Posted by: atowhee | June 18, 2016


Our McMinnville Park & Rec birding class had a good field trip to Grand Island this morning, despite the thunderstorm and hail that drove us into our cars for shelter.

One of the first birds we spotted on the island was a Bullock’s Oriole, then later we got closer to one at the Willamette Greenway.   There were three occupied Osprey nest platforms along the road and a juvenile Bald Eagle:BEG-UPP (1280x960)This male grosbeak was at the Greenway: BHG-WILLA1 (1280x960) BHG-WILLA2 (1280x960) BHG-WILLA3 (1280x960) BHG-WILLAFRONT (1280x960)Cliff Swallows, a few of the nest in large colony on old wooden barn. CS NESTS (1280x960)Osprey at one of the nest platforms on Grand Island. OSPNEST (1280x960)Willamette River: will-river

Grand Island Loop, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 18, 2016 9:10 AM – 11:40 AM.  27 species

California Quail (Callipepla californica)  4
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  3
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  60
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  X     singing
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X     singing male
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  2
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  3     adult with two fledglings
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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