Trip Report
Rattlesnake Ridge 2013-06-03
2013-06-03 08:30 for 3 hrs 30 mins (running) 22 sightings Rattlesnake Ridge (WAKCRSRDG) North Bend, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 47.50897,-121.84155 Map Elevation: 2000 feet
Forested ridge which runs for 5 miles northwest from Rattlesnake Lake south of North Bend, rising from about 700' in the valley to 3200' at the high point midway along the ridge. Most of the old growth and much of the second growth forest has been clear cut over the past fifty years but some mature forest remains, particularly on the steep northeast side of the ridge. In addition to numerous forest roads, a trail runs from Winery Road off I-90 at exit 27 to Rattlesnake Lake, traversing mostly mixed broadleaf and coniferous forest of various ages with some variously brushy clearcut areas. Partly cloudy, mid 50's to mid-60's, calm. Incomplete list of birds heard while running the ridge w/ Darchelle from Snoqualmie trailhead.
Counts are estimates from memory so not very accurate. We called briefly for pygmy owls w/ no response, and we missed the 2 Hermit Warblers that Cara and Asta saw in the same area not long after we were there.
Cooper's Hawk 1   Soaring up near Rattlesnake Lake and gliding off to north.
Vaux's Swift 2  
Olive-sided Flycatcher 3  
Willow Flycatcher 4  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2  
Warbling Vireo 10  
Gray Jay 4   At higher overlooks
Steller's Jay 3  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 3  
Pacific Wren 3  
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2  
Swainson's Thrush 1  
Hermit Thrush 3   Near summit(s)
Varied Thrush 10  
MacGillivray's Warbler 3  
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1  
Townsend's Warbler 7  
Wilson's Warbler 2  
Western Tanager 4  
Spotted Towhee 4  
Dark-eyed Junco 3   Two on Rattlesnake Lake overlook
Black-headed Grosbeak 2