan County Post (one down three to go) [Tim Brennan ]
18 Nov Updated cumulative county year list file available at WA Birder through end October 2016 [Matt Bartels ]
7 Nov 200 in Chelan! [Tim Brennan ]
6 Nov Walla Walla County Birding under a warm Nov. Sun [Mike & MerryLynn ]
6 Nov Chelan help? :) [Tim Brennan ]
5 Nov Wenatchee waterfront birding 11/5 [Tim Brennan ]
31 Oct Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Oct 29, 2016 meeting) [Matt Bartels ]
26 Oct Walla Walla County Brown Pelican still here today. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
14 Oct Results of the Fall 2016 Klickitat County North American Migration Count [Bob Hansen ]
10 Oct WOS Chelan County blanket trip [Tim Brennan ]
4 Oct Chelan blog updated [Tim Brennan ]
30 Sep Bennington Lake Ibis [Mike & MerryLynn ]
30 Sep Tan striped White-throated Sparrow [Mike & MerryLynn ]
19 Sep Updated WA Birder cumulative county year list file available online [Matt Bartels ]
4 Sep Northern waterthrush Bassett Park Washtucna, WA [Bob ]
3 Sep Bassett Park Washtucna WA this afternoon [Bob ]
23 Aug NE WA birds over the weekend [Matt Bartels ]
20 Aug Chelan blog entries done [Tim Brennan ]
18 Aug Chelan blog updates [Tim Brennan ]
15 Aug Chelan birding: Cascade Pass to Sahale Glacier Camp [Tim Brennan ]
25 Jul Chelan birding in the doldrums [Tim Brennan ]
21 Jul County Yearlist Project mid-year update available at WA Birder [Matt Bartels ]
6 Jul WA Bird Records Committee [WBRC] published report #10 available on WOS website [Matt Bartels ]
1 Jul Chelan County birding: Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland [Tim Brennan ]
30 Jun A few Stevens & Spokane Co birds from last weekend [Matt Bartels ]
30 Jun Stevens Pass hiking tomorrow 7/1 [Tim Brennan ]
21 Jun Aw crud! [Tim Brennan ]
20 Jun Chelan county birding [Tim Brennan ]
17 Jun Chelan County Birding [Tim Brennan ]
3 Jun American Redstart at Palouse Falls [Kevin Black ]
29 May Chelan day two [Tim Brennan ]
28 May Chelan century day [Tim Brennan ]
24 May tri-colored blackbird ["Mike" ]
21 May White-rumped Sandpiper reported at blood pond WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
19 May Blackpoll warbler and red-eyed vireo at Washtucna Bassett Park, Clark Co, WA [Bob ]
17 May Good Deal for Binculars at Cabela's [Kevin Black ]
12 May County year list project update available on WA Birder [Matt Bartels ]
5 May Yellow-breasted Chat [Mike & MerryLynn ]
28 Apr Spring 2016 Klickitat County North American Migration Count.. May 14th...put it on your calendars and let me know if you will be able to participate... [Bob Hansen ]
21 Apr YELLOW WARBLERS, WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
9 Apr Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Spring 2016 interim packet) [Matt Bartels ]
8 Apr Almost there [Tim Brennan ]
8 Apr Chelan blog... Updates underway. [Tim Brennan ]
6 Apr Chelan birding day 2 [Tim Brennan ]
5 Apr Chelan birding [Tim Brennan ]
2 Apr Re: [Tweeters] The Conclusion of the Failed Camera Strap Story [Ted Kenefick ]
1 Apr The Conclusion of the Failed Camera Strap Story [Carol Riddell ]
23 Mar County Yearlist Project update for Jan/Feb 2016 up at WA Birder. [Matt Bartels ]
2 Mar Toppenish NWR Field Trip - March 6th (Sunday) [Eric Heisey ]
19 Feb Chelan birding day two [Tim Brennan ]
18 Feb Chelan birding [Tim Brennan ]
14 Feb Return of the Failed Camera Strap Story [Carol Riddell ]
12 Feb Camera Strap Failure (Off Topic) [Carol Riddell ]
10 Feb ABA Blog post on Malheur worth reading [Matt Bartels ]
6 Feb Washington county year list project 2015 summary & 2016 launch [Matt Bartels ]
5 Feb Chelan blog [Tim Brennan ]
31 Jan Walla Walla Co. birds Jan 30 + [Mike & MerryLynn ]
29 Jan Chelan Blog [Tim Brennan ]
23 Jan Chelan County... [Tim Brennan ]
17 Jan Gray Partridge Chelan [Tim Brennan ]
16 Jan Washington Birder updated county checklists (and Excel Checklist) now available. [Matt Bartels ]
11 Jan Slaty-backed Gull continues at LOMO Dam [Mike & MerryLynn ]
10 Jan Lesser Black-acked and Glaucous Gulls at Lower Monumenal Dam [Andy Stepniewski ]
9 Jan SLATY-BACKED GULL WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
28 Dec Chewelah CBC SAturday Jan 2 ["Mike" ]
21 Dec Re: Interesting Sandpiper on Lewiston-Clakston CBC [Keith Carlson ]
21 Dec Re: Interesting Sandpiper on Lewiston-Clakston CBC [Dennis Paulson ]
14 Nov Updated cumulative county year list file available at WA Birder through end October 2015 [Matt Bartels ]
7 Nov Ibis, Grackle, Rusty BB at blood pond today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
6 Nov Ritzville Chickadee Bonanza... [Tom Mansfield ]
6 Nov The 2015 Lyle Christmas Bird Count .. scheduled for Sunday, December 20th [Bob Hansen ]
25 Oct Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Oct 24, 2015 meeting) [Matt Bartels ]
11 Oct Adams County [Rick Taylor ]
11 Oct Adams County Mountain Chickadee [Rick Taylor ]
9 Aug Announcing 2015 Klickitat County Fall North American Migration Count, September 19th and results of 2015 Spring Count… [Bob ]

Subject: Updates
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:28:44 +0000
Hey All!

I added two more posts to the blog at www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com

The first was the WOS blanket trip to Chelan, and the second was day one from 
my early November trip. 


Bad ideas, mountain rescues, sunrises, coffee mugs, bicolored bills, magazine 
covers and apple crates. 


Enjoy!

Tim Brennan
Renton
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Subject: Chelan County Post (one down three to go)
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:32:36 +0000
Hey all!

I promised extremely tardy posts, and this one is the worst so far! Early 
October to late November. This is just the day before the blanket trip that is 
going up. Sadly, some pics were lost. Eaten by my computer. I filled a good bit 
of the space with a careful outline of where we went scouting on the Saturday, 
with some rampant borrowing of images from Google Maps to simplify the task of 
explaining where we stopped. A little bit of scenery and a little rambling to 
ice this cupcake of a post. Enjoy! 


Www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com

Tim Brennan 
Renton
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Subject: Updated cumulative county year list file available at WA Birder through end October 2016
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:53:34 -0800
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders -

We've got the latest updated version of the 2016 County Year List Project up 
online at Washington Birder. Almost 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 388, three fewer than last year at this point, when we 
had 391. The 2014 total was 390 at this point, 2013 was 394, and in 2012 we has 
396. 


Eastern WA has reported 319 species, identical to last year at this point [vs 
320 in 2014 and 2012, 321 in 2013] 

Western WA has reported 357 species, down eight from last year’s 365 [vs 359 
in 2014, 2013’s 360, and 365 in 2012] 


20 counties have higher totals than at this point last year, with 18 bringing 
in lower totals. 

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

28 counties have tallied over 200 species for the year, and 37 have reported 
over 175. 


71 species have been reported in all 39 counties this year, 122 have been found 
in all 19 western WA counties and 89 have been found in all 20 eastern WA 
counties. 


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, 
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 2016 wraps up! 



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Subject: 200 in Chelan!
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 14:26:37 +0000
Okay, maybe not for the year, which was the goal, although I did find my 200th 
life bird in the county yesterday! 


I struck out on Barn Owl Sunday morning on a beautiful but slick and muddy 
drive at Horse Lake Preserve. Chukar and California Quail were the only birds I 
heard! 


The entire Columbia produced no new birds, although I was given plenty of 
Common Loons and Eared Grebes to hunt through. Highlights included six Barrow's 
Goldeneyes at Powerhouse Park, and a Surf Scoter from across the road at Lake 
Chelan State Park. 


I got all the way up to Wells Dam sitting at 196 for the year, and decided to 
follow what I thought was the best lead, Tronsen Ridge for Black-backed 
Woodpecker. My fingers were crossed, as the mud had been bad to the point of 
dangerous twice on the trip, but the drive up from Blewett Pass on 9716 and 
9712 was all in all quite passable. The trailhead I took was the Tronsen Creek 
Trail, which immediately leads into Chelan. Got a woodpecker immediately - a 
Hairy- then walked a little farther playing a round of Black-backed Woodpecker 
from my phone. Completely unnecessary as I turned it off and heard the drumming 
above me and saw that gorgeous black back. 


This was 197 for the year and 200 for my life list, which may count as 
satisfying enough in the end! I usually don't make December trips, as the 
holidays have other very important demands. That said... Brown Creeper, 
Bohemian Waxwing and Red-Breasted Sapsucker may become an easy enough trio of 
birds to inspire a quick run over! 


I'm like... Four blog entries behind and swamped with school work, but will get 
pics and stories up soon! Thanks to all of the birders from Chelan that helped 
along the way: Deb Sutherland, Ken Hemberry, Ginny Palumbo, Mary Willard 
Gallagher, Dan Stephens, Janet Millard and Sue Ballinger. One of the most 
gratifying parts of the whole process is getting to spend time with local 
birders and get a better understanding of the places and the birds. 


Happy birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton

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Subject: Walla Walla County Birding under a warm Nov. Sun
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:04:22 -0800
Hello All,

This morning MerryLynn and I went birding in southern and western Walla 
Walla County. It was clear and warm all day. Highlights were 1 
Rough-legged Hawk, 1 Northern Shrike that caught and polished off a 
large dragonfly, 2 Pacific Loons, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 236 Wood 
Ducks with 98% of flock being males. 1 Orange-crowned Warbler and many 
more species in balmy weather-hard to believe it is November.

Later Mike Denny


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Subject: Chelan help? :)
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2016 14:08:07 +0000
Hey all!  

I started the year thinking of coming out to Chelan one weekend each month 
(except December) and birding the wheels off of it (my car just cringed at that 
joke... But the new struts are on now). Just looking at what was out there I 
figured that by the end of the year, I might have seen almost 200 species, so I 
made the goal 200. 


I'm up and heading out the door to try for a Barn Owl, and then starting my 
last day (?) at 196 or 197 depending on whether or not one shows up. 


Birds that might happen:

Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Long-tailed Duck
White-winged Scoter
Pacific Loon 
Red-throated Loon
Eared Grebe
Rough-legged Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull (or any more unusual gull)
Barn Owl
Black-backed Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Bohemian Waxwing
Brown Creeper
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
White-throated Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird

If you're in the county or were pretty recently and have a fresh sighting to 
follow, an email would be awesome! I have plenty of places to visit that 
have/might/should/could have these species, but no more than one or two with 
sightings in the last week or so. 


Fingers crossed!

Tim Brennan

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Subject: Wenatchee waterfront birding 11/5
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2016 19:05:00 +0000
Hey all!

I'm sitting in Wenatchee with some car issues, but found a repair shop close to 
the waterfront, and found some good birds this morning: the highlights being an 
American Tree Sparrow in Horan Natural Area, and a Bonaparte's Gull and 
Red-breasted Merganser at Walla Walla Point Park. I also captured a recording 
of a White throated sparrow! Sadly, it turned out to be Ken Hemberry playing 
for them in the park! :D 


Crossing fingers in Wenatchee,

Tim Brennan
Renton 




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Subject: Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Oct 29, 2016 meeting)
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:31:10 -0700
Saturday, October 29, 2016, the Washington Bird Records Committee met at the 
Slater Museum for its annual meeting. Here's a summary of our results. 


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

23 reports were not accepted
2 decisions were tabled for further research


The WBRC accepted two species new to the state list: Least Auklet and Gray 
Wagtail. 

In addition, with the split of the Western Scrub-Jay into two species, 
California and Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, an additional species was added to the 
state checklist. 

Finally, the first photographed record of Blackburnian Warbler moved the 
species from ‘sight only’ status to full status on the state checklist. 


Washington State Checklist: 515 species total, including 494 species fully 
accredited (supported by specimen, photograph, or recording) and 21 species 
which are sight-only records (supported only by written documentation). 


The results of this round's votes and more details 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: 



ACCEPTED RECORDS:

EMGO-1999-2  Emperor Goose  16 October 1999 -- Eatonville, Pierce County.

WWDO-2016-1  White-winged Dove  16-17 August 2016 -- Neah Bay, Clallam County.

WWDO-2016-2  White-winged Dove  29 April 2016 -- Lynnwood, Snohomish County.

WRSA-2016-1 White-rumped Sandpiper 21 May 2016 -- Blood Ponds, Walla Walla 
County. 


LEAU-2016-1 Least Auklet 25 June 2016 -- Cohasset Beach, Westport, Grays Harbor 
County. NOTES: Found dead on beach. FIRST WASHINGTON RECORD. 


LAGU-2016-1 Laughing Gull 20 May 2016 and 20 July - 16 August 2016 -- Bottle 
Beach, Grays Harbor County. NOTES: Earlier and later sightings considered both 
to be of the same individual. 


ICGU-2016-1 Iceland Gull 11 February 2016 -- Batemen Island, Richland, Benton 
County. 


ICGU-2016-2 Iceland Gull 20 February 2016 -- Elwha River Mouth, Clallam County. 


SBGU-2010-1 Slaty-backed Gull 29 October 2010 -- Gog-le-hi-te/Puyallup River, 
Tacoma, Pierce County. 


MUPE-2016-1 Murphy's Petrel 4 May 2016 -- ca. 93 km W of Ocean Park, 46.441, 
125.264, Pacific County. 


MOPE-1999-1 Mottled Petrel 2 July 1999 – Long Beach Peninsula, Pacific 
County, UWBM #66991 specimen. 


GRSH-2015-3 Great Shearwater 7 September 2015 -- N48 00.0, W125 35.0, 
off-shore, Clallam County. 


BRBO-2016-1 Brown Booby 23 July 2016 -- offshore Westport, 
46.9052455,-124.5355225, Grays Harbor County. 


BRBO-2016-2 Brown Booby 10 September 2016 -- south end of Swiftsure 
Bank,approx: 48o 28' N, 124o 57' W, Clallam County. 


SNEG-1997-2 Snowy Egret 28 September - 15 October 1997 -- Bay Center, Pacific 
County. 


SNEG-2016-1  Snowy Egret  30 July 2016 - 3 August 2016 -- Fife, Pierce County.

YBSA-2016-2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 25 March 2016 -- Wallingford, Seattle, 
King County. 


STFL-2015-1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 21 December 2015 -- Sand Point, Clallam 
County. 


STFL-2016-1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 23 July 2016 -- Marymoor Park, Redmond, 
King County. 


STFL-2016-2 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 10-25 August 2016 -- SR 24 mp 67-68 
outside Othello, Adams and Franklin Counties. 


BGGN-2015-2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Eastern subspecies) – 12 October– 11 
November 2015, Neah Bay, Clallam County. NOTE: Previously accepted to species, 
subspecies vote resolved at this meeting. 


BRTH-2016-1  Brown Thrasher  10 April 2016 -- Pasco, Franklin County.

BRTH-2016-2  Brown Thrasher  13 June 2016 -- Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County.

GRAW-2016-1 Gray Wagtail 24 September 2016 -- 46.50.04, -124.52.01, ~27 miles 
off Westport, Grays Harbor County. NOTES: FIRST WASHINGTON RECORD. 


WHWA-2015-1 White Wagtail 7 November 2015 -- Gog-le-hi-te, Tacoma, Pierce 
County. 


OVEN-2016-1  Ovenbird  5 June 2016 — near Disautel, Okanogan County.

BAWW-2015-7 Black-and-white Warbler 23 September 2015 -- Moxee, Yakima County. 


BAWW-2015-8  Black-and-white Warbler  25 May 2015 -- Washtucna, Adams County.

BAWW-2016-2 Black-and-white Warbler 10-11 June 2016 -- Rancho Reata, Kennewick, 
Benton County. 


NOPA-2016-1  Northern Parula  7-8 June 2016 -- Kamiak Butte, Whitman County.

MAWA-2016-1  Magnolia Warbler  5 June 2016 -- Tatoosh Island, Clallam County.

BLBW-2016-2 Blackburnian Warbler 18 September 2016 -- Neah Bay, Clallam County. 
FIRST WASHINGTON RECORD DOCUMENTED BY PHOTOGRAPH OF THIS SPECIES. 


CSWA-2016-2 Chestnut-sided Warbler 4 June 2016 -- Lyons Ferry, Franklin County. 


BLPW-2016-1 Blackpoll Warbler 18 May 2016 -- Bassett Park, Washtucna, Adams 
County. 


BTBW-2016-1 Black-throated Blue Warbler 5-12 June 2016 -- Blacksnake Ridge Rd., 
Dixie, Walla Walla County. 


RUBU-2016-1  Rustic Bunting  27 February 2016 -- Acme, Whatcom County.

INBU-2016-1 Indigo Bunting 7 March - 12 April 2016 -- Mukilteo, Snohomish 
County. 


INBU-2016-3 Indigo Bunting 25 June - 4 July 2016 -- Peters Road, Randle, Lewis 
County. 


DICK-1995-1  Dickcissel  24 May 1995 -- Edison, Skagit County.

DICK-2016-1 Dickcissel 26-28 May 2016 -- Wa'atch Beach Drive, Neah Bay, Clallam 
County. 


COGR-2015-2 Common Grackle 7 November 2015 and 6 February 2016 -- Blood Ponds, 
Dodd Rd., Walla Walla County. 


COGR-2016-2  Common Grackle  29 March 2016 -- Ellensburg, Kittitas County.

 
RECORDS ACCEPTED AS CONTINUING SIGHTINGS OF PREVIOUSLY-ACCEPTED RECORDS:

Slaty-backed Gull continuing from fall 2015 through 21 May 2016, then returning 
in July 2016 and continuing to present – Tacoma, Pierce County, Accepted as a 
continuing record of SBGU-2012-1, present in the same location at least since 
2012. 


Brown Booby, 13-14 Sep 2015, off-shore waters from Edmonds, Point-No-Point, 
Kitsap, Snohomish and Island Counties. This sighting was accepted as a 
continuing record of BRBO-2015-1, present at Edmonds on 21 August 2015 and 
accepted at the Fall 2015 meeting. 


Hooded Oriole records from 2006 and 2007. A Hooded Oriole in the Magnolia 
neighborhood of Seattle, King County was present in 2005 and accepted as 
HOOR-2005-1. The committee neglected at the time to review and vote on the 2006 
and 2007 sightings of this bird as it returned. At the 2016 meeting, those 
later records were reviewed and accepted as returning instances of the original 
sighting: 2 May - 14 July 2006, 12 April - 23 May 2007 -- Magnolia, Seattle, 
King County. 

 
REPORTS NOT ACCEPTED:

KIEI-2005-1 King Eider 18 December 2005 -- Discovery Park, Seattle, King 
County. 


KIEI-2016-2  King Eider  14 February 2016 -- Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County.

COEI-2016-1 Common Eider 18 March 2016 -- Salt Creek County Park, Clallam 
County. 


LIGU-2016-1  Little Gull  12 September 2016 -- Birch Bay, Whatcom County.

SBGU-2015-2 Slaty-backed Gull 24-29 September 2015 -- Edmonds, Snohomish 
County. 


SBGU-2015-3  Slaty-backed Gull  27 November 2015 -- Tokeland, Pacific County.

MUPE-2016-2 Murphy's Petrel 14 May 2016 -- Westport Pelagic, Grays Harbor 
County. 


LBHE-2013-1  Little Blue Heron  5 August 2013 -- Birch Bay, Whatcom County.

LBHE-2016-1  Little Blue Heron  16 August 2016 -- Ann Lake, Chelan County.

EAPH-2016-1  Eastern Phoebe  31 August 2016 -- Washtucna, Adams County.

HORE-2000-2  Hoary Redpoll  10-17 March 2000 -- Elk, Spokane County.

BAWW-2016-1 Black-and-white Warbler 14 May 2016 -- Bradley Lake, Pierce County. 


BAWW-2016-3 Black-and-White Warbler 2 May 2016 -- Hwy 20 by Diablo Lake, 
Whatcom County. 


BLBW-2016-1 Blackburnian Warbler 21 May 2016 -- Horn Rapids, Richland, Benton 
County. 


CSWA-2016-1  Chestnut-sided Warbler  26 April 2016 -- Vancouver, Clark County.

BTBW-2015-1 Black-throated Blue Warbler 18 October 2015 -- Neah Bay, Clallam 
County. 


INBU-2016-2  Indigo Bunting  24-28 March 2016 -- Toppenish, Yakima County.

COGR-2016-1  Common Grackle  18 March 2016 -- Fisher Slough, Skagit County.

OROR-2015-3  Orchard Oriole  22 October 2015 -- Neah Bay, Clallam County.


REPORTS NOT ACCEPTED: SPECIES WITH ORIGIN UNCERTAIN:

 (ID accepted, but not accepted because of origin)

BBWD-1989-1 Black-bellied Whistling Duck late April to end of May 1989 -- 
Vancouver, Clark County. 


EUGO-2016-1 European Goldfinch 3-4 May 2016 -- Myrtle Edwards, Seattle, King 
County. 


EUGO-2016-2 European Goldfinch 7 May 2016 -- Discovery Park, Seattle, King 
County. 


EUGO-2016-3  European Goldfinch  16 May 2016 -- Covington, King County.



REPORTS DEFERRED FOR FURTHER REVIEW:

RFSP-2015-3  "Red" Fox Sparrow  3 November 2015 -- Yakima, Yakima County.

RFSP-2015-4 "Red" Fox Sparrow 10 November 2015 -- Woodland Bottoms, Cowlitz 
County. 


 
 
ADDITIONAL ACTIONS:
 
Black-headed Gull records from Spring 2016: In the spring the committee 
accepted the identity and presence of two Black-headed Gulls at Crescent Lake, 
Snohomish County in February and March 2016. Left undecided until the Fall 
meeting was whether to combine these two records into a single event record or 
consider them as separate events: The two will be treated as independent 
records. 


BHGU-2016-1, Black-headed Gull [one w/ a vertical head stripe and worn 
secondaries] – 1-6 Feb 2016, Crescent Lake, Snohomish County. 


BHGU-2016-2, Black-headed Gull [one with a face spot and fresh secondaries] – 
2-14 Feb and 20-22 March 2016, Crescent Lake, Snohomish County. 



Slaty-backed Gull records from Gog-le-hi-te, Pierce County: The committee 
reviewed the 2012 and 2013-2016 records of Slaty-backed Gull, SBGU-2012-1 and 
SBGU-2013-1. Both records will be merged into a single record, SBGU-2012-1 due 
to the belief that these all pertain to the same individual bird. 



Brown Booby records from Fall 2015: The committee deliberated over whether the 
many Brown Booby sightings from Fall 2015 were all individual records or if any 
should be considered the same individual wandering. Other than the one report 
mentioned above [BRBO-2015-1], all other reports were maintained as independent 
records, all accepted at the Spring 2016 meeting: 

 
BRBO-2015-4, Brown Booby – 15 Sep 2015, 46.5717x-125.2451, Pacific County.
 
BRBO-2015-5, Brown Booby – 12-26 Oct 2015, Dungeness Bay from 3 Crabs beach, 
Clallam County. 

 
BRBO-2015-6, Brown Booby – 16 Oct 2015, Discovery Park, Seattle, King County.
 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher records from Fall 2015: The committee deliberated over 
whether the many Blue-gray Gnatcatcher sightings rom Clallam County in Fall 
2015 were more likely to represent individual records or if any should be 
considered the same individual wandering. All reports were maintained as 
independent records, all accepted at the Spring 2016 meeting: 


BGGN-2015-1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Eastern subspecies) – 26 Sep 2015, Neah 
Bay, Clallam County. 


BGGN-2015-2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Eastern subspecies) – 12 Oct – 11 Nov 
2015, Neah Bay, Clallam County. 

 
BGGN-2015-3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (no subspecies determinable) – 25 Oct 
2015, Cape Flattery, Clallam County. 


BGGN-2015-4, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (no subspecies determinable) – 3 Nov 2015, 
Clallam Bay, Clallam County. 



The Committee decided to review criteria for evaluating “Red” Fox Sparrows 
before completing review of the subspecies. 


Ryan Merrill rotated off the committee at the conclusion of this meeting. Bill 
Shelmerdine has joined the WBRC as Ryan’s replacement. 


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


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


 
Matt Bartels 

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Subject: Walla Walla County Brown Pelican still here today.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:45:21 -0700
Hello All,

This afternoon MerryLynn and I went out to see if the Brown Pelican that 
Bob Derting discovered was still down below Ice Harbor Dam. It was 
indeed and despite the low overcast and rain MerryLynn was able to get 
some nice images of this unexpected seabird. Several of these images are 
on my Facebook page. Other species of interest are several large flocks 
of mixed blackbird species-more than 600 birds. Also a Fox Sparrow and a 
White-throated Sparrow along with two sub-adult Snow Geese all below Ice 
Harbor Dam.

Later Mike Denny


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Subject: Results of the Fall 2016 Klickitat County North American Migration Count
From: Bob Hansen <bobhansen AT gorge.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:15:32 -0700
Folks, 

My thanks to Randy Robinson and over 20 participants for the early tabulation 
of the Fall 2016 Klickitat County North American Migration Count results. 


For the Fall 2016 sector details, click on 
http://birdingwashington.info/Klickitat/Fall2016.htm 
 


For the history of count results beginning in 1998, click on 
http://birdingwashington.info/Klickitat/FallNAMC.htm 
 


Thank you again Randy and participants. This wouldn’t happen or be a reality 
without you! 


Happy birding!!
Bob 

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Subject: WOS Chelan County blanket trip
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 01:52:53 +0000
Hey all!

Eleven birders took part today in a "blanket" field trip in Chelan County, with 
three cars heading in different directions this morning, then returning to 
Wenatchee at lunch time to share observations after a morning of hunting for 
rarities on the tail end of migration. 


Six of us got a head start yesterday, birding up the Columbia to Lake Chelan, 
then up to Chelan Ridge. Harlequin Ducks were the stars of the day, with nine 
of them photographed flying north of Rocky Reach Dam, and another seen on Lake 
Chelan from Riverfront Park. Chelan Ridge was fairly well socked in with fog, 
so we found no birds up on the ridge, although we did find plenty of Merlins 
during the day along the Columbia, as well as a Peregrine Falcon on a power 
line stand. 


Highlights from today:  

American White Pelican. 6 birds on the Columbia south of Wells Dam.
Surf Scoter:  Will Risk Park (Entiat), and three at Chelan Falls Park
Northern Harrier, Blue Winged Teal, Cassin's Vireo:  Horan Natural Area
Cackling Goose: Wenatchee Confluence Park
White-headed Woodpecker and Pygmy Nuthatch:  Sleeping Lady Resort
Clark's Nutcracker: Swakane Wildlife Area
Red-necked Grebe:  good numbers all along the Columbia

Despite getting shut out on shorebirds everywhere and raptors at Chelan Ridge, 
we had a great weekend, with 80+ species seen, and a fun collection of birders 
from Chelan, Dougias, Benton, Clark, King and Island Counties. 


Happy birding!

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Subject: Chelan blog updated
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 23:43:51 +0000
Hey all!

Things slowed down just enough for me to get blog posts up from the second week 
of September, including the Wenatchee waterfront, Clara Lake and Chelan Ridge. 
Enjoy! 


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Subject: Bennington Lake Ibis
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:34:17 -0700
Hello All,

An Ibis was located this morning at Bennington Lake east of Walla Walla. 
It was photographed.

Later Mike Denny


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Subject: Tan striped White-throated Sparrow
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:53:51 -0700
Hello All,

Yesterday and today a single tan striped White-throated Sparrow has 
popped up in our back garden. Beautiful bird.

Later Mike Denny


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Subject: Updated WA Birder cumulative county year list file available online
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:31:39 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland-NW-Birders - 

An updated version of the 2016 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 380 species statewide. 
That's three more than last year at this point, seven better than 2014’s 373 
and two below 2013’s total of 382. 


Eastern WA has tallied 313 species, five higher than last year [308], six more 
than 2014 [307] and three down from 2013 [316]. 


Western WA, at 345 species, is identical to the total from last year, above the 
2014 and 2015 totals [337 and 343 respectively] 


26 counties are over 200 for the year, and 23 are doing better than last year 
at this point. That said, 30 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. The biggest deviations from last year? Lewis 
County is up 21 species over last year, Columbia is up 17, and Asotin county is 
down 32. 


Looking at species differences at this point in the lists this year and last - 
it really is almost all rare birds - Of the 14 species seen last year by this 
point but not this year, the only non-review species missed so far are Horned 
Puffin and Boreal Owl. Conversely, of the 17 species seen this year but not 
last year by this point - all are review species except White-winged Crossbill 
and Northern Hawk-Owl. 


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://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: Northern waterthrush Bassett Park Washtucna, WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2016 04:11:28 +0000
This morning Tony Greger found a northern waterthrush where birds come to water 
by the large tree in the park. I was able to see it briefly before it and all 
the other birds flushed. I sat with my camera for a couple of hours but it did 
not return. In general yellow-rumped warblers, white-crowned sparrows, Wilson's 
warblers and warbling vireos ruled the day and in that order. Ruby-crowned 
kinglets were seen for the first time in three days and there were two 
black-headed and one evening grosbeaks. Flycatcher numbers were also down from 
the previous three days. 


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Subject: Bassett Park Washtucna WA this afternoon
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 01:21:30 +0000
Well the wind has not helpped highlights two American redstarts and a gray 
flycatcher. There are still quite a few flycatchers and warbling vireos around. 


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Subject: NE WA birds over the weekend
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:30:37 -0700
Hi Tweets & INWBers -
 
I spent the weekend in the NE corner of WA, and found some decent shorebirds, 
especially in Stevens Co. 

Highlights:
Stevens County:
Lake Roosevelt Rec Area [21 Aug] - there are nice sandbars at the mouth of the 
Colville River - a walk across some slightly muddy ground brought me to a flock 
of at least 30 BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS - mixed in w/ them were a few Western 
Sandpipers and a nice young STILT SANDPIPER - In a tree along Lake Roosevelt, a 
GREAT EGRET [code 5] was hanging out w/ several Great Blue Herons. 


Colville STP - I finally was there on a weekday monday [22 Aug], and the 
shorebird collection was great - 12 species: SEMIPALMATED PLOVER [1], 
SEMI-SANDPIPER [2-3], Western, Least, Pectoral [~3], Baird’s [10+], Greater & 
Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Wilson’s Snipe, & 
Killdeer - all offering great looks. Also had 3 Sora wandering around in the 
open. 


Ferry County:
Sanpoil River Mouth [8/20] - not much, but a couple SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and a 
couple Spotties mixed in w/ Killdeer - lots of mud, there should be more…. 


Inchelium Hwy, along Lake Roosevelt, at the Sandbars N of Barnaby Creek outlet 
[22 Aug] - 3 BONAPARTE’S GULLS [code 5]- 1 in crisp juvie plumage, 2 adults - 
they eventualy flew over into Stevens County [where they are only a code 4]. 


Pend Oreille County:
Not much luck w/ shorebirds [21 Aug]- there was a flock out at the Flying Goose 
Ranch, but they stuck to a sandbar too far north to get ids. And at the 
Pondoray Shores pond along Leclerc, a few Solitary Sandpipers were nice to 
find. 


Yesterday, [22 Aug] I spent the morning up at Salmo Mountain - Boreal 
Cihckadees popped right out a bit downhill from the lookout turnoff - Best bird 
for me was a single bright WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL that flew in to playback, 
sang and called repeatedly from a perch above me for great looks. Also saw one 
Am. Three-toed Woodpecker and heard a likely couple more. And good numbers of 
OC Warblers, one Nashville and several Wilson’s, Townsend’s & Yellow-rumped 
Warblers. 


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Subject: Chelan blog entries done
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:11:40 -0700
Hey all!

It was a long haul, but I have all June July and August trips updated in the 
blog now at www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com. 


The year list sits at 185! I'm getting close to the goal of 200 species for the 
year, although of course the target list is getting shorter just as the year 
is. All in all, the summer posts covered a good bit of the high country in 
Chelan, including hikes near Washington Pass, Stevens Pass and Cascade Pass, as 
well as visits to Fish Lake, Camas Meadows, Horse Lake Preserve, Union Valley 
Road and Stehekin. 


Most importantly, reading about someone who is in over his head almost 
constantly in every way should be good reading from the safety of your kitchen 
table. 


Enjoy!

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Subject: Chelan blog updates
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:00:35 -0700
As promised, I have been extremely tardy in getting blog updates completed, but 
I did get a pair of them in from A Father's Day trip and the day that followed. 


I should have three hikes worth of additions by the weekend.

Enjoy!

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Subject: Chelan birding: Cascade Pass to Sahale Glacier Camp
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:43:43 -0700
Hey all!

I zipped up yesterday to Marblemount in hopes of getting a backpacking permit 
for Sahale Glacier camp up near the cascade crest in Chelan County. I missed it 
by five minutes! I'll know next time, but for this visit, I had to make the 12 
mile round trip in a day. 


I arrived at the trailhead as early as I could manage and was able to start 
hiking once the stars started to fade at the gorgeous parking area. The 3.7 
miles to Cascade Pass was pretty uneventful, outside of taking me from Skagit 
to Chelan County. 


As I was chatting with a backpacking group from the North Cascades Institute, 
at the pass, a Black Swift passed overhead, making it the first new bird for 
the year on this trip. A few of the people in their group had done the hike up 
above Lake Doubtful towards the Glacier Camp and reported seeing American 
Pipits and Sooty Grouse, both of which I was able to find several times over, 
with Sooty Grouse out on the trail at several point on the hike. 


At the camp, I had been hoping for White-tailed Ptarmigan, which would have 
been a life bird, but instead had Gray-crowned Rosy Finches at the talks slopes 
near the top. 


The top was amazing, although it did feel a little funny to leave King County 
and drive to Skagit to walk into Chelan, then up to 7600 feet just to say "Hey! 
The mountain's out." Baker and Glacier Peak were of course visible, and 
additionally Rainier was seen from the top in the faaaaar distance. 


On the way down a person I had met at the top, a birder from Tennessee, said 
"Hey bird guy!" I looked up from my feet and saw a nice surprise bird: A 
Northern Harrier! It wasn't the only raptor of the day, as I also saw an 
American Kestrel while above Lake Doubtful. Other not-new-but-interesting birds 
included Fox Sparrows, Townsend's Solitaire and a silent empid. 


Marmots are very tame. Like puppies... Except also rodents. Looking to the one 
home for sure. 


I have my school computer back for fall and will work to get the blog caught up 
from June July and August trips. 


Happy birding!

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Subject: Chelan birding in the doldrums
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:46:33 -0700
Hey all!

I made a trip over late-ish on Saturday and a good part of Sunday to Chelan. 
Kingbirds are much more of the soundtrack than before, and many of the birds 
were pretty quiet, but there were still a few good finds. 


Saturday began with a search for shorebirds, but the spot I was most excited to 
visit, the Cashmere STP, had little more than a little mud. There will still 
plenty of Killdeer, and a Spotted Sandpiper, but it's going to take some good 
rain to bring in some migrants. 


The Wenatchee waterfront complex of parks had a lot of gulls at long last, 
which had me hopeful for a Caspian Tern, but there were none found there or 
elsewhere by me on this trip. A Gray Catbird may have been the highlight. 


Horse Lake Preserve near Wenatchee has had some great birds in the last month: 
Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Scrub-Jay, and Barn Owl, but none were found 
Sarurday night. I did come across a barn with an owl, but it was almost 
certainly a great horned juvenile calling from inside. As the sun went down 
some Vaux's Swifts joined the Violet-green Swallows and Common Nighthawks 
snapping up bugs. 


Sunday morning I went up Union Valley Road near Chelan hoping for Northern 
Pygmy-Owl, and again got Great Horned, as well as Lark Sparrow, and several 
Clark's Nutcrackers. 


From here, I traveled up and around through Winthrop to Washington Pass. 
Normally I figure divulging a nest site for a special bird like that would lead 
to stress on the birds, but... These birds are stressed out anyway and I'm 
wondering if there's anything to be done. The nest was very easy to find not 
only because of the male drumming, but because of the female who gave scolding 
calls the entire time I was there. There's quite a bit of traffic through the 
area and it seems like roping off some distance from the nest might help, but 
I'm not sure who to ask, or how long they'll still be at nest anyway. 


My last stop was a hike to Blue Lake, where I heard the same scolding call, but 
infrequently and distant, then later had an ATTW on a tree right along the side 
of the trail. 


The rest of the birds have melted. I'll come back when they resolidify, I 
suppose! 


Happy birding, 

Tim Brennan

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

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


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


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


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


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



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


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

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


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


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


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


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



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Subject: Chelan County birding: Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 19:44:45 -0700
Hey all!

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


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


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


Footsore in Renton

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


Enjoy the long-weekend birding,

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Subject: Stevens Pass hiking tomorrow 7/1
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:29:45 -0700
Hey all!

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


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


Happy birding!  

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Subject: Aw crud!
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:29:51 -0700
Hey all!

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


Happy Birding!

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Subject: Chelan county birding
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:07:56 -0700
Hey Tweets!

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


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


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


Happy birding!

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Subject: Chelan County Birding
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:06:35 -0700
Hey all,

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


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


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


Happy birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton

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Subject: American Redstart at Palouse Falls
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 14:24:29 -0700
Hey All,


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

Good Birding in Franklin and Adams County!

Kevin Black
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Subject: Chelan day two
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:37:20 -0700
Hey all!

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


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


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


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


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


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


Happy Birding!

Tim Brennan
Renton
Www.chelancountybirding.blogspot.com

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Subject: Chelan century day
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 18:18:22 -0700
Hey all!

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


Highlights:

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

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


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


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


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


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


Phew

Tim Brennan
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Subject: tri-colored blackbird
From: "Mike" <strix.nebulosa1987 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 20:07:07 -0700
Does anyone know if Tri-colored Blackbirds still nest near Othello. If so
any idea where to find them. I have some birding friends from out of state
visiting next week and they would be interested to find them.

 

Mike

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

M&ML Denny

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


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

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


Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA
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Subject: Good Deal for Binculars at Cabela's
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 10:59:41 -0700
I am forwarding this from Idaho Birding ListServ.

Hello All,

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

 

are
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and shipping is free with the promo code 56mem. Just wanted everyone to
know about it before they are gone. I have used these binos for over a year
and really like the way they work.

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Subject: County year list project update available on WA Birder
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 14:56:37 -0700
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders -

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


http://www.wabirder.com/  


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

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



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



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Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 21:24:24 -0700
Hello all,
Linda found our FOY Yellow-breasted Chat this morning at Bennington Lake 
east of Walla Walla. Black-chinned Hummingbirds also showed up today at 
several feeders.

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

Enjoy the birds! M&ML


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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, 
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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

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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

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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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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

-- 
Mike & MerryLynn Denny
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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. 


Tim Brennan
Renton
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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!

Tim Brennan
Renton
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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!

Tim Brennan
Renton


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


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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.

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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 
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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, 


Matt Bartels 
Secretary, WBRC 
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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

Everett, WA

 

 
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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
Everett, WA

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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
503 881 5889
bobhansen AT peak.org  


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