HOTLINE: northern Idaho / eastern Washington / northeastern Oregon Date: April 14, 1995 Phone: (208) 882-6195 Compiler: Kas Dumroese Transcriber: Dale Goble gobled at uidaho.edu
This is Kas Dumroese with the northern Idaho / eastern Washington / northeastern Oregon bird hotline for Friday, April 14, 1995.
On April 8 Mike Denny observed a pair of FERRUGINOUS HAWKS on the eastern edge of Odessa, Washington. Also in the vicinity were GRAY PARTRIDGE. See Washington DeLorme p. 70, b-3.
Mike also reports 270+ GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at the east end of Burbank Slough, along Humorist Road, in McNary NWR on April 9. Humorist Road connects with US 12 near Burbank. Also in the vicinity were 11 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. At the McNary headquarters display pond Mike saw the single, adult MUTE SWAN, 2 GREATER SCAUP, and 2 EARED GREBES. See Washington DeLorme p. 40, c-1.
According to Mike Denny, on April 9 at the Walla Walla River Delta were 6 DUNLIN, 4 AMERICAN AVOCET, 2 CASPIAN TERNS and a GLAUCOUS GULL. Another GLAUCOUS GULL and AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were on Badger Island, across from the Wallula pulp mill. The delta is just north of the junction of US 12 and US 730 in western Walla Walla County. See Washington DeLorme p. 40, d-1.
I observed 5 SAGE GROUSE, including a booming male, along the Indian Valley Road on April 12. Also along Indian Valley and Farm-to-Market roads were 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and in the farm fields at either end of these roads, numerous LONG-BILLED CURLEWS. These roads are south of Council, Idaho, and east of the Midvale, Cambridge area. If you're travelling south on US 95, Indian Valley Road heads south at mile post 126. See Idaho DeLorme p. 42, the bottom half.
John and Amy Roberson also report numerous LONG-BILLED CURLEWS in the Umatilla NWR in northern Oregon on April 8.
Cindy McCormick reports a pair of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS on Banks Lake near Coulee City, Washington on April 8. The birds were observed from the Coulee City Community Park. See Washington DeLorme p. 85, a-8.
Russ Roundy reports raptors galore east of Enterprise, Oregon on April 8. Head south from Enterprise about 3 miles and turn left onto Swamp Creek Road. Follow it 12-14 miles and scan the? hillsides and soaring birds. The raptors move in to feed on carcasses of still born cattle. Russ counted 22 BALD EAGLES, 11 GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 GREAT HORNED OWLS, 22 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 1 PRAIRIE FALCON, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 1 FERRUGINOUS HAWK, 7 NORTHERN HARRIERS and 1 SWAINSON'S HAWK. Not a bad tally for the day. See Oregon DeLorme p. 87, c-8.
The USDA Forest Service in LaGrande, Oregon is seeking information on VAUX'S SWIFTS, especially migration and roosting data, especially from late April through May. Any sighting data would
on VAUX'S SWIFTS, especially migration and roosting data, especially from late April through May. Any sighting data would be appreciated, including old sightings from previous years. If you have information, you may call Diane Weber in Pullman at 509-334-3817 for copies of the appropriate forms.
Paul Adamus says the Oregon Field Ornithologists and several Audubon chapters are sponsoring an Oregon Breeding Bird Atlas Project. The project will go for 5 years, and the group is interested in any observations of birds in June and July, even earlier if breeding is suspected, especially in eastern Oregon. Your commitment would be extremely flexible -- they would appreciate your observations even if you're just travelling through the area. To get the appropriate forms, you may call toll free 1-800-440-5454 and leave your name, address and phone number on the machine. You may also contact Paul Adamus via e-mail at ADAMUS at UCS.ORST.EDU.