2876Big Sit Sunday at Sparrow Patch
- Jan 1, 2005Yakkers and Auduboners,
The Yakima Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a "big sit" stationary field
trip at the Yakima Area Arboretum's Sparrow Patch this Sunday, JAN 2. Richard
Repp will be there with his trusty spotting scope from 9:00 am to 11:00 am to
help you sift through the wave of sparrows visiting this close up bird feeding
Yesterday, many sparrows were visiting this feeding area including
White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows in a variety of plumages. A Fox Sparrow put
in a brief appearance; Spotted Towhees were in and out. Black-capped Chickadees
and Red-breasted Nuthatches practice touch and go maneuvers while Song
Sparrows forgo singing in favor of snacking.
At 11:00, we may walk up to Buchanan Lake or drive down to the Poppoff Trail
for a quick preview of John's Junco Jungle.
Everyone is welcome to drop in; spend 15 minutes or two hours. Again, scope
views will be available to help you get that close look a field marks that
be eluding your eyes and/or binoculars.
The Arboretum is located just east of the Interstate 82 interchange with East
Nob Hill Blvd/Highway 24. Turn north at the stoplight controlling traffic to
Kmart and the Arboretum/Greenway. Within 10 yards (watch for the Arboretum
signage) turn left again. Drive past the Arboretum's main building (the
Interpretive Center) to the gravel parking lot to the north. To find the
Sparrow Patch, walk through the wide access just left of the "Rose
concrete curbing dips down here and a small rectangular red brick pavement
entry invites you to the grass and two concrete benches. Veer 45 degrees to
left...then when you reach an open area, look to the eastern boundary of the
grass and you should see a small pathway between the trees and brush. The
Arboretum uses numbered gray posts with white rings to identify areas of
interest. The Sparrow Patch entrance is just left of post # 12.
Hope to see you there!
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