Naches to the Nile
Denny Granstrand and myself birded the lower east slopesof the Cascades this
morning (January 12). In the outskirts of Tieton, we noted swarms of
American Robins and starlings in orchards with fruit remaining (hailed on
fruit?). Orchards with crab apples (for pollenizers) seemed to have lots of
activity, also. We did not run into any Bohemian Waxwings, though a flock
was noted there earlier in the week.
In Naches, we encountered a small flock of 15 or so Common Redpolls in a
stand of birch lining a canal in the middle of the main residential
district. There were a few American Goldfinches mixed in, too.
In Lost Creek Village, below Cliffdell, at a suet feeder (two houses west of
Naches River), we had a very nice collection of birds, including a pair of
White-headed Woodpeckers, Black-capped (1), Mountain (15), and
Chestnut-backed (3) Chickadees, Red-breasted (2), and White-breasted (1)
Nuthatches, and House Finches (30).
Over Cleman Mountain in the Nile were several Bald Eagles, at least one
Golden Eagle, and a few Clark's Nutcrackers.