[Tweeters] Lincoln Co.-WW Crossbills, Pine Grosbeaks

Jonathan B. Isacoff isacoff at gonzaga.edu
Fri Jan 11 16:10:24 PST 2013

Terry Little and I had a great morning around Davenport and Hawk Creek Canyon in Lincoln County. In Davenport Town, we immediately found a flock of about 25 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS. Davenport Cemetery had 3-4 (or more, hard to tell) WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continuing since late November in a mixed flock with about 10-12 Red Crossbills. Hawk Creek Canyon was quite birdy, I think the tally was around 43 or 44 species in just the canyon proper, not bad for a 25 degree day with moderate-to-have snow cover. Highlights were:

Cackling Goose
Killdeer - Pretty rare this far NE in mid-winter
Golden Eagle
Northern Shrike - 4 or 5, quite a few for 1 canyon!
Stellar's Jay
Clark's Nutcracker
American Dipper
Canyon Wren
Marsh Wren
Townsend's Solitaire
Varied Thrush
Common Redpoll

When we returned to Davenport, we were treated to a MERLIN harassing Starlings and 3 BALD EAGLES flying directly over town. Some photos of the Killdeer and Pine Grosbeaks are on Flickr.

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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