[Tweeters] Cle Elum birding/invasion of the Yellow-rumped Warblers

Megan Lyden meganlyden at msn.com
Sun May 4 20:16:10 PDT 2014

hi Tweeters,

Decided at the last minute to dash over to the Cle Elum area on Sunday
morning for some leisurely birding and bird photography. First stop was the
hummingbird feeders at the pass (Hyak exit), which were really active. Next
stop was Stampede Pass; there were Yellow-rumped Warblers everywhere; giving
a great show, acrobatically flying across the river, grabbing insects. There
were also several Townsend's Warblers at Stampede Pass and Hammond's
Flycatcher. On to South Cle Elum...the Evening Grosbeaks were at the feeder
at the corner house (where you first enter South Cle Elum); we got great
looks at them from the alley behind the house, along with a large flock of
Cassin's Finches. The Railroad Ponds in Cle Elum were especially birdy;
Yellow Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, more Yellow-rumped Warblers,
Nashville Warblers (especially abundant), Wilson's Warbler Tree Swallows,
Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and Bank Swallows; great views of a House
Wren bringing nesting material to a hole in one of the snags alongside the
river. Drove along the Yakima River, up Hayward Road, Bettas Road and Taylor
Road, and then up to Yakima Campground. The lupine and arrowleaf balsamroot
are in full bloom along Hayward Road (near Thorpe); it is really spectacular
right now; a carpet of blue and yellow. Notable misses were Dippers (we
looked in many spots) and we didn't see many woodpeckers. Had a pair of
Harlequin Ducks where West Fork Teanaway Road crosses the Teanaway River.
All in all, it was a real birdy day.

Megan Lyden

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