I've never paid much attention to flycatchers but this year I'm trying to see if I can list 200 species.
You list 20 Willow Flycatchers so I suppose finding them in the refuge is pretty doable.
1.) I suppose the best way to identify them is by call?
2.) Am I correct in assuming the best place to find them is in willows along the waters edge?
On Jun 28, 2013, at 10:29 AM, "Andy Stepniewski" <steppie@...> wrote:
> I completed a bird survey at Toppenish NWR, all in the headquarters unit1. I
> spent 5 minutes at each of the 18 point count stops. The big news was there
> was nary a duck to be seen! What a difference from the springtime bonanza of
> waterfowl we see each spring. In talking with refuge manager Rich Albers, it
> seems the refuge is at the "end of the line" in terms of water availability.
> As the flow of Toppenish Creek diminishes in late spring, over-allocation of
> the creeks's water in recent years to farmers means there has not been much
> (or any) water for refuge wetlands until fall arrives. I find this a little
> strange each time I come across agricultural fields near Toppenish where
> old-fashioned flood irrigation is still practised. This method of irrigation
> wastes water on an enormous scale.
> Anyways, despite the lack of water I did see 68 pelicans soaring lazily over
> the refuge skies. These birds are finding water and food someplace nearby. A
> couple bitterns, too, suggests wetland-dependent birds are able to scratch
> out an existence.
> California Quail X
> Ring-necked Pheasant X
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> American White Pelican 68 At one time in the air!
> American Bittern 2
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Northern Harrier 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Killdeer 7
> Black-necked Stilt 3
> Spotted Sandpiper 3
> Wilson's Snipe 2
> Rock Pigeon 15
> Mourning Dove 20
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1
> Western Wood-Pewee 2
> Willow Flycatcher 20
> Western Kingbird 3
> Eastern Kingbird 10
> Black-billed Magpie 4
> American Crow 1
> Common Raven 5
> Tree Swallow 1
> Barn Swallow 3
> Cliff Swallow 25
> House Wren 1
> Marsh Wren 6
> American Robin 10
> Gray Catbird 2
> European Starling 4
> Common Yellowthroat 10
> Yellow Warbler 5
> Yellow-breasted Chat 1
> Savannah Sparrow 4
> Song Sparrow 15
> Black-headed Grosbeak 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 40
> Yellow-headed Blackbird 5
> Brewer's Blackbird 10
> Brown-headed Cowbird 8
> American Goldfinch 5
> Andy Stepniewski
> Wapato WA
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