Great Egrets...nesting along Lateral C, a county first
A Great Egret was observed today standing and sitting on a stick nest
along Toppenish Creek today. A second bird flew to the nest vicinity
several times. At one point, a white patch was visible below the Egret
in the nest.
The nest is visible from the road AND is BEHIND a posted fence. One
will need permission to approach closer than the road.
On the plus side, this is the area YVAS, WA Audubon, the Yakama
Nation, school children and advisors are conducting Saturday surveys
of Bobolinks. So permission to enter MAY be possible.
Several hundred yards north of Toppenish Creek, look for a narrow
gated road that is perpendicular to Lateral C going to the east. Look
at the top of the trees along Toppenish Creek. Several hundred yards
east of the bridge there is a noticeable wide drop in tree height. From
that dip, continue east 50 to 100 yards to a much narrower "gap" in
the tree tops. The nest is visible in that gap...if you are too close to
Toppenish Creek, the angle of view will obscure the nest. The
standing/sitting white egret really pops the nest out.
And I was able, after much effort, to see one male Bobolink east of
Lateral C...pretty much directly across from the green metal gate at
the north end of the pasture habitat on the road's west side. I believe
at least two male Bobolinks were seen by the survey teams today.
Befuddled Birder by 3700 Bonnie Boone
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