Posted by: atowhee | January 9, 2016


At Yamhill Sewer Ponds this morning it wasn’t quite raining.  As I walked along tiny bits of cold moisture struck my face, the sky had broken out into a cold sweat.  The ducks were loving it.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 9, 2016 11:10 AM – 11:50 AM.  14 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  120
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  6
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  15
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  3
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4

At the sewer ponds today I saw a pair of Ruddy Ducks, first I’ve seen there this year.  When I entered the data bit about the goldeneyes, EBird asked me to stand and deliver they are so unexpected I expect.  A few days ago there was only a single female goldeneye to be seen there. RUDU MAIL (1280x960) SHOV STAND (1280x960)This male hummer was buzzing about.  The temps was over 40 degrees so he was wide awake. During cold days (below about 38) these tiny engines go into torpor to save energy and not expose themselves to hypothermia and exhaustion.  Neat trick I’d like to learn, sleeping away the cold days.  ANHU ALERT

Further north the seasonal ponds along North Valley Road were teeming with ducks.

North Valley Rd Seasonal Ponds (Chehalem Creek), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 9, 2016 12:15 PM – 12:25 PM.  12 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1

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