[Tweeters] SE King County Birding
erichope1990 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 19 12:20:52 PDT 2021
For those that don't yet know me, I moved to Seattle over the winter from
Jackson, WY. I decided to make a trip up into the mountains in SE King
County this past Weds/Thurs to enjoy some of the higher-elevation birding I
miss back home and came across some fun birds for the area. I thought I'd
send some of the highlights along since I know not everyone gets eBird
The two biggest highlights were a rock wren seen on Kelly Butte Wednesday
and an American three-toed woodpecker seen in the Sawmill Creek burn area
on Thursday. Other highlights of the trip included:
*Around Kelly Butte* - several Cassin's finches, at least one pine
grosbeak, a Nashville warbler, and a singing dusky flycatcher.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S90385461 (you'll really have to crank up the
volume for the ROWR)
*On FR7034 (Sawmill Ridge)* - a pair of Clark's nutcrackers and an
out-of-place western meadowlark.
*In the Sawmill Creek burn *- continuing black-backed woodpecker, multiple
dusky flycatchers, multiple mountain and western bluebirds, midday booming
common nighthawks, and multiple house wrens, along with all the other great
Note that accessing the Sawmill Creek burn will require a roughly 5.5 miles
round-trip walk on FR7034 because of sections still impacted by snow. More
details on access/conditions can be found on my eBird checklist comments
above. The road to Kelly Butte is completely clear.
I definitely look forward to more mountain birding as access continues to
improve with our (too) warm summer days clearing the way!
erichope1990 AT gmail
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