[Tweeters] Douglas County Birding

Tim Brennan tsbrennan at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 13 16:52:26 PDT 2021


Just got back from two days plus in Douglas County. I'll be posting to my blog during the week, but wanted to throw out some highlights:

Geese: I had hoped to time this well enough to add some goose species, and it was just good enough with a flyover of five Snow Geese while in East Wenatchee, and three Greater White-fronted Geese at Porter's Pond along the Apple Capital Loop Trail in East Wenatchee.

I'd also gone a little early in hopes of catching Dunlin, and I did have a half-dozen or so of them at the pond on the West side of Highway 17 just south of St Andrews. Some of these little ponds/flooded fields between Highway 17 and Atkins Lake were a little dead on Sunday, so I tried again on Monday. The pond at 6th and N had 5 Black-necked Stilts and 6 Greater Yellowlegs on the return trip, as well as a FOY Savannah Sparrow.

Banks lake touches Douglas County right where highway 2 meets it. I've been making it a point to go down there each month and have found it to be nearly birdless every time! But it's not far out of the way, so I gave it another try. As I was coming down 2, I saw a large white bird leave a pothole lake south of the freeway, and fly for the little slice of Douglas. I pulled over and got binoculars on it - Great Egret!? I definitely considered American White Pelican but there was absolutely no black in the wings, and the general shape of the bird felt right for GREG. I thought it was a little early to have them, but there appear to be other sightings further South on the Columbia.

C road in the Southeast corner was good for most of the sage-y birds (Brewer's, Vesper, and Sagebrush Sparrows, as well as Sage Thrasher).

That's most of what I can remember off of the top of my head, but more will be posted at www.douglascountybirding.blogspot.com<http://www.douglascountybirding.blogspot.com> when I get a chance.


Tim Brennan

OH! and the consensus seems to be Swainson's Hawk on the bird I'd asked about on Tweeters. Thanks to all who took the time to share their thoughts.
Douglas County Birding<http://www.douglascountybirding.blogspot.com/>
A dozen or so birding trips to Douglas County in Washington State in 2021, featuring stunning landscapes, decent pictures of food, and forgettable images of birds.

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