Trip Report
Northern Pacific Ponds 2012-05-22
The main pond
Dried-up marsh and open pine woods
Thickets in dried-up marsh
Cattails along main pond
Upper end of slough/stream
Black-tailed deer
2012-05-22 15:00 for 2 hours (photography) 41 sightings Cle Ellum area (WAKTCLEL) Cle Ellum, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 47.19269,-120.96281 Map
Sightings mostly along I-90 near Cle Ellum and Easton - the area along the Yakima River where the mixed fir forest of the east slope of the Cascades yields to pine and shrub-steppe habitats. Scattered ponds along the river, riparian habitats near ponds and streams. ovc, rain showers, W wind 5mph Walked along the road, with rather long stops to photograph birds. Little bird activity other than swallows when it was raining, which was about half the time.
Species and counts written down from memory a couple hours after birding. I photographed six species of swallows over the main pond but counts are estimates based on how frequently I saw them in the flock.
Wood Duck 2   Both females flew separately up from stream/slough
Mallard 5   Four drakes, and a female with young (not included).
Barrow's Goldeneye 4   Two pair in main pond
Common Merganser 6   Males and females in main pond
Great Blue Heron 1   Flew up from stream
Turkey Vulture 1   Flying over I-90
Osprey 1   Flew twice over the slough.
Red-tailed Hawk 1   Juvenile perched briefly in snag
Vaux's Swift 3   Overhead briefly with swallows
Belted Kingfisher 1   Along main pond
Hairy Woodpecker 1   In pine
Northern Flicker 1  
Western Wood-Pewee 1   Flycatching from pine
Cassin's Vireo 2   Young one begging from adult, I think, in bushes and young pines.
Warbling Vireo 1   Singing
Common Raven 1   Flew over
Tree Swallow 4   Over main pond
Violet-green Swallow 10   Over main pond
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15   Over main pond and other areas of the stream/slough
Bank Swallow 6   Over main pond
Cliff Swallow 5   Over main pond
Barn Swallow 3   Over main pond
Black-capped Chickadee 2  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1   Calling in conifers
Bushtit 1   In snowberry bushes along the road
House Wren 2   Singing in thickets
Nashville Warbler 1   Singing
MacGillivray's Warbler 2   Singing in thickets
Yellow Warbler 10   Singing in cottonwoods, foraging in bushes as well
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5   Foraging in thickets and trees along the main pond, some singing.
Western Tanager 2   Singing in trees
Spotted Towhee 3  
Song Sparrow 2   Along main pond, one singing
White-crowned Sparrow 1   Singing
Dark-eyed Junco 1   On side of road
Black-headed Grosbeak 2   Singing
Red-winged Blackbird 8   Along main pond. Male escorted me along the road, flying from bush to bush making piercing whistle calls.
Brown-headed Cowbird 3  
Pine Siskin 2   In top of pine tree
American Goldfinch 2   One singing
Evening Grosbeak 2  
Wood Duck
Barrow's Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Common Merganser submarining
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker
Cassin's Vireo
Cassin's Vireo
Male Tree Swallow
Female Tree Swallow
Male Violet-green Swallow
Female Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird