[Tweeters] Skamania County Birding

Wilson Cady gorgebirds at juno.com
Thu Jan 9 22:42:52 PST 2020

Today I joined Cindy McCormack and Les Carlson for a day of pre-snowstorm birding in Skamania County. Our first stop was at the viewing platform at Franz Lake where Trumpeter Swans were easy to locate among the Tundra Swans by their calls, and a Great Egret was walking along the shoreline below us. At Strawberry Island, below Bonneville Dam, we found, a flock of 29 Lesser Goldfinches, the largest group I have ever seen in the county. Five Greater White-fronted Geese continue at Rock Creek Pond and above Home Valley we watched two Red-breasted Sapsuckers rolling around the ground locked together fighting with nineteen Wild Turkeys in the background. The best birds of the day were at Drano Lake where there was a female Surf Scoter, a male Eurasian Wigeon and a Northern Goshawk. On our way back west a check of the Stevenson waterfront turned up one Common Loon. When we got back to my place on Mt. Pleasant, near the Clark County line, my wife told me it had already snowed and melted off while we were birding, sounds like it I will soon be snowbound here. Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA
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