[Tweeters] Mason Co Yellow-breasted Chat

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Sat May 22 17:11:20 PDT 2021

Based on a 5/20 eBird posting by David Ness, we headed down to Mason Co’s Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail to look for what was described as a bird that has returned for the past few years to “the same spot under the power lines.” Noting that this is a code 5 bird we decided to go for it. This spot is an old logging cut not far off 101 in S Mason County—the logging road leads to a wooded area with numerous trails. It can be quite birdy with numerous migrants, MacGillivray’s, Wilson’s and Townsend’s Warblers, CO Yellowthroats, scads of WE Tanagers, OS Flycatcher, WA Vireo, SW Thrush, etc. On our way along the road when we got to the powerlines, even after using a tape, there was no hint of a chat. We walked up to the crest of the hill, then down towards HWY 101 under the lines, where David got a WE Meadowlark, which I missed as I was checking out the junk stored down there. (Is it useful or refuse—maybe some of it was from aquaculture?) We then walked some in the woods and on our way out, just under the powerlines near the “intersection” we heard a chat call. After playback, more calls, and the bird flew up from the shrubs and landed in a tree along the trail. It was no more than 30 ft. from the road. We missed our other targets, “simple” ones like HA Flycatcher and EV Grosbeak, but we got the Big One! Home in time to see the Husky Softball game, which is looking grim.
Penny Koyama, Bothell
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