Snow Mountain Ranch near Tieton
- SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCH
15 JUNE 2006
I participated in a "symposium" out on Snow Mountain Ranch. This event was
for educators in the Highland School District and was sponsored by Cowiche
Canyon Conservancy. Take Cowiche Mill Rd west from Summitview to the parking
area on left (beyond 1st "sign "The Snow Mountain Ranch.").
Birds were active everywhere; springs exuberance is still very much in
In weedy pasture areas we observed Bank and Cliff Swallows, and flocks of
European Starlings (mostly juveniles), and a few Red-winged Blackbirds.
Overhead we saw a pair of Red-tailed Hawks, several Common Nighthawks, and
flyover Common Ravens and American Goldfinches.
In the lush riparian habitats, we found the highest diversity of birds. We
heard more species than we saw. We tallied Northern Flicker, Western
Wood-Pewee, House Wrens, American Robins, Cedar Waxwings, Warbling Vireos,
Yellow Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat (near west boundary, in thickets of
roses under Garry Oaks), Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Song
Sparrow, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, and Evening Grosbeaks.
We checked brushy patches and found Ash-throated Flycatcher (along the west
boundary fence) besides the more numerous California Quails, Black-billed
Magpies, Lazuli Buntings, Spotted Towhees, and Western Meadowlarks.