Willawa lake birds
- Had a nice hike out to Willawa lakes today from the Glen Alps trail head.
Climbing up to the "ball field" area a beautiful adult plumage *Northern
Goshawk* cruised the slopes looking to flush a bird or catch an unwary
At Willawa Lake there were about 10 *Harlequin Ducks*, most paired very
obviously, one couple even seen copulating and a few pair of *Barrow's
There was a moment of drama as a *Golden Eagle* dove in from an unseen
hideout making an unsuccessful attempt at some Mew Gulls nesting on the
glacial rock islands. There was also a *Wandering Tattler* pair on the
lake edge and what remained of the lake ice. This couple was also
caught in the act of copulating.
For songbirds, *Golden-crowned Sparrows* were abundant singing around
the lake, *Savannah Sparrows*, *White-crowned Sparrows*, and *Fox
Sparrows* were also present. *Orange-crowned* and *Wilson's*
represented the *Warblers* and a *Horned Lark* was heard above the lakes
near the "ball field" area.
The hike back to the trail head had a flavor of adventure as well as it
appeared from the prints in the mud that I shared the trail for some
distance with a very large brown bear. Nothing like that to help one
out in the art of singing loud obnoxious improvised verses.