Posted by: atowhee | December 11, 2015


Even though it continues to rain here in Yamhill County, the current rains are just slightly heavier than drizzle.  Thus the flooded streams are retreating.   At Wennerberg Park in Carlton the North Yamhill River is now flowing between its banks.  Still, isolated pools and an inundated ox-bow remain.  Wennerberg was birdier than I’ve ever seen it before.  I added six new species to my list of birds for that location, though the three wild duck species were actually across the road in a flooded field.

Familiar with the phrase odd duck?  This one was paddling about the oxbow’s quiet waters.ODD DUCK (1280x960)This guy must’ve washed down from some barnyard.  Uncertain heritage but clearly there was a Muscovy somewhere on the family tree to give that much bare flesh on the face.

Interestingly the Robins, blackbirds and Starlings were all feeding along the edge of the remnant pools.  So was the Kingfisher.  Most surprising wild bird was the creeper who was in company with both kinglet species as well as a second creeper.BRCR BEST (1280x960)The creeper spends so much time in the shade and on the dark side of limbs and trunks that large eye must come in handy.  Owls all have those relatively large eyes for the same reason.BRCR EYE (1280x960)It wasn’t until I got home to look at my pictures that I realized there had been a Wood Duck in the flooded field.  I saw the Shovelers and Hoodies but the Wod Duck must’ve quickly hidden as I was taking shots.

duxSome of the ground foragers up a tree. flokMale Kestrel having afternoon tea. kest eats2 (1280x960)

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 11, 2015 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM.  18 species
Comments:     flood receding but leaving many still pools plus one float-away domestic duck

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X

Wood Duck 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  12     Shoveler and mergansers in flooded field directly across road from park, next to Carlton Seed’s plant
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  4
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  5
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  60
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  200
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  40
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  40

new species for site in bold

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