Sacajawea Audubon

Fish Hatchery Field Trip Report – May 19th

Gray Catbird

The May 19th field trip to the Fish Hatchery and Drinking Horse Mountain started out quite chilly at 34 degrees, but that didn't deter the four participants or leader Lou Ann Harris.  Birds were quite active despite the cold.  We had great looks at a female Red-naped Sapsucker as she excavated a nest cavity, while a male Ruffed Grouse drummed not far away. Singing Gray Catbirds seemed to pop up everywhere, as did Yellow Warblers.  One of the best birds of the morning was a male Calliope Hummingbird.  Thanks to Norm Bishop's handy scope, everyone had excellent looks at North America's smallest hummer.  Several sparrow species were noted, including Chipping, Lincoln's and Song Sparrows, as well as a singing Spotted Towhee.  By the time the group disbanded around 11 a.m., the temperature had risen to a more comfortable level, and a great time was had by all.

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