Trip Report
North Spur Road 2013-05-27
2013-05-27 10:10 for 75 minutes (birding) 20 sightings Wenas Creek (WAYCWENAS) Wenas, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 46.90896,-120.79462 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. Overcast, 50F, SE breeze, light rain. David and I parked above the first big meadow on the right and hiked about a half mile up the road, to a big meadow on the left.
Carried cameras, tried for photos despite the low light and precipitation.
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1   Small accipiter
Lewis's Woodpecker 2   Two in big pine snag
Hairy Woodpecker 2   Pines
White-headed Woodpecker 1   Pines
Gray Flycatcher 3   Gentle downward tail flick distinctive. Seemed to prefer to perch within a few feet of the ground when hunting. Pale wingbars and secondary edges prominent. Longish tail, short primary projection, largish bill, slightly brownish gray above, faint yellowish wash below, complete narrow eyering slightly elongated to rear. Song quite distinct from Hammonds/Dusky.
Steller's Jay 3  
Common Raven 1  
White-breasted Nuthatch 3   Calling in pines
House Wren 4   Singing in sparse understory
Western Bluebird 2   Calls ""chiew"" ""chitiew"" ""chk chk chitier""
Townsend's Solitaire 1   Distant calls
American Robin 3  
Western Tanager 1  
Spotted Towhee 5  
Chipping Sparrow 3   Singing
Vesper Sparrow 1   Singing
Dark-eyed Junco 1  
Western Meadowlark 1  
Red Crossbill 5  
Pine Siskin 2