Trip Report
Clear Creek Wetland 2013-04-21
2013-04-21 08:30 for 3 hours (birding) 24 sightings Clear Creek Wetland (WASNCLCKW) Darrington, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 48.22396,-121.58342 Map Elevation: 600 feet
Clear Creek Wetland is a chain of old beaver ponds along the Mountain Loop Highway 2.3 miles south of hwy 530 in Darrington. The adjacent area is mature mixed forest with stands of Red Alder along with large Big-leaf Maples, Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar, with a varied understory including Salmonberry, Buckthorn and Indian Plum. A rural residential area extends along Clear Creek Road between the Sauk River and the strip of forest on the east side of the marsh. Overcast, mid-40's, light rain. With Ed Newbold, parked along the Mountain Highway to look for the reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Sightings recorded in the field in BirdLog.
Canada Goose 2   Pair flew over
Wood Duck 2   Pair kept returning to south end of pond
Mallard 2   Pair in marsh
Band-tailed Pigeon 6   Pairs flying over, all headed north
Rufous Hummingbird 3  
Red-breasted Sapsucker 3  
Downy Woodpecker 2  
Hairy Woodpecker 1  
Northern Flicker 1  
Steller's Jay 6   Common and conspicuous
Common Raven 2  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2  
Pacific Wren 1   Singing in woods
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1  
American Robin 10  
Varied Thrush 4  
Common Yellowthroat 1   Singing
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4  
Spotted Towhee 1  
Song Sparrow 3  
Dark-eyed Junco 1  
Red-winged Blackbird 4  
Red Crossbill 6  
Pine Siskin 15