Posted by: atowhee | April 26, 2017


AH STUD2When this male hummer turned his head and neck just so, the gorget flashed purple in the morning sun that had found a small window through the gray clouds.LINF SQRL

A brief drive through Ankeny NWR showed all the usual dabblers and a few lingering diving ducks.  Rain so land-birding was not very rich or rewarding. Thousands of swallows in the air there, majority were Cliff Swallows who will nest under every bridge and barn roof (where allowed).  Also many V-G Swallows over the water.VGC1One violet-green among the cliffies.VGC2Ankeny ducks & geese:ANK CACKDig this double-crested Ruddy in full strut.ANK RUDU1ank-gad

The only eagle was in a treetop in Lane County, being pestered by a Crow.  Three nesting Osprey seen–one at Wheatland Ferry east landing, two on platforms along South Fork of the Umpqua River in Douglas County.  One of those on the railroad bridge at Winchester, just west of I-5’s river bridge.  Wheatland Osprey:WS-L OSPRYNST

Aso at Wheatland were two floating bits of white flotsam on the river, turned out to be male Common Mergansers:CM FLYCM FLY1CMK FLY2CM FLY4

Linfield College campus, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 25, 2017 7:55 AM – 9:05 AM.  17 species (+1 other taxa)

Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)  2–FOY for me
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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