Thursday, June 16, 2005

Phillip's Farm

Terry Gray and I walked the trail circuit around Phillip's Farm on Wednesday (6/15) evening. This was our scheduled Palouse Audubon Wed. evening field trip (every Wed. in June) but nobody else showed up this week. This is a great park just north of Moscow left by Mr. Phillips for the enjoyment and use of Moscow's citizens (especially kids). There are very few public, easily accessible natural areas around Moscow so this is a real gem. I have been thinking about the possibility of starting a MAPS banding station at this location. There are a nice variety of breeding species here, for example this is a sample of what we found last evening:

  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Tree Swallow - at least 5 pairs nesting in boxes around the property (see pictures below)
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Western Wood-Pewee - lots!
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Western Tanager
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Cassin's Finch

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