[Tweeters] Vesper Sparrow at Mima Mounds

Douglas Canning dcanning at zhonka.net
Sun Apr 13 15:20:35 PDT 2008

On Saturday the 12th I walked the long trail loop around Mima Mounds
Natural Area near Littlerock, and had the good fortune to finally see
the Vesper Sparrow here, a part of the disjunct population on the
Thurston (and Pierce) County prairies.

Birds seen or heard, altogether:

1 Sooty Grouse, 'hooting'
3 Northern Flicker
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 Vesper Sparrow
9 Savannah Sparrow, singing
2 Fox Sparrow
5 White-crowned Sparrow, singing
8 Western Meadowlark, singing

The Sooty Grouse are apparently resident here; the one I heard
'hooting' was in a tree in the same general area as where I heard (and
saw) one last April. Surprisingly, there were no raptors to be seen.

Douglas Canning
Olympia, Washington
dcanning at zhonka.net

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