Posted by: atowhee | October 13, 2013


Just got home from an overnight trip to Eugene and back. Did a little birding on the way. One stop today was Plat I Reservoir east of Sutherlin. The other stop was at Wolf Creek County Park which was hitherto virgin territory for eBird, not a single checklist has been submitted for this park before my paltry list for a fifteen-minute stop this morning. The high point on the way north was a Pileated flying through the rain over I-5 near Merlin.
CACKLERS WALL Part of the wall of Cackling Geese across one pond at Lane Community College on Saturday evening.

LINEUP Line up: Great Egrets along base of earthen dam at Plat I Reservoir, Douglas County.

RNDU-LAne coco Ring-necked Ducks at Lane Community College, Eugene where I stopped yesterday afternoon.

SNIPE PROBE Snipe in the mud at Plat I. I was surprised to see this bird a long way from the nearest cover. However, eBird thinks the lone White Pelican I saw was most unusual, didn’t even list that species a likely sighting this time of year. I’ve seen them there in late summer so I didn’t even bother to take a picture.

SNIPE-PLT EYEP1730953 (1280x1280) This is the pottery shed chimney in Roseburg where large flocks of Vaux’s Swifts stop over on migration and can be seen at dawn and dusk in spring and fall. It is on the south bank of the South Umpqua River. Taker central Roseburg exit and go left less than half a mile on Harvard, watch for smokestack on your right just past an elementary school.
Plat I Reservoir, Douglas, US. Oct. 13.
22 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 16
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 11
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 6
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 7
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 4
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 5
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 21
American Coot (Fulica americana) 2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 16
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 4
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 3
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 6

Wolf Creek County Park, Josephine, US-OR
Oct 13, 2013 11:15 AM. 6 species

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 4

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