Trip Report
Teal Lakes 2013-06-02
2013-06-02 08:15 for 15 minutes (birding) 11 sightings Columbia NWR (WAGCCLNWR) Moses Lake, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 46.91623,-119.20466 Map Elevation: 1000 feet
Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is a maze of coulees cut into the Columbia River basalts south and east of Moses Lake by Ice Age floods. Seepage from irrigation supplies year-round water to numerous lakes and marshes in the cliff-rimmed valleys along Crab Creek. Upland habitat is shrub-steppe, mostly sagebrush and bunch grass. Riparian habitats include extensive rushes and cattails along permanent water, various annuals in bands around ephemeral wet areas, weedy sometimes-flooded fields and shrubby habitats dominated by currant, wild rose and willow. Partly cloudy, 63F, wind W 5 mph ABC Field trip - drove along Teal lakes with stops to look and listen for birds.
No grasshopper sparrows.
Ring-necked Pheasant 1   Distant calls
Caspian Tern 1  
Common Nighthawk 1   Landed in road, allowed close views before flying off
Say's Phoebe 2   Near cliffs
Eastern Kingbird 2   Between the lakes
Horned Lark 6   Several singing, also group of 4 on outcrop, including possible juveniles
Violet-green Swallow 1  
Barn Swallow 1  
Red-winged Blackbird 3  
Western Meadowlark 3   Singing
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1   Flew over