Any Wednesday with out of state birders is more fun because we get to be with them when they see lifers. Lots of celebrating today. Despite the rain, spirits were good and birding kept happening. Ten woodpecker species and 6 Warbler species adds to a good day here.
The leucistic Red-breasted Sapsucker at Calliope Crossing gave lots of viewing time. Warbler show was good low in the willows along the creek. A female Black-backed was a welcome sight, seen by all as she fed low in the burned trees. At Cold Springs, we spent ages to finally have some see the MacGillivray's that sang constantly. Williamson's are still setting up shop it appears, as both were out of the cavity at the same time. Along 1018 we enjoyed Lewis's on snags and singing Olive-sided Fly offering beer. Empid around the CG was not cooperative. Empids were not calling today. Along the rd 1026 toward Scott's Pass trailhead, we had fun with a male Black-backed WP up close, Pileated active nearby and seen by most, Cassin's Finches etc. We finished the day with Canada Jays along the Millican Crater rd and White-headed WP and Ash-throated Fly along Camp Polk. Thanks to all for great listening for birds and finding them. Surprising misses for late May, Laz Buntings, Western Wood Peewee, etc, but hey, it rained most of the day so they could be around but in cover and quiet.
This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net Sooty Grouse - heard by some, near "big rock" Turkey Vulture Red-tailed Hawk American Kestrel Falcon species ( Prairie or Peregrine) - seen from along 242 in Milli Wilson's Snipe - heard, at Calliope Crossing Eurasian Collared-Dove Vaux's Swift - overhead along 1018 Calliope Hummingbird - some posing far away, Calliope Crossing natch Lewis' Woodpecker Williamson's Sapsucker Red-naped Sapsucker - Calliope Crossing Red-breasted Sapsucker - Calliope Crossing and Milli area Downy Woodpecker - Calliope Crossing Hairy Woodpecker - Calliope Crossing and Scott's Pass rd White-headed Woodpecker - Camp Polk Black-backed Woodpecker - Calliope Crossing and Scott's Pass rd 1026 Northern Flicker Pileated Woodpecker - near "big rock" Olive-sided Flycatcher - along 1018 not far from CG Gray Flycatcher - Calliope Crossing Unidentified Empidonax - Some thought Pac Slope. Not vocal, distant. Whisp Pines CG Ash-throated Flycatcher - Pair, along Camp Polk Rd Canada Jay - 2 or more, rd into Millican Crater Steller's Jay Western Scrub-Jay Black-billed Magpie Common Raven Tree Swallow Cliff Swallow Mountain Chickadee Red-breasted Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch - Cold Springs Pygmy Nuthatch Brown Creeper - Cold Springs House Wren Golden-crowned Kinglet Mountain Bluebird Townsend's Solitaire - 1026, calling Hermit Thrush - Milli off 242 in live forest American Robin European Starling Orange-crowned Warbler - Calliope Yellow Warbler - Calliope Yellow-rumped Warbler - Whispering Pines MacGillivray's Warbler - Cold Springs Common Yellowthroat - Calliope Wilson's Warbler - Calliope and Cold Springs Western Tanager - Calliope Spotted Towhee - Cold Springs Chipping Sparrow - 1026, mostly on ground Fox Sparrow Song Sparrow Lincoln's Sparrow - Calliope Dark-eyed Junco Black-headed Grosbeak - dominant singing Calliope and Cold Springs Red-winged Blackbird Brewer's Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird - along 1018 Cassin's Finch - several females, along 1026 Total number of species seen: 59 Birders today: from Maryland, Debra Mccoy and Hank Ruppbrecht, from Delaware, Mike Weinstein, and locals, Barb Rumer, Dave Rein, Jean Tuomi, Joel Tinsley, Aaron Jenkins, Nancy Boever, Sherrie Pierce, Scott Ahlf, Howard Horvath and Judy Meredith. Next week, once again birding in the woodpecker zones, so probably plan on all day again! Good birding, POST: Send your post to <obol...> JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...>