Raptor Wizzard Misses Magic at Poppoff?
Today's YVAS walk along the Poppoff Trail began with ten participants,
including a couple visiting wine country from Texas.
There was plenty of bird activity and abundance from the very start.
robust Robins, bountiful butterbutts, and wondrous Wood Ducks.
My trouble was getting my bins on anything else!
Finally, three-quarters of the way through the walk, Ruth K. put me
on a Red-breasted Nuthatch. Ruby-crowned Kinglets immediately
followed and my day brightened from there.
The walk's grand finale was a Merlin that remained perched on a
snag giving all who remained extended scope views. From a distance,
a closer approach for more rear views, and then we walked under the
bird and had frontal views. All of this occurred after raptor nut, Mike
Roper disappeared around a bend and into cottonwoods never to be
seen again. We lost co-leader John Hebert and his wonder dog Phoo
at the same time.
The Merlin appeared to have a full crop, perhaps explaining the long
Totals for Robins and Yellow-rumped Warblers are probably woefully
understated. Dey was everywheres we looked!
Location: Poppoff Trail Yak County
Observation date: 9/27/07
Notes: calm, partly cloudy,62-68 Degrees
Number of species: 28
Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 26
California Quail 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 2
American Kestrel 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Downy Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker 12
Black-billed Magpie 6
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Bewick's Wren 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 47
European Starling 57
Yellow-rumped Warbler 28
Spotted Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 3
White-crowned Sparrow 12
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Brewer's Blackbird 1
House Finch 6
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2
Onion Gulch, WA
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