YAS field trip South Lateral "A"
The Yakima Audubon Society field trip to the South Lateral "A"
property (Zimmerman's) on the Yakama Indian Reservation, was more than
expected for the three birders (Kerry Turley, John Hebert, and Rich
Repp) who showed up for the trip. The weather was great and the birds
The birds of the day were a, very rare for spring, SEMI-PALMATED
SANDPIPER (notes below), and a GREAT EGRET. Seemed to be the day for
watching mating behavior also as we had close views of AMERICAN
BITTERN, BARN SWALLOWS, and HOUSE WRENS all doing the wild thing.
A short trip to Old Goldendale Rd. brought us more exciting species
such as WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, and SORA.
Large count of the day was 72,635,814 TICKS!!!! The good news is only two of
them made it home with me!!!
Birds seen (in someone's taxonomic order):
3 Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
6 Gadwall (Anas strepera)
1 American Wigeon (Anas americana)
20 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 1 at Lat. "A" and 1 at the Toppenish
Refuge display pond
14 Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)
19 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
1 Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
6 Green-Winged Teal (Anas crecca)
12 Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
2 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) Old Goldendale Rd.
2 Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
10 California Quail (Callipepla californica)
1 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
5 American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
3 American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
4 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
1 Great Egret (Ardea alba)
1 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
3 Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
1 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
3 American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
2 Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1 at Lat "A" and 1 at Old Goldendale
1 Sora (Porzana carolina) Old Goldendale Rd.
50 American Coot (Fulica americana)
12 Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
16 Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
3 American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
4 Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
5 Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) 2 at Old Goldendale Rd. 3
along Marion Drain Rd.
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
A small grayish peep (lacked the bright rufous of the nearby Western
Sandpiper) slightly larger than the Least Sandpipers it was with. Very
little streaking on the breast, black legs, black short strait sturdy
bill that looked almost bulbous on the end. Viewed by all three birders from
20 yards with scopes set on 20X for more than 15 minutes.
1 Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)
26 Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
1 Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
12 Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
8 Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) Old Goldendale Rd.
1 Rock Dove (Columba livia)
3 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)
1 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
2 Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) Marion Drain Rd.
1 Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)
6 Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica)
2 Common Raven (Corvus corax)
10 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
200 Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) Very busy building thir new condo on
9 Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
7 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
1 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
3 House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
10 Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
6 American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
8 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
1 Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
7 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
18 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
2 Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
6 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
4 White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
100 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
2 Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
50 Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
6 Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
14 Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
8 House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
12 American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Total number of species seen: 67
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