Subject: [Tweeters] Okanogan / Douglas Weekend Notes -- Boreal Chickadee,
Date: Jul 8 10:51:56 2009
From: Michael Willison - sendtomichael at

Hi Tweeters,

Spent the weekend camping with my wife near Grand Coulee Dam. Was able to do some birding during the trip over and back as well as part of Saturday too. My main goal was to locate Boreal Chickadee, which had been a nemesis bird for me in WA, apart from having seen them several times in Alaska. I would especially like to thank all who responded to my request for reliable spots to find them last week. I was able to locate 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, NW of Conconully in Okanogan County, from FS road 38, which turns into FS road 3820 after passing through Salmon Meadows Campground. I felt lucky to have found them as I had traveled 11.7 miles up the road from Conconully and had come to a spot where I was not going to be able to clear several rocks and ruts in the road with my car. I had made about a 10 point turn to get turned back around and then pulled out the ice chest and made myself lunch by the car. Just as I was loading everything back up, I heard, and then observed the 2 BOCH for several minutes and from only a few feet away! I then hiked up the road about a mile, but did not locate any others.

Also of interest in the area and at the Salmon Meadows CG were, Three-toed Woodpecker, Pine Grosbeak, White-breasted Nuthatch, Mountain Chickadee, Cassin's Finch, and MANY Evening Grosbeak, Clark's Nutcrackers and Nashville Warblers.

Other birds of interest in Okanogan Co were: a Loggerhead Shrike listed as a code 4 bird in the county, seen between Omak and Grand Coulee Dam along Omak Lake Road, Eurasian Collared-Dove in Brewster, and a very birdy stop at Lone Pine CG, just east of Washington Pass on highway 20. Noteworthy there were many Evening Grosbeak, Townsend's Warbler, 2 BLACK SWIFT, Red-naped Sapsucker and Western Tanager.

Moving to Douglas County birds, I observed a BAND-TAILED PIGEON listed as a code 5 bird in the county. The bird was seen flying just north of Highway 2, somewhere between Farmer and Baird. I didn't realize the importance of the bird at the time and did not note the exact location, however there were quite a few Pine trees and in a relatively open area somewhere along that stretch. Also found Eurasian Collared-Dove in two locations in Bridgeport, one near the Grade School and 3 seen near the base of Central Ferry Canyon Road. Also birded up to the top of Central Ferry Canyon Road, adding new birds to my county list.

90 birds total on the trip, adding county birds to several county lists as well. Always nice to bird the Okanogan!

Michael Willison
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