[Tweeters] WOS Migrant Mania Field Trip Report 5/31,
6/1 (American Redstart Lyon's Ferry)
Kevin.Black at wallawalla.edu
Mon Jun 3 13:15:48 PDT 2013
Friday night (5/31), eight of us including myself camped at Washtucna's Basset Park to start the field trip. At the end of the day Saturday (6/1) we had a total of 84 species at Hatton Rest Area and then those who continued on to Scooteney Wildlife Refuge had a bonus 10 species, ending with 94 species altogether! Just shy of 100!
Furthermore, at the end of the day we had a total of NINE species of Warblers!
Some had county lifer birds, others had Washington lifers, and a couple birders had lifer birds! Our most exciting bird was a calling AMERICAN REDSTART deep in the foliage at Lyon's Ferry. Myself and Amit got brief looks at it to confirm identification but it would not come out for everyone to see!
We also had a FOY for most birders Common Nighthawk fly over and call. As the light got more dim Friday we set up our tents and lounged around having good conversation. Interestingly, all throughout the night a calling Barn owl was making distinct beak tapping noise and their typical screeches.
We woke up to a calling close great horned owl At 2:30 AM as well!
Another exciting experience with a nocturnal bird was a low-flying Common Nighthawk that was flying over the grass at ankle level in the park when we awoke at 4:20AM. It also divebombed Russ Koppendreyer's tent making it's displaying noise. It literally dove and got as close as a couple feet from the top of Russ's tent!
Highlights of the field trip included:
Washtucna Friday 6/1:
Wild Turkey-in alleyway adjacent to entrance to park
Rufous Hummingbird-at resident's feeder
Western Wood Pee-Wee
Gray Catbird-seen and heard
Yellow-Breasted Chat-North of the pool deep in russian olives-thanks Greg Falco for the heads up on this bird
Ferruginous Hawk-two of them-fly overs
Rock Wren-Whitman County side
Canyon Wren-Whitman and Franklin County side
American White Pelican-both Franklin and Whitman Counties
Bonaparte's Gull-both Franklin and Whitman Counties FOUR of them!
Western Wood Pee-Wee
Eastern Kingbird-FOY for many
Hatton Rest Area:
Bonaparte's Gull-two of them!
Forester's tern-two of them FOY in Franklin County for me
Needless to say we had a great time!
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