Posted by: atowhee | July 25, 2015


I had the good fortune to bird part of my new home county with Paul Sullivan this morning.  Paul’s a fine birder who lives in the same town and has birded this part of Oregon for years.  We did our birding in the south part of Yamhill County.  The richest spot was Grand Island along the Willamette River.  Part of the land there is included in the Willamette Mission State Park but this portion is isolated from the main section of the park which is across the river in Marion County.  The nearest connection is via a ferryboat across the river!  Really.  The Wheatland Ferry.CEWA ATOPPone of several waxwings at Deer Creek crossing on Bellevue Hwy. about one mile east of that town. The one below is a first year bird, still streaked.CEWA YNG1 (1280x960)The cottonwood forest on Grand Island is littered with soft white puffs from the trees, as if some giant opened a huge feather pillow and scattered its contents abroad willy-nilly. COTTON (1280x960)The river marker at the Grand Island put-in for small boats.P2500769 (1280x960)At grand Island there were a few active Osprey nests and even more active Osprey, in the air along the river.  Below: the first Red-tail I’ve spotted passing over our house in town. RTH AT HOME (1280x960)

I now have seen/heard 57 species in the county this month. Nothing unusual but I am getting a good start on the summer residents who will be gone soon, like today’s Bullock’s Oriole and event he Osprey who will migrate out, also all the swallows already forming late summer flocks.

Grand Island Loop, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 25, 2015 9:40 AM – 10:40 AM.  28 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  7
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  X
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  8
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  5
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  10
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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