[Tweeters] Two lifers from the Bonneville Dam

Jason Hernandez jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 15 21:21:12 PST 2016

So, I don't know if these are unusual enough to report as noteworthy, but they were new to me -- and one was surprising.

First, among the numerous Canada Geese on the North Shore of the Bonneville Dam complex, there was one of the distinct dark/dusky color. Maybe not a rare subspecies per se, but certainly not what I normally see. This one was beyond the guard station, near the visitor's center.

Second, at the last picnic table before the guard station was what looked like a Say's Phoebe. According to both of my field guides (Peterson and American Bird Conservancy), Bonneville Dam looks like the edge of its nesting range -- the Cascade Range seems to be the approximate boundary, and the species is found on the Columbia Plateau. But it seems way too early in the season: this is the edge of the nesting range, not within the wintering range. Still, I got a very good look at the bird, and I don't see what else it could be.

Jason Hernandez
jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com

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