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1180Toppenish Wildlife Refuge

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  • Kerry Turley
    Nov 24, 2002
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      Date: November 24, 2002
      Location: Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, Yakima County, Washington

      I made my weekly tour of the Toppenish Wildlife Refuge today. Nothing to get
      excited about as the hunting pressure is increasing with the water. I was
      surprised at the lack of Green-winged Teal and American Widgeons, which are
      usually quite abundant. The resident Great-horned Owls were roosting side by
      side whereas they are usually seperated, could be early stages of courtship,
      nesting season is right around the corner for them.

      Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

      Great Blue Heron
      Canada Goose
      Northern Shoveler
      Northern Pintail
      Northern Harrier
      Red-tailed Hawk
      American Kestrel
      Ring-necked Pheasant
      California Quail
      Rock Dove
      Great Horned Owl
      Belted Kingfisher
      Downy Woodpecker
      Northern Flicker
      Black-billed Magpie
      Black-capped Chickadee
      Bewick's Wren
      American Robin
      European Starling
      Song Sparrow
      White-crowned Sparrow
      Golden-crowned Sparrow
      Dark-eyed Junco
      Red-winged Blackbird
      Western Meadowlark
      Brewer's Blackbird
      House Finch
      American Goldfinch
      House Sparrow

      Total number of species seen: 30

      Kerry Turley
      304 E. Woodin Rd.
      Sunnyside, WA 98944
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