Trip Report
Mount MacDonald Trail 2013-04-24
2013-04-24 07:40 for 2 hrs 45 mins (running) 26 sightings Mount MacDonald (WAKCMTMD) Kanaskat, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 47.34942,-121.87532 Map Elevation: 2000 feet
The trail starts at the bend of SE Kent-Kangley Rd just E of SE Kanaskat-Kangley Rd and climbs up to 2000' through young 2nd growth Douglas fir w/ vine maple and some alder for 2 miles, then crosses or borders clearcuts for another half mile up to 2400', then climbs through mature 2nd growth for about a half mile to 2800' before re-entering younger 2nd growth up to the summit towers at 3300. Sunny, 45F, light E breeze. Ran up and down w/ walk breaks and birding stops, but counted distance only one way. Snow above 2800' turned me back at about 3100'.
Sightings recorded in the field in BirdLog.
Sooty Grouse 5   Calling in mature 2nd growth D Fir above 2000'
Turkey Vulture 2   Perched on snag and debris in clearcut
Rufous Hummingbird 2   Salmonberry in young 2nd growth D fir
Hairy Woodpecker 2   Pair courting? in clearcut w/ scattered trees at 2400'
Northern Flicker 1  
Steller's Jay 8   Flock in clearcut w/ scattered trees at 2400'
American Crow 3   One calling around 2400', others around base of mt
Violet-green Swallow 1   Near trailhead
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5  
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2  
Pacific Wren 12   Singing
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3   Two singing
Townsend's Solitaire 3   In clearcut and along edges of mature 2nd growth, 2000-2600'. Soft warbled calls but no singing
Hermit Thrush 3   Foraging along grassy roads
American Robin 7   Clearcut
Varied Thrush 7   In both young and mature 2nd growth, some singing
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2   One calling in clearcut, one singing lower down in young 2nd growth
Black-throated Gray Warbler 6   Singing in young 2n'd growth D Fir w/ scattered alder up to about 1600' elevation. Songs ""zeeur zeeur zeeur zieeet"", ""chizirchizurchizurchizurchizeeet"", ""zheerzheerzheezhieeet"", all with sharp up-slur at end.
Spotted Towhee 4   Singing in clearcuts
Song Sparrow 4   Singing in clearcuts
White-crowned Sparrow 4   In clearcuts and edges, most singing
Dark-eyed Junco 8   All areas, some singing
Purple Finch 1   Singing
Red Crossbill 5   clearcut edge of mature 2nd growth, soft ""chet"" calls
Pine Siskin 6   Flying over, clearcut and mature 2nd growth