Black Oystercatcher in Cowiche Canyon?!?!
- Hi Yakkers,
I got an e-mail this afternoon from one of the Cascadian Pokies who was on
a Pokies hike in Cowiche Canyon this morning who said at about 9:00 they
saw a large, black bird with a straight bill that was bright orange. They
identified it as a Black Oystercatcher! She said they saw it at fairly
close range about 1/2-1 mile from the east end parking lot. It landed on a
rock fairly close to them and five people saw it. I called to her this
afternoon to get more details.
There is one previous sighting of a Black Oystercatcher in Yakima County -
on Jan. 8, 1947 one was found and picked up on the dam at Bumping Lake. It
died two days later. (See Andy's book "The Birds of Yakima County, WA".)
The wind has blown very hard the past three days so it is possible a bird
such as an oystercatcher could be blown over the mountains. An Ancient
Murrelet got to Yakima in Nov. 2011 the same way.
Richard Repp, Kevin Lucas and I walked into Cowiche Canyon about 1 1/2
miles this afternoon and didn't see the oystercatcher. It would behoove us
to search the Naches and Yakima Rivers. If it is found, it will probably be
in a rocky area along one of the rivers.
Go get'um, Yakkers.
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