April Fieldtrip – Group Trip to Millet Pond, and check out Bluebirds on your own by Sue Parrish

Join us on Sunday, April 24 for a stroll through the flooded fields of the Millet Pond. This large wetland area is located about 30 miles west of Walla Walla, close to the confluence of the Walla Walla and Columbia Rivers. In April, it is full of many species of waterfowl, swallows, and possibly shorebirds such as Avocets, Snipe and Ibis. Bald Eagles often nest in the area, and Great Horned Owls can be seen roosting in the trees. The trails are dry and flat, and make for an easy 1-2 hour stroll. We’ll meet at the Whitman campus Harper Joy Parking lot at 8am and head out to see what we can find. We should return around noon.
Directions: Head west on Hwy 12, heading to Pasco. About ½ mile after crossing the WW river, turn right onto North Shore Road. Stay left at the Y and continue a mile or so, taking the second gravel road to the right. Continue down the hill to a large parking area.

Nesting Bluebirds
Bluebirds are nesting in the foothills and are a wonder to see. Blue Mt. Audubon has placed many nesting boxes on both Lewis Peak and Jasper Mountain Road.. As it’s difficult to see them when in a large group, it’s best to just hop in your car and head up with a few people.

Here’s how to get there: Jasper Mt Rd: Head east on Hwy 12, about 6 miles past Dixie, take a right on McCown Road. Cross the Creek and head straight up the steep hill. Stay right at the top, and continue up the gravel road until you reach the pine trees. This is where the bluebird boxes start and continue for several miles.
Lewis Peak: Head east on Hwy 12, and turn Rt onto Lewis Peak Road, which is at the top of the hill after Dixie. Stay right at the Y and continue several miles up to the open areas. The boxes are along the road on fencing. At both spots, enjoy the Bluebirds as well as the views of our beautiful valley.

western bluebird

Western Bluebird by Jim Parrish

Avocet by Jim Parrish

Avocet by Jim Parrish

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