Cowiche Wastewater Plant
- Hi All,
Joe Schons writes me and invites birders to check out the sewage plant in
The wastewater plant is easy to find. Just come up Summitview, go thru
Cowiche until you hit a Y in the road, stay right, take a right on Livengood
Road, you will see some blue colored buildings off behind a hay field, this
is the plant. Take a right at a driveway with a 1160 blue fire sign. Follow
the driveway to the plant. I'm here Monday thru Friday, 7:30 to 4:00. If you
folks want to come in on a weekend morning just let me know what day and
I'll make arrangements.
He sends some interesting news: "I am a wastewater plant operator and
operate the Cowiche plant. I'd like to pick your brain again about
identifying a couple birds out here at the plant. I think I have a small
flock of least sandpipers that flew in about a month ago and have stayed on
to nest. Also, I had a flycatcher (spp?) nest in the eves of one building
and hatch out about three that have fledged and are off in the bushes. The
flycatchers are still around but I can't identify them using the pictures in
guide books. Any advice you could give on these two would be great.
We have a reed bed system as part of our plant and I've had the great luck
of watching about half dozen clutches of ducks hatch, mostly mallards. But
we have had a couple pairs of cinnamon teal, and a blue winged teal pair.
Rails can be heard, and the usual red winged and yellow headed blackbirds
are here as well. Tanagers were planty about a month ago, and I haven't
even started a survey of the N. Cowiche Creek that runs next to the plant.
So, we have a new sewage plant to explore!