[Tweeters] Central Washington Trip

Dave Parent dpdvm at whidbey.com
Tue Mar 26 13:16:32 PDT 2019

Hello Tweeters,

I birded Central Washington from March 21-24. Camped out under the stars
each night in the bed of the pickup. Locations birded were; Mission Ridge,
Rock Island Lakes, Moses Coulee, Beezley Hills, Waterville Plateau,
Ellensburg, Lower Teanaway, Blewett Pass, Camas Meadows, Leavenworth. I
basically followed the recommends in the Birder's Guide to Washington plus
some. Highlights.Still many ducks of several species at the Rock Island area
lakes. Most common sagebrush species were Horned Lark, Loggerhead Shrike and
Sagebrush Sparrow. Mountain Bluebirds where nest boxes present. Still too
early for Sage Thrasher and Brewer's Sparrow. In Moses Coulee near the
Nature Conservancy Field Station were over 30 Ravens showing off in the
updraft off the coulee wall. Two Golden Eagles here but outnumbered by Bald
Eagles in most of the trip. Prairie Falcons were uncommon but seen in all
expected habitats. Chukars abundant. Much of the Waterville Plateau is still
snow covered, side roads impassible and many of the lakes, even the lower
elevation ones, are still frozen, including Jameson Lake. The road to
Monument Hill is open and muddy from Ephrata but snowed in on the backside.
Hundreds of Horned Larks and Mountain Bluebirds on the Waterville Plateau
along with several Rough-legged Hawks and one Ferruginous Hawk. Saw two late
Snow Buntings in one of the lark flocks. Did some owling at Northrup Canyon.
Great Horned, Long-eared and Northern Pygmy-Owls calling, sometimes at the
same time. Two Pygmy-Owls flew over my head in an apparent territorial
battle. Williamson's Sapsucker drumming and seen in the aspens at Camas
Meadows (road open and plowed, east side Blewett Highway). No action at the
White-headed Woodpecker/White-breasted Nuthatch nest holes at Sleeping Lady

A relaxing long weekend with a lot of driving and walking.

Dave Parent, dpdvm at whidbey.com, Freeland, WA

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