[Tweeters] Lincoln County Fallout

Jonathan B. Isacoff isacoff at gonzaga.edu
Sat Apr 27 17:47:38 PDT 2013

With mega-heavy winds coming in (gusts up to 45 mph), had a hunch some birds might get grounded at the Lincoln County migrant traps. Davenport Cemetery was bursting with Flycatchers, Sparrows, and Thrushes, including:

Dusky Flycatcher (5-10 birds)
Gray Flycatcher (5-10 birds)
Hermit Thrush (5-10 birds)
Varied Thrush (4-6 birds)
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (at least 4 birds, quite a bit for the location)
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Also fun to see were a couple of BROWN CREEPERS. The only Warbler seemingly present (hard to tell due to wind in the trees) was Yellow-rumped. On Old Kuck's Road South of Davenport was a LONG-BILLED CURLEW and large mixed flock of DUNLIN and both YELLOWLEGS species (50+ birds total). More surprising was a pair of WOOD DUCKS - an incredibly (dare I say maddeningly!) difficult bird to find any time any place in Lincoln County. At Reardan Ponds were BLACK-NECKED STILTS, and a bunch of FOY birds: LEAST SANDPIPER, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, BARN SWALLOW, and most fun of all: WHITE PELICAN. The latter species is less than annual at the location, preferring the fish menu at Sprague Lake when they're in LIncoln County. No mega-rarities but obviously a lot of migrants coming in.

Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane

Jonathan B. Isacoff
Chair, Environmental Studies
Associate Professor, Political Science
Gonzaga University, Box 52
Spokane, WA 99258-0052
isacoff at gonzaga.edu

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