Subject: [Tweeters] Rock Wren Still in Capitol Forest
Date: Jun 8 20:49:17 2014
From: festuca at - festuca at

Hi folks,

I ran up to the Thurston County Rock Wren spot this morning. This time I took the correct road - - note that the D-4600 road is NOT the C-4600 road. . . . and we will just leave that story for another time. For those Tweeters with GPS - Acme Mapper gives the coordinates of the wren at N 46.99954 W123.12684

I drove 5.2 miles from the C-4000/C-1000 junction to the C-4600 road. I parked and walked the 0.7 miles to the Rock Wren spot so as not to spook the bird with a vehicle. There was fog/clouds drifting through the timber and leaving the clear-cut in a hazy light, even though the sun was trying to burn through.

This bird was pretty vocal. I first heard its call from 1/8 mile away, and it vocalized several times in the 1/2 hour I was at the clear cut - actively singing from stumps or limbs/brush/slash. I watched the bird for about 20 minutes through 10x42 binoculars at a distance of 50-100 meters. I was unable to get decent (or even identifiable) photo, however.

I spent a bit of time walking out the spur roads off the C-4600 and returned to my pickup. On the drive out, I walked up the gated road to the microwave towers on Larch Mountain for another mile-and-some-odd, getting a great look at a MacGillivray's Warbler and a pair of Olive-sided Flycatchers. A Sooty Grouse was hooting in the timber to the south of the wren.

It was a great way to spend a Sunday morning.

Jon. Anderson
festuca at comcast dot net