[Tweeters] RE: [LCBirds2] Common Redpolls - N Richland, Sora - Pasco - and LATE BREAKING NEWS: American Dipper at Ringold...

Tom Mansfield birds at t-mansfield.com
Fri Jan 18 17:55:29 PST 2013

Kevin - Add to that excellent line-up an American Dipper (AMDI) that I found very late this afternoon at Ringold!

Inspired by Matt Yawney's irrigation canal AMDI at Ephrata and with a tip from NancyL that AMDI was seen years ago at the Esquatzel Flume north of Pasco, I poked around upper Franklin County's irrigation canals today - after dipping on your PUFI at Sacajawea (although I scored there 2 Brown Creepers, a local nemesis bird). I started checking along the river from Broadmoor, zigged and zagged back and forth finding access, checked the Esquatzel Flume and another further north on Columbia River Road, and then continued on to the Ringold Hatchery, where there is a tremendous amount of water spilling over that creates excellent looking AMDI habitat with rocky edges and matted grasses/sticks along the outflow. Alas, that flume was devoid of birds. Driving up the Ringold access road headed to back to the hotel, I noticed there was a bridge a bit to the north of the access road's intersection with Ringold Road/Road 170. The flume that emptied at Ringold flowed under Ringold Road/Road 170. So, I pulled over in fading light and checked under the west side of the bridge but it looked too deep for AMDI. When I crossed the road and checked the east side, I found that another, smaller flume emptied into the Ringold Wastewater Canal after falling down a steep hill to the south. There were more rocks where the two canals met and sitting right next to a drain pipe on a big rock was the AMDI! There is a maintenance access road (and structures but no signs) so I walked over opposite the smaller flume and tried some photos but it was nearly dark. My guess is the AMDI will be there in the morning...and I probably will be, too.

Tom Mansfield in Pasco tonight.

From: LCBirds2 at yahoogroups.com [mailto:LCBirds2 at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kevin Black
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2013 5:11 PM
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Subject: Re: [LCBirds2] Common Redpolls - N Richland, Sora - Pasco

Sora is a code 5! A sora was heard last year November I believe and to get one this early is sweet! Way to go James! and Ivar for the advice! It's going to be a good year for Franklin County! Was the sora just before the actual entrance or the entrance where the bike trail starts?

Kevin Black
Richland, WA

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On Jan 18, 2013, at 3:25 PM, "James Cleaver" <james.d.cleaver at gmail.com<mailto:james.d.cleaver at gmail.com>> wrote:

Hi all,
Had a great day birding. Started at Sacajawea Park looking for the Purple Finch, but couldn't find one. There were GC Kinglets, RC Kinglets, and Brown Creepers that were fun to watch. Ivar showed me during the CBC a good spot to call V. Rails. It is before the entrance to Sacajawea park, on the river side, where the grassy area is just before the trees start. Today I got some rails to respond again to calls I played, and a Sora came out in the open for some great looks. There was also a Marsh Wren present.

I saw the Peregrine Falcon that hangs out by the Cable Bridge on the Kennewick side. There was a single 1st year GC Sparrow hanging out with WC Sparrows on Bateman Is. The surprise for today was at least 3 Common Redpolls eating Catkins on the Birch trees at 2118 Harris Ave. in N. Richland. They were mixed in with American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins.

I still need Crossbills and a T. Solitaire for the year if anyone knows where they are hanging out now.


James Cleaver
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