Date: 10/24/17 5:53 pm From: Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand...> Subject: [Tweeters] Red Fox Sparrows in Yakima
In 2011, Yakima Valley Audubon aided a Boy Scout doing his Eagle Scout project and helped build a blind at the spot where we have scattered bird seed for a few years at the Yakima Area Arboretum. It has been very successful at attracting birds during the winter.We call it the bird blind or the sparrow patch.
On Oct. 21 (Sat.) I photographed a Red Fox Sparrow at the bird blind.
Within a one hour period Sunday afternoon I photographed at least three Red Fox Sparrows. I placed photos of three of them in the new photos folder on my website, along with the Red FOSP from Saturday. I am fairly sure the four birds in the photos are different individuals. Here is the link to photos of them::
At the bird blind over the past few years I have also photographed several subspecies each of Slate-colored and Sooty Fox Sparrows. Sooty Fox Sparrows are the most abundant. It seems the spot has become a Fox Sparrow Mecca. A quick scan through eBird data showed FOSPs arriving at the arboretum at about the middle of Oct. and most years staying until near the end of Dec. Several years they have lingered into February. Yakima Audubon also provides birdseed for a sparrow patch along the Poppoff Trail in Union Gap. eBird records show Fox Sparrows being seen usually until the end of March and occasionally into April. I think difference in the two locations is because Yakima Audubon has led a bird walk every Thursday morning for quite a few years on the Poppoff Trail, so it is more heavily birded than the arboretum and has many more eBird reports.
Denny Granstrand Yakima, WA
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