Subject: [Tweeters] Othello area reports please Date: Mar 21 17:23:44 2005 From: Franny Drobny - fdrobny at cairncross.com
Hi Maurie and Tweeters:
I just got back yesterday from camping 3 days in the lower Crab Creek wilderness area outside of Othello. There were large flocks of migrating Sandhill cranes about 12 or so miles west of Othello off Hwy. 26. Turn south on Corfu Road around late afternoon or near sunset, and large flocks of the cranes hang out there and roost for the night. The south end of Corfu Road runs into Lower Crab Creek Road and I saw my very first Yellow-bellied marmot critter there (didn't realize they were so big), up in the basalt rocks, about a mile or two down from the intersections of those roads (on Crab CK Rd) heading west. Other birds seen along Crab Creek Road were a Loggerhead Shrike, along with the usual Red-winged Blackbrids, American Kestrel, RT Hawks and Western Meadowlarks On Lenice Lake I saw Greater Scaup, Horned Grebe, Mallards, American Coot, and Bufflehead. Also, Cliff, Violet-Green and Northern Rough-Winged Swallows. It still seemed early to see more of the spring migrants. Didn't see any Yellow-headed Blackbirds yet.