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"Conboy Lake NWR, Washington ... June 5, 2010"
The Trip:    Hot sunny day ... saw 25 bird species ... went looking for White-headed Woodpecker but no success ... "highlights" included a pair of Sandhill Cranes calling, plus first-time Pygmy Nuthatch ... quite a few Eastern Kingbirds hanging around ... came home with 9 ticks ... Canon Rebel T1i, 300mm.

Conboy Lake NWR:    From the Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge website (2010):    "... Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of the two confirmed nesting places for sandhill cranes in Washington. Although the sandhill crane is the most abundant crane worldwide, it is an endangered species in Washington. The small population of the sandhill cranes that breed in Washington are members of the greater sandhill crane subspecies, which numbers only 70-80,000 birds throughout its entire range. Greater sandhill cranes need isolated, open, wet meadows, or shallow marshes on the edges of rivers or lakes. Open meadows allow them to see predators from a distance, but there is some indication they select nest sites near interspersed groves, perhaps for wind and storm protection. Each family may actively protect as much as 250 acres. For centuries the Conboy Lake region has provided homes for cranes, but early settlers found it ideal for farming and cattle. To increase hay production, they partially drained Conboy Lake. Loss of habitat to such activities, along with hunting, took its toll on wildlife. By the end of the 19th century, journal entries indicate a scarcity of game—ducks, geese, and swans—in this area. Easily disturbed, cranes did not tolerate the increasing human population. Eventually, nesting pairs could not find suitable habitat. In 1964, Conboy Lake Refuge was established to preserve and restore this key habitat. Ironically, the refuge was not created for cranes. Yet, in 1979 one pair returned. Today there are 20-25 pairs. ..."

Klickitat County:    To see more birds photographed in Klickitat County ... click here.


Birds photographed ... (in alphabetical order):
  1.   Brown-headed Cowbird ...
  2.   Common Yellowthroat ...
  3.   Eastern Kingbird ...
  4.   House Wren ...
  5.   Northern Harrier ...
  6.   Pygmy Nuthatch ...
  7.   Sandhill Crane ...
  8.   Western Kingbird ...
  9.   Western Tanager ...


 
Brown-headed Cowbird ... MORE Brown-headed Cowbird images

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Brown-headed Cowbird, male, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


Common Yellowthroat ... MORE Common Yellowthroat images

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Common Yellowthroat, male (left) and female (right), Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


Eastern Kingbird ... MORE Eastern Kingbird images

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Eastern Kingbird, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.
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Eastern Kingbird, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


House Wren ... MORE House Wren images

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House Wren, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.
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House Wren, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


Northern Harrier ... MORE Northern Harrier images

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Northern Harrier, male, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


Pygmy Nuthatch ... MORE Pygmy Nuthatch images

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Pygmy Nuthatch, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


Sandhill Crane ... MORE Sandhill Crane images

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Sandhill Crane, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.
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MOVIE, Sandhill Cranes, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Sony W200.

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Western Kingbird ... MORE Western Kingbird images

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Western Kingbird, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


Western Tanager ... MORE Western Tanager images

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Western Tanager, male (left) and female (right), Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel, 300mm.



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