[Tweeters] Phainopepla Fail

Louise Rutter louise.rutter at eelpi.gotdns.org
Mon Oct 15 17:19:18 PDT 2018

I spent a little over two and half hours today unsuccessfully looking for
the west Sequim phainopepla. I was hoping some other people would be there
to add extra eyes, but no such luck - I definitely missed the boat there, I
think the big rush was over two weeks ago.

I staked out the mulberry bush behind the painted rocks house. I roamed
along Runnion past the house with the big russet maple and all the mountain
ash berries. The only birds with crests I saw were Steller's jays (plenty of
those) and California quail. I did find a Say's Phoebe enjoying the sun,
which was a nice surprise, a Clallam code 4, but not quite a phainopepla.

On the up side, I spent time outside in some very pleasant sunshine - I took
along sweater and fleece, but only ever wore a T-shirt. I've definitely
spent a few hours failing to find a bird in less pleasing conditions!

Louise Rutter


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