[Tweeters] Newhalem BBS 6/10

Ryan Merrill rjm284 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 22:29:55 PDT 2015

I conducted the Newhalem Breeding Bird Survey on Wednesday morning, June
10th. This particular survey has been run every year since 1968 and this
was my fourth year surveying it. It consists of 50 three minute point
counts, starting at Gorge Creek and continuing down the Skagit River to the
Sutter Creek Rest Area between Rockport and Marblemount. Conditions for the
count were very pleasant, with clear skies, no wind, and moderate
temperatures. I ended up recording 683 individuals of 61 species, both of
which are about or slightly below average, at least for the four years I've
surveyed this route. The most numerous species were American Robin (117),
Swainson's Thrush (60), Cedar Waxwing (43), Hammond's Flycatcher (39), and
MacGillivray's Warbler (28). A migrant Clay-colored Sparrow in the woods
east of Bacon Creek was a big surprise and a new bird for this survey.
Another highlight of the count was recording all ten species of warbler
that have been noted on the survey, including two Nashville Warblers and an
American Redstart, both of which are very scarce breeders in general in
western Washington.

Good birding,
Ryan Merrill
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