[Tweeters] Lewis's Woodpecker at Ginkgo

Hans-Joachim Feddern thefedderns at gmail.com
Thu May 5 11:42:14 PDT 2022

While birding in Eastern Washington yesterday, Wednesday May 4th I met a
couple of birders from Cle Elum (Sorry gentleman I should have gotten your
names!). at Quilomene WMA off Old Vantage Highway. They told me that they
had found a Lewis's Woodpecker at the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park at
Vantage, WA a little earlier. Since that was my next stop anyway, I looked
for it and was able to relocate it. Initially it had been in the trees at
the parking lot by the visitors center. I did not find it there, but was
able to relocate in the trees at the entrance of the park hawking
for insects. Nice looking bird with the rosy front!
Otherwise, birding was somewhat slow at Ginkgo yesterday. In addition to
the resident Say's Phoebe, there were a lot of Yellow-rumped Warblers
,which were everywhere yesterday, a few White-crowned Sparrows, a couple of
Orange-crowned Warblers, a bright male Yellow Warbler feeding high in a
cottonwood and two female Goldfinches.
Also seen was an adult Bald Eagle being chased up the Columbia River by a
Common Raven to the background music of a pair of Common Loons yodeling on
the river. It was an interesting size comparison - especially looking down
on them! The finale was a noisy Navy EA-18G Growler jet coming down the
river and pulling up before the I-90 bridge. Definitely a bird of a
different color!
In addition, there were 6 Bighorn Sheep and a Marmot below Ginkgo at
Rocky Coulee.

Good Birding!

*Hans Feddern*
Twin Lakes/Federal Way, WA
thefedderns at gmail.com
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