Posted by: atowhee | August 23, 2016


These are golden days here in lower Willamette Valley.  Not just the bright solar orb on a flat blue scrim, though that can be seen as burnished gold.  There are flecks of gold circulating, little clusters of American Goldfinches starting to gather before fall migration.  They are in my garden and then down at Baskett Slough there were a couple pretending to be shorebirds, imitating Least Sandpipers.AMGO BEACH (1280x960) AMGO BEACH2 (1280x960) AMGO TRAY BEST (1280x960) AMGO TRAY CRWD (1280x960) AMGO TRAY CRWD2 (1280x960) AMGO TRAY1 (1280x960) AMGO TRAY2 (1280x960) AMGO TRAY3 (1280x960) AMGO WITH SEEDS (1280x960)Here is the mythical ghost-finch:

GHOST FINCH (1280x960)2finchs2 (1280x960)House Finch family gathered at the local eatery: 3finchs (1280x960) 3finchs2 (1280x960)Male Kestrel stares me down from his high wire perch. KEST ON BLU (1280x960) KEST ON BLU2 (1280x960)The Least Sandpipers along the shore of the Colville Road Pond: LESA FLK (1280x960) NTRIA WASH (1280x960)Nutria. NTRIA WASH2 (1280x960)White Pelicans. WPEL FLK (1280x960)

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Aug 22, 2016 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM.  22 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  1000
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  10
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  30
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  43
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  6
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  8
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  20
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  2
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  27
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  4
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  100
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  300
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  25
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  30
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  8

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