[Tweeters] Weekend birds in Eastern WA

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 22 05:23:35 PDT 2019

Hi Tweets -
I spent the weekend driving around eastern WA - with the exception of a WILLET in Walla Walla Co. at the River Dellta Sunday morning, I didn’t find anything surprising. But a lot of nice spring returnees —
Western Kingbirds - present in many spots along the way including Sprague, Washtucna, Columbia & Garfield Counties & Walla Wala
House Wrens - didn’t hear any Saturday, but Sunday they were back in force in Walla Walla county - great to hear their racket again.

Other enjoyable spring birds included Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets in several spots, and Swainson’s Hawks pretty thick [along with a few still-lingering Rough-legged Hawks].

One thing I wanted to mention - this time of year is a great time to make use of the arrival and departure charts Marv Breece put together [available at: http://wos.org/documents/Occurrence/ <http://wos.org/documents/Occurrence/> ]
I always find myself impatient for the return of spring birds [when one person reports a species on eBird or Tweeters, it makes me think they should be back in force] — Warblers seem to take forever to arrive every spring, but they are right on schedule if you look at something like the seasonal occurence charts Marv provided.

Good spring birding,

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA
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