Klickitat Wildlife Area
April 11, 2016
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.
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.
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!
We saw Warblers flitting from branch to branch, so fun to watch.
Several Robins warily watched us as we walked around a stand of oak trees.
A couple of Western Bluebirds allowed us to view them before flying off.
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.
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.
With delight, I watched more Warblers catch bugs in flight, stopping to rest and even pose for me.
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.
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’.
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.
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!
Three or four Turkey Vultures flew overhead to see me off as I headed back to my car.
A wonderful spot in Klickitat County, I’ll be heading back soon! Thanks again to Sue for spending some time with me!!