Posted by: atowhee | April 23, 2017


April 23, Sunday

Today we had our fourth and final field trip for the McMinnville Parks’ spring birding class.  Our birding karma was at its peak.  Last night brought in a large shipment of migrants, chiefly Vaux’s Swifts and Yellow-rumped Warblers.  The latter were a mix of both myrtle and Audubon’s in their vibrant spring fashions.  In addition we watched  a pair of Spotted Sandpipers go through some courtly courtship ritual right below the visitors center viewing area. The only other shorebirds were a small, dense cluster of nervous Least Sandpipers.  Next we saw a Peregrine harassing a harrier.  The Peregrine in turn attacked by a female Kestrel.  These were all feints, no damage done.  We did not see the BT Gray nor Wilson’s Warbler others reported nor hear either rail species (Va and Sora) but still came away with a fine morning’ s list, a closing salute  from a rattling Kingfisher and got into our cars just as the rain hit.

AS we reached the restoration oak grove on the trail, there were warblers all around and that continued until we reached the dense forest along the river:AUD-WA FLIZAUD-WA1AUD-WA2AUD-WA3AUD-WA4AUD-WA5

Here’s one of the Spotted Sandpipers:S-S1S-S2S-S3

I was happy to see Nashville Warbler and a male Cinnamon Teal, both were new year birds for me.

Tualatin River NWR–Atfálat’i Unit, Washington, Oregon, US
Apr 23, 2017 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM.  46 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  8
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  10
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)  1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  4
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  25
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  2     courting pair; photographed from visitors center on mud bank below overlook
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  200
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  2
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  120
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X

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