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Great Egrets...nesting along Lateral C, a county first

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  • Rich712@aol.com
    Chirp, 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 19, 2010
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      Chirp,

      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.

      Later,
      Rich
      Befuddled Birder by 3700 Bonnie Boone


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