[Tweeters] Benton/Franklin day
birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Mon Feb 18 18:50:42 PST 2013
Having failed to find much in North Richland yesterday afternoon, I started there again this morning.
At Leslie Groves, there were plenty of HOUSE FINCHES, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and PINE SISKINS, but I couldn’t find any Common Redpolls. It was amusing to watch a SNOW GOOSE and two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE hanging out with the domestic geese there. Some of the domestics are white and some are the more traditional Greylag gray. The native geese looked to be about 1/3 size in comparison. Six more GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flew overhead due east from Benton to Franklin county.
I then headed up to Spring St. at the north end of North Richland. I didn’t come up with any rare finches, but I did find a flock of about 100 CEDAR WAXWINGS that also had a lone BOHEMIAN WAXWING. I also spotted Ivar Husa taking photos of the waxwings coming down to a European Mountain Ash where they were barely managing to swallow the huge berries.
I then headed over to Franklin County, and made my first-ever visit to Ringold. I dipped on finding the American Dipper that Tom Mansfield found there in January, finding only WILSON’S SNIPE at the spot. But the Ringold area is definitely worth birding!
I found a pair of WOOD DUCKS, a FOX SPARROW amongst the bazillion WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and several CEDAR WAXWINGS. Over the private residence just south of the hatchery, I spotted a lone TREE SWALLOW, my first of the year. And flying around the fish hatchery ponds was a real surprise, a MEW GULL. It’s the first one I’ve ever seen anywhere in Eastern Washington.
I headed north onto the River Corridor Unit of the Saddle Mountain NWR, but found little except interesting scenery.
Nice almost-spring day in Eastern Washington.
== Michael Hobbs
== BirdMarymoor at frontier.com
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