[Tweeters] Clarkston Gulls

Blair blair at washingtonadvisorygroup.com
Wed Dec 11 09:35:11 PST 2013

With excellent directions from Mike Clarke I have birding along the Snake River in Clarkston since dawn this morning. Conditions are changing rapidly here as it is warming (currently 33) and the ice is melting. I was super lucky and refound and photographed the Lesser Black Backed Gull on a small ice floe mid - river west of Clarkston across from the pulp mill in what I understand is the Port of Wilma (Vilma?) just after dawn. Thousands of ducks and geese and a number of gulls. Apparently this is a night roosting area. I then worked my way down river and found the Glaucou Gull (again on ice) about 45 minutes later at the marina at Hell's Canyon R V resort. In with primarily Ring Bills and California Gulls.
Other cool birds include a single Greater White Fronted Goose, a Thayer's Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, 6 Red Cross bills and a group of maybe 50 Wood Ducks. Also lots of Barrow's Goldeneyes. Heading back and will recheck Highway 260 and hope for a Hawk Owl.
-- Blair Bernson

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