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Snow geese make for cool visit to Slavin trails

Slavin Conservation Area south of Spokane. (Rich Landers)
Slavin Conservation Area south of Spokane. (Rich Landers)

WILDLIFE — Many hikers sense that this is prime time to hit the trails in the Slavin Conservation Area — one of the open spaces preserved through the Spokane Conservation Futures Program.   But they're not exactly sure why.

The trained eyes and ears of birder Jon Isacoff documented 45 species of birds this morning at Slavin, which is just south of Spokane off U.S. 195.

His observations and lists offer insight to the sights and sounds that tingle our senses during a visit.

Nice bright morning at Slavin Ranch.  All the usual waterfowl was there.  Highlight was 6 SNOW GEESE, generally tough to find in Spokane County.  Other noteworthy recent arrivals (at location): CINAMMON TEAL and RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER.  Was unable to locate the Northern Pygmy Owl reported at this location on eBird earlier this year. 

Full checklist below.

 

Slavin Conservation Area

Apr 2, 2014 9:35 AM - 11:56 AM

2.0 mile(s)

45 species

  • Snow Goose  6
  • Canada Goose  100
  • Gadwall  50
  • American Wigeon  150
  • Mallard  50
  • Cinnamon Teal  1
  • Northern Shoveler  10
  • Green-winged Teal (American)  30
  • Redhead  50
  • Ring-necked Duck  150
  • Lesser Scaup  50
  • Bufflehead  50
  • Common Goldeneye  14
  • Hooded Merganser  10
  • Common Merganser  21
  • Ruddy Duck  10
  • California Quail  1
  • Pied-billed Grebe  5
  • Bald Eagle  1
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Western)  5
  • American Coot  50
  • Killdeer  3
  • Red-naped Sapsucker  1    
  • Downy Woodpecker  1
  • Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  4
  • Say's Phoebe  1
  • Common Raven  3
  • Tree Swallow  6
  • Violet-green Swallow  6
  • Black-capped Chickadee  7
  • Mountain Chickadee  6
  • White-breasted Nuthatch  2
  • Pygmy Nuthatch  8
  • Marsh Wren  1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
  • Western Bluebird  3
  • American Robin  35
  • European Starling  18
  • Savannah Sparrow  5
  • Song Sparrow  2
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  18
  • Red-winged Blackbird  10
  • Western Meadowlark  2
  • House Finch  1
  • American Goldfinch  1



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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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