Trip Report
Pearrygin State Park 2012-05-21
Riparian aspen grove
Bitterbrush and snowberry in foreground
Riparian aspen and hayfield
Ponderosa Pine
Hay shed
Penstemon on rock outcrop
Coyotes hunting in hayfield
Black-tailed Deer
2012-05-21 07:45 for 2 hours (birding) 42 sightings Methow Valley (WAOKMETV) Winthrop, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 48.49614,-120.15314 Map Elevation: 2000 feet
The Methow River drains the east side of the North Cascades from Lake Chelan to the Canadian border. Habitats include a ribbon of cottonwods along the river, pastures and residences in the valley, meadows with varying mixtures of bitterbrush, sagebrush and serviceberry on the lower hillsides with scattered groves of aspen, ponderosa pine forest and mixed coniferous forest. ovc (ALST, CU), mid-60's, calm Parked along Bear Creek road just below the upper entrance to Pearrygin State Park and walked down the road past the old Lloyd Ranch site on the right, birded down through a stretch of riparian vegetation - aspen, elm and cottonwood with various shrubs - along the road, then hiked back up over an open ridge - bunchgrass, bitterbrush and other shrubs - to the aspen copse at the jct of Bear Creek Rd w/ the upper state park road.
I noted species and counts in the field, stopping irregularly to try for photos. I also photographed a few additional species along Bear Creek Road, as noted, within a mile or so of the area I birded.
Turkey Vulture 3   Additional sighting, on fence posts near lower entrance to Pearrygin State Park
Osprey 2   Flying over together
Red-tailed Hawk 1   Calling, later seen in same area
Killdeer 1   Calling around farm buildings
Mourning Dove 2   Aspen grove and flying by
Vaux's Swift 3   Overhead with swallows briefly
Red-naped Sapsucker 1   Drumming on metal sign
Northern Flicker 2   One yellowish
Western Wood-Pewee 1   Aspen grove
Least Flycatcher 1   Single "chebek" call in aspen grove, later photographed in same area.
Say's Phoebe 1   Calling near farm outbuildings
Warbling Vireo 4   Riparian thickets and adjacent brushy hillsides, two at a time, some singing.
Black-billed Magpie 2   Near farm outbuildings
American Crow 2   Flying over
Tree Swallow 3   Foraging with rough-wings
Violet-green Swallow 5   Flying with other swallows
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5   Possibly nesting in road bank
Cliff Swallow 5   Small group foraging together
Barn Swallow 1   Heard foraging over hayfield
Black-capped Chickadee 2  
House Wren 6   Most singing, thickets and groves.
Western Bluebird 3   Additional sighting, around nest boxes on fence posts along Bear Creek Road
American Robin 3   In and around aspen groves
Gray Catbird 2   Singing and calling in riparian and aspen groves, possibly the same bird.
European Starling 9   Adults foraging in grassy areas or flying by
MacGillivray's Warbler 1   Thickets near aspen grove, by call and brief sighting
Yellow Warbler 2   Aspens and adjacent brushy hillsides. Seems odd to see a Yellow Warbler in a sagebrush bush.
Wilson's Warbler 3   Singing in underbrush in aspen groves
Western Tanager 1   Female calling in pine
Spotted Towhee 2   Bitterbrush and riparian thickets
Chipping Sparrow 4   In and around pines
Vesper Sparrow 3   Singing in bitterbrush
Song Sparrow 1   Riparian bushes
Black-headed Grosbeak 4   Riparian thickets, possibly the same two males seen twice.
Lazuli Bunting 4   Singing in bitterbrush
Red-winged Blackbird 1   Flew over
Western Meadowlark 2   Singing
Brown-headed Cowbird 5  
Bullock's Oriole 3   Riparian and aspen groves and adjacent bitterbrush
Cassin's Finch 11   Small groups in trees, one or two singing
American Goldfinch 2   One singing
Evening Grosbeak 8   Feeding on elm seeds
Red-naped Sapsucker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Western Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
Gray Catbird
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting
Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Bullock's Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
Cassin's Finch