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Spokane Audubon Field Trip Reports
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Palisades trip 6/16/2013

This morning 4 of us met at 6:30 a.m. to explore the Palisades area just south and west of downtown. We started out with the White-throated Swifts flying under the bridges near High Bridge Park. There were some Cliff Swallows nearby for comparison. Black-headed Grosbeaks were abundant both visually and with their wonderfully lyrical song. Saw one on the ground that seemed to be eating ants. Saw several shafts of sunlight swarming with small insects that would surge and sway. It was an impressive sight. Western Wood Pewees were the flycatcher of the day. Had some good views of the Red Crossbills at a feeder. Saw a Red-tailed Hawk carrying somebody off. All in all a pretty good morning, especially since we stopped at 10:00 in consideration of Father’s Day obligations.

Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawks
Bald Eagle
California Quail
Gull sp.
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
White-throated Swifts
Calliope Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Crow
Black-billed Magpie
Violet Green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
House Wren
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Black-headed Grosbeak
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee (H)
Red-winged Blackbirds
Brown-headed Cowbirds
Red Crossbills
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Little Spokane River Natural area field trip - 6/2 and 6/4/13

We met at the WDFW boat launch at the confluence of the Little Spokane and Spokane rivers. It was very birdy, even before we got on the trail. After 30 minutes of birding we got rained out on Sunday, June 2. Several of us met again on Tuesday, June 4, for a few hours to compensate. Nothing very unusual, but did get many good views of Black-headed Grosbeaks, Gray Catbirds, Yellow Warblers, Calliope Hummingbird and Bullock’s Orioles. Watched a Yellow Warbler add material to nest and pack it down with her body. Saw the female Oriole enter her nest and stay for several minutes. When she left the male came to the nest peeked in and decided he would just wait outside. Could be that she was also still in the construction phase and he was merely keeping watch to make sure no cowbirds got in. The Calliope perched on the same branch I saw it on several weeks ago, Sunday and today. Showed off with a little bit of diving. Saw a female Calliope inspecting some plant material near the Painted Rocks. Did not go to the flowers, but focused on those plants with spiderwebs at the tips. Other birds seen include: 

Willow Flycatcher, 
Red-winged Blackbirds,
Brown-headed Cowbirds, 
Bewick’s Wren, 
Song Sparrow, 
Tree Swallow, 
Cliff Swallow,
Violet-green Swallow, 
Black-capped Chickadee, 
Western Grebe, 
Black-billed Magpie, 
California Quail, 
Ring-necked Pheasant (heard only), 
Killdeer (HO), 
Mourning Dove (HO), 
Black-chinned Hummingbird, 
Northern Flicker, 
Eastern Kingbird, 
Red-breasted Nuthatch (HO), 
Cedar Waxwings, 
American Robin, 
Spotted Towhee (HO),
American Kestrel

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