[Tweeters] Mt. St Helens Gray-crowned Rosy Finches

Lee Cain kisutch40 at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 12 23:31:18 PDT 2013

While hiking out on the Boundary Trail that heads east of the Johnston Observatory ( I believe we were on the cliff known as the Devil's Elbow), Evan and I flushed up a lone adult male GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH.  Just prior to that, a little farther west along the trail , a single HORNED LARK was walking amongst the abundant blooming fireweed and sheep sorrel.  Other than that I was surprised how few birds we could detect:

Coldwater Lake to Boundary Trail  -- Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Pied-billed Grebe                   2 [1] 
Anna's Hummingbird                  6
Rufous Hummingbird                 15
Warbling Vireo
Common Raven
Horned Lark                         1 [2] 
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch             1 [3] 
American Goldfinch                  2

[1]  on pond way below Boundary Trail
[2]  along Boundary Trail
[3]  Devil's Elbow, Boundary Trail; adult male

Total number of species seen: 15


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