[Tweeters] WOS field trip 3/26 Vantage to Othello

Scott Downes downess at charter.net
Sat Mar 26 20:59:27 PST 2005

Seven of us enjoyed a fairly productive day in the field despite threatening
weather. We managed to escape with 77 species and only some sprinkles, a
snow flurry on the Vantage Highway and some colder than average

Some of the highlights included:

Vantage Highway--
Great looks at Sage Sparrow and Sage Thrasher both at MP 20 and beacon ridge
1 Brewer's Sparrow-first of the season, heard and briefly seen at MP 20
Great-horned Owl on nest in the rock outcropping in the coulee
Pair of Loggerhead Shrike across the road from the owl nest
1 distant Pacific Loon--seen north of the Ginkgo overlook
1 Townsend's Solitaire, Ginkgo trailhead parking lot

Wanapum Dam State Park--
2 Long-tailed Duck
1 Tree Sparrow
1 CASSIAR Dark-eyed Junco

Around Othello a few highlights for the group...
Great looks at 75-80 Tri-colored Blackbirds in the feedlot above the Para
At the Para ponds 1 American Avocet

We finished the day overlooking the spectacle of cranes and geese along
Corfu road. A quick estimate in the fields yielded at least 900 Sandhill
Cranes and several thousand Canada Geese. Also along this stretch was a juv.
Northern Shrike. Was nice to be able to get both species of Shrike in a day.

All told a great day with great people.

Scott Downes
downess at charter.net
Yakima WA

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