Posted by: atowhee | July 18, 2016


Shorbird season is upon us.  A short visit to Baskett Slough this afternoon yielded five shorebird species.  Best spot of the trip, though, was a single Black Tern.  Also there were juveniles of both Coot and Pied-billed Grebe splashing about.2 BY 2--COOT PBG Grebes on right with zebra-striping.  Coots on left and below.YNG COOT (1280x960)One of each: PBG TWO (1280x960) LEANIN GREG (1280x960)     SPSA AFAR (1280x960)Spotty above, dowitchers on the far side  of pond (below):SHORE5 (1280x960) TWO GBH (1280x960)Meadow of mint: MINT MEADO (1280x960) BIG MINTNutria: NUTRIA IN POND (1280x960)

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Jul 18, 2016 4:15 PM – 4:55 PM.  20 species

Gadwall (Anas strepera)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  25
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  6
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3
American Coot (Fulica americana)  6
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)  3
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  4
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  4
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)  15
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)  1
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  30
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  40
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3

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