Date: 6/22/18 5:01 pm From: Daniel R Froehlich <danielfroehlich...> Subject: [Tweeters] Pacific County Lazuli Bunting and Black Phoebe
Incidental to running a Breeding Bird Survey Route around Raymond in Pacific County, I found a singing Lazuli Bunting and a suspicious Black Phoebe.
The Lazuli Bunting was across from a defunct farmstead in riparian trees along the Willapa River on Elk Prairie Road pretty much due south of the hamlet of Frances on hwy 6 when viewed on a map. This is not far from the Lewis County line. Careful, a passel of Goldfinches are also in full-throated song at the same place with varying sounds, occasionally resembling the Bunting. I was surprised that this is apparently the first LAZB on eBird for Pacific County!
The Black Phoebe persisted from yesterday to today at the southernmost ranch on Lilly-Wheaton Road just in from the junction with Highway 6. I found it active in the barnyard among equipment, fencing and gates, sallying even inside the sheds and barns. Both yesterday and today it disappeared for several minutes up into the eaves of the old farmhouse at the barn, across the barnyard from a tall, giant vat (labelled "Storeslurry System").
Neither did I see a second bird, nor could I confirm that the individual was carrying food, so I couldn't confirm breeding, but it was awfully suspicious. If there isn't yet a breeding record for Pacific County, it might be worth it to ask farm-workers present to have a look under the eaves. Both times I was there, there was no one about. I'm heading back north to conduct another BBS route tomorrow morning.