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Re: [BirdYak] Got Robins??

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  • Michael
    I ve seen them flying over the old Moxee school. At that point they were flying higher. I suspect they are flying through Konnowac Pass. ... [Non-text portions
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      I've seen them flying over the old Moxee school. At that point they were flying higher. I suspect they are flying through Konnowac Pass.

      On Feb 17, 2013, at 9:36 PM, Rich712@... wrote:

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      > I joined Kelly Kindelspire at the usual Suntides Robin GBBC count point this evening. Kelly tallied to the northeast while I watched Naches Heights to the southwest. Between the two of us, we came up with a grand total of 25,325. Kelly alone had ~20,000. The birds were fairly high/distant again this evening at the count site so it was a bit of the "pepper in the sky" effect that Angela mentioned in her post yesterday of the evening flight over the Terraced Estates in Terrace Heights. Looking at the GBBC data, it appears that Jeff K. had a bonanza flight in that same area this evening with a total of 27,900.
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      > Wondering if there could be some overlap in these two flights, I looked at the eBirds hybrid maps of the area. Could it be possible that the Terrace Heights Robins are leaving the Sunquist Orchards out on Bittner Road, flying over Terrace Heights and then bending through the Selah Gap, over Selah Heights and then dropping down to the Suntides area? I was at the Painted Rocks last evening watching for Robins overshooting Suntides to the west and/or following the Naches River to Suntides from north Yakima. I had 800 headed towards Yakima and 500 going towards Suntides, so I doubt if the Terrace Heights birds are staying south of the ridges and reaching Suntides. It is entirely possible that there is another roost site(s) hosting the Terrace Heights birds.
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      > If anyone has observations of 5 o'clock Robins, perhaps you can help piece the puzzle together. I think many Yakkers have some interest in this thread and would enjoy shared stories of GBBC adventures.
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      > Later,
      > Rich
      > Great Backyard Buffoon
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