This month, on April 17th, join Mike Denny on a “real” field trip to the Millet Pond to discover some amazing spring arrivals. Birds arriving at this great spot in April should include shore birds such as Black necked Stilts, Avocets, Yellowlegs and maybe even White Faced Ibis. Warblers found may be Orange Crowned, Yellow, and Nashville. Swallows will be soaring and waterfowl will be wallowing in this vast marshy area. Not to mention the other fauna and flora that will be pointed out by our expert naturalist, Mike Denny.
We’ll be traveling in a caravan, but in case you get lost or decide to go on your own someday, here are the directions. The Millet Pond is located along the last few miles of the Walla Walla River, before it enters the Columbia. After crossing the river on Hwy 12, take the first road to the right, and then stay left, following the gravel road to a right turn towards Blind #13. Loads of parking at the end.
Here are the logistics to ensure a safe trip.
• Date: Saturday, April 17th 8:30-3:00
• Drive your own car, no carpooling…we will caravan out there. And once there, socially distance!
• Arrive at the Harper Joy Parking lot at Whitman College by 8:30, we should return by 3:00
• Bring a lunch and water, binoculars
Happy Birding and Yeah for Spring. And for more birds arriving in local areas make sure to check out Ginger Shoemakes’ “April Arrivals” article in this issue of the Magpiper.
-Sue Parrish, Fieldtrip Coordinator
- April Membership Meeting-CARRI’s Barn Owl and American Kestrel Research with Scott Rashid
- The Falconer-a Movie at Gesa Powerhouse Theater