Re: [BirdYak] Visit Your National Forest Camp Grounds - NOW
- The Loon was feeding on pine cones in the Haus Creek
camp ground. A little bad birding humor.
Actually, it was in gorgeous full breeding plumage on Clear
Lake and was seen from the "Clear Lake Day Use Site"
("The Birds of Yakima County" First Edition, p 53).
The asphalt "trail" is free of snow. You can walk most of it's
length, with some blow-down in places. Great views of the
lake from various locations at the Site. Take a lunch and
enjoy the sun.
Good hunting if you go up there,
John J. Hebert
----- Original Message -----
From: "Denny Granstrand" <dgranstrand@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: [BirdYak] Visit Your National Forest Camp Grounds - NOW
> Hi John,
> A Common Loon in one of those campgrounds is a little hard for some of us
to believe. It is even quite rare on the unfrozen lakes. Can you give us
some details - was it is breeding plumage?, etc? It is quite noteworthy.
> At 06:25 PM 4/6/2004 -0700, you wrote:
> >Along Hwy-12 heading to White Pass the camp grounds are
> >closed for the season. This is the BEST time for birders to visit.
> >Why? No people, no snow, no fee, and lots of birds!
> >Park at the gate or along the shoulder of the road and walk in.
> >Good chooses are: Indian Creek, Haus Creek, and River Bend.
> >Also, follow the Tieton Reservoir Road (free of snow) around
> >Rimrock Lake and Clear Lake. Stop at Peninsula Park and
> >the Clear Lake Day Use Site. Rimrock and Clear lake are free
> >of ice, but Dog and Leech Lakes at White Pass are not.
> >A few highlights of my trip today: WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER,
> >Red-naped Sapsucker, RUFFED GROUSE, singing Ruby-crowned
> >Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers, COMMON LOON,
> >Chickadees and Nuthatches.
> >Also, the HARLEQUIN DUCKS have retuned to the Tieton river. I
> >saw three near MP 171.
> >I am "between jobs" and my grass is mowed, so I have lots of time
> >on my hands to bird. If you are stuck at home or work and get tired
> >of these reports you can tell your mail reader to filter out any mail
> >with the text string "John J. Hebert" or "eat your heart out."
> >John J. Hebert
> >Yakima, WA
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John wrote "I am 'between jobs' and my grass is mowed, so I have lots of time
on my hands to bird. If you are stuck at home or work and get tired
of these reports you can tell your mail reader to filter out..."
Personally, I find the recent rash of John's "big day" reports and Jeff's
"lunch hour" recaps a bright spot in the BirdYak repertoire. Both guys seem to
be on a quest possessed.
To paraphrase Patrick Henry:
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give John and Jeffry
or cancel the Internet!
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