Today's Bird Alert
- Thanks to Richard's suggestion, here is today's Yakima Herald-Republic's
Bird Alert. It won't be new news since most of this information is gleaned
from e-mails to BirdYak.
An enthusiastic amateur astronomer climbing Rattlesnake Ridge on
August 29 at 4:00 a.m. (can you imagine) was able to get more than just a
great look at Mars. He had Common Poorwills in view with his flashlight
during the entire hike and estimated he saw at least nine. These were
undoubtedly migrants since poorwills don't nest in that area. The
migration of Common Poorwills is poorly documented, especially in our area.
A birder in the Konnowac Pass area noticed a migration of sparrows
through her yard on Sept. 3 when she saw several Lincoln's Sparrows,
White-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows and three Spotted Towhees.
The wetland along 48th Avenue south of Randall Park is calming
down due to less water flowing through it causing some of the mud to dry
up. There was, though, one American Pipit there last week and a Greater
Yellowlegs on Saturday.
Saturday morning was lively along the Poppoff Trail at the south
end the Greenway with lots of birds migrating through including over 20
Western Tanagers, a small flock of Cedar Waxwings, Yellow-rumped Warblers
and a few Orange-crowned Warblers.
Wenas Lake is still the place to see shorebirds in Yakima
County. There have been as many as 20 Baird's Sandpipers, 12 Wilson's
Snipe, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers plus a handful of Western and Least
Sandpipers. Two Greater Yellowlegs and three Lesser Yellowlegs were there
on Saturday. Nine Great Egrets were still there through the weekend along
with 8 Double-crested Cormorants, 3 Great Blue Herons and 2 Belted
Kingfishers. Three Great Egrets were spotted Sunday roosting in a tree
along the Yakima River near Exit 40 off I-82.
A Gray Catbird was seen on Parker Heights Saturday morning, one of
just a few September records of this species in Yakima County. Catbirds
usually head south before the end of August. An immature male Anna's
Hummingbird visited the feeders at that house on Saturday afternoon. A
Warbling Vireo was seen Saturday at a house near Grandview, making a life
bird for the observer and a new species on the yard list, as well.
A Yakima Valley Audubon Society field trip to Timberwolf Mountain,
Clear Lake and Rimrock Lake found the forest full of birds. The highlight
was a Sharp-shinned Hawk catching a Chipping Sparrow right in front of the
group, though the sparrow couldn't have been too impressed. Great views
were had of Townsend's Solitaires, Clark's Nutcrackers, Red Crossbills,
Hermit Thrushes, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped and Townsend's
Warblers. Other raptors seen included Red-tailed Hawk and Cooper's Hawk,
with one observer catching a glimpse of a Northern Goshawk.
Bird observers are encouraged to leave a message with their
sightings for Denny Granstrand on the Yakima Valley Audubon voice mail at
248-1963 or e-mail him at dgranstrand@... .
* Denny Granstrand *
* Yakima, WA *
* dgranstrand@... *
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