Spent a beautiful Mayday in the lower Yakima Valley mostly from Hwy 97 along
Pumphouse Rd to Island Rd to Marion Dr. Rd and back to Hwy 97, including a
stop at the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge "Kioske". Birds were
plentiful with 64 species, as were the ticks.
Birds seen (in taxonomic order):
American White Pelican - 8 just east of Hwy 97 Refuge
Great Blue Heron
Blue-winged Teal - a Drake and Hen first I've seen this year.
Greater Scaup - a Hen and Drake
Lesser Scaup - 1 Drake near the GRSC pair
American Avocet - 4 along Old Goldendale Rd. and Pumphouse Rd.
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2 along Old Goldendale Rd. and Pumphouse Rd. (noticably
smaller than the Black-necked Stilts around them.
Western Sandpiper - 2 along Old Goldendale Rd. and Pumphouse Rd.
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 along Old Goldendale Rd. and Pumphouse Rd.
Unidentified Empidonax - a small grayish flycatcher with eyering and faint
vest look to breast working the sagebrush along Pumphouse Rd. I did not get
a look at wings for bars.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Total number of species seen: 64