The past two days, I sprinkled a bit of seed at the Poppoff Sparrow Patch.
Yesterday had the greatest number and best birds. Tuesday's birds included a
Fox Sparrow and the bright White-throated Sparrow. Also on hand for a
curtain call and bow were a few Spotted Towhees and Golden-crowned Sparrows. One
of each of these two species apparently felt the occasion did not require
formal attire as both strutted their stuff sans tail feathers. Not to be
outdone, a female House Finch donned a partial white crown thereby adding a new
species to the Poppoff list, the White-crowned House Finch.
The treatment plant pond offers a nice collage of waterfowl. Dabblers and
divers abound. Perhaps the unique bird was a female Ruddy Duck paddling about
looking ever as sharp as the female Hooded Mergansers. Yesterday, a young
Cooper's Hawk was sunning itself on a snag.
Also yesterday around 3:00 pm, there were four Varied Thrush and four Cedar
Waxwings in the clump of crab apple trees immediately north of the Jewett
Building at the Yakima Area Arboretum.
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