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9779Rusty Blackbird yesterday on S. Campbell Road

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  • Denny Granstrand
    Jan 26, 2014
      Hi Yakkers,

      I birded in the lower valley yesterday, running into Kevin Lucas and John Hebert several times during the day.

      The highlight was a Rusty Blackbird (RUBL) in a large blackbird flock at the south end of Campbell Road just north of Marion Drain Rd. The RUBL appeared to be a female in faded plumage. The photo is in the new photos folder on my website, along with several others taken yesterday:


      I am sorry I couldn't send this e-mail last night. Photos weren't processed and I didn't get confirmation from my "expert source" on the RUBLuntil just a few minutes ago.

      Other notable birds were:

      - Peregrine Falcon on the large water tower in Toppenish;
      - Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk in the large willow tree along Hwy 97 at the northeast corner of the headquarters section of the Toppenish NWR;
      - a very cooperative Rough-legged Hawk along Lateral C;
      - 72 Tundra Swans on the NWR seen from the large willow tree;
      - Two Yellow-headed Blackbirds in the large blackbird flock;
      - 1500 ducks flying out of the cornfield across SR 97 from the willow tree.

      It was a gloomy day with some good birding.

      Denny Granstrand

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      Denny Granstrand
      Yakima, WA
      dgranstrand AT gmail.com
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