Red Tank Draw, Wet Beaver Creek (Bell Trail)
20 Jan 2008, 9:07 PM,
Red Tank Draw, Wet Beaver Creek (Bell Trail)
This morning I started off birding at Red Tank Draw (10:00am-12:30pm). I'm used to just seeing puddles in the draw, but right now it is flowing good. Flooding has ripped out most of the cattail patches. Here are the birds I saw here:
Gila Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Scrub Jay
Juniper Titmouse
Bewick's Wren
Cactus Wren (1)
Canyon Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
Hermit Thrush
Crissal Thrasher (1)
Phainopepla (2)
Spotted Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon, Pink-sided, Gray-headed)
Northern Cardinal
Lesser Goldfinch

Around 12:45pm I started up the Bell Trail from the parking lot near the ranger station. I hiked up to the creek crossing and got back to the parking lot around 5:30pm. In addition to most of the species listed above, I also saw the following species along the trail:
Golden Eagle (1)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo (1)
Common Raven
Bridled Titmouse
Brown Creeper (2)
Rock Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (2)

It was definitely an excellent day for hiking. Gorgeous weather and scenery!

Good birding!!!
Eric Hough

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