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  • Kerry Turley
    Date: December 1, 2002 Location: Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, Yakima County, Washington Made my regular Sunday excursion to the Toppenish Wildlife
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 1, 2002
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      Date: December 1, 2002
      Location: Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, Yakima County, Washington

      Made my regular Sunday excursion to the Toppenish Wildlife Refuge
      this morning and found mostly frozen ponds and feezing fog (that made
      driving rather treacherous), not the best conditions for birding. Good
      conditioning for the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts though.

      Had good looks at two Nothern Shrike which along with a female Common
      Goldeneye which were probably the best birds of the day.

      Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

      Great Blue Heron
      Canada Goose
      American Wigeon
      Mallard
      Northern Shoveler
      Northern Pintail
      Common Goldeneye
      Northern Harrier
      Sharp-shinned Hawk
      Cooper's Hawk
      Red-tailed Hawk
      American Kestrel
      California Quail
      Rock Dove
      Mourning Dove
      Northern Flicker
      Northern Shrike
      Black-billed Magpie
      Black-capped Chickadee
      Bewick's Wren
      Ruby-crowned Kinglet
      American Robin
      European Starling
      Song Sparrow
      White-crowned Sparrow
      Red-winged Blackbird
      Western Meadowlark
      Brewer's Blackbird
      House Finch

      Total number of species seen: 29

      Kerry Turley
      Sunnyside, WA 98944
    • Kerry Turley
      Date: December 29, 2002 Location: Yakima County, Washington Yakkers, My usual Sunday morning trip to the Toppenish Wildlife Refuge, including Pumphouse Rd., to
      Message 2 of 3 , Dec 29, 2002
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        Date: December 29, 2002
        Location: Yakima County, Washington

        Yakkers,

        My usual Sunday morning trip to the Toppenish Wildlife Refuge, including
        Pumphouse Rd., to Mud Lake, back to Lateral "C", to Charlie's Pond, back to
        Marion Drain Rd., to Old Goldendale Rd. to Pumphouse Rd. to Hwy 97.

        Most impressive sighting was the dozens of Yellow-rumped Warblers that the
        storm must have blown in at Lateral "C" and Toppenish Creek. The trees were
        crawling with them.

        I too have noticed the sudden appearence of Varied Thrush, there were
        several at the refuge headquarters today and I saw 6 or 7 at the State Park
        on Huntzinger Rd. in Kittitas Co. yesterday. ( Yes, I chased the
        Yellow-billed and the Arctic Loon yesterday ;-).

        Birds seen (in taxonomic order):
        Great Blue Heron
        Canada Goose
        Gadwall
        American Wigeon
        Mallard
        Northern Shoveler
        Northern Pintail
        Green-Winged Teal
        Northern Harrier
        Sharp-shinned Hawk
        Cooper's Hawk
        Red-tailed Hawk
        American Kestrel
        Ring-necked Pheasant
        California Quail
        Virginia Rail
        Wilson's Snipe
        Rock Dove
        Mourning Dove
        Great Horned Owl
        Belted Kingfisher
        Downy Woodpecker
        Northern Flicker
        Black-billed Magpie
        Common Raven
        Black-capped Chickadee
        American Robin
        Varied Thrush
        European Starling
        Yellow-rumped Warbler
        Song Sparrow
        White-crowned Sparrow
        Red-winged Blackbird
        Western Meadowlark
        Brewer's Blackbird
        House Finch
        American Goldfinch
        House Sparrow

        Total number of
        species seen: 38

        Kerry Turley
        Sunnyside, WA 98944
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