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Wayne Kruse |
Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Basin bird watching

Sandhill cranes are the big draw for birdwatchers in the Columbia Basin this time of year, but Mike Meseberg, owner of MarDon Resort on Potholes Reservoir, said there are a lot of other opportunities as well (call 1-800-416-2736 or go to, or if you wish to know more about the annual sandhill crane festival, go to

Meseberg said Goose Island, on the reservoir, is a top spot for Caspian terns and several species of gulls. “Birders' Corner,” at the intersection of Dodson Road and Frenchman Hills Road, is a well-known area. North of Winchester Wasteway on Dodson Road is a circular walking trail with birding blinds set up by Moses Lake Audubon and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife primarily to watch marsh birds. The Job Corps Dike Road gives birders access to the North Potholes Reserve, and on the reservoir, the Lind Coulee arm holds large numbers of migratory waterfowl.

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