Posted by: atowhee | October 22, 2016


Our McMinnville Park & Rec birding class went to Baskett Slough today for some field work on the local birds of fall and winter.  The fog cleared by mid-morning and there was–amazingly–no rain or wind.  Birding karma plus.

We found no surprises  but got good looks at Kestrel dining on utility pole, hunting Harrier, plenty of dabbling ducks in pretty good light, a huge flock of Red-winged Blackbirds along Smithfield at north end of the refuge, many flying flocks of geese and smaller groups of ducks in the air.  At one point something sent a giga-gaggle of geese in air at one time…thousands calling, swirling, forming Vs and then breaking apart.

There were some hunters’ guns within earing range.  The lone adult eagle never left his perch, so he was not responsible for sending the geese into a frenzy.

Amity Pond, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 22, 2016 9:00 AM – 9:10 AM. 2 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1–female

Hwy 99, Polk County, Polk, Oregon, US
Oct 22, 2016 9:15 AM.  6 species

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  5
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Oct 22, 2016 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.  34 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
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)  8–in private pond along Smithfield Road
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  6
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  18
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1–perched in tree in Cackler Marsh south of Coville Road
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  5
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  3
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

Cedar Waxwings  25
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  2–one bird was singing!
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  10
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X     some males singing
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

one nutria seen



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