[Tweeters] Tri-cities birding trip

Hank H h.heiberg at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 29 16:23:28 PDT 2018




>> On Saturday we returned from a birding trip to the Tri-cities area.

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>> At Snoqualmie Pass we always check out the Hyak Sewage Treatment Ponds. There were no birds on the ponds, but there was a large mixed flock of birds across the road from the ponds that included five Varied Thrushes.

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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/30602731097/in/dateposted/

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>> We tried for, but failed to find the Blue Jay in Yakima. However, northeast of Walla Walla we came across two Great Horned Owls in a small tree by the side of the road. Seeing any owl is always a highlight.

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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/43757891840/in/dateposted/

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>> On the way back home we stopped at the Vernita Bridge rest area in Benton County and lucked into seeing a juvenile Golden Eagle in flight, barely visible to the naked eye.

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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/44866965354/in/dateposted/

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>> Our last stop was Vantage where we were hoping to see a Canyon Wren or a Rock Wren at the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park boat launch. Being Saturday it was very busy with people, but not with wrens. However, during a break in the people action a Great Egret landed about 15 feet from us.

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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/44867248054/in/dateposted/

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>> After lunch in Vantage we went to the picnic tables at the new boat ramp near I-90 so we could sit and Karen could sketch the scenery. An Eared Grebe popped up very close to us.

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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/44867056104/in/dateposted/

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>> Overall, the birding and weather were excellent. Here is an album of all of the photos from the trip.

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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/albums/72157702861983415

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>> Hank & Karen Heiberg

>> Issaquah, WA

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>> Sent from my iPad

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