Posted by: atowhee | February 21, 2016


As soon as there was a brief interval of sunshine the dogs and I headed out this afternoon.  Our reward was a small flock of shorebirds on a muddy field in south Yamhill County.  Then we added a third species at the Willamette Greenway where a Spotted Sandpiper has been a winter regular, along with a Black Phoebe.  Also we passed a few Killdeer en route near McMinnville Airport.  BBP1 (1280x960) Here are Black-bellied Plover and their Dunlin retinue.BBP2 (1280x960)Thfree geese species on Grand Island.  Taverner Canadas in rear.  Five Snow geese, and rows of Cacklers in front, just beyond the tall grass.  The dark geese were present in skeins across the sky and crowds in some fields.3 GEESE2 (1280x960)3 GEESE (1280x960)I looked out at this Grand Island field and estimated there were 3.7 gaggles of geese in one place:HUNDREDS (1280x960)Above: Cacklers galore.  Below, small gathering of Taverners.TAC GEESE (1280x960)Now for your fun puzzle, Find Waldo, or in this case, find the cacklers with full or partial white necklaces:NECK-CU1 (1280x960)NECK-CU2 (1280x960)This next picture shows me 2.5 necklaces…right?NECK-CU3 (1280x960)NECK-CU4 (1280x960)Now study the crowd, you can click on image to make it bigger:NECKLACE (1280x960)NECKLACE2 (1280x960)


I followed this fellow through the woods along the Willamette.bc on sideBC SHAD1 (1280x960)BC SHAD3 (1280x960)BCKLUT2 (1280x960)BCLIT1 (1280x960)BCTOP1 (1280x960)This covey was out along Fairview Road, not far from the shorebird field.CAQ BOYS (1280x960)CAQ BOYS2 (1280x960)CAQ IN RD (1280x960)CAQOVEY

The river itself:P2640921 (1280x960)P2640922 (1280x960)P2640923 (1280x960)Last year’s oriole nest: OR NEST (1280x960)

Fairview Road, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 21, 2016 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Comments:     SHOREBIRDS opposite 16355 Fairview Road
8 species

California Quail (Callipepla californica)  8
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  2, inc. a male
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)  4
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)  30
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  60
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X

SE Grand Island Loop, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 21, 2016 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM.  21 species

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)  5
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  250
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  60
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  75     in the thickets alongside the road [for some reason eBird thought this was an unusual number of WCSP]
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  4
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  15

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