So, my pictureless report: The cemetery in Davenport is a nice migrant trap - a bunch of trees in the middle of not a lot of trees. There were quite a few passerines in there - Chipping Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Townsend's Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Robins, House Finches and Goldfinches. In the fields surrounding it were Western Meadowlarks and Horned Larks.
The Reardan Ponds gave me another life bird - Wilson's Phalarope! A small flock of them darted indecisively back and forth in the water - pretty birds. A Sora also called from the marsh, and 8 species of ducks, as well as Eared Grebes, were using the ponds that morning.
When I returned, I was asked if I liked Sausage, Eggs, Toast and Hash Browns. I love easy questions! Chatted with the owners about birds (they had a hummingbird feeder which wasn't getting any action), had a solid breakfast, and hit the road.
|Field of mustard greens - Highway 2, Spokane County|
|What gulls are red underneath....? ;)|
|What finch do I have here...?|
|Meadow - Turnbull NWR|
With over 30 species at Turnbull by the end of my visit, I made my way back to the meet for the prelims of the 800 meters - through to finals! - and then grabbed dinner at Lenny's in Cheney. This is a great Italian place, and stopping there the last two years has been a very good decision. Dinner table conversation turned to how hard it would be to live in Cheney, because it appears that there's nothing to do. One person noted that they knew someone who had come to Eastern Washington University in part because they'd be able to hunt nearby (this reported with horror.)
I think I mentioned in a previous post that I don't hunt - I'd much rather look at the pretty birdies than shoot them. That said, some of them do taste pretty good, and it seems to me an honest way to earn your spot in the food chain.
|Silo and "Fingers of God" (crepuscular rays)|