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Klickitat Wildlife Area

April 11, 2016

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The Klickitat Wildlife area isn’t that well-known or used and I traversed it for the first time this past week.  It’s a vast wide open space about 5 miles northwest from the junction of Glenwood Hwy and Hwy 142.

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The manager, Sue gave me a quick tour and as we drove in, our first sighting was a small group of deer jumping over a boundary fence.

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I specifically went there to find an Acorn Woodpecker after hearing about a pair seen in the area.  This snag is a good sign they’re here!

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We saw Warblers flitting from branch to branch, so fun to watch.

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Several Robins warily watched us as we walked around a stand of oak trees.

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A couple of Western Bluebirds allowed us to view them before flying off.

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The view of Mt Adams is spectacular, but we did not see the elusive Acorn Woodpecker, so Sue & I parted ways after my morning tour.

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Of course I wasn’t satisfied ~ I knew the woodpeckers were there, so I went back.  An American Kestrel greeted me in the snag I stalked.

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With delight, I watched more Warblers catch bugs in flight, stopping to rest and even pose for me.

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It was a gorgeous warm spring day and as I watched a hawk fly overhead, getting my fill of little birds may have to be enough for now, I thought.

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Just as I was ever so close to giving up, look what landed in the snag!  I’m told Acorn Woodpeckers are a rare find in the state of Washington.  I felt such joy as I watched this little bird move from branch to branch with his ‘catch’.

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Unbelievably, moments later his mate landed at the top of the snag!  I concentrated on the new arrival and didn’t even notice the original woodpecker leaving until I saw this image later at home.

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The second Acorn Woodpecker stayed for about 20 minutes in the same place, then flew off just as suddenly as it had arrived.  I am one happy woman!

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Three or four Turkey Vultures flew overhead to see me off as I headed back to my car.

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A wonderful spot in Klickitat County, I’ll be heading back soon!  Thanks again to Sue for spending some time with me!!

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4 Responses to “Klickitat Wildlife Area”

  1. Marion Wyman Says:

    Thank you so much. Beautiful!


  2. My pleasure, thanks for your compliment Marion!

  3. Katie Says:

    You are such a talented woman!


  4. Awwwww thank you Katie!


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