[Tweeters] Mt Adams sightings from July 2-4

Stefan Schlick greenfant at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 5 15:09:05 PDT 2021

I led a delightful Birds, Bugs and Plants trip to Mt. Adams this last weekend for Portland Audubon.

We found the east-siders Veery, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Kingbird and Gray Catbird at the expected spots at Conboy Lake NWR and Trout Lake Wildlife Area. Black-backed and White-headed Woodpecker, Gray Flycatcher plus a hybrid Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker were at/near Conboy Lake HQ (we walked along the entrance road and the Willard Springs trail). We did not hear or see the earlier reported Least Flycatcher. A hen Harlequin Duck with 2+ young was somewhere near Trout Lake as well (don't want to exact post the location here). Finally, we encountered several Heto Warblers (i.e. Hermit x Townsend's hybrids) including one almost pure Hermit at Takhlakh Lake.

Of special interest was a singing Brewer's Sparrow just downhill from the Morrison Creek CG (in particular, just downhill from the restroom that is just downhill from Morrison Creek CG) at about 46.1227, -121.5168.

In the bug department we were rewarded by Hedgerow Hairstreak, Northern Crescent, Anna's Blue, Pacific Spiketail, Crimson-ringed and Dot-tailed Whiteface and Western Sheep Moth. We also got fabulous looks at both Ringed and American Emerald at Takhlakh Lake. 21 species of odes and leps each.

The highlights with the plants included 3 penstemons, Elephant's Head, White-flowering Rhododendron, Slender Bog Orchid, two wintergreens, Subalpine Mariposa Lily, several fresh Woodland Pinedrops and many more.

Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR
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