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Colockum Pass, Wenatchee National Forest, WA


    We decided to visit and camp at Colockum Pass based on it being recommended as a good place to bird.  Our timing wasn't the greatest though - we visited in September, which is the beginning of hunting season.  The place was crawling with hunters.  We stayed close a closed off area that was to protect Roosevelt Elk.  Hunters would literally drive around the closed off area waiting for an elk to wander off the reserve.  Being such a high use hunting area, there were plenty of place to camp in areas that hunters created right off the road.
    Other than the abundance of hunters, Colockum Pass was a beautiful place to stay.  We had wild turkeys (protected and not hunted) wander through where we camped.  And there were several Williamson's Sapsuckers in the area.  The pass is a great place to stay and bird, though not highly recommended during hunting season.
Bird List

Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
California Quail
Wild Turkey
Spruce Grouse
Blue Grouse
Barred Owl
Common Raven
Black-billed Magpie
Northern Flicker - "red-shafted" and "yellow-shafted"
Williamson's Sapsucker
Empidonax sp.
Steller's Jay
Violet-green Swallow
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
Mountain Chickadee
Brown Creeper
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Townsend's Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler "Audubon's"
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill

Other Critter List

Douglas Squirrel
Mule Deer
Roosevelt Elk
Golden-mantled Squirrel
Townsend's Chipmunk



Located: Wenatchee NF, between Wenatchee and Ellensburg, WA
Directions: from Ellensburg (off I-90), take Colockum Road north.


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