Subject: [Tweeters] Weekend in Blewett and Teanaway Date: Jul 14 00:59:14 2009 From: Scott Ramos - lsr at ramoslink.info
Over this past weekend, 5 of us (Sharon Aagard, Lee and Mark Crawford, Joan and Scott Ramos) visited several sites in areas between Blewett Pass and the West Fork Teanaway River. The lower elevation areas were quite birdy, even in the 90+ heat on Saturday and even in the afternoon doldrums.
In the area near the old Park Campground on the lower roads of the old Blewett Pass highway, we had dozens of *Swainson's* and *Hermit Thrush*, *Townsend's Warbler* and *Cassin's Finch*, several *Calliope Humminbird* and a surprising number of *MacGillivray's Warbler*. While observing one of the hummers visiting thistle in a small glen adjacent to our camp at about 5:30 am, a very robust-looking coyote sauntered by, skirting the camp by only a few feet.
On the Forest Discovery Trail at Blewett Pass, we had a *Cooper's Hawk* and an not very satisfying look at a *Black-backed Woodpecker*. The best bird on this trail was a recently fledged fuzzball of a *Warbling Vireo* (http://picasaweb.google.com/nearpost/Blewett#5358215400055055186). Frequent calls were rewarded with two adults bringing tidbits, but the youngun stayed in the shrubbery, almost invisible.
The best birding of the trip was in the Teanaway Campground on the West Fork Teanaway River. Besides offering a large area of free camping and several access points to the soothing coolness of the river, there is a long strip of riparian shrub and woods that were very productive. On two extended walks in this area, we had *Red-naped* and *Williamson's Sapsucker*, *Hairy* and *Pileated Woodpecker*, plus *Northern Flicker*. Surprisingly, since this area is only 2200 feet in elevation, we still had *Swainson's* _and_ *Hermit Thrush*, plus *Veery*, all singing within a 100 m radius. We stumbled upon a flock of at least 18 young and 3 adult *Wild Turkey* and a group of at least 4 *Grouse* (probable Sooty). A couple of *Nashville Warbler* made brief appearances, and *Lazuli Bunting* were singing and showing everywhere. In our campsite, we were treated to *White-breasted Nuthatch*, *Western Bluebird* (many immatures) and *Savannah Sparrow* feeding on the ground. Other notables included several small flocks of *Red Crossbill* crossing the meadow and a brilliant male *Bullock's Oriole*. We also saw *Common Nighthawk* in the evening and *Vaux's Swift* in the early morning.
On the return, we stopped at the bridge over the Teanaway River on the Red Bridge Rd and found an *American Dipper*, plus *Violet-green*, *Cliff* and *Northern Rough-winged Swallows*. Also, at the Northern Pacific Railroad Ponds in Cle Elum, a mother *Barrow's Goldeneye* and 4 chicks were still around, and the *Pygmy Nuthatches* that had nested there were out and about with their young.
Good weather and good birding. Scott Ramos Seattle
Trip list, Blewett Pass and West Fork Teanaway trip, July 10-12, 80 species
Mallard Northern Shoveler Barrow's Goldeneye Sooty Grouse Wild Turkey Great Blue Heron Turkey Vulture Osprey Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk American Kestrel Killdeer Spotted Sandpiper Mourning Dove Common Nighthawk Vaux's Swift Calliope Hummingbird Rufous Hummingbird Williamson's Sapsucker Red-naped Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Black-backed Woodpecker Northern Flicker Pileated Woodpecker Olive-sided Flycatcher Western Wood-Pewee Hammond's Flycatcher Pacific-slope Flycatcher Western Kingbird Cassin's Vireo Warbling Vireo Gray Jay Steller's Jay Black-billed Magpie American Crow Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow Northern Rough-winged Swallow Cliff Swallow Barn Swallow Black-capped Chickadee Mountain Chickadee Red-breasted Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch Pygmy Nuthatch Brown Creeper House Wren American Dipper Western Bluebird Townsend's Solitaire Veery Swainson's Thrush Hermit Thrush American Robin Cedar Waxwing Nashville Warbler Yellow Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Townsend's Warbler MacGillivray's Warbler Common Yellowthroat Wilson's Warbler Western Tanager Spotted Towhee Chipping Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Song Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Black-headed Grosbeak Lazuli Bunting Red-winged Blackbird Brewer's Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird Bullock's Oriole Cassin's Finch Red Crossbill Pine Siskin Evening Grosbeak