[Tweeters] Lewis Co birding near White Pass

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 6 05:14:10 PDT 2016

Hi Tweets -
Yesterday [6/5/16] I tried to escape the heat [unsuccessfully] by heading uphill. I’d been wanting to follow up on Dave Hayden’s Lewis County guide to US 12 to try a hike he mentions [his guide is available at: http://wabirder.com/lewis.html <http://wabirder.com/lewis.html> for free download ].

The Sand Hill trail starts on FR 1284, a road just west of White Pass in Lewis Co. Trailhead about 2.8 miles up FR 1284. As Dave described it, there is a burn a little under a mile up the trail - It is a relatively steep uphill mile, but doable w/ some huffing & puffing. And once there, it was a great new spot to learn about — I mostly hung around not far into the burn, near a small pond covers the trail [probably meltwater that will soon be gone, but still feeling like the flattest spot at the top]. In three hours of birding , the following were around:

Cassin’s Finch right away - several of them around
Mountain & Western Bluebirds - many MOBL, several WEBL - seemed to have young already?
Townsend’s Solitaire - pretty constantly tooting and/or singing [Hermit Thrush farther down the hill too]
Calliope Hummingbird - one popped up early on
Williamson’s Sapsucker - a pair working the area around a little pond that covers the trail where I mostly hung out.
Swainson’s Hawk! - one cruised over, circling slowly overhead for great views.
Prairie Falcon - one made a similar slow cruise-by
Also heard Clark’s Nutcracker & Gray Jay, Northern Pygmy-Owl and maybe Pine Grosbeak

Great place, and definitely worth return visits in the future —

Thanks Dave for putting the guide together - great to get into new corners of Lewis Co —

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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