[Tweeters] Mostly Okanogan Owls, fancy chickens, woodpeckers and other fun birds (Late report with photos)

Khanh Tran khanhbatran at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 14 21:12:42 PDT 2014

Hi Tweeters: 
Sorry for the late report. I have been very busy with work, guiding, and with my newly, married status so priorities have shifted somewhat---but, in a good way! 
We had a fun, productive trip during the 4th of July weekend and saw some fun owls, fancy chickens, woodpeckers, and passerines.  I love the challenges of finding high elevation bird species, owls, grouse, and woodpeckers. We did surprisingly well despite the warm weather and the massive crowds (especially at some of the major campgrounds and Hee-Haw Chesaw rodeo).  
There were many highlights but seeing families of Grasshopper sparrows, Rock Wrens, Western and Eastern Kingbirds was really cool and fun.  As dusk approached, the ethereal songs from the Veeries and Hermit Thrushes was surreal near Conconully, WA.  We also enjoyed the brightly colored, Nashville Warblers singing in the extensive burned areas of the Okanogan forest (6,000 feet or higher) making the austere scenery come alive with their sweet songs.  We were also lucky to have great looks Flammulated Owls (such a ventriloquist) and a Great Gray hunting at eye level about 10 feet from our car at dusk.   

I know most of you associate me as the fancy chicken man, but I must Khanhfess, I love hooters, too. The fancy, forest chickens were my last groups of birds that I learned about it and it took me a bit of time to be successful at pinning them down to enjoy them.  So, this recent batch of photos, display more species of owls. 

Here is a link to my photos and hope you will enjoy. 

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/23662496@N02/" target="_blank" class="newlyinsertedlink">https://www.flickr.com/photos/23662496@N02/</a>
Here is the list of Highlights:  
Long eared Owl (several birds in Douglas and Okanogan County)
Great Horned Owl (several along Havillah Rd)
Burrowing Owl (Othello area)
Great Gray Owl (A male hunting at dusk near Havillah Rd )
Flammulated Owl (Great looks of a male near Blewett Pass)
Common Poorwill (decent looks of birds near Blewett Pass)
White tailed Ptarmigan (above Hart's Pass) 
Spruce Grouse (near Lone Frank Pass)
Dusky Grouse (several broods at Sun Mtn Lodge)
Chukar (several birds near Toats Coulee Rd) 
Golden Eagle (near Tonasket along Hwy 97)
Northern Goshawk (adult near Sun Mtn Lodge)
American 3-Toed Woodpecker (several birds above Salmon Meadows)
Black backed Woodpecker (Havillah Sno-Park)
White headed Woodpecker (a trio near Leavenworth Fish Hatchery)
Williamson Sapsucker (above Salmon Meadows)
Black Swifts (near Mazama and Tonasket along Hwy 20 and 97)
Gray Flycatcher (broods along Cameron Lake Rd)
Boreal Chickadee (several cooperative birds above Salmon Meadows and a nest found)
Red-eyed Vireo (near Mazama along Wolf Creek Rd)
Rock Wren ( a dozen or so birds near Withow)
Canyon Wren (a very cooperative bird near Scotch Creek Wildlife area)
Sage Thrasher (dozens along Cameron Lake Rd)
Loggerheaded Shrike (Cameron Lake Rd)
Clay colored Sparrow (a pair in Chesaw Wildlife area)
Grasshopper Sparrow (several birds along Cameron Lake Rd)
Sagebrush Sparrow (one bird in heat of the day near Jameson Lake)
Bobolink  (several birds along Fancher Dam Rd)
American Redstart (near Mazama along Wolf Creek Rd)
Northern Waterthrush (one vocal bird near Chesaw Rd)
Pine Grosbeak (a trio above Salmon Meadows)
Gray-crowned Rosy-finches (Slate Peak) 
Peace, love and good birding, 
Khanh Tran 

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