[Tweeters] WOS Swainson's Thrushes and Shorebirds field trip

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Sat Sep 6 16:00:51 PDT 2014


Washington Ornithological Society's inaugural *Swainson's Thrushes and
Shorebirds* field trip in Clark County took place starting at 7pm on
Friday, September 5th and ended at 2:00pm, Saturday, September 6th. 7
participants and one leader enjoyed an early morning with Swainson's
Thrushes followed by visits to Vancouver Lake and Ridgefield National
Wildlife Refuge in search of shorebirds and other species that this bird
rich county of Washington holds. Some highlights:

Western Grebe - 4 on Vancouver Lake. One additional bird may have been the
Clark's Grebe that was found the morning of September 5th - lighting and
distance made identification practically impossible
American White Pelican - 25. Always nice to find Am. White Pelicans in
Clark County!
Green Heron - 1 on Long lake at Ridgefield NWR. Interesting to watch it
run across a log with its crest raised!
Great Egret - 4 at various locations
American Bittern - great study of 2 immatures and one adult near the south
end of Rest Lake
Red-shouldered Hawk - one calling bird in the woods next to the south end
of Vancouver Lake. Another flying overhead at Ridgefield NWR
Red-necked Phalarope - 3 on Vancouver Lake (code 4 in Clark County)
Baird's Sandpiper - 2 at the south end of Vancouver Lake
Pectoral Sandpiper - 3 in the channel parallel to the auto loop at the
extreme south end of a very dry Rest Lake
White-breasted Nuthatch - one in the woods bordering the south end of
Vancouver Lake and a great study of one at Ridgefield NWR
Hermit Thrush - first of the season in Battle Ground yard
Swainson's Thrush - night flight over Battle Ground, Clark County - not as
good as I had hoped but there were birds flying!
American Pipit - first arrivals! Over 45 counted for the day including
large flock at Ridgefield and several at south end of Vancouver Lake
Black-headed Grosbeak - 2 hatch year birds in the Battle Ground yard.
Pine Siskin - several flying over Battle Ground, Clark County yard
Evening Grosbeak - several flying over Battle Ground, Clark County yard

Species List (76):

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Cinnamon Teal
Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Western Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Red-necked Phalarope
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
"Olympic" Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-shafted Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Eurasian Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak

Keep your eyes and ears skyward!

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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