Deal or No Deal?
Yakkers, we have an offer you can't reuse! A chance at the full meal
deal. The whole nine yards! The whole enchilada!
All kidding aside, in a remarkable two or one deal this weekend only.
At 4:30 on Friday, Jeff Kozma will be counting Robins for the GBBC
at the Suntides area roost.
At 4:30 on Saturday, Scott Downes will be at the same location,
again counting Robins.
Jeff and Scott are both wildlife biologists and expert birders. Even
without the Robins, it is worth a trip out just to meet them in person.
But the Robins are the real story and this may well be your finest
opportunity to witness this unique winter spectacle. If the weather
is poor, the Robin flight itself will cheer you up.
If the weather is great, I will be on hand with mop and bucket to
clean up the drooling.
Fair or foul, I expect to see at least 40,000 Robins between 4:30
and 5:15. Stop by to spend ten minutes or an hour.
From Yakima, proceed west on Highway 12 to the first stop light
past the 40th Ave exit. Turn north on the Old Naches Highway and
drive straight for a quarter of a mile or so. Look for the Fire Station
on the east side of the road and turn east on Galloway Drive. In
just a few yards, you will see a paved street to the south...a yet
to be developed housing area. Plenty of parking on this vacant
street that affords unobstructed views of the Robins coming in
from the west and northwest.
Treat yourself, bring your family and friends.
In fairness to the counters, please limit your questions to the
intervals they take between observations. Likely, they will
concentrate on the Robins for two minutes or so and then take
a minute or so break. Be patient and we should be able to answer
all of your questions.
Hope to see you there.
Befuddled Birder by 3700 Bonnie Boone
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