[Tweeters] Black-throated Sparrows in Franklin, BBPL in Desert Aire

Bob rflores_2 at msn.com
Wed May 20 20:32:13 PDT 2015

They should be around Columbia NWR below O'Sullivan Dam. Looks like a great eruption year.

Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

> On May 20, 2015, at 20:00, Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor at frontier.com> wrote:


> We did some hiking in the Juniper Dunes Wilderness SE of Eltopia in Franklin County yesterday. The Jerusalem Crickets were incredibly abundant. Swainson’s Hawks were numerous overhead (somewhere between 12-20). Lark Sparrows were also very common.


> My big excitement came deep in the Dunes. At 46.404117, -118.854367 I found at least 2 singing BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS. I may well have been hearing them for a while before I figured out what I was hearing. Finally, I got great looks.


> This was about a 2 mile hike from where we started, which was the north entrance at the end of Joy Rd. off E Blackman Ridge Rd. I don't know if it would be closer from the gate from the adjacent ORV area to the southwest of the Wilderness.


> I know of one other sighting of Black-throated Sparrow from the Juniper Dunes Wilderness, back on May 29, 2006. Given how little the area is birded, it's possible they are annual there.



> AND A VERY TARDY REPORT, sorry: On Saturday (May 16) while kayaking Priest Rapids Lake from Desert Aire, Grant County, I found a breeding plumage BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER on a sandbar maybe a generous half-mile north of the boat launch.


> == Michael Hobbs

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