Trip Report
Morgan Lake 2013-06-02
2013-06-02 09:15 for 35 minutes (birding) 21 sightings Columbia NWR (WAGCCLNWR) Moses Lake, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 46.89897,-119.22970 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, 65F, light breeze ABC Field trip - Stopped at Morgan lake, looked and listened for birds.
Cinnamon Teal 2  
Great Egret 1  
American Kestrel 2  
Spotted Sandpiper 1  
Ring-billed Gull 10  
Caspian Tern 1  
Rock Pigeon 6   On cliffs
Great Horned Owl 1   flushed from cottonwoods, pursued by kestrel.
Common Nighthawk 1   intentionally flushed by ravens
White-throated Swift 1   with swallows, dark med-sized swift w/ white streak from throat to belly and white inner secondaries/ flanks. Seen well and photographed.
Northern Flicker 1  
Western Kingbird 1  
Common Raven 2   soaring along cliff diving on other birds - pigeons, starlings, swallows - to flush them
Violet-green Swallow 5  
Cliff Swallow 15  
Barn Swallow 2  
European Starling 2  
Red-winged Blackbird 5  
Yellow-headed Blackbird 5  
Brown-headed Cowbird 4  
Bullock's Oriole 1