Posted by: atowhee | August 15, 2015


In the past week I’ve gotten to make two quick visits to Baskett Slough NWR south of McMinnville and west of Salem.BUNY4 (1280x960) MORN SUN (1280x960)BASK-SIGNGreat Egrets were the most abundant big bird, as long as you ignore the herds of Canada Geese. EGR-FLY1 STILT-KILL STILT-KILL2Interestingly eBird makes you add Black-necked Stilt to your list even it is listed as common in the paper checklist the refuge makes available to the public. Sometimes eBird’s algorithms leave something to be desired. STILT-KILL3One of the few surviving pools had Greater Yellowlegs in attendance along with the stilt and Killdeer seen above.  The peeps, Western Sandpipers I believe, were too distant for photos.GY GY2

Baskett Slough NWR–Hwy 22 Overlook, Polk, Oregon, US
Aug 12, 2015 1:10 PM – 1:25PM.  18 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  18
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  35
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)  4
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  2
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  4
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  10
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  6

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Aug 13, 2015 7AM.  25 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  15
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  X
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  X
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)  4
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  8
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X

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