[Tweeters] Douglas County Birding Oct/Nov

Tim Brennan tsbrennan at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 30 19:58:51 PST 2021


I snuck in a very tardy post for October at www.douglascountybirding.blogspot.com<http://www.douglascountybirding.blogspot.com>, and just got back from my November trip. The needs list is thin, so I only added one bird per trip - in October, I found a Golden-crowned Sparrow for 203; November tried to throw me a no-hitter, but I added a heard-only Lapland Longspur today (204) just before leaving the county for home. It felt very much like breaking up a no-hitter with a bunt single in the 9th.

Highlights from yesterday and today will largely be visual once I get the blog post together - the skies were absolutely stunning. I focused on the Waterville Plateau, checking every pile of rocks in every endless field for a Gyrfalcon, and continuing the search for the Most Sincere Sagepatch in hopes that the Great Sage-Grouse would appear. No snow to speak of in the county right now, so obviously no Snow Buntings or Snowy Owls (which, I am pretty sure, eat snow), but Northern Shrikes and Rough-legged Hawks were plentiful, and I even came across a handful of Great Horned Owls, a couple Golden Eagles, and an American Tree Sparrow. Big Bend Wildlife Area was nearly bird free, although I did have a half-dozen Wild Turkeys in the road on the way in.

A Barred Owl made at least a brief stop in Bridgeport. I gave chase this morning, but was not able to find it, but it was still nice to add Meredith Spencer to my year list!


Tim Brennan
Renton, WA

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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