Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan County birds Date: Jul 4 21:08:31 2009 From: Dennis Paulson - dennispaulson at comcast.net
Netta Smith and I spent two days in Okanogan County, just returned to the sound of fireworks in Seattle.
The only slightly unusual birds we saw were:
Black-necked Stilt at Fields Lake, SE of Molson, 4 July
Eurasian Collared-Dove on wire at house in middle of ponderosa pine/ Douglas-fir woods on Swanson Mill (Mount Hull) Road E of Ellisforde, 4 July.
I don't know the status of either of these species in Okanogan County.
As a P.S., we drove through the huge burn (this was called the Tripod Fire, in the summer of 2006) between Roger Lake and Long Swamp on hwy 39, and there are still some Am. Three-toed (and perhaps Black- backed) Woodpeckers there, but it was most noteworthy for the abundance of wildflowers, always the case when herbaceous vegetation takes over after a fire, and a fair number of butterflies and other insects visiting them. If you haven't seen that burn, it's really one of the spectacles of nature, although a tragic one. The path around Roger Lake, as nearly as we could determine, was obliterated by all the falling trees, and I can't even guess a the destruction of wildlife from that fire. ----- Dennis Paulson 1724 NE 98 St. Seattle, WA 98115 206-528-1382 dennispaulson at comcast.net
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