RE: [BirdYak] Yakima Valley Birding
- I'm having flocks of English sparrows eating black oil sunflower seeds from
my feeder also.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Deb Davis & Ken Bevis [mailto:baviskd@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 10:17 PM
> To: BirdYak@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [BirdYak] Yakima Valley Birding
> Ken here:
> Few recent highlights
> -Red tail hawk carrying sticks in claws along Yakima River at Satus on
> January 21, towards trees at mouth of Satus Creek.
> -Screech owl regularly tooting in yard near 32nd and Summitview up until
> about 1 week ago.
> -Barn owls using nest box we put up in hay barn near West Valley elk feed
> site. Lots of pellets and roosting birds seen regularly.
> -English sparrows eating black oil sunflower seeds out of my feeder at the
> WDFW office on 24th in Yakima. I've never seen those rascals eat
> that kind
> of seed at our house before. Others seen this?
> -Sharpie soaring over Safeway parking lot with pigeons today.
> -Clouds of mallards and Canada geese in the sunset out near Othello on the
> last day of hunting season. There were thousands.
> -I recently recovered a band from an unlucky drake mallard that
> was hatched
> near Peace River in northern Alberta, 3.5 years ago. He had
> travelled over
> 800 miles and across the Rocky Mountains, probably more than once. A
> beautiful bird.
> Spring is coming!
> > From: Kerry Turley <kdturley@...>
> > To: Birdyak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Subject: [BirdYak] Yakima Valley Birding
> > Date: Sunday, January 26, 2003 1:11 AM
> > Date: January 25, 2003
> > Yakkers,
> > A good day of birding in the Yakima Valley (is there any other
> > kind?)including the Toppenish Wildlife Refuge, here's a list of birds as
> > seen from the observation platform, around the refuge
> headquarters, along
> > Pumphouse Rd. to Lateral "C" then East along Marion Drain, to Old
> > Rd., back to Pumphouse Rd. including a side trip to Dry Creek off of Hwy
> > Duck and Goose hunting season was still open...lots of water now.
> > Highlites were the 7 species (brown creeper, black-capped
> > woodpecker, dark-eyed junco, and both ruby and golden-crowned kinglets)
> > one small group of trees where Lateral "C" crosses Toppenish creek and
> > very vocal and brightly colored Canyon Wrens along Dry Creek
> and a Golden
> > Eagle atop Toppenish Ridge.
> > Birds seen (in taxonomic order):
> > Great Blue Heron
> > Canada Goose
> > American Wigeon
> > Mallard
> > Northern Shoveler
> > Northern Pintail
> > Green-Winged Teal
> > Northern Harrier
> > Red-tailed Hawk
> > Golden Eagle - 1 on Toppenish Ridge and Hwy 97
> > American Kestrel
> > Ring-necked Pheasant
> > Rock Dove
> > Mourning Dove
> > Barn Owl - 2 in willows along Marion Drain just east of Cambell Rd.
> > Great Horned Owl - 2 in sycamore trees at refuge headquarters
> > Downy Woodpecker
> > Northern Flicker
> > Northern Shrike
> > Black-billed Magpie
> > Common Raven
> > Horned Lark - Toppenish Ridge
> > Black-capped Chickadee
> > Brown Creeper
> > Canyon Wren - Dry Creek
> > Bewick's Wren
> > Marsh Wren
> > Golden-crowned Kinglet
> > Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> > American Robin
> > European Starling
> > Yellow-rumped Warbler
> > Spotted Towhee
> > Song Sparrow
> > White-crowned Sparrow
> > Dark-eyed Junco
> > Red-winged Blackbird
> > Western Meadowlark
> > Brewer's Blackbird
> > House Finch
> > House Sparrow
> > Total number of species: 41
> > Kerry Turley
> > Sunnyside,
> > 46 19'26" N, 120 00'27" W
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It's good to be home (even though I did add a few life birds to my list
while in VA / NC).
I Birded the lower Yakima valley today mostly around the Toppenish Wildlife
Refuge. The first Spring arrivals for the refuge included Greater
White-fronted Goose, Cinnamon Teal, Ruddy Duck, and Violet Green Swallows.
Birds are on the move, and things should start getting exciting soon.
Keep the Binos handy.
Birds seen (in taxonomic order):
Great Blue Heron
Greater White-fronted Goose (in group of C. Geese in front of observation
Cinnamon Teal (pond near HQ)
Ruddy Duck (pond near HQ)
Bald Eagle (2 - immature birds harrasing the Ducks and Geese at HQ)
Ring-billed Gull (Granger Pond)
Great Horned Owl
Violet-green Swallow (on Refuge and at Lateral C Rd.)
Savannah Sparrow (NE corner of refuge near gate by large willow tree)
Total number of species seen: 43
Sunnyside, WA 98944