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  • 2018 – A Record Year for Cleman Mountain Bluebirds

    During this cold, sometimes gloomy, time of year, it is fun to look back at warmer, sunnier times, especially when they involve birds. Last year (2018) was the fifth year that Joe and I monitored and maintained our little trail on Cleman Mountain which is accessed through the WDFW gate at the hay barn storing feed for wintering elk. Like...

  • Warm weather and wind hamper Yakima Valley CBC

    It was an odd Saturday morning on December 29 that greeted the birders on the Yakima Valley Christmas Bird Count. Weather conditions made it seem like an early spring day: high temp. of 57°, low 29°, no snow on the ground, and only the shallowest little pools of water frozen but soon melted as the day warmed. If it hadn’t...

  • Warm, sunny day highlights Toppenish NWR Christmas Bird Count

    On Saturday December 15th, 22 courageous birders ventured into the field for the Toppenish Christmas bird count. The weather was very pleasant; the sun shone down on us for much of the day, and the temperature got up into the mid 40s. This was certainly the warmest bird count I can remember being a part of, and I think this...

  • Hmm…Did I Just See a Hummingbird?

    Image - Immature Anna's Hummingbird - Cowiche Canyon, Yakima, WA
    Immature Anna's Hummingbird - Cowiche Canyon, Yakima, WA

    Q: It’s fall (or winter) and there are still hummingbirds in my yard – shouldn’t they have migrated by now?

    A: The hummingbirds seen in October thru February/March in the valley are almost...