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PostTue May 22, 2018 4:05 pm 
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Just_Some_Hiker wrote:
Apparently there's a skunk living on the summit.

Wonder if it's living on climbers food? lol.gif

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PostSat Jun 02, 2018 8:57 pm 
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Spotted today over the SE Olys.  They appear to be American White Pelicans, they were circling (on thermals?) slowly heading north as a group.  Not sure on what their normal range would be, just thought it was odd to seem them as a group here...

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PostSun Jun 03, 2018 5:41 am 
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meck wrote:
Not sure on what their normal range would be,

Very interesting! According to Sibley's Field Guide to Birds of Western North America the American White Pelican is rare here. I used to fancy myself as a ( very) amateur ornithologist, and this is the first I have heard of these majestic fliers in Western Washington. What say you, DIYSteve, sculpin, or others?

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PostSun Jun 03, 2018 7:33 am 
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I was also shocked to see them at Leslie Gulch in the middle of the desert in SE Oregon. Maybe they are migrating somewhere?
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PostSun Jun 03, 2018 4:03 pm 
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Lots of these pelicans hang around southeast Washington in May, and they are still here now. Fifty or so like to hang around near Chief Timothy Park west of Clarkston near where Alpowa creek meets the Snake river. We also will see them soaring above Chief Old Bones  grave and the Marmes man site on the Palouse river near Lyons ferry. It seems very strange to see pelicans flying above dry grasslands and sagebrush.
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PostFri Jun 08, 2018 2:02 pm 
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American White Pelicans have had an odd few years in Washington. As others have said, their range is typically restricted to east of the Cascades other than a rare wanderer and a colony on the Oregon border near Portland. Three years ago they randomly showed up in Puget Sound. The last three years fairly large groups have spent their summers at Deer Lagoon on Whidbey Island and in Padilla Bay near Anacortes. Apparently they even bred at the Padilla Bay location last year. They can occasionally be seen away from those areas as they may search for feeding locations during the day.

The exact cause of this remains a mystery. Originally the assumption was that dry conditions in eastern Oregon were causing them to flee in order to an alternative location, but those dry conditions have apparently been solved and we're still seeing Pelicans.

Do you know what county you were in when you saw the pelicans? I'd love to pass this sighting along to the birder that keeps track of county records for that area.
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PostFri Jun 08, 2018 5:52 pm 
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Thanks everybody for the information on the pelicans!  I've seen a lot of critters and birdies out in the Olys, just not these ones before now.

My hiking companions already passed the sighting info on to the Washington state wildlife department (fish & game?  I don't quite remember which agency).  We were in Mason County at the time.

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PostSat Jun 09, 2018 6:50 pm 
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Check out Rocky Ford Creek near Ephrata Too ...
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PostMon Jun 11, 2018 7:00 am 
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I've seen them fairly consistently out at Moses lake, and once unusually on the Yakima river down in Yakima. I heard from a co worker they see white pelicans frequentlyon the Columbia near Desert Aire. Interestingly bird books don't seem to show any of the above within range.

Just saw on FB a female moose was caught on camera taking a tour of Kittitas. ?!??? That's... Unexpected, lol.

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PostMon Jun 11, 2018 12:17 pm 
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Bear captured in North Seattle

http://www.ktvz.com/news/bear-captured-in-north-seattle-suburb/751535514
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PostMon Jun 11, 2018 12:52 pm 
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That's a good one, just what this thread is all about!
Up here in the wild north, bears peak in and out of Bellingham suburbs quite frequently.

I recall reports of a cougar hanging out in Discovery Park a decade or more ago. Lost of rabbits there for lunch, but thankfully no small ankle-biters on leashes.
Anyone recall that?

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PostMon Jun 11, 2018 3:54 pm 
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Brushbuffalo wrote:
Anyone recall that?

Sure do.  Back then, when I lived a bit closer, Disco Park was a go-to for stretching the legs when I couldn't make it to the hills.
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PostTue Jun 12, 2018 9:18 pm 
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Mid Winter I-90 Snoqualmie Pass Westbound past summit middle of the long overpass span with big drop-off both sides middle of road in headlights... Lynx.

No Idea how could have possibly gotten there without flying ... amidst all the traffic ... definitely Big Kitty with Tufted Ears.
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