|Wilson's Snipe - Lateral C, Toppenish|
|Great Horned Owl - Fort Road|
On my way out to the fort, I was hoping to see Barn Owls swooping over the fields as it became light. None appeared, but I did spot a Great Horned Owl roosting in a tree along Fort Road. As I drove, and drove, and drove, I considered the wisdom of squeezing in a trip to Fort Simcoe. It is a looooong way (20+ miles) off of the freeway! I had not been there in 20 years or more, though, and this was the time to make the side trip.
|Sunrise outside of White Swan|
If I had been out later in the year, perhaps, I may have found more at the fort, but Lewis' Woodpeckers, which enjoy the acorns provided by the oaks, were either not here, or here in small numbers, or here in large numbers and hiding. With this and missing White-headed Woodpeckers the day before, it was not turning out to be a good trip for woodpeckers! (I only saw flickers during the trip!) There were four species of corvids however (crow, raven, Steller's Jay, and Western Scrub-Jay), as well as a Cooper's Hawk.
|Fort Simcoe - Yakima County|
|Toppenish NWR - Lateral C|
I made one quick stop before leaving Yakima County, at a pond along the Yakima Valley Highway between Granger and Outlook. I had heard that Black-necked Stilts had arrived for the summer - a bird I'd never seen before. I found 5 of them there, and got a few pictures of these crazy looking birds. The one below was from the far side of the ponds, but catches the legs out of the water.
|Black-necked Stilt - Yakima Valley|
|Passed by a lot of vineyards (and wineries!) on the way|
|And more critters! Any help with these? Some kind of ground squirrel...|
|Sacajawea Park - Franklin County|
|Gratuitous flower shot|
|Highway 82 scenery - southern Kittitas County on the way home|