[Tweeters] Skagit Alder Flycatcher

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 24 20:46:51 PDT 2018

Dear Tweeters,
This afternoon, 24 June 2018, Mike Nelson and I found a singing ALDER FLYCATCHER at Bacon Creek, Skagit County. This is not far upriver from Marblemount. 
We found the bird on the Skagit River side of SR 20, along the power-line road that goes westwards back toward Bacon Creek. I put a bit of pink ribbon on a stump here, with the word "Empid" written on it, plus a little cairn. If you are standing on this gravel road, looking over the stump and the pink ribbon, and looking toward the stop sign that warns you that you are leaving the power-line road and going onto SR 20, you will be looking into the center of the little territory where the flycatcher was singing "weebeeur!" and calling "peep" (instead of the "fitzbew" and "wit" that a Willow Flycatcher was singing and calling, respectively, just a few yards toward the creek, simultaneously). 
Mike and I observed this bird for about an hour, 1740-1840 or so. It was very skittish, singing, then flying to a different perch, and never giving us a chance for a photo. I believe I was able to capture the song by taking some video with my camera. My cell-phone battery died before I could take a video with it, and before I could text people!
We also found two American Three-toed Woodpeckers about half a mile up the trail from Rainy Pass, as one heads toward Cutthroat Pass. A raging torrent at trail mile 1.0 blocked us from hiking farther, although Mike did find a log over which a more stalward birder than I might be able to cross it! The woodpeckers were drumming, calling, and foraging right along the trail.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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