Two Gorgeous Sisters!
- It's amazing how attractive a fairly plain bird can become when
you finally find one that you've sought for awhile. Such was my
experience today when I found two female RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS
(#246) below the dam at Priest Rapids.
There were tens of thousands of ducks between the Priest Rapids
and Wanapum Dams on the Columbia River today. They included:
Coots, Mallards, Northern Pintail (a few), Gadwall, American
Widgeon, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Ring-necked Duck,
Canvasback, Readhead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye,
Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser (2), Hooded
Another highlight was 3 TUNDRA SWANS across the River. If they
hadn't been calling I wouldn't have know if they were Tundra or
Trumpeter. I also saw another Tundra at close range just north of
the county line.
About three miles East of Ellensburg in a field along I-90 there
was a large flock of Canada Geese and one SNOW GOOSE (on very
- I saw 24 Tundra Swans on the Columbia on Saturday above the I-90 Bridge.
We harvested 2 Lesser Scaup, so both species of Scaup are present on the
river now. Also saw 2 Western Grebes, 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 1 Common
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