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214Toppenish Wildlife Refuge

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  • Kerry Turley
    Apr 1, 2001
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      Date: April 1, 2001
      Location: Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, Yakima County, Washington

      Prevailing wind speed: 1-5 km/h
      Percentage of sky covered by clouds: 30%
      Precipitation: none

      Birded the observation platform, along the nature trail to the refuge
      headquarters and had 36 species there (see footnotes for locations of
      the other bird sightings). Then drove Pumphouse Rd to Mud lake, to
      Lateral C, to Marion Drain, to Old Goldendale Rd., to Pumphouse Rd.

      Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

      Great Blue Heron
      Black-crowned Night-Heron [1]
      Canada Goose
      Gadwall
      American Wigeon
      Mallard
      Cinnamon Teal [2]
      Northern Shoveler
      Northern Pintail
      Green-Winged Teal
      Redhead [3]
      Ring-necked Duck
      Bufflehead
      Bald Eagle [4]
      Northern Harrier
      Red-tailed Hawk
      American Kestrel
      Ring-necked Pheasant
      California Quail [5]
      Virginia Rail [6]
      American Coot
      Killdeer
      Black-necked Stilt [7]
      American Avocet [8]
      Rock Dove
      Mourning Dove
      Great Horned Owl [9]
      Northern Flicker [10]
      Black-billed Magpie
      American Crow
      Tree Swallow
      Barn Swallow
      Black-capped Chickadee [11]
      Marsh Wren
      American Robin
      Varied Thrush
      European Starling [12]
      Yellow-rumped Warbler
      Spotted Towhee
      Song Sparrow
      White-crowned Sparrow
      Dark-eyed Junco
      Red-winged Blackbird
      Western Meadowlark [13]
      Brewer's Blackbird [14]
      House Finch [15]

      Footnotes:

      [1] Flying North across Marion Drain.
      [2] 6 along Old Goldendale Rd.
      [3] 8 on pond nearest the Headquarters
      [4] 1 Adult, 2 immature
      [5] along Pumphouse Rd.
      [6] Responded excitedly to pishing
      [7] 7 on Mud Lake
      [8] 1 on pond nearest the Headquarters
      [9] Female sitting on nest at Headquarters, had short look at one
      young, may be more.
      [10] Pumphouse Rd.
      [11] Lateral C
      [12] Pumphouse Rd.
      [13] Pumphouse Rd.
      [14] Pumphouse Rd.
      [15] Pumphouse Rd.

      Total number of species seen: 46


      “Fate succumbs many a species:
      one alone jeopardizes itself.”
      - W. H. Auden

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