[Tweeters] O.T. Mammal Big Year Help

mcallisters4 at comcast.net mcallisters4 at comcast.net
Sat Oct 15 11:31:51 PDT 2016

I wasn’t aware that Common Dolphins were abundant enough in Puget Sound to even qualify as a long shot. Harbor Porpoise are once again fairly easy to find in south Puget Sound. Chamber’s Bay is one place you might see them.

Western spotted skunks seem to have become exceedingly rare in the Puget Sound lowlands. They are reported quite common in the Olympics but I doubt that makes them easy to see.

Nutria were once easy to spot along the shore of the north basin of Capitol Lake in Olympia but I haven’t seen on there is a couple of years but I don’t spend much time there either.

Keen’s Deer mice are pretty common around Snoqualmie Pass. Red-backed voles fairly numerous around there as well.

Western Gray Squirrels are not at Scatter Creek. That one’s going to be tough unless you want to spend quite a bit of time in Klickitat County.

I’m very surprised to hear about a Western Pocket Gopher at Nisqually. The habitat isn’t right. You can see plenty of mounds along Old 99 at the Olympia airport. Seeing the animal itself is not likely without certain illegal activities.

Mammals are challenging. I understand why more people work on bird lists.

Kelly McAllister

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From: sremse at comcast.net
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:31 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] O.T. Mammal Big Year Help

Hi All,
   I'm in the throes of a Mammal Big Year and would appreciate any help in seeing some of the species missing from my list. I'm probably limited to western Washington due to time and budget constraints, although southern B.C. is possible. Here are my want to see species:

Dall's Porpoise:    Nearly impossible from shore and the Keystone/Port Townsend Ferry hasn't panned out for me. 
Common Dolphins: Tried the South Sound twice but was thwarted by lack of public access.
Both of the big cats:  Long shot at best!
Both skunks:  Western Spotted would be a lifer.
Marten: I've been fortunate with the weasel family: Long-tailed Weasel, Mink, River Otter, Sea Otter.
Short-tailed Weasel: The only one I've ever seen in Washington was long ago at Longmire. Saw them often in Alaska.
No. Fur Seal: Is there a place on the outer coast where a person with a spotting scope can observe them from shore?
Red Fox: The park service "removed" the Cascade Red Foxes from the Paradise area of Mt. Rainier.
Nutria: Anyplace north of Ridgefield? I once saw one near Snohomish but can't remember where.
Porcupine: Only one I've seen In western Wa. was near Bedal Creek, Mt. Loop Hwy.
NW. Deer Mouse: AKA Keen's Mouse, Peromyscus keeni. I have Deer Mouse, P. maniculatus
Any vole other than Townsend's or Creeping: Would need expert help to identify.
No. Flying Squirrel: I've been out 7 times with no luck.
Western Gray Squirrel: Can they be found at Scatter Creek?
Western Pocket Gopher: I saw one at Nisqually 20 years ago. Are they still present?
American Shrew Mole or Townsend's Mole: I have Coast Mole.
Any shrew other than Vagrant: Would need expert to identify.

  Everything else is probably hibernating or already on my list. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated! Reply to my home email, please. A guided birding trip on central and north Whidbey for anyone getting me onto on eof these species!
Steve Ellis
sremse at comcast.net
Coupeville, Wa


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