This columbarius Merlin wasn’t going anywhere. He quickly lost interest when I started scoping ducks a mere 50ft from him.
Other highlights from Baker Co include oodles of Cassin’s Finches, Red Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks near Sumpter, lots of waterfowl in the 3 Best Frontage Rd ponds just NE of Baker City (including Barrow’s Goldeneye, Canvasback and Redhead), lingering Northern Shrike, Rough-legged Hawk and American Tree Sparrow (1 at Virtue Flat 0.8mi into Ruckles Creek Rd) and newly arrived Sage Thrashers, Violet-green Swallow and Sandhill Cranes. Still winter over there overall …
Nice to see were several Bighorn Sheep at both Burnt River Canyon west of Durkee and near MP117 of I84 on the way back home.
Many of the wintering rarities continue as of yesterday/today:
-Yellow-billed Loon at the Ilwaco Harbor (as of 3/17)
-4-5 Snowy Owls at Damon Point in Ocean Shores (as of 3/17)
-Female King Eider as scoped from where the Damon Point access road drops into the sand, Ocean Shores (as of 3/18)
-Emperor Goose maybe 200yds south of Canal St & Lewis St, Ocean Shores (as of 3/17)
-Tufted Duck at the slough just west of Round Lake (Lacamas Lake complex) near Camas (as of 3/18)
We had brief glimpes of a few rock pipers (including Black Turnstones) at the Pt. Brown Jetty in Ocean Shores, but missed Rock Sandpiper. The were ZERO godwits in Tokeland, but a few Willets, several Black-bellied Plovers and 40 some Brant. Both Tundra and Trumpeter swans were at Brady Loop Rd. Single Red Phalaropes were in the Tokeland, Ilwaco and Westport harbors. A Clark’s Grebe was at Ilwaco Harbor, a hen Ring-necked Pheasant in Ocean Shores and first-year Thayer’s Gull did a balancing act to stay afloat near float 20 at Westport Harbor.
One 2 mediocre pictures this time during a weekend that brought snow, ice, sleet, hail, pelting rain, but also brief interludes of sun.