Sunday, January 11, 2009

Palouse, WA Pine Grosbeaks, 1/11/09

Hi again -

More Pine Grosbeaks today this time a flock of ~15 in the town of Palouse in eastern Whitman Co. I kind of had a feeling that Palouse would be a good place to look for them being fairly close to Latah Co. Idaho and therefore fairly close to forest. Although Pine Grosbeaks are showing up widely in suburban areas they are still mostly in or close to forested areas. It will be interesting to see if they do show up further west into the Columbia basin. I found this flock just by driving through town w/ windows down listening for birds. They were on the north side of Palouse near the intersection of Beach & Mohr Streets.

Also in the area were a couple Rough-legged Hawks, a Cooper's Hawk, and a bunch of robins among others. At the Palouse Cemetery on the south side of town I found a Bewick's Wren among others. On the way home along the Palouse R. on N. River Rd. I found an adult Bald Eagle just into Latah Co.flying down the river and then later standing in a flooded field. There was a lot of standing water in fields along the Palouse R. but no ducks.

thanks, Charles.

Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

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