Date: 10/7/19 9:09 am From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> Subject: [obol] Most EVER!
Kei and I were in Yakima this weekend and took a side trip to Fort Simcoe west of Wapato. If you have never been there you really should go. Not only is it a great historical place but it is also one of the best places to see Lewis' Woodpeckers. We have counted 30 or so in the past BUT this time there were most likely over 100. Yes One HUNDRED! They just kept coming, flying WAY up in the sky almost to the disappearing point. The oak savanna covers the fort but not to much more so for some reason they don't appear to live in any of the surrounding oak areas to the west (canyon lining hiway 97 west of Toppennish for example). GREAT place to photo them in flight as you don't have to futz with tree limbs in the photo. Nothing but sky (unless you WANTED them in the trees). The only other 'woodpeckers' seen was a pair of Northern Flickers (red-shafted).
Now, on the way home (on 97) we made a lunch stop at De Moss Park south of Biggs. We haven't stopped there in years but Sunday was perfect. No sooner than we exited our car then I spotted movement in the trees and in less than a minute we were in the thick of almost 100 Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Yes, again more than I could count and they just kept coming in from the direction of Moro. There is a draw extending from Moro north to the springs at De Moss. I know there must have been some warblers in there but I could only verify one Yellow-rumped and maybe a couple of Song Sparrows. ALL the rest were Ruby-crowneds. As per usual they hid in the shadows but would pop in and out of bits of sun taking advantage of the water below. Not a single other bird in the herd. Two Magpies and two Ravens did a fly-over and one Red-tail Hawk made an appearance.