Posted by: atowhee | November 14, 2016


It was raining lightly at Hagg Lake in Washington County mid-day, but the ducks and gulls didn’t mind.  Just another day at the muddy beach.

There were right species of ducks and six gulls. Ebird was surprised when I reported four Eared Grebes.  My surprise came at the handful of Surf Scoters and a lone Bonaparte’s Gull, picking food bits from the grass along the shore, accompanied by a Killdeer.

Scoters:come-suscAbove with a single C0mmon Merganser female. Below, left hand scoter leaves only a ring of wavelets.susc-b4divesusc-divessusc-pairsusc-side-vubonieAbove, the Bonaparte alone and far off.  Below, first-year Glaucous-winged and one of the Herring Gulls.herr-gwguTwo Herrings:herr-two

 COMMON MERGANSERScome-alonecome-culift-offGeese Overflight:ovr-fliteWhat’s a winter lake without Coots?coot-ashore2gbheron

In Our Garden

Mu daughter heard the Bedwick’s Wren song just outside our window today.  There was a pair in the rhodedendrons:bewr-boldbewr-facingbewr-lookupbewr-sided

Henry Hagg Lake Park (Scoggins Valley Park), Washington, Oregon, US
Nov 14, 2016 11:50 AM – 12:50 Pm.  26 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  30
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  197
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  60
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  11
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  12
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  5
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  34
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  5
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  4
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)  4
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  19
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  35
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  2
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)  1
California Gull (Larus californicus)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  9; Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  35


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