[Tweeters] Some nice birds yesterday along the Lake Ingalls Trail, Kittitas County

Lonnie Somer mombiwheeler at gmail.com
Thu Aug 26 16:30:00 PDT 2021

Hi Tweeters,

I hiked the Lake Ingalls Trail (Teanaway region on the east side of the
Cascades) yesterday. In addition to being a wonderful hike, I saw/heard 22
species of birds, including some in migration and others presumably still
on territory. While I encountered birds (on and off) throughout the hike
to the lake, the area around Ingalls Pass was really hopping, with a couple
of mixed flocks coming through. Species seen included A. Three-toed
Woodpecker on a White-bark Pine just off of the trail right at the top of
the pass, Townsend's Solitaire, Evening Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Clark's
Nutcracker (fairly ubiquitous), Townsend's Warbler (some in small firs and
pines near the pass, allowing me to actually look down to see them for a
change), Mountain Chickadees, and a female Sooty Grouse near the parking
lot. The return portion of the hike was much quieter, as the afternoon
siesta time set in.

I had the trail almost to myself. I did not encounter anyone at all on the
hike in, and only a handful of people on the way out. The basin on the far
side of the pass is a great place for encountering Mountain Goats,
whistling marmots, eeping pikas, and squirrels.

Good birding,

Lonnie Somer
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