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Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus

Subspecies P.g. confinis common in steppe habitats with scattered shrubs throughout eastern Kittitas County. More likely to use degraded shrub-steppe and agricultural edge than Brewer's and Sage Sparrows. Also ranges higher than these, with records up to 3,600 feet on Umtanum Ridge at south edge of county and 5,000 feet near Colockum Pass. Avoids arid, rocky terrain adjacent to Columbia River. Absent in western counties, although remnant population of endangered race P.g. affinis hangs on in prairies of Pierce and Thurston Counties.

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