Adams, Benton, Grant, and Kittitas Counties

hill hill at
Sat Mar 2 21:56:05 PST 2002

The Tricolored Blackbirds seem to have moved on. Has anyone checked Wilson
Creek yet? There are plenty of red-wings on territory around here.

We have a mounted mallard/pintail hybrid in our office which shows distinct
characteristics of both species.

American Tree Sparrow is found in sagebrush when there is denser grass
nearby. I have seen them consistently along Crab Creek in Columbia NWR near
Morgan Lake Road, and using a Russian-olive tree along Corfu Road with dense
grass nearby for the last several winters. While the birds you saw may have
been a migrant flock, last year we had some stick around into April.

I'm not so sure that the Sage Sparrows are early. I have found them
between Mattawa and Vernita Bridge (SR 24) in mid-late February several

Randy Hill
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kerry Turley" <kdturley at>
To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at>
Sent: Saturday, March 02, 2002 8:45 a
Subject: Adams, Benton, Grant, and Kittitas Counties


> Date: March 2, 2002


> I've been couped up too long and it was such a beautiful day that I made a

> mad dash around Adams, Benton, Grant, and Kittitas Counties, Washington in

> search of a few target species...which I did not find, Ahhh but it was a

> beautiful day!!


> I did have a few surprises though.


> First stop was at the Para Ponds in Othello hoping to see the Tri-colored

> Blackbirds but no success, I did see an unusual NORTHERN PINTAIL that had


> rufous breast, other than that he was marked the same as the rest of the

> pintails. (Are Pintails known to Hybridize? and is that a word?)


> Para Ponds also had 75+ Swans on it, the ones that gave me a fair look all

> seemed to be TUNDRA SWANS.


> A few miles farther down McManoman Rd. I had my second surprise, as I

> looked for early arriving Sage Sparrows, I came across a flock of 10-15

> AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS all hanging around a small sage brush patch near


> road. This really seemed like odd habitat for them, I assume they are

> probably just migrating through.


> I did find a couple of early arriving SAGE SPARROWS near the Amphitheater


> the gorge in Grant Co., which made me hope that there might be other early

> arrival of sparrows in the area, so I headed for the vantage area hoping


> an early Lark Sparrow (and silently hoping for a Black-chinned Sparrow


> the dam) I was surprised to find this area to be totally void of song

> birds...eerie.


> I was hoping also to see some early Sandhill Cranes , but missed on that


> too.


> Birds seen :


> Pied-billed Grebe

> Horned Grebe

> American White Pelican

> Great Blue Heron


> Canada Goose

> Tundra Swan

> American Wigeon

> Mallard

> Northern Shoveler

> Northern Pintail

> Redhead

> Ring-necked Duck

> Lesser Scaup

> Bufflehead

> Common Goldeneye

> Bald Eagle

> Northern Harrier

> Sharp-shinned Hawk

> Red-tailed Hawk


> American Kestrel

> American Coot


> Killdeer

> Ring-billed Gull

> Rock Dove

> Mourning Dove

> Belted Kingfisher

> Hairy Woodpecker


> Northern Flicker

> Say's Phoebe

> Violet-green Swallow

> Black-billed Magpie

> American Crow

> Common Raven

> American Robin

> European Starling

> American Tree Sparrow

> Sage Sparrow

> Song Sparrow

> White-crowned Sparrow

> Red-winged Blackbird

> Western Meadowlark

> Brewer's Blackbird

> House Finch

> House Sparrow


> Total number of species seen: 44


> Kerry Turley

> 304 E. Woodin Rd.

> Sunnyside, WA 98944




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