Date: 2/21/18 8:42 am From: Kevin Lucas <vikingcove...> Subject: [Tweeters] Early bird gets the ice worm
Swallows showed up early this year in Yakima County. It was snowing yesterday afternoon while a Violet-green Swallow was trolling with ice worms at the Poppoff Trail north pond. I first thought its tail had several very long, white-tipped feathers. Looking at my photos at home, I realized it was ice build-up -- yet another new thing to me, and a shocking reminder how vulnerable out-of-season and out-of-place birds are. I also saw 5 Barn Swallows and 6 more Violet-green. Mike Roper saw a couple of Tree Swallows a short time earlier.
As usual, there are many intergrade Northern Flickers, Myrtle & Audubon's & Myrtle x Audubon's Warblers (don't identify by call alone), plus the Harris's and Red Fox Sparrows at the patch.