Subject: [Tweeters] Upper Cowlitz Birding 7/25 Date: Jul 26 09:36:22 2017 From: Adam Crutcher - acrut44 at gmail.com
Hello tweets, Jason Vasallo, Josh Glant, and I spent much of the day down in Lewis County yesterday. We started at Riffe Lake and continued up to White Pass and totaled 78 species which is pretty good for the time of year. Here are some highlights:
Peters Road Wetlands Cinnamon Teal - Female Sora - Juvenile seen briefly Wilson's Snipe - One flying in and out wetlands Western Kingbird - Sitting on wires with swallows then dropped down out of sight Swallows - Over 1000 Violet-green on wires along with small numbers of Tree, Rough-winged, Barn and Bank House Wren - One in trees just past wetlands Lazuli Bunting - Female on wires
Sand Lake Trail Mountain Bluebird - Over a dozen birds mostly early on in burn Cassin's Finch - Male seen in snags and one other heard Fairly dead otherwise
White Pass Peregrine Falcon - Flew threw cloud of swallows Mountain Bluebird - Handful of juveniles around ski lifts Chipping Sparrow - Juvenile at ski lifts Swallows - Around 500 Violet-green Swallow's with 100 Barn Swallows and a few Vaux's Swift sprinkled in
The trip was quite fun with Peters Road being the highlight. In the town of Randle Violet-green Swallows covered most power lines and we estimated somewhere around 5,000 of them. Unfortunately the Sand Lake trail was pretty quite when we got up there around 9:20.