Birds at Hawkins Lake

[This page is a continuation of Hawkins Lake so please go there if you need more context.]

There were an amazing number of birds up there this time and thanks to the new deck that allows us to sit out almost in the middle of the willows and birches on the shore of the lake and watch the wildlife go...well wild. Here's a list of the birds we could identify:

Bald Eagle

Flew 50' over our heads as we came out on first morning.

Pileated Woodpecker

Huge! Suddenly appeared 20' away in the birches below our picnic table; stayed for 5 minutes

MacGillivray's Warbler

Sadly identification was easy because it was dead—had collided with glass on deck

Red-breasted Sapsucker

I'd heard its most interesting drumming pattern before (to attract mates, Woodpeckers like to do their thing on materials that amplify their sound, like aluminum ladders and gutters )but not connected it with this Sapsucker. But there it was on a power pole a 100 feet away, drumming up business.

Yellow Warbler

Several in thickets on bank opposite cabin.

Red-eyed Vireo

Couldn't see red-eye in this light but relatively good sighting of eye stripe and coloring--in tree behind cabin.

Orange-crowned Warbler

Thought this otherwise dull fella had somehow come into contact with orange paint until I looked in the book.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Small flock invaded the lawn one evening.

Western Wood-Peewee

Probable. Flycatcher behaviour; mostly grey but large enough and nothing else close.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow cap and rump both visible

Wilson's Warbler

Common in bushes next to lake

Belted Kingfisher

Frequent appearances across lake and floated within about 20 feet of one in the canoe

American Widgeon

A pair drifted by late in the evening.


Odd chap: suddenly appeared opposite cabin in late evening and floated there for 15 minutes barely moving

Anna's Hummingbird

Perched in a tree by the road on our evening walk

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous clearly visible in sunlight over by firepit) -- 4 hummingbird sightings in 2 days!

Common Loon

Could hear these across the lake especially before bad weather; saw one opposite cabin on first day

Common Merganser

Floated within 10 feet of a pair of similar coloring: probably female and juvenile

Downy Woodpecker

Shorty saw one

Hairy Woodpecker

In the birches just outside the cabin. Larger than Downy and larger beak

Canada Goose

Two pairs cruising the lake with 2+3 chicks

Spotted Towhee


White-crowned Sparrow


Pine Siskin

Could hear these constantly, but too far up in trees to see

Northern Flicker


American Robin

Of interest because one was nesting in eaves of cabin doorway and spent the weekend feeding what about 4 largish youngsters)


  • There was constant activity from several species of flycatchers that I couldn't identify clearly because of, well, their constant activity. Coloring mostly grey; some olive, some yellow;eye-ring visible. Likely 3 or 4 of:Alder, Willow, Pacific slope, Dusky, Gray, Hammond's
  • Swallows over lake but in the half-light, they were too quick for me to see exactly what they were. Don't think they were Barn Swallows.
  • Bats overhead in the evening...also whizzing between us over the campfire.
  • Sighted 13 Mule deer on return trip on Sunday evening. This is NOT exciting! Hitting a deer that has suddenly decided to cross the road when you are doing 100K/hr+ is not good for either side.