This eastern Veery was one of several we saw and heard in Connecticut Hill WMA on 25 June 2011
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)
All three of us were just a little surprised that entering this Veery in our eBird checklist for Trout Lake Creek Rd. did not trigger a "confirm" box. Nevertheless, we were excited to find this bird, which has become a very scarce breeder in Oregon and is not known to summer/breed annually in the Hood River and Wasco Counties just across the Columbia River from Klickitat. The mature stands of huge old cottonwoods along Trout Lake Creek Rd. are accompanied by the dense moist understory that this species generally breeds in. This area would seem to be ideal for Red-eyed Vireos and Gray Catbirds as well. According to the range maps in Birds of Washington (Wahl et al. eds. 2005), both of these species summer in Klickitat.