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Fwd: Moscow White-winged Crossbills & misc area sightings, 3/27/09

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From: Charles Swift <>
Date: Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 9:35 PM
Subject: Moscow White-winged Crossbills & misc area sightings, 3/27/09
To: inland birders <>

Howdy -

I had a small flock of White-winged Crossbills fly over my house mid-morning today. They were giving their rapid-fire dry chet-chet flight calls, although not well seen I'd guess there were around 20 or so birds.

Later this afternoon I did a couple hours of birding in e. Whitman Co and w. Latah Co. and found a few birds. It was very windy in most parts except down along the Palouse R. east of Palouse which was somewhat sheltered. In addition to birds listed below I noted a number of large junco flocks which appear to be moving through in good number at the moment (many are singing right now which is pretty cool to hear). There were also Killdeer widely scattered including right in Pullman near the Palouse Science Center.

Whitman Co.:

Western Bluebird - near Kamiak Butte
Spotted Towhee - 2 just east of Palouse aong the Palouse R.

Latah Co.:

Along the Palouse R. floodplain east of Palouse are many flooded low lying fields and seasonal wetlands, easily accessible from North and South River Rds. out of Palouse.

Canada Goose 30
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 100
Northern Pintail 20
Green-winged Teal 10
Hooded Merganser 2
Killdeer 1
Say's Phoebe 1

Viola Sewage Ponds:

Gadwall 2 (a pair)
Common Goldeneye 2
Barrow's Goldeneye 1

Mountainview & Darby (just north of Moscow) - still at least 15 Tundra Swans present with about 20 Canada Geese in the fields here.

thanks, Charles.

Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

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