[Tweeters] Weekend birds in the southeast corner of the state

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 3 05:09:34 PDT 2019

Hello Tweets and INWBers -
I spent a couple days of the weekend in the hot SE corner of the state. Mostly it was quet, with waves of migrating passerines not quite in yet. But there were some highlights:

Gray Flycatcher - migrants at two stops - one in Columbia Co at the Tuccannon HMU and one in Garfield at Willow Landing.
In Garfield County, the little island in the Snake River between Illia Dunes and the Lower Granite Dam was a refuge for a handful of shorebirds — always a tough find in Garfield Co . Present were:
2 Black-necked Stilt juvies [code 5]
1 Solitary Sandpiper [code 5]
1 Lesser Yellowlegs [code 5]
1 Western Sandpiper [code 5]
1 Spotted Sandpiper [code 3]
all seen on Sep 1

Up in the Blues, a Golden Eagle fly-by was a nice Garfield bird at Sunset - otherwise, the mountains were remarkably quiet.

In Asotin Co:
Clark’s Grebe - at Alpowa Creek mouth outside Clarkston on Aug 31 among a group of 6 Western Grebes

Dusky Grouse - adult w/ 5 young west of Wickiup CG, just inside Asotin County.

Good fall migration birding,

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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