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. listing.aba.org/ethics/
Good Birding, Kevin Lucas Selah, WA (Yakima County)