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Checklist S45627038

 
Location
Steigerwald Lake NWR, Clark County, Washington, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat May 12, 2018 6:57 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
5
Duration:
5 hour(s)
Distance:
3.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Ken Pitts
Comments:
This was a guided walk I led sponsored by Gorge Refuge Stewards.
Species
65 species total
12
Canada Goose
4
Wood Duck
8
Cinnamon Teal
6
Northern Shoveler
18
Gadwall
2
American Wigeon
20
Mallard
8
Green-winged Teal
2
Ring-necked Duck
2
Lesser Scaup
2
Pied-billed Grebe
8
Double-crested Cormorant
7
American Bittern

© Ken Pitts

18
Great Blue Heron
3
Great Egret
6
Turkey Vulture
2
Osprey
6
Northern Harrier

Over the last week, the female harriers (brownish) have been on the nests. This creates a very special treat to observers and photographers because only the males (grayish white with black wing tips) are up and hunting (like all the time). Normally males are dominated by the larger females and are kept from the prime hunting territory and made to stay on the edges of the park. This picture was 1-2 seconds late in capturing the hand off from the male (top left) to the female (bottom left) with a rodent. He calls to her, she flies off the nest, he drops it to her, and she rolls upside down to catch the rodent. Maybe next time!

© Ken Pitts

1
Red-tailed Hawk
3
Virginia Rail
3
Sora

The Sora were making their characteristic "KERWEE" calls from the wetlands to the north of the trail about 100-200 yards from the seasonal door gate.

2
Killdeer
2
Eurasian Collared-Dove
2
Mourning Dove
1
Anna's Hummingbird
1
Rufous Hummingbird
1
Belted Kingfisher
2
Downy Woodpecker
2
Hairy Woodpecker
8
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)

© Ken Pitts

2
Pileated Woodpecker
6
American Kestrel

© Ken Pitts

2
Western Wood-Pewee
1
Hammond's Flycatcher

In the first picture you can see the fairly significant eye-ring and a small, dark beak (Measuring the beak length and dividing it by the beak to back of head length gives a ratio of about .25. The Pacific Slope ratio is about .34.).

The second shows the 3 essential ID characteristics that nail it down to a Hammond's Flycatcher: 1) long primary extension of the wing tips, 2) straight sides to a narrow, short bill, and 3) a dark lower mandible.

© Ken Pitts

Here you can see the fairly significant eye-ring and a small, dark beak (Measuring the beak length and dividing it by the beak to back of head length gives a ratio of about .25. The Pacific Slope ratio is about .34.)

© Ken Pitts

This picture shows the 3 essential ID characteristics that nail it down to a Hammond's Flycatcher: 1) long primary extension of the wing tips, 2) straight sides to a narrow, short bill, and 3) a dark lower mandible.

1
Warbling Vireo
2
California Scrub-Jay
2
American Crow
1
Common Raven
2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
18
Purple Martin
55
Tree Swallow
2
Barn Swallow
2
Black-capped Chickadee
4
Bushtit
2
White-breasted Nuthatch
4
House Wren
9
Marsh Wren
2
Bewick's Wren
1
Swainson's Thrush
12
American Robin
75
European Starling
50
Common Yellowthroat
4
Yellow Warbler
6
Wilson's Warbler
2
White-crowned Sparrow
22
Song Sparrow
4
Spotted Towhee
1
Yellow-breasted Chat

I heard this from the trail just as we exited the willows at the beginning of the trail. Its song was coming from the other side of the levee (west of trail).

2
Black-headed Grosbeak

Heard in forest just as we exited the "door" going toward the fish ladders.

6
Bullock's Oriole
28
Red-winged Blackbird
8
Brown-headed Cowbird
4
House Finch
1
Purple Finch

Heard in the forest at the SE end of the refuge. Our group was able to spot the female singing from a high perch in a cottonwood dead branch.

16
American Goldfinch
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes