Peregrinating Pumphouse Proliferates Punctilious Punches
Just returned from a late afternoon sweep along Pumphouse Road with my aunt
and sister. The goal was to catch a few Avocets in the full glory of late
afternoon sun beams. No luck on the Avocets.
However, we did see a pair of Blue-winged Teal at the corral near milepost 8.
Several Cinnamon Teal and Northern Shovelers were present with a Lesser
Yellowlegs and three Least Sandpipers. Understandably, it was difficult to arouse
too much interest in the peeps from my eighty year-young aunt who is battling
glaucoma. The water level in this area is down drastically...plus the
vegetation has grown higher. Prime waterfowl viewing is a couple weeks overripe
here. Plus the ducks have paired up...the large Wigeon flocks were not seen this
afternoon. In fact, I don't recall even seeing any Northern Pintail.
At Old Goldendale Road, the west side of the road clanged home a winner with
a pair of Wilson's Phalaropes. Also a Lesser Yellowlegs here with
Black-necked Stilt and at least a dozen dormant sandpipers...most likely Least
Sandpipers. Again, didn't spend much time looking at the peeps. I couldn't see them
with my naked eye so my aunt was probably having the same luck with bins.
Anyone hitting the area tomorrow might want to take a little time in this area
scanning for peeps of interest
Good close looks at two Loggerhead Shrike and numerous Yellow-headed
Blackbirds made up for the loss of Avocet for my aunt.
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