[Tweeters] Okanogan Highlands/Waterville Plateau Scout Trip 1/27-1/30

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 16:17:17 PST 2017

Hi Tweets,

just a quick update on my scout trip 1/27-1/30 for my upcoming WOS trip
over President's Day weekend co-lead by Scott Ramos.

Bohemian Waxwings: Ephrata Wildlife Area, Washburn Island, Bridgeport
Wildlife Area
Black-crowned Night Heron x 2: Trout Lodge Hatchery/Rocky Ford Creek
Fishing Access
Northern Saw-whet Owl: Steamboat State Park
Turkey: Hayes Road, Scotch Creek Wildlife Area, Conconully
Great Horned Owl: Hayes Road, Fancher Rd, Central Ferry Canyon, Waterville
Chuckar: Fancher Road and Conconully Highway
Northern Pygmy Owl: Mary Ann Creek, Chesaw Rd, Myers Rd
Sharp-tailed Grouse: Scotch Creek Wildlife Area
Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, 300+: Happy Hill Road
Townsends Solitaire: Conconully
Golden Eagle: Conconully
Pygmy Nuthatch: Conconully and Central Ferry Canyon
Snow Bunting: Timentwa Flats and Waterville Plateau.
Long-tailed Duck: Lake Pateros Overlooks
Prairie Falcon: G Rd NE between 16-17 NE of Mansfield.
American Tree Sparrow: Lamoine Windbreak
Gray Partridge: everywhere.
Horned Lark: everywhere.
Rough-legged Hawk: everywhere.
Pine Siskin: everywhere.

In general, the birding was *slow*. Meredith Spencer's reports were very
helpful, thanks Meredith! Although we dipped on the Harris Sparrow in
Bridgeport, and the Gyr on N Division and 26th. Hopefully these species
will be relocated! We did not know about the Snowy found on our go home

I spoke with home owners that feed on Hungry-Hollow Road and Nealy Road,
they have had a slow finch year. No Gray-crowned Rosy-finch or Common
Redpolls. Both feeders had great looks at Mountain Chickadee, Black-capped
Chickadee, American Goldfinch, and Downy Woodpecker. A reliable report of
a Snowy Owl was seen at 376 Mary Ann Creek Road on 1/27, and a Great Grey
Owl at Highlands Snow Park 2 weeks ago.

We got lucky and had 300+ Gray-crowned Rosy-finch drop down on the road 50
feet from us on Happy Hill Road. I've never seen that before! Always
something different in this spectacularly beautiful area during the winter.

Happy birding,

Shep Thorp
Browns Point
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