FW: [BirdYak] Western Scrub Jay in Yak. Co.

Scott Ray scray at wolfenet.com
Mon Sep 23 20:10:40 PDT 2002



-----Original Message-----
From: Kerry Turley [mailto:kdturley at bentonrea.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 22, 2002 7:56 PM
To: Birdyak
Subject: [BirdYak] Western Scrub Jay in Yak. Co.


Date: September 22, 2002
Location: Yakima County, Washington

Yakkers,

A Sunday romp around the Lower Yakima Valley (Toppenish Wildlife refuge to
Ft. Simcoe) on a beautiful fall like day produced some interesting birds.
The highlight was finding 5 Western Scrub Jays at Ft. Simcoe. This is a
great County bird as It is a rare visitor to our area.

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Pied-billed Grebe  (4 - on Zimmerman's pond at Marion Drain and Lateral "A")
Double-crested Cormorant   (3 - on Zimmerman's Pond)
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1 - at Zimmerman's Pond)
Turkey Vulture (8 - Yost Rd. and Tecumseh Rd.)
Canada Goose
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck (4 - Zimmerman's Pond)
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Ring-necked Pheasant
California Quail
American Coot (Zimmerman's Pond)
Killdeer
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher (1 - Female on Toppenish Creek in Topennish Wildlife
Refuge)
Lewis' Woodpecker (Ft. Simcoe)
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay (1 - Ft. Simcoe)
Western Scrub-Jay (5 - Ft. Simcoe This was the bird of the day.)
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird (2 - Ft. Simcoe)
American Robin
Gray Catbird (1 - Heard along Toppenish Creek at TWR. Seems late in the
season.)
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler (TWR and Ft. Simcoe)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Most abundant bird at TWR HQ also found at Ft.
Simcoe)
Spotted Towhee (TWR and Ft. Simcoe)
Savannah Sparrow (1 - Flooded field W of Old Goldendale Rd. and S of Marion
Dr.)
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow (1 - TWR)
White-crowned Sparrow (everywhere)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (several at Ft. Simcoe)
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird (Flooded field)
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Total number of species seen: 50


Kerry Turley
304 E. Woodin Rd.
Sunnyside, WA 98944



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