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2876Big Sit Sunday at Sparrow Patch

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  • Rich712@aol.com
    Jan 1, 2005
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      Yakkers 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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