Posted by: atowhee | November 10, 2013


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.

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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