Selah Butte Rosy Finches-28 February
It was a beautiful afternoon on Selah Butte. At 4 pm, while I was listening
to a pair of Prairie Falcons scream from their nesting cliffs, a loose flock
of Gray-crowned Rosy Finches flew to the upper rimrock southwest of the
summit. While I relaxed on a boulder top hundreds of feet below, the finches
nervously flitted about the bunchgrass slopes near the rocks, at times
erupting into flight.
Chukars have really launched into full courtship calling over the past week.
Man alive, these birds are stoked, with their "rucka rucka rucka" calls
echoing off the cliffs! I flushed six birds and heard another three or four,
so the bird hunters missed at least a few.
Canyon Wrens, too, seem in full song, with their lovely chant ringing from
At the river in brush were Golden-crowned and Song Sparrows.
I looked closely and could find only 7 Bighorn Sheep.
Pacific Treefrogs called from near the river, the first "herp" for 2010
In addition to numerous Canby's Biscuitroots in bloom, I again saw a few
Sagebrush Buttercups of spring this morning.
Chukar - 9
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
Prairie Falcon - 2
Rock Pigeon - 3
Horned Lark - 1
Black-billed Magpie - 15
Common Raven - 9
Canyon Wren - 5
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 2
Song Sparrow - 1
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch - 150