Subject: 4STSA&4BBWO
Date: Aug 25 21:02:00 2002
From: Marv Breece - mbreece at

I started my week end birding at the Potato Ponds near Othello on Saturday
8/24. While there I ran into Patrick and Ruth Sullivan. We enjoyed 14
species of shorebirds including:
Solitary Sandpiper-1
Semipalmated Sandpiper-1
Stilt Sandpiper-2 juv
Also, Patrick spotted a SORA at the edge of one of the ponds.

>From there I went to Lind Coulee (M Street), east of O'Sullivan Dam where I
birded with the Sullivan's again. Here I counted 14 species of shorebirds
as well, including
Semipalmated Plover-2
Semipalmated Sandpiper-1
Common Snipe-3 (possibly 5)
Solitary Sandpiper-3
Baird's Sandpiper-several
Stilt Sandpiper-2 juv This is the same location where I saw an adult STSA
on 8/18/01.

Next I decided to head for the Nile Rd burn near Naches and look for
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS. I camped near the burn and started working the
burn this morning (Sun, 8/25). HAIRY WOODPECKERS were easy to find, and an
adult female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER lightly tapped on a tree as I watched.
It took over an hour to find the BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS. When I did,
there were 3 on one tree and a fourth on an adjacent tree. One was an adult
male and I believe that 2 were juv males. I'm not sure about the fourth
one; probably a female. From below, it's difficult to see the yellow on
the head at times. During the 30-45 minutes I watched these birds, there
were 2 occasions when one of them stopped drilling and flaking bark to go to
a small (3-4") branch and hammer briefly. This seemed like a family group.
Did the hammering keep them together? All of my previous sightings of BBWO
have been of single birds. I found a BBWO nest at Camas Creek in May of 92
but only saw or heard one bird.

With Stilt Sandpiper and Black-backed Woodpecker under my belt, I then
started for home in Seattle with no definite birding plan along the way. I
pulled off I5 at Centralia on a whim. It's tough to bird from I5. I saw a
sign for the Centralia Steam Plant. I had never been there, so off I went.
In a field just beyond the steam plant an adult WHITE-TAILED KITE flew by,
hunting alond the way. It perched, allowing time to set up the scope and
see the bird well. That was an unexpected surprise.

It was a good week end.

Marv Breece
Seattle, WA