Birding Trip Report: Yakima County, Washington on October 20, 2002

kdturley at kdturley at
Sun Oct 20 13:04:13 PDT 2002

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Date: October 20, 2002
Location: Yakima County, Washington

I birded the Yakama Indian reservation today including the Toppenish
Wildlife Refuge, Marion Drain, Ft. Simcoe, Charlie's Pond, and
Pumphouse Rd.

I was fascinated by the antics of one Black-billed Magpie that showed
great skill in the art of mouseing, she patiantly worked the short
grass in front of the observation deck and came away with a very fat
mouse for her efforts.

The biggest surprise was the lack of hunters, all of the blinds at
the TWR sat empty which allowed a more pleasurable experience. Large
numbers (dozens!) of Red-tail Hawks and Northern Harriers were
present today at the TWR and there is more water at the observation
deck, providing better views of the waterfowl.

Marion Drain seems to have attracted a good number (4) of Belted

Ft Simcoe still holds the Western Scrub Jays along with a good number
of Gold-crowned Sparrows and the ever present Lewis' Woodpeckers.

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Great Blue Heron
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-Winged Teal
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Ring-necked Pheasant
California Quail
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis' Woodpecker [1]
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay [2]
Western Scrub-Jay [3]
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Marsh Wren [4]
Ruby-crowned Kinglet [5]
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler [6]
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow [7]
Dark-eyed Junco [8]
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


[1] Ft. Simcoe
[2] Ft. Simcoe
[3] Ft. Simcoe
[4] Lot's at the TWR
[5] Charlie's Pond (Ft. Road and Lateral "C")
[6] At refuge HQ and Charlie's Pond
[7] Ft. Simcoe
[8] Charlie's Pond

Total number of species seen: 39

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