Trip Report
Pearrygin State Park 2013-05-19
2013-05-19 05:30 for 2 hrs 20 mins (birding) 46 sightings Methow Valley (WAOKMETV) Winthrop, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 48.49647,-120.14897 Map Elevation: 2000 feet
The Methow River drains the east side of the North Cascades from Lake Chelan to the Canadian border. Habitats include a ribbon of cottonwods along the river, pastures and residences in the valley, meadows with varying mixtures of bitterbrush, sagebrush and serviceberry on the lower hillsides with scattered groves of aspen, ponderosa pine forest and mixed coniferous forest. Overcast clearing to mostly sunny, 45-55F, light breeze at times. I parked at the Lloyd Ranch Trailhead along Bear Creek Road, walked down the road to the middle park entrance then north over the hill to the upper park entrance road, over to the marshy pond near the entrance station then back along the state park and Bear Creek roads to the car.
Habitats included riparian aspen groves, open bitterbrush/sagebrush/bunch grass hillsides, a shallow pond with cattails and other emergent vegetation and small open groves of Ponderosa pine. Sightings recorded with BirdLog for Android while in the field.
Mallard 3   Marshy pond
Ruddy Duck 2   Males in marshy pond
Ruffed Grouse 1   Drumming in aspen grove by marshy pond
Dusky Grouse 1   Calling from brushy open area
Osprey 1   Flying over
American Kestrel 1  
Sora 1   Whinny call around marshy pond
American Coot 6   Courting in marshy pond
Killdeer 1   Lloyd Ranch trailhead
Mourning Dove 2   Pair in aspen grove
Red-naped Sapsucker 1   Calling in aspen grove
Downy Woodpecker 1   Calling in aspen grove
Northern Flicker 1  
Western Wood-Pewee 1  
Dusky Flycatcher 2   Singing in aspen and pine
Western Kingbird 1  
Warbling Vireo 2  
Black-billed Magpie 1  
Common Raven 2  
Tree Swallow 6   Guarding bluebird boxes
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2   Lloyd Ranch trailhead
House Wren 5   Singing
American Robin 1   Singing
Gray Catbird 2   Singing near marshy pond
European Starling 4  
Orange-crowned Warbler 1   In bitterbrush
Yellow Warbler 5   Singing in aspen
Wilson's Warbler 2   Singing
Western Tanager 2   Singing in aspen
Spotted Towhee 2  
Chipping Sparrow 1   Singing in bitterbrush
Vesper Sparrow 2   Singing in bitterbrush
Lark Sparrow 1   Singing from top of tall pine
Song Sparrow 1   Singing in riparian brush
White-crowned Sparrow 1   Foraging in bitterbrush. No songs heard.
Black-headed Grosbeak 2   Singing in aspen
Lazuli Bunting 6   Singing in bitterbrush and around edges of aspen groves
Red-winged Blackbird 8   Marshy pond
Western Meadowlark 5   Open areas
Yellow-headed Blackbird 2   Males along marshy pond
Brown-headed Cowbird 6  
Bullock's Oriole 2   Aspen and nearby bitterbrush
Cassin's Finch 2   Aspen grove, one singing
Pine Siskin 1  
American Goldfinch 4  
Evening Grosbeak 2