[Tweeters] Walla Walla County - west end

Mike & MerryLynn m.denny at charter.net
Sat Jun 15 14:50:06 PDT 2013

Hello all,
At the Walla Walla River delta this morning we had a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT singing - If they nest out there it will be a first - we usually only see one or two of these birds during fall migration. Had one June 4 at Bennington Lake for our first ever June record. Water level has been high but going down - no shorebirds there but did have a GREATER YELLOWLEGS at 2Rivers and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS at Tyson pond - along with American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts and one Wilson's Phalarope.
At 2Rivers were 13 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 1 CLARK'S GREBE and 4 Western Grebes. Counted 8 Forster's Terns today. And a Yellow-rumped Warbler singing in a cottonwood - weird place for this bird in June! Ate lunch here listening to Flicker, Bullock's Oriole, Tree Swallow and Kestrel young all begging.
American White Pelicans were all over Badger Island where they nest - and flocks of these birds were flying west out of Walla Walla at 6:30 this morning - have seen them flying all over the valley.
In Wallula Gap the White-throated Swifts and swallows were numerous - and both Canyon and Rock Wrens were singing.

Birded the mountains yesterday with friends and found both species of Bluebirds feeding young in nest boxes - seems late but we did have a hard freeze in May and this may be their second try. Red-naped Sapsuckers also feeding young. Very birdy with lots of warblers, flycatchers and tanagers. Had a Turkey Vulture over Lewis Peak - uncommon in WWCo.

Good birding, MerryLynn

Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the beautiful Walla Walla Valley

"If you haven't birded, you haven't lived"

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