[Tweeters] Blue-gray Gnatcatchers continue at Fort Simcoe,
vikingcove at gmail.com
Sat Jul 27 21:05:42 PDT 2019
Matt et al,
It's great news that the youngsters have made it this long and that you got
to enjoy the show! On both the day a gnatcatcher was first reported (when
we also heard one), and the following day when I discovered there was
actually a family of four or five, I saw a Cooper's Hawk hunting there, so
I though the survival chances of a noisy gnatcatcher family with perched
fluttering fuzzkins were slim. For birders: rattlesnakes and Black Bears
are worth keeping an eye out for, really. On "family day" I found fresh
Black Bear scat in my footprint from the afternoon before.
Jim Cummins has good photos of the two adults on his Flickr photostream at:
A WA Discover Pass is required for vehicle parking.
Please don't use playback on them: listing.aba.org/ethics/
Here's a Google Maps pin for exactly where I found the family:
at 46.34063 N -120.83572 E
That's 80 yards ENE of the spot where the first bird was reported.
It's 580 yards due east of the blockhouse.
The blockhouse is 325 yards southwest of the parking lot.
I think it good to pause and think of what was done to Yakama Indian
children and culture at the site. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Simcoe
Selah, Yakima County, WA
On Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 6:54 PM Matt Bartels <mattxyz at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Hi all-
> Today I started the day at Fort Simcoe in Yakima County. In addition to
> the enjoyable Ash-throated Flycatchers and Lewis’s Woodpeckers, I was happy
> to see that the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher family reported a few weeks ago is
> still present. After a couple hours, I found at least three Blue-gray
> Gnatcatchers, most or all of them looking like young ones, buzzing around.
> This is the 2nd successful BGGN nesting in the state, following the first
> in Klickitat Co this year and last [on private land] — I believe by the
> vocalizations, and by other people’s photos, that this is a western
> subspecies BGGN family.
> Location: Start at the big blockhouse [not the small blockhouse closer to
> the parking lot as I did…] - the bigger blockhouse south of the main part
> of the park. Take the trail east — the family was hanging out just before
> where the trail meets up with the southern service road. I think this is a
> bit west of where they were originally reported.
> Good birding,
> Matt Bartels
> Seattle, WA
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