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9797Re: [BirdYak] Horse Heaven Hills, Ridge Road: Buntings and Longspurs

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  • Scott Downes
    Feb 4, 2014
      Had one request for more specific directions as to where the birds were on Ridge Road, figured there might be other interest as well. I created a Google Map with locations. https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zEkYIXcHVYv4.kL1ZSo7-ztjU
      Hope it works. I've only done these maps a few times before, so still a newbie.
      In my experience, luck with these birds is best when there is a good coating of snow in the fields and fresh grit on the road (as was the case today). Once either condition changes, birds don't feed in the road as much and are harder to see.
      Scott Downes
      Yakima WA
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      Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2014 4:36 PM
      Subject: [BirdYak] Horse Heaven Hills, Ridge Road: Buntings and Longspurs


      Spent the day doing some birthday birding of the Horse Heavens. Biggest note were the massive flocks of Horned Larks on Ridge Road that contained both Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspur. The first flock was about 175 larks with 2 buntings and 1 longspur. The next was a huge flock estimated at 350 birds that contained 2 each of buntings and longspurs. Total estimate of larks on Ridge Road was 640! There were also 3 Gray Partridge feeding on grit in the road.
      No raptors were seen on Ridge Road which is notable as well.
      Scott Downes
      Yakima WA

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