Trip Report
Wenas Creek Riparian 2013-05-27
2013-05-27 06:20 for 1 hour (birding) 35 sightings Wenas Creek (WAYCWENAS) Wenas, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 46.89267,-120.79657 Map Elevation: 2500 feet
Wenas Creek is a permanent stream which drains east out of the Cascades down to the Yakima River near Yakima. In the Wenas Creek area pine forest yields to bitterbrush and sagebrush with meadows, pastures and groves of cottonwood and aspen along the stream. The eastern/northern portion of the area, which consists of roughly five miles of the stream valley and adjacent ridges and tributary valleys, is in Kittitas County. Partly cloudy, 40F, slight downcanyon breeze I bird-ran up from the upper edge of the fields to the bridge across Wenas Creek with stops as often as needed to accurately record all the birds I saw or heard.
Most birds identified by song.
California Quail 2   Calling
Spotted Sandpiper 1   Calling along stream
Mourning Dove 2  
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1   One flew over, another heard
Downy Woodpecker 2  
Western Wood-Pewee 7   Singing
Dusky Flycatcher 1   Singing
Cassin's Vireo 2   Singing
Warbling Vireo 4   Singing
Steller's Jay 1  
Black-billed Magpie 3  
Black-capped Chickadee 3  
Mountain Chickadee 4  
House Wren 4   Singing
Veery 2   Singing, one from the top of a cottonwood snag. Descending song, ""chiurr"" calls.
Swainson's Thrush 1   Singing - ascending song
American Robin 6   Several singing
Nashville Warbler 2   Singing on dry hillsides
MacGillivray's Warbler 4   Singing in riparian thickets
Yellow Warbler 10   Singing, mostly in riparian trees
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1   Foraging in pine
Wilson's Warbler 3   Singing
Western Tanager 6   Singing
Spotted Towhee 6   Singing
Chipping Sparrow 1  
Vesper Sparrow 1   Singing in brushy field
Song Sparrow 2   Singing
Black-headed Grosbeak 7   Singing
Western Meadowlark 6   Singing on hillsides
Brown-headed Cowbird 1  
Bullock's Oriole 3   Singing
Cassin's Finch 3   One singing
Pine Siskin 7  
American Goldfinch 2  
Evening Grosbeak 2