Heard and saw our first Olive-sided Flycatcher of the year.
There were two of them.
Craig & Joy,
Above comment submitted May 15, 2013
Joy and I saw 9 Rhinoceros Auklets near the Keystone jetty. Their heads tilted upward, posturing. It looked like a "Lek".
Craig & Joy
Above comment submitted May 13, 2013
Joy and I saw a Willow Flycatcher at Earth Sanctuary.
In our yard, was a male Wilson's Warbler singing and a Swainson's Thrush foraging. There were juvenile Brown Creepers being fed too.
Craig & Joy Johnson
Above comment submitted May 12, 2013
Saw my first Western Tanager of the year, a gorgeous male.
Linda Bainbridge, Greenbank
Above comment submitted May 12, 2013
Birding In The Neighborhoods - Weekly Field Trips
The trips are every other Thursday and the meeting time varies with the season. If you would like to be notified of the events, contact Phyllis Kind (email).
The trips are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Jenny Brown (email).
Wednesday, May 22 - Monday, May 27, 2013: Field Trip
Birding Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
One of America's top birding spots. Arrive Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Return Sunday or Monday, depending on your schedule. Overnight options: camping at Page Springs, a BLM camp ground near the refuge, Steens Mountain Resort (Private owned close to Page Springs), Frenchglen Hotel, or use a motel in Burns about 40 miles away. Individuals participating should make their own camping/motel reservations. No reservations are needed for the Page Springs camp ground. Reservations are needed for tent/RV camping at Steens Mountain Resort: phone 1-800-542-3765. Check the Page Springs, Malheur NWR, and Steens Mountain Resort web sites for details. Another housing option you might check is at the Malheur NWF field station: http://www.malheurfieldstation.org/reservations/index.html. Notify Jo Reeves if you plan to participate (email) 206-963-8810.
Thursday, June 13, 2013: Meeting
Pot luck dinner/member photos
Coupeville Recreation Hall (map). Carpool
Saturday, June 15, 2013: Field Trip
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge south of Tacoma
Carpool from Bayview Park and Ride meeting at 7:30 AM. Meet Frances at the Nisqually Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m. We will explore the newly opened boardwalk. The tidal estuary has been restored and the boardwalk provides a unique opportunity to view over 700 acres of wetlands. Scopes will be very helpful. Bring rain gear and lunch. Depending on the weather and the birding we will finish up between 2pm and 3pm. We'll walk about two miles on level trails. Contact trip leader
Frances Wood (360-630-4208) to confirm your attendance and for any questions. Carpool to Bayview
Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, 2013: Field Trip
North Cascades - Winthrop area
Bird the high Cascades and Winthrop area for spring breeders and enjoy the east side wildflower show! The Ponderosa pine woodland is exceptionally rich with species seldom/never seen west of the Cascades. Two nights in motel or camping in the Winthrop area. Notify Joe Sheldon if you plan to participate. 360-678-9060, (email).
Friday, August 30 - Sunday Sept. 1: Field Trip
Whitman and Adams Counties
On this trip, we will concentrate on migrating shorebirds, and southbound migrants in the desert oases of Washtucna and Hooper. We plan to camp both nights at the famous Bassett Park in beautiful Washtucna, Washington. If that location is hopping, we might just stay there! It has achieved fame for the number of eastern vagrants that show up there every year, along with large numbers of western migrants. On the way we will definitely stop at County Line Ponds and the fragrant Hatton Coulee sewage ponds. If there is interest on Friday, We may drive to Pullman, 67 miles away from Washtucna, to do a little birding and stop at the WSU Creamery for killer ice cream, sausage and Cougar Gold Cheese. Maybe stop and take a hike in Kamiak Butte County Park. Beginning birders are most welcome! We will all learn a lot. This trip involves a lot of driving - about 600-700 miles, so carpooling is essential. We will depart on a very early ferry on Friday morning. Trip Leader: Dave Parent (email)
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