Posted by: atowhee | November 10, 2013

FREEWAY BIRDING DAY #2

Yesterday the Kreismans and I were joined by more family members and we birded the Willamette valley from Eugene to Corvallis. This included three key stops: Delta Ponds, a city park in northwest Eugene; then Royal Avenue on the east side of Fern Ridge Reservoir, west of Eugene, then Finley National Wildlife Refuge south of Corvallis.MURMUR1 (1280x642) Last images of the day come first: these show a murmuration of Starlings just before roosting time as sunset. Finley NWR. Estimate: 2000 individual birds.

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A single venerable oak at Finley where heavy rainfall brings near rainforest conditions.fern tree
shov-delta (1280x421) A small cluster of Shovelers at Delta Ponds.
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Bewick’s Wren in roadside thicket at Finley. The Marsh Wrens at Royal ASvenue refused to be photographed.

norshk1 (1280x960) Northern Shrike, Finley. Not far from where a large flock of elk were grazing.
This shrike was part of a killer line-up of killers at Finley, along with Rough-legged and Red-tailed Hawk, Harrier, White-tailed Kite, Kestrel, Merlin, 3 Bald Eagles (all adults), a Pileated Woodpecker and numerous small insectivores.

oak fungus Fungus on dead limb stub of ancient oak, Finley’s Woodpecker Trail.

Fern Ridge WMA–Royal Ave. area, Lane, US-OR
Nov 9, 2013 10:00 AM. 19 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 16
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 2
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 40
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 9
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 8
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 15
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 4
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 1

William L. Finley NWR, Benton, US-OR
Nov 9, 2013 1:15 PM. 42 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 120
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 75
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 250
American Wigeon (Anas americana) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 3
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 6
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) 1
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 4
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) 1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 6
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 45
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2000
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 1


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