YAKIMA, Wash. -- When it comes to birds, the shrub-steppe in winter might as well be a desert.
As in deserted. Devoid of colorful, winged chirpers.
The most energetic birder could spend an entire winter’s day in the sagelands around Yakima, from frigid sunrise to the last vestiges of daylight, and have a hard time spotting and identifying 10 species of birds.
“No environment is as birdless as the shrub-steppe habita …