[Tweeters] re: A couple of Wenatchee-area questions

Chazz Hesselein chazz at hesselein.com
Wed May 29 14:42:30 PDT 2013

My guess at the shrub you are seeing/smelling is Russian olive/*,*//Elaeagnus angustifolia/. Indeed, it is a "bad actor" in western U.S. riparian areas:


Chazz Hesselein
Port Orchard, WA

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Subject: [Tweeters] A couple of Wenatchee-area questions


We spent the long weekend in and around Wenatchee (and the birding at the
Confluence park is wonderful, by the way!), and I have a couple of

1) We saw a Great Egret in the Quincy Lakes region (Dusty Lake, to be
precise); this struck me as unusual. Is it? My Peterson's guide lists them
as unusual up here. (Also saw a SPECTACULAR pair of Lazuli Buntings there.
Just gorgeous.)

2) We saw a flycatcher in the Confluence park we were unable to identify,
despite a good fifteen minutes of looks from no more than fifty feet. It
looked for all the world like an Eastern x Western Kingbird hybrid: is this
possible? Pretty much looked like an Eastern, but lacking the distinct
terminal tail band.

3) [OT] That entire area, and east to Grand Coulee and the Soap Lake area,
is carpeted with a smallish tree or big bush with dusty gray leaves,
elongate rather like willow leaves, studded with small (< 1cm) yellow and
white flowers, that smells glorious - to me, reminiscent of the ylang-ylang
trees on the grounds where I stayed in Costa Rica. Can anyone tell me what
this is? (No doubt some noxious weed, as pretty plants so often are these
days. ) [/OT]


Josh Hayes, now back home in Licton Springs
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