Date: 10/9/17 8:44 am From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> Subject: [Tweeters] Black-headed Grosbeak at Poppoff
Yesterday afternoon I saw a Black-headed Grosbeak off the Yakima Greenway Path, on the Eagle Path in the Poppoff Trail area, right by the south pond platform. It's later than I've ever seen one, and flagged as late by eBird. It was in a Russian Olive then flew up a bit to a Cottonwood. I missed getting photos. I know it's not a sought-after rarity, so likely won't draw any interest, but if anyone is in the area, I'd appreciate it if you'd keep an eye out for it and try to get photos. I flubbed my photos yesterday, so I'm heading back over there shortly to try again. eBird would like provable documentation. I recently was able to relocate a late Western Tanager the next day for better photos, even though the odds seemed slim. Yesterday the "Poppoff" area was loaded with Yellow-rumped Warblers (mostly Audubon's), kinglets, Zonotrichia sparrows, and many more. There's plenty to see. A Merlin frequents the spot, and yesterday a pair of Greater Yellowlegs fed, preened and rested close by. I've not yet started hauling in seed this season to the "Poppoff sparrow patch" north of here, but that location is where I'd found White-throated sparrows before I set up the patch, and why I made it there -- finding Harris's and White-throated Sparrows there each winter since, and Bohemian Waxwings most winters. Four Great Egrets have been feeding and roosting in the area.
The grosbeak spot is an easy one-third mile flat walk. The sparrow patch is about three-quarters of a mile, also easy and flat. Both walks are part paved and part packed gravel/dirt.