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Winter Sparrows - Help?

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  • Rich712@aol.com
    Yakkers and Auduboners, A little confused about those small birds weaving through your yard and feeders? Are the ones with the gray breast and an eyebrow
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 2004
      Yakkers and Auduboners,

      A little confused about those small birds weaving through your yard and
      feeders? Are the ones with the gray breast and an eyebrow female House Sparrows or
      are they immature White-crowned Sparrows? Or winter plumage Golden-crowned
      Sparrows? Streaked breast...Song Sparrow, female House Finch or Fox Sparrow?
      Pine Siskin or Common Redpoll? If only you could see them a little closer...

      The Yakima Valley Audubon Society is offering a little help by sponsoring a
      "big sit" stationary field trip at the Yakima Area Arboretum's Sparrow Patch
      this Saturday, DEC 4. Richard Repp will be there with his trusty spotting scope
      from 9:00 am to 11:00 am to help you sift through the wave of sparrows
      visiting this close up bird feeding area. Rich has been certified as a Permanent
      Beginner by the prestigious BBBB (Bodacious Brotherhood of Befuddled Birders).
      But he doesn't let that stop him from enjoying the birds of our valley.

      Twenty species have been recorded scratching for seed at ground zero at the
      Sparrow Patch and dozens more have been observed flying over or visiting the
      adjacent trees and brush.

      Everyone is welcome to drop in; spend 15 minutes or two hours. Again, scope
      views will be available to help you get that close look a field marks that may
      be eluding your eyes and/or binoculars. Your confusion may be wiped away!
      As for Rich, well, he is always going to be confused.

      Feel free to wander the Arboretum grounds in search of the Bohemian Waxwing
      or Common Redpoll. The Greenway paved pathway and Buchanan Lake are close by
      awaiting your inspection. After the "big sit", a short walk will visit one or
      both of these areas.

      The weather forecast for Saturday is for possible showers and a little
      breeze. We can tolerate the mild stuff but if we have driving rain and/or steady
      winds above 25 mph, the "big sit" will be canceled. Another "big sit" is
      scheduled for JAN 2.

      The Arboretum is located just east of the Interstate 82 interchange with East
      Nob Hill Blvd/Highway 24. Turn north at the stoplight controlling traffic to
      Kmart and the Arboretum/Greenway. Within 10 yards (watch for the Arboretum
      signage) turn left again. Drive past the Arboretum's main building (the Jewett
      Interpretive Center) to the gravel parking lot to the north. To find the
      Sparrow Patch, walk through the wide access just left of the "Rose Garden"...the
      concrete curbing dips down here and a small rectangular red brick pavement
      entry invites you to the grass and two concrete benches. Veer 45 degrees to the
      left...then when you reach an open area, look to the eastern boundary of the
      grass and you should see a small pathway between the trees and brush. The
      Arboretum uses numbered gray posts with white rings to identify areas of interest.
      The Sparrow Patch entrance is just left of post # 12.

      Hope to see you there!


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