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Posted by: atowhee | April 6, 2013

AVENUE G

The dog and I birded around the Avenue G Ponds yesterday. Officially they are signed as “Military Slough.” Much of that area was used for training when nearby Camp White was an active Army base during WW2. Now it’s part of Denman, a state wildlife management area.
The highlight was a straight flush of swallows, three seen for the first time this spring in Oregon. Barn, Cliff, Northern Rough-winged, Tree, Violet-green.
com yel hides Common Yellowthroat, always one of the first migrant warblers to reappear in Oregon.
P1530579 (1280x582) Here’s just another reason why Canada Geese are so successful. Two reasons actuall–breed early, breed often. Second, close parental supervision. Here the goslings follow mom. Dad was just a short paddle behind them.

Denman WMA–Avenue G Ponds, Jackson, US-OR. Apr 5, 2013 11:00 AM. 24 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 2
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 2
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Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 11
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 5
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 25
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 4
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 3
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 15
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 5

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