Trip Report
Lyle Cemetery 2013-05-28
2013-05-28 09:00 for 75 minutes (birding) 31 sightings Lyle (WAKLLYLE) Lyle, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 45.71990,-121.32771 Map Elevation: 400 feet
The town of Lyle sits 75 miles east of Vancouver at the mouth of the Klickitat River in the transition area of the Columbia Gorge. Lakes orphaned by hwy 14 along the Columbia River, Balch road east of town along Old Hwy 8 and pull-outs along Hwy 142 in the Klickitat River Gorge offer diverse birding opportunities. Habitats include open grassy slopes and benches, basalt cliffs and outcrops, the rivers and a few small lakes, Garry Oak woodlands, Ponderosa pine groves and mixed pine-oak woodlands. Partly cloudy, 57F, light SW breeze. Showers to west. David and I walked around the cemetery grounds and adjacent Balch Road.
Good place for bird photos.
Turkey Vulture 2  
Red-tailed Hawk 2  
Vaux's Swift 1  
Calliope Hummingbird 1  
Downy Woodpecker 1  
Northern Flicker 1  
Western Wood-Pewee 3   Mating observed.
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1  
Warbling Vireo 1  
Western Scrub-Jay 2  
American Crow 1  
Common Raven 2  
Barn Swallow 1  
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1  
White-breasted Nuthatch 1   Seen briefly on pine
Western Bluebird 3   Quite tame
American Robin 2  
European Starling 2  
Cedar Waxwing 2  
Yellow Warbler 2   Singing in oaks but hard to spot
Western Tanager 2  
Chipping Sparrow 2  
Black-headed Grosbeak 1  
Western Meadowlark 1  
Brewer's Blackbird 3  
Brown-headed Cowbird 3  
Bullock's Oriole 1  
House Finch 3  
Lesser Goldfinch 4   Feeding on weed seeds w/ House Finches and American Goldfinches in field across from cemetery. One or two had dark olive-green backs. Compared to American Goldfinch, song seemed sputtery with short chk notes and longish ""sieeew"" calls.
American Goldfinch 2  
Evening Grosbeak 2