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Poppoff Trail this morning

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  • Denny Granstrand
    Hi Yakkers, Yakima Valley Audubon had a bird walk on the Poppoff Trail and the south end of the Greenway this morning. It felt like severely cold conditions
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 3, 2005
      Hi Yakkers,

      Yakima Valley Audubon had a bird walk on the Poppoff Trail and the south
      end of the Greenway this morning. It felt like severely cold conditions
      but the thermometer on McDonald's said 22 degrees when I went by there just
      before 9:00.

      Our group of six had a nice morning of birding. Highlights included the
      first Harris's Sparrow reported in the valley this fall, several Varied
      Thrushes, and two White-throated Sparrows and one Fox Sparrow at Sparrow
      Patch South.

      Here is our list:

      Pied-billed Grebe -- 4
      Canada Goose -- 200 +/-
      Wood Duck -- 15
      Mallard -- 12
      American Wigeon -- 50
      Northern Shoveler -- 10
      Ring-necked Duck -- 130
      Red-tailed Hawk -- 1
      American Kestrel -- 8
      California Quail -- heard several
      Downy Woodpecker -- 8
      Northern Flicker -- 30 +/-
      Black-billed Magpie -- 20
      Black-capped Chickadee -- 12
      Bewick's Wren -- 2
      American Robin -- 20
      Varied Thrush -- 3
      European Starling -- 200 +/+
      Yellow-rumped Warbler -- 10
      Spotted Towhee -- 2
      Fox Sparrow -- 1
      Song Sparrow -- 12
      White-throated Sparrow -- 2
      Golden-crowned Sparrow -- 10
      White-crowned Sparrow -- 30
      Harris's Sparrow -- 1
      Dark-eyed Junco -- 40
      House Finch -- 50
      American Goldfinch -- 6

      Richard scattered some birdseed at the spot along the Poppoff Trail where
      the Harris's Sparrow was found. Walk north out of the parking lot on the
      gravel Poppoff Nature Trail; it goes north to the largest pond, turns west,
      then north again. At the northwest corner of the large pond, the trail
      turns east, going along the north side of the pond. After the turn to the
      east, there is a group of Russian Olives about 20 yards north of the
      trail. Richard tied a piece of yellow tape on a Russian Olive above where
      he scattered the seed. Later he dropped off more seed and couldn't find
      it. He checked out the sparrow patch and it was there with one of the
      White-throated Sparrows. So check both places.

      Denny





      * Denny Granstrand *
      * Yakima, WA *
      * dgranstrand@... *
      * Denny's bird photos can be seen online at: *
      http://granstrand.net/gallery/

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