Thursday, March 12, 2015

MacGillavray’s Warbler on Cat Creek Road

At the end of May we took a detour on the way home from Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh through Cat Creek Road. Cat Creek Road follows a little ribbon of aspen through the foothills on the northern slope of Bennett Mountain. It’s a great migrant trap in the spring, and this trip was no exception.

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Cat Creek Road, Elmore County. May 31, 2014.

Mountain Bluebirds are quite abundant, and there are bluebird boxes all along the fence posts on either side of the road.

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Mountain Bluebird at Cat Creek Road, Elmore County. May 31, 2014.

We were pleased to lay eyes on this Cooper’s Hawk after hearing it call from somewhere deep in the trees.

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Cooper’s Hawk at Cat Creek Road, Elmore County. May 31, 2014.

A Western Wood-pewee was hawking insects near the western edge of the road where it meets Highway 20.

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Western Wood-pewee at Cat Creek Road, Elmore County. May 31, 2014.

Our first of year Warbling Vireo was hanging out in the canopy of the aspens at about the halfway point of the road.

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Warbling Vireo at Cat Creek Road, Elmore County. May 31, 2014.

Not far away was this Red-naped Sapsucker enjoying a freshly excavated nest hole. Last time we were here we saw a Hairy Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, and Lewis’s Woodpecker all fighting over this hole. It looks like the Red-naped must have one.

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Red-naped Sapsucker at Cat Creek Road, Elmore County. May 31, 2014.

The highlight of the trip was this MacGillavray’s Warbler. This is our go-to spot for MacGillavray’s. I suspect they’re nesting in the area, as we tend to hear them on every trip through the summer, not just during the initial wave of warbler migration in May.

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MacGillavray’s Warbler at Cat Creek Road, Elmore County. May 31, 2014.

We had lots of other goodies we weren’t able to photograph. Check out our full checklist on eBird.

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