Posted by: atowhee | September 19, 2015


Well it was the first day of the national count aimed at migratory birds and around here I think most of the songbirds are long gone.  Drought meant an early end to summer.  I did get some migrants: TV, Shoveler, Coot, swallows.  The latter were the only obvious migratory songbirds I found.  Nary a Junco nor Fox Sparrow.

These American Goldfinches could well be local breeders.  Goldfinches, quail and Barn Swallow flock were along Goodin Creek Road.

AMGOL-PARE (1280x960)There were swallow flocks in several spots and these Barn Swallows along the north edge of Yamhill County are likely just passing through. BAR-WIRE1 (1280x960) BAR-WIRE2 (1280x960)One of a small covey of California Quail, this one female did not immediately dart into the roadside thicket so I took this pic thru the windshield. No migrant she, probably never been more than a quarter mile from the very spot in the road where she was standing. CAQU (1280x960)These jungle fowl originated on the far side of the world, but were probably born not far from this barnyard in the town of Yamhill. JNGL FOWL (1280x960)Let’s face it, the face with THAT beak can only be a Shoveler.  Very nosey, those ducks.  Dozens on Yamhill sewer ponds and they are legitimate migrants. SHOV-A SHOV-B SHOV-CResident Steller’s Jay attending to his plumage in Rotary Park. STJ FRONT (1280x960) STJ PREENS (1280x960)My most entertaining bird of the day was a White-breasted Nuthatch busily foraging in the dense moss on a tree at the Yamhill Sewer Ponds.  Note how he works upside down and in every possible angle, what incredible arteries he has to keep blood flowing in defiance of gravity. WBN BACK  WBN LEFT (1280x960) WBN LFT2 (1280x960) WBN LFT3 (1280x960) WBN UNDER (1280x960) WBN UNDER2 (1280x960) WBN UNDER3 (1280x960) WBN UNDER4 (1280x960) WBN UPSID (1280x960)WBN BACKSIDE (1280x960)

McMinnville Rotary Park (Tice Park), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 19, 2015 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM.  9 species.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  3
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 19, 2015 11:10 AM – 11:55 AM.  11 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  12
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  60
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  60
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  3

Wapato Lake NWR (restricted access), Washington, Oregon, US
Sep 19, 2015 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Comments:     best viewing is from Flett Road on south end of marsh
9 species

Gadwall (Anas strepera)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  2
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  20
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  40
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  1

Goodin Creek Road, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 19, 2015 1:40 PM – 2:10 PM.  5 species

California Quail (Callipepla californica)  8
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  40
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3

The quail and sapsucker were new county birds for me, running my year’s list, and hence lifelist, for Yamhill County to 88.  Been in the county almost 70 days now.  Still missing the usual winter sparrows and many waterfowl.



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