Posted by: atowhee | April 15, 2017


Today was our third field trip for the McMinnville Parks’ birding class. Our destination was Grand Island.  The busiest single stop was at the antique Keiser Farms red-and-white barn where a colony of Cliff Swallows were already at work on nest.  A pair of Barn and a pair of Violet-green couldn’t resist the furor and came to land on the nearby wires in full sun.BRN BRITCLS LINECliffies on the line above; Cliffies circling one side of their nesting barn, below.CLSW HOVERCLIFF SWALLOW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTSIMG_2921IMG_2922IMG_2945

Violet-green with the keen sheen…VGS IN SUNWe also interrupted Mrs. Flicker busy on her nest…eggs presumably already laid:FLKR NESTflkr nest2flkr nest3One set of big birds could also be seen on nests, but none of the Osprey were yet sitting on eggs…each of the four guarding a precious platform.  Friends in Ashland have sent me images from Emigrant Lake where Great Horned Owls have claimed a platform that Osprey used for several years…until this spring. Today we saw four occupied Osprey platforms, no owls. Here an on-guard Osprey:OS-NESTT


It appeared from my lowly position twenty feet below that this female was still working on the nest.  This was in McMinnville yesterday:ROB-NESTROB-NEST2ROB-NEST3ROB-NEST-FACEROB-NEST-FACE2

Maud Williamson State Recreation Area.
Apr 15, 2017. 9 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  X     singing

SE Grand Island Loop, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 15, 2017.  Comments:     South loop road closed between the two gates but there was no flooding
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  5     saw four occupied nest platforms
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1     first year bird
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  100     nesting on antique Keiser Farms wooden barn
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  X     singing
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  30
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  15
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel’s) (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  X     singing
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  1

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