[Tweeters] s.e. CLALLAM CO and Sequim highlights, June 1-2
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Mon Jun 3 09:44:39 PDT 2013
The hot birds were clearly out in the northwest, but I found a few good ones in the eastern half of CLALLAM CO Saturday, while scouting the area for out-of -town visitors Diane and Tony that came in from New Jersey. We found additional birds yesterday, June 2. Highlights were as follows:
CACKLING GOOSE 1 (late--Pond Reclamation Park south of Carrie Blake Park both days)
Cinnamon Teal 1, BW Teal 3--Helen's Pond June 1
Bufflehead 1--late bird with preceding
RUDDY DUCK 2 (striking males on Kitchen Dick ponds, rare and local in county)
NORTHERN GOSHAWK 2--adult soaring over FS Rd 2860 near trailhead for Royal Creek June 2;
second bird nearby also; rare local breeder n.e. Olympics
Com. Nighthawk 1--FOY (FOS) dusk June 1 over central Jimmy-Come-Lately Rd.
AM. THREE-TOED WOODPECKER 1--adult seem point-blank along FS 28 headed southbound
in direction of Bon Jon Pass; elev only about 2700'; approx. 7 miles south of fork in road with Dungeness Forks (2880); very rare in county
Cassin's Vireo 2--hard to find this year per Bob, pair at confluence of O'Brien Rd and Hidden Valley Rd June 1-2
Willow Flycatcher--widespread arrivals over weekend, first near Carrie Blake June 1
W. Bluebird 1--at least one seen from Hidden Valley Rd at nest box
Townsend's Solitaire 1--one along FS 2860/70 southbound in direction of Royal Creek trailhead;
love that bullfinch-like note
Am. Pipit 1--late single at Graysmarsh beach June 1
the expected 9 warbler species, including:
pure female HERMIT WARBLER matched with male TOWNSEND'S June 1 along FS 2870, first overlook/pulloff heading southward toward Royal Creek trailhead; another pure female HERMIT seen point-blank at traditional stake-out about one mile past and uphill east of Royal Creek trailhead, near the end of FS 2860 and trailhead for Mt. Townsend; June 2. Several hybrids also in the area as usual.
Bullock's Oriole--1 male at Carrie Blake Park early June 2, rare and local in Clallam.
OTHER NOTES--Graysmarsh public beach access and Holland Rd edge had evidence of a number of migrant passerines still around, including about 12 Yellow and 3 MacGillivray's Warblers June 1,
and several latish Pacific-slope Flycatchers were in clearly migrant spots nearby. A possible Eastern Kingbird was at Carrie Blake June 1, but it was heard-only a couple times and I was not sure.
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