I left home yesterday morning intending to scout the Yakima River
Canyon and Kittitas Valley for my field trip on March 14. Instead I
ended up in Othello. On the way, just north of Wanapum Dam I saw six
LONG-TAILED DUCKS and got photos of a pair which has been reported
near the dam for over a week.
In Othello three WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS have been spending time at
the cemetery. I joined Bill and Nancy LaFramboise from Kennewick in
searching for them. Bill found the male and Nancy found two females
feeding in a spruce tree. The male joined them a few minutes
later. They posed nicely for photos.
As I drove along Road 15.1 west of Othello on the way to Royal Lake,
I found SANDHILL CRANES in a cornfield. As I watched them and took
photos, many more landed in the field.
There has been a ROSS'S GOOSE with many, many Canada and Cackling
Geese on Royal Lake west of Othello. As I walked onto the
observation deck overlooking the lake, a good-sized flock of
TAVERNER'S CACKLING GEESE took flight and the Ross's Goose joined
them. I got one good photo of it in flight. It landed on the lake
well out of photo range.
Photos of the ducks, crossbills, cranes and other highlights are in
the new photos folder on my website.
Southwest of the Yakima airport and beyond
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* Denny Granstrand *
* Yakima, WA *
* Denny's bird photos can be seen online at: *