Date: 2/6/18 9:05 pm
From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Intergrade American x Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Red-shouldered Hawk, Black Phoebe -- Toppenish, Yakima County
Today at Toppenish Creek I again saw and heard the Red-shouldered Hawk at
Lateral C x Toppenish Creek. I'd gone down this morning to see if I could
get audio recordings and better photos of the Red-shouldered Hawk that
loudly and persistently let me know if its presence yesterday early
afternoon -- giving me ample time to realize, finally, what I was hearing.
I also found an Intergrade American x Eurasian Green-winged Teal drake,
then a Black Phoebe.

The Intergrade Green-winged Teal was a bonus of peering through thick
willows searching for the hawk. The Black Phoebe was a bonus of coming back
a bit after 4 p.m. to listen again for the hawk. I'd been hearing the
phoebe's call earlier in the day, and pointed it out to some others, but it
didn't dawn on me then what it was. I never got good hawk audio, only
hearing it call three times today, and got only marginally less Loch Ness
photos of it. My Green-winged Teal photos are frames taken from digiscoped
video, so pretty rough. I fared a little better with the Black Phoebe. I
presume this is the same Red-shouldered Hawk that Debie Brown found here on
September 16, 2017 -- when she was looking for a continuing Black Phoebe.
And I'd guess this is that same Black Phoebe. I'll post some photos on my
Flickr stream once I download and select them.

I didn't use any playback, as per the ABA Code of Birding Ethics. The
property on either side of Lateral C road is all signed No Trespassing, and
is private or leased from the Yakama Nation. Most drivers were at least
reasonably considerate, with the exception of the Wapato school bus driver
who drove by very fast each time (normal for him), and a pair of women in a
new white pickup truck who drove even faster half a dozen times, throwing
gravel and clouds of dust. If you visit, consider parking on the upwind
side of the road, keeping your windows rolled up, and being ready to duck
into your vehicle.

It was a pretty good day.

Good Birding,
Kevin Lucas
Selah, WA
(Yakima County)

p.s. Sorry for the likely typos.

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