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Re: [BirdYak] YAKIMA CANYON-AUGUST 18

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  • Andy Stepniewski
    Scott, Nope, but we could have missed em as we were mostly away from their open habitat. Andy ... From: Scott Ray To:
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      Scott, Nope, but we could have missed 'em as we were mostly away from their
      open habitat.

      Andy
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Scott Ray <scray@...>
      To: <BirdYak@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2002 6:42 PM
      Subject: RE: [BirdYak] YAKIMA CANYON-AUGUST 18


      > This is quite a detailed prediction for what you expect to find on
      > tomorrow's river trip, Andy! :>
      >
      > By the way, when western kingbirds head south, they seem to do it all on
      the
      > same day, just like when they arrive. Did you (will you) find any
      Westerns
      > in the canyon?
      >
      > Scott
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Andy Stepniewski [mailto:steppie@...]
      > Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2002 5:12 PM
      > To: BirdYak@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [BirdYak] YAKIMA CANYON-AUGUST 18
      >
      >
      > Yakkers,
      >
      > Herewith is a trip report for the Yakima Canyon.
      >
      > KAYAKING AND CANOEING DOWN THE YAKIMA CANYON
      > 19 AUGUST 2002
      >
      > Leslie and Bob Wahl, and Ellen and myself "birded" the Yakima River on a
      > 15-mile stretch ending at the BLM Roza Site. The day was sunny and warm
      and
      > by early afternoon the river was full of tubers, rafters, and kayakers.
      > Leslie and Bob kayaked in sleek craft that clearly outpaced our ponderous
      > canoe.
      >
      > While waiting for Bob and Ellen to do one leg of the necessary, but
      > time-consuming car shuttle, Leslie and I did a bit of birding. I spied on
      an
      > immature Golden Eagle high overhead across the river and we both noted
      > American Kestrels on the grassy ridges, presumably after the numerous
      > grasshoppers that occur at this season in the parched shrub-steppe. Seven
      > Bighorn Sheep were moving across those slopes, too, and several stayed
      long
      > enough for Ellen and Bob to see.
      >
      > The river and nearby lush riparian corridor was the hub of bird activity,
      as
      > expected. Eastern Kingbirds were really conspicuous. I detected this
      species
      > at least 35 times in 15 river miles. I suspect most detections represented
      a
      > family group, which means a pair at less than half-mile intervals. There
      are
      > a lot of Eastern Kingbrds in the Yakima Canyon! Western Wood-Pewee was
      also
      > frequently heard. On the other hand, Cliff Swallows, which nest by the
      > thousands in cliffs along this stretch of river, were scarce and we
      neither
      > heard or saw any Black-headed Grosbeaks, Bullock's Orioles or Brewer's
      > Blackbirds. These four of these species would be conspicuous on a June
      > visit.
      >
      > Birds we noted:
      >
      > Great Blue Heron - 2
      > Mallard - 2
      > Common Merganser - 10, including 5 ¾-grown birds
      > Golden Eagle - 1
      > American Kestrel - 5
      > Chukar - 15, covey with ¾-grown young clambering up talus slope by river
      > Spotted Sandpiper - 5, river was high so it was apparent there was little
      > foraging edge
      > Common Nighthawk - 6
      > Belted Kingfisher - 2
      > Lewis's Woodpecker - 1
      > Downy Woodpecker - 1
      > Northern Flicker - 2
      > Western Wood-Pewee - 25+
      > Eastern Kingbird - 50+
      > Violet-green Swallow - 5
      > Cliff Swallow - 10
      > Steller's Jay - 1
      > Black-billed Magpie - 5
      > Common Raven - 0! This surprised me.
      > Black-capped Chickadee - 8+
      > Rock Wren - 3
      > Canyon Wren - 2
      > Bewick's Wren - 1
      > House Wren - 5
      > American Robin - 3, including one spotted young.
      > Cedar Waxwing - 25, flycatching above riparian shrubs and apparently also
      > gobbing berries from ripening Serviceberry, Chokecherry, and Blue
      Elderberry
      > shrubs.
      > European Starling - 50+
      > Yellow Warbler - 2, a little singing.
      > Lazuli Bunting - 1, sang twice.
      > Song Sparrow - 0. This also surprised me.
      > Red-winged Blackbird - 30
      > House Finch - 10
      > American Goldfinch - 5
      >
      > Andy Stepniewski
      > Wapato WA
      > Steppie@...
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