[Tweeters] Phainopepla Fail

Peggy Mundy peggy_busby at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 15 17:29:16 PDT 2018

That's a shame, Louise.  I was there on Saturday.  Hung out in the area for over two hours, with only a brief sighting by someone else, then I took a lunch break and when I returned he was out flycatching for a small group.  He was seen yesterday, so you may have been unlucky in your timing.  I hope you get another chance.  My ebird report with not-great photo (bad sun location) is linked:

On Monday, October 15, 2018, 5:20:06 PM PDT, Louise Rutter <louise.rutter at eelpi.gotdns.org> wrote:

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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